Emotionally, February has been a month where we seem to be experiencing all four seasons, sometimes in one day.
Much of our time is spent bouncing between the depths of winter (The Captain’s cancer and the nasty side-effects of treatment) and the hope of Spring (a positive outcome from chemotherapy and complimentary therapies such as Artemesia and Mistletoe).
The Captain’s second round of chemotherapy had less side-effects than the first, but it was far from painless. The third round is the week of 29 February, followed by scans in mid-March to assess progress. I remain very optimistic about the outcome.
Luckily, we are physically located in Australia where summertime is in full swing. And both of us have continued to be warmed by friends both remotely and locally.
We enjoyed a social whirlwind on our Melbourne trip, staying with The Captain’s friends Mark, Stephanie and Judi en route and dining with my friends, both old (Shaun, Kim, Ian and Sunny) and new (bloggers Mabel Kwong, Desleyjane Pitcher, and Michelle Hill) while in the city.
My Dad came for a welcome visit shortly after we returned to Sydney and happily, my childhood friend Carol has traveled here several times for work. Our friend Ray has assisted The Captain on several boat projects and we’ve enjoyed his company along with his wife Leanne over meals. I also had the pleasure of meeting a few more bloggers (Sue and Dave Slaught and Robert Weir) during their travels to Sydney.
I continue to find respite in photography with my daily photo project on Instagram (I’ve highlighted a few favorites from the month throughout this post and in the gallery below).
Still, I worry about my ability to earn money along my sailing route and how/when I will fulfill my dream of circumnavigating the globe under sail as The Captain has no interest crossing the Indian Ocean.
But then I remember the promise of autumn, a season of abundance where all things are possible.
I believe that if my mind is focused on the here and now, on our priority of getting The Captain healthy, everything else will work itself out in the end.