A guide for humans
This made my day. There is something so lovely about eating dinner earlier, as we do this time of year, and getting into pajamas right afterward. I am in bed before 10 most nights with a book. BLISS. Like your night watches, I miss this in the summer. All hail the Winter retreat! 💙💙💙
And I'm normally tucked up by 9 pm all year round, due to health condition. I feel less like I'm missing out in winter though!
I love the coziness inducing of this piece Katherine- I’ve given myself a ‘day off’ today I’ve enjoyed a walk in what felt like increasingly wintery sun this morning, I’ve just eaten a bowl of soup and I’m now eyeing up a nap, heaven!
Also, huge thanks for being up for supporting Shelter, it means so much to those in housing need (and to me!)
I loved this piece...and long for the cool coziness. I am in late spring in wild and windy Bay of Plenty, NZ. I really do not enjoy this season..very bad hayfever and too warm. So at present am trying to find creative ways to work with my aversion!!
The five ideas will help me with WinterTide in Wyoming, USA. In fact, yesterday we had the most snow fall in a single day in 25 years, about two feet. Reading these five ideas offered both affirmation and companion permission for next steps on a project launched as I was learning to walk with and out of osteoarthritic pain (hip join implants), realizing how movement habits and conditioning in my body contributed to wear and tear on the original valiant joints. Undoing a wide range of conditioning will be well served by embracing the content of the five ideas. Will keep you posted on the next awakening.
I loved this piece, Katherine. Even though I live much of the year in a relatively mild winter climate, we spend January and February in Quebec, where we enjoy the cosiness of the wood-burning stove in our cottage and getting under a big puffy comforter at night (not to mention the bright days of cross-country skiing on great snow!)
What a gift to get to read this while lazing on my couch, inhaling the pumpkin pie baking in the oven!
Your timing for this writing is perfect and what my soul needed to hear today, Katherine. Thank you.
I am in the final days with my sweet 16-year-old Lhasa/Maltese, Linus, who has been by my side since the day we picked him up. We began our lives together with him wrapped in his blankey and sleeping on my desk at a local shelter for the unhoused. His body has become a burden to his sweet soul and on Wednesday I will hold him close while he transitions to the peaceful hereafter.
I’ve been spending every moment possible huddled up in my bedroom with him (the only place his aging mind feels safe anymore). It’s been more painful than I ever imagined to make this decision to end his suffering, and yet I sense him telling me it is the right thing to do now.
And so, I will continue my hibernating and cuddling this little one who has been with me through more trials than I can count; who cuddled me and slept on my lap while I ugly-cried into a cloth, and who brought incredible laughter and joy to our home, our family, and countless people overcoming some of the most painful trauma I’ve listened to.
Like many of you, I am also looking forward to a season of slowing down, of cozy reading, writing, and of cleaning and organizing in preparation for the spring ahead.
Thank goodness for you, Katherine May ❤️