Louis struck a deal with me before Christmas. It involved not buying me a present because he was skint BUT tapping me for an advance on his pocket money so he could buy something for his dad's girlfriend! How does that work? Anyway he must have come into a windfall thanks to Santa. So on the way back to my house last Wednesday he popped into the posh shopping centre at Dartington and surprised me with this lovely little foiled notebook that snaps shut with a magnet. He'd chosen it as Hokusai's Great Wave hangs above the fireplace in my bedroom.
I was thinking the other day about how little paper I get through these days. Sure I still like a proper book but when it comes to anything else my usual preference is for things to be stored in an e-format. I must have saved a whole forest of trees by now. I don't even own a printer at home at the current time although may have to relent and get one when the small business gets going.
Recently I've been keeping a list on a Google Keep post-it note of things that come to mind to be grateful for. Like the fantastical silhouettes of bare tree branches against the greyness of the winter mist, finding a parking space at Torbay Hospital and my improving health which means that returning to running seems entirely feasible at the weekend. All lovely things that happened yesterday. Oh and Russell Grant started to follow my business Twitter account. How's that for a sign from the stars?!
But somehow an electronic record doesn't seem the right format to keep all these treasures. I've been thinking that pen and ink somehow imbues greater meaning to the process. This little book came along at the right time and may be just the job.