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Monday, Monday…

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SOMETHING BRIGHT TO WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY WEEK!!!!! 🙂

This Monday sure started with a bang!

Well, maybe not quite as dramatic as that… But it was definitely a different kind of Monday to the ones I normally have.

I have been busy from 10 am until after 6 pm today, which is quite something! Then, of course, I still had to take Miss Daisy for a walk. I had a glass of wine outside, and now I am making myself some supper. Chill time!

As much as I enjoy a day of doing nothing, I love having a day like today. Busy enough, but not so that I feel run off my feet.

I wasn’t looking forward to this week, but it started off on a positive note, so I am hoping it will continue in that vein. If it does, I’ll be a happy camper. 🙂

I recently talked to somebody about the importance of being able to control your thoughts when you are feeling negative or alone. It is not an easy thing to do. I still battle with it, but I haven’t had a lot of practice yet. I used to mope. Feel sorry for myself. I only recently started believing that only I could make myself feel better. I do now believe that the power of positive thinking is priceless. I think that once you feel your thoughts going into a dark place, you have to try your best to rein them in, and coax it in a positive direction.

It needs discipline and perseverance. But once you consistently keep at it, I think it becomes easier, and eventually it happens automatically.

I sometimes have to pull myself up by my bootstrings, but it works. The times that it doesn’t work, I get active. Or I get into my car and drive somewhere, preferably where there are people.

Today, fortunately, I didn’t need that. It was a positive day, even if it was a Monday!!

I know some of you are done with Monday, some of you are right in the middle or your day. Mine is ending now, but I thought I’ll gift you this ‘ancient’ little song, to ease your Monday into a pleasant one.

You’re welcome! 🙂

Myday. :)

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Gerbera, up close.

So, my SO* left around three this morning – and here I was, all alone on a Sunday. 😦

Sunday is not my favourite day of the week – never had been. Alone on a Sunday, I like even less. But I’m starting to get used to it now. I think I will change it to ‘Myday’. I will from now on, on a Myday, do totally what I want to, even if it means I do absolutely nothing for the whole day!!! And I’m going to do it without feeling guilty about it. (Yaaaa right…) Unless I want to do something, of course…

Today was spent mainly trying to finish a mosaic crochet blanket that I started a few months ago, and other things kept distracting me from it, like beanies for my son and granddaughter, a waistcoat for my mom, and the fact that I’ve run out of yarn, and couldn’t find any for a while because of – you’ve guessed it – Covid!!! I also took Daisy for a longish walk, and I watered part of the garden.

I spent some time catching up with my youngest in Ireland, which was the best part of the day 😀 , and I had clients wanting to look at some plots and houses – on a Sunday, a Sunday afternoon…. Oi! Hopefully something comes out of it.

Now I’m going to seriously sit down and try to finish that blanket, then at least I have something to show and tell for tomorrow’s blogpost!

Enjoy the rest of your day/evening, chat again soon. 🙂

*SO – significant other

About this and that.

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Canola and sun.

Heat. Heat. HEAT!!!

I’m melting. I’m exploding. I’m boiling. I can’t breathe. I went to bed with a gigantic headache last night. I can’t sleep.

You understand what I’m saying? I can NOT stand the heat.

I know I’ve said it before, and I’m sorry to keep harping on about it, but it is bad at the moment, and it is nearly the only thing on my mind.

I am grateful that we are on the way to winter, even if the warmest month of the year is still ahead (Feb.)

On a different track, we are already in the fourth week of January! It was New Year’s only a few days ago, wasn’t it? I’m alarmed at the speed that time is passing… I’m still thinking ‘when things get going, I’ll…’, so I better get my backside in gear, and realize that the year is actually already in full swing.

I had a tiny change done to the guesthouse, as a prelude to the bigger changes I want to do there (remember my previous post on that?)  I took out an unused backdoor, and put in a window for some more light. (It is going to be a bedroom when I’m done.) I love the change! Now I have to get on with the rest…

Tomorrow, in the dark hours of the morning, my SO* is heading back up north to attend to business, while I will stay here, trying to keep things ticking over. Never something I’m excited about,  but that’s the way things are, so we have to get on with it!

It is going to start cooling down now, and then I can breathe freely again – yay!

*SO – Significant other.

Unpredictable…

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Life is unpredictable, to say the least.

“Life is what happens while we’re making other plans.” ~ John Lennon.

True, that.

As a youngster I used to believe you should plan things. What and where you are going to study after school. What are you going to do when you finish your studies, and where. Plan, plan, plan.

That way, I thought, nothing can happen to surprise you. How could I have been so naive? So stupid? Of course we all know that life is not like that. At all. For some even less so than for others.

I’ve know people who’s lives came close to that predictability. The couples both had jobs, which they neither loved or hated, but it brought in two fairly good salaries. They had their children, one car, then later two, they planned yearly holidays away. Safe, secure. Except of course for retrenchments, affairs, medical emergencies, or deaths in the family, which is something that always causes turmoil in a peaceful existence.

My life had never been like that. It had always been prone to changes, sometimes literally from one day to the next. Financial stability was never a thing. Changes happened often. Sometimes it was difficult to adjust, other times a little less so. ‘Adapt or die’ certainly rang true in my life.

On a positive note, I can say that life was never boring. How could it be?

I also thought that by the time I hit that ‘certain age’ I spoke about yesterday, my life would be settled, calm and serene. It should be, don’t you think? The turmoil of raising kids is over, my working days coming to an end (?) and peace should set in.

But NO, not so. Things seem to be carrying on the way it has always been. Unpredictable. Changeable.

I’m trying to find that pocket of calm for myself to escape to, where I can breathe deeply and feel peace. Some days I find it, some days not.

I wonder if it is something I’m doing, or not doing… Maybe I should see my life as predictable in its unpredictability?

(One thing I do know for a fact – Covid bloody 19 has come and upset the apple cart properly, and not only for me. I think a gazillion people’s lives have been knocked sideways since the beginning of last year. I think those who thought they had predictable, planned lives, think differently now… )

Gardening joy.

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I love my garden.

The garden was actually what made me buy this particular house.

We’ve made a lot of changes to the garden, and I am far from done. Some days I find it frustrating because the changes are happening so slowly, but I know I have to breathe, relax, and enjoy the journey. Gardening is a process, it takes time to establish a good looking, well planned, lush garden. ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, was one of my mother’s favourite things to say when I was growing up.

My current frustration is the fact that the tomatoes I bragged about a while ago, has now run out of steam. I don’t know if I should have given them more fertilizer, or whether they only have a short lifespan. I have planted new ones, though, and I am impatiently waiting for them to grow now. I am hoping that I’ll get another few weeks of good harvesting out of them before it starts getting colder.

I enjoy going out in the evenings to water my plants, especially the veggies I’ve planted. I’m waiting for tomatoes, chillies, broad leaf parsley and lettuce to grow. The smell of wet earth, the smell of the tomato plants and the feel of the earth beneath my feet is a joy.

An enormous chilli growing on a tiny plant. Tomorrow I’ll have to repot it, I can see the plant taking some strain…
Grounding. My way… 😉

I am also rearranging most of the garden. It is already looking so much different from when I bought the house, even though there is still so much to do.

My first point of order is to tidy up the part of the garden at the back of the guesthouse. I want my guests to enjoy sitting outside and relaxing, so it is important to make that as pretty and ‘zen’ as possible.

I will, no doubt, be keeping you in the loop of how things progress here, in the meantime, keep calm and keep on gardening!!!