The other day, as I was knitting in front of the tv, realising that I was knitting mostly by feel without having to watch my hands the whole time.
The smell of sweet peas on my dining table.
Swapping out the flannelette sheets on the bed for plain cotton ones at last.
Little girls making each other giggle helplessly, without it ending in tears.
Rocket that grows so fast I can cut some for my lunch every day. I can't believe how much I was paying for bags of the stuff at the supermarket.
Christmas being just around the corner.
Time spent together as a family. It doesn't matter what we're doing, my favourite thing is to be all four of us together.
Realising the progress I've made on the ukulele when songs I found challenging a couple of weeks ago are now easy and effortless to play.
When the mowing is done, the weeding is done, the laundry up to date, the house tidy (if not clean...). That happy, weary... slightly sweaty... and virtuous feeling when all jobs are done.
Kindy mums who let me know that, on her first day at kindy last week, A stopped crying a minute after I left. And kindy mums who convince me to forget my to-do list on that day and to go have a coffee instead. Which I did. And read two whole magazines. Heaven.
When I've waited all day to sit down with my knitting, that feeling when I do finally sit down with my knitting.
And now, just quietly, some things that are less good...
The loaf of sourdough I made the other day which was as flat as a pancake, and which I finished off by burning it in the oven. Why? All that effort down the drain. Or into the pig bucket, as the case may be.
Following a new recipe to the letter and having it fail. Again I ask, WHY?
Winds that bruise and damage plants.
My girls both having a cry every single day that they miss their dad and want him to come home from work. Shutdowns bring home the bacon but they are not conducive to family life.
Now let's not end this on a negative note, because not only am I sitting here with all jobs done, slightly sweaty, I'm also about to pick up my knitting!
Happy Sunday, friends xx