The thing is I can't sleep until my feet are warm. And my feet are rarely warm. Which is probably something to do with the fact that I hate wearing things like slippers or socks when I am at home. It gets on my nerves that I may have to take them off and then put them on again. Like if we are in for the day, and then I remember something I left in the car, I can't be doing with the faff required to take slippers off, put shoes on, go outside, come back in, take shoes off and put slippers back on. So I dash out in bare feet. Ergo my feet are always cold.
I'm writing this with my feet jammed up against the radiator. The temperature has dropped in St Ives, and so I've allowed the heating on for more than an hour. My feet may be cold, but my menopausal thermostat is not. I encourage Honey to sit next to me during the evenings, and then I can stealthily slide my feet under her tummy. She makes an excellent foot warmer. And when Marc is home, I tend to press my feet against him, and try and warm them that way. Don't be alarmed if you ever come to visit, and my feet find their way to you. I'm not always aware that I'm doing it. At night, I curl the duvet under them, until they have warmed up. But I often wake to find them outside of the covers, as if gasping for air. My feet are as contrary as the rest of me.
Above is a little selection of good things
- Can I recommend Minecraft Lego for little boys? It is so much better than the Star Wars stuff, which it seems to me is designed to be made and looked at rather than played with. If you are going to spend your precious pounds on these rather expensive plastic bricks, then this is a far better option. Yes you have to assemble it, but it designed to be played with, and to be reassembled in all manner of ways. The construction makes it sturdy enough to withstand the heavy handed play of a young boy, and the little figures included make for many tales of adventure and daring do. And one doesn't even need to be familiar with the world of Minecraft to enjoy it. It's a win/win situation.
- New books. Olly's new books. He did well from Father Christmas this year. We are currently reading The BFG, by Roald Dahl. Olly is enjoying a longer tale. He likes the way the giant mixes up his words. We have some Paddington and some Moomin books too. Honestly reading to him just gets better and better.
- My bed. Always a good thing. Even if my feet are perpetually cold. It is undoubtedly one of my favourite places to be.
- Skarloey and Sam; the bromance continues. That cat loves Sam completely. He was beside himself when Sam came home for Christmas, and has barely left his side since. Sorry about the size elevens. I notice my son doesn't have a problem with clothed feet.
- A new skirt. Bought in the Cath Kidston sale. It's knee length and not my usual A-line style. But I loved the pattern and the fabric. And it was a bloody steal.
Of course there are so many more good things. We watched a Kestrel swoop low into a field from her telegraph wire perch yesterday. She had such a beautiful shape to her wings as she curved around and down. There have been hump back whales reportedly spotted by the coastguard in the bay. They were seen today too, so I'm off with my binoculars tomorrow. My garden has been visited by a bevy of long tailed tits. And an owl was sat on the roof hooting last night.
You were all so kind in response to my last post. I'm so grateful for each and every one. I'm feeling lots better, and am able to see the wood for the trees a little more. I'm such a fool really. But I'm glad that all is returning to normal once again. The decs are down. The tree has been recycled. The house is undergoing a thorough clean. There are projects in the pipeline that require paint and ladders. I have bought a spirilizer; it's being all holier than thou in the kitchen as I write. Pasta is so 2015. Veggie noodles are the way forward!
Consider this post a bridge between the last one, and the next one. By then I should be firing on all cylinders.
Love to you all,
(There was no sponsorship re: the Lego praise. But I'd consider putting my moral high ground to one side for a free box of the stuff. And we also like Walkers Sensations crisps too. You know, just in case).