Four months to the day since my last post! For the past little while it has been exceedingly quiet in my corner of the blogging world. But just recently, for the first time in weeks, I’ve felt the stirrings of an urge to write and the brainpower to follow it through. That has to be a good thing.
So what has been happening in our Corner of Cornwall? We have been out and about just a little bit and I’ve read here and there in a very random manner. Never before have I started so many books only to have them abandoned or sitting patiently gathering dust waiting for my brain to work again. I’ve got a lovely new hair colour which I am delighted about – that’s a very good thing. The garden has had to take care of itself and seems to have coped remarkably well. And although I’ve had to cancel all planned visits from friends and family, another very good thing was the impromptu visit from Bernie’s sister, Veronica – unexpectedly over from Australia.
But mostly, I have been ill. I don’t much want to write about being ill; for the most part it has been extremely dull. Thankfully – another good thing – although a lifelong condition, an underactive thyroid is not life-threatening and can’t be compared to the challenges faced by many others. I’m not complaining. Hypothyroidism is surprisingly common yet totally surprised me. But it makes sense of a lot of things; this has been gathering pace for years and I have blood tests from past years to prove it. Who knew the importance of a single gland? Its impact stretches into just about every aspect of the mind, body and spirit! For the past few months it has had me floored – without the energy, inclination or brain capacity to even contemplate blogging or very much else really – and with a mood not much above floor level either. Bernie deserves a knighthood but may have to be content with an honourable mention here instead. And thankfully, an underactive thyroid can be medicated. It can take a while to get the dosage right, and I’m not there yet, but I’m sure I’ll find a point of equilibrium soon, at which time life may be better healthwise than it has been for some time. Something to aim for! Meanwhile, I’m on an uneven but definitely upward trajectory. Also good.
Another good thing must be that the two weeks of this year so far when I have felt at my best coincided with Veronica’s visit. It gave us time to put the house to rights and time to enjoy her company and that of her son and his girlfriend. The last time the siblings were together was in 2014, and then only for one day. I’m so pleased they had this time to catch up and that we could share the house and a few delights of Cornwall.
Most recently, our beloved, beautiful cat has left us. It’s hard to find any positives in losing Harri. I know there are many things to be thankful for in having had her for thirteen purr-and-furr-filled years but the loss has been hard to bear. Again, I don’t much want to write about it, although in time, perhaps she will have her moment in the spotlight here. But – much to my surprise – the need to bring a new feline member into the family has surfaced much more quickly than I expected. And we are very much hoping to welcome Jackson into our home within the next week – RSPCA home check willing. I suspect he will bring with him a package of many good things.
So the View from Here – from April to August – has been, as for most us throughout life, a mixture of good things and bad. On this occasion there have been more challenges than triumphs and more lows than highs but that won’t always be the case. This small corner of Cornwall still witnesses the changes in the seasons and the mercurial Cornish weather; the industry of the birds and most recently, the squirrels. There have been buds, blooms and falling petals. Fields have been harvested and ploughed; calves have grown sturdy and Cornish banks have been shorn of fading summer glory and now offer some brilliant shades of livid green, courtesy of the excess of rain in recent weeks. The cycles of life don’t change; they continue to turn steadily.
I’ve dipped a tentative toe back into the blogging pool. The water feels warm. Posts may be sporadic, shorter and simpler for a while, but maybe that will turn out to be another good thing.
It’s nice to be back.
I can’t resist…..