This blog entry has absolutely nothing to do with stitching and should probably go straight to publication over at Daily Bliss, but I'm in a sharing mood.
I know, I know. It's another picture one of our dogs. But, but, but... He's a beautiful dog. Gorgeous to look at, as dogs go. Gorgeous nature, and, having chewed up the obsolete watering system in our garden, he hasn't chewed up anything but kibble and bones since he arrived in June last year. He's also getting me fitter than I've been in years.
For those of you new to my blog, meet the birthday boy: Henry Bullwinkle Davies, aka Harry. Knowing that a dog's a dog and not a human being, he's the surprise of my life: a wee bit of love I would never have expected. I was hoping for grandchildren. I'm sure to get them one day. Thanks to him, the princesses and prince are off the hook for at least another 5+ years. They are breathing easy and always keen to give him (and Lucy, who is more Paul's dog than mine) a warm pat when they drop in.
Did I mention that I'm in a sharing mood? Apart from a doggy birthday, the news is that I'm on vacation for 2 weeks from 4pm Monday afternoon. I finished an exam on Friday (pure maths), have to be at the college for an afternoon lecture tomorrow - and then I'm free for gadding around. College and school teaching are in recess at the same time. Woo hoo!
The MOTH has just this moment (as I'm blogging) asked me if I want to go to London & Paris with him when he goes in three weeks. I've surprised myself by saying no. It's going to be a rush trip (only for a week for him to attend meetings). I'll pop over with him next time, but organise to stay a week or two longer, as we did for a Canada trip, last year. I must be getting old or senile, or both! Then again, we are talking about popping over to London from Brisbane, Australia, not from Glasgow or Helsinki, both of which are just a hop, a step and a jump away, in comparison. Besides, we have a holiday trip planned for July. We are going to New Zealand. We might even get in some skiing. I am being a patient lady (for once in my life. LOL.
It has been a very weird 18 months. I suspect that it has brought changes that will move me in directions I never thought about. I've chucked my study program, am thinking about moving away from Castle Bliss, the home I have been renovating for the last 3 years (but not away from The MOTH) and am in the process of applying for new jobs in teaching. What's the famous quote? “In times of change learners inherit the earth while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists (Eric Hoffer)." I've lived and learned and worked out that the price to pay for the course I was doing was too high in terms of home and family. Some things are more important than others. I'm also totally useless at certain aspects of knowledge acquirement, but that's a whole blog entry on its own.
Today, I had late breakfast with the Crown Princess, the Living Doll & their partners. Afterwards, I went shopping with the girls, and the MOTH went off with the boys. Dear readers, there are wonderful times ahead for those of you whose daughters are still to reach their mid-20s. As my mother was infirm & died when I was quite young, I didn't have these times with her. I had no idea that these wonderful little trips are part of the post-teens years. It topped my weekend nicely.
I say 'topped' because I started my weekend on Friday with dinner with my older sister, Jane (the one whose 50th birthday I missed in early March). The Crown Prince then stayed overnight Friday night because he was conducting an orchestra in our village on Friday evening and again on Saturday. A very social time for me without the usual manic deadlines for distraction.
And so to holidays, my birthday later in the month and time to stitch. I hope you, dear readers, are finding some happiness, leisure and laughter in your lives at the moment. Happy Easter for those of you who celebrate.