Things are a bit strange in the world at the moment, aren’t they?
I confess, my heart and brain have frozen. Yesterday, my cousin, who has been working in Paupa New Guinea to build affordable housing for people who need it, had his hand cut off by someone trying to break into his home. My cousin and his family are lucky to be alive. His wife saved him by screaming and running at the attackers, which was just enough to distract them and save him. He was medi-vac’ed to Brisbane where five surgeons were able to reattach is hand. Now it’s a matter of waiting to see if the hand will take.
All I can think about is all the times we hung out as kids and adults, making things, building things and dreaming of the lives we would lead. It hurts and to say this has left our entire family shaken is an understatement, but it makes me more determined than ever to follow Brené Brown’s advice not to squander joy and appreciate the joy around me and my family. According to Brené‘s research, people who have suffered catastrophic losses wish they had celebrated the little things more.
Or as a friend always told me, ‘Don’t let the turkeys get you down.’ Here are some little things that have been keeping us happy.
1. Off the beaten track
It’s so easy to stay in our little bubbles even when we travel these days by hopping between one identical room to another. Yes, it’s easy and there’s minimal risk, which has its place, amen, but sometimes I wonder if I stay in those places because I’m feeling fearful. If I stretch my family and stay somewhere quirky it might be a disaster, but it’ll probably be a tale we’ll be telling with a smile years later.
We’ve just got back from spending the weekend in a converted train carriage. Yes, a four year old’s idea of heaven, but it was on my bucket list too and we had soooo much fun. Now, I want to tick another one off the list – staying in a gypsy caravan and lookie, I found one.
2. Michael Pollan’s articles on food
I have a crush on Michael Pollan. I want to have his book babies. I love his boring, boring approach to food. I love it when he drones on with stuff we’ve all heard a million times, ‘Eat food your grandmother would’ve recognised’ and so on. When he goes on a long winded tale about how society and media have attacked every major food group and labelled it evil at some point in the last century, well that just leaves me in a frenzy. His ever so unsexy tag, ‘Eat food, not too much, mostly plants’, well I don’t know if I can say in polite company. Anyway, I love these free articles of his.
This is the part where I talk about how much I love our chickens and want to tell you, the man in the shop, everyone to get chickens and how herdsharing might make it possible.
We’re sharing our ladies with our neighbours and this means we share the costs, work and all important eggs. We’re still a month away from those eggs. The eggs I’ve been dreaming about for years (here’s the time we were going to get chickens, but found out I was going to lay an egg of my own).
Are you someone that has always wanted chickens, but have lots of reasons why you can’t get chickens? Perhaps, with a little creative thinking and wrangling, herdsharing might be your ticket to owning chickens, pig, goat or cow, even if you’re living in a studio apartment 20 feet off the ground. Is there someone nearby with a big backyard? I’m not saying it’s a definite, but I just want to plant that seed of possibility. Start a conversation, as they say.
How gorgeous are the Beautiful Mess girls? And their book looks like a lot of fun. I’m still waiting for mine, but I’ve heard lots of good things.
5. Cosmetic chemistry and preservative-free beauty
I’ve been making mine own beauty products for so long now and when it was just for me I was happy keeping an eye on things to see how long they’d last, but it’s been frustrating not having clear guidelines to share with people and believe me, the tinterwebs is not good for this kind of info, so I’ve started studying cosmetic chemistry and it feels good.
What are you loving at the moment? I’d love to hear in the comments below.