Here I am letting go of the past year. Letting it unfurl in the wind and blow away. That's what I love about the New Year. It is such a chance for new beginnings, new hopes and fresh starts. Without going into detail, let me just say the past year was too full of death (my best friend and my mother in law), injuries (my husband fell off a truck!), new responsibilities (assuming care of my 90 year old father in law), and misfortunes (of the financial sort). Things have at last settled down and we are establishing a new "normal" and I am happy to move on with the things that I enjoy.
2011 wasn't a complete bust. We did celebrate the birth of my beautiful grand daughter Evangeline, who has thrived and grown and added indescribable joy to our lives. My son did move to Ireland, and seems deliriously happy with his fiancee and his new job. They will visit us in February, which we are very much looking forward to.
I have to share this. I found the image when I was looking for something along the lines of "Moving On". It didn't evoke precisely what I was going for, but you have to admit the image has a certain power:
lol, all righty then. Sometimes you just have to get up and walk away. Nothing more to be done here folks. Seriously dude, you can give up on the mouth to mouth. Her lungs are three feet away. (Just to be clear, that is not a real person--it is a crash dummy).
So, does the fact that it is a new year mean you have to make a list of resolutions? I always vow to lose the 5 pounds I put on over the holidays, and usually manage to do so before they turn into 10 pounds. Or 20. Oh dear, one time I let it get the best of my and before I knew it, I had 40 pounds to lose. Don't let that happen to you. Take it right off while it is temporary fat, before it settles in and becomes firmly attached. Fruit salad and soup of any kind for a couple of weeks does the trick I am telling you.
I do have a million ideas for sewing projects jostling around in my head. With all the added responsibilities that have fallen in my lap over the past number of months, I haven't had a chance to do anything of interest. My studio is progressing at a snail's pace (due to the issues I alluded to above), but I have made some progress. The hardwood flooring has been laid, and hopefully the cabinetry will be installed by the end of the month. The other details are the frosting on the cake, and can be added little by little over the next few months. I have a great idea for a sewing table that I will share with you, and plan to get a sewing station set up so I can work on a few projects. Lots of UFOs to finish up, and a couple of ideas for new projects.
It's good to be back and I appreciate all your sweet emails telling me I was missed. Gosh. You all are so great! Talk to you tomorrow. Happy New Year!