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In Search of Adequacy

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An adequate amount of seed stitch blanket border

It’s not a new disease, although social media certainly hasn’t helped any–this persistent feeling that whatever you’re doing, is not enough. It doesn’t matter that flipping through my bullet journal provides evidence that I did in fact do quite a few things this past week; it wasn’t enough things, or it was the wrong things, or….

Of course, there is no such thing as “enough,” and we know that, which makes it particularly annoying, on the lines of forgetting the thing we not only wrote down on the grocery list but circled to ensure that we would definitely not forget it. Really, brain? What in the world do I carry you around for, if this is all the use you’re going to be?

Thus far this weekend, I have been coping by means of buying food, making soup, and knitting. (I talked myself out of going to the yarn store; Farm & Fiber is coming up in a few weeks, and I will need my stash space then.) For today, that is enough.

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Light

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My mother is visiting, so there isn’t much else going on this week. This picture was taken on a gorgeous calm afternoon at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. We walked on the beach (and in the water — brr) and kept saying, “Wow!”

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Chickens!

It’s not a visit to the fair without pictures of fancy chickens. Given the New England weather for the past week, we were afraid we wouldn’t be able to go, but while the day was overcast and cool, it didn’t actually rain. I picked up yet another skein of alpaca yarn to be used for… something, someday, and we all enjoyed the usual traditions. The kids had a fine time.

Progress on the book continues — just going to pause and savor that for a second — as I have only fifty pages of revision still to go. No reason I should be back in new territory by the end of this week. I’ve got a little collection of ideas for the NaNo project as well, so am more confident that I won’t be plunging into that blindly.

The habit tracker is ticking over nicely these days. Everything is still going swimmingly.

 

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First Steps (Again)

Hello! Another week has gone by. It has on the whole been a good one. Next week will include the full onslaught of statistics, but for now I can say that I have spent some useful time with my notebook, sufficient that I feel comfortable getting back into the trenches at long last. Even better, I am starting to get the bare outline of an idea for NaNo this year, at a time when I was starting to worry that I was never going to have an idea again, ever (I worry about this regularly, despite the size of my “to be written” stack). It is still at the “two nouns and a hazy image” stage, but it will grow.

In other news, on Friday I went to the Climate Strike rally in Boston. I’ve been keeping my resource page updated as I come across things.

It was a great event, very inspiring. Have to keep it up, of course.