It’s been a long time since I posted anything here on this blog.
No excuses, but a reason.
After 3 house moves in 18 months ending with the purchase of my lovely, tiny home, I had very little energy left for anything much. I haven’t really had much left after the days at work and I actually thought there might be something seriously wrong, so off I trundled to my GP. She looked at me with some concern and said she wasn’t surprised, I have been through a lot and am still recuperating, but she did some bloods and all is okayish except low Vitamin D and marginally high cholesterol, (these may be related), so she diagnosed me clinically with exhaustion and gave me some suggestions as to how to remedy these.
It’s been a slow improvement. There are still some days when I get home and just stretch out on the sofa and haven’t the energy to do anything; there are others that end with walking the dogs (yes, I now have two little rescues, a mother and daughter combo), cooking dinner and deciding on my next project.
Added to this, my dear 89 year old Mum became very ill and after spending a week in hospital, recuperated with my brother for a fortnight and then at my place for 4 weeks. It is very sobering when an aged parent has a health scare and we know every day is precious. She is back home now and doing well, she now has a cleaner which has certainly made a difference as she would get quite stressed about having to do a big clean before people like me came to stay. My brother and I would both like her to come and stay with us, as it is a worry that she is 2 1/2 hours away, but she is in her home, where she wants to be.
I bought some classes on watercolour painting and have started those and am doing them very slowly. It is a little disheartening that my artistic side has been buried under years of keeping a family together, my abilities have regressed, but I am making progress and enjoying small steps.
I have actually sewn stuff and sometimes enjoyed it (sometimes it has just felt like work).
My young, new garden (the garden was a mass of weeds and poorly placed plants) is thriving, although the lawn has taken a battering over summer as there are no trees to protect it.
I have redecorated to make my new place just me and I love it. New flooring, new window treatments, new low-profile security screens, an attic ladder (so the excess stuff is in the roofspace), a new sewing room (formerly a storeroom with bare walls and lawnmower oil on the bare concrete floor), some new furniture to add some colour etc etc… this is an expensive process.
Phase 1 to make the house feel like me, is over. Phase 2 is much more expensive, solar panels on the roof, a new kitchen and a remodelled bathroom; these will take serious money and will need to be saved for. My mortgage is huge (considering my income), so there is little left over for anything except life, Phase 2 is a long way off.
In a couple of weeks, a friend (who I have not seen since 1985) and I, will be meeting in Melbourne and driving back to Perth. The holiday is the drive. We will be following the coast all the way, incorporating a helicopter ride over the Twelve Apostles (so-called, although there aren’t twelve of them), a fishing trip, a desert stay on the Nullabor and some very long hours spent driving. I am experiencing some anxiety about this trip, but I think it will be okay. My friend and I have holidayed together in the past and he is a good conversationalist with a good mind- we are just friends and hopefully will stay that. This trip is quite long and it has been a long time since we have seen each other, I would hate for it to turn out that it compromises our friendship.
I have a week off at the end of the trip to recuperate before I return to work, then it’s back to the grindstone.
I am tired just thinking about it!
I’m tired reading about it. 🙂 Your house looks fabulous. I’m glad your mum is in good spirits and happy.
Enjoy your holiday and your friend’s company. Life is short and these adventures are to be treasured.
Thanks, I do feel like a bit of a wimp at times, but this afternoon I forced myself off the sofa after work and took the girls for a walk around my local lake. The waterbirds were in full quack, gabble, honk and screech, it was great 🙂
Bet you feel better after that.
Jen, Congratulations on your new home. Your coming holiday sounds wonderful – enjoy!
Ah yes, the holiday…
Love your rescue dogs, and your new home looks fabulous. The trip will be epic, just don’t overthink it!
Thanks Sue, I told the children when I bought the house, “We’ve had beautiful, now is the time for ordinary”. It’s interesting though, a blank slate and being able to do whatever I want has made it feel like a home in a relatively short space of time. I must stop thinking about the holiday…
I can relate to the moves and how tiring that can be. But so worth it to have a home you love! I hope your summer is special and memorable Jenny. Hugs from Canada💐🌺
Congrats on your home! May it feel wonderful and reflect the beauty of you! I hope you have a great vacation. I hope that your Mom’s health improves rapidly. Big hugs to you.