A Busy Weekend and Thoughts of Comfort

I didn’t post for my 31 Days series over the weekend because it just got away from me! Oops. It was a wonderful, busy weekend filled with a trip to the community garden, some baking and cooking, hours and hours of chatting with best girlfriends whom I don’t see enough, and finally on Sunday a quick trip up to the North Shore to bring a friend home. Then we had to be back home by 5 p.m. to make a quick dinner and drive Rose to choir practice. Whew! A whirlwind. I’m tired today but filled with many comforting memories of an Autumn weekend well spent.

Lake Superior Duluth

What did you do over the weekend? How is autumn feeling in your part of the world?

Something that autumn brings for me is the feeling of comfort, so today I want to get you thinking about comfort and what makes you feel cozy, at home, comforted and comfortable.

Here’s a quick list of some of my own most comfortable things:

Warm, chunky soups in the slow cooker all day. I want this today!
Putting my robe and jammies on in the evening.
Watching Gilmore Girls for the 100th time.
Reading really good historical fiction.
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books.
Cozy sweaters.
Yoga pants!
Sitting by a fire, if we had a fireplace. Since we don’t, sitting by a fire somewhere else.
The rocky shore of Lake Superior. Yesterday George and I took 20 minutes to sit in the rocks along the shore just northeast of Duluth proper (probably still in Duluth, actually). Those rocks felt amazingly warm on a brisk fall day, and I felt like my body just wanted to stay sitting on those rocks forever. There was a magnetic pull that didn’t want to let me go, and I didn’t want to let go of it. But we had to leave for home, to get Rose to choir on time. It was a beautiful day to drive to the North Shore, even briefly. If we hadn’t promised to bring a friend back home we would never have allowed ourselves the opportunity. Luckily we’re going back in ten days!
Knitting simple things.
A mug of tea.
Being with girlfriends who understand me. To whom I don’t have to explain myself, ‘hardly’ ever.
Of course, being with George who might not understand everything about me but it doesn’t matter. He lets me be me. And he restores my soul like no other human being on earth can do.
Writing, ‘just writing’ is a comfort to me, always.

George at Lake Superior beach

Today, I encourage you to make a list or a picture collage of things and ideas and images that are a comfort to you. What does comfortable mean for you? After you make your list or collage, pick one thing from it and incorporate it into your life today. 

Here’s a picture of me with some of my best friends, women I raised my babies with and with whom I now navigate the way-past-baby, nearly adult kids world. There isn’t anything more comforting than long time friendships, is there? If you have some long time friends, why not write one of them a note of thanks today?

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As promised, the moon phase of the day…

The moon has moved to *almost* full. In two days it will be both the Full Hunter’s Moon and an eclipse and we will talk more about that. For today, it is waxing gibbous 95% full and looks like this:


But don’t take my word for it. Go outside and take a look for yourself tonight

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