This week I have started a gratitude journal. So to make it a bit personalised I found an old Sunset magazine and collaged away. My daily jottings have been to be grateful for what is in relation to me, my partners and my environment. Some highlights are I am grateful for good friends that I have had for ages – where we can talk about anything together, family time together watching a fun film ‘Buddymoon’ and I am thankful for air conditioning and being comfortable in our house during this last blast of heat all week.
This week I am grateful for solo excursions that challenge me out of my comfort zone. Wandering out to the shops to pick up my new glasses I was wanted to see if Kmart had any new Bluey toys with my fave character – Calypso. They did not, so as I was looking for sheet sets I walked through the garden area and lo and behold I found a great little terrarium. Perfect for my succulent cuttings that have broken off. This is the beginning and I will see how it grows. I spray painted it green and sits on the dining table getting the afternoon sun and I mist it everyday.
There is so much time I like to spend pottering around with my indoor plants, this week I continued on little excursions around the place, when I went to the chiropractor. I then caught the tram back to walk home past the nursery! It takes all my willpower not to go in there. But I had spied an opportunity on our wall shelves that would benefit with a plant that loves to cascade down the shelves, so a Golden Pothos – Devils Ivy in yellow came to mind. Now the shelves look gorgeous with more greenery in amongst the books.
The purpose of the weekly posts of gratitude is to keep my casual writing going each week. I have been having to write in a particular style for academic papers and there is no freedom of flow. Now I have the opportunity just to write away, just to be thankful for what has happened in my week. Just little things like on Thursday, I had my first full day of without a schedule of having to meet a deadline for anything. So I met a friend for lunch and we caught up for the first time since NYE. Lovely times together with friends are so good, just chatting over coffee with an amazing lunch at a local cafe. As for “me time” this week, I have finally got my glasses back and it is so good to see again properly! Being thankful of seeing my frames of pink as I write this and a clearer line of sight when I am out an about. Seeing beautiful trees like these with the figs out again, found in the back alleys of my neighbourhood and they look amazing, I reckon the birds will get them first! Other finds are many trees of olives, and they are just beautiful!
This week has been intense with back to work for two full days and prepping the kinder with moving furniture to get everything organised for the year ahead. I have been thankful for having this garden to take care of and reflect on my days every evening. There has been a lot of rain and to be inside somewhere comfortable has been the best. It is so good to be surrounded by nature and beautiful golden mornings. Here’s to more time to relax!
These little posts are designed to keep me consistent with ways to be grateful and not be overwhelmed by life. Lately I have written about 10,000 words of assignments as I have been having to get 3 assignment drafts completed before I go back to work in 2 days time.
This week I am thankful for this amazing gallery in Melbourne. I am so happy to be back home with having the opportunity to go regularly. For me, this is the place where I feel very much at home where some people go to church – I go to galleries to replenish my soul. This visit was very special with the NGV Triennial, it was such an immersive experience. If I have the time after all my Uni stuff is done, I will have to go back minus the children.
Lucky cat when I went out for a night out on the town with my work friends. I was so thankful to have a night out as I have three assignments which have been taking up all my time during the week. It is like I have a full job writing assignments at the moment! Each day I look forward to my time out in the garden to water the plants – so looking forward to more freedom!
Another week down which means only two weeks until it is back to work and school for the gang. This week I am grateful for the time out of my busy schedule to go into the city for a coffee with my daughter. It is amazing what a difference it can make to a week of full on studying. I have taken on 3 until this teaching period and I hardly have any time to do anything else but study. Now I have realised it is important to have some time out mid week (hump day) and have some me time!
Well this is the final post of the year and I have been too busy prepping some food for a small party tonight. Covid restrictions are in place again, so we are having a in and outdoor party with the doors open on a cool 21 degree summers evening. Hey it is better than nothing, at least we can eat and have a glass of champagne to say farewell to 2020… Here is our year in a nutshell!
What a year it has been for the world! Here is what the Peaches got up to on this year of craziness and cancellations 😀 Liquid paper was my friend this year in my diary!!
We have had quite a busy year even though we were in lockdown from March until November. I remember waking up one morning and thinking – is it December already? What happened to the year?
The year began with lots of kindness towards each other and the animals and I organised a craft workshop to make pouches for injured animals. Australia was having a nightmare time with bushfires, and it seemed the whole country was on fire! It was like being in California when there were massive fires in the North, and the smoke came and sat in the valley, the same happened here and Melbourne was in a haze of smoke for days. We even got out the face masks so we could breathe outside. Hopefully, our stupid government will wake up one day and realise these fires were unprecedented and call upon our indigenous peoples’ knowledge to manage the land. But this is highly debatable, boo to them.
The disconnect with the land had me volunteering for a local farm to find some like-minded people to connect with and realise that others care about the environment. It was beautiful, but time is a tricky thing when studying and connecting with the community. We have been to lots of art exhibits in the first half of the year, and it has been so good to be back in Melbourne with easy access to so many cultural events. But then came the final event for 2020 – the New Order concert at an outdoor space in the city, my friend and I went, and we danced the night away as it was our last outing for a very long time!
Then came the most significant event a daughter could ever deal with, and that is losing my Dad. It was a shock that it happened so soon with the lung cancer diagnosis in January and then Dad was taken away from us in April. I realised the importance of family and being present for the special time on earth we have with them. My heart still hurts, and the grief is a process that will go for a while, I think.
So I had to forgo my volunteering when I got a job at a local kindergarten, it is perfect to have the practical element for all the papers that I write. I have switched to an early childhood and primary school qualification to give me options in the future. Still, the community connections made me realise that we have found a wonderful place to live surrounded by people who care about the world around us, especially with our local Good Karma Network to share the goodness of news, free things, kombucha scoby and the like.
Then came the shutdown of our state and the mandatory face masks with many other rules in place to keep our community safe. Funnily enough, everyone complied and kept within the boundaries; of course, there were a few outliers. Still, the police put them in their place with fines – COVID is not a government conspiracy! Anyway, my crafting kept me sane and keeping on top of study plus work my daily exercise was super important. Then it was time to make lots and lots of facemasks – we knew we would need a stash for the future and I feel that is what has helped our state get to 0 community transmission in November.
But come September, Lockdown 2.0 was driving us a bit batty. Then some good news came, and we had finalised the move-in date for our house. It ended up being a 13-month build and thanks to our builder ordering the supplies early it was go, go, go! It was such a relief to finish packing the boxes and get ready to move into our house at long last! It was wonderful to finally focus on getting the house organised after the move and dig around in the boxes that were stashed away from our time in America. After we moved we were allowed to move freely again (with restrictions) and in November we were allowed to have people come over and it was so good to see friends again and eat together.
So that was life for the Peaches in 2020, good riddance 2020 – here’s to 2021 and to bring in some new light from the dark places we have been in this year!
Love, peace and (virtual) hugs
Trish and the Peaches x