I forget, every year, how winter takes over my life. It affects my commute, my diet (everything warm and spicy, please), my wardrobe (what goes with fleece-lined tights)?, my mental state. And although we escaped the recent blizzard with just a few inches of snow, it’s still cold, dark and sometimes icy out there.
She didn’t make up the question, and neither did I – we both got it from Barbara Brown Taylor. But it’s too good a question not to revisit once in a while. Especially when things are tough.
So, in the midst of short days and long nights, constant subway delays and unpredictable weather, family illness and work stress and frustrating news from all over the world, it strikes me as not only good but necessary to list the things that are saving my life now. (I’m linking up with Anne and others – feel free to join us!)
- A few pages of Lonesome Dove every morning over breakfast. I am loving the epic story of Augustus McCrae, Woodrow F. Call, and their journey from Texas to Montana. (My dad adores it, but I’ve never read it before.)
- My snazzy red journal, a gift from my sister.
- Chitchat with my favorite sandwich-maker at Darwin’s, who has dreads halfway down his back, a fondness for tie-dye and a warm, wide smile.
- Sea salt and vinegar chips (a new addiction).
- Molly’s scones, which I cannot stop making (and eating).
- Chai lattes from Darwin’s (also known, on some days, as the elixir of life).
- Weekly group emails from the Great New Books ladies.
- Related: stacks of good books. And my favorite bookish podcasts.
- Blue skies, which can turn an entire day around.
- Twinkle lights in my living and dining room.
- Tea in my favorite blue mug (above).
- Scarves and boots and fleece-lined tights.
- The display of local art in the hallway at work. So cheery and colorful.
- Tulips on my dining-room table.
- The final season of Downton Abbey, which (so far) is so good.
- Texts from a couple of stalwart friends.
- The staycation my husband and I were able to take this weekend (of which more soon).
- Sunday nights around the table at Ryan and Amy’s.
It’s your turn. What is saving your life right now?