It's a sparkling bright winter's day here. I love these days.
Since last I wrote I have been on a short trip to Melbourne to meet up with Louis and his partner to celebrate Louis' birthday. We had the best time. We stayed in a studio apartment in the heart of Fitroy, it was a great little place, comfortable and so handy to the best of Fitzroy and the trams to the city. We managed to see a really great football game at the MCG and also catch up with one of Stephen's brothers. Then it was down to Hobart for Andy's birthday and finally home for Stephen's birthday with a visit from Kate. That's another boy birthday week done and dusted.
Kate's end of semester break has come and gone and though she didn't manage to spend much time here but it was so lovely to have her home. The main thing I am finding with this empty nest caper is that without at least one child at home things can be a little boring. I know this is something I will have to work on. I have never been one to get bored, always something to make or something to read but I do miss having that extra person, especially a young person around the house.
It is luxury though after so many years to be able to do just whatever takes my fancy each day. Lately I find that if I write a kind of stream of consciousness to do list, my day and my week have more structure, I get more done and I feel more content that I am making the most of my time and not just drifting. No longer having to protect my time from being completely taken over by my family's needs has meant I have tended to luxuriate in all that space and do absolutely nothing.