Isn’t it funny how after struggling with issues for so long, suddenly everything seems to change and you are at peace?
That is where I am right now.
And with just a small sense of knowing that this is where I am happiest.
However, I am not silly enough to believe that this state of being will last because living in the real world brings with it real world demands and soon these demands will begin to knock on the door once more.
But right now, I am at peace.
The Garden Gnome has some short term work, the Tween has gone back to school and here I am at home.
On my own.
Please don’t get me wrong. I love having my family around me and I really love spending time with the GG but as we have both struggled to find our niche with neither of us working, he had begun doing things around the house that would normally be done by me; and I was letting him.
I was happy for him to do these things so that I could spend my time doing… .what?
Not much really.
However, now, natural order has been restored.
He leaves for work early in the morning and I get up and begin my new (old but not forgotten) routine of starting the chores around the house before firing up the computer.
I am up and down from the computer all morning as I do other things such as putting the washing on the line, bringing some in, making the Tween’s school lunch, dishes and all of the other small things that need attending to.
My home is solely my domain once again and life has been restored to perfect order.
This probably sounds terribly ungrateful for all the the GG has done whilst he wasn’t working, but it isn’t. Him going back to work (even if it is for only a couple of weeks) has given me the kick in the pants that I needed to get my priorities sorted.
So, now I feel free and I am finding joy in my day.
Of course, this will be short-lived as his contract is only for two weeks and I will need to bring in an income once again in the future as well. But right at this very moment, I am happy.
This morning I have been out in my garden and enjoying the birds visiting. The Willy Wagtails abandoned the three eggs in their nest and we have hardly seen them in the past few days. We don’t know why they left. Perhaps they were scared when the cover was removed from the pool. I don’t know.
However this morning, we had 2 male King Parrots, several Rainbow Lorikeets and three Sulphar Crested Cockatoos drop in for a visit. I put a little seed out for the parrots. Thankfully it was gone by the time the cockatoos dropped in. Although I managed to snap off a couple of photos of them, I made it a point to shoo them away. They may be beautiful to look at but those birds are extremely destructive so we don’t want them thinking that visiting our yard is a good idea.
I also noticed that my Arum Lily has a flower. This is my first flower in almost two years as we don’t seem to be able to find the right place for the plant to be happy (it’s in a huge pot). I also have a miniature Arum Lily but so far no flowers from that.
It’s not fully open yet but rest assured, more photos will be taken of it as it opens. Have I mentioned that the Arum Lily is my favourite flower?
I noticed that of the 15 or so tulip bulbs planted out a few months ago only two have come up. And both of them are white.
In response to some of the comments on my ‘Downunder’ post a couple of days ago, I have searched my photos for some of family members posing with koalas. I found only one and it is really poor quality. Others seem to have disappeared from my hard drive or I have lost them somewhere so more scanning of old photos needs to be done. Unfortunately, many of the photos that I have from other family members have been placed into word documents. (I did this almost 15 years ago when my computer skills were not quite what they are now). This means that any photos I attempt to copy from the word document into photoshop so that I can save as a jpeg are poor quality.
Anyway, here is a photo of my mother and grandfather with a koala at Lone Pine Sanctuary in Brisbane. The photo was taken sometime around 1948 or 1949.
I also mentioned that I have a photo of a Tasmanian Devil. These little critters are carnivorous and found only in Tasmania. Unfortunately a disease has been decimating their numbers so efforts are taking place to save them from extinction. They are mainly nocturnal animals so I was happy to get this photo of one (even if it was hiding).
Last but not least, I mentioned on the post of my friend “Daily Musings’ that I had a photo of one of my sister in law’s goats trying to eat my camera. I have oodles of photos of the goats but the GG snapped this one of Bozo (that’s his name) showing far too much interest in what I had and hoping that I had more iced coffee (yes he had just finished a bottle of it) in my hand.
Right after this photo was taken, Bozo wiped his nose on me.
Okay, today I have more emails to wade through and then I am going to tackle some sewing and study.
If you’ve made it this far, then I commend you! 🙂
Have a blessed day.