Thursday, August 6, 2015
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Monday, January 12, 2015
[no-stal-juh, -jee-uh, nuh-]
a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one's life, to one's home or homeland, or to one's family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time.
(Photo is one of the oldest I could find while away from home - almost 2 years, which is over half that small child's lifetime)
I think (hope) that it's normal to question some decisions, especially major ones. Maybe that was the path I'm meant to follow. Maybe I shouldn't have ended that relationship so definitely. Maybe that situation would have turned around and worked out for the better if I'd just stuck it out. Maybe I should have done that sooner/instead/never. And so on. Remembering the best bits and missing them dearly. Thinking the bad bits maybe weren't that bad.
And then something happens that makes me certain that I can't go back, at least not anytime soon. Nothing big. A comment here, a small event there. Not so much an affirmation that I made the right decision, but that there are things on the other path that I just can't deal with right now.
It's that whole wearing rose-tinted glasses while looking at the grass on the other side of the space-time continuum problem. The way we look back on things/events/people is never a true or full picture of what actually was and I am thankful for timely reminders of that. Instead I will look forward, where things are even less clear, but I can have a greater influence over the outcome.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
I don't even remember when or how I first came across the idea of a word of the year, but basically instead of making New Years resolutions, you pick a word to focus on throughout the year. The word I have chosen is
This may seem like an obvious word for me, if you know me or have even just read pretty much anything I've ever posted online. But I've mostly chosen it because I feel like I've lost my way.
In 2015 I want to:
Create more with my hands, to make making a priority
Create stronger relationships with the people who are important to me
Create a plan for what to do with myself when both my girls are in school full time in just over a years time
In essence, I plan to focus on creating the life I want.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Tomorrow, Jac's daughter, my only niece Charlotte, turns 1, so I finally got to make a birthday crown myself. The party was a teddy bears picnic and was held today (since it was a public holiday in NSW) in a local park. Since I haven't actually asked my brother and sister-in-law about posting photos of their daughter on the internet, you just get a picture of the crown for now. Unfortunately, it is not as cute as on a baby girl's head and this isn't the best photo I've ever taken, but I obviously no longer have it on hand to take another one.
It is made from wool-blend felt and embroidery cotton and came together quite quickly and easily. The paw is a homage to Charley Bear since that is what Charlotte gets called and was the primary inspiration for the party theme. I chose purple because, well, I like purple, but also because it was one of the colours I knew Jac was using in the decorations. The green on the lower and left edge is 'Charlotte' embroidered. The only issue that I would change if I had to re-make was that I only used a single layer of felt for the band around her head and with it being pulled on and off it stretched a little. But I am super happy with it. Now my other siblings and in-laws need to start having kids so I can make more cute crowns :)