Believe it or not, Patrice, I'm reluctant to leave our own weather to come to Virginia today. Yes, we have had a few perfect summer days, and today I'm savouring more of the same. I'm heading off to the beach later today, so I'll answer your questions, have a wee chat with y'all, and then head back to our sunny Ness ....
After all, this weather doesn't happen here too often :)
1. Do you like cucumbers?
Hmmm, I can take 'em or leave 'em. I'm not overly keen on them, but if you put them on my plate, Patrice, I'd eat them. However, I don't like tomatoes at all.
I enjoy tomato sauces, but I cannot go tomatoes at. all.
2. How good a housekeeper are you?
Ooh, please may I skip this question, Miss? No!
Well, 'I'm not great' has to be the honest answer to that question. I wish I was much more efficient, much tidier, much more organised.
I do love having an open door, and would hope that visitors would always feel welcome. I do, however, wish they were always welcomed into a tidy home.
3. Please finish this: To spend a day ___________ would be amazing!
That was easy! But I'll embellish it slightly. If I could have a day sitting out in the sun whilst reading, that would be even better.
And if I was being plied with cups of tea, biscuits and cake on a regular basis, my day would be further enhanced.
And if I were to end the day gazing at this view ...
whilst still being fed tea and cake, it really would be the perfect end to the perfect day.
Actually, this photo - taken tonight from my Family Room window - was the perfect end to a perfect day. And d'you know what? I spent a good part of the afternoon sitting outside, in the sun, reading.
The only part that doesn't fit with the 'perfect scenario' is the fact that there was nobody making tea for me.
4. How do you handle times with you are 'down' or 'blue'?
I look out of my window.
Well, that's only part of the story of course, but quite seriously, the view outside of my window really and truly does lift my mood. I think beauty does that. And beauty for all the senses helps.
So, the sound of beautiful music can lift my mood. The taste of beautiful food can bring me more alive. The sight of beautiful views like the ones I'm blessed with on my doorstep. The company of friends and family whom I love soon lifts the blues.
And above all of them, having communion with my Lord, and meditating on His Word... That really does alter me.
I'm aware that answer may be slightly flippant, but for low-level, and very temporary blues, these things can surely help.
I have had times of deeper blues too. That hue is much harder to deal with, and cannot be sorted by reading a few words on this blog. Our friend, Dr David Murray, wrote a book recently called Christians get depressed Too. It can be found here.
It is worth getting if you are struggling with depression - and maybe you haven't even recognized what you have as depression. This book may help you in recognition of it too.
5. Have you started using essential oils, since they have become so popular?
No, Patrice, I haven't, though I'm coming across folks who are using them more and more. Just recently actually, I was thinking about the amazing world God has made for us to enjoy and from which to benefit, and I couldn't help thinking that I am sure He has created so many herbs that have the answer to very many illnesses and troubles. It's something I'd like to learn more of, and may set aside time soon to do that.
Thanks for these questions, Patrice, and once again I've enjoyed spending time with you this week.
Unlike other weeks, mind you, I am rushing home to our own gorgeous weather now!
On Tuesday evening, I nipped outside to take some photos - erm, yes, I left the comfort of my chair and ventured down to the machair. The sun was just setting and the beach and machair were so peaceful. Serious therapy.
Can you spot the lone surfer to the far left of the photo?
Marina (my sister) was over with me for the evening, but d'ya know what? It was worth leaving her scintillating conversation to savour the beauty and the smell of the machair just as the sun said its farewell for another day.
After the sun had set, I took this photo from the machair, looking up towards Swainbost and Cross. The warmth of the day and the calm of the evening gave a striking ground mist which added to the sense of peace and tranquility.