Just when I think I’ve settled into a nice routine, another big change happens. There’s no way I could’ve done the Ultimate Blog Challenge this month. Kudos to those of you who are! And to those of you preparing to do NaNoWriMo.
No more working from home on the weekends soon. I’ll be working a more solid Monday-Friday. No more days off in the middle of the week that were so handy for running errands! I have never had weekends off for any extended period of time, so it will be different.
Ben’s job has had a major delay that means he has the next 2-3 weeks off. Although we could really use the money, part of me is sort of happy about that, because I’ll have more home-cooked meals made by his hands. I enjoy cooking, but I am a firm believer that things taste better when someone else cooks for me. He’ll have more time to bake new healthy treats for us. I keep meaning to post a bran muffin recipe that he’s been making every two weeks or so. Must do that this week sometime.
Garden updates: I’ve discovered that this place is heaven for weeds. There are thousands of weeds sprouting in that veggie bed…I’m going to spend the next year picking them out. It’s horrible. I’m guessing this is because the landlord just turned the soil over before we moved in. I really don’t know. I never had so many weeds to get rid of in Christchurch at either house we lived in.
My arch-enemy cleavers is here as well, smiling at me from beneath the camellias and mandarin bush out front. Ok, I’ll stop grumbling now!
I planted some peas and beans in the garden bed about 10 days ago, and remember dreading the weather shortly after that. So much rain in the past week and a half — some really torrential downpours — I thought for sure the peas and beans wouldn’t sprout due to rot or being washed out. As I was glaring at the weeds today, I spied them pushing through the soil, so I’m very happy about that! Will need to get some twine to make a trellis for them soon.
I’m fairly sure the lovely flowering trees on this property are cherry trees now. Still not sure if they are eating-cherries or not, though! They are still beautiful, even without their flowers, but they add to the weeds too. Hundreds of cherry seedlings beneath the trees to weed out…it’s going to take me two weekends to get all the weeding done around here! Not grumbling again, I swear. I’m sure it’ll be good exercise.
And on the topic of exercise, I’ve managed to lose 12 pounds since August. I’m feeling really good about that. Ben and I joined a gym and for the first time I have a regular exercise commitment to myself. I really enjoy Ben being my work-out buddy and I think having him involved is the difference this time around! While he was working he was too tired to go, so I have been by myself quite a few times. I am down a pants size and I can finally see my collarbone again. Another thing I’m happy about.
Taking time to note these positives is what keeps me motivated! Only 38 pounds to go to reach my long-term goal.