Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories

Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories.

– From the movie An Affair to Remember

I cannot believe that a year ago I started this little blog of mine.  So much has happened, and yet in comparison to previous years, not so much has changed.

Looking back on a year passed; we have enjoyed some glorious holidays (American road trip being a highlight), had some lovely days out, enjoyed some lovely family occasions, and having been together for nearly four years now, hubby and I are closer together than ever.

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From ahumblehousewife point of view, the one area that I feel I am [almost] excelling at, is the cooking and baking.  The house remains to always be that little bit too dusty for my liking, my cupboards are still a mess, I still long to have organised jars all labelled with vintage style stickers, a linen cupboard that explodes with the scent of lily of the valley every time the door opens, and ironing basket that remains empty, a glorious garden full of seasonal flowers and always tidy . . . but alas, either time does not permit or sometimes, you know what, I just can’t be bothered.  I admit it.  Sometimes, especially after a tiring week at work, I just want to sit down, put some crap on the telly  and veg.  I can’t help myself.  I guess I have to reside myself to the fact that I will never be the perfect housewife, but I can keep trying.

Looking forward to 2013, personally I have a week in Northumberland to look forward to, my first ever trip to Scotland; and the biggest test on the humble housewife front will be my very own Great British Bake Off challenge, in which I’m going to work my way through all of the technical challenges in order to teach myself as many new baking skills as I possibly can.  To see what this challenge has in store, check out the dedicated “A Humble Bake Challenge” page.

So.  What about January?  What can I expect, apart from being completely depressed that I have to go back to work and that my next day off is now months away?

First job is to take down all the Christmas decorations.  So sad.  Before that happens I have the unfortunate mission of trying to eat my way through all of the leftover Christmas treats so that I don’t feel guilty about buying to many (again) before starting the dreaded January diet and  the forced 20 minute runs on the treadmill.  So cannot be arsed!

I also need to plant up more bulbs. Yes more! My Nan gave me the biggest box of mixed bulbs over Christmas, with the instruction to plant them all in the same pot, with the promise that if I do, they’ll come back year-after-year. So that’s a task for this weekend.

Here are some key dates for you to base your tasks or events around:

Universal Letter Writing week, January 08-14 2013

Clean out your inbox week, January 20-26, 2013.  (Last year, I did this but I have been extremely naughty and my inbox is now a complete disaster.  Looks like another night will be spent cleaning them out again).

Meat week, January 27-02, 2013 – an excuse to eat loadsa beef!

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National Cut Your Energy Costs Day, January 10 2013 – this is something I have been meaning to look into.  So I will do a bit of research and post my favourite ideas.


National Hugging Day, January 21 2013 – a bloody brilliant idea.  You can’t give or receive too many hugs in my eyes.  Here’s a little excerpt from Wikipedia about the benefits:

Studies have shown that human contact has many health benefits. It has been found that human contact improves both psychological and physical development. Hugging can also help build a good immune system, decrease the risk of heart disease, and decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol in women. It has been shown that a couple who hugs for 20 seconds has higher levels of oxytocin, and that those who were in a loving relationship exhibited a highest increase.  According to the American Psychosomatic Society, a hug or 10 minutes of holding hands with a romantic partner can help reduce stress, and its harmful physical effects. In a study, adults who had no contact with people had higher blood pressure and heart rate. Other studies have indicated that the touch of a friend might not be as helpful as the touch of a partner.

National Peanut Butter Day, January 24 2013 – a lover of Peanut Butter, I may have to look into something sickly sweet to bake in honour of this delicacy.

Apart from that, we will be clearing out our bedroom cupboards, something we have been meaning to do for ages.  And hibernating.  Watching some Hitchcock movies and snuggling on the sofa, but without any red wine, it is January after all.

7 thoughts on “Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories

  1. I love Affair to Remember and that quote when Deborah Kerr says that to Cary Grant. Great post and I love your January remember days – especially the Clean Out your Inbox Week – am going to embrace that one. Happy New Year!

    • Affair to remember is a true Hollywood classic. Especially the last scene, it’s so romantic!let me know how you get on with your inbox clearout, I think I’ve got about 3000 again to get through. I’m officially useless at keeping on top of it! Happy New Year to you too

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