|Practising Guitar by Candlelight during Earth Hour|
"Stay curious and open to life. No matter what happens keep learning and growing. Find what you love to do and find a way to share it with others."
The Husband is teaching himself the guitar, since he re-strung his old folk acoustic last month. He uses apps on his phone for tuning and chord positions. He practises in the living room most mornings, and sometimes again in the evening, while I sit pooting or reading (zoning in and out). I have always been surrounded by musicians practising so this is no problem for me. It feels quite usual.
He is making good progress. He has also taught himself to bake bread, and even bagels. He is building me a wonderful new project, but that is a secret for now, and will be the subject of a later post. Since retiring he has also refitted our kitchen with my help, and put in fitted furniture in our bedroom.
I have redecorated both rooms. He helps me and I help him. It feels good that way.
I have joined a local festival choir, but haven't been to all the rehearsals. My SAD makes it very tough to leave the house after dark and go out into the cold. Sometimes I just cannot force myself to do it, but I don't beat myself up about it. It is what it is, an episodic condition. It'll pass, and reappear. I work round it. I don't want choir to be a chore, and anyhow I am a good sight-reader and a fast study. When concert day comes I'll be as ready as anyone else.
Sometimes we spend social time with other humans, but not often. We have The Dog and The Birds and they make their presences felt. Sometimes we even leave the house, but not often, and mostly for provisioning. Or a trip to the seaside, because it is there...
And so has passed our first retired Winter in Wales. It wouldn't suit everyone, but it is a description, not a prescription. We have found we have fallen into it rather well. But we may do everything completely otherwise next winter, who knows. A lot can change, and almost certainly will.