According to the calendar, we are not even a full month into winter. What?? It feels a whole lot longer than that to me. Not exactly sure why but I have convinced myself that winter’s end is just around the corner. Um, no. I suppose the unseasonably tolerable weather has played tricks on me. But, I’m not complaining. At least, not about the weather. If I look at how many weeks are, technically left in this least favorite season of mine, well, then I might start to complain.
Maybe it is a bit early for a winter edition of things I am loving…but I also thought focusing on the positive might keep my attitude in check. So here are six (or so), incredibly random, things that I am loving right about now.
1 – Slow mornings. I love mornings of any kind and during any season, but winter mornings always seem to start extra gentle. I suppose it is because the sun is so slow to get fully awake. This season of life that my husband and I are in allows us to tweak our morning routine as the days shorten and lengthen. We also enjoy the fireplace in the mornings which makes a good morning even cozier. Last month, I received several bags of different holiday coffees and have been enjoyed something different almost every morning. One more thing making mornings lately so enjoyable. I will admit, waking up with the sun is my real favorite but we are making the most of these darker mornings.
2 – Our devotional. As part of our morning routine, my husband and I do morning devotions together. And part of that is a new reading plan that we started at the beginning of the year. I found it on the YouVersion Bible App and is put out by Doxa Deo. We started in the gospel of John and read a chapter a day. There is a short video that goes with each day’s reading and we have found them very interesting and thought-provoking. Our thinking has been challenged – in good ways – just about every morning. We look forward to this, and the rest of our Bible time, each morning.
3 – Graphic t-shirts. Like I said, these are totally random. I don’t even wear t-shirts that often but I found several with winter and/or holiday themes and, with the milder weather, I have been wearing them often with a comfy cardigan. So much nicer, in my opinion, than heavy sweaters or even bulky sweatshirts. Not too long ago, I found this website and they have a t-shirt of the month club. I decided to give it a try and have really liked each shirt so far. They are super soft and wash really well. Who would have imagined t-shirts in the winter? It works for me!
4 – Thrifting. I love thrifting in any season, but this time of year is great for consignment or thrift store shopping. Or just browsing. Everyone seems to purging, reducing, reorganizing or just plain getting rid of things. There are treasures galore to explore, discover or just to look through. I have absolutely no idea why but I find that process very enjoyable and even relaxing.
5 – The birds. Ok, this one is probably going to show my age. But, we just get so many enjoyment out of watching the birds in the backyard. We recently bought a new birdseed. Read that, a much more expensive bird seed and the birds love it. Well, of course they do! Our two trees (yes, the yard is small) are filled with busy birds. And such pretty birds. We ooh and ahh like the two old people that we are…..and we wage non-stop war with the squirrels in order to save their place. The squirrels know no fear. They literally stare and mock us as we yell the most unkind things at them. Ha. Maybe a bit of an exaggeration. Our yelling. Not their mocking.
6 – Valentine’s Day. I know it isn’t even February but I might as well get this one out there. I look forward to this cute holiday. (Is it actually a holiday?) I know not everyone does. There are plenty of scoffers but I’m not one of them. Not that my husband and I do much as far as celebrating (we often enjoy a good meal out with friends which is fun) but I really enjoy having fun with the Junior Church class. It brings back fun memories from when my own kiddos were small and we just have a good time with it. I picked up some things yesterday (while browsing my favorite consignment store) for some decorations in our room….and then I started think about all things pink, red and heart shaped. It’s fun!!
7 – And just a few more: lunch dates with friends, roasted vegetables (winter vegetables are delicious), the absence of snow!, the return to Bible study (next week), my new computer, just about anything peppermint flavored, and spending time with our son and his new girlfriend!!
So, what have you been loving lately?? Have you had snow? If so, does that make your heart happy? If not, are you as okay with that as I am??:) I think I’ll add my favorites to Andrea and Shay’s Friday Favorites link-up. You can find them here and here. Here’s to a wonderful weekend ahead. Thanks for stopping by, friends.