Procrastination is the wall behind which I built my fort.
I wasn’t here much in the month of June. I blogged 2 weeks out of the 4 and published only 5 posts which are way below my average number in the recent months. I was camping in my fort behind that procrastination wall, lying low for most days far removed from the outside world. One of these days, I still managed to infuse my dark, dry humour into my post ‘When the calling comes…’ for the #ZombieBlogHop and that was it because I went back to being my absent self. Can I ask you to read that post (in case you have not) and tell me if my humour worked for you or not?
I missed writing my gratitude post for May last month. Hence, I am combining my May and June gratitude posts into one.
A. Birthday months –
May was Dhruv’s birthday month. He turned 8 this year and it made me nostalgic taking me back to read the posts from the time he was 3 and 4. There wasn’t a birthday bash planned for him as we had plans to visit the Barnes Children Literature Festival over the birthday weekend giving him an opportunity to see his favourite author and poet, Michael Rosen, in real. He was pretty excited the whole time since we made the bookings in March.
June was my birthday month. It was a nice and quiet birthday. I have written the full post about my birthday here → A year older with some sunshine #MondayMusings
B. New friend –
After spending one whole year of making and failing friendships, just as I had accepted I am never going to find a person in the “friend sense” here, I found a beautiful soul, G, with whom I got the pleasure to tick all my boxes. A chance meeting led to a brief chatting at the school book fair where we were the only 2 mothers present at the given time. Interest in children’s book was the binding factor, as I discovered. A few weeks later, when we met in a city coffee shop, we got to bond some more over the mutual love of tea and the similarity between India and China. Read our bonding story here → The Tea Tick
I have been to 2 bookish events with her in June. It feels grateful to have her company.
C. Outdoors –
It is never summery for long in the region where I live. Warm days are too good at making the disappearing act. Warm days or not, we spent a wide deal of time exploring new walks and sea-side visits. Also, there were visits to 2 Children Literature Festivals and a visit to the city library for an author visit event where I got to know about the refugee crises in Europe.
The places we visited during May and June –
i) Lytham – Our favourite sea-side spot for the evening walk over the weekends. Lytham is at an half-an-hour drive westwards from Preston.
ii) Morecombe – For some strange reason, whenever I say ‘Morecombe’, the following lines from the song ‘Noor-e-khuda’ start playing in my mind.
तू कहाँ छुपा है हमें ये बता
यूँ ना हमसे नज़रें फिरा
As with most of the places in the UK, this place is not pronounced as it is spelled. It is pronounced as Mawr-Khum. This is a coastal town on Morecambe Bay in Lancashire. We spent a total of undeterred 80 minutes walking along the sea on a day when the weather did not behave very well with being windy.
iii) Barnes and London – I have already written and talked enough about Barnes. For me, it is going to remain an event of a lifetime. This trip to London was also special since it was the first time we were not doing the usual touristy stuff running around haplessly. We were there with a purpose and we got to see a part of London we would never have visited if not for the Barnes event. However, on the way back to the train station, we had to give in to Dhruv’s desire to see the Buckingham Palace. Thus, in the end, we did do the touristy bit.
iv) Blackburn – One Saturday morning, I along with my friend, G, and her daughters, boarded the bus to go to the neighbouring city, Blackburn for the Children’s literature festival. More than the event, which was good, I thoroughly enjoyed the bus ride sitting on the upper deck of the bus as the bus made its way through the pastures, hills, and the woods. I might go there once again by bus just for the sake of that beautiful ride.
D. Aches and pains –
Can one be grateful about aches and pains?
May started with pain and swelling in the left foot putting a week-long halt on the walks and on the stretching to keep the knee pain (in the left knee) in check. Without the stretching, the knee condition flared up. The swelled foot took 15 days to heal completely. Thereafter, began the process of concentrating on the knee. The good thing which came out of this whole episode was I initially started with stretching to keep the knee functioning without the pain and later on, over the last one and a half months, I have graduated from the stretching to an hour-long yoga which I am doing 3-4 times a week.
How was your June? Have you made your gratitude list or written your gratitude post? Would you like to share with me that one thing which you were most grateful for in the month gone by?
Linking this post to #MondayMusings hosted by Corinne Rodrigues