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Work a Little, Rest a Little

I’m sitting in a golden patch of light on the front veranda, soaking up warmth from the Winter morning sunshine, wrapped to the gills in Bear’s clothes which always seem to be warmer than my own.

Luna is busy exploring, tail wagging ferociously as she sniffs out mice and lizards and anything else that takes her fancy.

Bear and I just finished feeding hay to the goats, laughing at the crazy antics of the babies as they leap and cavort around the paddock.

Now it’s time to rest.

That’s how life needs to be for me right now. Work a little, rest a little.

A redback spider bite causes all over body pain, headaches, nausea, fever, shakes, dizzy spells, exhaustion, and it lasts for weeks. Anti-venom doesn’t help, so you just have to soldier through, waiting for the yucks to run their course.

When you’re feeling awful, rainy days seem to be a gift, a permission slip from the universe to go to bed, take naps, watch marathons of NCIS and Murdoch Mysteries, read a little, and drink copious amounts of tea and soup. I’m so glad we’ve had a few days like that recently.

I love how rain changes our sun-burned world. Bare rocks are suddenly ablaze with color as dormant lichen surge to life.

Old bits of wood are suddenly sporting curly flourishes of lichen as well, light dustings of moss peeping out of rain-soaked crevices.

Bleach blond bits of fallen tree pods take on a golden hue when the rain hits them.

But it’s the old wood I like best, darkened whorls and swirls frosted with lichen of all sorts, looking like something out of Ireland or Washington instead of sun-drenched Queensland.

The sunshine has returned and we are happy to see her again, dancing along fluttering poplar leaves, glistening on the glossy lemon trees, streaming oh-so-warmly through our windows.

Now it’s time to rest again before putting in a load of laundry and cozying in for some hand-sewing while I listen to an audio book from the library.

It’s going to be a good day.

How does your world change when rain falls? xo

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Krista - Thank you, @OrgasmicChef:disqus It seems the effects are finally gone. I’m so very thankful. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you so much, @vannessaluxuria:disqus I did get some really beautiful moments. πŸ™‚

Krista - We are definitely ready for some warmth, Charlie. πŸ™‚ Loving these warmer days. πŸ™‚

Krista - And you, dear @disqus_o9c9vkchcC:disqus, never fail to be a ray of sunshine in my life. XO

Krista - Oh my goodness, @Kayrpea61:disqus, that would’ve been scary! So glad she was OK. πŸ™‚

Krista - How wonderful to be able to see storms coming from your verandah, @budgetjan:disqus πŸ™‚ I love the wild storms too! xo

Krista - Yes, sitting is not my strong suit, @turkeysforlife:disqus Thankfully it’s been worth it. πŸ™‚

Krista - I do try, @disqus_WseMqaTPwi:disqus It’s those little things that keep me going and cheer me up. πŸ™‚ Wishing you rain and green soon. xo

Krista - I do too, @wanderingsheila:disqus It feels so cozy and lovely. πŸ™‚

Krista - Yes, peaceful rain, I like the sounds of that, @joanneeatswellwithothers:disqus πŸ™‚

Krista - Your swampy weather sounds utterly exhausting, Velva. Wishing you some cooler temperatures soon. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you, lovely paradis. πŸ™‚

Maureen - I’m so far behind. A redback bite? Oucheroonie! I hope you take good care of yourself and you have no lasting effects from the bite.

Love the photos.

Vannessa@Luxuria - Hope you get well soon Krista. Just enjoy the time you have to recuperate πŸ˜‰

Hotly Spiced - What a shame the anti-venom doesn’t work! I would have thought that’s exactly what you need. Your images of the lichens are gorgeous. It’s going to be warmer in Sydney this weekend and I hope you’re in the same situation – I think we’re all very ready for some warmth xx

Anna Johnston - I like that you find the positive in things that normally depress people. Normally I turn into a big sook that complains when it is raining. Will work on that. Happy Friday and super weekend to you sweet lady. xox

Ken Powell - Oh dear, sorry to hear about the red back spider. I know a little girl who was lucky not to get bitten when she picked one up. It was in its defence position, so it looked legless and harmless. She was lucky, but was kept under close observation for a few hours, just in case πŸ™‚

Turkey's For Life - Eek, must be horrible for you having to just wait to let the venom run its course from your bite. At least you can still make the most of the ‘rest time’ though by appreciating all around you and sharing all these great photos with us!

budgetjan - Rain is usually a relief from the heat. I love watching the storm brew from out verandah and hope that it actually comes our way. The smell of rain coming is exciting, but hearing it approach on the rooftops is lovely too. Personally I love the thunder and lightning too!

Jackie Smith - You do find the beauty every day, don’t you? Loved this and yes, it could have been photographed right here in Washington State (except we have temps in the 90’s and no rain, so we are looking a bit brown and bare around here this year). Take care – rest as you need to!! xx

Cathy - Gosh that must be so annoying still suffering from the red back spider bite Krista. Sounds like you’ve thought out a good way to recuperate. All the best. I like being inside when it rains πŸ™‚

Joanne (eats well with others) - When it’s raining, it always does feel more peaceful and like you should just sit and relax.

mlleparadis - gooooooorgeous!


Velva - I enjoy when I am reading your posts that we are in opposite seasons.I feel like I am suffering from swamp heat and you are bundled up on the veranda.
Hope you feel better soon. Rest! Relax and enjoy the days.

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