Archive | November 2013

Coffee, Books, Paint and whole lot more.

It’s been fast, it’s been busy, it’s been stressful, it’s been tiring, it’s been happy, it’s been sad and it’s been freedom in a way I’d long forgotten.  It’s. Been. Good. I have had times that were difficult but more and more, times when I’ve been absolutely loving life. I passed the 1 yr anniversary of separation with peace and excitement to be moving on, no sad. It’s just a date. A number. But mentally it becomes a period (.) when a new future begins. I’m glad. Seems I say that a dozen times a week. It is good to be glad!

I’ve been doing so much; I have found it hard to find time to blog, especially since I broke my iPad!!! I am still amazed-speechless! In 3 seconds, the blink of an eye while one is standing (or sitting) there watching, same silly person can drop an iPad and then goodbye $500+.  For two days I experienced the range of emotion summarized as grief. I cried, I got angry, I needed to tell someone, in a state of disbelief I kept testing it and then after 2 days I gave myself a good talking to

“Okay it’s done, I can’t change it. It’s time to accept and start saving for a new one.” Oh, how I wish all grief was that easy!!!

Blogging??? – it has taken some time for me to become comfortable with the ‘old-fashioned’ concept of sitting at a desk to be on a computer.  Without the  iPad, I have read an amazing number of books. That makes me glad.

I’ve read a lot and I have sat around a lot. Sitting and lounging in a multitude of places around home, mostly in my gorgeous outdoor garden right outside my door. I sit there for a bit most days with a coffee, sometimes cake or cookies and always something to read.  I do wish you could come for coffee, I shall post a picture.

My reading has almost exclusively been auto-biographies. You know you’ve seen a brilliant movie when you are still thinking about it days later. This year, I’ve read a brilliant book.  I’m still thinking about ‘the one’ I finished well over a month ago even though I’ve since read two more enjoyable biographies. At random moments amongst my days, I find myself thinking of Ingrid Betancourt and the amazing attitude she had. She was held hostage in the Amazon Jungle for 6 years in very harsh and primitive conditions. It was a long read, the biggest work I’ve ever tackled but I’m really glad I did. For me, it has been life changing. I think we all want to believe we have a similar inner strength that cannot be broken. And when a professional tells me I’ve done very well this year, I do believe!

Even silence has an End

I’ve also been sewing, just small items here or there. I’ve enjoyed it very much, no stressing over patterns not fitting right…  I will attempt to brave that frontier again, just not today.

I re-connected with a long-lost hobby, restoring and/or re-purposing furniture. Sometimes it’s hard to know which basket a piece might go in. To me if it’s made from wood then I will give it a makeover.  I’ve worked on a number this year and thankfully, I have finished some. My pride and joy which has already taken 2 full summers is on the verge of completion. I’m a wee bit excited ’bout this one. Soon…

Here is a doll house I renovated for a friend’s daughter. I started out just cleaning it. Then I had some red paint and the roof was in poor shape so I re-painted the roof. Then I touched up the varnish and then I decided I had done so much, I couldn’t leave it with the back wall looking so sad.

before & after dolls house

Eventually it had a complete makeover. What do you think? Better?