1. The gloomy fog outside will delay a run for a bit, but as soon as some light filters through, I'm hitting the streets for some much-needed endorphins.
2. A friend included some extra cards, envelopes, and personalised stamps with the Christmas card she sent me, with instructions to "Use them." We've been talking about the value of hand-written letters and cards in these days of email and social media-communication, and I'm determined to try creating a renewed habit that includes putting pen to paper and stamped envelopes in mailboxes. And then Pater surprised me with a new pen for Christmas (remember that we'd agreed not to exchange gifts this Christmas? Yeah, he ignored that agreement. I didn't complain too much.). Yesterday, I sent a card off to a friend, using one of the In-Canada stamps, and today I'm sticking an International-postage stamp on another envelope. (If you're on Instagram, you might check out the cards and stamps I'm using - my friend Sandy @sandymairart had her delightful character, Wiston the Mouse, printed onto official stamps -- too cute!)
3. I'm going to finish casting off the body of the Little Shore cardigan I'm making 8Year-Old g'daughter, and start one of the sleeves.
last year's pantomime, I should be in a much lighter mood by this afternoon.
5. Nevertheless, I'll keep at my List of To-Dos this morning, keeping myself active to stave off the Sads. . . doesn't always work, isn't always advisable, but sometimes a "fake it 'til you make it" approach does the trick. So let's see, what's next on this list? Oh, yes: Write a blog post for Five Things Friday. . . Well, done and dusted, right?
I had toyed with the notion of a retrospective post, looking back on my travels this year (Portland, Rome, Ottawa, Montreal, Rome again, Bordeaux, Paris, Berlin, Bayonne, Paris again!) but that task seemed a bit overwhelming. Ditto a post about the many changes this year has brought, selling our island home, moving to our small city apartment, finding and moving to our new (bigger) city apartment, beginning to make it a home. . . But seriously, I don't know how some bloggers find the energy or time for these Looking Back posts at this time of the season. I'm saving my strength for jumping that big hurdle into 2017 -- see you on the other side? And meanwhile, may I thank you, once again, for your regular presence here. As often as I debate abandoning the blog, I'm pulled back into commitment to it by your comments which are cherished, every one (well, excepting the very occasional Nasties). Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and looking forward to many more conversations with you throughout it.