Friday, March 3, 2017

Old habits past and New skills future

Oh my goodness - I missed February. Altogether. It was a busy month full of squeezing baby Evelyn, drawing, painting my kitchen & dining room, hosting friends for dinner, taking a week off work and going on a romantic getaway.

Which left me very little time to write, and I went with the flow.

March brings milestones reached and new skills to learn...

  • This one I initially forgot to add, and it deserves to be here at the top -  it is the most important. 6 years since my kidney cancer - and my recent test results were clear. My cancer experience was life-altering. Every day is a gift. I do not take life for granted, and am so thankful that I am still here, 6 years later. 
  • Six Months Sober! This makes me sound like I had been a huge binge drinker - which I wasn't - I was a habitual drinker - able to hide it from the world. I grew up with a binge drinker - and do feel I'd rather be habitual than a binge drinker - but I'm sure both have equally terrible consequences. But back to it - I love not drinking. I love not thinking about it and I love feeling in control of that aspect of my life. All good. Freedom.
  • Two Months Old Baby Evelyn! She is such a lovely little soul. She smiles now and coos, and holds her hands up to her face like she is giving the royal wave. We are besotted with our tiny granddaughter.
  • Next week Husband and I begin a Stained Glass course - together. In all our years, we have never taken a course together. We've been on the waiting list for 6 months, and begin next Thursday night. Should be fun. 
  • Pottery was a blast this semester. All the angst I felt in the Autumn semester - is behind me. I have come a long way with my patience and regaining it - it is all tied up with sobriety, as I found I had been dulling myself for a long time, probably because I was so bored, and when I stopped all the restlessness bubbled up and didn't know how to function for a while.
  • House decorating has finally begun. I spent a weekend in February transforming my kitchen/dining space from a tired butter yellow - which wasn't bad, but not my kind of yellow - to a gorgeous grey-blue. Like the colour of a winter sky.
Can I say how much I have loved this winter? The hours I spent drawing, basking in front of the fire and Netflix? The absolute hibernation? It has been so good for my spirit. Every dull day was a gift - and as much as I love spring and summer gardening - I am a quiet cave dweller at my core.

And I will leave a baby photo here for anyone who made it to the end of my long self-post.

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on all your milestones and achievements! Have fun with the stained glass course. My Rare One used to do stained glass and enjoyed it. I just finished an intro calligraphy course which was kind of neat. Now I just have to find the discipline somewhere to practice it, lol!