New Year (new me?)… Nah!

Greeting Bloggers,

How goes it in the land of Blog? I have missed all your lovely blogs lately but hopefully I’ll do better now (sounds like my school report card – Alba could do better!) I’m definitely going to go back to the Weekly Photo Challenge and hoping to blog in-between as well. No New Year resolutions for me this year though, they just get broken… although last year I did manage to log into MyFitnessPal every single day. Every. Single. Day. Are you impressed? I’m not saying I actually lost any weight, plus some days I might only have logged my breakfast, but I did it, and still am. I’m currently at 375 days in a row. Go me!! This year I just intend to eat healthily, work out a couple of times a week (I’m just back in from my first cycle ride in months today and even though it was a close-run thing, I didn’t puke up my lunchtime lentil soup. It was touch and go for a moment, but I didn’t disgrace myself. I do have jelly legs now, but stomach is fine) plus keep working away. I would love to say I could make enough money for my husband to retire, but that isn’t going to happen. Not that I want him hanging around the house God forbid, but he can go get a less stressful job as a golf-course greenkeeper, tiling bathrooms or raising chickens (all things he’d be pretty good at but won’t make us rich).

Anyway as this is supposed to be a photography blog here’s a few pics from my Ne’erday celebrations and a short trip we had to Chicago to meet up with 4 Scottish friends who came over to the US to celebrate one of their birthdays. Unfortunately the birthday boy got stopped at the US Immigration in Dublin and got questioned so long him and his wife missed the flight (thanks Immigration!) but they manged to get here the next day in time for the train back down to my house. They’ll laugh about it eventually….

We made up for it on Hogmanay with a party night at a local hotel and loads of fun, laughter, (bad) singing and good food (when I wasn’t cooking anyway). Christmas was also good – spending time with my wee family, Skyping or FaceTiming my extended family and of course eating far too much (that would have been one of my breakfast only days on MyFitnessPal)

I hope you all had a lovely festive season and are raring to go in 2018. Cheers everyone!

Hogmanay Shenanigans
Kinda ironic this was the view from my hotel window seeing as one of my friends wasn’t allowed through US Immigration!
Chicago at night


New Year’s resolutions and other such nonsense


Happy New Year and Happy 1st Birthday to my blog… yep, I’ve been on WordPress for a whole year now so it’s about time I did something productive with it instead of randomely throwing up some photographs now and again.

Soooooo, I’ve decided for my New Year’s resolution I’m going to do a 365. That is a photograph a day for a year. I might not post all the photos, but I’m going to make the effort to at least TAKE a photo a day, whether it is with my DSLR or my camera phone. I don’t normally bother much with resolutions (principally because I always break them – “NO CHOCOLATE FOR A MONTH!” (actually one year I carried on after the month and I ate no chocolate for a whole year, but that was just silly) or “I WILL LOSE 40lbs IN 2 MONTHS” or “EXERCISE EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR AN HOUR”) but a photograph a day is totally do-able.

I’m not going to blog every single day because that’s just not possible, so I’ll throw a random selection of photographs up whenever I can. Anyway this is January so far (“It’s only the 4th of January Alba – you haven’t done much to be proud of yet ya muppet”)


New Year’s day walk at the lake with the dog…. bl**dy freezing but a lovely way to start the year. phone pic


2nd January walk in the prairie…. still bl**dy freezing and dog is being a brat (pulling his lead to investigate all sorts of smells) phone pic


Traditional Scottish Clootie Dumpling… made in the not-so-traditional microwave, but I was really pleased how it turned out, ie. not burned or soggy! phone pic

Donut lowres

Doughnuts (or donuts)…. you can see why I don’t bother with the “lose 40lbs” resolution anymore! DSLR

Well, so far so good…. hopefully I’ll manage my 365. Off to eat some doughnuts walk the dog!

Happy New Year and hope whatever resolutions you have (or don’t have) you successfully keep them (or not).