It's been a week or so (maybe longer) since my last post and I have to say, I've enjoyed the break. No real urge to write anything - just eating, resting and walking now and again.
The snow's starting to gradually disappear but it still feels cold so we're staying in the back room with the Christmas tree and the fire. Oh, and the fridge isn't too far away either... Speaking of which, I had intended to write a Food Memories post over Christmas with stories of our festive eating traditions. But to be honest I'm a bit over all that food now. There's been some serious overindulgence taking place over the past few weeks and it's quite literally getting a bit stale.
Joe's having a lovely time, what with his dad being off work and everyone making a fuss. There have been waves of Christmas presents with new ones each time we go visiting. And there's so much chocolate about too. We shouldn't need to buy any for a long time.
I'm not a big fan of New Year. Never have been. I don't mean that to sound miserable in any way; I just don't get that whole whipped-up-into-a-frenzy type thing. A good house party's fine but pubs and clubs? No, not really. Tonight we'll be home with a bottle of something sparkly. There's a ham cooking very slowly in the oven and we may well be in bed before midnight. Welcome to parenting a toddler!
Seriously though - it's been a hell of a year. Quite literally, in some respects. We sold up, moved house and then my mum became ill. I won't be sad to see the back of it. Yet there have been high points too. Moving back home to the Valley, even if it's temporary, has been the best thing we could have done. I've made some wonderful friends here. Joe makes us laugh and never fails to amaze with his sharpness (and voracious appetite). He's now very affectionate - at times - and loves books and 'helping'.
And continuing with my now two-year-old blog has provided some structure in difficult times. Your comments and good wishes have helped enormously, and I really do appreciate them.
So I'd like to wish you a very Happy New Year, however you like to spend it. I'll be back very soon with lots of posts and photographs. Looking forward to visiting your blogs and writing this one in 2015...