Sunday, January 07, 2007
Custard's last stand!
This is the next door neighbour's Weeping Willow. Even with a little help from Photoshop, the bright yellow branches against the blue sky don't look as good as in real life. It's what I see when I open the shutters in the kitchen every morning. Somehow winter doesn't seem so bleak when I look at them.
Winter has been a bit mild and quite dull - not at all the nightmare I had been dreading since that first visit when I was so cold I could hardly walk for shivering. Perhaps that dread it the reason I've been lacking motivation. The blog has been suffering too, especially in the last few weeks. But then, there are so many blogs to read I can't keep up with those that update often so maybe I'm not such a bad blogger, giving everyone a break! To paraphrase Thumper, if you can't say anything interesting, don't say anything at all. (Although I like what Kenny Everett said, 'if you can't say anything nice, come and sit next to me!')
I've changed my mind about one of my 'resolutions' because I think I have a better chance of keeping it if I put it in print! I'm going to surf the blogs less often because, as a lot of bloggers have found, they are very addictive and take up so much valuable time. I'll read the EDM superblog, scan them on Blogarithm (I'll still be visiting my favourites) and have surfing free days. I haven't felt 100% settled since we moved and I think I need to reclaim some time. The French course ends in April and I'm now looking forward to that, even though I very much need to learn and speak French, the schedule has been a little too intense for me. The combination of that and the onset of Spring should brighten my mood.
Yesterday, Mark and I were discussing where to test some paint we bought last weekend, and where it wouldn't look too obvious. The upshot was I suddenly got the urge to paint those nasty bright custard yellow walls in my room (I normally need days and weeks of procrastination!). I should have done it ages ago but anyway, now is a good time as the weather is very mild. One wall is done and today hopefully the others will be finished. It feels much quicker as I don't have to paint the ceiling this time! My mood has brightened as fast as the wall and I know I'll be much happier drawing in there from now on. Now I can say what I should have said a week ago - Happy New Year!