This is one of the views from our walk this morning. We walked from home to Keyhaven, through the nature reserve where life there was even more calm and quiet than usual. A great start to the day to blow away any cobwebs and banish any feelings of being locked in all the time.
I had the most amazing dream early this morning. In fact it was so believable it felt true - how fantastic is that. I was looking at a blouse with a very good friend, she loved the blouse and then asked what I was going to do today. I replied that I ought to be working but could go to town instead. She looked at me knowingly as if to say "Life's too short" and I said I think I'll have the day off and go into town after all. What a thought and soon enough I realised this wasn't possible after all. "The only thing is nothing is open so I won't be doing that." I still felt very upbeat and then Chris said well you could go and marinade the meat at Suzanne's - I forgot to say we're going there for dinner tonight. Fantastic, I thought and we're off out tomorrow night too. With that I woke up and eventually realised it was all a dream but the main thing was that I felt really good.
It sounds obvious but in this situation, some days will feel very different to others. Some days will feel hard to get going and others days will be full of joy - nothing stays the same for long. I saw a great post on Facebook from a family who write down on a post it note every time they wish they could do something or see someone, but can't at the moment, for example "Give Granny a hug". They put the notes into a jar and will work through doing them all when things change. Apparently it's gone viral - I'm not surprised as it's such a lovely and positive idea.
So the the things I'd like to do today include ordering a few more perennials from a nursery in Ireland (honestly I still have places to fill in the garden), some pilates (I did very well yesterday after writing the Blog), write some of my articles (I didn't manage one word yesterday!), do another drawing exercise - details below for those of you who'd like to do some art. Yesterday I did my drawing in paint from a tree out of the studio window. I wasn't pleased with the drawing at all but it got me into painting mode and then I was able to work on a few landscapes.
Today choose an object and then for 5 minutes:
a. draw it with your weak hand
b. draw it with your strong hand without looking at the paper
c. draw it with your weak hand without looking at the paper
Have a lovely day.