If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it.
This year, I'm going to make a concerted effort to approach winter with positivity. It's true, I'm not its biggest fan but, to be honest, there's nothing I can do to change the fact that the days are getting shorter, the weather colder and the landscape more stark.
It strikes me that this is the perfect time of year to set a few personal challenges and tackle some projects. I've just started to go swimming twice a week. I'm desperate to sort out my thousands of photographs. I'd really like to improve my knitting. I've resolved to set aside an entire day every couple of weeks to cook meals for the freezer. And so it continues; like a sort of autumn/winter bucket list I suppose.
In the meantime, I'm focussing on the good things the season has to offer ...
1. Being Outside. D and I went for an early morning walk with Bertie on Sunday. It was mellow and misty. Quite beautiful. I had taken my camera with me which always makes me look around with a keener eye.
2. Handmade Woollies. Goodness it was chilly though. I had rather cleverly grabbed my Miss Piggy Ponchette to wrap around my neck but, not so cleverly, forgotten to take anything for my hands. (There's an irony there - I probably own more wrist warmers more than anybody!) I thoroughly enjoyed that walk.
3. Being Inside. I thoroughly enjoyed getting back home too. Being enveloped in its colourful and cosy warmth, kicking my boots off and switching the kettle on.
4. Cooking. The rest of the day unwound quite gently. D made a Chocolate Guinness Cake and I roasted some golden beetroot to go with a herby pesto pasta. I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of kale in my vegetable box. I just love the stuff.
5. Cosy Time. There's far less of a desire or obligation to get out and about in the autumn and winter. I spent the afternoon pottering and crocheting. A relaxing bath and clean pyjamas at 4pm in the summer? Never. In the autumn? Don't mind if I do. So I did.
To be continued ..//