This morning, I took my new TomTom cardio GPS watch out for my first Long Slow Distance run of the year. 20 kilometres in rather nasty conditions of wind and rain, and now I've settled in for one last long afternoon by the fire, turkey sandwiches, tea, and books at the ready, one eye still looking backwards at 2014, the other urging me into this new year, the year of my retirement.
Rounding out 2014, I've posted my Reading List for the year over on my sadly neglected Book Blog. Developing this blog more fully is one of my goals for post-retirement. My goal for the meantime is to accept the reality that I can only maintain it while I'm working full-time. Indeed, accepting my imperfections is a significant goal for me overall, but more about that later.
Because I never feel entirely happy about a post without photos, I'll look back to 2014 again and share a photo of the Baby Blanket I knit for the new grandchild expected next month. You saw it in an earlier, nascent form here; when I gave it to my son and daughter-in-law the week before Christmas, it looked like this
wrapped around a brand new granddaughter). . . .
Speaking of Simple Comforts, I've almost finished another post for later this week, with a recipe for a Simple but Delicious Seafood Chowder. I made it last week for a friend, a few days before New Year's, and I served it with an equally Simple, equally Delicious bread that I made up that afternoon, followed by a -- yes, you got it, Simple and/but Delicious dessert. So I'll be back with that soon for you. Meanwhile, any comments you have are very welcome, as you must know. Are you getting traction on the new year yet? Still sorting the lessons you learned in the old one? Or does the whole year-changing business seem a bit too arbitrary to make a fuss over?