The calm before the storm

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So there was a lot of activity in the calm before the storm, or in between storms as the case may be! On Monday I went to my old town to the cafe and then to the wine shop with some friends to enjoy knitting, lattes, scones with quince jam and creme fraiche, and then to the wine shop for wine and tapas. Let me tell you about the tapas! I started with the duck with roast carrots and raisin puree and then moved on to the salt cod and olive tapenade and ended with the local blue cheese with prunes. It was all to die for but that salt cod and olive tapenade? Delicious. It was so good I forgot to take a pic before I ate one! The whole thing was just delightful! I bought the Sandy Cove Sauvignon Blanc. It needed some time to breathe but once it did it was very nice. And that fruity sign just seems to be so appropriate!

It’s always on my mind that I will run into someone from my old job and that proved to be the case on Monday. It is so weird. I don’t really care anymore but their reactions are so weird. This person just stared at me. I never know if I should say ‘hey’ or just ignore them. I mean after all they didn’t give me the courtesy of talking to me before they fired me so I tend to be polite but distant. There’s always this stigma attached with being fired isn’t there? Like you are some horrid person and you deserve to be fired. That took a long time for me to get over. I’m a hard worker who got caught up in the anxiety of responsibility and being the person in charge. It was hard. And not always fun. Sometimes it was fun, but not always. I have learned a lot about myself since then except how to react to someone who fired you. Not always easy. Anyway. I said hello, drank my coffee and continued doing my thing. And that gives things like that cute stag standing in front of the ‘dream’ tea special meaning. I should also say that I have forged many new relationships and been able to cultivate old ones in a different way now that I am not stressed, anxious, and in charge of a public organization. So there’s that. And I can actually laugh now when people tell me about their negative experiences with this particular organization. Do you have any words of wisdom? And I’ll have to take a picture of the ‘welcome to PA’ sign that says ‘pursue your happiness’. I don’t mind if I do Pennsylvania!

Tuesday we were expecting snow starting that night into Wednesday and all day Wednesday. We are supposed to get more snow tomorrow. But Tuesday was beautiful! The weather was nice so I sat outside with the girls editing pictures while they free ranged for a couple of hours. It was a little breezy but definitely sunny. Bobby Jack wants to be outside so bad and it makes for some great photo ops! If you follow me on instagram, you’ll know I had to buy grocery store flowers just in time for the snowstorm on Tuesday. I needed that pop of color since it was going to be gray and snowing all day Wednesday. It turns out that the snowstorm was one of the most beautiful ones I’ve seen yet. It hung on the trees and was so white. I didn’t take any pictures though.

I was in a funk today. I had major anxiety. Not sure why, but my tree tapping kit came today and we tapped 3 trees. That got me right out of my funk. The sap started flowing before we could even get the spiles in. I’m really excited to try something new on the homestead and this is the perfect thing. Also, as an update to my homestead binder-I am doing March’s inventory. You can read all about that stuff here.

Oh. I don’t think I’m going to do the yarn along this month. I think I’ve shared most of my knitting and what I’m reading here already. That’s the nice thing about the yarn along…you can do it whenever you want during the month. So if I start knitting something I can always join in. I did mess up the cabling on my kimono that I’ve been working on AND I messed up my cross stitch. So I spent some time yesterday fixing both those mistakes.

This weekend is a busy one. I think I talked about that in my last post. Between working and my other obligations it should make the time go quickly. And then the next two weeks aren’t as busy. I still have a list of things to accomplish that’s a mile long but I have also been crossing lots of stuff off that list too. And the past few days have been nice at home with the Mister, Anna Lee, Bobby Jack, and the girls. Spring’s a comin’ y’all!! I can’t wait.

2 thoughts on “The calm before the storm

  1. Sounds like “they” did you a favor by firing you!! Your life sounds full and interesting. You sound happy and fulfilled. And the occasional funk?!?…..healthy!!!!! It is always good to look inward for a bit, count our blessings and make more/new plans for the future. Life can be a roller coaster at times and it sounds like you have a front row seat!!!! Congratulations on continuing to re-invent yourself!!!! ALL the BEST!!!!

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    1. I agree! Totally the best thing that could have happened. I learned a lot about myself and am living my best life. Once again your words of wisdom shine through.


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