It’s been a while since I posted. I’ve been busy with stuff and nonsense, some good, some not so good.
Good: I’ve had my ace Aunty Penny visiting from the UK. We did all sorts of exciting stuff like: going to Sydney, just overnight, just us two; going to Healesville Sanctuary to see koalas and echidnas; dipping our toes in the ocean; eating at our favourite restaurants; touring op-shops; playing Bananagram – if you haven’t played it you should.
Not so good: My pesky thyroid has gone overactive again. My brain is in overdrive and I can’t keep a thought in my head; I’ve lost more weight and my bony body is exhausted. Unfortunately hand tremors have made it tricky to type, and having cotton wool instead of a brain has made blogging inadvisable. Drugs are helping and I feel I’m slowly returning to a kind of normal, thank goodness.
Good: I took a delightful daytrip to Bendigo with friends from long ago fashion days. We saw the amazing work of contemporary Australian fashion designer, Toni Maticevski, at the Bendigo Art Gallery. Totally inspirational. If you like a fancy frock, get over there – it’s on until 20th November.
Not so good: The first anniversary of my brother’s untimely death is looming. It’s on my mind a little more each day. There’s a sense of foreboding. I’ve noticed myself cocooning in a protective blanket of mundaneness; laundry and vacuuming are becoming my shield. It’s not good.
Good: I met a delightful bunch of ‘Blog with Pip’ bloggers over morning tea and stimulating conversation. We met up at craft collective Our Little Caravan in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, and had excellent tea and cake from the on-sight Inchmeal Café. These women are inspiring, encouraging, smart and kind. All the good things. I’ve come away feeling re-energised. Thanks!
So I think it’s time to take stock again. List courtesy of Meet me at Mikes .
Making : New friends.
Cooking : Vegetables: I’m discovering lots of new ways with vegetables.
Drinking : Tea – of course.
Reading: The Paper House by Anna Spargo-Ryan.
Trawling: Through my wardrobe. I need to de-clutter via Camberwell Market.
Wanting: A new lens for my camera. I’ve got my eye on one.
Looking: Forward to my sister and her family visiting in the summer.
Deciding: To break out of my drought and start blogging again.
Wishing: I had more energy and less trembling. Damn it!
Enjoying: The glorious sunshine.
Waiting: For the dark cloud to descend. Maybe it won’t. Who knows?
Liking: Being part of a friendly and nurturing blogging community.
Wondering: What’s next.
Loving: Mr.B, still, after 30 years. Anniversary next week. Ahhh.
Pondering: If I’ll have enough energy and focus to start a new project.
Listening: To birdsong in the mornings and evenings. Someone’s full of the joy of spring over here.
Considering: The future.
Buying: A new leather bag. I’ve been carrying the same old bag for 10 years.
Watching: Todd Sampson’s Body Hack on channel 10. Insane.
Hoping: The future will be kinder.
Marvelling: At how quickly my girls are growing up. Nearly 16 – yikes!
Cringing: Trump – enough said.
Needing: My family around me.
Smelling: Citrus blossom outside the back door. Heavenly.
Wearing: New ‘old’ clothes from my recent op-shop extravaganza.
Following: Woogs World and Baby Mac.
Noticing: Spring growth.
Knowing: I’ll be OK in the end.
Thinking: Thinking, thinking, but avoiding doing.
Admiring: People with focus and energy.
Getting: On with it – or trying to.
Bookmarking: Food photography tutorials.
Disliking: Grave’s disease. Booo!
Opening: A prize I won at the school raffle. Wow – a very expensive pair of headphones. I never win raffles.
Giggling: At how much I make my girls roll their eyes. Mums are so embarrassing.
Feeling: The sun on my face. Hurrah!
Helping: Nothing and nobody. Just trying to help myself feel better.
Hearing: The chickens loudly announcing they’ve laid an egg. Sorry neighbours.
Celebrating: My wonderful life. I know I’ve got it good.
Pretending: That we live in the country, like The Good Life. Just call me Barbara.
Embracing: My veggie garden again. It helps me feel positive. Neglected for too long.
It does me good to check in with myself now and again. You could try it too.