Gratitude & Glories: {January 2021}

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

For January 2021

Looking out my window… January was extremely cold, grey, yet with brilliant piercing sunshine-y moments. We had beautiful rime ice at the beginning of the month and lots of snow towards the end.

I am thinking… about teaching older children how to cook more! Teaching soup making, bread making, and various treats and sides.

I am thankful… that our extended family was safe from a horrific semi related car crash.

One of my favorite things… hearing my littlest son’s cute voice “meowing”. πŸ™‚

I am wearing… I’ve been swinging between huge extremes of comfy pants & sweatshirts to nice jeans, shirts, & cardigans. Fluffy socks and my old, trusty slippers

I am creating… my children’s story, which I like to call Silverleaf & Wodwo. I’ve been typing all my handwritten mess into my labtop. I’m trying to get it all in one spot to more easily type and edit. I read a fabulous book about community with creativity and I contacted a couple of friends to share our work together. I need deadlines, so very excited how that is going!

I am watching… for a moment to stop at a quilt store to pick out fabrics for my oldest’ quilt that I promised as part of her Christmas gift. We’ve been perusing Jane Brocket’s The Gentle Art of Quilting and are loving the simplicity of designs, but visual punch from bright fabrics. Really looking forward to making this with her!

I am reading… so many things, but I’m trying to finish The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. If you are looking for a clean, adventurous YA read, I recommend The Seventh City by Emily Hayse, an Alaskan setting and perfect for winter reading. I highly recommend Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Creative Collaboration of the Inklings by Diana Pavlac Glyer, so very inspiring. I also have been enjoying some of Brandon Sanderson’s high fantasy, specifically the Mistborn Series, which was clean for the most part and very creative.

I am listening toTim Janis instrumental, Montana Cello, and “Little Things with Great Love”. Oh, and we all love this!

I am hoping… to continue getting my morning writing habits down, revamp homeschool a bit, we need a fresh breeze this time of year!

In the garden… my oldest son and I have been making plans, but nothing solid yet. Last year, it didn’t warm up enough for what we wanted to do until end of May!

I am learning… that I need to tread gently with myself and my family during this dark, cold time.

In the kitchen… been loving roasted zucchini (yes, from grocery store) with basil, garlic salt, sprinkle of parmesan. Also zoodles made with it!

In the homeschool room… it took us a bit to get back to the smoother days after Christmas, but now it’s better. However, I’m changing things up a bit now to blow in a freshness. We are loving reading through The Magician’s Nephew again together.

Shared Quote

“In front the sun climbs slowly, how slowly, But westward, look the land is bright.”

Arthur Hugh Clough

Some moments from my day{month}…

8 thoughts on “Gratitude & Glories: {January 2021}

  1. I LOVE these posts! I feel so much kinship with you!

    Our return to homeschooling after the holidays was a little rough, too. I’m glad you’ve found a rhythm that’s working! We’re also planning our garden and we’re looking forward to starting lots of things in the basement this year because, like you, we can’t plant most things in the ground until late May.

    Good work with your children’s story! It sounds like a lot of fun πŸ™‚

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      1. Oh, Amy. Please don’t be sorry. You have so much going on AND it sounds like you are doing a lot of writing in other places, which is important. I love getting glimpses into your life, which I find so inspiring. No pressure to show up more than what feels natural!

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    1. Yeah, I hear you. I did terrible writing in 2020, but all that is changed this year for me. I struggle with balancing everything, but I suspect we all do. I do so much better on less social media, but I love so many of the friendships I’ve found there too, so it’s hard to prioritize. πŸ™‚


    1. Thank you! I was a terrible blogger and blog reader over 2020, but trying to embrace it more this year. I really do enjoy it. I just need to do ONE thing consistently. I can’t do too many online things or I just don’t actually do any writing. Sigh.


  2. Hi Amy. I came over via Simple Woman’s Daybook. The images on this post are beautiful – I love the teapot! The book about the Inklings and creative collaboration sounds really interesting; I need to put that on my list.


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