Saturday, July 9, 2011

being comfy

I worked this morning, but it was very quiet at the surgery.  The family are doing a day trip without me.  After closing the doors, I wondered into the local market, had yummy samosa and chai tea,  sat idle and did some  people watching.  It was icy cold but there was blue sky and out of the wind the sun tickled me around the edges.  I love watching families meet and look happy in their catching up.  There were lots of little babies bundled onto mother's chests with toddlers out front in their stroller.  Adventurous preschoolers running a muck.  Across the road at St Judes Church there were well dressed guests rolling out of the ailses and then a very beautiful bride and groom receiving sweet kisses all round.

I scurried home facing the headwind and started cleaning up the house.  Making chicken and vegie soup and chocolate cake. I am slowly regaining my blojo.  Feeling more positive again.

In two weeks we are drivng 1200 km to Broken Hill.  I am doing a locum in Indigenous Child Health and hoping to contirbute to the Healthy Start programme.  As time draws closer, getting those predicted jitters and wondering why am I upheaving my family to somewhere unknown when we are all comfy here?

My mother would often say I always choose the hard way to do things.

I have this obsession with making the home welcoming when we do return.  Organizing the home and making it pretty and cosy. A place where one could just walk in and start baking, sleeping and relaxing.  Maybe I am focussing too much on this?  Some friends are coming to stay while we are away.  I hope they like this space.

It is without doubt going to be a challenge with our little man.  Someone who thrives on knowing what is coming next and having a gentle rhythm to his day.  Even more will be the heartache in having to leave him every day for work.  He will be with his Dada and the dogs, so hopefully we can put some familar structure and they can get into a good routine but still be able to explore their new surrounds with fun and laughter.

Hope your weekend is filled with love and peace.



trudi@maudeandme said...

It sounds like (and looks like)you have a very warm and love filled home, and there's nothing wrong with focusing on that.
I take my hat off to mums who go out to work.My energy gets zapped with the kids, not sure how i would cope with 2 jobs. But what a lucky boy to have that time with his dad.

Jane said...

Hi Jill
I so pleased to hear that you're feeling more positive. Must have been the chai tea! I've just now had a cup myself (my home brewed Love Chai). You are making a big move and there was a reason you chose to do it. Spread your wings, you can fly. It looks like you have a lovely home to return to when you come in to land at the end of the Broken Hill adventure.

Felicity said...

From the first glorious image to the last word, you had me captivated gorgeous Jill.

Although I don't know you in 'real life', I can tell that you are a 'giver'. You are making the world a safer, healthier, happier place in all that you do by sharing your gifts.

I am more than a little envious of your friends coming to stay in your warm and welcoming home - I hope that the coming months are a time of growth and happiness for all.

xx Felicity

Naturally Carol said...

Hi're off to have an adventure and to give where it's needed. I love that spirit! I have added you to my blogroll..again..seeing you are out of retirement a little and I don't want to miss you.

Posie Patchwork said...

Loving the pockets of your life & your home, especially the picture of a little boy with his puppy, bliss. Love Posie

sean the prawn said...

Jill, your house us looking beautiful, & even more so is that gorgeous boy of your's.
I'm excited for you re your next chapter in Broken Hill as I have such a strong connection to that place & so many memories of time spent out there at the homes of my Grandparents & cousins. Please don't stop blogging as I live to follow your next journey. More importantly, thanks so much for all the lovely words you leave me on my blog.
Happy belated birthday to Martin & big hugs to all the family including Dan & Chester. X

Kymmie said...

Well I do think your home is homely, and it doesn't matter if you do things the hard way. It's YOUR way.

And that's what counts. x

sam said...

hey lady, moving around just makes a more flexible man in the long run....! Love you

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

Sounds like a wonderful adventure! So glad that you got some time to yourself to refresh. Such beautiful photos. So glad you have decided to keep blogging. I read often but don't always get a chance to comment - still here though.

sarah said...

One of the things I love about reading blogs is having that opportunity to glimpse someone else's life through their eyes! I can just feel the icy wind with the sun out and imagine people watching too, then following you back home to cook! Your house does look so cozy and inviting Jill.

Your adventure sounds wonderful. Enjoy this time! Your baby is at such a flexible and adaptable age (not like starting a new school or having to make new friends) that is why I would say now is a great time to do it. Plus, whether the routine is in Broken Hill or where you are now - you and your husbands are Che's routine at the end of the day. What an amazing and special time for them as well! Can't wait to follow along here and visit Broken Hill!

1000 Homes of Happiness said...

wow, Jill.

Your little home looks so welcoming and cosy. I adore it. Your two doggies look just like ours. We have an old black lab and a little fluffy ball (cockerspaniel cross poodle). What an amazing experience you have ahead of you. I'm sure your family will adapt. I imagine the work to be challenging. I know of the proram. I work with indigenous teens. xox

Embrace the change/challenge.

Much love.

Catherine said...

Your home feels warm and cosy and your house guests will love all the thought you have put into making them feel welcome. Change can be hard, but life is so full of adventure there will be many rewards for all of you on your new journey. Take care. xo

Vicki said...

Hi Jill,

What a lovely little memory board of the time BBH (before Broken Hill). I love reflections and shadows so really like your second picture.Being a homemaker is an enviable obsession! The home is where the heart is, it's where we leave from and return to, it's where memories are written indelibly into our psyche, it's our whole foundation. You could not be more on track Jill. Me thinkith your cup runneth over.
That cake looks like Masterchef quality!

ejorpin said...

Wow, what an amazing adventure you are about to embark on! I can only imagine how challenging and rewarding the experience is going to be, for all of you - looking forward to reading more...

I understand your need to create a cosy home. We travel, a lot. And as much as I thrive on it I always look forward to returning to my dogs and my collections of little things, objects that tell me a story, and especially my bed with the old crochet blanket arranged just so. Your house looks really lovely and welcoming, a little oasis!