It’s raining outside. It’s probably washed all of the lingering snow away before the temperatures fall and turn icier than icy tomorrow.
The dishwasher is running, and Sophie Stella sighs because it seems the kitchen has been put away for the evening, which means no more food and play’s probably ended so it’s time to drift off.
Today, which only exists in my mind because I haven’t gone to sleep and it’s actually tomorrow, has been the first time that I’ve felt completely together since the year started. I managed to get a few things done with scheduling on my blog. I completed two reviews for upcoming book tours. I felt…good. I felt…feel like things are finally looking up.
I’ve considered making some plans for the new year. I know that most of you have done your resolutions or made plans or something of that ilk by now. Because I was feeling less than stellar, I haven’t even considered it. I am thinking that perhaps I’ll chime in for the Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year starts on February 5. It’s the Year of the Pig. Did you know that there are taboos for the Chinese New Year? (You can see them here.)
I think my blog needs to be revamped. I’d love to make some steadfast plan for my writing and, after this bout of bronchitis, I’m thinking I’d love to make a “get healthy” plan.
While I’ve been doing some writing, I’ve been knitting quite a bit. Here are a few things I’ve been working on:
The wrap on the right side is called Nightshift and it has been a big thing on the knitting community site, Ravelry, for a while and I’ve avoided knitting it because I generally avoid the “big things” because they’re usually disappointing. Big movies–I always find they’re hyped and I’m disappointed because if you don’t see it before you’re aware of the hype, the movie can never live up to the hype. But the Nightshift pattern was tantalizing to me. I love the mosaic. However, I used a self-striping yarn which made the knitting even more delicious because I didn’t know what was coming next. Much like reading a really good book.
On the dog front. Scout is probably no fonder of Sophie Stella than he was when I brought her home, which is disappointing to me. I had visions of them playing. Nope. Sophie Stella is also becoming the dog she truly is: meaning that she no longer feels like she needs to be careful. If you think only humans in early relationships do a job of pretending, I’m here to tell you that I believe dogs do too. They want stability so they pretend and try to fit in. When they start getting comfortable, you see the dog that is there.
Sophie Stella wants to protect. She grumbles more at people and dogs than she did in the first few weeks, which I’ll have to handle. And all of the issues she had with not eating in previous homes…I’ve seen none of that. This is the most food oriented dog at least for the food that I’m offering. But I’ve seen her become reactive in situations, normal situations, which makes me think that she must have suffered some abuse and that makes me sad because I never know if we’ll move beyond those things. I know what it’s been like with Scout.
Anyway. I feel like I’m back. Mostly. Thanks for all of your support and words of encouragement. I know that I still need to reach out to a lot of you. I hope that the new year is becoming what you hope it will be. And, if it hasn’t yet, there’s always tomorrow.
Hopefully you’re in a place where you can enjoy the total lunar eclipse. I’m hoping for some clearing of clouds.
In the meantime, take care. Goodnight. Sweet dreams.