Hello Readers, thank you for being here!
My life has been so calm I thought I would report on a few months of activities in one go.
So much is going well. One thing isn’t. We haven’t seen Rom’s parents in the UK for two full years and with the way things are going over there, it may be a while yet. They are unable to travel, and we don’t feel comfortable booking international travel yet. It feels like that part of our life is in a state of suspended animation.
During the summer, we made two day trips: a boat excursion to a local island with a hike – our first outdoor activity with a group of strangers in over a year – and a scenic visit to a lavender farm. Over the summer, we enjoyed several restaurant meals: for an anniversary, and for family birthdays. The most recent time we went out for a meal, we showed our new vaccination QR codes.
Since March 2020, we have enjoyed weekly take-out meals and made a point of ordering at least once from every restaurant in our suburb. We have completed the rounds except for the endless pizza spots, and we are gradually catching up on them too. No real surprises, but it speaks well of the neighbourhood that we ate well every week for 18 months and had no need to go further afield. Despite that, it is such a joy to go to a restaurant and be served! And have our food piping hot! And no mixed-up orders! And no take-out containers or dishes! I appreciate the experience more than ever.
The gym and pool had closed again for one of the lockdowns, and it was a real game-changer to return to cardio and swimming in the summer. They are part of my regular routine again. Our elliptical exerciser needs a part which is on endless backorder, so we had fewer home/indoor options. Since leaving work, Rom goes on 3 walks a day. He spends a lot of time relaxing, meditating and napping, and he has greatly recovered his health.
By the middle of July, I finished a complete decluttering which I had been working on all year. My goal was to contain all my personal items in my home office, except for clothes. Although the office closet is full, I did it. I bought the new task chair I needed. Even the shed had its annual clean-out. It’s a strange feeling being caught up on these chores when the weight of them had been present for so long.
You’ll see in the photos that I had “Covid hair” – I grew it out for a year, but my hair is so coarse and prone to frizziness that I was relieved to crop it again. No products could master it, and I refused to commit to straightening!
On September 1, our work-from-home phase ended and I’m back in the office daily. My office set-up is better for productivity, and we even have some in-person (masked) meetings. I used to like shifting between work and home activities during the day, and choosing when to start and finish – I’d often work 8 to 6 with a two-hour lunch, or similar. I have a commute again now, and I need to take the time to pack lunches. Conversely, I rather like the structure, and the feeling of being welcomed home in the evening! My Big Work Project had its launch on September 8 and is now in full swing after 3.5 years of planning.
Happily, Link is working a new part-time job, doing sewing – one of their super-skills. Silly me said, “Is there a gender-neutral word for someone who sews? Sewer doesn’t read very well.” Replies Link, “Yeah, Mom, the word is tailor!”
My brother recently married a woman we all love and who had already become part of the family; it was a small and lovely celebration.
Completely unrelated, my brother is teaching me to safely pick mushrooms 😊 I have been photographing them for a year and hadn’t intended to ever eat them, but my knowledge is growing.
I used to do all the “yard work” at our house (by choice) but this year Rom took over all the lawn mowing! Even though I enjoyed it, this has given me so much more time to focus on the flowers and shrubs. They got a lot of attention this year.
Fall is our best season. The leaves were at their peak colour last weekend and now they’re coming down. The photos above were all taken on walks within 30 minutes of our home (besides the ocean, there are lakes, rivers and brooks everywhere. Forest is the default state wherever there are not buildings!).
A while back I posted a roundup of 45 DVDs I own which I hoped to watch and then declutter. I watched 31 and have 14 to go, but of course there are some I’m less interested in, and I foolishly saved those for last, so it may take until the end of the year!
I am enjoying little things like pumpkin spice lattes – and planning next year’s bullet journal. I have loved going back to keeping a journal, even though it’s in a very brief format.
I am still reading everyone’s blogs and I’m sorry I’ve fallen behind on commenting. I hope you are all doing well and I look forward to hearing what you are up to!