• 2021,  books and reading

    January Reading

    In previous years I’ve occasionally tried to post here about what I’ve read. But it’s something I’ve struggled to keep up regularly despite wanting to. I thought this year I would post a list on the 1st of each month of everything I read in the previous month. Books marked with 1001 are from Boxall’s 1001 Books To Read Before You Die list and so count towards my goal of reading 40 more books from that before my 40th birthday. Serpentine by Philip Pullman Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky A Promised Land by Barack Obama (audiobook) Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky The Circle by Dave Eggers (audiobook, 1001)…

  • 101 in 1001,  2021,  40 before 40,  books and reading,  Crochet,  goals

    40 Before 40: Pandemic Edition

    My 40th birthday is at the end of this year. At the end of 2019 I wrote a “40 before 40” list of goals to achieve before I reached that milestone. I blogged about that a little bit but never shared the list online I did achieve three of the goals last year – I went to see Book of Mormon and did a photography course before the pandemic hit. I also manged to use my manual chair every day for over 40 days later in the year. Looking at the list as I write this, I could also be said to have done two more – I attempted to…

  • 2021,  crafts,  creative,  writing

    Thing a Day February

    Several years ago – searching on my blog suggests longer ago than I thought – there was a non-defunct website that ran a “Thing a day” challenge in February. The idea was to make something – from scratch – every day in the month of February. I tried it in two years at least. And I didn’t manage to do everyday either year. But I remember enjoying it. Then the website changed and it got harder to participate and eventually it disappeared. As all things do it slipped my mind. Then for some reason as I wandered the scenic route home from podiatry this lunchtime, trying to avoid the dug…

  • 2021,  acceptance,  care,  Compression,  Family,  friends,  lymphoedema,  things people say

    The Most Supportive Thing

    I wrote an entry a while ago about blog posts I’d been wanting to write (I’m really good at starting things…) this is part of one of the posts, there maybe a part two at some point but not any time soon. Last week (before the phone call about self-isolation) I had a problem with the carers. No one turned up to do my call and then when I eventually tried to call them to chase it up (much later than I should have because I kept thinking “someone will come soon”) I couldn’t get through on the phone, repeatedly. Once I did manage to get hold of them it…

  • 2021,  care,  honesty

    It is a truth universally acknowledged…

    …that I can cope perfectly well at home not going out when I’m not going out because I don’t want to. But the minute I’m stuck at home for the foreseeable for reasons beyond my control I get cabin fever. Haven’t been out since New Years Eve because of my cold. It’s well on it’s way out had decided to do the full 10 days isolation just in case and was planning to go for a walk probably tomorrow. I’ve been happy at home working my way through a long book and an even longer audiobook and playing games on my iPad. I didn’t really have an enthusiasm for the…

  • 2021

    Not the start to 2021 I wanted

    I had all these plans for things I was going to do on New Years Day. I was going to read lots, use my motomed and update my blog. I was even going to change the layout on here. I might have done some crochet too. And I was definitely going to do some writing Basically I started New Years Eve with a plan to do all sorts of things on New Years Day so that I could “start the year off right.” Start working immediately on all the things I want to achieve this year. But by the time I went to bed shortly before 1am after seeing the…