August 27, 2018

mid year list

it is mid year and as i usually do, i look back onto the list i was writing in january...
it has been a bountyful few months so far. sometimes very dense and with more flavor then i would have wanted. though over all it is good to look back and savor for a moment, in all what i loved and enjoyed and was given. i feel very rich and blessed by people who love me, by gained abilities and skills i was able to add to my personal toolbox. a new school year, new classes to test my learned teaching skills. then there is new wool and new fabric to be enjoyed too. looking back is good, looking ahead is exciting!

:: applaude my children when they accomplish what they have set out to do. and also when they
              bring home good grades. i have been very hesitant to take notice of their grades, as i don't
              think that they are very important. but the kids kind of think so...
-- there have been so many reasons to applaude, passing the exam to enter the gymnasium. for a good
    and happy breakfast with thea, as she frequently is not in an especially exciting mood when having
    start the day... amos brought home an excellent grade card and i was trying to genuinly show my 
    appreciation and excitement about him doing so well.

:: balance the tasks and things i want to do, so it doesn't push me to hard and i feel rather constrained
              and pushed in the corner by the things i commited and must do's.
-- as summer has come and the school year has ended by the beginning of july, i feel so much more
    relaxed and able to do what i want to do. and i'm watching out for the things i'm asked to do, to not
    over commit. so far so good.

:: choose to buy second hand clothes and if not possible fair trade, even for hard to find items.
-- this one is cool, as we were vacationing in schotland, we noticed how many second hand shops
    they have, and yes we got a few pieces for me, for joel as well as for naomi, perth was a great place
    to do some "thrifting" for clothes, which became our keepsakes...

:: devote an hour a week to taking better photos, reading the book "sehen lernen" by banek banek
:: eat out with friends. maybe just with joel, i think i would very much enjoy that.
:: fermenting has become a bit of a magic process for me. in this respect i want to keep the
               kombucha going and in general try some more recipes on fermenting and conserving food
               like eggs in vinegar or belle peppers and making herbed vinegar myself.
:: go on an adventure with naomi
-- we went shopping once for pants for her, in march, it was fun.

:: hand-stitch some kind of project, a new tiny series would be a wonderful challenge
   hiking with friends.
-- we did so and it was absolutely the best day since a while.

:: insist and be consequent on the issues of an earth friendly life stile, like buying bulk and bring my
              own mug to the coffee shop.
-- there are lot's of mason jars and reusable fabric bags to go to bare ware and buy bulk. vegetables
    are in general from the share and not wrapped at all, which i think is great. i made bees wraps and
   the teenagers even like to use the reusable wraps and fabric bags to take their sandwiches along.

:: jogg maybe i could say run 4 times a week, this would be perfect 3 short runs and a long one
-- kind of on track, i enjoyed some freedome of not running while on vacation, but other than that, i'm
    running just around 25k and as planned 4times a week.

:: knit one item a month, be it mittens, a shawl or a hat, maybe the linnen tunica liesl which i got
               started on and stopped and unraveled again...
-- january, my mohair shawl in green.
    february, the longish shawl.
    may, the green baby cardy.
    august, a puddle duck cardy, supposedly for thea, it turned out to be much smaller than expected...
:: look at natures beauty once more. take the moment to observe the bird playing with the wind.
-- looking at the salmon jump was super exciting!

:: maybe just be brave to not set every thing and every plan in stone, but be flexible and bendable
               with scheduling and enjoy the freedome in that
:: nurture my spiritual life with still and times of prayer on a regular basis
-- i thend to lean into my prayers and take many moments of halting the every day routine. just a
    moment of still, of quiet and listening. listening to myself to God speaking and leading me. this
    feels helpfull in many tense moments. taking a moment of prayer and contemplation each night,
    before reclingn and falling asleep.

:: organize a little house concert
               this was on my list for the past couple years, and i'm so excited about the event in planning,
               i will keep you posted
-- and here we go, on st. patricks day at our house with special guests! let's do it again.

:: protect the space and needs of our children in our community household. this is sometimes a bit of
               a challenge, as we live in community and share our kitchen table and living room space with
               8 more people in our household. it is important to me and i need to remind myself to very
               sensitive of this issue.
-- i'm glad we are doing fine with this challenge. the teenagers are able to chose with what they want
    to participate and when they rather not want to. we also live with very understanding people and
    the two young ladies living in the community love children, which is such an asset.

:: quilt the granny square quilt
              i want to keep this on my list and check off until the summer
-- not checked off the list yet...
   but i got myself a new quilt project; "single girl" it's moving along as the summer does

:: reading for enjoyment, pleasur as well as education
                The Children Act by Ian McEwan
                A Spool of blue thread by Anne Tyler (a bit boring)
                Daring to drive by Manal Al-Sharif
                Wie Adam, Eva und die Evolution zusammenpassen by Timothy Keller
                Schottland: Whisky, Seetang und karierte Röcke by Rolf Sotcheck
                Gardening with Chickens by Steele
                Heinrich Bullinger, Reformer, Church politician, Historian by Patrick Müller
                Ulrich Zwingli Prophet, Ketzer, Pionier des Protestantismus by Peter Opitz
                The last painting of Sara DeVos by Dominic Smith
                Simple Matters by Erin Boyle
                Gebrauchsanweisung für London by Ronald Reng

:: sew a few baby kimonos
-- i made 4 of them, very cute and three of them have already found their calling.

:: teach with lots of enthusiasm and joy, my religion classes at church. i want to put my
               knowledge and passion into this new calling.
:: utilize my energy and the space i live in, to hoste gatherings and have people come and visit
:: visit friends abroad, the plan is for summer: go to london and visit the b's and travel to schottland
               too, this is in planning and so super exciting
-- lot's of good days with friends and family in London and Scotland this summer, right here start
    the postcards.

:: watch a good movie in the theather with a friend
              this didn't happen last year, but maybe after ski vacation there will be an evening...
-- we went and saw the "phantom thread", i really liked it. a good night out with my friend.
    and that was not enough, we invited friends and watched "three billboards outside ebbing"
    which was very good too.

:: relax a bit more, not everything needs to be handled and talked through with the urgency and high
              flying emotion it is being brought to my attention.
-- just this week, i decided to walk off and go for a run. it was a good alternative as the person
    i was trying to explain something to, decidedly didn't want to understand. i wasi was relaxed after
    the running and let go of it.
    a good one to remember...

:: yearn for the peace that God puts in my heart and the every day rythm of things
:: zeroing in on the important stuff and let go of everything else

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