Taking Stock: Spring 2016

Spring has sprung! It has been a confusing start to the season, we’ve had an explosion of blossom trees, some gorgeous sunny days, tee shirt weather, followed by rainy days and rummaging for a jumper, then more sun… nobody knows what to expect! 

The new season seems like a good moment to stop and take stock of where things are at. This is a Pip Lincolne idea, which lots of us think is quite terrific, so you’ll see Taking Stock posts pop up here and there, and I find it’s always an exercise that takes me to unexpected places. 

Here we go!

Making: a mess as I tidy up, you’ve got to go backwards before you can go forwards it seems. 

Cooking: pikelets – they are so easy and deliver every single time. Yummo. 

Drinking: coffee in the mornings, peppermint tea when I have a tummy ache, and my afternoon beverage of choice is soda water and lemon cordial. Sometimes I add a splash of vodka as the sun goes down! 

Reading: I just read Ruby Wax’s (Waxes?!) book Sane New World, which I found super interesting and engaging. The  brain is an incredible organ. 

Smelling: spring blooms 

Wanting: work. 

Looking: up. Even on days when I’m feeling sub-chipper, I do try, literally and figuratively, to look up. The sky is such a reassuring presence. Clouds, sunshine through branches, all that blue that goes on forever. Sigh, I love it. 

Playing: old Tina Arena tunes; Chains, Sorrento Moon, Heaven Help My Heart. Such great songs and what a GREAT singer she is. 

Deciding: what’s for dinner every damn night is painful at the moment. I’ve temporarily lost my kitchen mojo. 

Wishing: I had a personal chef, or at least someone to stock my fridge. 

Enjoying:sunny days ☀️☀️

Waiting: for my kitchen mojo to return. I’m hoping that flavoursome, simple, crunchy salad days aren’t far off. 

Liking: that other people seem to appreciate my artistic endeavours.

Loving: spending time with special friends. 

Pondering: where new things might take me. 

Buying: new pillows! I think it’s time, and a friend gave me a little “pick me up” voucher recently, so I can afford a simple treat. 

Watching: diverse documentaries on iTunes – Kill Switch, Tender, Herb & Dorothy, Copy & Paste. 

Hoping: for good things for you. Yep, really! 

Noticing: there’s strength in the sunshine again. 

Knowing: I have good people in my life, I am not in this alone. 

Thinking: about collaboration, encouragement, words, and creativity. 

Admiring: the makers, the dreamers, and those who get up and step into the arena. 

Disliking: #Trump2016 

Opening: new tubes of paint.

Feeling: positive again, after a shaky few weeks. 

Snacking: on strawberries, or Twisties. 

Hearing: birdsong #tweettweet 🐥🐥

How are you feeling about the change of season? I’m happy to be seeing more blue skies than grey, that’s for sure. 

But I’m also a teensy bit jealous of those of you moving into autumn, spring is a beautiful season, but autumn will always have my heart. 

What’s your favourite season? 

Have you got a fabulous (and frugal) salad recipe for me?  

Keep looking up, 

Annette x 

5 thoughts on “Taking Stock: Spring 2016

  1. I know it’s been/is a shitty time for you at the moment, Annette, but I love that you can still see the positive. Indomitable spirit! And how excellent to have a supportive gang around you. That’s pats on the back you for the sort of person you are. Hope that job comes soon xx

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    • It has been kinda sucky Carolyn, no denying that. I’m feeling really happy that I’ve been able to get into a new ‘required activity’ which is actually INDOORS and it looks like there will be productive work to do too. What a concept! My next challenge is coming up with a creative way to fund my car insurance renewal. It’s due in four weeks and I’m nervous! But, what will be, will be. On the upside, it’s a beautiful day and there’s washing ON THE LINE – yay for sunshine!! Thank you for your encouragement and support, it means so much to know that there are fellow Pipsters cheering for me.

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  2. So good to see some sunshine in your life again Annette 🙂
    Salads… Well I reckon a goodie is just tomatoes and sliced red onion and olive oil and lemon juice. I love it. Good luck for this week and good vibes for a fabulous job coming up 🙂

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  3. not an easy time for you Annette! hugs!
    hoping your painting and drawing is helping with being cathartic at times!
    whilst in qld I was craving salads
    here’s a quick one to throw together!
    I bought shredded mixed cabbage … could use mixed lettuce, even cooked spinach or dare I suggest kale;))
    a bag of Julienned carrots and beetroot
    it was my dressing I loved
    mix
    a large dollop of tahini … a bit expensive but it lasts a long time
    a little sesame oil or olive oil
    a dash of vinegar … I used balsamic
    a dash of sweet chilli sauce … mix well
    I added walnuts or you could use chicken, fish or meat
    this would go on lots of cooked food too! … it’s yum!
    hope you like!
    much love m:)X

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