Monday, 12 February 2018

February ~ Where Has The Time Gone?


Is it February already?  Yikes, I would have sworn it was just Christmas last week. January has rushed by at a startling pace and I'm not quite sure where I spent my time, but let's see if I can gather my thoughts and give a clear picture .....

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A chilly but refreshing walk

Well first, let's start with something boring.  After keeping off most of my weight lost from being on Weight Watchers for over a year, I gained back 10 pounds.  I'm not quite sure how I did it because I wouldn't say I indulged over Christmas, but I did do a smoothie challenge for my food blog in January and I think that's the culprit.  Yes, smoothies are supposed to be healthy, but they are high in natural sugar and therefore calories.  So back to WeightWatchers we go.  Actually I've already lost 3 pounds, so I'm not worried but it was kind of shocking after such good maintaining.

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Dare to be Different!

I've started downhill skiing lessons and had my first one a week and a half ago.  I wasn't thrilled with it because the instructor had us walk up a hill and snowplow down for an hour.  Yes, an hour.  Boring!  I wanted to go!  So at the end of the lesson I grabbed another lady and we headed up to a run.  Happily we both made it down easily but it did make me realized that I need to get into better shape.

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As for reading ........... and I will sound like a broken record here ........... I'm still trying to get through City of God, Crime and Punishment, Dead Souls, The Republic and Murder in the Catherdal (which, thankfully, is so short that it should take no time at all). Honestly, I read so little in January that it's shameful.  So putting January behind ....

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One of my favourite photos .... so far ....

In February, I need to keep plugging along with the above.  I was thinking of adding Henry James' The Ambassadors, as one of my Goodreads groups is reading it, but I started it and am not that enamoured with James' writing.  I didn't think I'd be, but I question with my reduced time, if I really want to put it into a book that I won't enjoy.  I'm longing to read either Middlemarch or Jane Eyre but I know that's a dream at this point.

And so I will sign off, with my usual wish to read more and be less busy.  If only one day it will come true!





14 comments:

  1. I know those longings. Don't you just want to dive into something familiar and comforting? Jane Eyre sounds so lovely.

    I'd tell you what you should to do, but then I'd have to take my own advice, so...



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    1. I know! I made the mistake of watching both Middlemarch and Jane Eyre on DVD and now I'm dying to read both!

      You COULD tell me what to do nevertheless. One can never have too many mothers ......... lol ...... ! ;-)

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  2. I am loving your photos - they look magazine worthy!!

    Skiing sounds fun...someday I will get back into it. Watching the Olympics is also inspiring. :)

    Those are some heavy reads; don't feel bad if they're going slowly. I find that it's not the length that slows me down, it's the subject matter...

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Marian! I am soooo loving the photography aspect of my food blog. I hope I can perhaps make some money from it one day.

      And thanks for reminding me about the content of my books. I think I'm a little burnt out by it. If I have the time, I can compute it but since I have no time, it's such a slog. Perhaps I should grab a completely different, easier book and start to read. I'll have to give it a thought ....

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  3. What beautiful photos! I've been reading but blogging seems to have disappeared. And I spend all my time figuring out the logistics of life. Blah.

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    1. Thanks, Jean! When you figure out the logistics of life, can you let me know? It gets even more complex instead of easier. I could use some easy.

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    2. OK, when I figure out the secret I will tell you. Ha. I only have TWO kids. My husband makes his own appointments. How is it possible that I spend nearly all my time managing our lives? Oh I tell you what though I should read your food blog. I'm so tired of figuring out what to feed people, I would happily live on Trader Joe's salads for eternity at this point, but we've managed to hit a whole new level of diet needs in our house, above and beyond what we had before. It may kill me.

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    3. With my daughter off to college I thought I would have more time. How wrong but I can't really figure out what happened. I thought homeschooling took up oodles of time. When I got that time back, it seems to have just disappeared!

      Yes, check out the food blog. I'm trying to post mostly quick and easy, healthy recipes. What are your families new dietary needs? I can perhaps steer you in the right (and easier!) direction ....

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    4. I'll PM you on GR, seeing as how none of them are MY dietary needs...

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  4. who was it that said, the best life is an active one... dunno if i agree whole heartedly with that, but it might be true... nice to hear from you again and the pictures are excellent, the first one in particular: great place to walk!!

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    1. They should have said the best life is a balanced one. :-Z It's one of my favourite places to walk and there are beaver dams out there somewhere. One year, there were nets of spider webs all over the place. It was beautiful. I must go walking more often!

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  5. Hi Cleo. I just love your photos of Canada. It's actually cold and rainy here, which as a Texas I welcome with open arms.

    I'm also on Weight Watchers and was a very bad girl over Christmas. I'm still trying to get back to my pre-Christmas weight. And, of course, today is Valentine's Day and my husband and I are going to celebrate. Sigh. It's so hard to be good.

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    1. Hi Sharon! I wish we could send you more of our cold and rain. Actually it snowed last night and then today was beautiful. I haven't felt warmth on my face for soooo long!

      Well, we'll have to keep each other accountable. I've been doing some manual work and then have been sick for the first time in years the last week, so I think I might have reduced my weight back to where it was. However I still want to keep going. I have to keep focusing on the vegetables, which will hopefully be easier to do as spring approaches. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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