Pheww, what a long week it's been! It's always a bit of a struggle getting back into routine after a holiday, and this past week has been no exception. I've struggled. Not in a dreadful way, but still, this sweet life of mine has felt like hard work these past five days. I've been feeling terrifically tired all week, like falling asleep sitting up kind of tired. Last night once the Little People were all up in bed I decided to go and have a lovely, hot bubble bath. It's all I could think about doing, there simply didn't seem to be the energy left to do anything else.
I've not yet managed to read my latest copy of Country Living, so I thought I would have a little browse through that whilst I soaked in the hot steamy bubbles. Actually I ended up falling asleep in the bath instead, waking up with a jolt and not knowing where on earth I was.
After my bath I retreated to my cosy bed to work a few soothing ripples. Actually I couldn't keep my eyes open there either, so I gave in and snuggled down to sleep just after 9pm. It's been like that most nights this week, I'm thinking perhaps the 5am starts are what's doing it.
I've had to stop and give myself a little bit of a talking to this week you know. I've been feeling for a wee while that the pace of my life has needed a little adjustment, a little bit of a re-balance, do you know what I mean? Sometimes everything seems to rollick along at such a pace that I'm left feeling a little out of control. The past month or so has been like this :: a great deal of socialising and indulging, far more than I'm used to. Truthfully it's been a huge amount of fun to kind of let go for a while, go with the (fast) flow and enjoy life to the max. I've been indulging my sweet tooth (oohhhhh those raspberry and white chocolate muffins mmmm-mmmm!), consuming rather a lot of vino, pimms and raspberry gin with good friends and neighbours, and throwing myself into a frenzy of socialising and creativity. Like I say, a huge amount of fun! But I've come to a point now where I instinctively need to have more balance, more control back in my life. My clothes are all feeling uncomfortably tight, the house is looking rather neglected, and stuff that needs to be done (like paying bills, making calls etc) just isn't getting done. The healthy diet and housekeeping regimes have slipped quite badly of late and it's time to slow down and pull things back together a little.
First up is the diet. This week I've tried to make an effort to eat/drink more mindfully. Not a strict diet as such, but a few small changes. No alcohol for a while. More water. Less sugary stuff.
And more fruit. I adore fruit, but it seems that I adore cake more. I'm not eliminating cakes/pastries/chocolate from my life (heaven forbid), just cutting back. Re-balancing.
My home routines have also had a little bit of a shake up this week and I've had to resist the urge to sit and crochet/sew all the time (so hard! I am desperate to finish Connie's curtains!) and attend to the business of cleaning up instead. I was reading through a post I wrote six months ago about balancing my time at home, trying to remind myself to be patient and not get so frustrated when I can't get everything done in a flash.
I spent most of yesterday at home with Little B, doing a spot of Home Loving. Lots of laundry sorting, tidying hotspots, emptying bins, moving a ridiculous number of objects from one place to another, scrubbing, polishing and cleaning. I think I'm mostly on top of it all again now, it felt good to really get stuck in and see results.
Friday is my day for fresh flowers, and I was able to pick my first little garden posy of the year for the table, yippeeee!
Alchamilla, geraniums, honeysuckle and rose. So so so pretty and so sweetly full of summer promise, raindrops and all.
This is next weeks task, I really must crack on and sort all this out. AGAin. The piles have reached ridiculous levels, they are teetering and wobbling and causing mayhem. I need to sort through it all, tidy it away. I need to mend those drawers that broke. Sigh. So much AWAYS needs to be done, it's so completely never ending. And all the while I am Sorting Piles of Accumulated, Miscellaneous Mess, I am not free to play with this.....................
...........now that's a Pretty Pile if ever I saw one!
I treated myself to these new fabrics this week, they're destined to become part of my insanely exciting Connievan Curtain Pelmet Plan (CCPP). I bought them from a fabulous Ebay seller called Mrs Muffet (sweet!), you've got to check out her gorgeous collection of Fabric Bundles. They're perfect for the likes of me, as each bundle consists of five small 20cm squares which is just right for patchworking purposes. I don't want to give too much of my CCPP away just yet, but I will quietly mutter the words "patchwork" and "bobble trim" >>>>>>> aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the very thought of it kills me with it's incredible frivolousness! No bloomin' wonder I don't want to clean my bathroom floor when I could be doing wondrous things with pretty fabric and bobbles!
I just fell in love with this fabric, it was included in one of the bundles but I also bought an extra fat quarter of it as I think it will make a most beautiful cushion back. I love love love my Homespun Cushions being in Connievan, but I also miss seeing them here in the Attic. As soon as the curtains are done, and the CCPP has made the journey from my Creative Mind and into reality, I'll make time to stitch up a few more patchy cushions for the sofas here. Maybe the mess and broken drawers can wait a little longer?