Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Settling into our new home

I've been busy unpacking and setting the house in order during the last few days, with great pleasure - I suppose you could say it's the "nesting" instinct, but then again, I've always loved organizing and decorating. I love these quiet mornings of busy but slow, satisfying work. Nothing is more rewarding than doing things at home, for the two (soon-to-be three!) of us. When I get tired of being inside, I can go out and soak the view of endless mountains and olive trees.

This morning we woke to the sounds of Mr. Duck poking around our back yard, looking for grapes that have fallen on the ground. Note to self: when we plant some vegetables, put a protective net around them, unless we make sure they seem totally unappetizing to Mr. Duck.

I'm becoming fond of this quacky neighbour of ours... it seems he's friendly with two little kitties, who follow him around and curl up next to him to sleep. Very cute. I hope to catch it on camera one of these days.

Right now it's early afternoon and I'm on a break; I'm going to eat a simple lunch of bread, vegetables and cheese - I didn't quite get to cooking yet, with so much to do around here.

I noticed that my feet began to swell; I realize most likely this has to do with pregnancy, and perhaps the heat and the fact that I've been mostly on my feet lately contribute their share too. So now I'm typing this with my feet immersed in a pleasantly cool salt bath - ah, the bliss. Highly recommended during hot summer days, even if your feet don't swell. Later I'll go to our cosy bed and prop up my feet while I read a few pages of a good book, before my afternoon nap.

I wish all you ladies an equally nice day, both full and relaxing. Thank you so much for stopping by!


Sammybunny said...

Sounds simply glorious, Anna! Hope you enjoy these blissful days and many more to come (especially with the little one!)

Anonymous said...

Hello. I just wanted you to know how much I enjoy reading your blog every day!

When you mentioned you noticed your feet were swelling I wondered if anyone had recommended to you wearing compression socks? Just something you might want to look into as I have heard that they are highly recommended during pregnancy.

As someone who now has constant, painful swelling of her leg, regardless of her daily activities, from not wearing support stockings, I just wanted to make sure you had heard of this preventative measure. I'm sure they are right for some people and not for others, like most of these things, but I really wish I'd listened when it was recommended to me.

Michelle Potter said...

I love your descriptions of your days! Productive, yet relaxing; full, yet unhurried. So nice!

Mrs. Anna T said...


I've never heard of compression socks before. Thanks for the tip!

Gothelittle Rose said...

I feel bad! Though I know I can't help it.. I really am doing my job to its fullest. My house is a mess... well, it isn't THAT bad, but it isn't tidy... the 'guys' have to fend for themselves around suppertime now and then, and the laundry hasn't been put away in two weeks... though I HAVE been doing it.

I got light first-trimester (7 weeks) spotting and my doctor told me to take it easy. When my sink has dirty dishes in it, I have to remind myself that I'm really fulfilling my role as child-bearer to go lie down instead.

Bethany Hudson said...

Sounds like you're having an equally productive and blissful day, Anna. Aren't those positively the best kind to have?

I remember having similar days when I was pregnant with my daughter. Something tells me I'm going to miss them during my second pregnancy...oh to be able to have an afternoon nap once again! But, that's the joys and trials of motherhood :)


Kelly said...

Sounds like you're having a wonderful day.

Kelly said...

Sounds like you're having a wonderful day.

Anonymous said...

Some swelling might be perfectly normal ... I just wanted to pass along the suggestion to up your fruit/water intake and see if that helps. I was nursing & pregnant and noticed swelling about a month ago and I ended up drinking 3 quarts a day for a while. All the swelling went away, and my son is 80% weaned now so my body doesn't require that much water anymore, but I really wondered what was going on for a while!

Also, my sister-in-law is in Florida with the heat/humidity and started retaining water. She gained an extra 3-4lbs in one week, and her midwife told her to increase her water and fruit intake. The water weight came off. For some reason if you body even remotely thinks you don't have enough water, it tends to hord it. :)

Just a thought. I had so many people tell me to drink lots of water when I was pregnant with my first because they were hospitalized for dehydration or it caused pre-term labor and all kinds of dreadful things. One mom told me she didn't want to be in the bathroom all the time so she went into pre-term with all 5 of her babies! My husband has also worked with two fellows who both had to take off work several times just to take their wives to the hospital to get IV's for hydration! So I went from thinking it was a rare thing to just hearing it from every angle, lol!

So it tends to be one of the first things that come to mind. :)


Amber said...

You can take dandilon root to help with swelling. I have my last 2 pregnancies, and have had almost no swelling at all. The heat and being on your feet will make it worse. If after laying down for 30 min to an hour it doesnt go down, I would contact your midwife or doc and let her/him know whats going on. Some times first time mama's can hve problems. I did.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your day (I do realise its way later there :D)

Amber in North Idaho

Ways of Zion said...

How positively blissful that sounds!

Ways of Zion said...

oh, and I've finally begone posting again!

MarkyMark said...


It seems that you have a knack for attracting 'little helpers'-ha! You have your cute kitty, now Mr. Duck comes around to help keep your yard clean... :)


justme27 said...

The picture you shared reminds me of southern New Mexico where I grew up. We grew a lot of the same things there too, but no olives. Pomegrantes, figs, and pistachios were plentiful though.

Candylei said...

I just found your blog through a link on someone else's blog. It's like fresh air. Congratulations on your marriage and also your pregnancy. Your child will be born into a wonderful family. A true family is one of the strongest units here on earth, I believe.

It's wonderful to experience a little bit of your life. I will be checking back in with you :).
Take good care of yourself.

God's Princess said...

Wow, that sounds so beautiful and serene with your beautiful olive trees and ducks and kittens! I will look forward to reading more of this blog.

God bless :-)

Kate said...

Anna, dear,

Please keep a close eye on your swelling; it can be a precursor to more serious, but treatable, difficulties.



Thursday's Child said...

I had swelling when I was pregnant with the Boss. We were living in St. Louis, which is very humid in summer and I was taking classes in an old building with rather ineffective A/C. I looked like an elephant. The doctor wasn't concerned because my BP was fine, so it was obviously the heat. I just kept my feet up as much as I could and bought bigger shoes. Although they were no longer swollen after the baby was born, I still went up a shoe size. :(

Mrs. Anna T said...

'Rose: I had some spotting at around the same time too, and was told to take it easy as well. It was gone after a day. Hope it's nothing.

Amber said...


While spotting any time during pregnancy can be very scarry, if there was no cramping along with it and it was very light, their should be no problem. I am sure you have already herd this from your care provider. Do take it easy, its a special time for a mama, enjoy all those little movements! I will keep you in your prayers.

Anonymous said...

Love your new home--it brings back so many happy memories of when we were "starting out" over 20 years ago. Also, I hope you can get a photo of the duck and kitties! Reminds me of when I was little--we had a goose that formed a bond with our pony. They were always together.