I can tell life is settling back into a routine again because I've had the ability to do more than collapse on the couch at the end of each day. I very ,very rarely sit down at the end of the evening without picking up some handiwork but the past few weeks I sank into the couch every evening and stared slackjawed at the TV screen until bedtime. I did try to cross-stitch now and then but mostly I tuned out after a full day of hauling boxes around the house and figuring out where everything needed to go.
But now I've picked up my knitting again regularly. The Buds and Bumbles shawl is a simple four-row repeat that I have mostly memorized but still sometimes need to check in with the pattern. It's enjoyable to see what colors are coming up next with the Zauberball yarn I am using for it. I've also been working on my Love and Joy sampler a lot; I love stitching Alicia Paulson's patterns because they are so sweet and full of delicate little details. If you don't read her blog, you should peek over at all the crafting and pictures and loveliness there. Her home is an inspiration to me.
Speaking of homes, The Life-Giving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson is an encouraging book for me right now about forming beautiful rhythms and atmosphere within a home, and I've been reading In the Woods by Tana French when I am up for a thriller. On top of that, I'm listening to The Count of Monte Cristo on the CraftLit podcast, usually just about 10 minutes a day, so I'm pretty far behind real-time, but slowly but surely I am making headway in that big book!