Books Read 2020

Thursday, 5 August 2021

And Rain Shall Not Stop Them

 

I have great respect and admiration for arborists, especially after learning how gruelling their training can be.

Not only do they need to be fit for such a physically demanding job, but they also need to have extensive knowledge about trees and a comprehensive understanding of their equipment and how to remain safe while using it.

This morning, after having a gorgeously sunny day yesterday, we have constant rain with the occasional heavier bouts.  But that never stopped these workmen.




They climbed their trees and trimmed the branches, even though it was raining, and the ground crew put the dropped limbs through their mulcher.

I was afraid they were going to take down all the trees but thankfully they have not – at least at this stage!

Sorry for not being that ‘present’ online at the moment.  I seem to be having a bit of down-time from the computer – too much TV viewing of Olympics perhaps?

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a happy week 😊

Margaret.



Friday, 30 July 2021

Out All Day

 

I’ve been out for most of the day, galivanting around enjoying myself.

A brother-in-law and his wife took me out to lunch at a little country cafΓ©.  What a lovely way to catch up on things, as well as all the extended family gossip.

Afterwards, we drove to a nearby garden centre – Wairere Nurseries, who are well-known for the wonderful collection of roses that they sell, alongside the usual plants and shrubs and trees.




We wandered around for quite a while, but in the end neither of us purchased anything.  I was surprised to see these japonicas for sale – such an old-fashioned shrub (my grandmother grew it).  Perhaps it is about to have a resurgence in popularity.




My next stop was the bookshop for a couple more puzzle books – this time, pixel puzzles and a word find book.  I like to do a puzzle at night when I am having trouble sleeping.

Then it was a spur-of-the-moment visit to another sister-in-law and more gossip!

Finally, it was time to drive home.  I thought I was early enough to miss the rush-hour traffic, but I was wrong.  So many sections of the trip home were bumper to bumper, and negotiating some of the intersections was a bit hairy.

New Zealand Olympic athletes did well with medals today.  Not bad for a little country of five million 😊

Margaret.

 

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Eleven Years Ago

 

With lots of wet weather and the Olympics in progress, it is easy to guess what I have been doing the last few days! 

Thankfully, son and I are fairly compatible with what we enjoy watching, so there are no heated discussions about what we will watch.

My favourites so far would have to be the cycle road races and the rugby sevens.  The most boring I have seen would have to be taekwondo – and my apologies to all those who enjoy it!




Eleven years ago, we were living at the campground at the foot of Mt Maunganui at Tauranga (seen here in the distance), so I thought a few memories from that time might be interesting.

We often went walking around and up and all over the Mount, but this track was one I usually avoided.  I believe it has now slipped down the bank, so I feel my fears were justified!




The views were always awesome.




Californian Quail used to wander through the camp and would sometimes even come right inside the caravan to stand and look warily at us.




Looking up towards the top, from about half way up




Being winter, we were not immune to the odd storm passing through




Nearly all the time, whatever the weather, we could watch the surfers out in the waves




Time now to go watch the sailing 😊

Margaret.


Friday, 23 July 2021

A Foggy Cemetery

 

It was very foggy this morning as I made my way over to the cemetery to visit my husband’s grave.  The traffic was heavy as well, so it was prudent just to travel along slowly and not take any silly risks.  Thankfully, all the other drivers felt the same and the trip was made in safety.

It may be three years now since I was widowed, and I am finding the saying is true that “you never get over it – you just learn to live with it.”  I am so thankful that I got to spend nearly fifty years knowing my wonderful man (we were married for forty-five of them).




Memories are such precious treasures,

Margaret 😊


Monday, 19 July 2021

Weekend Books

 

Here it is, Monday again!  We had rather a lot of rain over the weekend so it was very soothing to get distracted with looking through my new books.

I find I am not a great fiction reader – only one book was fictional (an old book, “Bracebridge Hall,” by Washington Irving) – and some of them (like the one on English country pubs) are more a “coffee-table” book that can be picked up and put down at will.




There are a couple of garden books and one on how to make a Kate Greenaway doll with clothes, and then a couple on travel experiences (like Michael Palin’s “Pole to Pole”).  They might, on the whole, be old books (it was a Book Fair of donated books, after all), but I like going through them.

One book I was particularly attracted to was “The Darling Buds of May Book of the Seasons.”  It contains sketches and excerpts from the writings of H.E. Bates, and is full of descriptions like this one:

“The August rain is heavy and dark; it seems to blacken the green of the trees and wash out the burnished shine on the wheat.  At the same time it gives the oats a fresh, airy grace.  Beads of clear rain hang on the beards.  The black seeds are shown up like darts.  The oat-stalks are washed clean, opalescent, and all through the rainy, windless days they do not move.  For some days the wheat has an astonishing colour, especially against the hedgerows.  It is part green, part gold, partly the colour of dark honey.  The colours shade into each other and are more than ever like waves as the wind gently blows the corn.” (from “In the Heart of the Country”)

Don’t you just love how he manages to paint a picture with his words?

Margaret 😊



Friday, 16 July 2021

An Upset and Some Books

 

It seems the only constant in this world is change, and we are all exposed to it.

Grand-daughter had her sixteenth birthday this last week, and the following day decided she was moving out and going to live permanently with her mother.

It made me sad to realize she has made this decision because there will be less restrictions placed upon her activities (not that she had anything draconian placed upon her here).

Having your own way in everything you do does not, in my experience, lead to a happy life.  But I respect her decision – during life we all have choices to make, and then consequences to bear as a result of those choices.  It can be a harsh learning curve sometimes.


The first daffodils for the season are making their joyful appearance


This morning the sun was shining (it has clouded over now!) so I headed off to the Lions Club annual book fair.  I have come home with twelve books to peruse and digest – which I am going to go and do now, with a cup of hot chocolate to keep me company.

Then I will have to figure out how I am going to fit them into my bookcase!

Enjoy your day, wherever you may be and whatever you may be doing 😊

Margaret.



Friday, 9 July 2021

Cup of Tea Anyone?

 

On the edge of Hamilton there is a tea estate, the only place in New Zealand that produces tea on a commercial basis. 

Tea is not something that you would expect to grow in New Zealand, but here at Zeelong Tea Estate there are over 1.2 million Camellia sinensis shrubs producing up to three crops of tea leaves each year.




I enjoyed my visit to their retail shop and came away with a tea caddy of organic whole-leaf Oolong tea – which I have yet to taste!

I see they do estate tours as well as running a restaurant and function centre, and I enjoyed their garden art surrounding the carpark.

It is a place I would like to visit again and explore a bit more closely.

I much prefer drinking tea to coffee.  Do you have any preferences?

Stay happy 😊

Margaret.


Wednesday, 7 July 2021

A Clean Kitchen

 

Our weather has changed to slightly warmer temperatures and a lot of clouds, after heavy overnight rain, and that was enough to enthuse me into tackling the kitchen and giving it a good cleaning.

I used to follow a strict timetable that had everything being done on a regular basis, but those days have long gone and I now find that every few months surface cleaning just isn’t enough and a session of deep cleaning is needed.

And, I must admit, it is much more satisfying to clean something a bit grubby than to clean something that is sparkling clean!

Once that was all done, I called on a sister-in-law and spent most of the afternoon visiting her.  It is always nice to catch up on all the family gossip and discuss the state of the world and how we can fix it!


Lake Te Ko Utu, in the heart of Cambridge township


I found this joke in an old woman’s magazine:

This week, just for a change, I thought I’d give you my favourite recipe for fruit cake.  You’ll need a cup of butter, a cup of sugar, four large eggs, a cup of dried fruit, a teaspoon of baking soda, a teaspoon of salt, a cup of brown sugar, lemon juice, nuts and a bottle of whiskey.

Sample the whiskey to check for quality.  Take a large bowl.  Check the whiskey again.  To be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink.  Repeat. 

Turn on the electric mixer, beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl.  Add one spoontea of sugar and beat again.

Make sure the whiskey is still OK.  Cry another tup.

Turn off the mixer.  Break two leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.  Mix on the turner.  If the fruit gets stuck in the beaters, pry it loose with a screwdriver.  Sample the whiskey again to check for tonsisticity.

Next, sift two cups of salt.  Or something.  Who cares?  Check the whiskey.

Now sift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.  Add one babblespoon of brown sugar, or whatever colour you can find.  Wix mel.  Grease the oven.  Turn the cake pan to 350 gredees.

Don’t forget to beat off the turner.  Throw the bowl out the window, check the whiskey again and bo to ged.

 

Hope you enjoyed it 😊

Margaret.



Monday, 5 July 2021

Just For A Change - Fog!

 

Just for a change from our heavy frosts and sunny days, today we have had heavy frost and thick fog. 

It has been so heavy and murky that the street lights have been on for most of the day.  

The fog lifted slightly around midday but never broke up, and now it has settled back down again like a great silent white curtain covering everything.

It may have been sunny on the other side of Hamilton, as I was told Auckland had a sunny afternoon.  Fog can be very localized in our city, and as we live between the river and a peat swamp the fog can be quite bad here sometimes.

I checked my phone before, and the temperature was six degrees, feels like four, with a humidity of 98%.  And they are forecasting showers for tomorrow.  Winter!




The fire got lit at lunchtime, once we realized the sun wasn’t going to appear, and I have spent a quiet afternoon sitting in front of it doing some family tree research on my laptop.

Millie kept trying to jump up to sit on me – she lands on the computer and bounces off again, leaving me with all sorts of weird messages and symbols on my screen.  

Mittens had the right idea though, she curled up on her fluffy blanket on the bed and ignored the world around her.

It is son’s turn for cooking dinner tonight (I think we are having nachos), so I can continue to vegetate for the evening in my favourite chair.  Might even be time for a little pre-dinner tipple.

Be happy 😊

Margaret.


Sunday, 4 July 2021

Rugby Rugby

 

Not sure I should have got out of bed so early this morning.  We had another good heavy frost, great for killing bugs, but not so great for cold fingers and toes! 

The cats seek out any little spot of sunshine to warm up, and the rats almost go into hibernation in their ‘nests’ of torn newspaper and coconut fibre.

However, it is now nearly lunchtime, most of the frost has thawed in the sunshine, and the condensation on the windows is vanishing.  Sometimes I feel like a lizard, it is difficult to get going when things are cold – I need to warm up first.


A soulful singing of the National Anthem


Son and I enjoyed our evening last night, sitting by the fire and watching two games of rugby.  The first was the Maori All Blacks winning against Samoa, a good game with the Samoans scoring an amazing try right on the final whistle.




The second game was the first for the All Blacks this season.  I felt sorry for their opponents, Tonga, with their inexperienced team.  They played well but were unable to stop the ABs beating them by 102 to zero.




It was a treat for me to watch these games – four haka challenges to watch!  I do so love to watch a good haka – it stirs the blood just like listening to bagpipes does.




And now, time to find something warm to eat for lunch, then I should be right for the afternoon.

Have a great weekend everyone 😊

Margaret.



Friday, 2 July 2021

Another Chilly Morning

 

We had another good frost this morning, followed by another lovely day of winter sunshine. 

I took this photo a few years ago, one cold frosty morning on the farm with just a few wisps of mist wafting around.




It was a day of phone calls today.  Half of my time seems to have been spent on the phone catching up with different people.  Strange how it all happens on one day, instead of spreading out over the week!

The washing all dried outside on the line, but I now have it airing in front of the fire to completely dry it.  One thing I hate is musty-smelling clothes, because they haven’t been aired correctly.

We had risotto for dinner again tonight – mushroom flavoured this time.  I took this photo as I began cooking – and then promptly forgot to take anymore!




We are heading into another weekend.  I have nothing planned, will just see what happens and go with the flow.

Have a cheerful day 😊

Margaret.


Thursday, 1 July 2021

Frosty Mornings

 

This week an icy “polar blast” from Antarctica has swept up the country, bringing snow to many places and colder temperatures to everyone.

The last few days it has given us heavy frosts in the morning, but yesterday (and forecast for today) is fine and sunny even if it is still cold.  I can handle frosts when they are followed by a nice day!

There is one advantage to cold weather and that is being able to really enjoy a steaming bowl of hot soup. 


Homemade Minestrone Soup

Soup makes the perfect lunch meal with a few Toast Soldiers on the side.  Hearty and warming, it is hard to beat on a cold winter’s day.

(Apologies to all those suffering the intense heat of summer at the moment – soup would be the last thing you want to think about!)

Have a happy week,

Margaret 😊



Monday, 28 June 2021

Hate Speech

 

What is “hate speech”?  It seems to be becoming a more common term around the place and I wanted to find a definition of it.

The Cambridge Dictionary defines it as “public speech that expresses hate or encourages violence towards a person or group based on something such as race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.”

Different countries apparently have different legal interpretations, but basically it is what it says – a public statement of hate for someone or something.

Does this include your personal opinion?  Or does it only apply to those who belong to an organised group?  Is there any difference between saying “I really hate Person A” to saying “Someone should shoot Person A”?  It seems to be a very fine line between the two.

A lot of discussion is happening here at the moment because the government is looking at bringing in new legislation that, as it is presently written, would limit the expression of free speech.

We already have legislation that is designed to limit the active inciting of violence or hatred.  We have laws against terrorism and racism and sexism and ageism, and even against political criticism.


Who could hate the little Fantail?  Yet, I know some people do.
Who is to say whether they are right or wrong?

Who decides what is hatred, or even what is insulting?  If you say something and it offends someone, will that make you a criminal?  Seems ridiculous, but it could become that way.  I would feel much happier if the government would clarify things a lot more than they currently are.

Freedom, including freedom of speech, is something we take so much for granted in our Western world, but is the pendulum starting to swing towards more control over individual liberties?

Sometimes I wonder, and worry, about the world we live in and where it is headed.

Stay safe everyone,

Margaret 😊


Saturday, 26 June 2021

A Pretty Gift

 

As many of you know, I recently house and pet sat for my brother and his wife while they were away.  I visited them yesterday, and my dear sister-in-law gave me the prettiest scarf and a bag for a thankyou gift.

I adore the colours in this scarf, and it is so light and soft that I am sure it will be a pleasure to wear.




The jute bag, with a sweet penguin on the front (all the way from Oamaru, where they watched the Little Blue penguins coming ashore in the evening), is the perfect size for my laptop, which will be marvellous whenever I take it out somewhere with me.

We had heavy rain overnight and it is threatening again now (mid-morning).  We used to say that wet weather was only any good for ducks – but I think the blackbirds love it more! 

The lawn was almost alive this morning, with several blackbirds hopping around and feasting on all the worms that had come to the surface because of the wet ground.

Blackbird heaven 😊

Margaret, xx

 

(The cross-stitch and bead lady, in the picture, was worked by my mother several years ago – I know how long it took her to do, so it is something I treasure)

Thursday, 24 June 2021

What Is A Widow?

 

Yesterday I was speaking to an elderly aunt, who not long ago lost her husband of fifty-nine years, and she had been told she must write “single” down as her marital status.  She does not regard herself as “single” and fully intends to continue using her husband’s surname and not revert to her maiden name.

I had a similar experience after my husband died – I wrote “widow” on an official form and was told I had to write “wife” or “single.”  I don’t consider myself to be in either of those categories, so I insisted on writing widow – the official who took my form carefully wrote “wife” after my widow so that I became a “widow wife”!!


The church where I was married in 1973

When did the term widow become an unmentionable word?  I know “spinster” is not fashionable (they seem to be called bachelorettes nowadays), and anyway, they can call themselves unmarried.  But what word is used to replace widow?

When asked our marital status we are allowed to put separated, divorced, married, unmarried, de facto – why not widowed? 

It all seems a bit of ridiculous “politically correct” officialdom to me, and so I will continue to call myself a WIDOW!

What do you think?

Margaret 😊








Tuesday, 22 June 2021

A New Beginning

 

Today is the first day after our shortest day – it is one second longer!  Traditionally the winter solstice has always been a time of renewal and the start of new things, but today most of the people that I know are not even aware of it.

It seems Society is becoming so out of touch with the natural cycle of seasons and the change of daily rhythms. 

So, am I doing anything new?  Well, not really, but there are two things I would like to do.  One is get back to writing more blogs, and the other is changing the type of meals I cook.  I lost interest in food over the last few years (through grief and depression) and have found it difficult to get started again.  I always used to love my food!

I wondered if experimenting with a new style of cooking might make things more interesting.  I’ve always been a middle twentieth century Kiwi cook – the meat and three veg, with dessert to follow, type of cook.  Son is in agreement with me, and says he is willing to try anything new.

Which meant today (our power was off all day so it was perfect day to get out of the house) I went shopping! 

I came home with this lovely wok-pan for making stir-frys, risottos, and such like.  Tonight it is a bit of a throw-it-all-in and hope-for-the-best type of dinner.  Wish me luck!




If anyone is interested, it is a Baccarat wok that I found in Farmers Trading Co. – the price tag was a bit hefty at $240.00, but at 40% off on special it was worth the purchase.

Happy cooking everyone 😊

Margaret.



Monday, 21 June 2021

Back Home Again

 

There is nothing quite like sleeping in your own bed!  As much as it is nice to have a break or go on holiday, it is always nice to come back home to the old familiar things and the bed that seems to have moulded itself into your particular shape.




Both granddaughter and myself have been away the last ten days (different places, different reasons), which left son at home alone with the two cats and four rats. 

I arrived home yesterday and granddaughter came back today – the rats were totally unimpressed, but Mittens and Millie were thrilled to see us.




It was fish and chips for dinner tonight, a bit of a treat.  Being a Monday night, the place we normally go to was shut, so we tried another shop and it was just as good if not better.  Guess where we will go next time!

Keep smiling 😊

Margaret.


Sunday, 13 June 2021

A Lazy Holiday Weekend

 

I could just call it being lazy, but it sounds better if I say I have been on holiday!

I am once again house and pet sitting for one of my brothers and his wife, while they are away on a road trip, and decided to have a thoroughly lazy weekend.

I made a special trip to the supermarket on Friday and came home with enough ready-made meals to last me the whole weekend.

This smoked salmon salad was what I had for dinner last night (tonight it will be roast beef and veggies, Friday night was a mince potato-top pie).




Not all my food has been “healthy” – I also bought Mallowpuff (chocolate and marshmallow) biscuits and a couple of small microwaveable chocolate steam puddings. 

Mandarins are healthy though!  The Satsumas are now in the stores and I love their juicy sweetness and the way they are so easy to peel, although later in the season they are inclined to lose their sweetness – that is when it is time to switch to the normal mandarins.

The last few days have been full of fog and drizzle, so I have chosen a cheerful picture to remind me that summer is never too far away.


Sunshine near Cape Reinga

Remember, happy thoughts make for happy days 😊

Margaret.


Monday, 7 June 2021

Warm And Cozy

 

The last couple of days have been rather dreary, with very little sunshine and lots of rain.  It has not been that cold though, but a warm lazy fire seems to cheer everything up around it. 




Many years ago (sometimes I feel old!), I spent a few years living in a house with no electric cooking facilities.  We had a coal range to use (it also heated all our hot water).  The warmth that old range put out had a special quality about it, seeping into the bones like nothing else did. 

I used to be amazed at any visitors we received as they used to gravitate towards the range and stand with their backs to it.


Not the best of photos but all I have - got to love that 1970s wallpaper!


I used my spiralizer again tonight and cooked up a mushroom stir-fry with ribbon carrots and courgettes, plus cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, celery and noodles – all made tasty with some soy sauce and sesame oil.  Grand-daughter even went back for seconds!




It has been a holiday in New Zealand today (Queens Birthday weekend) but the day has gone by the same for us as every other day does.

Wishing everyone a very happy and productive week ahead 😊

Margaret.



Wednesday, 2 June 2021

A New Toy

 

I must be feeling financial at the moment as I have splashed out on an unnecessary kitchen appliance – a George Foreman Spiralizer.  It is the electronic way of turning courgettes, carrots etc. into ribbons of noodles.

I used it last night and forgot to photograph the container full of long narrow strips of carrot, courgette, and kumara (sweet potato) – it was quite colourful.

I snipped the long lengths into shorter ones to make them more manageable and then added them to our stir-fry.  I mean, I could have used a knife to cut them into matchsticks or something, but this was much more fun!




Our weather is definitely on the cooler side now, and we are lighting the fire most nights.  Thankfully we have missed the heavy rain that has flooded Canterbury (one friend there has had to evacuate, but hoping to get home again today).

It is only three more weeks until we reach the shortest day – which I always feel should mean things will begin warming up, but they normally get colder after that.  It seems to signal more the start of winter than the middle of it.

I had a happy time on Monday night visiting my youngest grand-daughter.  I don’t get to see her very often, but this was her eighth birthday and I was thrilled to be able to spend some time with her.

Have a great week everyone 😊

Margaret.



Sunday, 30 May 2021

Under The Weather

 

We watched Al Jazeera weather this morning and New Zealand was barely visible, having literally disappeared under a huge storm system that is currently covering most of the country.

The worst of the rain seems to be hitting Christchurch at the moment, with an extreme risk of flooding, and I am hoping all my friends there are coping alright. 

Our weather this last week has turned more wintery.  One day we even had heavy frost with thick fog, clearing to about 30 minutes of sunshine and followed by showers.

The night of the lunar eclipse we were lucky though, as the skies were crystal clear, and we were able to see the super blood moon – at least, I saw it with the shadow halfway across and the colour turning orange-red, and decided that was enough and went to bed!


Millie giving me cuddles

We have two cats in our household.  Usually I talk about Mittens, but her sister Millie is our mouser and gave me half a mouse for my breakfast this morning – it was not appreciated!

She has also taken to sleeping in my lounge chair, but when she found me sitting there decided it was time to curtail my screen-time and sat on my laptop instead.

Grrr, now my touchpad mouse won’t work and I have resorted to a ‘normal’ mouse.  She must have pushed something and I will have to get son onto it and get it reset.


Well that is one way to get me off the computer!


Hope everyone is having a happy weekend,

Margaret 😊




Wednesday, 26 May 2021

How Do They Know?

 

We have no need of a weather forecast to tell us when it is going to be a cold night – son’s mischief of rats always lets us know.  In fact, they are more reliable than the forecast for knowing when a cold spell is coming.




Today, all four rats (in between bouts of sleeping) have been busy building “nests” of newspaper and coconut fibre, so they can be snug and warm when the temperature drops – which it is forecast to do overnight.




What intrigues me, is how do they know?  How can they tell, when the day is sunny and reasonably warm, that it is going to turn cold?

Nature is truly a wonderful mystery πŸ˜Š

Margaret



Saturday, 22 May 2021

Saturday Morning

 

It is Saturday morning here.  The sun is shining (sort of), and there is a gentle breeze and lots of clouds.  I can hear birds chirruping and a plane off in the distance, so it is all quite peaceful feeling.

We had an awesome sunset last night, such intense orange-red colours that I wondered if there was smoke in the atmosphere.  My photo barely does it justice.




Yesterday I dropped my large cake mixer off at a charity shop.  It is simply too heavy for me to lift now, and I seldom do any baking so it was time to move it on to someone else.

Naturally, I had to wander around the shop afterwards.  Retail Therapy is good for the soul!!

I spent a grand total of $21.50 and came home with: a long scarf, a book about cooking root vegetables, a Famous Five book, a book about decorating your home according to the seasons, a baby’s frock that I think will look good on one of my teddies, two old-style prints (one of spring fruits and the other of autumn) (already hanging up in my room!), a tin to use for a teabag caddy, a china figurine set of a couple enjoying a cup of tea, and a sweet little hand-blown blue glass bird.




After all that excitement, I called in on a sister-in-law and spent most of the rest of the day visiting with her.

Enjoy your weekend everyone,

Margaret 😊  



Thursday, 20 May 2021

It Is What It Is

 

First, thankyou my dear blog friends for all your wonderful supportive comments. 

We cannot change the way a person chooses to act or what they choose to say, but we can control the way we react to it.

I am learning that things are what they are, it is what it is, and one cannot go back and change things that have happened.  I need to have patience, love, and forgiveness in my heart, and continue on with my own life.

With that in mind, I have been spring-cleaning my bedroom (in the autumn!).  Son helped me move the bed and drawers around (they are getting too heavy for me to move by myself anymore) and I have hung pictures all over the walls.

They are all paintings and photos that I love and that have good memories attached to them, the type of pictures that make me smile when I look at them.


The aptly-named Hope River in Canterbury


With the sun moving lower in the skies it is again catching my crystals hanging in the windows – for most of the day I have little rainbows scattered across my room whenever the sun is shining. 

More happiness 😊

Margaret xx

 

Monday, 17 May 2021

Life Goes On

 

Families all around the world have one thing in common – they all face good times and bad, happy times and sad.  

Our family seems to be in the bad/sad side of things at the moment.  It is not something I am free to discuss, or would even want to discuss in the public arena, but current family dramas have left me feeling too sad and bewildered to post anything on here lately.

I know things will improve, they always do, so our family will recover and move on.  It just takes time and moving through each day as it happens.

If you like, it is a bit reminiscent of my journey through grief after losing my soul mate.  Live each day as it happens, move through bad times the best you can, and learn to be resilient.  Tomorrow is another day and hope must never be allowed to falter.


Our Weather Today


Life goes on, just like the tide that flows in and out, or the sun that rises and sets each day.

Hugz to all my dear readers,

Margaret.