Today has been trickier than usual as I barely slept last night. I have developed an unhelpful habit of waking up around 3am and struggling to get back to sleep again, which is fine when it’s just one night but becomes more difficult when it stretches beyond that. However, I know how fortunate I am not to have to work through this (as I did for many years leading up to retirement), and not to have anyone else I’m responsible for caring for.
As it is, there are always plenty of pleasant undemanding things to do when tired out. Today they included a long walk; making another batch of yoghurt; making a large bowl of coleslaw with the cabbage I managed to buy from the greengrocer; toasting some more of the sunflower and pumpkin seeds we enjoy sprinkled on a salad; bringing in the dry washing (before the rain!) and sorting it for putting away; watering the house plants. All mundane simple things; all things that enhance life.
Garden/allotment – at last some real rain; just what is needed for the allotment and garden. Over the past week or so the ground has become baked hard, too hard for planting or sowing and too hard to put up the canes ready for planting out peas and beans next month. I’m looking forward to being able to get out there again over the next few days to sow some more salad crops and plant out some of the seedlings growing well in the greenhouse. I’m also looking forward to weeding the garden (front and back), and the strawberry bed, which so far has been sorely neglected. Time to get it tidied up!
Exercise/stay fit – I had such a lovely walk today. We drove out to the farm where I buy my milk and our cheese, and I was able to walk back home (stopping along the way at a greengrocer to buy fresh veg and a new zero-waste shop to stock up on beans, seeds and the like). An hour and a half walk, in the drizzle, was just what I needed. A real tonic.
House/home repairs, improvements – I enjoy pottering around the house moving things from here to there to ring the changes, switching houseplants around, and the like. Nothing you could call repairs or improvements, and yet it does make a difference to how I feel.
Craft/making – just two more squares needed for the crochet granny blanket I’m making. I enjoyed arranging them on the floor, playing around with colour combinations. As with other blankets, I then gather them into piles for each line and label them to ensure they get joined together in the right place. I’m pleased with the stained glass effect of this blanket-to-be, and also with the fact that mostly this has been made with yarn I already had, leftovers from previous projects. The only thing I needed to buy was some more of the background colour (navy). I didn’t have any clear design for this project when I began it; I wanted to play with the leftovers and see where it took me. So far I’m pleased with the result.
Admin – nothing today.
Kind deeds/something for others – wherever possible when I’ve needed (or wanted) to buy something I’ve tried hard to do so from small and/or local businesses. Yesterday I ordered supplies of tea from the people I usually buy my loose tea from. I bought more than usual to get best value from the delivery charge. To my astonishment, they delivered it by hand to my house late that afternoon!
Stay sane! – yoga, always. And as it was Friday night, it was culture night chez nous. Which tonight meant a performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, performed by the Netherlands Bach Society. It’s a sublime piece of music. You can find it here if you’d like to watch/listen. I can recommend it. Even in my tired-out state, it was an inspiring listen (plus in the comfort of your own home, you can crochet at the same time and no-one will tut. Hopefully).