In with the new

2013 was quite a year. Highs and lows. This is a new year, and I have started as I mean to go along.

I have unfinished business from last year. I advise people to be tenacious, to pursue after what they want, not to give up. I am now taking my own advice.

I had a horrible experience with an airline last year. I started my pursuit for compensation, but lost impetus along the way due to this and that. I have sent an email to them this morning, I am back on track.

T is working on our heating. We haven’t had any hot water since the 7th of December. We’ve had to boil water on the hob for bathing etc. Our heating was disconnected on the 1st of this year so T could drain the system. I hope he’s able to get it all sorted today. Fortunately, we have had a rather mild winter, so things have not been unbearable.

I like cooking. I don’t cook nearly as much as I’d like to, this is an area I intend to work on this year. I admire food bloggers, because it is nowhere as easy as it looks. Not only do they have to cook the food, they also have to present it in an attractive way, as well as making the recipes accessible.

E1 made pancakes all by herself two days ago. From start to finish. I don’t like sharing my kitchen, so it is hard for me for step aside and let her have a go. So I stayed out of the kitchen and only came in when it was time for her to start frying. She did good.

I had a dream. A lot of people dream about chasing or being chased by their enemies. In my dream, I was eating amala in a buka in Ibadan. Amala with ewedu. The amala was not finger-burningly hot, neither was it feather-light the way I like it. I was also feeling guilty that I had gone all the way to Ibadan without getting in touch with Nike, my sister-friend. In my dream I resolved that the next time I had amala, I would have it with gbegiri and ewedu, and I would stay at Nike’s. Then I woke up.

The last time I was in Ibadan, Nike spoilt me rotten. Took me to her tailor to get outfits made. You all know how I like my clothes. Took me food shopping. The size of those snails! She is an amazing person who has achieved great things against overwhelming odds. I’ll do a whole post on her some day soon.

E2 had her first piano exam in December. She passed with two marks short of a merit. She did good.

E3 is reading. I had started to wonder at her seeming inability to distinguish between letters talk less of sounding them out. And now the girl is reading whatever she can lay her hands on. Right now, she is reading the Little Princess series. They are all in my bed as I type. E1 is reading Five Go Off To Camp,  E2, the Magic Folk Collection both by Enid Blyton, and E3 I Want My Potty by Tony Ross. And I can concentrate on my writing.

I have not made any resolutions this year. I am in good health, and I intend to get the best use out of every day I am privileged to see. Daz all.

I am thankful for life, for health, for T, and the E-crew. I am thankful for my family and my friends. And I am thankful for you my readers, for taking the time to see life through my eyes.

Happy 2014. May we all go farther than we did last year, by God’s grace. Amen.

Thanks for stopping by Smile.

About Joxy

When I'm not cooking or thinking about cooking, then I'm writing, or thinking about writing. I love misdirection....nothing is ever what it seems!
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18 Responses to In with the new

  1. Akinjide Akindele-Ojo says:

    Amala dreams are awesome! Don’t ever go all the way to Ibadan though. Shitta is mydreamland of choice. I think kids who love to read are awesome. TVs, iPads amd the likes seem to be killing that passion in them these days.

    • Joxy says:

      Ah, but Ibadan is where my dear Nike is. Except if she will come join me in Shitta:). The girls are surrounded by books, I guess having a bookworm mum has rubbed off on them.

  2. Angel says:

    Lol! Funny dream and as for the cooking and food blogging I feel you. I love to cook but presentation is another story entirely! Good luck with your cooking escapades and well done to your kids on reading! It’s a chore trying to convince my nephews to although they eventual do it!

    Happy new year and I hope all goes well with the airline and heating! I’m sure you are thankful for the rain while I’m moaning about the rain lol!

    • Joxy says:

      Thank you, and a Happy New Year to you too. Yes o, I would rather have the rain, than snow any day, although I do feel sorry for those being flooded out right now. Wishing you all the best in 2014, may your knitting and crocheting enterprise go from strength to strength in Jesus name, amen:).

  3. Lollypop says:

    Just one friend I am glad to have…..muah besides you put up with my cheesy jokes xx

    • Joxy says:

      Thank you for being in my life. Cheesy jokes (and feet) and all😀 xx

    • Lollypop says:

      Oops …o I enjoyed the blog as well ,don’t know about where you live but winter wasn’t mild at my end…….brrrrr!
      Anyway I’ve got a tip for regarding your cooking, why don’t you cook for a friend er…. like me for instance? That should be a good incentive. I really won’t mind once a week and I will give good feedback as well.

      • Joxy says:

        God is merciful. Can’t begin to imagine what it would have felt like here if the weather had been any colder…
        I love your tip. Show up once a week, and I’ll cook for you. Deal?

  4. Amala dream. Na only you. Happy new year lovie and thankful to have spent bits of last year with you, here’s to more in 2014!

    • Joxy says:

      Happy New Year ore mi. You know how they say one should pursue one’s dreams? Well, that amala isn’t getting away. If I can’t make it to an Ibadan buka just yet, then the amala, gbegiri and tinz will have to come to my kitchen innit :)? Looking forward to rocking 2014 with you.

  5. Jennifer.A says:

    Awwwww….happy 2014 JJ. I liked the reflection in this post.

  6. livelytwist says:

    Joxy, life through your eyes is fun & informative. No better way to start the New Year than to reflect & give thanks as you have done. Best wishes for 2014!

    • Joxy says:

      Thank you Timi, I have much to be thankful for. Hoping you soar through the year ahead, and attain the heights that were out of reach in 2013, by His grace xx.

  7. Awwww. Have a wonderful 2014 too

  8. Maggielola says:

    Choi! Amala dream ke? Only you, lol! Your E crew are a joy to learn about, and I pray this year continues to release the blessings of God into your family in Jesus name. Amen!:)

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