You know, I don’t really have anything profound to say, but I have decided that shouldn’t stop me from writing.
The Evening Primrose is flowering for the first time in two years and this morning I saw our new garden’s first darling little bean. The jacarandas are just about to burst out in bloom, and yesterday I picked this season’s first gardenia. I stuck it behind my ear and it showered me with its scent for an hour or two. Generous blossom. The pomegranate tree is covered in blossoms promising a bountiful harvest, and the Lilly pilly is going nuts.
We have new birds I have never seen before this Spring, drawn by the multitude of flowers, and a family of willy wagtails has moved in, building a nest right above the entranceway to my cottage. I like cats, but I’m glad we don’t have one.
The Bear thinks I am delectable even when I am pre-menstrual, unshowered and gunning for a fight. When the kids and I arrived home tonight, dinner was on the table, and the clothes neatly folded in the washing basket. I liked this very much and told him so 🙂
I watched my daughter stroke up and down the pool this afternoon, noticing how much improved she is, and how much stronger too. We had afternoon tea together at the local cafe and shared a green smoothie. I noticed how well she can do her hair now.
My son has grown so much that when I saw him from a distance at the cricket nets this afternoon, I wondered who the new kid was. Ha! He’s grumpy and everyone is annoying him, but when he heard a thump in the bathroom when his sister was having a shower, he immediately called out and asked her if she was ok. She was.
Uni started today. I am learning about Sociology and Politics. I love Sociology so much I am plotting how to add it as a major. Who knew that the other wide-eyed social activists who want to make the world a better place hang out there? For politics I read a speech by Mark Latham on why if you’re a young person who wants to make a difference, you shouldn’t go into politics. I don’t like him, but I agreed with most of what he said, which was a little disturbing.
I have a new job! I am working with a friend I haven’t seen since primary school, helping her out with her rapidly expanding copywriting business. I can work from home, and hone my editing and writing skills. Her sister Natalie, a fellow Taurus dragon, born the day after me, and whom I have known for just as long, suggested that we work together. Life is wonderful like that sometimes.
I drove through the Bellinger valley on Sunday, all the way up the mountain to Dorrigo, for a little folk and bluegrass festival they have there. I love the high country – the higher I am the better I feel. One day I will live there, Goddess willing, but until then, I will love the hell out of it on visits. It was freaking freezing though – I’m not used to having to wear a coat and hat in October. My friend Lisa had a spare ticket, so we met for a breakfast gig and jointly filled our music wells all day. She made me laugh when she told she wanted to marry one of the performers and have all of his babies. And then I saw him perform and told her she was going to have to share. We’ll make it work 😉
On Saturday I met up with my friend Lizzy who I haven’t seen for months as she has been travelling in China. We sat in her car and drank hot chocolate and coffee while rain fell upon the river, and talked and cackled about life, love and conundrums as if they were every day topics, which of course they are. We ate Indian and watched Sing Street (have you seen it? So good) which was playing at the local cinema in the Travelling Film Festival.
In the past week I’ve seen or spoke to just about all of my friends that live close by. Some were spontaneous drop ins or bump intos and others were long planned, but all of them were nourishing in some way. One accidental visit was both hilarious and disturbing, where we played tipsy backyard cricket and howled uproariously at our bad bowling and the invisible ball – and I learned the real reason for a friendship that had disintegrated overnight a few years ago. She thought I had the hots for her husband! I was floored, then outraged…and then I just had to let it go, because hello? Ancient history – handy to know, useful to learn from, heavy to carry.
Tomorrow I’m spending the day with my mum. A day together with no accompanying kids or spouses is a bit special. I’m not sure exactly what she’s got planned, but ther might be some kayaking, there will definitely be some talking and eating and laughing. It doesn’t matter what we do – I would be as happy nattering away at the kitchen table as I would be be anywhere, as long as we can do it together.
Today is my last big day at home this week. I will finish this week’s study load and do a copywriting job that is due tomorrow. I will vacuum the floors, clean the bathroom, make bliss balls and sushi for the kids and hopefully squeeze in the first episode of the new series of Outlander that is showing on SBS at the moment. I love the hell out of these days at home 🙂
So there you have it friends, a week in the life of me. I hope you are well, whatever you are doing and wherever you are doing it. Don’t forget to pay attention to the small things – life happens in the details.