Spring is on its way. The signs are everywhere. We have some beautiful snowdrops and tiny pink cyclamen under the trees in our garden.
We got back from our vacation last Monday after a good flight with the jet stream behind us. A whole hour early. It made a big difference as I am not one to be able to sleep on an aeroplane, and I get very wriggly after just a few hours.
We have returned to "March coming in like a lion".
"March brings breezes loud and shrill to stir the dancing daffodil".
The daffodils are not out yet and the breezes are more like miniature hurricanes! Watching the birds being blown across the sky is quite amusing.
Just a couple of days before we went on holiday we had some excellent news. Dan had the results of his MRI scan and was informed that he is completely clear of cancer following his High Frequency Ultrasound treatment last March. He will still need bi-annual blood tests and a yearly MRI scan, but we are happy with that.
I just want to thank all of your who sent us prayers and support during the last couple of years. It is proof that the power of prayer is an amazing force.
The stress just lifted from his shoulders, and also from mine. It was the best news ever and we were able to go away and really feel justified in enjoying ourselves. Talk about a 'Happy Dance'!
The morning before we were due to travel down to the airport, Dan pulled me over his lap for a "reminder and reinforcement" spanking. He could see that I was beginning to "bubble up" and his plan was to settle me and calm me down, as he knew it would be nigh impossible for any spanking to take place whilst away due to the thin walls between cabins on our cruise ship. Even love-making can be a challenge as I have a tendency for being noisy and energetic. Oh well.
Dan used two implements, our beloved Rose paddle and my hated little nipper. It was quite a hard spanking and when I happily thought it was finished a couple of times, it resumed even harder.
I had a jolly good cry, and then to quote Katie "Some mighty fine loving followed."
It must seem strange to read how a spanking like this can result in such close and loving feelings towards each other, and how much it lifted my mood and helped me to remain calm whilst packing and travelling to our destination. But I can heartily recommend it.
Not only was I calm for the journey, but I remained calm and in a good frame of mind for our entire holiday. Only once did Dan need to raise his eyebrows and give me one "Settle down - now!" spank, and I quietened and became my usual self. Really I cannot remember such a peaceful and enjoyable holiday.
We did, however, have a funny "instance" whilst in a market in St Lucia.
It was a wonderful place with fruit and vegetables lined up with toothpaste, cooking oil, handmade goods and clothing. A real eclectic mix.
I was happily looking at some beautifully made wooden salad servers and bowls, quite innocently, when Dan held something up to show me.
I looked happily at him and giggled, not quite comprehending at first.
"I should think this will hurt" he said to me conversationally, and went on to discuss aerodynamics.
The stallholder looked at Dan knowingly and I almost died of embarrassment.
It is a slightly bigger edition of our Little Nipper, but rounded and it has "holes".
Despite my embarrassment a purchase was made.
So this is our new implement:
It is made out of avocado wood and is highly polished. It is no thicker than the Little Nipper but Dan is quite correct - it has, shall we say, certain aerodynamic properties. LOL! Not!!
By the time we arrived home I had forgotten all about it. It had been packed in Dan's suitcase, so when I unpacked my clothes I didn't give it a thought.
No so Dan.
Having had my lovely "in bed" cup of coffee, on our very first morning back, Dan sat up in bed, rather meaningfully, and said "Right, time to get back to normal."
And he brandished what will be henceforth known as "The Big Nipper" at me. (He had detoured whilst getting the coffee and then concealed it craftily under his pillows.)
I went over his lap, not at all reluctantly. I know better now.
"Wow, this thing really works" Dan informed me.
"You don't need to tell me that" I looked sideways, trying to crane my neck in order to watch the action. I didn't really need to watch - I could feel!
"It gets you red ever so quickly" he added.
"Well thank you for that".
The happy compliance and giggles didn't last for long. This implement does everything it is fabled to do, and more. I found it quite difficult not to kick.
"I am told that it is best to relax and give in to it" I remarked to Dan. "But owww!! how I am meant to do that I just don't know!"
Luckily Dan heard me beginning to squeak a bit, and giving me "one for the road" he stopped. My eyes were just at the pre-brimming over point. My bottom felt glowing all over. Dan had really enjoyed himself.
He gave me the usual evil grin. "That should keep you compliant for a bit."
So, dear friends, I have decided that this is one implement which is not going to see the light of day except when the moon is blue.
If it hurts as much as this with just smallish wrist flicks, how would it be if Dan felt I had overstepped the line? It is something I am not at all willing to find out.
We have grown a lot, Dan and I in this new life of ours, and long may the serenity, peace and harmony continue.
PS - I am always willing to direct other enterprising husbands to the little stall where the Big Nipper was purchased!