The Link up party has started, and I think this is going to be fun. I remember one year I read Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach. I read it every day for about three years. Every year I felt that I got something new out of that book. She talked about finding the joy in everyday things. At that stage that is what I needed, right now the gentle art of domesticity sounds exactly what I need! Isn't it wonderful when the right things show up at the right time?
I like to write down something I am grateful for in a journal every night before I go to bed. I love the fact that this helps me to go to sleep thinking about my good life, because even in the deepest, darkest days, there is good to be found.
Doing things around my home is something that gives me great pleasure, and I have just had two weeks off work when I had time to potter around, clean the fridge, clean the windows and window screens! I sorted through some cupboards, washed walls and curtains. I tidied up the garden a bit, picked some flowers, and shared home baked goodies with friends. I also did a little bit of just sitting and reading, and just sitting.
This gorgeous flower will turn into the most delicious deep red dragonfruit.
Here is the fruit with pineapple and pawpaw, which I also grow here in my little garden.
I am so blessed to live here in the tropics (North Queensland) and enjoy such exotic fare.
I have been doing some little embroidery squares in the evenings and when we babysat the grand kids my 11 year old grandson expressed an interest in making something. He embroidered "game over" in black on a white pillow which he sewed and stuffed all by himself. I love to pass on what I know, as so many handcrafts are being forgotten. I am so blessed to have had lessons from others along the way. In her blog this week, Jenny talked about being afraid to start quilting because of the fear of not being perfect. I think that every time you sew love into the stitches that article could not be more perfect! This quilt was made from the pieces of painted fabric my Mom had made, and it now sits on my daughters bed in Europe. What better way to share memories?
I love the table runner pattern that Jenny has shared - one day when I am looking for a new project I can pull it out and begin stitching.
Hello to all on the link up, I look forward to getting to know you as the year progresses.