January has my heart

January 28, 2022

January has my heart

Something about January makes me want to write. Making plans, taking notes, putting together lists. Gathering my thoughts. (I realize the month is nearly over, but I'm still in the writing mood:)

Maybe it's all those Winter Journal articles from my beloved Victoria Magazines that stick in my head. Or maybe it's just because January is full of quiet and cozy moments. 

January has my heart - October House Fiber Arts Journal

It seems to be a "pen and paper" kind of month, for me anyway. There are lots of new spreadsheets, lists and documents to start fresh with in January. Business stuff. I also seem to fill a lot of pages in my sketchbooks during this month. My head is full of things I want to get out and onto paper. 

In January, I always think of "A Circle of Quiet", the first book in Madeleine L'Engle's Crosswicks Journals. I love reading in January, and I really love reading an old book.  I love what C.S. Lewis says about reading old books:

Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books.

The only palliative is to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can be done only by reading old books.

I just finished reading Stillmeadow Sampler. I love that it ends with the knowledge that spring, the season of renewal, is returning. Maybe that's what January says to me...take a deep breath, savor those memories, and then step forward.

 January has my heart - October House Fiber Arts Journal

Incidentally, the photo is a freebie here on my website...You are Loved. It includes a sweet little row of hearts.

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