Maybe part of my lack of blogging has been my lack of photo uploading. I can't upload directly onto my laptop, and the desktop has been very touchy lately. I've got photos on the camera. They're stuck there for now.
With it being winter, and the subsequent darkness and
rain, I've not been so active the past six or eight weeks. We don't
have a morning walk every day. I get up (as does Franklin) when the sun
comes up, usually 8 to 9ish. If it's sunny, I might work in the garden
for an hour or two, laying paths or shifting topsoil. Usually it's not sunny. If it's rainy I'll tidy around the house, knit, and play with Franklin.
One of his best toys is a wooden train set; it's great to set up the
tracks and then race the little wooden trains around--even for me.
had a nice quiet Christmas and New Year, just the three of us. For
Christmas dinner we had turkey, ham, bacon-wrapped sausages, and five
different vegetables, and then homemade Christmas pudding to follow.
For breakfast we saved up our eggs to make eggs Benedict (minus the
bread). It was all lovely, or in Franklin's words, "lishus!"
having a child, I personally haven't been so very excited about
Christmas presents for myself or Partner; in previous years we packed
in as many things for each other under the tree as would fit; but this
year, we each made each other one thing, and the rest was for Franklin.
I'm also less materialistic these days anyway, and I don't do "stuff."
I think if people want to give me something, I'd rather have something
useful, like money! Partner made me a fantastic window box to hang
outside my kitchen window and I made him a pair of wool socks. They are
very similar to the socks I made Franklin and the socks I'm currently
making for myself; I hope we can tell them all apart in the laundry...
played a gig on New Year's Eve as a stand-in and got crazy money for it
(well, ok, not that crazy, but we bought our garage roof panels with
it). He was in a band last year but they broke up due to scheduling
reasons (I think?) and has been auditioning with many other bands in the
months since. I think his main requirement for joining a band is that
they gig regularly. So far no one has met this high standard!
have written down a few things I want to accomplish this year. When I
make a fully coherent list, I will share. For now, I will share a goal I
set myself last year, in private: I set myself the goal of losing two
inches in both my waist and hips, and I succeeded. In fact, I lost two
inches in my waist and three in my hips. I have set myself the goal to
lose another two inches in my waist and a further one inch in my hips
for this year. In addition, I also lost about 15 pounds, attaining a
weight I have not been since before marriage. I feel great, and I keep
thinking how strangely skinny my wrists look! Don't get me wrong, I am
not "fat" nor have I ever considered myself that way. My previous
weight was healthy for my height, albeit at the top of the healthy
spectrum. My current weight is also healthy--but I rather like having a
slimmer waist and less of a muffin top.