Everyday Life: June 2014

While the whole melanoma thing was going down I kept thinking, I mustn’t forget how this feels once I get through it. How life got vivid and simple, every detail amplified and important. How I felt present and appreciative and determined to send postcards to my grandparents more often.

It was like when I started going out with Gareth and I bought lots of fancy knickers and vowed, I’m always going to wear fancy knickers! I’ll never take this for granted!

Then the mundane sneaks back in and work is a bastard and next thing I’m buying a multi-pack of undies from Marks & Spencer and/or forgetting that a few short months ago I was worried about wandering skin cancers.

But overall I think I’m doing pretty well at holding on to that Life Is Brilliant feeling. It’s all about the daily habits. If I start the morning with a walk, taking in the birds on the river and the cascading roses and the holidaymakers in the B&B windows tucking into their bacon and eggs… then my eyes tend to stay open for the rest of the day.

I wanted to rip off one of my favourite bloggers Tracy from Shutterbean, and her Everyday Life photo series. I’m addicted to the weekly glimpse into her San Francisco life. I will spare you guys a weekly post but I’m going to try a monthly one, as an extra reminder to look out for the good stuff!

Summer trees
Summer trees
Cat next door drops by to drape itself on the furniture.
Cat next door dropped by to drape itself on the furniture.
Plastic decoy pigeons at Highland Industrial Supplies
Plastic decoy pigeons for sale, at Highland Industrial Supplies
Finally tidied the desk.
Finally tidied the desk. Chaos in rest of room not pictured.
We visited the Speyside Cooperage and saw whisky barrels being made. Totally mesmerising!
We visited the Speyside Cooperage and saw whisky casks being made. Totally mesmerising!
The Anderson pub ready for World Cup action
The Anderson pub in Rosemarkie, ready for World Cup action
Whisky + Mogwai at Glastonbury. Still haven't got round to getting a new telly but this did the trick.
Whisky + Mogwai at Glastonbury. Still haven’t got round to getting a new telly but this did the trick!
Sunshine on the pedestrian bridge
Sunshine on the pedestrian bridge

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19 thoughts on “Everyday Life: June 2014

  1. Has the cat next door told you what his name is, or does he prefer to remain anonymous? And what in the world are decoy pigeons used for?

    1. They’re used for people who shoot pigeons! Barbarians!

      Still have no idea re the name or gender of the cat… mystery cat!

      1. I don’t have a photo but yesterday I was in an outdoors/camping/hunting supplies store, and saw a display of items for target practice, specifically including a “self-healing gopher”! Which struck me as funny, so I’m glad you mentioned the decoy pigeons so I’d have someone to tell about it! 🙂

  2. aw… that’s fabulous! I am also a big fan of Tracy’s and pretty much every weekend I click onto her site, rubbing my hands together (mentally), excited about the latest week in photo-review. Thanks for YOUR little bits of bright life. Lovely. Your walks sound like a wonderful way to start off each day. =) xoxo

  3. I’m doing a 100 days of happy thing on FB. Tomorrow is Day 90. It really hasn’t been too tuff to come up w/something new everyday and sure makes me appreciate the small things. Loved your pictorial essay!

  4. This is great! I’m going to have to do a Texas version. 🙂 It’s interesting how things that you probably see every day (a funny news headline, the pub) seem so interesting to me because they’re Scottish. (And the pub sign is quite funny). Glad you are holding on to some present-ness.

  5. What a civilized place to live! A pub that has football AND knitting every Monday at 7:00. Perfect. Here’s to all those magical, ordinary joys.

  6. As always, a great post Shauna. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut and not look around and appreciate what’s actually going on around you. Thanks for the reminder to do just that. Love the photos. Just how long will that desk stay tidy for ? If you’re like me, not long at all….

  7. Does the cat have a key or does he sneak in while you’re out for your morning walk? Love all of the pictures – share away!

    1. We leave the bathroom window open quite often as our house is so small and stuffy (it’s like a half-awning style of window), and he kinda lets himself in and out as he pleases! 😉

  8. This is such a great post, Shauna, and totally encompasses just what I’ve been trying to do, as well. It does seem like when horrific things happen, it brings life into better focus. But why wait for horrific things? Miss you, Lady, but glad to hear you’re doing well!

  9. LOVE the post. You’re so right about the renewed perspective. I need to jump on that bandwagon. The photos are a nice round-up of activities and sites. I also especially enjoyed the tidy desk with the unpictured chaos! 🙂

  10. Great post.
    It reminds me of something I read somewhere: “Sometimes people are so busy remembering the past or fretting about the future, that they forget to live in the present!”
    Thank you for reminding me to enjoy today 🙂

  11. Love these photos – I think I will enjoy seeing these posts. I know what you mean about life suddenly jumping out at you in hyperreality when life is tough and yet how quickly the mundane reasserts itself – maybe we need to learn from cats to stop and enjoy life more – I love that the cat next door wonders in and drapes itself on your couch – maybe that is why our zinckie just disappears sometimes.

  12. I wish I could see the sights you have shared, how beautiful is your new home. I must see more of Scotland one day. Jen x

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