Around a year ago I created a post called 10 things that made me happy this week. It was a bitter sweet post as I was suffering so badly with anxiety that I could barely leave the house but something that I wrote in a way to look at the positives I was achieving or witnessing around me got such a good response I think I posted another two or three more after.
Then those posts just became out of date drafts in my saved folder of wordpress, I felt a bit obnoxious writing about things that made me feel happy, like people would be offended or think I was up my own arse (fully aware nobody would think this, but this is anxiety for you, forever gnawing away at your brain) or even worse, I just couldn’t think of anything that made me happy.
Recently me and my wonderful friend have been struggling badly, and I can feel the tugs of my mental health once again becoming more than just a bad day, so we came up with a ‘one positive thing that happened today go!’ game to try to see the good in our lives or more of a way to try to forget the negative thoughts that our brains cling on to and focuses on.
So with that heavy topic opener out of the way I have decided to bring back the 9 things that make me happy tag, but for the month of August as sometimes it can be hard to think of 9 things a week but I urge you try and please feel free to share below what made you happy this past month.
This summer I took two weeks off from work with absolutely no plans in place other than to have some well needed downtime with my family. In that time I have built many of mine and little legs warhammer miniatures, focused on the garden, began knitting again and managed just let my anxious brain rest from the busy rush of everyday life. It is going to be a good year before I can manage to do this again so I have really, really enjoyed being away from civilization and stress for a short period of time.
So as mentioned above, this month I picked my needles back up and I finally completed my first ever knitting project after 20 years of knitting on and off. Yes! I managed to knit a wonderful chunky black scarf just in time for Autumn. I know, how hardcore. I’ve also started my next project which is a jumper that I hope will be done in the next few months, so fingers crossed for that.
So August seen me in the kitchen a lot more than I have been in other months. I used our glut of basil to make some of the tastiest homemade pesto as well as making oreo brownies because who doesn’t love a good chocolate fix!
With all the rain we’ve been having the rhubarb was well and truly loving it and exploded all over the vegetables patch, so it’s safe so say we have a lot of excess rhubarb lying around. I decided to make gin with it because why not? I’ve never been a huge lover of rhubarb on its own or boiled down into a stew like mush so this seemed the best way to use it up this season! I’ll keep you updated in a future post about how that turns out.
Wildlife in the Garden
I have seen SO MANY insects in the garden this month, way more than we usually see so that has been fantastic! We have a lot of birds visiting us daily, both big and small, the usual snails and slugs, a toad who seems to sitting on our decking and SO many caterpillars! Both big and tiny tiny small, all who are trying to much their way through my turnips and cabbages / cauliflowers.
I’ve seen a few beautiful little drunk on pollen bees buzzing about this month and I was honoured at the beginning of August when I tried to save a little bee by offering it some well needed sugar water, however the bee decided to climb on my hand instead and start washing it’s little face before finally accepting the sugar water and getting on his way home. Such beautiful creatures!
Aghhh!! We finally have beans! I feel like I’ve been running up and down the garden everyday since forever looking to see if any little bean pods have appeared yet and on the second week of August they finally appeared and on the fourth week they were finally ready to be picked!
More garden, but basically I was told to plant some cabbages in the little nursery garden I created to save them, they then turned out to be califlowers according to the little ticket in with them, however there is a small chance they may actually be sprouts and I am so excited to see what happens and finally grows! Though I am also slightly terrified as I have read sprouts are hard to look after and grow? Fingers crossed we will have some homegrown sprouts this Christmas.
August give us a lot of rain! Like.. A LOT. But if truth be told I absolutely adore walking in the summer rain, it’s incredibly refreshing and not as harsh as the autumn / winter rain we are used to up north, plus as much as I love sitting in the sunshine, there is always a special part of me that loves sitting watching the rain fall on a lazy grey day watching movies or reading books with a warm cup of tea.