A quarter gone?

Talk about neglect! Best find out where I hid the mop and dusters. This place needs a really good clean out.

“What happened?” I hear you ask…

The winter trip took us from Portugal, up through Spain and back to France, returning home in early February. I brought souvenirs!

Souvenirs from Girona

We seemed to bring a little of the Spanish sunshine back with us, at least initially. We set to on unloading the van and fixing the new bugs that had appeared over the winter. We began to plan our Spring trip to the UK and we purchased a pair of bikes and a bike rack for the van. We even had a ride out on the bikes to try them out.

Two bikes in a wood

We did begin the Keto diet thing (and if you will permit and forgive, I plan a separate post on that topic) and both lost a surprising amount of weight quite quickly.

I had many plans that had emerged from a period of introspection around the New Year. These plans have remained dormant due to…. well Life happening. To be honest though, plans may be too strong a term. Shall we say that I had and still have, ideas. Why did I not put them into action?

It soon became apparent that we needed to bring forward our Spring trip due to urgent family issues and we found ourselves heading towards the UK at speed at the beginning of March. We returned home on Tuesday this week.

Living in the van and the UK weather have taken their toll on the weight and fitness front. I was alarmed to see how much weight I had gained whilst we were away and am consequently taking immediate steps to address that and to get back onto my downward graph gradient.

Major Life happenings, referred to above, have given us pause for thought about this, that and the other and we find ourselves determined to actually spend some money instead of always being prudent as has been lifelong habit. The bikes were an expression of this and since we came home we have had a wee spending spree. Expect forthcoming posts of glee and excitement as various packages wend their way across France to our door (with what degree of success, I wonder.)

As for those dormant plans…. well, I am sitting here (having updated my WordPress) and am putting fingers to keyboard at last. It feels good. I having been missing self-expression.

More “Me” time is needed for:

  • Writing
  • Photography
  • Reading
  • Knitting
  • Spinning
  • Learning and development
  • All The Other Stuff that is waiting to be explored

The problem is that just living gets in the way. We enjoy so much time walking the dog, preparing meals and just simply being together that it becomes difficult to compartmentalise time for oneself. However, I plan to have a go and am signed up to two Futurelearn courses beginning on Monday. There are so many that I want to do but selecting just two may give me a better chance of seeing them through rather than being overly ambitious and failing.

Oh, what? Erm, “Antisemitism: From Its Origins to the Present” and “An Introduction to Recreational Math“. I’ll bet that you are sorry that you asked…

To make room for reading, knitting and spinning I shall need to create time by stopping wasting it in less positive pursuits. Wish me luck in kissing Facebook goodbye 😉 I could also create time by rising earlier and going to bed later. Importantly, I could stop regarding that space between dinner and bed as “do nothing” time. I feel that latter would be the greatest liberator of all. Another approach would be to get a telly. Mindless TV-watching tends to generate much space for both knitting and spinning 😉

Where else can I free up time? I could pass the washing up over to Mr L, I suppose. Hmm…. perhaps axing the computer games might be productive? Ahem.

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It’s a reasonable day today and thus we have the back doors standing open. This means that Chloé can come and go as she pleases (she refuses to use the cat flaps and expects us to give her ingress and egress via the sitting room window). We were taking a coffee break in between sorting out the van, when we heard a strange Chloé-type noise. I did not like it. I wondered if she hadContinue readingThanks!

Petunias always make me think of Dinghies

Petunias always make me think of Dinghies

It has been a busy day, not much time for anything. We walked the dog this morning but I took no photographs until I decided to take a few potshots in the village on our way back.

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  1. […] In my last post I noted that I was planning to undertake some self-directed learning. I am pleased to say that I have indeed been doing so. It turns out however that the course on Anti-Semitism is not the one for me. I have withdrawn. In its place I have signed up to a Udemy course on Photography (all going at €14.99 today). It is really aimed at Beginners but I feel indeed of being re-enthused and it feels like the right one for me at this time. This course, together with a new camera which I may have reason to believe will be arriving in time for my birthday, should serve to get me up and clicking again. […]

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