Wednesday 16 January 2019

Simple pleasures

At this time of the year, with the weather mostly grey and a long slog of the day job still ahead, I'm not at my best. A time for appreciating some simple pleasures. I don't have time to spare for complicated ones! 
So: -

  • The first cup of tea of the day - which is what gave me the idea for this post
  • Very slightly but progressively lighter evenings - noticeable when I go for my afternoon gallop 'around the block'
  • Looking at the sea - part of the gallop
  • Things beginning to happen in the garden - the green shoots of bulbs now a few inches tall. Actually the garden is weird at the moment - mild weather so I have honeysuckle and rosemary flowering. I also have a visiting blackbird who has enjoyed stripping the berries off the pyracantha. He's welcome, but I worry that the neighbourhood cats might enjoy him in quite a different way.
  • That mild weather - I hate the cold
  • The company of friends - last week it was meeting my local RNA Chapter and celebrating the launch of a debut novel that is going to be a mega seller, this week an unexpected dinner out.
  • My stash of Christmas chocolate
  • Finally finishing the ironing!

Not a long list, but one to be grateful for.
One of those recommendations you get for the start of a new year is keeping a gratitude diary. I don't have one of those, but the blog is a good substitute. I won't be doing it every day though!

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