#1913 Feeling good for nothing

Have you ever felt that? It’s the best feeling. You just feel great… for no reason at all.

OK, so maybe that in itself goes against ALL of my gratitude seeking and searching, picking and prodding at life’s little, simple events.

But sometimes, things aren’t perfect, in fact they are far from…

But you wake up, and are in the best mood.

Well, I lie. I woke up today, and I initially felt like shit.

But then, sunshine!

🌞

The sun was out, I was cafeing it with Hubbie, and I went about my day… happy!

I questioned myself at one stage… why was I happy? I mean, was there something going on that I didn’t know about?

🤔🤔🤔🤔

No! That’s the thing. There was nothing in particular that had me in such a happy-go-lucky cheerful state.

And I get it… we should feel happy, all the time, or at least try to. And we definitely shouldn’t think it is weird to feel happy, instead of sad. Sad/frustrated/angry/anxious shouldn’t be our default. It is not normal.

Nonetheless, I was happy today. I am still content. And I’ll try to remind myself, next time I wake up in a particularly glowing mood, that it isn’t weird…

I will just be grateful for it, and try to replicate it as much as I can.

💖💖

#1864 The coffee spot

So, I love coffee, right?

But sometimes, I drink it, even though I don’t really feel like it… I do it out of habit.

I think, that might be called what we say, an addiction?

🤣🤣

Yeah, FINE. I have a coffee addiction. Oh well. 🤷‍♀️

But this morning while out to have our Wednesday morning ‘us time’ coffee, Hubbie and I actually had, an AMAY-ZING coffee.

It just hit the spot. Completely. I had a scone on the side too, and just the combination, with the strong yet smooth coffee was…

Mmmm hmmmm.

Hubbie was even mumbling in agreement as he drank his coffee and ate his doughnut, doing the 👌 sign and EVERYTHING!

Ahh. Good times. Coffee times. 💖☕

#1853 Coffee time with my girl no. 4

Before all the busy-ness of the day, baby girl and I had our cafe moment this morning on the main street.

You know what made me laugh? As I went to snap our drinks, in the background, I caught her doing this…

Deeply inhaling her babycino.

“Ahhh,” she said.

It cracked me up. 🤣

Kids! 🤷‍♀️

#1816 Sweet sugo

Do you think it’s too much to ask that a cafe stays open ’til past 4pm on a weekday?

Is it? I mean I don’t live in a regional town, and our main street is peppered ALL OVER with cafes… and yet finding one to fulfil my caffeine craving so late in the day, seemed almost impossible today.

First world problems, I know. It might seem awfully petty to be concerned with these little nuisances, especially on a day like today when I went to a funeral…

You’d think I wouldn’t worry about things like that.

But we all deal with life and death in different ways, right? And there’s nothing like the reminder of the end of life, to make us really funny and fussy about all the things that we choose to do before that…

I had driven for a lot of the day. It was hot. Still, not feeling the best. I had eaten lunch in the car, picked up baby girl from school, and then we’d gone to exchange a Smiggles drink bottle she got for Christmas that had a faulty part.

I just wanted to sit down and have a coffee. It didn’t seem too much to ask. I wanted to sit down with my daughter, on what was a tiring day, and just stop for a few minutes.

The first cafe was doing takeaway only… damn you recurrent restrictions.

The second cafe was closing.

The third cafe was already closed.

The fourth cafe was also… closing.

I walked away, gritted teeth, cursing the fact that there were cafes galore but none apparently taking customers.

Finally. We went to our last option in that block – Sugo.

It’s weird that we’ve never actually drank or eaten at this place. There’s nothing wrong with it, it looks really nice… but we’ve never even thought to sit down there…

Too many options elsewhere.

Anyway, they were OPEN!

Baby girl and I sat down for our late afternoon coffee break, sharing a cookie, happy that we had gotten our small happy ending.

It isn’t the be all and end all, and it isn’t life or death, certainly… but it’s what we do in the space between the beginning and end of life that matters.

And if you want to have your coffee and sit down with it, well damn it so you should be able to.

We’ve only got one life.

🙏

#1784 Foodie day

I put a dress on tonight, and screwed my face up.

Hmmm…

In the past, I may have said “I’m not happy, that’s not sitting right.”

But instead I said “My BODY looks happy!”

😉😉🤣🤣

Yep. Happy. Relaxed. Probably not cover girl form, but I actually don’t mind that it’s NOT.

It is holiday time, and I am just going with the flow.

Doing what I like, eating what I like… take today for example.

Coffee with baby girl at a cafe this morning.

Making sweet potato gnocchi this afternoon to freeze for later, just because I had sage in my fridge… because I’d decided I must spend 3 hours making home-made gnocchi to use up herbs for an accompanying sauce that cost a few dollars. 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️

Dinner tonight! Mmmm, our fave, at The Royal Hotel…

AND dessert!

So of course my body is happy! Look at all of that! 🤣

You know, all jokes aside, a happy body doesn’t necessarily mean a body that has seen indulgence after indulgence, all day every day. Rather I am talking about enjoying the moment, and listening to what your body wants and needs, like really listening…

For example this morning, my body really wanted fruit on my cereal.

Other times I’m just craving the sweet summery taste of mangos, just roughly chopped up to simply enjoy.

And then weirdly on Friday nights, I end up devouring a bowl of Doritos, only to follow it with an even bigger serve of pistachios…? 😜

It’s been a hard past few months. Let’s try enjoy this holiday season doing what we love, whatever that may be. 🙏💖

#1764 The X-tra Axil food pit stop

The first half of my weekend was amazing… and honestly, the second half was meant to be good too.

We went shopping today to get some much needed Christmas gifts ticked off our list.

We got some stuff… there is still quite a bit to go…

But my recurring pains meant the day was not as happy-go-lucky as I’d expected.

Damn.

Like I do all the time on this blog, I tried really hard to find the positive. And despite not really understanding what the hell is going on, there was some really simple, understated happiness to the day…

Axil Coffee Roasters.

The cafe at Chaddy was so good, we stopped there twice. Once for lunch…

And then after some more shopping, for coffee.

Now, I really should’ve taken the table photo of the coffee, and not just my cap, because honestly, the brownie, doughnut and danish we ordered alongside our 3pm pick-up would have made you DROOOOOOL.

This place brought the goods today. When other things failed, and I was getting down, this cafe hit the mark every time…

Well something went right, anyway. 🤷‍♀️

#1762 It’s my cherry pie

Mmm mmm.

I haven’t had this cherry pie, like ALL YEAR.

And with the year we’ve had, you know that’s no exaggeration.

I walked into the renovated cafe off the main street this morning. I haven’t had anything there since, well, note the above (ALL YEAR).

But back when I ventured through its doors the cafe was poky, but had charm.

And it had a massive cherry pie through the display case, just beaming up at me.

😍🍒🥧

Today when I walked through, the cafe was open and airy.

No pokes anymore.

I looked through their new display case.

And found a smaller cherry pie.

They weren’t cutting slices anymore. Now, they were individual serves.

Oh. So. Pretty.

Still as delightful. Still as delicious.

And luckily for me, still the same cherry pie.

#1721 Day 223 of getting there: back to it all

Today was an exciting day.

WE GOT OUT.

Escaped from the confines of our home.

No, it wasn’t cleaning all day,

finding a board game to play,

then pruning with waters glistening in the horizon on the bay.

NAY.

WE WENT OUT.

Baby girl and I hit the Main street. Shopping. Excited with, “look, SHOPS ARE OPEN!”

We stopped at my 10/10 coffee place from the other day, Flowergirls and co cafe –

YAY –

and had a great coffee and babycino break.

And gingerbread man. 😉

People were milling around EVERYWHERE. EVERYONE was out.

We continued the fun this evening when we went out to dinner at one of our fave restaurants, The Royal Hotel.

HOORAY! Wine! I haven’t drank it in about 2 months. I was firstly going through some health hell, then I was terrified of drinking anything that wasn’t water, so I stayed away for so long…

Until tonight.

That one glass of red made me go all YIPPEE in my head, and immediately, I loved everyone. I missed everyone.

I mean, I do love and miss everyone, and by everyone I mean only those people I care about.

HA HA HA. (Still some alcoholic effects I see?) 😜

But seriously. Cheap drunk alert. I was happy happy, LA LA LA, my seafood linguine was NOM NOM NOM, and then we walked across the road, to the best view of them all.

Ahhh.

All in all, today was a great way to get back to it all.

Shop. Coffee. Dinner. Beach.

Relax. Happy. Grateful. YAY.

REPEAT.

#1718 Day 220 of getting there: cafes are back

Today was so exciting!

Hubbie and I dropped off baby girl at school, and soon found ourselves on the main strip for coffee.

DINE-IN COFFEE!

Oh, what a great decision we made when we picked a primary school that practically backs out onto the main strip. Seriously. Best idea ever.

We were one of the early ones, and there were already a few people here and there, headed out to shops, restaurants and cafes…

Not only did hairdressers’ still have lines out the door…

But beauty salons now had people lining up too!

Not to worry, we were early.

And we went through the new ‘normal’ routine.

Scanned the cafe’s QR code on my phone.

Signed in our details.

Sat with our masks still on.

Then took them off when our coffees arrived!

Oh, and almond croissant to share too. 😉

Yum yum. It was a great experience, and the coffee was actually a 10/10. That has only happened a handful of times for me. Sure the coffee in Melbourne is A1, but most of the time it is an 8, 9…

But oh my, a 10? What a way to get back onto the cafe scene.

We left the cafe, ready and primed for the rest of our day, set up in the best way…

And people were outside, EVERYWHERE. Sitting at tables, lining outside shops. Cars were driving down the main strip.

The sun was shining. People were dressed up.

Everyone was happy and excited.

It honestly, nearly brought a tear to my eye.

We’ve missed so much. And now, in whatever way feels right, we are getting it back. 💖💖