Last time we had coffee I wrote about the porch door and the small repairs I was making along with a fresh lick of paint. What I didn’t mention at the time was that this was all prompted by having the front door replaced. Which in some ways broke my heart. The door I’m sure had been the original I’m sure from 1890. A beast of a thing, in two halves. Unfortunately, it really had bowed. Let in all manor of the elements and didn’t really close properly and therefore didn’t lock properly. This was back in November and we’ve had nothing but trouble with it since it being painted, and it started to warm up. Being made of wood it started to have a mind of its own trying to burst free.
The good news is that it got it’s final lick of paint on Friday after several calls and emails. Only took a couple of hours. So infuriating. As time goes by we will forget this drama in our lives.
Again the gap between us having coffee has been too long and I can’t believe Natalie has hosted 22 of them, which is amazing! April was the last time I contributed, so I feel I need to bring you up to speed.
I’ve cheated on you! I’ve be writing elsewhere which I’m sorry about and I hope you forgive me! The cookery book that I wanted to write just wasn’t happening. I was disappointed with myself and the realisation that lockdown hadn’t afforded me the miracle of more time and the power of magic. Miraculously I felt the weight was going to drop off and I’d be able to play all those piano pieces I’ve always wanted to play! I’d wanted to come out of it hoping to have achieved something more. Instead I probably worked more and dreamt more.
So since that last blog post in April I’ve signed up for a writing in community project. Six months to write a book which in reality is more like 6 months to show up daily and write something and we’ll see what happens. Some days it’s a sentence, some days it’s page of the things running through my head and it’s been really good. I also found myself a piano teacher who is willing to take on an adult and 3 lessons in it’s been so liberating to feel I’m back at the keys with a goal each fortnight. Let’s not mention the piano scales, however with the more conventional set there has been a slight improvement. A minor lifestyle change of trying to live a more Mediterranean diet with less carbs has seen the loss of a kilogram (a 2lb bag of sugar) which has given me more energy.
On reflection though lockdown did achieve these things by allowing me, mentally to go on a journey. I listened to many podcasts in the self help space. I succumbed to an audible subscription and everyday I try to put something into play from the learnings. Start small, show up and do the essentials. It’s a theme that gets repeated over and over again.
Back to the coffee…a lovely weekend here in Edinburgh. A treat to get a scone in with a takeaway coffee, sit on the links and watch the bustle of the city come back to life.
The #WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up hosted by Natalie the Explorer that serves as weekly heart beat and sort of of a mind-dump. Helps me reflect on my week, with a list of achievements, thoughts and rambles normally whilst drinking a beverage probably listening to music.