Well, it's remarkable what a sunny day can do to ones mood. We set off this morning to walk to school at 8.15am and you would not believe that it was still dark. Infact, I had to stop someone to check the time because I thought it was much earlier. Luckily the rain held off. Sad to say I didn't walk back but cadged a lift from a friend. Anyway, the long and short of it is that the blooming sun came out mid morning and the kitchen was basked in sunlight. I felt as if someone had removed the paper bag that was over my head. I felt so uplifted.
Then I read domesticali's post and this bit of a quote hit me: "Many of us are unhappy, not because we don't have enough but because we have too much" and it really rang true for me. So what with my new found happiness and the enthusiasm that came with it I went through the toy cupboard and that drawer that everyone has in their home where they just fling things. I'm pleased to report that I almost filled a black bin bag with rubbish and another one with stuff for the charity shop. You can actually find things in the toy cupboard now and see what there is.
Whilst in this happy frame of mind I've resolved to keep walking, to get the wood in and set a fire when I get in from dropping off the children so that's it's all ready for the evening, to get back into the habit of cooking supper in the morning and not at 4 or 5pm, to invite one friend over each week for lunch or drop hints for them to invite us (Raj and I), to make a list of projects that I need to finish AND finish them. I currently have an order for two angels and I must get on with it. I also have some knitting on the go which is so uninspiring and I'm going to unravel it and make something else. Finally, I'm going to order some more dyes and replenish my stock of plant dyed fibre and then get it back on etsy and ebay. Gosh, I feel so good about having made some decisions. I was beginning to think that the fog wouldn't lift and I'd never do anything. How, though to keep it up when you know that tomorrow will probably be grey and muddy again? But as Scarlett O'Hara said ' tomorrow is another day'.
I'll just leave you with a book I started yesterday and which probably also contributed to lifting my spirits somewhat.
I bumped into our old Kindy teacher over Christmas who has emigrated to France and she told me about it. It's basically a lot of stories about all the different colours and dyes that there are and their history. It's like an adventure story really. It's funny I've been using things she mentions like madder, logwood, cochineal and I never thought about how and where they were found and what lengths people went to guard them or replicate them. It's a great read for anyone who paints or dyes or anyone who just wants to know about the history of the colours that we all now take for granted. Click here to read more on Amazon.
Hopefully, next time I'll have two finished angels to show you....................bye.