Time of year

Do you find your interests and habits change from season to season? Wanting to remain outdoors in the Summer when it is warm and sunny might be an obvious desire as many would want to remain indoors sat beside a roaring fire in Winter when it is cold and windy. There must be smaller things we find ourselves doing more as each season arrives. Hot roasted dinners and cold salads at opposite ends of the dining spectrum will probably be our choices in cold and warm weather. We associate hot meals with cold weather and snacks and cold dishes when it is warm. Perhaps the thought of eating a roast dinner in the height of summer is off-putting because we probably feel we would be uncomfortably hot doing so. I notice I tend to bake more often when the weather is cool or cold. I tend to eat more salads in Summer and hot foods in Winter but in truth I don’t suppose it would make much difference if I reversed the habit. I suppose it is therefore more comforting to retain my existing eating habits so I continue with them. It is now the end of September and my thoughts are turning to baking the cakes and other things I stopped doing at the end of Spring. It was in Spring that I purchased some more desiccated coconut to use in a cake but I didn’t use it because I didn’t bake the cake. Now my thoughts have come full-circle and I want to bake it. I do eat cake during the summer though not often but if I do it is usually purchased in a café or restaurant. I enjoy baking, for me it isn’t a chore and I get to eat the results! What things do you find yourself doing each new season?

Shirley Anne

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Fickle or what?

Have In Mind
Have In Mind (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As the saying goes, women are fickle creatures who quite often change their mind about things. Decision making can be a yes, no or maybe then switch at the blink of an eye. I used to think that I was good at making decisions but often as not I found myself changing my mind on many occasions. It is frustrating to me that sometimes I cannot make up my mind though I have to say those things under consideration are most of the time small. In design and construction for me they will be the smaller things, the details for major things like projects usually get started upon straight away. I will have already given those things plenty of time for thought long beforehand. One thing that amuses E is when I cannot decide upon what to eat at mealtimes. I will say one thing and within seconds will have changed my mind in favour of something else. All well and good but then I will revert to my first choice soon after! On Sunday (8 th) after a reasonably good night’s sleep I thought I would go for a walk before breakfast but on arriving downstairs had second thoughts after E had asked me what I had planned for the day. I ‘hummed and ared’ as we say but finally decided a complete rest would be wisest and I would forsake going for a walk. I more or less achieved that and was glad I stuck to that decision knowing I had plans for the week ahead regarding the cellar storage room project. As the work on that project has progressed I have changed my mind on several things along the way. The latest one is regarding the rear wall of the room which I have endeavoured to seal and it appears to have been successful but I have decided to render it with concrete too. When that has been done I will seal it again. It would be a shame to have stripped the room bare, refurbished it and later discover the paint was falling off the wall because I had taken a short-cut. So the work will take longer but I always knew it would because I keep changing my mind by moving the goal posts!

Shirley Anne

Bad habits

Bad Habits (The Monks album)
Bad Habits (The Monks album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over the past few days (I write on 5th) I have been rather lazy but it has been caused by my current muscular pain in my upper legs. It has been difficult moving around the house let alone anywhere else which meant I was and still am pretty much house-bound. I haven’t been completely inactive but I have had to leave exercising on the gym equipment alone for a while, though I did spend some time on the treadmill a couple of days ago. My problem is I cannot take the medicine so to speak! I know I have to rest my muscles or I will only end up prolonging the recovery process. It is said we are our own worst enemies and that seems to be true in my case. For many people taking time out comes naturally and for some it is even a way of life! I though am not one for relaxing as I know I probably should but there is one area of my life where I find it so easy, when in bed. Yes, if I have been tired or if I have overdone things sleep comes easily and if I have no commitments I like to extend my time in bed occasionally. That luxury comes very infrequently for me because I usually arise early even if there is no real reason to do so. It’s just the way I am wired. So once in a while I slip into the bad habit of repeatedly turning over in bed when I should be jumping out of it. What worries me is my ‘bad habit’ becoming so regular it ends up being the norm. It won’t happen, I won’t let it but while I am resting my muscles the temptation remains. On reflection I begin to think how fortunate I am when all I have to be concerned about is whether I take that extra hour or two in bed! What luxury, what privilege, I could be permanently bed-ridden after all. So I put off the feelings of guilt, embrace the gift of general good health and enjoy the occasional extra time in a warm and cozy bed. Soon enough I will be my own self again……..and I do hope it will be soon.

Shirley Anne