How can one simple photo, make me so happy?
Because it’s my life. 💖
How can one simple photo, make me so happy?
Because it’s my life. 💖
It was about 5pm today when I realised I felt… different.
This was a novel way for me to feel on a Sunday afternoon.
I felt happy. Content and even a bit excited about the week ahead.
I am always dealing with massive Monday-itis feelings come Sunday afternoon, yes even in lockdown. It’s the start of more routine, more work, more home-schooling, and after having spent the day with Hubbie and baby girl, it just really makes me sad that we won’t all be together the next day.
So why was I happy?
Well, I think it was a bit of everything.
Father’s Day, of course. Showering Hubbie with cards and surprise gifts this morning.
Having video calls with family, which really put a smile on my dial. Seeing my Dad and Mum, and sis and bro-in-law made me feel happy and connected to them despite the distance between us in lockdown.
Then I made this new soup recipe, a chicken, vegetable and pasta soup, and it was really yum! So I was stewing over that (almost literally) ’til lunchtime.
And then I wrote up a new weekly timetable for myself, because I often find myself so busy but really scattered, because I don’t know what to do first when I have free time, and end up fluffing around. This way, knowing what day I will focus on what will give me tremendous drive and clarity as to what to do, when. It already worked, today was my clear clutter day, and I was totally killing it. 🤣
So yeah. I am happy, and I don’t have any massive reason why, they’re all little reasons…
(All together now…)
But the little things, ARE the big things. 💖😍🥰💖
It’s lots of little things combined that made me smile today.
It was watching an Australian decathlete in the Tokyo Olympics urge his teammate to cross the finish line to win bronze.
It was making a delish new dish, Marion Grasby’s spicy garlic butter linguini.
It was picking up a book that was a hold at the library, knowing I could really get into it and do some research over this next lockdown week.
It was seeing the fruits of my workout labour, finally start to eventuate.
It was a tickle fight with baby girl after finishing work.
It was funny memes on social media.
It was being alright, even though it was day 1 of lockdown 6.
All of these things. 💖💖
Today’s shopping day was LONG overdue.
I got stuff for me.
We got stuff for baby girl.
Even our house got stuff.
Hubbie didn’t though, and that’s ok because he had us (his words!)
We need to surround ourselves with feminine energy.
As a woman, it is intrinsic to our wellbeing. To our survival. To be able to motivate ourselves, go on and go on, reach higher and further than we ever thought possible… we need to surround ourselves with yin.
But… it has to be the right yin.
Find it in your mothers, your sisters and your daughters.
Find it in your cousins, colleagues, those you meet on the street that you connect with instantly.
Those that you see and go “YES!” I feel you.
Find it in your friends. In the friends that you’ve known for so long, the ones that there is no pause for breath, the friends that can support you and help you, leaving you feeling full to the brim with love, laughter and constant memories.
Today I felt supremely lucky that amidst all this recent lockdown business, we were still able to go out and celebrate a dear friend’s baby shower.
I think we were all super excited, you know, being out of the house and socialising. 🤣
But mostly, seeing the love growing from the depths of our friend’s belly. 💖💖
See these flowers? They look fragile, pretty and at the mercy of the lightest breeze.
Yet look deeper, and you find an inner, unshakeable strength, so strong that the harshest rains, winds and heat cannot shake it.
That is yin. That is feminine energy. Going with the flow, but standing strong and proud from within.
And I know how to tell if you’re with the right yin energy, the right people.
At the end if the day, you’re asking yourself –
“When can we do this again?”
And so we did.
“When will we do this again?”
Lockdown = baking. 😋❤
Omg, nom nom nom.
During the day I made this delectable new recipe, recently seen on Marion Grasby’s social media, the ‘bounty brownie.’
Basically she uses the bounty chocolate bar, along with a whole lotta coconut and other good stuff, to make this incredible version of the brownie.
This is oozy, gooey, soft, and just OMG. My heart. ❤ I originally made it with Hubbie in mind because he loves coconut with chocolate, but gee, I think it’s an all-round winner.
But that wasn’t ALL. Hubbie got a selection of yummy meats and prawns, mixed grill style, and we got them sizzling on the stove… accompanied with salad stuff and home-made oven chips, let’s just say I was feeling really content.
Happy Saturday night 🥰🥰
Something that makes me happy, time and time again on a Friday night, with or without lockdown, is this.
CORN CHIPS and PISTACHIOS.
They make me sooo happy.
This is how it goes:
Everyone goes to bed. Hubbie because he works Saturdays. Baby girl because, well she’s 7.
I creep into the kitchen. Take out a bowl and pour CCs into it.
(Now I need to pour, because God help me if I eat from the bag, it will ALL be gone).
Then I take my little Tupperware container of pistachios, and after I’ve finished the corn chips, slowly (savouring every bite I might add, while I do things like write and watch Netflix) I use the empty bowl to put all my empty pistachio shells in.
And I am in absolute heaven.
This is Mum time. This is ME time. It makes me so happy, and this little routine act really cements that it’s the end of the working week, and the beginning of free days ahead.
I have a little joke with Hubbie. He laughs when he opens the bin early the next morning to find all these pistachio shells just sitting there. 😂😬
Oh well. 🤷♀️
Oh, how I LOVE Saturday nights.
Everything is so relaxed. So cas. Whether we’re at home in our trakkies eating takeaway, or hosting, or out somewhere socialising, I just love this time of the week.
I am free, with very little responsibility. We go to bed late… so late, I end up writing these things post 1am (or post 3am like tonight!)
There is a lot of communication and connection, things that lack during the week amidst chores and work and school and preparations, blah blah blah.
Everything is love, everything is fun, and there is a whole lotta crazy. 😜
Saturday night, is simply the best. We still have our routine, but it’s all centred around happiness, and the concept of time goes out the window.
I will pay tomorrow, but I don’t care.
All we have is now. And we’re squeezing every inch out of Saturday that we can.
You see, it’s not Sunday yet. It’s still Saturday night, plus 3 hours. 😁
It ain’t morning ’til my eyes open up the next day.
Tonight was grand, and I know it will only get better. 💖💖
Two things brought me joy today.
(Well, many really, but I gotta talk about something different now, don’t I? 😉)
It was such an inside day, and I was happy to spend most of it indoors, willing the rain to rain down even more, so I could revel in the inside-ness, even more.
I did lots of cooking, and was most happy with this chocolate slice I made. It’s a recipe I’ve had for yonks but never tried. Honestly, I have a trillion recipes scattered in magazines, books and clippings all over the place, and need to go through them more regularly so that I can discover more interesting things to make.
It was good.
2. Ricky Martin.
I’ve been on a massive rock fest of late, and most of the time Queen is the only thing I play. But I put a song on YouTube tonight, a live Ricky Martin performance, and after that was done it gave me another Ricky Martin song…
And I just REMEMBERED. I mean, it’s not like I forgot. But you can’t love everyone at the same time, and you gotta play music according to your mood.
But man, I still love the guy.
I ended up finding a CD and pumping it up as I did the dishes, because that’s the rule in our house… whoever does the dishes, picks the soundtrack.
And it was a whole lot of ‘ola’ tonight!
Chocolate slice, and Ricky. Both so, so sweet. 🤣💖😉
It’s been a week of school holidays and I haven’t had much of a chance to do anything for baby girl.
With her. Today, despite, the cold, wind, rain, and 10 degree day temperature, we headed OUT.
You know, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Winter won’t stop me no more. As long as I have my freedom…
… and there’s no lockdowns, I’ll throw on a beanie and a jacket, thank you very much, and LIVE MY LIFE.
Which is what we did.
We kind of just wandered in and out of shops on the Main Street. I snapped a beautiful shot of her reading on the floor of our local bookstore…
And then we headed to get, what else at 3pm?
Yes, that’s right. Babycino and coffee. ☕🥛
But when she spied the pancakes on the kids menu, instead of her usual cookie, I turned into ‘YES’ Mum.
She was sooo rapt.
We had a beautiful afternoon, and nothing pleases me more than seeing her excited and happy face.
Even this $4.50 purchase at the cheap shop, as I like to call it, well it’s kept her busy all night, but lo and behold she got all the little hoops on the bars, a few times already. Parents, you will understand this. 😂
I hope we can have a lot more fun, excited and ‘yes’ moments in the next week too. 💖💖