Monday, August 4, 2014

Resonating with the Positive

The absolute, most sure-fire way of physically moving in the direction of your dreams, Jan, 
on a day-to-day basis, without messing with the "cursed how’s," is living them, now, to any 
degree that you can.

And you so can -
    The Universe

This is the message I received recently from an online positivity blog I subscribe too. The past few email messages have resonated with me at this time in my life.

Life is always changing, for better and worse. I have been doing it tough for a while and my head has been full of anguish, sadness, self doubt, self loathing.

It has certainly hit me this year, in my 50th year, that time is running out. Rather than wait for times to be better and happier, now is all I have. No, second chances, no putting of till tomorrow. Now is all I/we have. So. This all sounds rather poetic and life inspiring. But, and there is always a but in my thinking (get out clause) how will I make this work? Baby steps. Teeny, teetering steps. Lugging this great body around is tiresome and incredibly painful. Indeed, some days I wish I never had to get out of bed. The only reason I do is that the pain becomes intolerable. 

                                                 My 50th birthday cake made by my eldest daughter

However, despite this, I know I need to make the best of what I do have. It's no good longing for something that is a far away dream. I'm not saying you can't have those dreams, but realistically,  for me I want to deal with the here and now of daily living. It's all the simple, normal things. Getting up, enjoying a coffee that the bloke makes very well. Returning to my new bathroom and sitting at the beautiful, user friendly vanity and attending to my ablutions and taking care to cleanse my face, moisturise my skin, brush my teeth. 
Having a lovely space that we have designed to accommodate my needs and the blokes is a real delight. It makes us feel like we are in a luxury motel in the city, being pampered. 
I will post photos soon when we take some nice ones. Our photography skills are not too good and wont do justice to the remarkable makeover.

Have you had any life changing thoughts lately?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Renovation Update

The above photos show some of the work in progress. Things are a lot more finished than this, but we didn't get the photos. I will definetly show you the pics when we are finished.

Okay. Things have been quiet on the home front. I would have liked to announce that the renovations are completed, but they aren't. Whilst the big work has been done there are still a few things to be finished and also our bedroom is not ready by a long shot. We have decided that we are not using the bathroom until both rooms are completed.
The weather has been freezing here with quite a few minus days and nights. Of course we have colds and generally feeling miserable.

I will welcome the warmer weather this year.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Renovations 2014

It wasn't until I saw things through the harsh reality of the camera lens that I saw how dusty and neglected our house had become. Many years of dust, fluff and spider webs; and this was in our bedroom and bathroom. I struggle with dust, pollen's and other irritants and here I was sleeping in a pile of it.

We are renovating. 
It started with our en suite bathroom which was very small and unsafe for me and seriously needed redoing. It has been fully gutted floor to ceiling. All that is left is the frame and concrete floor. Eek! 

We decided to gain more space for the bathroom by taking the space that was the walk in robe, which had never been efficient anyway. To do this meant building a new BIR in our bedroom, taking the space formerly occupied by my large dressing table. Yes there are always compromises to be made when changing things in the home. I think, and hope that it will all turn out fine. Luckily we have a another bedroom where we can place furniture and set it up as a guest bedroom. 
I will update as it progresses.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Flashback Friday

I was looking through the pictures that have appeared on my blog over the years and felt like re showing some of the many quilts I have made during that time.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Passionate Baking

The nice thing about having a passionate baker in the family is that we all get to taste the creations. The above cake was created using a new cake tin system that my eldest DD recently purchased. I still can't fathom how it all works, but that is okay as I am just a taste tester. Nothing better than a nice cup of home made coffee (via machine that is) and a piece of cake. 
Some awful news has been the lack of a good coffee machine since mine started to act up and was relegated to the depths of the pantry. My DD loaned me hers for a day so I could see if hers was good enough as a  replacement model. The verdict was yes. 
The Bloke made me a lovely coffee from her machine and the decision was made to buy one pronto. 
Of course it wasn't easy in our case. Tried to track one down and after two days and a few phone calls managed to order one online. All sweet I thought until I got an email telling me the machine was out of stock and they will let me know when it is going to arrive. :(
Oh so not very happy. I need a coffee every morning in order to start my day.
Now don't be thinking I have a serious addiction that I must break now. I won't do it!
One cup of coffee per day (alright sometimes two) is not going to make of break me.
However I am happy to report that I have managed to stop drinking the dreadfully harmful diet coke, after a very long time, so I am patting myself on the back and smiling with smugness. Coffee was always so much better.
Do you drink coffee and if so how do you like it?