Good Morning and Happy Sunday! So far quiet and peaceful in my little corner of the Fort. The sky is blue and the sun is shining. Yesterday I was able to turn off the heat and open the doors to let some fresh air in. Spring is elusive here and this time of year you never know what you are going to get so I say enjoy it. Especially considering the forecast is saying rain and snow next weekend.
How was the week that was? Expected if you can said that during the year of uncertainty that this one has been. As expected quarantine is in effect on campus for Amanda. Thankfully it's only a building quarantine so she is able to get out of her personal four walls on occasion and they are having outside time during this spell. The college is also testing more students from around the area to try to pinpoint the source. Hopefully this round will be the last one and they can make it to the end of the semester. Serra has one more week in this quarter of classes and then a week off for Spring Break. After that we are going back to full time rather than the hybrid conditions that we have been running under. I'm hopefully but also cautious about how long it is going to last. One thing I'm extremely glad about is teacher and school district friends are getting their shots.
As for crafts this week, Susan is now naked as we finished the Overshot threading that she had going. I was able get a scarf and two cowls out of the yardage that I had wound on her. This next week Max is going to get the same treatment with the black silk he's currently sporting. I think I finally have the shaping for a new shawl design figured out and have the project for Knitcrate started. I'm very glad that I tackled this early because there is only so long I can work with size 8 needles before my hands get angry. Yes I am a size queen when it comes to my knitting and sizes 2 and 3 are my favorites. This week will see some time with each of those projects along with doing some computer work. I'm past due on getting some other patterns written as well as needing to get back to the tech edit course and increasing traffic flow to the website.
As for me this past week involved some reflections, authenticity and self-care. One year ago today the world was different. Serra won her three first place medals in Science Olympiad for Preston and Amanda was accepted into RPI. Some of the things we've learned is how important human connection is, gratitude for what we do have and flexibility because it has been a year of rolling with the punches! Authenticity not just with others but also with yourself. Continuing to peel back the layers of yourself to understand but to also accept and embrace who you are regardless of what society says you should be. As for self-care, some days you do need to curl up in your chair with a favorite book and eat a whole sleeve of Thin Mints because that's what you need in that moment.
Next week! More of everything but mostly creativity and working on being right here right now. As long as I do a little better every day I'll get to where I'm supposed to be. Breathe, take care of you and I'll be back next week ;)