How time flies! I can’t believe it’s almost the end of July. This summer has been fairly hard work for the Dafter, and thus for me, but it’s been a good summer. Once she got past her exams and the prom, the Dafter (predictably) had a bit of a relapse with her ME/CFS, but to my relief she has worked steadily to find the right balance between rest and effort, and she is just about back to where she was in the spring. Without a structure or regular way of seeing people, life has been very unpredictable, and that is an extra challenge. But she has managed very well.
The weather has been equally unpredictable. We had thunder and lightning a few weeks ago:
And we’ve had many heavy downpours. The photo below looks as if it was taken through a window, but was just taken from the open doorway:
The garden has been going great guns:
Tilly has been spending quite a bit of time in the garden, even in the rain. Here she is looking like the typical disgruntled wet cat – but out of choice, I should add!
On a few occasions she’s come into the summerhouse with me, just to be outside, but under shelter.
She is very good company!
We have also had some sunny days, and on one of them I managed to get Michael to take some time off work and come on the bus tour of Glasgow! It really is a beautiful city, and fun to see from the top of a bus. We learned a lot about its history.
The first big bouquet of sweet peas this summer – I just love that blue!
My knitting has continued. I decided to slice the neck steek part-way up, so I could see whether the sleeves were going to be the right length:
Luckily, I think they are going to be just fine!
And here is a bouquet that the Dafter is taking to a friend:
The Dafter has been volunteering at a charity shop again, and has been going for some yoga / strength training with a very talented young woman. The problem of building up strength without worsening the fatigue is a tricky one for sufferers of ME/CFS, but this teacher (who herself suffers from chronic illness) has been very creative in trying different ways of exercising. The Dafter has this year been suffering badly from hay fever, and great dizziness as a result of congestion in her ears. Her teacher has thus been devising ways for her to build strength using floor exercises. I so much appreciate people who are positive and creative!
The Dafter has continued to paint and draw, play with her rats, see friends as much as she can. She and I have, over the past six weeks, been doing a steady sort-through of her bedroom. We also decided to get out her doll’s house, (click on the link to read about its history), just to make sure it wasn’t mouldering in the shed. It’s such a big doll’s house, there isn’t room for it to be set up year-round in our house. But it has had an airing this summer and we think the dolls have enjoyed it:
Over the summer I’ve been going up to the church in the mornings to sort through the extensive music catalogue, and to prepare music needed for when choir rehearsals start up again next month. I really enjoy seeing people when I’m there, and just the satisfaction of Sorting Things Out. I’ve also been practising my singing, and I was able to go on a day course of music theory for singers. I have been a bit baffled by the British terminology, and that is clearer to me now. Though I nearly got the giggles when my friend texted me at break, “I think a semi-demi-hemi-quaver must be a type of cheesy snack”. [Quavers are a UK snack, and “quaver” means “quarter note” in US musical terminology.]
I hope you’re all enjoying your summer!