Thursday, November 1, 2012

November Newness

Tyger Tyger, burning bright, in the forests of the night;
what immortal hand or eye, could frame thy fearful symmetry?
William Blake

Happy first day of November! There's something extremely satisfying to me about turning the page on the calendar. It's a lot like the feeling I get when I clear a space or line something up. Order has been restored! 

Love the symmetry of the framed artwork in this room. I'm going to have to replicate that
somewhere in our house one of these days...

In fact, I just spent a few minutes restoring order around our house. Halloween wrought quite a mess with its out-of-routine-ness. Shoes discarded at every entrance. Hampers overflowing with laundry. Sink (and counter) full of dishes. Toys on the floor, toys on the sofa, toys on the credenza.

Luckily, I read a lovely quote yesterday about the miracle and magic of childhood luminously rising out of the night, and that when the ability to be astonished is gone, so is childhood. I read it just before we were to go out trick-or-treating, in that sugar-crazed, hyper-excited time between the arrival home from school and when the porch lights turn on. This holiday is a big deal to kids; keeping up with the housework, though, not so much. 

But, in the time it took to brew my coffee this morning, I finished loading the dishwasher and started it (nothing is quite as annoying as realizing you have forgotten to actually run it through, and there are no plates or forks for dinner...). Then I took both hampers to the laundry room so I wouldn't have to look at them. I picked up a bunch of toys and put them on Bela's bed to be put away later; returned some shoes to my closet; and opened the curtains to see the transformation of night into day otherwise known as sunrise.

My "31 Days to Lovely Little Spaces" series is now done, along with the challenge to post daily for the entire month. I'm going to continue to challenge myself to post daily --and I've upped the ante to actually hit the "publish" button first thing in the morning. Here goes...

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