Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Catch up

It's certainly a while since I posted on this blog, so perhaps I should catch up with myself so to speak.

All is generally well with metal health issues although I know the danger time for me is looming up ahead in the cold and darker months.  I'm hoping by being aware of my vulnerabilities at this time of the year, I can put in place a few things to help maintain an even keel.

There are some things coming up on the calender to look forward to and keep me busy.  I have Miss C.'s 21st and Miss G.'s 18th birthdays which are on the 4th and 14th of June respectively.  So some planning will have to be done for the 18th b'day which will be celebrated at home.  It's time to think about decorations, food and guest lists.

I always visit my parents on the farm in July, so that is something I'm looking forward too.  It's always so nice to see them, my farming brother and his family too.  Thinking about home makes me somewhat sad as they are in the most appalling drought.  I keep reminding myself that worrying will not change a thing.

Winter is the time of year I look forward to watching some of the Tour de France.  I love the aerial shots from the helicopter and all the views of the countryside and villages the cyclist ride through.  It's almost like having a little holiday in France.

Despite the fairly happy demeanour that is portrayed on my other blog, there really are moments when I have to take stock and remember to not put any pressure on myself to be anything other than what I am.  I wish I  wasn't so needy of the good opinion of others.  I tell myself I don't need it, but if I'm honest I look for it.  Perhaps more of my focus should be on what others have to say and responding to them rather than my own posts and whether others like what I say.  This blogging business certainly is a powerful tool for encouraging and supporting others.

The issue here is (I think), is I have so much admiration and respect for the people on the blogs I follow and would like to think that a little of that was reciprocated.  However, it's not necessary to my survival :),  and I should concentrate on the things that make me happy not what I think others want to see or hear.  I really should take a big dose of my own medicine as I'm always telling others to be themselves.  It's always the way though isn't it?  It's very hard to take our own advice.  :)

So just a little catch up today.  Nothing nasty or horrible and isn't that nice!



  1. Lovely to have you back! With lots of good things to look forward to.
    I'm not sure about SAD and the winter months - I have a special lamp but wouldn't say it was a life saver(!), but then again, if I didn't use it, who knows?
    But the best thing I have found is the support from bloggers. Not so much any comments but just to look at. I adore Vanessas' " Coco Rose"; if I feel low a burst of her photos just makes me feel so much better. No, it doesn't get me out of the house any easier, but does lift my spirits!
    Hang on in there, we're all gunning for you!
    Hugs, Z xx

  2. Yes very hard to take our own advice but comments can be great for the ego and it is nice if our readers occasionally let us know they are there. I know I have benefitted from your care. I don't know much about winter depression but if more light helps can you perhaps spend a little extra time in the sunshine? Of course, I don't do that myself but.... hugs Cherrie
    PS enjoyed your post on expanding waislines on your other blog too. I'm still trying to figure out the ideal styles for my 'new' body but it keeps changing before I can get aywhere with it. lol

  3. I'm a shocker at 'hearing' my own advice. So much so, I might be needing to tweak myself a New Years Resolution (did you notice the procrastination?).

    I reckon everyone has something to give. A new perspective, a bit of enlightenment, a shifting of a paradigm. It's the bloggy types who sit in their own skins and occasionally lay a soul bare for whom I have the most admiration.

  4. Hi Dear Anne
    Well sounds like you have a few June birthdays.. my family too.. and I also love watching Le Tour... lots of late nights in July!!!

    Thanks for birthday wishes.. I think your comment was on the post that got 'bloggered' with all those problems.. Have a lovely weekend.. ciao xxx Julie

  5. Hi

    Thanks for your lovely comments - glad you enjoy and like my hens. I always seem to squeeze the time in to blog and rarely have the time to go round saying hello. I should be planning for teaching tommorow, but fancied blog hopping instead. Hope all your planning goes well for the upcoming birthdays.


  6. you're doing OK girl I'm sure you dont need other people to tell you that, deep down you know it to be true.
    Thanks for visiting my page by the way. Take care xx Pauline

  7. Lovely blog, have a nice juin month, and sweet moment for see again your parent in juillet. Best regard from Belgium

  8. Hi Anne
    Just popped in to say hello and thanks for visiting..

    Hope you are not having too many late nights watching Le Tour.. I've taken to recording it [when I remember that is]

    Have a great week.. and hope you are well.. ciao xxx Julie

  9. Hi Anne
    I appreciate all of your comments thankyou.
    I watch the tour de france, it feels like an extended holiday.
    I understand your mental health issues, I suffer from pcos and am constantly battling with myself.

    You know of late I have been telling myself to stop taking myself for granted, there are more good things about me than bad.

    Like your crochet on your ungardened blog!!