I have returned from a horrifying bout of what must have been an outbreak of Noro-virus – my parents and sister and her boyfriend were also afflicted with it. Luckily we are all okay now, and Dan didn’t get it, so I think he must have the toughest constitution of anyone I’ve ever known! (altho he isn’t completely immune to things, he does get the odd stinking cold now and then).
Anyway, I spent the last two weeks house-sitting with Dan and my sister (for one week before she jetted off to Barcelona to meet the parents there for a few days), and it has been quite strange but I’ve gotten back into cooking again and also had to do a lot of waiting on the cats. I tried my first batch of cookies, courtesy of Nigella Lawson’s ‘Kitchen’ – but then I promptly broke my camera and so the cookies were overdone and very hard, more like biscuits. I also tried her chocolate and banana muffins but I think my batch could have done with more banana because they were a little dry. Making muffins is a different process to making cupcakes, they don’t have so much flour and less eggs. It was fun, and I even made some Sunshine Soup – sweetcorn, roasted yellow and orange peppers and garlic oil – it was sunshine in a bowl.
I’ve just had an article published in The Hearing Times – it is about the Edinburgh Festival and access week, so do go and register at the website if you want to read the article. An online subscription is free! I enjoyed writing it, and it makes me feel proud to know that my writing is out there, and I’m taking one step after another, and actually getting somewhere. My sister and I are also trying to get our craft/jewellery business up and running again too, so hopefully the next few months will be busy and have exciting things in store. It will definitely give me more to write about, anyway!
I’ve decided to take part in a 31 Days… tag for October. You can choose whatever you want to write about or post about. I got the inspiration from my sister, who is also doing a 31 Days of Happy Moments series. I’ve chosen 31 Days of Happy Things because I think I need to focus on all the things that make me happy, and all the things that make other people happy. Life is hard enough without constantly feeling like there are things dragging us down, and it is often the little things that keep us going. It is a chance for me to share the things that make me smile this month. I know I’m a little late to the game, but I’ll be posting for the past four days too so I can catch up!
I’m also wondering how to make this blog work when I also have a website and a style blog. It seems that I get stretched in many different directions and I’m not sure whether to put all the posts on this blog onto my website blog, or whether to just leave it as it is, and keep using this place as a more intimate and personal place. That’s not to say that I don’t talk about deep things over on my website – I do, because that is the kind of writer I am.
So – here’s to October, as the nights draw in and the mornings get darker. I kind of like it, I love Autumn – the colours, the smells of crisp air and crunchy leaves, the promise of Halloween, the 5th of November, my birthday, Christmas. We don’t really seem to get many festivals or excitement in summer in the UK, whilst the Autumn, Winter and Spring months are more exciting in that respect!
Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. ~ Stanley Horowitz