I'm really enjoying...
:: My Energetic Companion
Hee hee, this picture makes me laugh!! Milo is such an indoor dog I cannot begin to tell you - excepting his two favourite places: the garden (in dry weather only) and any beach. Last Monday (an inset day) we made the most of a dry spell and ventured out to Brean Down. It is a favourite choice - great for blowing the cobwebs away and for burning off some energy. Milo literally ran and ran, playing fetch, eating seaweed, meeting new friends and generally bounding around in complete exhileration. It is lovely to watch. As you can see from the picture though, he got rather messy and after a bath I'm sure there was approximately half of the beach in the bottom of the bath tub!!
Apologies for the poor picture quality but this 'fad' is still in full swing chez nous. Little Lady struggled with the return to school and missing out on time together. To solve this constructively (I told her it's the law to go to school much to her disgust) we established a "Time Together" contract. Essentially, we make the most of the hours after school (when clubs allow) to create, make and play. I felt really positive about this - she requested to spend more quality time with me and we carved out a plan so we could make sure this happens - regardless of my health. So, we can loom, read, play cards etc (from a predetermined list I'll have you know!) in my big bed if needs be. She just wanted to know we could do it and when... LuSH!
This week it has comprised lots of looming. She received £10 from her lovely Aunty and Uncle for Christmas and chose to spend it on the above magnificent case. She was beyond delighted. We have made bracelets, people, butterflies and have many more patterns in our sights. Little Lady is far better than I - my bands keep snapping much to my frustration but it is the time, not the act that we both value. The gentle conversation that ebbs and flows so naturally whilst sat in concentration together.
I bought this for myself last week and it is just coming into bloom. I have such anticipation for the smells that these pretty flowers produce. The anticipation of slowly watching the flower heads grow each day and begin to open out on my kitchen window sill gives me pleasure each time I enter the room.
My meal plan has included some lovely comforting home made food this week. Shepherds pie with cheesy topping, a nice roast chicken and our favourite homemade pasties!! These were swede, potato, onion and cheese - a pinch of seasoning and a small knob of butter to aid the juices. Hmmmm. The diet isn't going too well ;0)
:: Date Day
Enjoying a cappuccino with my Hubby in a 'new to us' sheltered nook on Clevedon sea front. I think we'll come back another day with the kids for an explore! Why does sipping coffee that has a frothy top and is brought to you by someone else seem so very luxurious?! I'm a cheap date I think ;o)
I find real joy in pausing to appreciate the little things in life and know that it adds greatly to my well-being. It has been a week where I've needed to recognise them; whilst trying to fight off some horrible virus. I hope you have enjoyed some happy moments this week too.
Happy weekend lovely people. Next week I shall provide an update on my hall Pretty Me project and my Make Me project!! Both of these have consumed my child free time this past week and have meant I've not been online at all since my last post! Hopefully I'll grab a while to catch up with your lovely blogging soon!