December kind of snuck up on me

seasonal-arrangement-front-porch

Actually, I don’t know that’s actually true. I’ve been aware of December’s approach all through this fall, and yet somehow, here it is. And I have a feeling that I’ll shortly be saying ‘and there it goes!’ My hiatus from the blog seems to have dovetailed almost completely with the breaks taken by many of my closest blogging friends, which seems like more than just a cosmic coincidence.

I think life just feels over-full for so many people, and certainly the world has been full of distractions, many of them serious and hard to ignore. A life well lived, in my book, is one that balances being aware of the wider world/your community and contributing in some way, with taking care of your own little world, including health, wellbeing, family/friends, and creativity.  A life well lived includes, in some way, the ability to tune out everything else and just focus on what you’re doing, even for brief moments. It’s a balance that I constantly struggle with.

The past few months have been very heavily focused on my immediate family, and it’s been a funny season in which I’ve had more available time than at any point in the last three years (our youngest went back to public school in September, and is doing really well), and yet that time has been in demand in new ways. I’ve been trying to do more volunteering in my community, I’ve tried to carve out some time for personal interests that have taken a back seat for too long, and as a family we’ve been focused on helping our older boy get ready for college next year. Those are just the headlines, too. If December snuck up on me, you can imagine how it feels to have my oldest child suddenly on the brink of leaving home and going out into the world!

In a world that continues to spin way too quickly, the charms of choosing to exist more slowly at least in certain parts of our lives continues to exert an attraction. Which means that Wuppenif still has a place for me, even if it continues to change. A new reader has asked me if she can use my photo of an old school bell that I’ve shared here before on her family’s Christmas card this year, and I happily agreed. I love that others are also trying to ‘keep it old school’ in some small way, every day.

If anyone out there would like to share their tricks for slowing the pace or at least pretending to, I’d love to hear them.

Old school bell
Our old school bell is positioned just outside our back door. We use it to call family members up from the valley, where most of our land sits. It’s one of the nicest features of our home.

8 thoughts on “December kind of snuck up on me

      1. You said it for me too Dagne…somehow felt the fast passing of the year had to do with being of a “certain age”, so it was a reassuring to know your generation is feeling it too. Lovely blog, fabulous pictures, thank you.

      2. Oh, thank you Jerri. The best part of the blog is connecting with others and I love that we have the same experience across the generations. Always lovely to say hello!

  1. I can so relate to this post – and you expressed it really well. I am one of your friends blogging less now – and you’re exactly right, it’s a question of finding some balance, and putting the focus in the right place. I’ll be watching for any tips or tricks that you get – I could sure use them! So pleased that things at school are going better for your youngest. As you know I too have a grad this year, and I think part of the busyness of this year is due to all her activities, the events, the planning etc. Your porch decoration looks lovely – simple and seasonal. Maybe it’s inspired me to get our wreath made this weekend.

    1. You were top of mind when I wrote about blogging friends also taking a break! I notice that you’ve been making inroads again recently (it was PetKid who noticed first!), and I plan to wander over and have a read. It’s kind of neat that we both have grads at home this year, and it definitely makes me feel less alone. It’s unreal how busy this final year can be for high school students. I got to do a road trip with him, just the two of us, to visit his top picks for college, and it was pretty special as well as extremely helpful. Good luck with that wreath, it’ll feel good!

      1. Oh, what a good time to look back on in future years. Mine is planning a gap year, and coincidentally has landed a casual position at the library! The coincidences abound :). She’s a little up in the air about future plans, so a gap year is probably a good thing. Does your son have a specific path in mind?

      2. I think a gap year has a lot to recommend it and it’s the right thing for a lot of young people. I always wonder how young people can be expected to know what they want to do right out of high school. In my son’s case he knows he wants to do CAD design, in fact he already sells parts he has designed for scale vehicles. He’s just lucky to have found that path so young. Having said that he’s trying to figure out how to do a big trip next summer before college because he’s worried he won’t be able to do anything like that for the next four years! (Love that your daughter will be at the library!)

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