Small Things: #6

Well, it has been quite some time since my last Small Things post: over two years, in fact. There was no conscious decision to stop writing about the little things I took joy in, day to day, but rather that the impact of my attack was so severe that I was unable to do that for a very long time. Now that I am recovering, I am able to see pleasure and find enjoyment again. Take this weekend for instance: I was able to sit outside, in the sunshine with a cold drink. Enjoy working on my knitting, enjoy cooking some wonderful fresh meals. Not long ago, all of these things were just mechanical activities – they passed the time, but I was so depressed that I didn’t really focus on what I was doing because I was so numb. But anyway. Here are my Small Things…

Small Things #6

1. Sat in the sunshine listening to the latest Outlander novel and working on the Building Blocks Shawl that’s been waiting to be finished for almost a year (!!) | 2. When it’s sunny, fresh & light food is required. Here’s a wonderful chicken, rice noodle & salad bowl I put together for lunch in the garden. | 3. Now that the weather is improving, I’m taking Oscar out into the garden on his new adult cat sized and escape-proof harness from Mynwood Cat Jackets. | 4. My Mum bought me this ginger cat rug as an Easter present. I put it near to the French doors in my bedroom – and Oscar decided to claim it as his own! | 5.  Two new skeins of yarn from Hedgerow Yarns. I’m looking at including them in a Find Your Fade shawl once I’ve finished some other WIPs| 6. It’s well know in my family, that I kill any plant I come into contact with. This included my last chilli plant, which my mother claims didn’t get enough light. So, I’m trying to get around this – and actually grow successful chilli plants – by taking my new kits into the office to grow on the light-filled window sill next to my desk.

Good Listening

I spend a lot of time listening to audiobooks and podcasts; I listen at work, whilst I’m writing reports and at home when I’m cooking or knitting. It may seem strange, but listening to something makes it easier to focus on things I’m working on and stops me getting distracted.

As a quick note, as an iOs user, I find the Overcast podcast app much nicer to use than the default Apple one and I really love Audible for audiobooks.

This week I’m loving…

Audiobooks

I’ve been listening my way through Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books for over a year. This week, I finally got onto the last book, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. I can’t recommend these historical/fantasy/sci-fi hybrid novels enough. Either pick them up one at a time on Audible and embark on an epic listening marathon like me, or buy Kindle/Paper copies over on Amazon. Start with Outlander. If you’re super keen, you can watch the excellently adapted TV series over on Amazon Prime Video as well.

Podcasts

Real Crime Profile

I’m a sucker for real crime documentaries, and became quite obsessed with the Serial podcast a few years ago. In this one, Jim Clemente (Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent/Profiler), Laura Richards (criminal behavioral analyst, former New Scotland Yard) and Lisa Zambetti (Casting director for CBS’ Criminal Minds) profile behavior from real criminal cases. So far, they’ve gone through cases such as OJ Simpson and the murder of Reeva Steenkamp and Meredith Kercher.

You can listen on Soundcloud or download episodes via any good podcast app.

Small Things #6

7. I’ve finished a number of big WIPs recently, so I cast on this Star Sweater I’ve been eyeing up for a while | 8. Last week, I was able to take my Mother to Borough Market for the first time. Our first stop?  Bread Ahead for doughnuts! | 9. It turns out that putting squares of the Lindt Lindor chocolate bar in the middle of brownies is a genius idea. | 10. Dutch Baby pancakes are my new go-to for weekend brunch. You will need a cast iron skillet to make them, but I promise that a skillet is a good investment! | 11. I finally finished my rainbow So Faded sweater. Photos, of this and my other recently finished projects, are coming! | 12. Last weekend, I raided KoreaFoods for the ingredients to make Kimchi. I used the recipe from Our Korean Kitchen and now my fridge has two huge jars fermenting. I’m looking forward to some awesome Korean BBQ style meals this summer!

So what have you been up to this weekend? I hope the weather where you are is as lovely as here.

I’m going to spend the rest of my afternoon trying to take decent photos of my recently finished knitting projects, and then have lunch out on the sunny patio.