A Very Blessed New Year to you!
As normal when I’m writing, I have a hot cup of milky honey tea beside me. Petey is rubbing his head against my leg for the odd pet and Henry is curled up staring out the window. In Nova Scotia, this past week has felt like the beginning of spring rather than January. Overcast, mild and muddy. Water dripping consistently from spruce boughs. Chickadees and bluejays peeking in our windows from the trees. My heart soars when I see chickadees. They are one of the few birds that stick around in the winter to make us feel a little less alone during the dark, cold times.
My family came to visit and stay with us this Holiday. It was so nice to just stay in and be cozy together. Night walks, good food and old movies (and The Office which my Mom has never seen). We drove to rural Nova Scotia for Christmas Day and Boxing Day where my Mom made a traditional Christmas dinner. In the evening, my family, Henry and Louie (my mom’s new dog) and I marched up the hill in complete darkness (with the exception of a flashlight) singing. I held my nephew’s hand and he kept declaring “We’re not scared!”
My mom gifted Jamie and I a beautiful handmade quilt this year! It is a reimagined quilt from my childhood. My Mom hand quilts the entire thing and it takes her around 6 months to complete. She is currently teaching me as well and I’m beginning to really love the meditative state of quilting. I’m no where near as good as she is but regardless, I enjoy the process! We also went on a few adventures this Holiday – Lisa, Jamie and I set out to find a waterfall. We drove the winding road on the way to Canso. Canso is right on the tip of the mainland. There is a Coastal Barren wilderness area out there which is just so beautiful. Back in the HRM, we drove to Peggy’s Cove along with a very large number of people who had the same idea as us! It’s a really busy spot but really worth it. The landscape is so unique and inspiring.
This year has been so challenging in different ways for so many of us. I really am happy to see a new year. 2021 saw us selling our old PEI farm house, moving to Nova Scotia and buying a new home during intense restrictions and lockdowns. Even though I’ve known for years that I wanted to return to Nova Scotia to make our life here, I wasn’t prepared for the grief I would feel leaving our island home. 2 Beloved family pets left us, Merlin and Charlie. When Merlin came to us, he was only 6 months old and found wandering the streets of the tiny town. We took him from the pound where he was due to be euthanized. He had 10 years living the best dog life wandering the hills and forests of Eastern Nova Scotia. Chasing coyotes and bears 😛 I loved him so much and still have a hard time accepting his passing. I brought dear Charlie brought home before starting University. He was a part of our family for 13 years. I genuinely thought he has many more years. He is the first cat that I’ve lost and I miss him dearly. I still hear him meowing when I go to my moms.
Alas, it’s hard. Life can be frustrating, painful and difficult but without those experiences and emotions we wouldn’t know all the wonderfulness that accompanies our existence. I would much rather experience the full spectrum of human emotion than nothing. It’s obviously impossible to say if on the world stage, this year will be any better. I hope it will be. I hang on to the fact that in the future, things will be better. Count our blessings and hope for those that are suffering.
Yes, it was difficult but at the same time it was wonderful. We are back in beautiful Nova Scotia! I see my family much more frequently now. We go hiking to waterfalls and the Atlantic ocean. Massive boulders and stones and lakes galore. I’m so ready for this whole new trip around the sun. I have so many ideas and plans. This year I have no intention of going on a hiatus from blogging or the shop. My plan is to be consistent and create. For whatever reason, I’m much more motivated and feel a lot more capable living here. To be honest, I think it speaks to one of the major reasons that I wanted to leave the island despite missing it after the fact, and that is that I was generally experiencing depression. It’s difficult to say because especially looking back I only remember all the good things and times I had (which there were many). Since moving, I feel like myself again. I wonder if anyone else has felt depression linked to where they live? It can be very isolating living on an Island and not being an “islander” But anyway, this year I feel – so so much better despite experiencing a wide range of emotions. I sincerely hope that it will be a good year for you too and if you are struggling just know sometimes we go through bad times to get to the good.
Well, there is a whole Sunday before us! Jamie and I are going to take Henry to a lake hike (likely very muddy). I’m trying to share more stories etc. and using social media again. I just have started turning off like counts etc. so that I don’t bother thinking about that kind of thing anymore. I find it easier to use! I have quite a few things to put up in the store in the coming weeks. New artwork, Knits and pattern so I will have a few blogposts to go up soon. Generally am just happy and content with my small cottage shop 🙂 I also want to thank you guys for reading and generally supporting my work. Even leaving a comment is a form of support so thank you!! Thank you to everyone who has bought something from the shop, donated and has asked for illustrations THANK YOU!! Sending you all blessings for the New Year from our rocky coastlines! May your best days be before you <3
HAPPY NEW YEAR DEAR READER!! I hope you’ll join me in 2022!