We've put our house up for sale. I rushed out and bought flowers for nearly every room and, having now given the matter a little thought, I'm not terribly sure why. Perhaps I subconsciously think they might help with the selling process? Maybe a viewer will clap eyes on my dark pink and lilac tulips and suddenly feel impelled to put in an offer for the full asking price. You never know.
Selling our home of 13 years forms part of our new chapter. I've eluded several times to behind-the-scenes stuff. I'm not going to go into detail out of respect for the other people involved, but you were so kind with your response to this post that I feel I owe you a brief update.
D and I separated in February, not long after I wrote my post. He moved out into a rather lovely little flat not too far away. That afforded me much-needed space to have a think and do a little life re-evaluation. There have obviously been some very difficult waves to ride since then but we continued to talk and, long story short, have now decided on a way forward. I so desperately needed changes and we're making them. The first is selling the house and finding somewhere smaller. Together.
Downsizing will have a massive knock-on effect on other areas of all our lives, mine especially. It will give me the time and opportunity to pursue something for me. Whatever that might be. There's a way to go but I'm so excited, I can't tell you!
So many of you identified with my situation. Firstly, I should like to give you a huge empathetic virtual hug and then I should like to remind you that nothing is insurmountable. If you're not happy, you CAN make changes. I can't promise it will be pretty or easy but be brave and, my goodness, it will be worth it. As my daughter says, "YOLO" (you only live once).
Douwe Egberts are selling their coffee in limited edition Orla Kiely designed jars at the moment. You may well have seen them.
I don't know what came over me but as soon as I spotted the yellow flower print on a friend's Instagram feed, I NEEDED it like a thing possessed! There are two other designs but it was particularly the sunny yellow one that stopped me in my tracks. I trawled the local supermarkets and, after beating several old ladies and children out of the way*, finally managed to grab the last one in Asda. I'm not in the least bit proud of myself. If ever I pat myself on the back for being a free-thinker, do remind me of this won't you! I do so love it though. The coffee is nice too. ;-)
To counter the stress of keeping the house constantly clean and tidy and to distract myself from wanting to follow the children around with a hoover nozzle**, I've been indulging in a little
Before I go, I wanted to thank you so much for your comments. I know I am a bit pants at responding regularly but I do read them, I do smile and I do appreciate them. Really I do.
*For comedic effect lest you should be concerned that I actually did do this!
**Not for comedic effect - I really am in danger of doing this!