Happy end of May! For my Canadian readers, I hope you had a lovely Victoria Day weekend. It was a bit rainy here but still nice to have the extra day. For the Americans, I hope you are gearing up for a lovely Memorial Day weekend. For everyone else, you need a May long weekend!
The eye thing is sort of stalled as we are in a holding pattern while I continue to administer the steroids. I'm sort of resigned to the new normal but am optimistic that some improvement is on the horizon.
I've been packaging some crystals for little gift packs for new graduates since graduation is on the brain. The stones I've selected for these gift sets are particularly helpful with further studies, travel, and building a meditation practice. I've listed them on my little Etsy shop here. The crystals seem to make people quite happy so it's a nice little side gig while I write. I believe the universe always nudges one in the right direction.
One of the things preventing me from jumping whole heartedly into crystals was my Anglican church upbringing. Recently, I had a lovely conversation about crystals with a few friends in Christian ministry, since I know that they are often used in woo woo practices that make some people nervous. We talked about how crystals are mentioned throughout scripture and are a wonderful reminder that from ashes comes beauty. As long as they are used as touchstones to help us tap into the best and strongest parts of ourselves and not as magic rocks, the two practices are not inconsistent. Phew! Perhaps that explains why my Anglican rosary appears to be made out of angelite.
It's pouring buckets today but we've had a run of fabulous weather and I've been taking advantage of that. On the Mother's Day weekend, we spent some time arranging a funeral for an elderly relative who was finally freed from a decade-long battle with acute dementia and visiting the cemetery, but we also managed to have a nice trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake and the White Rock Ostrich Farm. If you ever have the opportunity to speak with Deborah, the owner of White Rock, do. She's a delight.
I've been dining out al fresco, as I catch up with everyone before they all disappear for the summer.
The lake has looked very oceany lately. It's so very pretty.
It's making me excited for the summer. We've picked out paint colours for the summer place. Next, we have to get furniture. We'll be Ikea-ing and Wayfairing major pieces, I suspect, since we need to be somewhat set up before we arrive. And then we shall be buying things locally once we get there.
We are likely going to rent it out for a few weeks as, realistically, we need to be back and forth given work and kid commitments. So I'm planning on lots of slipcovers and easy care pieces a la Something's Gotta Give (albeit with a less spendy price tag!)
I'm using turquoise, aquamarine, angelite, and celestite crystals for colour inspiration as well as a Sanderson fabric sample and some beachy magazines. I'll be using a cream colour for the walls so that the ocean view pops.
Well, that's what's up in this neck of the woods. I've been busy reading over some of my favourite blogs to catch up on what is going on with everyone else. The news has been so grim these days and it's lovely to focus on the positive.
Take care, lovelies,