As I write this last post of NaBloPoMo, I am looking back on what I've written each day. I saw a question on one of the forums I read on Ravelry asking if people had written something meaningful each day, or just taken up Internet space. I think I've done some of both.
My blog was begun for me to document my knitting, display photos, and commemorate family gatherings, events, and milestones. I think I've succeeded in doing that. I don't aim for insightful social commentary and I like to keep my entries light and short for the most part. I use the blog as a journal, diary, and scrapbook and a place to share with my family and friends.
So in posting every day during the month of November, I've taxed my little brain a bit to come up with daily ideas and I've accomplished a couple of things. I learned how to spin (sort of), I finished a big project (my Kauni sweater) and I've documented the autumn changes in the garden and commemorated a couple of family events. All in all, I'm pleased with the monthly exercise and, although I won't continue to post every day, hope to do so more often than I did in the past.
DH had an idea to perk up our Thanksgiving gathering with a little singalong. Now we don't usually do this, and some people grumbled and some looked askance, but he passed out lyric sheets and put the song on the CD player. Everyone laughed, listened, sang along and smiled when it was over. The song was "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" by Eric Idle from Monty Python's Life of Brian. In these troubled times, the message is even more appreciated, and the catchy music can make you whistle the rest of the day. (Caution: If you don't appreciate Monty Python or seeing several dozen men hanging on crucifixes, skip the link to this YouTube video.)
A couple of verses:
Some things in life are bad
They can really make you mad
Other things just make you swear and curse.
When you're chewing on life's gristle
Don't grumble, give a whistle
And this'll help things turn out for the best...
And...always look on the bright side of life...
Always look on the light side of life...
If life seems jolly rotten
There's something you've forgotten
And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing.
When you're feeling in the dumps
Don't be silly chumps
Just purse your lips and whistle - that's the thing.
I will now go back to my determined attempts at spinning on the drop spindle, and wish you all a happy December. See you soon.