I am 100% a summer person and dread the colder months, but so far, so good this autumn. Here are some little things keeping me cheery:
- Autumn itself has its perks: scarves and boots; crisp, cold, sunny days; pretty coloured trees; soft daylight; candles. I also realised tonight that I really love a dramatic fog haha, it makes me feel like I’m in a mystery novel!
- I’ve made it through the awkward growing-out phase of my pixie cut and my hair is now the perfect length for a little bun – quick and easy, and a lot more flattering than the strange creations I was resorting to involving hair bands and pins!
- Working from home is an absolute dream, for a whole load of reasons:
– I can work when I actually feel productive. And I can go shopping on weekdays!
– My commute home from the office was so draining that I never did anything in the evenings except eat dinner and lounge around, trying to muster up the energy to do the dishes or go to a gym class. I’m naturally quite lazy and messy, especially when tired, but at the same time I really like to have things clean and tidy, and feel drained and distracted when they’re not – a vicious cycle! Now I’m home all the time I’m completely on top of my chores, and have really noticed a difference in how I feel.
– I also no longer have any excuse not to go to gym classes, so have been going once or twice every week. I’d go more often but twice is usually more than enough for my abs! 😀 As a result I’m feeling fitter and sleeping better.
– Another health perk is that I’ve finally, properly, started drinking water. This is always a vague goal, but in an office environment it’s so easy to drink endless cups of coffee. Plus, although tap water here in Scotland is good by any standards, I prefer bottled water, but felt guilty about the unnecessary expense, and all those plastic bottles! I’ve now accepted that if I don’t buy bottled water I’ll just drink coffee and/or fruit juice, which are more expensive, have just as much packaging and are worse for me, so I buy large bottles and use them to refill a small glass bottle which I keep on my desk. Why not drink out of a glass or cup, you ask? Not when you have this little monkey around, who will only drink out of her own dish if she has no alternative:
- Speaking of Lucy, she’s been so happy to have company during the day, and also that we’ve started turning the heating on again so she can lie on her favourite spot on the landing, which is warmed by the hot water pipes! She’s such a sweet-natured, affectionate cat, and so playful – some time soon I’ll post a video of her playing, if I can manage to catch one with decent lighting and without me laughing too much in the background!
- We’ve made lots of progress on the house in the last month or two. We had such amazing luck finding this place, as it’s bigger and better than we thought we could afford, and was in good condition (well, apart from the boiler…!) There were a few things starting to need patched up though, and now that we no longer need to try to coordinate tradesmen with days off work, we’ve flown through the check list – we had someone clear the gutters and do a small repair on the roof, and replaced the oven and a section of fence that had blown down.
- My aunt gave me this cute owl-shaped bird feeder for Christmas, and we bought this “feeding station” to hang it from. It’s been such a pleasure spotting the different garden birds, and hearing their birdsong. So far we’ve seen sparrows, pigeons, starlings, blue tits, great tits, coal tits, chaffinches, gold finches, blackbirds and a robin, who is singing his little heart out now autumn’s here!
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