It has been a great week but an intense one of doctor visits, more medical tests, and making time for good things in the midst of it all.
By the time Friday rolled around I was more than ready for a homemade raspberry mojito. There’s something about the fresh lime, cool mint, and tart raspberries that can’t help but make you feel like you’re on a holiday filled with sunny afternoons and nothing to do but rest and amble. (I’ll be sharing the recipe over at Plum Deluxe soon.)
After one exhausting doctor visit I headed to the local park to walk along sun-dappled paths and let the Autumn sunshine work its soothing magic.
It was wonderful.
Golden leaves and glossy black berries crunched and popped underfoot as I strolled, stopping to soak up warmth in puddles of sunshine that filtered down through the canopy of trees.
I watched quail rooting through the leaves for tasty morsels and bats swooping from one tree to another before grasping a branch and dangling upside down with their mates.
I found a couple of benches in the shade of a ghost gum and parked myself there for a rest.
The sun felt so good, the warmth seeping into my very bones and making me feel hugged by sunlight. The glowing leaves danced on the breeze casting all sorts of interesting shadows around me.
Then it was time for a picnic. I’d brought a container of pasta that I learned how to make in Bologna, Italy from my friend Maddalena, and happily tucked in. It is simple yet delicious drizzled with olive oil and tossed with tuna, olives, and capers.
Then I spotted a weathered old picnic table and moseyed over there to write in my journal and have dessert – wine gums. Wine gums make me happy.
It was such a lovely reprieve, time to walk out any lingering anxieties and write out my thoughts and get back to a place of peace. I returned to regular life with greater clarity of thought and all sorts of creative ideas for recipes and articles and projects. I like that.
How has your week been? Do you have a place you go when you’re stressed? I’d love to hear about it.