As another old year bites the dust a new one begins. Let's all hope that it is better in world terms than the last one was.
Here the damp. sunny weather has given way this morning to a frost (minus two so nothing to brag about) and a dull, dismal sky with no sign of the sun. The kind of day to sit by the wood burner.
One of the good things about New Year's Eve get-togethers (we always host a small dinner party) is that there is always plenty left to eat for lunch on New Year's Day.
Last night I did a vegetarian casoulet for my son, a fish pie for friend W and me (I do this every year, it has become a tradition now) and beef in beef for the farmer and for K. This lunch time I had more fish pie with left-over veggies and the farmer had beef in beer with veggies. There was then plenty of blackberry, raspberry and apple crumble and ice cream left for pud (diet starts tomorrow).
Now (after spending a while unblocking the sink for me!!) the farmer is doing the jig saw of Van Gogh's Bedroom at Arles (I enjoyed the 'busy' bit but am useless at wood-block tiled floors where every piece looks the same. The trouble is for me that the farmer goes entirely on shape and doesn't need to look at the picture on the cover of the box, whereas I need the lid in my hand for every piece. We love doing jigsaws in the Winter and had three for Christmas, so plenty to keep us going.
Do you make resolutions? If so I would love to hear what they are. I no longer do make them, although I seem to remember that last year I did resolve to have eyes and ears tested - and I did carry this out.
Tess disgraced herself by doing a wee on the sitting room carpet while we were waiting for our guests to arrive last evening. She seems to get stressed when she senses people are coming and that is when she does it. She has had several such incidents lately - maybe she is getting old and can't stand upset. (She is eight). Has anyone found any way of stopping it - she does know she has done wrong and looks terribly shame-faced when I find it. But wee is almost impossible to remove from carpets even if treated straight away.
My next job is to transfer all birthdays to the calendar for 2016 - this year our calendar (which the farmer had for Christmas) is a calendar of cattle breeds - a nice change. Must go and do it right now. Enjoy a relaxing day.