I have been in hibernation.
It just happened.
I don't know why.
I don't know how.
Perhaps it's the winter.
Perhaps it's because we are approaching the four year anniversary of my mother's death.
Perhaps it's the sleepless nights with Xavier.
Taking their toll.
My house is in relative chaos.
The washing is never ending.
The toys are everywhere.
The daily cleaning of the kitchen.
Perhaps that is what has taken it's toll.
But today I picked up my little point and shoot camera.
For the first time in about a month and a half.
And took some lovely photos.
Because it was a sunny day.
And my camera doesn't do very well on cloudy days.
Perhaps that is why I have been in hibernation.
Because I have felt uninspired.
But I feel myself coming back.
So I thought I would say hello.
And give you some news on what I have been up to.
I have been reading.
I have taken a real interest in Ayurveda.
And I have mostly become a vegetarian.
I still eat fish.
I am trying lots and lots of new recipes.
It has been quite challenging preparing meals that don't originate with a meat as the starting point.
This has been both exhilarating and daunting.
But it feels so right.
And I have lost so much weight.
I am now thinner than when Sohail met me as a student.
I was twenty then.
Thinner than a twenty year old, after having two children.
I have to chuckle.
Not that that has been my motivation.
I have started Saturday morning yoga classes.
A time for me.
And only me.
The family is still adjusting to this.
But I feel no guilt.
To be taking care of me.
Xavier has started walking.
And we are now really seeing his wonderful, joyful personality come out.
Annie is reading, writing, spelling.
All at the age of four and a half.
Not that I am trying to boast .
I am just amazed by the Montessori methodology.
Follow the child.
My child showed an interest in words.
So she was given the tools to explore.
And now she is living in the magical world of words.
I can only imagine what I would have achieved if I had had that kind of experience at school.
I hope to be returning here more often.
I do miss this space.
But I only come here when I feel that I have something of value to add.
I don't like to waste my time.
Blessings to you.