For one, Spring has finally arrived and graced us with 4 mild, sunny, blue sky days. The thermostat could go a little higher but I am scarcely about to complain as we emerge from grey, rainy days on end! There is something about the sunlight, blue sky and the touch of warmth on my skin that restores my spirits in an amazing way.
And I had very little on my agenda other than a little slower pace, some workouts, church and Easter dinner for 8. (I should have filed our taxes but all I did was make a half-hearted start to collecting all the paperwork for 4 returns!)
Allan is capitalising on his couple weeks of break in courses to catch up on fishing so he was on a body of water somewhere for a couple of days and when not fishing it seems tying flies was the order of the day. It's good to see him relax a little and not be tied to his desk and computer.
Our Lindsay girl is 2 weeks from finishing the Second Year of her degree and so elected to stay in Victoria to study. She was lovingly hosted for two Easter dinners but she was missed at our table for sure.
David and I had a little time to hang out but he has a technical glitch with an online course and had to spend many, many hours redoing a lot of work. It's a french language course so he could be heard muttering away in French for hours recording his answers.
And so as the weekend draws to a close I have had many hours to myself. I have spent a couple at the dojo working out (loving how my body is starting to change!), cleaning the house a my own pace, sorting, folding laundry, cleaning out cupboards and doing some baking and cooking and shopping. Ok maybe I ate some chocolate.
I had the time to go to church on Good Friday for the first time in many years and it was wonderful and then to celebrate Easter Sunday, the pivotal day of our faith, was joyful and affirming. I'm so grateful for the community of our church.
I loved having the time to slowly set the Easter table and was happy it came together as pretty well as I hoped. Having family and dear friends around the table, blessed with delicious food, was simply lovely and filled up my heart.
And so as the rain returns and is falling outside this evening and promises to do so for the next few days - I am feeling content and refreshed - ready for 2 short weeks - this one 4 days and next week only 3 work days before I head to Victoria to pack up Lindsay and her apartment, store things in a storage locker, clean carpets etc.. Looking forward to some Lindsay/Mama time and to meeting a new important person in her life!
Spring break was amazing - we had such a great trip but I was getting over a nasty illness and I ended up well-travelled but not well-rested. This Easter break was the what my heart and body needed - I am really getting better at slowing down and enjoying the moments that come my way.