memories and a july wish list

Time really does go quickly, doesn’t it? This year it seems to have stood still but then when you look at the date, you realise it’s still moving, perhaps even more so than normal.

Like most people, I am assuming, we haven’t done much. My days have been spent trying to learn how to bake bread, studying Japanese, cooking new things, crafting and navigating the apartment now my husband is working from home (this is still an ongoing learning opportunity).

I’ve also been back and forth to the hospital with thyroid issues, specifically a toxic nodule goitre, causing me to have hyperthyroidism which isn’t the most interesting thing to talk about, but I may do a separate post on just incase people are curious.

2020 so far

I went back through both my phone and my husband’s and I came up with hardly any photos. The flowers are the only ones really worth sharing.

As far as reading goes, it’s also been quite a lacklustre year for me. My favourites are underlined.

  1. Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life – Héctor Garcia/Francesc Miralles
  2. Putney – Sofka Zinovieff
  3. Declutter – Deborah Robertson
  4. Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen
  5. Hired: six months undercover in low-wage Britain – James bloodworth
  6. The Going Green Handbook – Alice Mary Alvrez
  7. The Ballroom – Anna Hope
  8. The Doctor Who Sat for a Year – Brendan Kelly
  9. The Alchemist – Paul Coelho
  10. Zen – Shunmyo Masuno
  11. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
  12. Time and How to Spend It – James Wallman
  13. Of Human Bondage – W. Somerset Maugham

july wish list – I hardly know what to write here.

  • sort the backroom out – we had so much food sitting about, it was ridiculous. We get given food when we go back to the UK and Italy, we get food that we bring back ourselves, we were buying stuff that looked good – it was too much. It’s much calmer now, but it’s still an ongoing thing.
  • read physical books instead of ebooks – this isn’t because I hate ebooks, I really like them but I want the books out of the house, so read once and then give away to people, donate or sell.
  • sew tea towels – we need new tea towels and I have material that I can use to make some, I’m just too lazy!!

I could go on, but I won’t.

I hope you’re having a good year so far, although it’s very difficult to imagine at the moment with all the awful things going on. Just try your best and that’s all anyone can ever ask of you.

Take care and hopefully speak soon,


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