Saturday, August 14, 2010
Wishing August was over!
August is a difficult month for me. I have never enjoyed it! In the UK it was usually a disappointment and spent lamenting the Summer that wasn't and bemoaning the fact that the days were getting shorter which meant the 'summer that wasn't' was over. The l-o-n-g school holidays were in full swing and days out and planned activities were usually wet affairs. August was like a damp squid!
Here in the southern hemisphere it's about the same temperatures as the Augusts of my past but it feels a lot chillier. ;Our homes are designed for summer and its colder inside than out. People seems to be in hibernation mode and outings are an effort between work and bed. That's why I have been spending my days this month looking for small reasons to celebrate.
This pansy cheered my up as I pottered in the garden last week as did the sighting of a shy bird that nests in our shady border. A walk along the beach and a plate of grilled calamari eaten while watching a whale frolic at Schoonies was a feast fit for a queen. A Skye call to our newly relocated son and family and being given a guided tour of the their home via the laptop - including a trampoline performance by Jessica on her new bed made my heart sing.
Time spent with old friends, listening to Lambada on my car radio at full blast, learning a new dance and reading a debut novel by a talented new author. These small celebrations have cost next to nothing but have raised my spirits and got me half way through this dreary month in no time at all - proving that there is always something to get excited about, something to learn, a reason to celebrate life. I have learned that life is too short to label months as dreary and wish that they were over - wishing your life away is a bad habit!
I have promised myself to purposely look for something to celebrate everyday. Today it's a gathering with lots of lovely ladies who love to sew and an evening spent with dear friends. Tomorrow - who knows!
At the end of the month I am looking forward to a weekend in a cottage on a wine farm on the Montagu Pass that was given to me for writing an article for a travel publication, and I am planning on taking my camera to Addo to see if I can capture something worthy for a photographic competition.
Before we know it, it will be the first day of spring and another reason to celebrate. Enjoy!