“Just, it’s kinda fraught and I’m not up for frought.”
~Stacey Swann, Olympus Texas
I snorted when I read that line a few weeks ago. Fraught is just such a great word, isn’t it? (especially when paired with “y’all” … which would’ve been inserted before that “I’m” if I’d been the one speaking 😉 ) and it seems so perfect to describe this month … starting to get out a bit more and then BAM! Delta variant … and for me, knee injury, and for others, a host of different things. and then … I look back at these photos. which might be the best cure ever for feeling fraught.
Of course if I’d read Rear Window (is that even a book?), I could probably come up with a good line from that … those hydrangeas on the 12th are just before the lake … and that was the last time I walked to the lake. With the exception of the three-of-us photo on the 17th, every other photo is from right here at home. Dark early mornings in the family room (last summer’s crocheted afghan warms my legs while I ice my knee), afternoons in my study (love seeing the shadows on the wall), and “quick tinkles” with Holly in the side yard where we still have magnolias and finally have hydrangeas!
A Gratitude List: more than one “rear window” view, time to rest, family who are friends who live close.
Life Giving: porch time!, lunch on a Saturday with Katie & Sara … just lunch (i.e., no airplanes, no car trips, no hotels) … and realizing this could be A Thing.
Life Draining: being fraught – again! – about COVID.
A (short) Happy List:
- Opera Wednesday is back!
- bookish Patreons and finally figuring out Discord (so much fun!)
- using that crocheted afghan every morning
- eating dinner at the table … and sometimes with a companion that’s not a book 🙂
In closing, on a positive note – which means I’m not going to ask what made you feel fraught – what’s helped you feel not-so-fraught? OR what’s a word you love? (and bonus points if you tell us why!)
p.s. y’all – I am so far behind responding to comments I’ll never catch up. Please know I have read every one of them, cherished the encouragement and compliments, jotted down notes (advice, book recommendations, life hacks), and answered the questions in my head. I might take a cue from others and post those answers here … and I’ll try to do better this month. thank you for sticking with me!