This weekend we have done very little. Mr M took last week off and for the first time in three years we have been able to relax properly. Nana (Mr M’s Mum) is well. She is in remission after the myeloma that was diagnosed in 2012, is out of hospital after her problems with blood salts and energy levels, is eating more and when we visited her last weekend was on fine, cheery, chatty form. It was wonderful to see her a little more energetic again. It’s made me relish and enjoy the last few days so much more. It’s difficult to enjoy even the loveliest moments when there’s a persistent nagging worry that someone close to you is unwell and not able to enjoy life as they should.
I’ve written about my approach to gardening before – I let everything self seed and if it’s a thistle or a skunk cabbage I yank it out. My shameful neglect really has paid off. Yesterday I discovered self-seeded violets, celandine and, most excitingly for me, six cow parsley plants. One of them is in the pot with shards of blue and white bowl in it. This picture was taken this morning – my first morning tea in the garden, wellies and cardi on over pyjamas and accompanied by a feisty song from a wren and daughters making a ‘ladybird zoo’. Oh, and I found the first bluebell opening in our front garden.
As each of these moments happened I remembered to be aware of and remember how good they were and feel grateful rather than realising afterwards and regretting not relishing them more. Emerging from hibernation has never been lovelier.
For a quick crochet nest (uk terminology):
6 dc into a magic ring
Round 1: Ch2, 2 tr into each dc, sl st to join
Round 2: Ch2, *2 tr into 1st tr, 1 tr into next tr* rpt between ** around, join with sl st
Round 3: Ch1, 1 dc in each tr around. Join with sl st
Break yarn and weave in ends.
I hope you’ve had an ace few days.