It was been soooo wonderful to have my hubby back! For three months over the Christmas break he was away on the high seas on a Navy ship (he is a navy Chaplain). I won't pretend that it was easy, three months is a long time, especially when he missed some significant days like Christmas, New Years, and a few birthdays including his own. Apart from that though, it was a worthwhile trip for him and he had some great experiences.
I love this photo of him in his navy uniform!!!
As many of you know last year I began a program to learn how to change my very poor eating habits to eating a mainly plant based diet and I lost 17 kilos along the way. While hubby was away I'm afraid I slipped back into my old 'comfort eating' habits. I put a few of the kilo's back on, but more interestingly, the aches in my joints, the skin conditions that had cleared, and my poor sleeping all came back!! I am now renewed as far as changing to my better eating, which includes cutting out sugar, processed foods, meat, dairy and gluten (hubby enjoying this too). Our plan for this year is to cut these out of our diet at least 90 percent (except for processed sugar, cutting that out totally). So I am starting to feel better again thank goodness and am inspired to keep going and learn to make this a change for the rest of my life.
Yummy vegie burger on spinach topped with avocado and organic eggs
While hubby was away I worked on a little courtyard garden, planting lots of herbs, vegies and flowers in pots, containers and baskets. We are so enjoying sitting in our little garden, watching the plants grow, and then picking from these to go into our lovely meals. There is something wonderful about cooking food you have grown yourself. It is incredibly satisfying.
Lately I have been playing with some gorgeous fabrics. I'm having fun with these wonderful Kaffe Fassett stripes...
And pulling out some lovely 1930's type prints....
Both of these are being used in projects I can't show just yet, but they are keeping my creativity alive. We are just so spoilt for fabric choices these days and I'm so grateful that I can have time playing with all this colour.
Some sewing I can show and I'm still working on slowly in the background are my beautiful Amitie bom Bring Me Flowers blocks. These blocks are so joyful to make and I have some finished blocks which I will show on my blog soon. In the meantime, I love this pic which shows the sweet old tray I found a couple of months ago which has been fabulous for keeping my current stitching organised....
I'm also trying to keep working on my Green Tea and Sweet Beans blocks...
These applique pieces are finger pressed and glued on, ready for stitching
This funny dog just keeps enriching our lives (she is a Groodle - poodle x golden retriever). She was fabulous company for me while hubby was away, though she really missed him and our oldest son who traveled to Japan for 5 weeks over Jan (he had a fabulous time there).
Well, I think the cobwebs are cleaned out for now. I will leave you with a photo of these pretty pink Dahlias, growing in one of the pots in our little courtyard...
I hope all is well with you? xo