January started a bit differently to how I anticipated with a referral back to the Breast Care Unit. Everything has worked out well and yesterday I had the All Clear. During waiting times I began to think of how I use my use my time, do I fill it up with things to do or am I enjoying my time? Probably a mixture of both but I want to enjoy this next decade of my life.
Large chunks of our days are spent planning, shopping and cooking meals which mostly we enjoy but do any of you sometimes get bored of this activity? I do so have decided to cut some corners and have a delivery from a company called Hello Fresh which was recommended by a friend. I await my first delivery next week of three meals to tempt Peter and my taste buds, all the ingredients except oil, salt and pepper are provided. Meals are packed in a box with icepacks in case we are out so food remains fresh. Monday 29th marks a change of routine as the only decision I need to make is which meal to cook first. On offer is Balsamic Steak with Red Cabbage and Potato Wedges; Tray-Bake Chicken with Roasted Vegetables, Tomato Salad and Minty Salsa; Thai Pork Stir Fry with Green Beans, Holy Basil and Rice (not sure of Holy Basil as it looks like Basil in the photo!). There is an option to choose different recipes but initially I have taken the easy route by choosing a Classic Box. Directions are included with glossy pictures to make the process error free so I will report back on progress.
The question is am I being lazy or is this good time management? By taking the drudge out of the meals I am free to enjoy cooking them but also freeing up time to do other things. My life is full and active but increasingly I am allowing myself to stop, relax and just be. In an early blog I mentioned a W H Davies poem Leisure which remains a favourite and a reminder:
“What is this life if full of care we have no time to stand and stare …”
First published in 1911 it is so relevant today. So my aim for 2018 is to stop, stand and stare at times and my goodness what I see. Sparrows, blackbirds, starlings, robins, tits, pigeons and crows come daily to our garden with their various rituals. The sparrows inhabit our big green hedge and are a constant source of pleasure to people passing by with their constant chatter. We live in the centre of town, opposite a fire station and garage but are so lucky with our feathered friends. Some of our human friends who live in the middle of countryside rarely have birds due to changes in farming techniques.
One more question for all of you – what motivates you to start writing? Please don’t say start!!
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Sorry for posting late, I didn’t have a reminder on my calendar. Happy 2018 – I hope everyone has a fantastic year. I will say after the December weather I’ve finally come to the conclusion my sister didn’t quite tell … Continue reading
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Jillian here. Happy New Year! Since last we visited, I had a book release (the weekend of Christmas which was not my choice of dates), a birthday, the passing of the old year and lots of ball games were played. … Continue reading
It’s New Year’s Eve as I type this blog. This past week has been focused on setting up my goals for 2018. Do you do goals? I’ve gone back and forth on them until the past few years. Mostly because every time I set them, I’d consider myself a failure for never getting them all done in the year.
Then I realized something, after a year of not doing goals. When I do goals, I get more done. So maybe I don’t lose all the pounds I want to lose. But I see that list up above my computer and try a little harder. And maybe I don’t get four books written (did I REALLY write that as a goal?) But I get 2 ½ done. And that’s more than the one I did the year I didn’t write goals.
And fellow blogger Tricia Jones gave me an idea at the beginning of 2017. She suggested writing 100 goals for the year. Yikes! That was intimidating. But I did it. Everything from losing weight to getting the windows washed and the closets gone through. At the end of the year, I’d accomplished 49 of those goals. And I got another 13 over the halfway mark. I honestly don’t think I’d have gotten that far without having taken a look at that list every month.
So I’m officially a fan of goals. And, being a list-maker (I take after my mother), it’s completely satisfying to have a list to work from and check things off of.
Whether you do goals or not, though, my wish for each of you is that 2018 is a safe, happy, and peace-filled year.
I’ll leave you with a picture of Dude, in a rare outside foray with snow on the ground. He REALLY doesn’t like the cold. Poor kitty. But we managed a rare white Christmas this year, so Dude’s mom (me) was VERY happy. 🙂
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