Hoping for a good year for us all. And thank you to everyone who's made this year a little better for us all.
And here's my latest fitness workout.
This is a mother and daughter team, daughter leading the walking workout, her mother working along. I like this a lot, much better than young people issuing commands to older ones, without having any in the studio. She watches how her mother is doing, and doesn't get her stressed out, though she's pretty fit, I must say. It's ten minutes of perpetual motion, with a lot of variety in movement, which I thought I should try, out of a chair for this series. And if you read on, you'll see why this is important at this exact moment in time.
I made the Shortbread recipe from Tartine, seen here, dough pressed down into the pan
And here it is, cooling, scored for breaking, little fork marks.
At this point I had not tasted it, but it was cooling nicely, when friend from next door brought his two little grandchildren to the door to wish me Happy New Year. Exquisite timing. So they went home with a couple of pieces each, warm from the oven. And they're all dark haired, so I counted them as my First Footers.
Scottish and north of England tradition, you need the first person to set foot in your house (here it was on the step, but who's counting), to be a dark haired man. Since nobody else will be in the house till (dark haired) son visits, I'm all taken care of. And when the first footer comes in, they get things like this to eat, and adult ones get a strengthening tot of something, all in the name of having a healthy and wealthy New Year.
My dad was our first footer growing up, and he had to leave the house before midnight to join all the other first footers freezing out in the street until they were allowed in for the ceremony right after midnight, after they'd heard the ships in the river sounding their horns or whatever they call them. Some guys used also to first-foot houses where there wasn't an available dark haired man, and I expect the glass of scotch was very welcome there, too.
Anyway, I tried a piece of the shortbread, and it literally did melt in the mouth. Gosh it was good. Posh, but good.
And then, since I need a bready something to go with breakfast, and just couldn't be bothered to bake bread, I made a recipe of hot biscuits with ap flour, no wholewheat this time, with sliced almonds and chopped walnuts.
So now you see why a walking indoor program in this soaking wet weather, is also on the menu.
I don't look back over the year, never have, and this one wasn't very thrilling to remember. However, some good things came of it.
I got access to meetings, including my centering prayer group, because they went online. I've developed more blog friends this year, thank you everyone who started reading back in March or thereabouts, you're treasured, as are your own blogposts, those who are bloggers themselves. And thank you, long-time readers who are still faithfully checking in, after all these years.
And I've been able to take in concerts I'd never have made it to, if I'd had to get there in person. Last night Taiwanese Fusion Jazz, last week Indian Kathak dancing and music. And lectures from the Princeton art museum, The Rug Society, and Emily Dickinson's house. So I feel very enriched.
I hope we've all found some consolations for the anxiety and losses we've dealt with.
Happy New Year! Hoping for a better one, as always. And now I have to put the Christmas decorations back in the box for another year. If you were wondering why this is happening on New Year's Eve in the Northern Hemisphere, it's because we have readers in NZ and Australia, for whom it's well into January l, 2021. Being inclusive here!
Happy New Year, and, in Scots fashion: Lang May Yer Lum Reek! It means long may your chimney smoke, meaning long life to you.