Happy New Year! And farewell to 2016. I know that some years always seem like they've been harder than others but damn, this past one felt rougher than most.
I've been off work for the last week and it has quiet and filled with pj days.
We made cookiesI put eyes on most everything because for some reason, it struck me as funny. We also made babka and our chocolate torte. It was 2 days of work (grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning, baking) but by the late afternoon of the 24th, we were ready for the girls. We had hot sandwiches and egg nog and punch and decorated the tree. It was/is beautiful. We opened our polyana presents and laughed and generally had a good time. Everyone left and we were in bed just after 12. El and Pk and I got up the next morning and opened the rest of our presents and ate babka and spent the day in our pajamas.
On Tuesday, Em said she didn't have anything for the top of her tree so Pk and I sprang into action and created this lovely creature for her and Jim. We had a good time doing it. She is mostly made from scraps and some feathers we found at the hobby store. She has plain cream colored merino roving for hair.We finished her on Friday, just in time to give her to Em and Jim on Saturday. And then Kate was saying she wouldn't have any babka (a family tradition) because Patrick doesn't like it and she didn't want to make a whole one for herself. So, I made a small one for her when I made ours.
I got a set of Weldon's Practical Needlework books and I will never complain about how a modern pattern is written again. Those women of yesteryear were raised to know things that I need to have written down. The patterns are so vague and they assume a knowledge base that I just don't have. They are fascinating to read and one day, I am going to try one.
I am finished one mitten and will spend the next two days trying to finish the other one. I really like it. The variegated yarn made the pattern look gorgeous.They need to be blocked but you can see the pattern. I am finished the initial repeat and getting ready to start the thumb on number 2.
I don't make NY resolutions as a rule. This year I am going to try to keep better track of my diet by using My Fitness Pal more faithfully and my mantra for the year is "all is well and all will be well and all manner of things will be well". It's a soothing phrase and keeps some of the anxiety gremlins at bay. Pk is still looking for work so I'll be needing that mantra for a while.....
Do you make resolutions? Have you ever kept one? If so, how did you do it? Inquiring minds and all of that......
I wish everyone a Happy Healthy New Year filled with blessings and peace.