My husband and I take turns getting out of the house with friends (or on our own). It is our system for ensuring that each of us gets a chance to recharge before starting a week – well, ok, normally it is one of us one Saturday, and the other the next Saturday. We had special circumstances this weekend, so I went out Saturday and Andy went out today.
We don’t tend to do terribly exciting things. It isn’t really WHAT we do, but the fact that we have a period of time where we are not responsible for anyone but ourselves and in which we can do anything we want, or nothing at all. I think this is the single best thing we do for ourselves at this point. My husband doesn’t seem to need time alone quite as much as I do, but I think that both of us really need time to step away from the overwhelming responsibility and seriousness of a chronically ill child. We love her dearly, but the weight of responsibility and worry is tremendous.
Anyway, we each had our time away, plus the kids had a sleepover at Grandma’s on Friday, so we also had couple time – another necessity. That was lovely. We had a peaceful dinner together, got to eat it while it was hot and without interruption! Who would have thought? LOL.
I will say that breaking two toes does make it difficult to go “out and about” to have quiet time. I did manage to go to the library and read for quite a while. I also went to our local botanical gardens (you will see various pictures posted in my blog from this lovely place). Rather than walking around the gardens, I found a quiet place to read for a while, and I took the boat tour – about a 45 minute ride. The narration of the boat ride varies from guide to tour guide so I can do this from time to time. I love going to the gardens and not being able to walk as much as normal is frustrating, but the boat ride is beautiful. We saw four young cormorants perched, drying, on a dead tree. There were a number of herons in trees and a few great blue herons. Fish were jumping – apparently the lake, which is a small local reservoir, is stocked with a number of nice fish.
The cormorants are fascinating to watch. They are related to the loon, and are diving birds. They sit very low on the water because they lack the gland that makes other water birds boyant. Consequently, when they are in the water they almost look like little Lock Ness monsters …or snakes moving through the water in a remarkably erect position…Watching them dive after fish is interesting; they can hold their breath up to five minutes but don’t usually stay under that long. They go under and can swim quite a ways so it is easy to miss when they come back up. The lighter ones shown here are young ones; I have never seen these here before. The darker ones are adult.
*NOTE: I should add that these are not pictures I’ve taken; I googled. They do however look just like our locals!