Blessings and a chat on Skype

This Easter Sunday got up
early, couldn’t sleep
people staying, dogs needing walk
I was out and down the woods
no one about
Birds singing their little hearts out
Wild garlic and bluebells dancing
in the cool of the morning
Wren whizzes past
Great tits shout
Back and organize breakfast
Drag toaster outside
Eat, kiss, exchange chocolates,
wave goodbye
Skype with my Dad 300 miles away
with my autistic brother
that’s a first and it went extraordinarily well
We were amazed and overjoyed
I don’t need to quit doing anything
I just need to do more of the right stuff!

Blessings on you all. Cherish others
and the rest will take care of itself.

27 thoughts on “Blessings and a chat on Skype

  1. Ray

    Skype is amazing, isn’t it?

    Relaxing on a Bank Holiday Monday trying not to think of the busy day ahead tomorrow… but the present eludes me at times :)

    The older I get the more I appreciate the simple things in life and the need to develop some form of gratitude practice to recognise these blessings and graces in our lives. I love the Meister Eckhart quote “If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is ‘thank you’, that would suffice.”

    Hope you had a lovely Easter.

  2. Jeannette

    A Belated Happy Easter Joanna! You seem to have enjoyed the last few days, as I have too. The weather has been glorious, hasn’t it? We have been down to our daughter’s in Devon and had a lovely weekend with them. Took some of my latest sourdough for them to sample and it was very well received. Now back home and I must bake some more to keep stocks up.

  3. C

    Easter Blessings for you and your family too Joanna. I don’t count my numerous blessings often enough.

    Skype is amazing, I’m so glad it worked well for you. My brother kept in touch with his girlfriend in Malaysia for months via Skype. At least you won’t have an 8 hour time difference :-)

    I love all your Lindt bunnies – excellent taste!!!

  4. Joanne Jones

    What beautiful thoughts and photos! It’s been raining pretty steady for two days here, which is so much better than snow. You have a lovely area to walk in by the photos, and when we hopefully dry out and warm up I will be taking more photos here too. My companion will be Ritter, an Australian Shepherd whom we adopted. He is devoted to us, and I believe someone abused him before we got him. What great blessings I see around me each and every day, it makes hard things so much easier to withstand. thanks for the wonderful thoughts this morning!

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      We’d quite like a little rain, the sort that falls between 2 am and 4 am, but the sunshine has been a delight so I’m not complaining. Look forward to seeing your photos one day soon Joanne :D

  5. heidi

    Looks like a beautiful day!
    I agree, Skype chats are quite a blessing!
    I spoke with my niece whilst she was in Australia and then in Japan this last week.
    She keeps moving around but I can usually find her on Skype!

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      We have had the most beautiful weather Heidi, and today there is a colder north wind and grey skies, and the sunshine seems like a dream, so it goes. I’m glad we have Skype as an alternative – such wonders, my grandfather would have been amazed – being able to see who you talked to on the phone symbolized ‘the future’ for him :)

  6. drfugawe

    Ah, you have an autistic brother. I have known many exceptional folk in my life – and I have found that our attempts to know them better does not always turn out as we expect – for in the effort, we instead learn much more about ourselves than about them.

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      I had my brother staying here and we’ve been wondering how he would react to seeing Dad on the computer, whether communication would be easier and it looks very promising. People surprise me all the time and it is good for keeping my mind set a bit more fluid. You make very perceptive comments Doc!

      Here’s a link to a doc that my sister, the film maker, made a few years ago now called The Autism Puzzle

      1. drfugawe

        Oh my. Don’t know where to start here – that’s a magnificent piece of work – oh my! I think I’ll PM you on my thoughts.
        Thanks Jo.

  7. chocveg

    Happy Easter Joanna, hope you have had some rest in there?! I went to a retreat with friends and had meals cooked for me which was a treat, but rubbish bread away from home is the only downside! Today saw millions of bluebells, and had to explain to a 10 year-old why it was so lovely. Hope he will appreciate them one day!
    I made large hot —- buns to take away with me, no time to do the crosses! Used Dan’s spiced Stout buns recipe, with a bit of spare leaven, they were great!

  8. jan trounce

    Oh, a horse chestnut decorated with its candles – what a beautiful photo. I’m so glad for you that you had the Skype interchange with your brother – maybe the difference for him too is that he’s in his familiar environment. I’m sorry dem bunnies have all gone to new homes I was going to offer to take care of one…or two (sorry, that was gobble-up goblin on my shoulder – she’s an ill-disciplined little creature)! Happy Easter, Joanna.

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      The chestnuts are in full candelabra status everywhere – I think they’re early with the warm weather – apparently the tulips planted for the wedding gig on Friday at Buck House have been and gone already, the fickleness of flowers – I hope you had some chocolate treats Jan :)

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      I like your name Blush! I hadn’t considered eating my cake in front of the camera but now you’ve got me thinking…. or would that just be mean? Joking apart, thank you for visiting and reading. I’m going to come and visit you now!

  9. Choclette

    Keep wanting to skype with my aunt in Australia, I know she does it with her offspring, but I haven’t yet figured out how to do it. Must try harder. It’s poetic sort of weather and you’ve risen to the occasion. You seem to be breading rabbits.

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      Heehee, the rabbits have gone forth to multiply elsewhere, only a couple stayed home.

      We’re not very good at Skype, it’s always a bit hit and miss with us. You need a camera ideally, though you can just talk and not do visuals, a computer, and to download the Skype application and follow their instructions. I am sure there must be a how to skype page somewhere…. If your Aunt knows how to do it, then download the skype application and sign up and send her your skype address and get her to call you first time . It’s free!

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