Days run one into the other. I busy myself in the kitchen with my bubbling jars and bottles of ferments; my micro-greens, pots of porridge and mashed veggies for the puppy and some for me too. I trip over the little puppy that waddles about on the floor at my feet, waiting for any tid-bits that may inadvertently fall his way. I walk the puppy, play with the puppy, spend hours just watching the puppy attacking life with unmitigated joy. I cuddle the cat and mollify the cat. I confide to the cat that the puppy will soon enough slow down, calm down and become less joyful about life. I don’t really believe this, but it helps Orlando cope. I think about the garden I am going to make, but do little more than prepare compost for the soil and dig it in. I clean up and cart back out to the garden the compost the puppy has gleefully dug up and brought inside. I am often invited by the puppy to check out his potty area which he has just used thereby justifying a treat for being a ‘clever boy’. I fixed up the bedroom I didn’t really like and made it a little more acceptable to me – you may remember this horrid wall paper that I am stuck with. I don’t see it any more as the pretty colours on the duvet take my eye instead.
I hung some sturdier privacy curtains in my front window that also just happen to be very pretty and filter the morning sun in a lovely way.
These photos are especially for Alys who asked to see them. They are calico with a cut embroidery design through them and a deep crochet cotton hem finished with beads.
My approaching birthday has intruded into my life again this year. I struggle for about two months ahead of the date, it is the body and buried memories and emotions recalling a traumatic beginning. I published a post about it last year, but don’t feel inclined to write the second chapter just yet. I am used to these annual blues now, and cope quite well I think – but this year I definitely lost my creative ability. I struggled with my commitments and had no desire to push through and just get on with painting something – anything.
So, I spent little time in my art room – but enough to make a few bookmarks and finish three organisers for my Etsy Store. I have planned a painting – got a few bits ready for it, but haven’t actually started it yet. My daily cards went out the window ages back and I am happy to concede defeat on that one!
Here are the organisers
Here are some of the bookmarks – they are destined for a Little Free Library in California.
I made a lazy susan for my washi tapes and glues and purchased, at a considerable discount of 60%, a long longed for laminating machine – which made me make the bookmarks :-)
I have spent hours filling in forms and organising copies and finding a JP to witness it all for me. I am about to retire. I can claim my pension and cash in my KiwiSaver. I am going to buy a car. I have been without a car for over a year, reliant on my daughters generosity and on-line shopping. I want to go to the sea with my puppy and take drives into the countryside. I need to get out a bit more – I have cabin fever.
I am hanging out for Spring. Not that it has been a hard winter – it hasn’t. The icy antarctic blasts were irregular and interspersed with surprisingly balmy days. Daffodils are out already, some trees are flowering and some are budding. I’m hanging out for September to start because then I step out of my pre-birthday blues and return to my usual self. My girls and I will spend a week together and kick start my new year off in fine fashion. I’m looking forward to that – I’m ready for it!
To celebrate my milestone birthday, in conjunction with my anonymous friend, I am offering another giveaway. Just some postcard sized prints of some paintings this time – but great for giving away, writing notes on or using as book marks :-)
If you leave a comment, you get your name in the coffee cup. Closing date is September 6th. Please leave a comment – I love to know what you think.
We went off for our usual walk this morning, prior to publishing this post. Siddy came home with a little something that he found along the way and this is what I caught on camera [and I have to say that my rug is not that dirty - it just is not very photogenic!]
and puppy offered to share
Orlando pretended not to be interested and puppy waited
He who waits is often rewarded for his patience
You saw it here folks – it’s the nose bump and the first time I’ve managed to [almost] catch it on camera. I’m a happy and contented mumma!!
Thanks for coming by today, I love that you did!