a week is a long time when youre 42. it brings all sorts of good and bad. lets start briefly with the bad. apparently im getting older. this is the sage advice from my GP who i saw last week because i have had this strange red rash on my face and neck. apparently its stress induced, and a sign of hormone fluctuations. i hate not knowing im stressed until after the event, but now i know i can see how anxious i have been about so many things, thinking too much, worrying too much. even though im feeling better (thanks to a $50 tube of cream for my face), i still woke up at 2am this morning with images of spreadsheets and 3 hour scholarship ranking meetings burned into my brain. only 4 weeks now until i am on leave for a month, and it cant come quick enough. i just need to do nothing, think nothing, for a while!
the good part of a birthday week though is being reminded how lucky i am. the early presents of the handbag and camera were followed up by continued generosity from shelley in the form of silky wool in the most divine teal colour:
then the weekend, which started with my first mango of the season. oh mango:
and then two lunches with some of my favourite people at my favourite place.
donna gave me a wonderful new DPN roll, which means no more plastic sleeve, yay!
and whats this, a skein of wollmeise sock in vamp! hello! is this the perfect red? i think it might be close!
also from donna i bought for myself two new bags, a wonderful new little sock box, i just couldnt resist the green theme:
and one of her awesome round bottom project bags (i bought a DPN roll and needle case for someone else’s birthday but had to keep something for myself), which magically fits a whole skein of wollmeise lace!
on sunday, i had lunch with the rosered family, which may have included more mango:
(and some yummy sticky meringue and fresh cream. mmmmmpavlova…..). followed by lemon syrup cake (made by me!) for afternoon tea!
the lovely rosered bought me this wonderful book:
i think this will be my favourite section!
then on monday i worked from home, really i did,
it was pouring rain and cold and we watched a bit of teev (possum loves the Captain):
then i may have slipped and cast on something with the vamp (rick socks by cookie a):
the festivities were rounded out this morning by the arrival of a package from bells, full of handmade goodness:
so many wonderful things, so many wonderful friends. i do feel really blessed to have got this far in my life, and to have so much love and support around me.