As I start typing this post, I am sitting on the sofa in the bay window, warmed by the late afternoon sun. It is the most relaxed I felt in a while. I am knitting but decided to take a short break after the first pattern repeat of a new pair of socks. Might shout out for a coffee and see what happens (as it transpires, nothing).
In the morning, I went for a walk with my best dog walking buddy. A brisk walk with a friend is good for the soul. It was very cold and all is frozen over but the paths are ok because it was dry for a couple of days before temperatures returned to below freezing. Because it was quite early for a Sunday, it wasn't terribly busy, just a few die hard joggers and dog walkers.
My brand-new bright green hat had its virgin outing. I knitted it with a half brioche stitch, which is very stretchy. I wanted one of those furry pompons to finish it off but it seemed a bit silly to order just one pompom. Non-essential shops that might sell pompons are of course closed. My solution? Cut the pompom of an old worn-out unloved hat.
We now have a bird nesting box in the garden. It is in full view of my office space and I hope there will be some nesting activity this year. The box is mounted high on our garage wall, which is almost covered in rambling roses over the summer. This hopefully provides some protection for the fledglings. The garage is a the very top of our steep terraced garden, so far away from the house for shy species. I am hoping for blue tits.
The children are struggling a bit. The continued isolation is getting to them I think. Annie in particular really needs to let her hair down and have a big party with lots of friends. Alas, it is not going to happen anytime soon. The most exciting thing she can do is go for walks with one friend a the time. There is a two person limit for outdoor recreation and exercise. We are lucky to have lots of open spaces in Glasgow, woodlands and riverwalks right on our doorstep. A blessing really because just now we can't travel far into the countryside as we can't travel further than five miles outside our council boundary. All a bit of a pain but I'd rather have that than ever increasing deaths from Covid.
I completed the first week of my running programme. I am literally starting from the beginning and I am not going to lie, it is very hard.
I have a busy work week ahead but I just looked at my diary and Friday seems clear. I am tempted to take the day off but will have to see how tomorrow goes. I noticed four new assignments on Alistair's school iPad when I plugged it in to charge and it is not even Monday yet....
I can smell dinner, best to finish up here and check out what is happening in the kitchen. Have a good week everyone!