Hello friends, hello Friday, and HELLO September! I saw this season tagged #thebermonths and I am here for all 122 days of it. Here in Atlanta we are easing into our best season – starting to think about turning off the A/C and opening up the windows (and not having to worry about that pine pollen making a mess of everything like it does in the spring) and seeing the first glimpses of changing colors. In my house, we’re anticipating college football, which I’ve honestly grown to love less, but can’t give up entirely (Marc still enjoys it and the Saturday Night Snacks and extra knitting time are plenty fun), looking forward to a season of boy baseball where we might see more than one game day, and enjoying new rhythms with Katie & Sara both (re)settled, Marc healthy, and our community figuring out a living-with-covid “normal”.
That’s quite the mix of same old same and new, isn’t it? It feels like many folks went through this season last September, and we’re just now catching up (better late than never)! Here’s my hello to this September through my favorite lens:
Thinking about … my new commitments. This summer, I said “yes” to a few new things, including some leadership roles:
1. Animate Sundays – a new Sunday morning small group for parents of young children – I’m co-leading – classes begin September 11;
2. BeSMART – the gun sense education arm of Moms Demand Action – I’m working to be certified to deliver the presentations and I’m on track to deliver my “trial run” to a group this month;
3. Presbyterians for a Better Georgia – advocating legislation to “make Georgians safer, healthier and more secure” (P4bg.org) … my latest – and last! – commitment is to be the liaison from my church to this organization. I’ll also be participating in the work. lobbying legislators. it’s so far outside my comfort zone I honestly can’t even imagine what it will be like. thankfully there isn’t any real action in September … simply trying to imagine is plenty.
(and really … I’m not saying “yes” to anything else.)
Grateful for … so much family living close and multiple opportunities to connect in person. This weekend, we’ll be seeing Sara (hanging pictures!) tomorrow, and Katie & the boys at some point. Monday, we’re having a belated birthday lunch for my mom. Charlie turns EIGHT on the 13th. My sister has tickets for a show on the 15th. and … 🙂
Inspired by … two sessions with my physical therapist (ugh y’all – arthritis in my knee and “knitting strain” in my shoulder) to be optimistic about a new normal. I’ve ordered a spin bike (not a pelaton) and a knee brace, learned exercises and stretches (love the stretches!), and thought a LOT about knitting. She thinks I’ll see this new normal (which will include strength training, spinning, walking in the park, pilates, and knitting!) in a few weeks.
Fun … I’m starting to think about puppy names! I found a breeder; I’ve checked references; I have plans to meet her and the mama in person the week of September 12 … and if all goes as well, I’ll have a puppy before Christmas. (!!!!!)
What’s your favorite part of #thebermonths ?
and as always, wishing you the best weekend available. xxoo.