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message – July 13

Message in a bottle for July 13th – “feeling my life counts”

I’ve been knitting a blue sweater for almost a year now.
It usually doesn’t take me more than a month to finish a sweater.
I can’t figure out why I am so slow with this one;
maybe it’s all the interruptions.


clutter my life with these

I haven’t read the books but I have heard plenty about what is all the rage right now – the imageKonmari method of organizing.  In the end it is still tidying up, paring down, decluttering.

I think part of the reason people are so drawn to these messages is because there is so much in our lives we have no power to discard, dismiss or distance ourselves from.

If I could gather before my senses only that which sparks joy, my days would be filled with nature, music, art, poetry, hopeful people and knitting.


the good kind of multi-tasking

How much do we really have to pay attention to these days? We text and play games during events, watch or listen to news while we cook, check emails while we’re talking on the phone. It seems if we miss things, there are all kinds of ways to catch up and not much really demands that we stay focused.

But, thanks to my parents who insisted that we be doing something with our hands while we watched TV,  I  knit.  However,  my current project is with very fine yarn and I have to pay attention or I do the wrong stitch or drop stitches.  Sometimes I miss part of the story because I’m doing the cable or lace part.

Well, now I’ve taken up another activity that demands focus and a bit of multi-tasking.  I have joined one of the bell choirs at our church.  I haven’t read music for 30 years and even though I’m only accountable for two bells at a time, the bells I play are fairly active. I have to count and anticipate my movements.
The multi-tasking comes in  because at one point, I have to put a bell down and pick up another.
It is actually an incredible feeling to be so focused.  I don’t think I remembered that aspect of reading and playing music and having hands doing two different things but I really like it.

Playing the bells is kind of like my knitting in that if I don’t follow along carefully, I miss notes or play at the wrong time.  Knitting is definitely easier in that regard; I can always correct a stitch on the way back or even sew up a hole if I’ve goofed.  But it is more satisfying to attend to the work and do it correctly the first time through.

Our choir will play again on Music Sunday in June – a tougher piece, I’m told,  with some syncopation – oh geez!


centering practices

it’s Friday morning and
something’s not right
let’s see…
i’m in my chair
i have my mug full of coffee
the cat’s in my lap

NO
something’s not right

i feel jittery
maybe it’s just because school is starting, i’m amped up.  i start noticing what i didn’t get to this week – vacuuming the dog hair from the rug,
refolding the blankets from last Saturday evening on the couch, the textbook  i meant to get farther into

NO
doing all those things would still not make it right!

let’s see…
i’m in my chair
i have my mug full of coffee
the cat’s in my lap

OH! OH! OH! (Dick and Jane moment…..)

KNITTING!!  WHERE’S MY KNITTING?

(and so I spent the weekend ripping out a project because I misplaced the instructions when I put it aside last June, and I’m just not inspired anymore…browsed Ravelry all Sunday long and finally just decided to create my own pattern)

Monday morning….  (you can all say it with me now…)
i’m in my chair
i have my mug full of coffee
the cat’s in my lap
and i’m knitting

breathe in, breathe out