Yesterday was the first full day off together that Handsome and I have had in over four months, I think it is probably five. Our lives are a whirlwind of driving, staying in hotels, commitments to work, kids, family, the bloody dog! There may be days in the past five months where I haven’t had to drive 4 hours plus per day, but I can’t remember them! And even if they did exist, there was still something else on that day that required our full attention, for some or all of the day, so we go to bed exhausted, we get up exhausted. Most of the time, the alarm goes off at 4am and when we fall into bed at 8pm it’s a luxury, but it’s usually much much later.
October is is a milestone for Handsome and I. It’s when we decided to give it a try, against all the odds that were stacked against us, international living, family drama, the requirement to keep making money, you know how it goes. But we decided to try it and see if it could work, and apparently it did, because 2 years later we are in our own house, near his kids, and we both have jobs that pay the bills. We have new jobs, new lives, new hobbies. We are both sickeningly “half-full” people, and we see the wonder and splendor in everything… Even the day off we got to spend together yesterday!
It started off rocky… We got to our destination at 1am, not the most auspicious of starts, and we set the alarms for 8am. Who needs sleep right?
We got up, got the fire started, listened to the pouring rain outside. Realized most of our plans for the day weren’t possible because of the storm, but also recognized the gift the rain was giving us, forcing us to relax. So we had breakfast, then sat on the couch and played with the dog. That poor guy is so starved of attention at the moment, it was like Christmas for him, and so we may have actually managed to teach him to fetch, in that 60 minutes I learnt that you can teach an old dog new tricks!
Then it looked like the rain had stopped, so we decided to go for a wander. Straight down to the dock went we, amazed at the beautiful colors of the trees and snapping photos to remember with. And there we stood, arm in arm, staring out at the water, delighted with the serenity and tranquility, which was rudely interrupted by… God dumping water on our heads again! We stood there for a while, pretending it didn’t matter, then gave up, admitted we were cold and miserable and tramped back inside to warm ourselves by the fire!
A bit of wood chopping later, a longer walk, some tree hugging, dog chasing, and we were just about ready for the first anniversary meal of the day, but first, some photos from the expedition…
That was quite a walk! For lunch, we had oysters two ways, fried and raw, moules marinieres, bruschetta, cheese, olives and Prosecco. It made for an incredible lunch, but preparing it and eating it together made it magical. We both had items that we adored, and each other of course! It was good times… I’m not going to go on about the rest of the day, except to say that we ate fabulously again in the evening, we managed to have an amazing day, despite everything else that is challenging our patience and fortitude at the moment. When you can find little moments to enjoy together, you can remember why you’re doing it, and you can see that things can get really good again. We may just have to wait awhile…