The Good, The Bad, and the Lovely

P1010152Last week was a horrible week. 

Last week was so bad, that by Thursday night I was a raging, sobbing mess, who curled up in her bed and didn’t answer the phone even when her best friend called four times in a row.

Last week was so bad that I seriously thought about opening my new bottle of blood pressure medicine and taking every last one.  (well, not seriously)

But I’m not here to tell you about last week.

I’m here to tell you how wonderful it felt this morning to put on my sweatshirt and take the dogs for a walk in the park, let them chase spunky black squirrels into the bushes, and grab up one stick after another for souvenirs.

I’m here to tell you how much I love hanging my sheets on the line, watching them whip merrily in the breeze, and them spread them across my bed, letting their sweet clean fragrance fill the room.

I’m here to tell you that curling up in my chair with a wonderful book, drinking hot tea from a china cup, is the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

I’m here to tell you that tending and planting flowers in my new garden is becoming one of my favorite pastimes, and something I find curiously exciting and relaxing at the same time.

And so after a week filled with frustration and stress and feeling as if  I have no idea what on earth I’m doing, comes today – a day so perfectly simple and effortless that suddenly I’m on top of the world.



10 thoughts on “The Good, The Bad, and the Lovely

  1. Sweetie.. I’m so sorry about your week. I’ve had not only days or weeks like that.. but entire months. I’m so glad that you found the courage to walk through it and were able to come out of it feeling good.
    Your Sunday sounds simply divine. xo

  2. So glad this week’s an improvement on last. That sounds horrific, and comforts me for what I thought was an awful week for me. Hope things stay good for you….

  3. I hope the rest of this week goes just like yesterday for you!

    Just found your blog when WordPress linked a post of yours to mine. Lovely! It’s just what I’m looking for, blogs of other writers and aspiring writers like me. I will check out your blog more, and your links as well. Thanks!

    Have a great Monday, too.

  4. I get this, completely. Being outdoors when it’s nice out is what gives us our sanity back. And I am also finding my peace just puttering around in the garden, getting a sense that I am helping to create something beautiful.

  5. My “last week” was pretty awful too. Haven’t managed to romp in the park with the dogs, yet, but I have spent the afternoon giving each of them some one-on-one time.

  6. Becca, I’m so sorry you had a bad week and I hope all problems are resolved. It’s good to turn to the things you love when life gets rocky. I hope this week is better for you.

  7. Dear Becca, It is good to tend the flowers, play in the dirt, and enjoy the fresh air. I hope your week continues to improve right along with the sunshine and warmer weather that arrived this weekend.

  8. I’m so sorry you had a terrible week. But glad you wrote what you did about it because I need reminders right now that life is good and filled with small pleasures. (Elderly parents have driven me to a blubbering mess.)

    I hope this week is much, much better and continues to be good.

  9. Oh, Becca — I was a little worried when I didn’t see the post change and hoped all was well and it was a fun week. I’m so sorry it was anything but. I’m very, very happy things seem to be turning about and your are finding your sunshine again. Certainly those tulips are lovely, and I couldn’t agree with you more about the book! Alas, I’m not allowed to garden too much yet. A friend will help me with planting in pots; that’ll have to do it this year!

    Hope you find a bit of peace, joy and fun this long weekend!

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