Taking Stock


This post was inspired by lovely Pip‘s posts of the same name. I love pausing to take note of the little things happening here and now. It reminds me to be present in the moment and helps me to appreciate all of the good going on this very second. Maybe you’d like to write a Taking Stock post too? Please share it in the comment section if you do!

Making: A wall hanging out of fabric scraps and doilies.
Cooking: Lots of quick stuff. Sauteed kale and potatoes with eggs. Fried rice. Beans on toast.
Drinking: Tea! Always tea!
Reading: Spaces.
Wanting: To get more organised.
Looking: For a new winter coat.
Playing: The Arctic Monkeys and The Black Keys on repeat. (Reuben’s current favourites!)
Deciding: It’s ok to stay in bed a little longer when it’s dark and frosty outside.
Wishing: Our old house was a bit warmer.
Enjoying: My slippers.
Waiting: For our Europe trip in September. (Impatiently!)
Liking: Cinnamon honey.
Wondering: Where this year has gone.
Loving: My mum’s sweet poddy calves, Chelsea and Bambi.
Pondering: The fleeting nature of our time on this beautiful earth.
Considering: All that I can do to make the most of it.
Hoping: We have a more successful season in the garden this coming spring.
Marvelling: At chickens hatching. (The fact a whole new living creature can grow inside an egg and burst into the world, all in the space of just three short weeks, will never cease to be incredible to me!)
Needing: A new pair of boots.
Following: So many inspiring people on Instagram. (I really love Instagram!)
Noticing: That our little fruit trees are now completely bare.
Knowing: I should go to bed earlier!
Thinking: I need to find more time for making stuff and being creative.
Admiring: Rag quilts and floral mandalas.
Smelling: Jonquils. (I cannot decide how I feel about this smell? Do I love it or do I hate it!? I’m not sure!)
Wearing: Gum boots and layers. Lots of layers.
Sorting: My clothes and decluttering my wardrobe.
Buying: A wooden dish brush to replace our disposable plastic one.
Getting: Really inspired and excited about starting an exciting new project.
Bookmarking: Jackie French’s calendar of self sufficiency.
Opening: The oven to reveal fresh bread.
Giggling: At our fur babies. (Always!)
Snacking: On strawberry yogurt and apples.
Coveting: A bigger yard with decent fencing for the doggies.
Wishing: I was a better knitter.
Helping: On the farm.
Feeling: So many things. (Love, restlessness, gratitude, hope, melancholy.)
Hearing: The wind rattle the windows…

Katie xx



About Katie

Katie is a tea drinking, jewellery making, op-shopping daydreamer. Katie likes vintage dresses, Pictionary, doilies and colourful tights.


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11 Responses to “Taking Stock”

  1. Gina July 1, 2014 at 4:14 am #

    What a lovely list, Katie. I can go with many of the items that you have written except for the boots and layers! It’s summer here in the USA and we’re in the middle of a short heatwave in New York State (Northeast USA). So, I’m “liking” shorts, loose sleeveless tops, lots of iced herbal tea, salads, and any cool breezes that come along.

    Re. cinnamon honey: have you found that ready to buy or have you made it? If so, can you share the recipe?

    Warm hugs for your winter weather!


    • Katie
      Katie July 2, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

      Hi Gina! I bought the cinnamon honey at the farmers market so unfortunately I can’t help with how to make it. It’s so yummy though! Hope you are managing to stay cool! xx

  2. Kerri July 1, 2014 at 7:15 am #

    I’m quite enjoying decluttering my own wardrobe too although I did buy some more additions on holiday. But I’m going for a one in one out rule at the moment.

    Go to bed earlier?! What is this voodoo that you speak of…

    • Katie
      Katie July 2, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

      One in, one out is a great rule for staying clutter free! And I know what you mean about going to bed early, why is it so hard?! xx

  3. Faye Payne July 1, 2014 at 7:34 am #

    Beautiful Katie,seeing those calves take me back to when I was a kid,that was one of our chores,bed early whats that,waiting for your big adventure,it will come and go so fast,Iv got 18 days to go,not that I’m counting xxx

    • Katie
      Katie July 2, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

      Feeding the calves was my job when I was a kid too. And yay!! Only 18 days to go! How exciting!! xx

  4. Gem July 1, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    Jonquils are a funny one, aren’t they? I think they smell exquisite, but Kin finds them revolting! I think it’s a scent you have to grow up with….

    I hope there are still some blooms around when I get back next month! ^^

    • Katie
      Katie July 2, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

      They are so strange! But I think I like them too! I think… 😉 xx

  5. Reannon @shewhorambles July 3, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

    I love that so many bloggers are taking inspiration from Pip & Taking Stock. I love the glimpse into your life they offer.

    I started a blog just last week & I was so excited to publish my Taking Stock post. I’d love for you to pop over & have a look 🙂


  6. Jenny July 8, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    I’ve been a reader of your blog for so long, but have never commented before… I’m shy! Still, your Taking Stock post was very inspiring, so I did my own version:

    http://jen.firebog.net/2014/07/08/taking-stock/ 🙂


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