May has gone by so quickly in stark contrast to April which went on and on. It’s perhaps because we have been so busy. Weekdays are always busy but recently feel that I have been running Mum’s taxi service at weekends as I have driven my daughter to tennis matches and my son to non stop or so it seems football matches. All good though as you hear so much these days about childhood obesity so its great that where we live in St Boswells where there is so much for children to do. My kids are involved with golf, tennis and football. However there is also cricket and rugby which we haven’t managed to fit in yet. All in all it makes for a busy schedule especially now that daughter is playing in tennis matches and the football schedule has stepped up. May therefore has gone by in a flash and it looks as if June will go the same way as we have the Borders Book Festival, drama plays and a weekend away to the Lakes to look forward to.
So what of my New Year Resolutions? Well the Lakes is a good place to start with. This is where we spent the first weekend in May enjoying a walking weekend in the Lakes. It was one of the best weekends that we have had all year. We had three walks. One in pouring rain which despite the wonderful scenery and all the new-born lambs I struggled with. A final walk on our last day just above Glenriding looking over the lake a walk which brings back many memories of many sojourns on this walk over the years. The big walk though was the Saturday where we climbed on to the Roman Road from just above Brotherswater and walked about 14 miles in total. It was a sunny day though cold on the top of the fells. But one we will all remember for some time. My daughter or our mountain goat as we call her climbed the fell at speed. We kept getting told that “She’s up there.” “She’s fast your girl.” and finally “She says to say she will see you at the top.” Meanwhile I was viewing the climb which went on and on with dismay as it came back to me that I had been here before. As the horrible realisation dawned that there was shingle ahead my least favourite climb. I hate absolutely hate climbing and I moan all the way. But I love, love getting to the top of the fell which is why I do it again and again. As my heart sunk looking at the climb ahead. A small voice beside me said “What. No way I am not climbing that.” Followed by non stop moans all the way up including one of my better ones. “Never ever again. Never do you hear I am never ever doing that again.” I was therefore greatly amused that at the top of the fell there was a delighted cry. “This is wonderful what an incredible view and I did it myself.” Yes my son takes after his mother in his climbing habits. It was a fantastic walk and best of all unlike the last time we attempted a walk in the Lakes I did not crawl home and was actually quite sprightly on my feet at the end of the walk. So I figure that I am fitter than I was a year ago. Overall the walking ticked the extra exercise box too.
I am happy to report that not only am I in my size 12 jeans my resolution but so much so that I don’t actually look to see what size they are when I get them out of the wardrobe. I just pick up the first pair that come out of the wardrobe. That’s the good news. I have struggled with the 5:2 diet this month (two days 500 calories. five days normal). I am not really sure why I have struggled. Maybe as I have been doing this now since January but each 500 calorie day I have struggled through finding lunch and post dinner times particularly hard. I am also a few pounds off my target weight for the end of this month hoping it will come off miraculously at the end of this week. However I cannot deny now that I have lost weight. I am so near my goal target I need to keep going and then as importantly I need to keep it off.
I have made great progress in my writing though not on my Lewis project. I have parked it. As it’s too precious a project for me and I don’t want it to be the first creative writing I have done. Instead I am working on a short story that I need to write for creative writing course by the 5th June. I am 3/4 of the way through so need to make the time to finish it off and allow time to edit it. The main thing is I have almost written a short story and I am hoping the process will allow me to start writing now on a regular basis.
With regard to other resolutions I have made small steps of progress in all of them. Writing this blog monthly makes me aware of them so that unlike the usual New Year Resolutions they are following me through 2013 not left defeated at the end of another January. As for 2012 resolutions still embedded in my way of life. Diary of grateful things each day is up to date. All books read this month have been noted in my notebook. My recommendation for the month is “Life after Life” by Kate Atkinson. It is about a baby who is born and who dies then is born again. This goes on throughout her life as she is born over and over again and gets to change things. Set from 1910 to late 1960’s its nothing short of brilliant. Huge thanks to my sister and brother-in-law who bought it for my birthday. I kept it for a warm weekend and enjoyed reading it in our garden last weekend.
So May is almost over. June the half way point of the year about to begin what will it hold and what progress will be made?