Happy Bonfire Night / Guy Fawkes Night! The weather has been extremely mild this week, despite predictions for snow by the end of October. This past week was the third week of our helper, and the ninth week of the Dafter’s illness. She managed to go to school for one class on one day, and for a meeting with her guidance teacher on another day. Michael and I have been exhausted trying to juggle uncertain schedules (will the Dafter actually manage to go as planned? Sometimes yes, sometimes no), appointments with doctors and the school, schoolwork, our jobs, and the usual domestic things.
I won’t pretend it’s been easy, but we have been trying hard to focus on the positives. We have a beautiful daughter; whatever ails her doesn’t seem to be life-threatening; her school has been marvellous; she has managed to go there; our helper is extraordinarily flexible; our son seems to be doing fine in Edinburgh; we have heat and food and light; and we thank God for our family. There have also been moments of loveliness and fall colours to enjoy. Here are some snaps of Aberdeen:
Thank goodness for the garden. I found a little slice of remaining light this afternoon to plant bulbs in, and was delighted to see this lovely rose. I like the tiny touch of pink on one petal. The Dafter isn’t well enough to go out to the big municipal fireworks display, but we had good fun tonight in the front garden with our neighbours, and some sparklers:
Some of the neighbours were letting off fireworks, and we oohed and aahed at the flowers of light in the sky. I made a wish upon the first star I saw tonight!
I hope you’re all enjoying the start of the month of Thanksgiving.