'An enjoyable few hours spent in Sheffield on a beautifully sunny afternoon,
all in the company of elder son.'
'A late afternoon, wintery walk up to The Outwoods - when we came out of the woods
it looked like Christmas lights were on in the town spread before us.'
As some of you may know, I reduced the number of days I work each week a few
There have been some unforeseen benefits of this.
1. I drink fewer coffees.
At work, a mid-morning trip to the coffee shop provided me with a bit of exercise and a bit of a treat too to keep me going through the rest of the day. Sadly, a bag of crisps often accompanied my coffee purchase - not a good thing for either my expanding waistline or rising blood cholesterol!
2. I've cut my wine intake
I have never drunk copious amounts of wine but I did find that a glass or two, several times
a week was a particularly satisfying way to relax. I'm not proud of this; it is just the way it was.
I think in celebration my liver is having a party, but obviously an alcohol-free one and
most probably a slumber party!
It's having a long-awaited and well-deserved rest from alcohol!!
It is said that when you reduce your alcohol intake your skin improves, so in a couple
of weeks time I'm hoping to look 20 years younger! ;-)
3. I've bought fewer magazines
As with the wine, I've never bought many magazines, but again a bit of a treat for me was
to browse the shelves of the newsagent, viewing all the craft and home magazines,
dreaming of all the projects I would start (and finish!) when I had the time.
And sometimes feeling that I could justify spending £5 for a magazine as
"I'd worked hard this week"!
Magazines are pretty extortionate in price now aren't they?
It's not uncommon for magazines to cost £8 - and I can't help thinking I can buy a
book for £8!
4. So, as a result of 1, 2 and 3 above, I'M SAVING £££s
So all in all, this is looking very positive.
But it can't all be good can it?
I am finding it hard to stick to my resolve to cut my spending on yarn. Again, I don't think I'm outrageously extravagant but I do have a few balls sitting in bags waiting to be knitted.
And at the moment I'm so tempted by more sock yarn!
And I can't help thinking that I can justify buying a couple of balls because of the
amount of money I'm saving on coffees and wine!
Oo, I can't decide between iceburg, frost or delphinium......
(this is 'iceburg' below)
Well, writing this post has distracted me from the wool website for a little while
(thank you!), I'm now off to tidy the kitchen and then to bed,
so delaying hitting that 'checkout' button for another day.
I hope you have been enjoying the wintery weather and the
excuse it brings to snuggle up in front of a fire.