Sometime in October, about the middle of the third week I think, I had a very strange feeling. I felt I wasn't going to like November. It was quite a strong feeling and the desire to go to bed and stay there for the duration came upon me fiercely. Although not very practical to do so, I do wish I had gone with my desire.
At the end of October I hurt my back to the extent of being incapacitated for over a week. I have no idea how it happened. One moment I was walking across the room and the next I could barely move. My back was still a bit fragile when I then had a problem with my hip. Further incapacitation resulted. Then I went for an interview for a job I didn't get which I was quite upset about. Then my right hand became inflamed and very, very painful (and of course I am right handed) I couldn't even press the button on my camera let alone do any cooking. There was another health issue which is best not to go into here. There were a couple of other upsetting moments too. All in all - I think it fair to say - I didn't like November.
However, in the interests of optimism, for of course this is the person I am striving to be, November has gone. Done. It is now December. Time to carry on. Time to find my mojo again.
And although sadly my hand is not recovered, I have had blood tests and am going for an x-ray next week, I have found learning to use my left hand more a lot easier than I thought it would be. So in the interests of optimism I thought I would see what I could do in the way of my favourite occupations. And, although I need to get a left handed tin opener and chopping vegetables is challenging, I can still make biscuits.
Last week I made Rum and Raisin Oaty Cookies (my take on a Rachel Allen recipe), Ginger and Honey Snaps and Chocolate and Coconut Bars. Once I started I couldn't stop. I was giving cookies away left, right and centre. And happily, thanks to giant pink painkillers, I can use my camera again although I'm afraid I forgot to photograph my frenzied cookie sessions. But now I've found my mojo again I expect I will make more especially as I am going away for Christmas and need to take gifts with me.
I may have to change my name to Lady Cookie.