Good morning Friends ~ Yesterday I set out to do errands as we always did, and ended up walking around in a fog. Shopping without my best friend made it really ‘boring’, and I felt lost, and like half of me is missing, which it is. I just wanted to be done with shopping and get back here to our little haven. Plus, everywhere I went I noticed ‘older couples’ even more than I normally do. We used to say, that will be us in a few years. Sigh! I ended up being pretty depressed, something that hadn’t really happened yet, so I think it all is just catching up to me. Oh yea, it was also very gray out and we had some gentle rain too, which didn’t help my depression any. We did need the rain though.
I did get what I needed, stopped at HD to see what I might find to add to the ‘Sanctuary’ garden, and two wonderful additions jumped right onto the flat bed cart, along with a bag of dirt. A blue sky clock vine loaded with flowers and buds, and a gardenia also loaded with buds and three were opening. Today I hope to get outside again to putter in the garden.
After lunch, I took a little nap, woke up still depressed, decided to wash dishes and put groceries away, that helped. Then the mail came and there was a sweet letter from Mark’s dear Aunt Ruthie. She has been a widow for about 5 years now and still isn’t over the loss of Uncle Wilbur. They had been married for 60 years. Also in the mail was a sweet card and a monetary love gift from a lovely online gardening friend. There were kind emails and comments too in my computer, and I felt blessed and thankful.
Sunday I worked outdoors and that felt so good to me. First off, I had to fix my clippers as the little spring, broke some more and finally fell out. I had remembered seeing a container of springs in Mark’s workshop, and went in there to see if I could find it again, and there it was. Hurray. Now to see if there was a spring that would fit. Another hurray, I found one, and now my clippers are good to go for awhile longer.
I was doing some clean up and was going to throw this piece of wood out, when I said, Hey wait a minute, that will work for a new cover for our trash can. The other one was about shot, so even though this is a tad smaller, it works to keep night critters out. I found a handle in the handle box in the workshop, got a couple of screws, screwed the handle on and TA DA. I could hear dear Mark saying ‘Atta Girl’ for both projects.
Then I was going to throw out a pr. of Mark’s old ratty jeans, but saw that the backs of the legs were in good shape. So, I decided to make a piece that will be appliqued to our quilt top that I am working on. I used some of the gold thread recently gifted to me to outline a heart shape, and that’s the start. I plan to save all parts of the jeans that are in good shape as they will be great for other embroidery projects. You can see part of the quilt upper right next to the hoop edge.
I also started on a little embroidery project for a ‘grand-niece’ She was just born on the 30th of December.
For supper last night I fixed my all time ‘comfort’ food, tacos. My day ended better than it had started and I was thankful. I also had a good night’s sleep and and thankful for that too.
I am taking herbs that are good for calming and building up my immune system, plus using essential oils for grief. I am eating, and drinking lots of water, plus a glass of prune juice with pulp to keep me going.
I look forward to puttering around here today, inside and out. The bread machine will be cranking out a loaf of ‘coconut milk’ bread, which is simple and delicious, while I putter.
Thanks again for all of your love, prayers and support.
Here are some wise words from Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes, KJV of the Bible.
There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.
I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear (have reverential trust) before him.