A Brand New Year

January sunshine on the park

Happy New Year to you all, wishing you a healthy and prosperous New Year.

We had all the family staying for a few days during the New Year festivities, so a full house with grandchildren, dogs and all. For me, a fabulous way to spend the first day of the year and the best way to start off a whole new year ahead of us.

Rose and Freddie

Our thoughts turn to new resolutions and new beginnings when it’s a new year. It does feel good and quite exciting to know and feel there’s a whole fresh year stretching out in front of us, with ups and downs, but which may bring new things, new people in our lives and more precious time with family and friends.

Freddie and me just having a little rest
Our gorgeous Darcy

I haven’t really made any new resolutions, but just resolved in my mind quietly to try and focus a little more on some of the things I have been doing and want to keep on doing more of.

I’m always committed to reading, but want to make sure I keep this up and even read more and more variety and genres. I’ve been given some lovely books for Christmas, both fiction and non fiction and recently joined an online book club. I’m also doing the ‘Goodreads’ reading challenge, which I do every year, so hopefully plenty to keep me motivated with my reading.

I realise I’ve been neglecting my blog too, which I’ve had going for so many years now, but life is so busy sometimes and has changed with my health and having grandchildren. I want to try and readdress this and start writing more. I think with writing, the more you write and practise, the easier it becomes and your writing flows. I’m just going to make sure I make writing my blog a regular practise, like I always used to do.

I’m still working on my second book and I’m determined I’m not going to pressurise myself with it, but equally determined that I will complete it too. I’m working on my first redraft, which is a big task. I was so pleased to complete my first whole draft manuscript last year, and I’m tackling the redraft a chapter at a time, as and when I can find the time and in between all the other things that are important to me.

There will be more redrafts before we get to the publishing process, so this will be a continuing work in progress, a good project to have on the go and tackle step by step.

Teddy on squirrel alert!
Cyclamen in the January sunshine

I’m also determined to get out and about like we always have, despite the restrictions with my lungs. I have oxygen and a wheelchair to help for trips out. It may only be a simple trip to the park, which is on our doorstep, but I do think getting out of the house is important, however I’m feeling and even if I feel under the weather.

There’s nothing like the stimulation of fresh air, nature, seeing the world around us, meeting new people or just browsing in the shops. There’s always something new to see or learn and with going out comes the chance to keep up another favourite hobby of mine, photography. Every positive step feeds another one I feel.

Getting out and about also gives me the chance for exercise, as walking is my favourite exercise and I’m limited with my lungs as to what exercise I can do. There’s always a chance for a bit of walking wherever we go. I’m talking about walking slowly in my case and for a managable amount of time before I get too tired, but every step counts in trying to keep healthy. Keeping moving is so important to keeping as well as I can. I guess, therefore, one of my mottos this year is to keep moving.

Sunset on the park

We’ve had a busy start to January as Rose is moving back in with us for a few months, so we’ve done a big clear out upstairs, to make some room for all her things. She’s having her flat renovated, so that will be great for her and David once it’s all done. Building work is always stressful, but hopefully it will all go smoothly. We’ll enjoy having her and David back for a while though. Sarah and Oli are also having lots of work done on their home too, starting this week, so I think we may have a full house now and again. There never seems to be a dull moment, but that’s a very positive thing to me!

I hope you’ve all had a good start to the New Year 😊

Having a quiet read and a little time out

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kathryngrahamwriter

I'm Kathryn, married with two daughters and a young grandson and granddaughter. I live with my husband Rob and Ted, our crazy cocker spaniel. After a long illness, Pulmonary Hypertension, I received a gift of new life, a heart and double lung transplant.

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