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A Little Order in Winter

I’m home again from the hospital, sore and exhausted but so happy to be home. There were complications with the procedures that will make recovery a bit longer, but it’s OK. The docs were able to do them and that’s what counts. Now I rest up and wait for the results. Thank you so much for all your kind notes and messages. They mean a great deal to me and brought a lot of smiles and comfort. XO

It’s been wicked cold this week thanks to icy winds that seem to find every crack in the floorboards and gap in our clothing. Brrr. It’s a good time of year to rest inside, warm and toasty with multiple layers and innumerable cups of hot tea, steaming coffee, and creamy cocoa.

My recovery days are filled with quiet things: wood-burning, reading, naps. I’ve been reading Robert Frost, remembering why I’ve always loved his words:

“We can make a little order where we are, and then the big sweep of history on which we can have no effect doesn’t overwhelm us. We do it with colors, with a garden, with the furnishings of a room, or with sounds and words. We make a little form, and we gain composure.”

a little order where we are” – how I love that.

When I am ill or tired or just plain overwhelmed, it’s such a comfort to know I don’t have to fix it all, feel it all, care deeply for it all. My heart gets pulled in so many directions when I watch the news or read the paper, most of which I can do absolutely nothing about.

But I can make a little order in my life. I can make our little world a bit better for me and my loves, the people that cross our path.

I can plant flowers and herbs and veggies.

I can cuddle baby goats and help them find their mums when they get lost.

I can write notes or emails to beloved ones near and far.

I can brew a cup of tea for a dear friend.

I can give my hubs a hug when he’s had a rough day.

Little things really do make a difference.

What little things are making your world better this week? XO

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Krista - Thanks so much, Rae. XOXO

Krista - The little IS always worth it, @rachelfriesen:disqus So glad you understand this feeling too and are learning to thrive in spite of it. XO

Krista - You are an absolute treasure, dear @disqus_o9c9vkchcC:disqus How did you know that all of those things you would bring are EXACTLY what would cheer me?! 🙂 XOXO

Krista - I’m so very, very glad the words of the quote were just what you needed, dear @Jacqueline_at_Bliss:disqus XO I’ve been thinking of you so much with the huge changes in your life and all the work you have to do to make things happen. XO You inspire me always. XO

Krista - I love all those things in your life, dear @knittingthemoment:disqus XOXO Celebrating with you. XO

Krista - Thank you so much, Hotly Spiced. I’m so glad to be in a place of hope and healing now. XO

Krista - That is my favorite shot too, @budgetjan:disqus 🙂 I love your focus on kind words and turning uncharitable thoughts into ones of kindness. That is so wonderful. XO

Krista - Oh Karin, I’m so sorry to hear you are in pain. XOXO So thankful for your kind hugs sent my way. I send them to you too and wish you speedy healing and thorough recovery. XO

Krista - Your week sounds wonderfully rich and nourishing, Susan. 🙂 I love that you made bannock – I haven’t had that in years!

Krista - Thank you, dear @breannemosher:disqus XO You are a comfort and solace.

Krista - Thanks so much, @lizposmyk:disqus They were surprising and relieving and good. 🙂

Krista - Snow on the mountains sounds exquisite, Tandy! 🙂

Rae - Feel better soon. xoxo

Rachel Friesen - I struggle with this too. Even at my best, I can never do it all. But I can always do a little. And that little is always worth it. Best thoughts and prayers as you recover.

Anna Johnston - Oh Krista, wishing you the speediest of recoveries. I hope you are not in too much pain. Please take special care of you, such a shame we are still so far away, id bring soup, baked goods and Disney films. Although, gotta say, you are inspiring, its brilliant to see you finding the positive in everything happening in your world. You rock!!! Sending you lots of healing energy, giant cyber hugs and loves. Mwah! xx

Marie - I am finding comfort in beautiful yarn that can be made into beautiful blankets, netflix, homemade scones, the complete love of the dogs and good test results. And if I didn’t have any of that, I’d still have “the sun in the morning and the moon at night”. xoxo

Jacqueline_at_Bliss - I’m so sorry that my good wishes for your smooth recovery come *after* your procedure and not sooner! I’ve been steeped in so much change (!) and having to make so many things *happen* at once. I so wished I’d been able to check in here sooner and see how you’ve been. It does make me happy to know that your incredible partner, friends and community (here and there) have surrounded you with love and comfort. I’m sending all of my love from over the hills (and ocean!) and far away. Be gentle with yourself my friend. That quote has given me more solace right now than you can imagine. XXX

Hotly Spiced - I’m so glad you’re home from hospital and making a good recovery. Thank goodness the surgery and procedures are behind you. I agree that it’s the simple things that can really make a difference xx

budgetjan - You make magic with your camera. The leaf is superb – I love the way the light shines through it. My world has been made better this week by reminding myself that words are meant to be kind. So when I have uncharitable thoughts I try to channel them into kind words. I think this has a positive impact on my life and the life of those around me. 🙂 Thinking of you resting, recuperating and enjoying the little things. Hopefully one day soon you will be 100% well.

Karin@yumandmore - Wishing you a good recovering and especially the patience you need to heal. I feel for you, my operation was on June 12th and it is slow going but I can finally feel some improvement and am taking the good days and the not so good ones with acceptance. Great big heeling hugs and enjoy the gorgeous winter light and the simple joys! xox Karin

Lizzy (Good Things) - Take care of yourself Krista, rest up and best wishes for the test results : )

Breanne @ This Vintage Moment - So much beauty even when it’s been a rough go, you are an inspiration to me, dear one. Wishing you much rest and peace as you continue to heal. XXO

thefisherlady - the light… how it shines through our cracks… you are beauty, how you see the world is beauty… when you hurt I pray you find His compassions continue to fail not, and may you always feel a warm embrace. Healings dear friend… my goats send hugs to your goats, my dogs to your dogs, my world to your world… so far yet brought so close through your heart words… our cracks let God’s light shine through… I love the imperfections of my friends, all unique and beautiful … a tapestry of beauty each one… alongside loving friends we endure the hardness of this life and come forth as gold, purified and lovely… as a seed gently planted and cared for, we blossom, and out of pain and struggle comes the most amazing strength of life and encouragement.
my week has been made special with the working in the garden… weeding watering tilling… enjoying fresh spinach, lettuce, onions… drying wild nettles, having my son home…enjoying friend’s bridal showers, feeding everyone fresh bannock, bread and goat cheese, and seeing all the smiles…

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - Wishing you a speedy recovery. My week has been made special by snow on the mountains 🙂

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