During the last couple weeks of the semester, things tend to get rough. That happened for me this year; and, possibly because I hadn't been through that particular ringer for a while (what with being on sabbatical in the spring and all!), it was particularly rough this past December.
So on the weekends I took some time to take care of myself, putting work aside for a day or half a day and indulging in the things that make my inner self sigh with relief, and even sing.
I played with yarn...
(This is the heel of a sock I knitted for my Secret Santa recipient.)
(I made a pair of wrist warmers for a friend who has helped our family this past year.)
(These are gift card holders--cute! even if I do say so myself.)
... and, thanks to a friend who let me come visit them, I played with these guys:
My friend warned me, "They'll be in your face. You might decide you like them better from the other side of the fence." She was right about one thing: they were certainly in my face. But I LOVED it! They nipped my scarf and my hood and my hair, sniffed my face repeatedly, bumped into me with their noses, and one (the younger one, on the left) even tried to steal my mitten right out of my pocket! It was great.
It was hard for me to get good photos because they wouldn't pose--they were too busy checking me out, and way too close for me to get them in the frame properly...
(Notice the coon hound getting into the act too, as she dashes by in the background!)
But, in the end, maybe these photos do a better job of reminding me what it was like to be with them... There were a few quieter moments--moments when they were a little more serious (or maybe just less goofy) and I stood next to them and listened what they had to tell me. I didn't understand a lot, but I got one message from them pretty clearly: the earth is strong and solid and will hold you up just fine.
Whew! It was nice to be reminded of that.
And then, after a moment of being profound, they'd go back to nipping my scarf.
Here's my favorite photo because it's the view I got the most often:
Sniff sniff, everyone!
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