Cheers!

I’ve been getting over a cough sort of thing… not major stuff, but with worrying moments. It’s meant that I haven’t wanted to do too much, and haven’t really been out walking as I would normally do.
Next week we have an inspection, which means deeper cleaning than the everyweek schedule. This includes dusting. I thought I’d have trouble with the extra dust floating around, but I seem to be much better today 🙂 Nevertheless it’s been a bit of a week, with things that had to be done regardless, and things that I wanted to do… thankfully it’s holidays!
Do you know that feeling you sometimes get after a time of not feeling too well? A sort of sadness/tiredness – almost like the bottom drops out of life for a bit, and everything seems a bit greyer… not a big thing, but can lead to feeling old and listless for a time. I did go for a walk mid-afternoon, which helped. Having a go on the swings brought back a bit of childlike joy, free of care under the wide sky.
Back home after and listening to music, checking out the songs I don’t listen to as often. Here’s one that spoke to me in my “feeling old” mood!

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Cool Being Me

Last week of the term, and Sweet Bean finished his English tasks a while back… this week is mopping up the leftovers of other subjects in preparation for starting fresh next term. The English unit was based on “Soul Surfer”, the story of Bethany Hamilton. They looked at songs and poems, stories of inspirational people, and courage and determination…
One of the songs was this one…

It was used to reiterate the theme of Bethany’s catchphrase, “I’m cool being me!”
I haven’t yet seen the actual movie, but look forward to doing so.

Here’s a clip from behind the scenes, showing a different kind of courage.

And another! These were actually shown to me before we saw the song lyrics in the English unit, by a friend who had to share them because she thought they were so good 😀

Be brave. You are cool! ❤

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The Blue Blueness

Went for a long rambling walk this morning, with the blue skies arching above, and the weather unsure of whether it wanted to be cold or warm. I’ve been on progressively longer walks lately, revelling in the fresh air and sunshine.
Took a photo of a flower, because it was smiling at me.

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It wasn’t quite the crisp clear image I was aiming for. The sun was on the screen, so I couldn’t quite see what was there – I just pointed and clicked. Also, the people who lived in the house had just come back from somewhere and seemed unsure as to why I was crouched by their fence… I smiled, waved, and then moved on. They seemed OK with that.
On the route I took today there is a big old Queensland nut tree, so I spent some time foraging on the footpath. Here’s my harvest.

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The nuts themselves seem larger than the other trees I’ve tried – not sure if that’s to do with the age of the tree?

I enjoy walking. It’s invigorating, and always interesting. The only problem is that it can take time out of a day that may not have much left over. I never regret going. It’s easier to sit on the patio and drink coffee, but not as rewarding. Doesn’t it feel sometimes like there’s always something left to do? Even when deadlines are met, there’s still a lingering feeling of…something. In reality, of course, there always is something unfinished, or waiting to be taken care of. It’s important to take time out and still your soul. That can be with coffee on the patio, or with a long walk.

Balance…

Today the sun shone like it was summer, and the skies soared into the bluest of blues. The sort of day where you breathe in inspiration, and remember how beautiful life is…

Sing!
😀

 

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Mood For The Evening

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A Hymn For A Sunday Night

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Looking At The Sun

Not directly, of course. That would not end well.
It’s that winter sun time of year, where the skies are often bright and blue, but the air is tending to crisp and invigorating. I love to walk in the mornings and drink in the brightness, enjoying the flowers along the way. In some ways it’s like the Earth slows down, slipping into hibernation. We don’t get as cold here as other countries, but life can still be calmer…

My rosemary has been flowering…
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…and other flowers are smiling.
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Flowers within flowers! 😀

For some reason tiny white flowers, whatever they are, tend to glow in my photos.
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The little things, the ones that don’t shout but are quietly beautiful, are worth searching for.

And my favourite at the moment!

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Roses & Dancing

Still spending a fair proportion of my day in bed, coughing… it’s over three weeks now 😦 No doctors’ appointments available till late next week.
There comes a time (and I can’t believe I’m saying this…) when reading starts to get a little same-y. Hopefully that won’t last long… but in the meantime, here’s some roses!

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I’ve also been whiling away some time on YouTube, with songs old and new.
In my dreams, I’m an amazing dancer. Strong, agile – flowing gowns and graceful poses. This has never been my reality.
Nevertheless, I can enjoy seeing other people dancing, even if my bones ache just watching…

This is probably more my style…

Definitely better footwear!

Keep on dancing ❤
Even if it's only in your dreams…

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Dance!

“Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.” Romans 6:8-11 (The Message)

Stand…

“The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.” Romans 8:23-25 (The Message)

 

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Real

Today is Good Friday, a day to remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us.
We have no trouble visualising the “Jesus as God” part of the equation – there are so many paintings across the ages that give an ethereal depiction – but we sometimes find it harder to remember the human side of Jesus. He was fully God, but also fully Man, able to identify with us and reconcile us to God. He is not remote – He knows our weaknesses, and has compassion for our frailties.
I came across this song recently, and thought it was a reminder of the man Jesus – the one who had a real, flesh and blood body, who lived a real life and took on real suffering for us, bled real blood for us, who had a real mother he loved as a son.
Real pain.
Real blood.
Real love.

For us.

Perhaps we gloss over the real story because it’s easier to distance ourselves; to not have to engage our emotions or think about what it really means for us.
If tradition is right, both about Mary’s age when Jesus was born, and Jesus’ age at his crucifixion, I am now about the same age she would have been when she watched her little boy die, in blood and pain.
I don’t know how I could have handled that. But it makes it seem more real. And it compels a response, one way or another.

 

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