So the previous few weeks have been rough. Just a lot of unexpected things have happened, lots of worrying, it’s just been a lot. So this week I have been taking it a little slow. Slow mornings, homeschooling, setting things back to right, unrushed as much as I can. I mean, things have upset the proverbial apple cart this week, things that had me sitting in the middle of my hallway crying while my cat Maggie sat next to me with feline concern. But 24 hours later, things were already starting to turn around.
But these small blips were just that – blips. The weather has been nicer, and Wyatt and I have been able to get outside this week during the day, which has been so good, just to feel the warm sun on our faces again. I saw an early butterfly flying about yesterday, and I have heard the red-winged blackbirds singing in the reeds along the river, a sure sign of spring.
I haven’t read much, blogged much, even taken many photos. I’ve been soaking up the time with my family this week, processing. I needed some time away from extras this week, and it was just what I needed.
Last night I even got together with two of my friends for a ladies night wine night catch up. I sent out the bat signal and they responded. My friend Kelly’s husband is sick, he has an upper respiratory something or other (he’s had a few COVID tests and all have been negative) so we sat outside, in the early spring cold. We were all shivering, hiding our hands inside our sleeves, putting up our hoods, drinking our wine, sharing our stories. It seems like we have all been having a time of it, with really hard things happening, and we needed that time together. We started off commiserating and encouraging each other, and by the end of the evening despite being pretty darn cold we were laughing. It has been too long since we have hung out and been together in person and I needed my friends, and they apparently needed it too.
When I got home, I felt refreshed, finally. My guys were watching tv in bed together, and I joined them, getting under the covers to try to warm up. And today is St. Patrick’s Day! Later I am picking up a corned beef shepherds pie from a local restaurant, which comes with an apple salad, Irish Soda Bread, and Guinness Chocolate cake. It feeds four so we will share dinner tonight with my mom and I am looking forward to it. I don’t know what else Wyatt and I will do with our day, as I didn’t prepare much for the holiday as I was in a quiet place this week, but I will think of something fun.
And here is an oft-repeated Irish blessing for you today ~
“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.”