Late November Catch Up

Happy December!

I hope your week’s going okay. Apologies for not stopping by to say hi last week. The week went in a blur. I said see you later to my friend moving back to Australia with her growing family. Her big surprise before she left! I’ll miss her. We only just met this summer, following my trend of making friends only for one of us to leave within a year. I’m happy for her, yet I know I’m going to miss her loads.

The cats have had their own personal mini dramas last week, all relating to their ongoing illnesses and I was just plain lazy. Last night for example was an inner fight of stop napping and being lazy, get up and be productive vs I can’t or I don’t want to. I ended up saying 5,4,3,2,1 to snap my brain out of it and get moving. I haven’t been taking as many photos as usual as the light goes so quickly. As I get to the zoo before closing, the light’s going and I’m not there yet with low light. Zoo rules, no flash. It’s okay, I have to think differently of what I can shoot. Throw in the dentist again and a still out of whack sleep schedule, something had to go and that was here. Again. I know if I want it, I’ll make time for it which always plays on my mind when I don’t blog. I’m writing posts in my mind, but that’s not the same as writing them Nat. My December challenge is on, sleep schedule and posts!

The cold arrived last week. Friday was a chilly 7C around lunchtime. Temps that cold midday in the city’s cold. It gets to around 0-3C in the early morning but usually heats up to 10-14C during the day. Outside the city’s even colder. The cats are all about sunbathing if it’s sunny then when the sun moves around blankets or my coat in the evening when I get back. I’m all about Uniqlo thermal or HeatTech tops. The extra warm ones. Super lightweight under jumpers, yet keep me snug against the cold. I can’t recommend them enough! The rest of Uniqlo I pass. I only went in to see what the fuss was about with no intention of buying anything as I’m working towards less fast fashion. It’s hard to find lightweight thermal tops here which was my excuse.

Anyways, I’ll leave you with some catch up photos!

An early afternoon dentist appointment a few weeks ago meant I got to the zoo early and could take advantage of the light. Still got a way to get getting it right. Even gorillas like to sit on something (please excuse the glass reflection)

Sunrises have been their usual magic

Sunsets have been coming a close second.

My local supermarket was the only supermarket in Barcelona and ones on the outskirts that let an animal rescue and foster organisation hold a food fund raising day (I got talking to one of the girls). They have more cats than dogs so I got fluffy blankets, crunch and much needed kitten food. They picked a great day as there was a huge release the ‘political prisoners’ rally in the centre. People came from all over Catalonia taking up parking along a few of the beach promenades. My local centro commercial was packed more than usual for a Saturday. img_7061.jpgI heard more Spanish than Catalan as the protestors walked back. Erm, shouldn’t it be more Catalan than Spanish for this rally?

Christmas lights are on! I always wish they could stay on until the end of January during the longest darkest month of the year. 

In a week I went from running in leggings and t shirt to leggings, tank top, long sleeved top, gloves and a buff. 

I’ve started taking calcium, magnesium and vitamin D3 tablets help with enamel and energy now, bones later. I’ve been taking for the past 4-5 months brewers yeast tablets and wow, my nails! I’ve never had such long strong nails, so I’m hoping the ca, mg and D3 work their magic.

Half waxing moon

Light play

How was your November? Have you done all your Christmas shopping? I’m nowhere near done and still have cards to write for everything to be posted in time. Can I be a Grinch this year and not send cards? I always mess them up. No cards equals less paper and trees saved 🙂