The past week has flown by. We’re trying to make the most of summer, which of course we do every year. But this year it seems even more imperative that we spend time out doors, in the sun, laughing, generally finding reasons to be dirty and exhausted by the end of the day.
I’ve finished my moss-scraping saga on the back patio, so I added a bench and an umbrella and we’ve been spending hours out there every day.
He’s obsessed with “watering the plants.” Everyday when we go out there, I ask him if the plants need to be watered, and he dutifully takes the watering pitcher and walks around pouring it out. Pretty adorable.
I will say that I am also enjoying our time outdoors. The sun does wonders for my mood, and we planted Alfie’s tree, and buried his ashes beneath it last weekend. It’s a dwarf Japanese Maple and I find it really soothing to be out there drinking coffee in the mornings and seeing something growing.
Speaking of Alfie, Brent and I went to a support group this week and found it really therapeutic to share our story with people who have actually been there. It meets once a month, and I’m actually already looking forward to going back.
We’re also doing a walk to raise money for The Tears Foundation, which helps provide financial assistance for final expenses for bereaved families who have experienced stillbirth or infant loss. It feels good to think we’re able to do something positive in honor of Alfie.
Oh, and I just finished a book, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, and wow. A friend sent it to me after Alfie passed, and I attempted to start it and had to put it down two or three times, but I finally felt able to read it and it was perfect. Every page felt so heartbreakingly relatable for me and it just felt like exactly what I needed.
On the food front, there’s been more baking. I made this Berry Cinnamon Swirl Bread on Monday. It wasn’t too difficult, but it did take a bit longer to bake than the recipe stated.
But! We’ve also been eating vegetables! We are pretty obsessed with this chopped salad. Seriously.
I must also mention that while buying ingredients for the salad, I walked straight into a meet & greet with Fabio in the Whole Foods. Um, what? I was kind of dumbfounded.
I did not meet nor greet Fabio, but I did awkwardly stand behind a display of oranges and pretend I wasn’t taking a photo of him. I swear, sometimes I am the most awkward human being on Earth. Moving on…
This morning we went to Northacres Spray Park. Cormac was feeling a bit timid at first, but he got the hang of it.
I think we’ll be making our way back soon!