We're already a week in to 2009... Can you believe it? I'd only just gotten used to it being 2008 and now it's 2009 and I have to get used to saying 2009 instead. Not that I want to go back and go through 2008 again. No way do I want to go through those hospital trips again! But I'm sure you get my point about how fast time is going and how weird it feels saying 2009.
Before I start rambling on about who knows what I want to post a quick happy birthday to my Nan. I know she wont see it, but I want to post it anyway. She's 81 today... Happy birthday, Nan! :)
The weather's been VERY cold lately. We've had a light sprinkling of snow... Actually, we've had a few sprinklings of snow. There's been enough so we can say we've had snow, but not enough to satisfy me, Kero and Willow since there's not been enough for games of "catch the snow ball" (humans throw snow balls, dogs try to catch them). But at least I can say we've had snow, I guess. Mostly we've had ice though. Oh yes, there's been plenty of ice. It's been so icy that even Kero slipped a little during our walk the other day. It's times like this I'm glad of my cane... It's pretty useful in steadying yourself if you slip a little on the ice. ;)
Yes, even in these cold and icy conditions Kero and I are still going for walks every couple of days. I don't see any reason why we shouldn't. I used to walk Kero in all weathers before, so why not now? And if I fall and break my leg then I have my mobile phone to call for help. So far I've not fallen once though. My foot's slipped slightly, but that's about it. And, like I said, Kero slipped the other day, but he soon righted himself... He was so intent on a smell he'd found that he wasn't watching where he put his paws, I guess.
I have my Mam's rowing machine down here to use on the days I'm not walking Kero. Eventually I'm hoping to get it so I do both each day, but I've not done much in the way of exercise since May, so I thought I should start off gently so as not to over-do it. I mean, first of all I wasn't going anywhere because of the pain from the light, then I spent up until November in and out of hospital... You get the idea.
Actually, Mam brought the rowing machine down here in about November, but after my last op I was on a six week ban on anything that would put strain on my body so as to allow the wound to heal properly, so it was only a couple of days ago we set it up. And - I admit it - today was the first time I actually used it. I listened to a whole CD while rowing away though, so I was on it for about an hour. I was only going slowly though, and I took a couple of breaks in the middle somewhere so as not to over-do it. Sorry but I don't know how many calories I burned, miles I traveled, etc.
The CD I listened to was the last CD of an audiobook I've been listening to. It's one I mentioned that I was looking for a few months ago. Some of you may remember me asking about it. The author is Michael Molloy, the series is called "Night Witches," and the book is the first in the series and is called "The Witch Trade"... My Nan (the one who I said happy birthday to at the start of this post) got it for me for Christmas... It's every bit as good as the second one - which I heard on the radio - and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's about a young girl called "Abbey Clover" who - with the help of a boy named "Spike" and a man named "Adam Starlight" - helps the light witches to stop the evil plans of the night witches and discover a store of ice dust (which is what gives the light witches the power to do their spells).
Nan asked the place she got it from about the other two books in the series... Apparently they aren't available on audio just yet. She's keeping an eye open for them for me though, and says she'll grab them for me when they come out.
On the subject of audiobooks...
I did have a copy of Oathbreaker (book five in the Chronicles Of Ancient Darkness series) or I thought I did. It turns out the first four CDs are missing from it. I contacted the place I got it from and told them. They gave me details for returning it and are sending me a replacement copy just as soon as they have one in stock. I half expected them not to because I actually brought it a couple of months ago, but I explained that I'd only just opened it and they were very understanding and appologetic. So I have to wait to find out what happens to Torak next. :(
I've started being more careful about what I'm eating and making my dinners a bit healthier. I refuse to go on a diet, because I know that as soon as I start telling myself I can't have this or that I'm going to be craving it so badly that I end up having it. So instead I'm just changing my eating habits so that I'm eating more of the healthy food (like fruit and veg) and less of the unhealthy food (like sweets). And we're limiting fizzy drinks. We're not buying any in the shopping (we're having juices instead) so any fizzy drinks will be if we grab a little bottle of pop when we're out or something.
My Mam made me some rhubarb crumble yesterday. The bit I've eaten was really nice. Mam took a couple of pieces of it home for herself and my Dad, and I put the rest of it in the freezer in portion sized freezer safe containers so I don't get tempted to pig out on it. I've got three portions of it in there that I just have to defrost and heat up when I want them.
Kelly's gone to Swansea today to spend a gift voucher he got for Christmas and get himself a few items of clothing he needs. That means that until early to mid afternoon I'm home by myself. Well, apart from Kero, of course.
So far all I've done since he left is gone on the rowing machine, fed Kero and worked on this post. This post is taking a very long time to write because I've had a few interuptions in the form of Kero wanting outside, two phone conversations, the post coming and my decision to stop writing the post so I could make myself a cup of tea.
OK... I think that will do for now.
Enjoy whatever's left of your day, and - if it's as icy with you as it is with us - be careful out there! :)