Sunday Letter friends~
Holy-moly! Welcoming February feels like a major accomplishment, like we scaled the highest, most difficult month of the year, which was icy and treacherous at times and definitely teeth-chattering cold, and now we can almost see clear through to spring. Oh, I’m sure winter will have plenty more to say about the matter, but a few days of false spring has me pretending the season is behind us.
Yes, I’m fickle when it comes to winter. The first beautiful snowfall is thrilling to me. The second one too. But after a string of cold, gray days, I have to dig a little deeper to appreciate the beauty. It’s the blue sky I crave most.
Seems to me the Christmas season should extend through January 31, and February 1 should mark the beginning of the new year. Mid-January is when we need tinsel and twinkle lights the most.
Using What We Have
As revealed in my January Sunday Letter, I chose Simplify as my Word of the Year for 2024. I’m not sure how much simplifying I’ve accomplished so far, but I have managed to declutter several drawers and closets. Having less clutter feels like a simplified world to me.
Here’s an example of a small January success: We’ve collected lots cloth napkins through the years. Stored away, we used them rarely. I emptied a kitchen drawer, that served no real purpose other than collecting phone chargers and whatnots, and filled it with our cloth napkins. Now, we use them every day.
This tiny shift in our household routine has provided a bright spot during mealtimes. And, as a bonus, our paper towel consumption has reduced significantly!
Valentine for the Birds
This is the time of year I like to re-share my Valentine bird feeder recipe. The birds need extra energy throughout the winter, and I like to believe they appreciate the love that goes into making a handmade feeder.
- 2 cups birdseed
- 1 tablespoon bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- Twine and Cotton (untreated)
Note: Cotton makes a great material for nesting. The twine is used to hang the feeder and provide extra support. For step-by-step details on how to make these adorable feeders, click HERE.
Teaser Alert: My Next Book
A few days ago I finished the rough draft of my fourth book. Finishing a rough draft is one of many early steps in the process of writing a book. It’s a huge one, but still, I have lots more work ahead.
I don’t yet have a publication date, and I’m not ready to announce the book name; my relationship with this story is too new to say. After only one year together, I’m still learning what makes my protagonist tick. I’m flirting with ideas and trying to tease words into sentences. Some days, I wonder if anyone will see the future I imagine for this new relationship. I sure hope so, because already I’m heavily invested.
This is the time of editing, which is fun and frustrating. Later, my professional editor will get ahold of it, and things will move faster.
Just for fun, I created a vision board, symbolic of the story. Of course, between now and book publication, much can change. But for now, take a gander at my next book…
What do you think?
Things Momma Says
So far this year, I’ve had bad luck with my scales.
Last week I attended a discussion between two creatives, and the idea of planting seeds was discussed. As a gardener and a writer, this really resonated with me.
Planting a few seeds everyday is an essential step in reaching any goal. As a writer, I work on the same paragraph for hours. I apply to a fellowship I have little chance of receiving. Inquiries are made, posts are sent into the world, classes are taken, ideas are explored—every day a tiny creative seed is planted. Many will never sprout, but a few will. And eventually, a flower will bloom. Maybe an entire garden will grow. But, nothing will happen without scattering a few seeds each day.
I remind myself to plant a seed even on those days when inspiration is lacking.
Thanks for reading today’s Sunday Letter. Be kind and optimistic, friends!
Grace Grits and Gardening
Farm. Food. Garden. Life.