It's been ages since I've done a Joy List Monday post (I've never done one in this space), but this morning I am overflowing with joy and wanted to share it with you (and encourage you to discover some joy at the start of a week, too).
We have been having the most perfect weather and once again I'm struck by how easily the weather affects my mood. But more than that, our area was hit with devastating storms and record flooding. We made it through fine, but many people around us lost so much.* The sunshine and clear skies feel hopeful.
We spent as much time outdoors this weekend as we could, soaking up the sunshine and savoring these perfect days. I had other projects I could have been working on, but this late in the season I didn't want to be inside.
My garden is a jumble right now. Plants flopping over from the weight of flowers or fruits or seeds. Many things past their prime and plagued with powdery mildew or rot. BUT there is still so much beauty. Flowers are still blooming everywhere I look.
We're still eating daily from the garden. The bees and hummingbirds are enjoying the flowers and the chickadees and goldfinches are eating the seeds of spent sunflowers and coneflowers. So much beauty.
I've been working on letting go of summer (and not beating myself up over all the things I didn't get to do this year). I've been working on taking things slowly. Not rushing myself and not letting myself feel rushed. It makes a big difference, even when things are busy.
And Joy Lists always help, too.
- sunshine, blue skies and perfect weather
- garden salsa on repeat
- sunshine coming in the windows, again, as the sun shifts its seasonal position in the sky
- my nasturtiums on the current issue of The Essential Herbal Magazine
- my sweet JoyLetter subscribers (I'm giving away a copy of the current issue of The Essential Herbal Magazine to one subscriber... I'll be choosing a name on Wednesday, so if you want a chance to win, sign up before then!)
- a walk through my parents' meadow with grasshoppers leaping at each step
- visits with extended family last week
- my 2019 Tea Towel Calendar design (you can vote for it in Spoonflower's contest here)
- upcoming time off
- eating apples picked from my parents' trees
- projects, plans and ideas
I hope you are finding joy and beauty surrounding you today, too. I'd love to hear what's on your list.
*I'll be donating 10% of my sales from the month of September to flood relief.