For Today… 7th November
Outside my window… the weather is miserable. It is bitterly cold and the drizzle has got needle edges on it.
I am thinking… that I am glad I took some time out last weekend to have a rest and to gather my strength.
I am thankful… for the food in my freezer. That might sound like a very trite thing to say, but trust me, it’s not. Times are hard and money is extremely tight, and we managed to pull together enough money last week for two weeks’ worth of groceries to be able to batch cook meals in individual portions for the coming months. Not only do we have the security of knowing there are meals ready prepared (and with fresh produce, and where I know exactly what’s in them) but we also have enough to share.
I am praying for… my son’s girlfriend and her family who were suddenly thrown out of their home on Friday. They have had to split the family up to find accommodation for the short term, and she is staying with us for a while until her mum and dad can get back on their feet. I am also praying for my own family, particularly my husband, for the strength to keep going and to trust that things are going to work out one day.
I am creating… crocheted mini Christmas stockings for a bit of fun, and I’m working on a hat for myself for winter.
I am going… to meet up with an old friend sometime soon who I haven’t seen for ages.
I am wondering… whether I am going to finish NaNoWriMo this year. Signs are not good so far, but there’s time yet!
I am reading… “The Hanging Tree” by Ben Aaronovitch. It is the latest in a series of books about a special department of the Metropolitan Police which deals with the magical as well as the criminal. The others have been very good and so far this one is turning out to be the same.
I am hoping… my Achilles tendon heals soon because as the weather is getting colder, it is aching more and the lump has come back again.
I am learning… to look for the fingerprints of God in everything around me.
In my garden… a tennis ball randomly appeared one day last week. I don’t know where it came from and it has gone again now. Who? Why? When? What? How come??
In my kitchen… I have made a concerted effort to cook from scratch every night for the past couple of weeks, and it is paying off. I did a lot of research into budget and straightforward recipes that used basic ingredients that I could get cheaply, and I have been trying out some really good and exciting new dishes as well as making some of our family favourites for meals. It has been a useful exercise – not only is it costing us less, but it is healthier and I feel more useful in the house by contributing something by cooking for us all. Tis a good feeling.
A favourite quote for today… “some days you’re more on top of your horse than others” (can’t remember who said it, but it is a good one!)
A peek into one of my days… my graduation last week. I was conferred the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Humanities with Creative Writing from The Open University at the Bridgewater Hall. Phew what a mouthful, but what a day! Thoroughly enjoyed it and I could get used to wearing that gown and hood.
One of my favourite things… is clean sheets, clean pyjamas and a clean body before bedtime. Bliss!
Post Script: You may have gathered things are a little difficult at the moment, and it has left me unwilling/unable to blog very much recently. Trust me, I feel better than I did a little while ago so I will be making every effort to try to blog a bit more in the coming weeks. There are lots of things on the calendar coming up with band and church and so on, so keep watching, things are going to be interesting to say the least.