balance and breaks

a photo shoot

Shadow enjoyed the attention lavished on him by my husband.

I haven’t really allowed myself to slow down since about… May. When Shadow adopted us, he reminded me of the power of naps and play. He also reminded us how valuable it is to just spend time enjoying those you love, and that snuggles are Very Good. I’ve started to feel the effects of my constant Work recently. Cold and Grey and Snow tend to aggravate this and Shadow is helping me find the balance.

There’s an interesting talk by Stefan Sagmeister at TED on The Power of Time Off. I didn’t take any year-end time off, but will sleep in tomorrow (at least past 5:25a) and am looking to finding a better balance as the winter drags on and I continue to review seed catalogues and dream of Spring.

Sabbaticals are a concept I’ve been fascinated by but never felt I was “old enough” to be able to take one. I don’t think I am yet, but I have begun to evaluate if even a mini sabbatical would be useful and possible for me in the coming months.

Dearest Shadow, thank you my little one for the lessons you have taught us. Now will you please let us trim your claws?

blending and balance

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Shadow blends in with much of our furniture. If we can’t see him we can’t quite tell him No. He loves looking outside and we plan to make a more platforms so he can look out on the great outdoors, and hopefully just look, not join.

As I missed yesterday’s post it’s obvious I’m still working on that elusive phenomenon known as work-life balance. Yesterday’s writing is mostly drafted and I’ll hopefully post it next week, I had a string of technology issues that resulted in me deciding that if all of those things happened at once (which they did) it was the decisive sign that I must walk away and go knit. Shadow had other ideas. He decided that it meant I should snuggle with him for two hours. I didn’t really complain much about that. :)

warning: thief

I missed yesterday’s post for the first time in a very long time in an attempt to fit three days of work into one. It was a wonderfully productive day. I’m sad my planning didn’t quite work out and I didn’t get everything done, but it’s ok. It is a new day and I’m thankful I am able to use it as I want and need. Moments ago, I pulled a loaf of very yummy gluten-free banana bread out of the oven and have also completed at least an hour’s worth of work. Yes, I am thankful.

My post today is to highlight a thief so that if you encounter him (sorry guys, but it’s a him) you are warned fair and square!

It started with a slipper, taken from my bedside during the night.

Then it was a sock stolen from the landing rail, left to dry.

Most recently it was a current project, of which there are not yet photos so as to be a surprise gift in case the recipient actually reads what is scribbled here.

It was stolen from one of my bags (available for purchase soon, I promise!) tied shut and placed on the empty dining table. It was late and night and I was downstairs in my office working and trying to finish a project. During the getaway, the thief discarded the circular needle and left both it and excess yarn for me to recover.

Then.

Then I caught him, our Shadow Ninja*, laying innocently on the bed while his stolen treasures where hidden safely under the mattress.

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How can I be mad at that cute little mug?

I told him while giving him his beloved ear scratches that what he did was really bad but that I was at great fault to leave such a yummy and tempting project out for him. He is currently fascinated by anything E or I touch — it all gets the sniff test with his favourites being stolen off and hidden under the bed.

The project in question is almost done, the yarn is thankfully sticky enough that nothing was lost or destroyed, there is only a new set of ends to weave in. I ripped back four rows just to make sure everything was okay. My wonderful husband hopes I learnt a life lesson. I did. This will ensure that I keep certain seal top plastic bag companies in business and I will be on the search for the next fun container with a lid for my projects.

I’m thankful for my healthy little furry bundle of purring thief and my husband and our family and friends this Thursday and always. All of you help make my life rich and happy. Thank you, for you I am truly grateful.

* we’re mostly calling him Shadow but I think his full name is Shadow Ninja.