31 December 2012
It’s cantering up to 10 p.m. the champagne is already open and 2012 is about to croak it’s last. Many people are saying “Good riddance” to the year, and yet, for me, it’s been a pretty good year.
This year started with me coming out of post-operative trauma to discover that I can move like I haven’t been able to for… crumbs, at least seven years. That’s been wonderful. Just before Christmas I even managed to have a go at Tai Chi – and though I was about as elegant as an effelump with it’s pants around it’s ankles, the mere fact that I could make the attempt to learn the forms was another marker of my progress and increasing mobility.
I’ve become a lot more honest with myself during this year – not things I can really talk about on here, but that level of honesty where suddenly you can make changes and leave behind some of the crap you’ve been carrying around for a number of years. That took some doing, but the result has been wonderful and liberating.
There are still things to sort out, but I never expected to achieve Dharma in this lifetime, never mind this year. Still, there’s no harm in trying to get there. There are things that went wrong too – we got badly ripped off with our garden wall and treated very shabbily by people we had trusted, but there’s no point in hanging on to that sort of stuff as I’m quite certain they ‘will get theirs’ soon enough. Those mishaps and the filthy weather aside, 2012 has been pretty good for me and I’m looking forward to an even better 2013; friends are coming to stay, we’re off on a sunshine holiday and I shall see my granddaughter soon – all good stuff.
Here’s wishing you and yours a blessed and peaceful New Year. xx
29 December 2012
Slowly, we’re adding all the old posts from the previous blog site to this one. Rather than writing a bit of complex code, my beloved decided to do things the low-tech way and copy and paste into the new system. This is an amazing event, as he can normally find indescribably Byzantine and convoluted ways to do simple things; I suppose it’s the nature of being a propellor-head geekmeister. Imagine my shock when he marched in and announced he was going to “cut and paste, because the alternative will take longer than ‘just doing it’”. Gobsmacked.com.
I’m not sure we’ll have the comments to bring over from the old posts, but I guess that doesn’t really matter too much. The best part is just being able to sit down, use an incredibly simple UI and write. I tried wordpress and that reduced me to tears – what an absolutely filthy, not-nice-to-humans interface that has, so I’m thrilled that this is such a doddle to use. You never know, I might just start writing lovely witchy stuff rather than geek babble!
25 December 2012
And the sun is shining – how good is that? Not as good as a large snowfall, but it’s a lot better than all the rain and drear of the past few weeks.
08 December 2012
Wow, it’s a bright blue day and the only thing in the sky is one vapour trail. It was lovely when the Icelandic volcano was belching ash and flights were cancelled, as we got to see the sky without a single vapour trail and it was utterly beautiful. Still, better one vapour trail than mountainous dark clouds scudding overhead.
I don’t understand why, but whenever I type the word “Christmas” it comes out as Christams – even when I concentrate to get my fingers hitting the keys in the right order, it still happens. Oh well, if you see me talking about Christams, you’ll know what I mean.
I’m finding it very hard to get in the mood for Christmas or Yule. Lots of people I know have written their cards, done their shopping and put their tree up and I haven’t even started thinking about it. I just get a sinking feeling when I think of writing cards, as there are three lots to do – one for friends and then two lots for business and it’s just about as tempting as root canal dentistry. Presents are even lower on my list of cheer-me-up-ness – I got lots of little tree presents earlier this year and K and I have decided to get a piece of furniture as neither of us can think of anything we actually want (apart from the furniture), so it all feels a bit… of a let-down. We won’t see the kids till January, though I suppose I had better apply myself to getting something for them, though goodness knows what.
Crumbs, I sounds like a right, miserable old curmudgeon. Maybe I should cancel the furniture and spend the money on a break in the sunshine – now there’s a thought.
05 December 2012
Goodness, it has been a long hiatus. I have missed blogging, but a combination of several operations and the shutting down of blogger conspired to keep me silent.
Social media is all fine and well for somethings, but how on earth can you develop an idea in 140 characters or even in the space of a Facebook post – and who on facebook wants anything deeper than cat pictures and what their friends drank/had for dinner? Few, I posit. Then again, you might ask if anyone would want to wade through my musings, turgid as they can be at times, right? But you’re here, so that answers that question.
So, after a long spell of silence, it will probably take a while to fully regain my blogging voice, but only time will tell. It’s good to ‘see’ you again.