Once you start counting blessings it’s easy to keep going…
Yesterday we walked the dogs in the rain around Henley Lake and on returning to the car found a damp business card under the wiper. “Please ring me. I have your purse” in pen, on the back. Yes I had dropped my purse out of my pocket while letting the dogs out of the car and this kind man had spotted it by the car wheel and returned it (and all of my eight dollars in change, plus debit card and library card, how tempting it must have been for him) How’s that for blessings? Two lovely people in as many days, doing something for others that they didn’t need to.
Mr T is going back to work tomorrow (not that his flu is completely better, but I can’t dissuade him), so the dogs and I are going back down with him and staying with my Mum for a few days. I will sort her bills out and do any other jobs that need doing and I can cook dinner for us all so Mr T doesn’t have to.
For any of you reading who do not know our situation, Mr T works down in Wellington (about an hour and a half away from where we live in Masterton) and stays down there during the week with my Mum in her home. Mum is elderly now and likes the company and he cooks for her in the evenings and they watch silly British comedies together.
Then he comes home and sees me and the fur children for the weekend. This is not ideal but it’s the way it has to be for now. I feel happier now I am within walking distance to town and my friends. My mental health seems to be better when I am not so isolated..
Talking of mental health – I have finished reading Matt Haig’s wonderful book Reasons to Stay Alive and cannot recommend it highly enough – especially if you are looking for reasons to stay alive. I particularly like the chapter ‘How to live (forty pieces of advice I feel to be helpful but which I don’t always follow)’ and number 27 “Listen to what Hamlet – literature’s most famous depressive – told Rosencrantz and Guildensten. ‘There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.'”
Matt talks about his book and depression here
Other blessings from this morning – rainbows, tuis warbling in the garden, the BBC’s The Now Show which Mr T has put on and which is preventing me from continuing this blog post because I can’t concentrate and I would rather listen to that than write, be thankful people 🙂