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Thursday, 21 May 2015

What's Mine Is Chores...

Chicken and bean cassoulet with chorizo, cooked by my own fair hand. To quote Rachel, by way of explanation: "A stroke has all sorts of repercussions that aren't immediately obvious. Tonight Tim managed to follow a recipe for the first time in 10 years and it was delicious."

Those paying attention may have noticed a dip in HeroPress post regularity of late, and a definite decline in fresh content (as opposed to picture posts and film clips).

This is because I've been stepping away from the keyboard to smell the roses, appreciating my life and (finally) starting to pull my weight around the home.

It's ten years since my aneurism and stroke and, while it's very unlikely I'll ever be fit enough to return to work, it's probably time I started to do my share of the household chores.

Thanks to encouragement from my cognitive behavioral therapist (and Rachel, of course), I have begun a programme of activities, to both help Rachel out (doing more cooking, cleaning etc) and to get me out of the house more - visiting friends etc

Part of this involves me doing more cooking and, as evidenced by the picture above, I've cooked my first meal from a recipe in a decade! I've also made a couple of cottage pies and the usual sausage and bacon fare.

I'm even considering signing up for a beginners cookery course at the adult education centre!

I'm also looking after Alice at least two days a week (she normally goes to work with Rachel as she has become the company's 'official' morale-boosting office dog).

Although both my therapist and Rachel are keen that I continue blogging, they believe it helps keep my brain active, I'm finding that with these 'chores' - most of which couldn't be described as arduous, but are surprisingly satisfying - I'm not driven to spend so much time glued to my keyboard.

All this schedule rejigging is even allowing me time to watch TV and DVDs simply for 'enjoyment', without the nagging sense of obligation that I should be composing some witty review for HeroPress to justify my time.

So, there you have it: HeroPress lives, but in tandem with an increasing 'real life' away from the computer.

I have plans and schemes for the blog, to keep it fresh, but for the moment I'm enjoying the new make-up of my daily life... which will mean fewer long posts like this for a while!

5 comments:

  1. Excellent news!!

    Blogs should never be an obligation anyway, but if your post count drops because you are getting more involved in real life, that's great.
    We'll miss you (OK, you're not actually going anywhere...), but I bet your readers are more than happy with the exchange of posts for your better quality of life.

    Now quit reading this, I'm sure there's some dust somewhere that needs to be told to move on.

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  2. Hello good Sir...
    We did Not even even know of your Stroke....
    Our best to you and Post Only when you feel up to it... we will still be your faithful follower and look forward to each new post...
    Most of All... take care of yourself...

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  3. While I certainly wasn't fishing for comments or sympathy with this article, your kind words mean a lot and are warmly received, gentlemen.

    I try not to mention my health issues - except when they directly impact on the production of the blog or some activity I'm intending to write about - but I like think that here we're turning a corner (psychologically, if not physically). .

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  4. my best wishes to you good Sir and someone I think of as a Friend...
    health issues can make even dimple tasks next to impossible some times...
    a great weekend to you and yours....

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