#2030 A lockdown balance

You need to achieve a level of balance, EVEN in lockdown.

I didn’t realise ’til today that I too, like I said for baby girl last week, had started to withdraw. Sure, I’m eager as to have my freedoms, see my family and friends again, resume life as we were before all this happened.

But at the same time, being home all the time, has made me wanna stay home, and kinda, be up-to-date on everything.

Not even important things.

It wasn’t until today after I finished work at 3pm, that I realised my old ways. I had several things to tick off my to-do list, but given the sunshine, and my promise last week to get her out more, I instead asked baby girl “what do you wanna do?”

She wanted to have coffee and babycino on the deck.

(We don’t have furniture yet, so we just sat on the floor).

But it was actually really beautiful.

Then, still ignoring the growing pile of dishes on the sink, I asked her –

“Which park do you wanna go to?”

Well it had to be the one with the big net that she loves to climb to the top of.

Even better, I messaged her friend’s Mum, and they joined us too. The kids were running, screaming, we all stayed way too long, and when I came home…

I quickly rushed to start dinner, get the cat out, put the dishwasher on…

Ahhh. Like the good ol’ days. To hell with routine. Who needs an orderly and clean house anyway? 😉🤣

#2028 Monsieur, we meet again

There was no point to parks opening up across Melbourne yesterday, because it was a shit storm of rain all day.

So really, today was the proper park reopening.

Baby girl and I walked down to the neighbourhood cafe to grab some food, and then take it to the park where we could eat…

I got, a MONSTER of a meal.

The croque monsieur.

OMG. You know what this toastie is saying? It’s saying “I’ve been good all week, now I will eat a slab of bread, bechamel, cheese and ham.”

🤦‍♀️

Actually, it was very good value at $10 for this brick of a cheese sandwich. So incredibly rich, I could only eat half.

So, guess what I’m eating for brekkie tomorrow morning?

🤣🥪

#2008 Birthday park fun

Lockdowns in both birthday seasons.

You know what I said today?

STUFF IT.

We took a whole lot of doughnuts to the park today. Baby girl bumped into some school friends. The wind was breezy, but that sun was adamant.

I like when it’s adamant. So was I today.

What was left!

She was a very lucky girl. We spoiled her as much as we could, and it’s not even her birthday yet…

So often in life you gotta make the most of what you’ve got, and so far we’re trying, man we’re trying.

So much pink, LOVE it. 💖💖

#2006 The wind of change

I like reading up on my horoscope. And though I take it all with a grain of salt, when my monthly one said that the first half of the Leo month would be, frankly put, CRAP, well I started to see it everywhere.

And hey, don’t blame me, it’s not Leo month’s fault! It’s all in the planets, and their alignment. 🌙☀

It’s THEIR fault. 🤣

But just as the horoscope promised, the second half of the Leo season would end on a super sweet note.

I think the winds of change are already here.

I had a full on start to the day with work, and having planned a park date with baby girl, as soon as I was finished we ran out the door, got some takeaway coffee and babycino, some sweets, and started walking to the beach end of Main Street.

But, other than the pleasant, still, sunny air… another surprise.

Someone had paid the coffee forward. Free drinks for us. 💖

The park was beautiful, and it was so evident the atmospheric change. Unlike other Wintry days, there was barely any wind to be felt.

Interesting too, that 5 years ago on this day, we took a leap of faith, into our own wind of change.

We purchased our house exactly 5 years ago!

So much change. Sea change, the wind has changed leaving Winter slowly bidding a goodbye, and the Leo season seems to be changing for the better too.

I for one am totally up for it.

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#2003 Getting out when it’s hard

This happened last year in lockdown as well.

I went from days when I was all “I am managing, I am surviving, hell I am even a tiny bit killing this ‘work-from-home, home-schooling, balancing all of life while remaining optimistic, hopeful and grateful for the little things in life’ thing.”

And then just as quickly a day would come when I was all ‘I HATE EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING SUCKS.’

Well that was me today. All of the above.

I’ve been sick, so I of course I woke countless times with blocked nose, runny nose, I was hot, and I just kept tossing and turning, tossing and turning, tossing and turning, tossing and turning.

Then there was the neighbour’s dog. God help me this dog. I have no problems with dogs. I have problems with dogs that do not stop barking EVER. This dog has a routine, which makes me think it’s owner has one where they leave the house for exactly the same time every day… the dog will start barking sometime after 8:30am, and will go on for at least 2 hours, uninterrupted.

UNINTERRUPTED.

When I’m up early and taking baby girl to school, well it’s still noise pollution let’s be frank, but it doesn’t affect my time in the house so much.

This morning though, after a sleepless night, and then finally falling asleep, only to then be woken by said annoying dog?

OMG.

And it stopped, of course, with 10 minutes to spare before I had to wake up and get baby girl ready for a school zoom call. 🤦‍♀️

I woke cranky, tired. My nose alternating between blocked and runny. I saw there were 20 new covid cases today. That made me especially sad, thinking of another lockdown birthday.

Everything was sad, everything was bad. Sad, bad, sad, bad.

But after lunch, I decided I had to snap out of it.

Baby girl and I headed down to the Main Street to grab a takeaway coffee and babycino, some treats, and then walked on down to the park.

It was a tiny bit sunny, mostly blowy, but man that wind knocked some sense into me, you know, ruffled me up and wisened me up in the best way.

Guys, if you’re feeling low, don’t be hard on yourself. This time of our lives is like nothing we have ever experienced, and honestly, just give yourself a change of scenery. Go outside. Take a walk, rug up in a jacket, and breathe.

Something as truly simple as that, might be the key to help you get by, another moment, of another day…

And on and on and on, ’til we come out the other end. 💪

#1971 Rock climbing fun

In an effort to boost the fun on the last of these ‘school holidays’ days…

We had a morning playdate in the local park…

Then we had a cheeky Macca’s lunch…

And then we met some cousins for indoor rock climbing!

It was amazing. I was particularly proud and a tiny astounded, but not so much because she is her Daddy’s daughter too, at how freaking good and easy she took to climbing these walls.

She was a monkey. A professional climber, a star, all of the above. She made it look so easy and fun, and now guess what?

I want to do it! Just as well, there are adult climbing sections there… 💖💪

#1935 Simple walks again

I understand why my cat Mister F bounces out of the laundry when I let him at the start of the day.

He wants to explore. He wants to be free.

That’s how I felt today. Baby girl too. Having spent the entire, beautiful, still and sunny (and not even that cold, let’s be honest) Winter’s day inside, due to work-from-home, we had our coffee break and then stretched our legs for a walk.

Ahhhh. I remember this. If lockdown reminded us of anything, it was that the simple things often made us feel amazing.

We wandered the fairly quiet streets in late afternoon, with the sun slowly setting…

With unicorn, as you do.

We stopped at a local park, baby girl had a play, and then we headed home, to smells of dinner preparation wafting from nearby houses, and the brilliant scent of real fires.

Ahhh. It’s one of the many things that I LOVE about where we live. Come the cold weather, and the smell of burning wood, whether from fire pits or fire places, fills the air, and it just smells divine… so homey.

We stopped to pat a dog called Polly, who was very excited to meet us… and we admired the stunning yet fleeting sunset, disappearing ever so quickly over the horizon.

Simple things are often the best. 💖💖

#1933 A cafe/park something

How the hell did I find something novel and new to be grateful for for all those months of lockdown last year?

Not even a week in this time, and I’ve been twiddling my thumbs, like, errrr…

But then, we did do something. Baby girl is going stir-crazy, I can tell. She has been more emotional, picking small fights for no reason, and reminds me much of a cat caged-in with no indication of when the door will be opened.

We walked down to the neighbourhood cafe today, and then went to the park with our bits and pieces.

It was something. Some-thing, right?

That’s all we need to keep going. Even little things. 🤞

Any guesses how much longer this Victorian lockdown will go for? I’ll bet you another 10 days from today.

Your thoughts?

#1910 Mother’s Beach Day

How was today made special for me?

Well, I got little school gifts purchased from the Mother’s Day stall last week.

I didn’t have to do the grocery shopping (praise the Lord!)

AND… I relaxed by the bay.

😍😍

We did everything by the water today. We ate near it, bringing ourselves some food and bubbly…

We went to the park.

We got coffees and drank them on the sand.

And we just lay there, doing NOTHING as baby girl made sandcastles nearby.

NOTHING. Ahhh.

And we were at, get ready for it… Mother’s Beach.

Talk about appropriate. 💖💖

Happy Mothers Day for ALL the Mums today.

For the old Mums, and the young Mums.

For the angel Mums with wings.

For the Mums with angel babies.

For the ‘should-be’ Mums.

For the adoptive Mums.

For the step-Mums.

For the fur baby Mums.

For the trying Mums.

For the solo Mums.

I see you. I hear you. I feel you. 💖💖

#1879 ‘Yes’ for school holidays

I love school holidays, because baby girl’s routine goes out the window.

It would be better if I also had holidays, because then it would be double the fun.

And if Hubbie actually had holidays, it would be triple the fun.

But, we gotta work.

It turns out though that I actually have lined up in front of me now 3 days off… so we are totally double-troubling it these next few days. 😁

Everything becomes easier. Everything becomes YES.

“Wanna go to the park?” YES.

“Wanna go to another park?” YES.

“Want to swing high and almost flip over the bar?” YES.

“Want to climb way too high?”

YES.

“Want that bun even though dinner is half an hour away?” YES.

“Wanna dance in the kitchen going crazy screaming our lungs out to Queen after dinner?”

Oh wait, we do that already… 😏🤣