Actually life isn’t too bad at the moment, although I’m still having a challenge getting traction on most things in my life. One thing comes together and another goes sideways and I’m having a hard time keeping up …… as you can tell, as my post for December is rather late. Not to mention most of my photos have food as a theme, so right away you can tell where the majority of my time has been spent.
Thankfully, I’m healing up well from my biking accident. My cast is off and although my thumb has very little strength in it, I do feel it improving. Otherwise, my sprained wrist is feeling nearly back to normal in the last few days, my terribly bruised elbow almost has no pain, and although my head still hurts a little where I hit it, it’s improving as well. Another month and hopefully I’ll be 100%.
And with my return to health, I’ve started to do some yoga at home again, and have begun nightly walks to get some much needed exercise. The weather here has been atrocious though ….. we apparently had the wettest November since 1954; not a pleasing statistic. I saw blue sky in a photo today and got so excited, but also realized what a foreign sight it was. Very sad, my reaction, wasn’t it?
On a sad note, my grandmother is not doing very well and we will honestly be surprised if she makes it until Christmas. She’s 96 which perhaps you think it wouldn’t be such a shock, but nevertheless it is. She has been completely healthy and vibrant up until just 2 months ago. She’s the type of grandmother who went on trips to New York shopping and went white water rafting when she was 84. She was on no medication until last month when her heart began to give her trouble. And while death is part of life, there is a feeling of loss when someone who has been with you for so long, suddenly isn’t anymore.
As you have probably noticed, my book blogging is still lagging behind. I did manage the one post of Adler’s How Different Are Humans?, but I just couldn’t manage more than that. Again, I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time on Journey to the Garden, our food blog. I do finally feel like I’m getting on top of the learning curve in that aspect, so I hope to have more time to read and blog as I get more proficient with my time management there. I hired a photographer come to my home and do a food shoot with me and then give me some tips on using Lightroom. It was such fun! I learned that I do have a natural instinct for taking photos (I would have never guessed), but I need to work on my composition and lighting. Our blog traffic is really humming along with a 83% increase over the month before. It’s rather exciting to watch.
I’m trying to concentrate on reading Crime and Punishment and am about ⅓ of the way through. I’m finding it much easier than The Brothers Karamazov but still psychologically very interesting. I also ordered the book The Art of Loving on a recommendation from my aunt, and am quite intrigued by it so I will probably start that as well. Otherwise, it will be a “see how much time I have, see what I feel like picking up” reading month. I do feel like I’m getting some more time to devote to it though — I don’t want to get too excited yet, but it would be nice to get a reading/blogging balance back into life again.
I hope you’ve all had a wonderful start to the month and that December turns out to be cheerful, relaxing and merry!