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#SoCS and JusJoJan 8th – Getting off to a good start for 2022

Hooray! It’s the weekend, and that means a joint venture between Stream of Consciousness Saturday (#SoCS) and JusJoJan annual January challenge. Thanks to Linda G Hill for hosting these weird and wonderful prompts. Today’s prompt is to use the words “In the…”. So here we go.


At the beginning of the year, just shortly after I stepped off the bathroom scales, I found myself in the depths of despair…. Again!

This is an annual event. Every November I try to get into racing-snake form before the season of overindulgence begins. I figure that dropping a few pounds before the big Ho Ho Ho, will give me more room for feasting and quality-testing my gin collection. And every year Christmas seems to sneak up on me while my waistbands are already feeling the strain.

So here we are, testing the breaking strain of jeans buttons and bemoaning my lack of self control. However, me being me, after a moment of sulking, came out of my corner ready to battle the bulge once more.

I’m pleased to report that in the first week of getting my head in the game and being more mindful of my nutritional intake, a few pesky pounds have left home. The jeans button is no longer threatening to launch itself at twice the speed of sound. Now comes the hard bit… staying on track and waving bye bye to more of those wee pounds!

Wishing you all a safe, healthy and happy 2022!

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#SoCS – Dreaming of better times

I don’t know about anyone else, but Mr D and I find our mojo is somewhat flagging by the time Friday comes round. It’s a strange phenomenon, considering neither of us has a long commute to work. Walk downstairs, open the study door, boot up laptops. It’s a far cry from washing, dressing, grabbing a coffee in a travel mug, scraping ice from the cars, and driving an hour plus to our respective offices. Yet, come 5pm on Friday we are on our knees.

We have just enough get-up-and-go to load up with a few beers/gin-and-tonics, tiptoe over the flagstones to the hot tub (weather permitting) and soak our weary bodies for an hour. By the time we emerge, relaxed and steaming, we feel a little more alive again.

I don’t recall feeling this drained at the end of a ‘normal’ working week. Maybe this whole work-from-home lark saps ones energy in a different way. Or maybe interacting with our colleagues helps to juice up our batteries. Who knows. All I know is I am, like millions of others, desperate to go on holiday. I can’t wait to see flags flying in the breeze on some tropical beach, that involves a few hours flying time to get there!

In the meantime, we will continue to hunker down, be good citizens, and dream of exotic destinations whilst drinking our way through a flagon (yes indeed, an actual flagon – cool Christmas pressy) of Lindisfarne mead.

Cheers my dears.


Thank you to Linda G Hill for hosting this weekly weekend prompt. Click here to pay her a visit and review her rules of engagement.