So I've not written a proper post in a long time.
There's been a lot of crap going on with my health over the last couple of years. Nothing life threatening, just chronic enough to make it irritating. And it's taking over my life, so that I don't really think about anything else.
It makes it quite hard to enjoy anything else.
So in the spirit of focusing on everything but the elephant in the room, here are some updates for you. Because I need to focus on the good and the progress that has been made, to remind me that everything hasn't stopped and there are still things going on. It's OK, I don't want sympathy, which is why I'm not posting publicly about what's going on. It's private, it's crap, and I need to get a grip.
We're working on the conservatory at the moment. Two years in, I'm not going to lie, I'm a bit bored with DIY now and I will do anything to get out of it. We've had the roof replaced with one of those lightweight pressed steel tile and insulation jobbies, and the inside plastered. It does look a lot more like a room now. The floor will remain unfinished until we decide on the flooring for the kitchen. We have an idea of what we want for the kitchen now, and need to go and talk to some suppliers again to get that underway. The downstairs loo has been skimmed, and we're part way though decorating that as well. So really it's only the kitchen and the dining room to do. Slow progress. I will probably convince Tom to pay for the decorators for the dining room when we get to it. I can't face getting all painty.
Continues with less travelling, so less photos of lovely places.
We've been busy doing to the rounds of visiting friends and family, and travelling where we can on holiday. So we've not been home much to go to church on Sunday, but have been trying to go to a home group on Wednesdays. I don't miss church on Sundays, as I don't really feel like I get anything from it or contribute anything useful to it. I do miss singing. I had a fascinating chat with a colleague about worship production values, and I think perhaps that's what I'm missing, the care and attention being put into a formal act of worship.
We've just had a fantastic trip to the USA to see Sandy, who works there now. We visited Cape Cod, Boston and Providence. I was struck by how much space there is, how big everything is, and how beautiful Cape Cod is. I loved the enormous beaches we had to ourselves because their tourist season hadn't quite started, and the wooden houses in the woods, all white wood trim and painted shingles and spring wreaths on front doors. It was wonderful seeing Sandy and hanging out. We do miss him.
Here's some pictures. And that will do for now.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Friday, May 19, 2017
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Monday, May 08, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017
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Friday, April 21, 2017
Bottle number 2, and Tom's fave flower just happens to be at the table.#happybirthdaytom #only30once
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Sunday, April 16, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Quick face as need to get on with some sewing #takesomethingupforlent #challengeyourself #figuredrawing
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Not feeling it today. Crappy hand sketches. #takesomethingupforlent #challengeyourself #figuredrawing
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Monday, March 20, 2017
Finished? Messed the nose up a bit, but still cute. #takesomethingupforlent #challengeyourself #watercolour #baby
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Sunday, March 19, 2017
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Saturday, March 18, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Quick hair practice tonight #challengeyourself #takesomethingupforlent #figuredrawing #stillnotthere
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Sunday, March 12, 2017
Too wide today, and dull can't do hair. #takesomethingupforlent #watercolour #figuredrawing #portrait #challengeyourself
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Saturday, March 11, 2017
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Friday, March 10, 2017
Crappy sketch book sketches as I'm on the move this weekend. Don't think small is my friend. #challengeyourself #takesomethingupforlent #figuredrawing
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Thursday, March 09, 2017
Little sister. Hair slightly better today, face much better proportioned! #takesomethingupforlent #lent #painting #portrait #challengeyourself
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Wednesday, March 08, 2017
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Tuesday, March 07, 2017
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Monday, March 06, 2017
Missed yesterday, so thought I'd push myself and use watercolour today. #takesomethingupforlent #figuredrawing #painting #lent #challengeyourself
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Sunday, March 05, 2017
5 min pastel. Two today as I missed yesterday. #challengeyourself #takesomethingupforlent #figuredrawing #lent
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5 min pencil. Two today as I missed yesterday. #challengeyourself #takesomethingupforlent #lent #figuredrawing
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Thursday, March 02, 2017
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