Thursday, 19 April 2012

After the Rain ...

Thank You

Thank you for the beautiful words and kind comments and most of all the hugs. Welcome to my new follower.
For Debbie
I am up and I have washed my hair, which always makes me feel fresher, and I have put all my clothes on the right way round. However, I am doing as Fostermummy always advises and treating myself gently. I am taking things slowly today and have been indulging in my comfort activity - making cards!! What's your comfort activity to do?

When a Black Dog day hits you, it's not rational, it's not reasonable and it's not something that can be controlled. It's very hard to change your thinking, when it's your thinking that's at fault. I guess the real battle is one of reasoning – but it’s an internal process working out that you are not bad, unworthy, evil and worthless or whatever evidence your mind is feeding you with. It is very hard to be open minded with the thoughts that constantly pop into your head and give the ‘good’ ones equal space too. Sometimes you find that even the ‘good’ thoughts still lead to the conclusion that your cr*p, but like many of you in your comments, I too, do believe it's possible and if you can just once come to a more positive conclusion, a crack can appear in your wall.  

While I am a Christian, (as you've probably noticed if you've read any of my Blog), one of the worst things for me to hear someone say is, “Just pray” or quote the bible out of context, e.g. “God gives those He loves peace” Psalm 127:2. God is not so glib. The ‘Man of sorrows’ was “aquainted with grief”. Read Ps 88 and you'll know what I mean, however I also know that:-

Whatever your cross, whatever your pain,
There will always be sunshine after the rain
Perhaps you may stumble, perhaps even fall,
But God's always ready to answer your call

He knows every heartache, sees every tear,
A word from His lips can calm every fear
Your sorrows may linger throughout the night,
But suddenly vanish at dawn's early light

The Savior is waiting somewhere above,
To give you His grace and send you His love
Whatever your cross, whatever your pain,
God always sends rainbows after the rain

Moving Forwards

I am still determined to find some biscuits I can cook that all three 'boys' will like. I know this is something that will make me happy in future. To hear "Mum will you make us some of those X bisuits that we like" would be just grand, but even to know that I can whip up somehing they like will be good too, despite the ups and downs that are going to come to get there. So my new plan of attack?.... I'm going to aim for their soft spot, (figuratively speaking)....... chocolate. Browsing the web for a nice recipe for chocolate biscuits, any suggestions give me a shout.

Until next time.


Lots of Love Arwedd xx


  1. Glad to hear you are feeling a little better today. I'm battling my own low mood at the moment- issues that have tumbled out when I thought they had been dealt with, but clearly I haven't - that's come as a bit of a shock. Do your boys like flapjack? It's easy to make and is great if topped off with melted chocolate once it's cooled. It adds a whole other dimension to it - we find it irresistible!

    1. I know how hard it is, but "this too shall pass". In the meantime, do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

      I know I must sound terrible, turning down everyone's suggestions. I'm starting to feel really bad, but my lot ARE very, fussy. They don't like flapjack because they don't like anything that resembles oats!! They are a nightmare, it's a good job they're all gorgeous or I'd have to dump them!!

      Take care of yourself.

      Arwedd xx

    2. J doesn't like flapjack either - all the more for me and KL!

      How about Lucy at Attic 24's chocolate chip cookies? They're really easy to make and are delicious - here's the link to them-

      Chocolate chip scones are also nice - I always use the Bero scone recipe and just add chocolate chips instead of fruit.

    3. Those two both sound good. I'm disappearing to check it out.

      Thanks Scarlet.

      Arwedd x

  2. Hello, lovely to meet you and thank you for your lovely comments over at mine and for becoming a follower. I love your cards, they're beautiful. I always pick up my crochet when I feel low, it seems to calm me. xxx

  3. What about Chocolate Caramel Shortbread. There's plenty of recipes on the web. Here's one I think Lucy has a recipe for this aswell.
    So glad that you are feeling a bit better.
    Love from Mum

    1. Thanks Mum, I will try this one too!

      Arwedd xx