That time of year…

“Put another layer on!”

The weather has turned again over the past couple of days.  Although we’re far from the depths of winter I’ve been feeling the cold in ways that I’ve never experienced before.  In the past, I’ve always prided myself on being warm blooded, not any more.  My default response to people complaining of the cold has always been to suggest they put another layer on.  Unfortunately the layers aren’t working for me.

This morning I woke up with cold hands and cold feet.  Despite my best efforts they stayed that way for most of the day and the cold gnawed away at my energy and enthusiasm.  It was the kind of cold that can only be fixed by going back to bed… I have to admit I tried that too, without much success.

images (17)Fortunately I had the pleasure of attending my daughters’ School Christmas Concert this evening.  It literally and metaphorically warmed me up… the Music Hall was toasty and the atmosphere was light and festive.  The event traditionally marks the end of the winter term for the girls, so spirits were also high.  Christmas excitement was mixed with relief that everyone will have a couple of weeks of relative rest.

I am really looking forward to some time off over Christmas too.  For one reason or another I have had more time away from work this year than I have ever had, to be honest I don’t feel like I’ve properly carried my weight.  Despite all my time off I’m still ready for a break.

Our place is all set for Christmas!

I’m looking forward to some down time and some family time.  I’m also looking forward to exercise being more of a focus of my days rather than something I fit in around work,  I’m not planning on changing the routine or the diet dramatically over the next few weeks, but I will allow myself an “eat what I want” Christmas dinner (not as much as I want however!).

Only two more days to go before I can put my feet up too!

8 thoughts on “That time of year…

  1. 51sixpence

    Hi Paul,

    I recognise that “cold” feeling and being unable to change it! I didn’t suffer before my heart attack but it’s something that I am having to deal with now. Hey ho, it is what it is and onwards we go.

    I’m pleased your recovery is going well and I look forward to reading more in the future.

    Happy Christmas and here’s to a slightly less eventful 2014


    1. Paul Squire Post author

      Thanks Trevor! I’m looking forward to 2014… a chance to take advantage of new found health and fitness. I’m hoping for an eventful year, just not a “Ambulance rushing to emergency Heart procedure” type eventful! Merry Christmas!


    1. Paul Squire Post author

      You would think that they would invent something to keep a bald pate warm wouldn’t you! Not much we can do about getting old(er) though. It’ll soon be Spring! 🙂



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