How did you charge ahead into happiness this week?
It’s been a tricky week, but a couple of highlights were my Chinese upstairs neighbours inviting me for coffee, and our managing to chat for an hour with the help of Google Translate. Then my plan to spend my birthday next Friday exploring gardens with my camera looked doomed by the weather forecast, but I had a better idea: my friend who lives about as far from Birmingham as me, only the other side, is really happy to meet me there for the day. So, new places to explore and good company: I’m really looking forward to it.
PS. Finally found a computer game I enjoy: National Geographic’s jigsaw puzzles. Very soothing.
It was my birthday this week and a colleague made me yummy no dairy, no sugar cookies. My 15 yo gifted me with lovely earring and a coordinating necklace that he’d picked out himself. A dear friend was in town for a visit and we went to an outdoor “nature” spa. In addition to multiple saunas and pools, they had an amazing salt water pool that we both loved – we spent a good chunk of our day silently floating. It was a rare sunny day and we relaxed outside near a wood burning fire in between treatments. A visit to a local plant sale yielded some new treasures for my garden, in addition to some lovely fancy tulips that one of the volunteers cut from her mother’s garden. My first Mother’s Day without my mother, so the tulips are a happy reminder of her.
OK, now I want your birthday.
Jane, I have frequently thought I would not mind sharing your life. This summer we were going to go on a narrowboat cruise near Warwick and I was going to have a week of gardens, then my husband had to have his foot surgery redone and we had to cancel everything. And I look at your activities and think, I could have been there, I could be doing that.
Hope you can do it next year, instead – maybe for two weeks rather than one, to compensate for the delay. Cruise up to the Llangollen Canal (which is spectacular) and I’ll take you to Powis.
Well, I stated that incorrectly. We do a serious vacation about once every 3 years and nothing in between. It was a week on the boat, a week with friends touring, a week for me seeing gardens and the last week was unplanned.
Thank you for your kind offer. Powis is one of the places that was on my to do list. I have done gardens in the southeast but not many elsewhere. And when my life is not consumed by house projects, gardening is a serious business.
I have two different lunches with friends this week which always makes me happy. I have wonderful friends!! Working on the garden and making it look beautiful is another happy thing. Now if I can only get rid of this stupid crud/cold/allergies.
We have survived the second retake on my husbands foot surgery and he is gradually getting more upbeat (I don’t remind him he will be doing this again in a month). New hardwood floors have been installed and the first coat of sealer put down. AND I have started painting the new walls and ceiling of my kitchen so it will be done when the new cabinets arrive in two or three weeks (The end is in sight, the end is in sight. JOY) AND this week I will finalize counter top selection although installation will probably not happen until everything else is done.
Despite the rain and the floor sanding dust, it has been a good week.
Last week was wonderful – I was the only one in the office, working whenever I liked and going home early. I cleaned the house! I made cookies! I read books by new authors suggested by Argh people on Thursday!
This week will be busy, and then I will be on vacation. I like a busy week before time off, it makes me more present to the peace.
I finished and submitted the last of the four books I had under contract for release this year (yes, that was insane, never doing that again), which is a HUGE relief. There were so many days when I didn’t think I’d be able to do it!
Then, right when I was feeling burned out on the volunteer work I do for a patient support organization, I was contacted (as a rep of the organization) by a researcher working on my rare disorder, and had a great conversation about his work. And now I’m re-energized for all the projects the organization is doing. Which is fortunate, because we have big plans for the rest of the year! Including a collection of essays by patients about their experiences, called Weak Bones, Strong Wills (which I’m editing, and the stories, if I can say so myself, since I didn’t write them, are amazing).
Gin, all that is great news !
I waited five years to finish a project, a yearbook spanning two years. Project finished, delivered, and my office is cleared of a lot of Stuff.
I waited for a rose print shirt to arrive – Heritage Rose Foundation conference at the end of this week. Arrived yesterday, wore it to brunch today.
Waited for an appointment with TSA for preferred border
crossing permit and security pass. Interview turned out to be an anticlimax, and now we are in possession of all the right docs and numbers.
Which border crossing ?
I’m finished with annual review season at work! All the meetings have happened & paperwork is submitted.
In 2 weeks, I’m taking a week off and am truly looking forward to it.
We’ve had beautiful weather and it is helping my mood.
I found super fun notebooks at staples. They have 3 sections. The first is lined paper, the second is graph paper, and the third contains blank pages. I love office supplies!
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