“To tell the story of one’s own life is to change that life, as telling is an action that can revise one’s relationship to the past.”
~Tiya Miles, All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake
Wow, October was apparently a month of mostly books, knitting, and walks in the neighborhood. I also remember a lot of rain, but these photos remind me that we also had days full of blue skies. We stayed close to home this month. I do have a regular Monday lunch date at my mom’s (which I need to document), and I’m back at church on Sunday mornings, but otherwise, family gatherings at my sister’s on Sunday the 10th (that’s the lovely cream and pink camellia bush in her front yard) and at Katie’s on Saturday the 23rd (that’s Marc’s nephew’s new wife aka “Sam’s new girlfriend) were about it.
A Gratitude List: sleeping with the windows open, the constancy of the seasons, seeing new things even when I walk the same paths, family who are friends, the internet.
Life Draining: feeling stuck.
Life Giving: and finally realizing I could reframe that as “taking a pause” which helped immensely, dark early quiet time.
A (short) Happy List:
- An FO photoshoot with Katie.
- Listening to Sara and Marc watch VEEP. She’s seen seasons 1-5 and wanted to re-watch before she watches the last two seasons; Marc hadn’t seen any of it. It’s pretty much non-stop laugher and chatter. I plan to join them for seasons 6 & 7 (likely as soon as the World Series is over – hopefully tonight!)
- Photographing camellia blooms (see below) in so many colors and so many places.
Not all of these blooms made the daily photo grid, and even those that did deserve a bigger format!
What made your Happy List last month?