Sunday, 11 January 2015
A little organization is needed
Here is a rather poor photo of my other Gillian McDonald print I've just framed. This is Moorland Skyline I. With a big a flash blob in the middle of it and the end cut off . . . You get the general idea though.
The New Year is always such a good time to take your life and give it a little shake. To ditch those bad habits you have fallen into and to start afresh. I have promised myself NO procrastination this year, no putting off of jobs, and a general "don't put it down, put it away" mindset (quoting the late mother of a good Yorkshire friend of mine).
No being idle and thinking, oh I'll just buy a loaf this time as I'm busy (even though it is always the best unsliced wholemeal or spelt loaf we get). I need to get myself organized and make one before we need it. I did so yesterday afternoon and made a cracking granary loaf with extra Sunflower seeds sprinkled on the top. I just had a piece as part of my breakfast, and it is very satisfying and tasty, and with just 4 ingredients - flour, yeast, salt and a little fat, plus spring water. Think how many must go into the creation of the Frankenbread in supermarkets, those hidden extras to stop it going mouldy or stale for sometimes a week or even 10 days!
No more scratch meals because I have left things until the last minute. No more unfinished jobs. No more jobs put off until tomorrow (oh dear, Scarlett O'Hara and I could have been sisters, she was an Aries, that much I am certain!)
I seem set to be doing much more travelling too. I have just bought a Senior Citizen's railcard, which will save me 1/3 on rail travel for the next year. For £30 it seemed like a good investment. I will be travelling down to Hampshire regularly to see my best friend, who is so very ill. I have also arranged to go and stay with our eldest daughter in Sheffield in a couple of weeks' time. I need a bit of culture, so we are doing Sheffield Museums and Galleries (and doubtless the Antiques quarter) on the Saturday, and on Sunday I have suggested going to Lincoln on the train. I am quite excited about that as I've always wanted to go there. I'm going up in the summer as we plan to explore Chatsworth gardens (and house).
Meanwhile, the weather seems to have scotched today's planned eradication of Overgrown Brambles in the Paddock, so I guess it will have to be the ironing first, and then Tidy the Junk Room.
I have starated as I mean to go on and there is a new post on my Edward Thomas blog.