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Old Nonsense

“Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s been a rough couple of months as I’ve weathered another bout of glandular fever. Every project has been preceded and followed by naps, each day a fog of pain and exhaustion. But the past few days I’ve felt the fog lifting, the pain receding, my energy returning. And it is marvelous.

This morning I woke early enough to go for a wander in my gardens just as the sun rose over the fields. It felt so good to be outside, breathing in deeply of cool, rain-washed air, finding all sorts of beauties glimmering in the morning sunshine. I love this time of day with its exquisite light, so clear and clean and fresh. The world feels like a welcoming, magical place.

We’ve had glorious rains the last couple of days, and the gardens have surged back to life. Brittle leaves are lush and unfurled, blossoms bursting from their casings, tiny veggies emerging from soil that has been dry and barren for so long.

After feeling parched and withered for months on end, it is wonderful to see damp earth and dew-drenched flowers and know that the seeds and seedlings now have a fighting chance to produce delectable things for my winter kitchen.

With the return of rain and my energy, I’m excited to start dreaming and planning again. When you’re sick, days consist of The Essentials and little else. But now I get to make plans knowing that soon I will have the strength to follow through. That’s a lovely thing.

So today I’m moving gently through my day quietly working on things that have had to wait: cleaning closets, organizing my kitchen, getting seedlings out of their punnets and into my gardens.

It feels good to start this day “well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with [my] old nonsense.”

Old nonsense. I like that. Illness isn’t nonsense, it’s just something that happens, but the accompanying frustration and discouragement are unwelcome companions on any journey. It feels good to thank them for dropping by, then wave farewell and breathe a sigh of relief that they are no longer hanging about.

What is lifting your spirits today? xo




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the fisherlady - your blossoms look purple pussy willows~ blunders help guide us to a better day…to look back and smile is good. A lovely post my dear!
Here Spring is clothing herself and invites us to the show 🙂 simply delightful in its unveiling.

Krista - Aren’t they so lovely, Susan? I’ve never seen them before, and honestly don’t know what they are. 🙂 Your Spring sounds absolutely exquisite – so good for your heart. 🙂 xo

My Kitchen Stories - Oh so sad you have been unwell and lovely that you are improving. As always its in the way you look at it And you have a unique way of doing that. Take good care x

Breanne @ This Vintage Moment - Being sick yet again is no fun at all and having to put limitations on yourself is hard but I’m so glad that the light and rain are returning to you and your land. Those blossoms are so beautiful. It’s cold and wintry here still so I’m finding pleasures in warm cups of tea and coffee, cozy reading sessions and the blue skies. OX

bellini - Krista, I am glad to hear that you are on the mend and that the rain has again returned to your neck of the woods and has brought with it a sense of new hope and strength. I can imagine the joy you must feel. With Springs arrival here in the west what makes me happy is seeing the forsythia bloom and the sun on my shoulders.

Jackie Smith - Sorry to hear you’ve been struggling with health issues, but so glad to hear you are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel again. Your photos are stunning. . .I haven’t yet decided what will be the cause of my lifted spirits today, but I bet something will come along, I’ll just wait and see. . .

Bethany Bassett - Beautiful photos, as always! The horrible pollen outside has kept me indoors a lot lately, but your photos are making me itch (ha!) to get back out in nature. Other things lifting my spirits today are the first listen of Sufjan’s new album, impromptu husband hugs, and a fourth coffee with no guilt allowed. 🙂

[email protected] - Sorry you’ve been ill but glad that you’re on the mend. Seeing your lovely pictures of flowers and nature and baby goats and such lif my spirits every time.

Liz Posmyk - Sorry to hear that you’ve been sick again, Krista… I feel for you… same here. Do take care and get well soon.

Ken Powell - The purple looks a bit like one of the salvia family, Krista. A leaf shot would help 😉

Nancy - Ah poor you coming down with glandular fever again – it obviously just wipes you out. That’s a gorgeous poem – very wise words. Today the air is clean, the sun is shining and spring is on the way – thats lifting my spirits today.

Tandy Sinclair - So sorry to hear about your return of the glandular fever – it can really affect how you feel as well as make you so tired. Hope today is a great day for you!

Hotly Spiced - I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been battling glandular fever. Just so exhausting and your energy levels are just wiped out. My daughter had it a few years ago and she was in a very bad way. I do hope you make a swift and full recovery xx

Maureen - You lift my spirits today. Thinking of you and Bear at your farm with your goats and orchard and cider and more.

budgetjan - I love being reminded that the world is a wonderful magical place. We were reminded this week when we went snorkelling around Pelorus and Orpheus Islands. To think such a thing is available to do whenever we want (weather permitting) makes us realise how lucky, lucky we are. As we sit on the verandah at our rented holiday house, my father-in-law and I discussed how wonderful life is. We were just sitting and watching the birds flit among the trees, with a gentle breeze blowing directly from the ocean. Your posts always remind me of the magic too Krista, with your beautiful photos and words.

Anna Johnston - Oh dang it, thats the worst Krista, I am so sorry to hear you are/have been feeling poorly. Although good to hear you are on the mend. I am inspired by you, as you really dont let on in your social updates how awful you really feel. Sending you giant hugs and love.

Today, my boss gave me Thursday off, so I have a 5 day weekend. #boom

Krista - I will get on that, @Kayrpea61:disqus 🙂

Krista - Thank you for encouraging me on, @taniamykitchenstoriescomau:disqus Each day gets a bit better. 🙂

Krista - It makes me smile to think of us in our opposite seasons, @breannemosher:disqus, yet both of us finding comfort in delicious cuppas. 🙂

Krista - Ohhh, Val, I can close my eyes and just picture the gorgeous forsythia blooming around you. 🙂 How wonderful!

Krista - Light at the end of the tunnel is such a cheering thing, @disqus_WseMqaTPwi:disqus 🙂 xo

Krista - We are kindred spirits in this awfulness, dear @liz_posmyk:disqus Wishing you a week with relief and healing. XO

Krista - I’m so glad they cheer your heart too, Karin. 🙂

Krista - Impromptu husband hugs are so wonderful, @BethanyBassett:disqus 🙂 I’m so glad they’re keeping you going too. XO

Krista - It does knock me flat, @disqus_xRgkTDNCQJ:disqus 🙂 So thankful for bursts of energy now and then to see me through. 🙂

Krista - It is a dreadful thing, @tandysinclair:disqus and I will be most glad to see the back of it. 🙂

Krista - It really is debilitating, Charlie. I’m so glad your daughter is well again now. XO

Krista - I’m so glad, @OrgasmicChef:disqus So glad we have each other in this world to cheer ourselves on. XO

Krista - What a beautiful time to share with your father-in-law, @budgetjan:disqus 🙂 He sounds like a lovely soul. 🙂

Krista - Giant hugs and love are just what the doctor ordered, @disqus_o9c9vkchcC:disqus 🙂 Your 5 day weekend sounds AMAZING!!! XO

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