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Living in the Now While Preparing for Year’s End

Here’s a motherly tip, unaffiliated with any particular religious wisdom tradition: Do one small thing today that will prepare you for cooler weather and the holidays at year’s end. Bring your sweaters out of storage, choose dates for your own year-end party with friends, buy three presents and tuck them aside, contemplate your holiday card and mailing list, buy the homeopathic remedy Aconite and store it somewhere you can find it at the first sign of a cold.

Completing projects at harvest time and preparing for winter is a ritual with its own quiet thrills. I’m a grasshopper in recovery.

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posted October 9, 2006 at 10:42 pm

Ok, grasshopper in recovery (an allusion to the Mary Oliver poem perhaps?), I dusted off my needles and pulled out skeins of wool; I’m close to finishing one of three knitted shawls. I’d forgotten how much I love doing this. Plus, I think about the intended recipient all the while – like a movie-in-my-head. Best of all, if someone nags/begs/pleads for my time while I’m in the throes of knitting, a simple tip of the needle reminds them, “I’m armed”. (Who knew?) My music-to-knit-by: Gloria, The Sacred Music of John Rutter. ahhhh. The weather feels cooler already.

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