I'm feeling a bit like I've been set adrift. In the past several days, I've really been forced to analyze just about every aspect of my life. One obvious thing is how we take our health for granted. I think of all the things I have done to mistreat my body, because it's so easy to do. We can't really see what's going on inside our bodies, and we just put them through so much abuse because we can't really see how that abuse affects them. It actually makes me feel good and empowered to be taking care of my body, and so far I haven't even wanted to eat a single cupcake!
Another thing I've been thinking about is all the "things" I have. Part of this is just part of process of moving, but a bigger part of it is a desire to live a simpler life. I so cherish the simple pleasures of life, and I'm having this very strong desire to purge. One of the things I have to start working on is getting rid of things I don't need. Eric and I have decided that even with our setback, we are not going to give up our new house. So we're just going to make it work. period. It's all about reassessing our priorities. We're both willing to make the necessary sacrifices to make it happen. As a consequence, we've decided we need to move out of our place by the end of this month so we have one less month of paying for a mortgage and rent. I will be going to live at my family's lake property and Eric will stay in town with a friend until we can move into our house. There could be much worse things than having to go live out at a cabin on a lake for a month, but it will definitely take a bit of getting used to. There is no phone out there, and my cellphone doesn't get reception. It should be very nice and peaceful and hopefully allow me to relax and just focus on my health. My great aunt and uncle own the property next door, and they live there, so I will have access to a phone if necessary, and I can accompany my aunt on her weekly trip to town for groceries (since I won't have a car either). It will be hard to be away from Eric, but a month really isn't that long, and we truly think it's the best decision. We're so lucky to have family and friends who want to help us out.
So that's the plan. Things will be pretty hectic, and I won't really be able to do much crafting, but I'm happy to at least have a plan.
One of the simple things I appreciated most today was our first crop of cherry tomatoes. All of our tomatoes are ripening at once, and I'm so pleased. Last year was the first year we grew tomatoes, and we had a pretty small crop. This year we are almost overwhelmed by all the tomatoes we will have. Fortunately, we both love tomatoes, so that shouldn't be too much of a problem. We had these in a salad for dinner tonight:
here's to those bumps in the road, supportive friends and family, and the beauty and simple pleasures of life.