I think I have finally started to wind down and relax after a pretty busy couple of weeks at work......this past week I haven't been doing a great deal of anything....but am finally feeling like getting stuck into 2012! Summer has arrived and whilst I don't like the heat much I prefer it to what the people in Christchurch are continuing to deal with.
Had a fun NYE - don't usually go out but this year had an invitation to dinner at a friend's house so went along and had a great night.
I don't make NY resolutions but usually have a word for the year ahead.....2010 was "achieve"....and I certainly did that! 2011 was "live" and I think I grasped most opportunities that came my way .....lots of time spent with old and new friends......a few road trips.....some stitching.......all in all a pretty good year. Which brings me to the word for this year.......thought about it a bit and decided on "continue"......since 2011 was a good year why not continue the fun into 2012......so "continue" it is......one of my goals is to continue my personal growth and be the best I can possibly be.......
I have committed to a couple of group stitch-alongs this year.....or should I just be committed!! I am already behind on the Some Kind of Wonderful SAL....but I have found the book during a clean up of my sewing room yesterday...that counts as starting doesn't it???
.....I have also committed to doing the Farmers Wife quilt with Claire and Val ...the first gtg is later this month.......lucky I found that book as well. My sewing room was in a bit of a mess......and had become "home" for lots of stuff that didn't belong there....so yesterday I got in there and had a clean out.
Before Christmas I received a surprise gift of a charm pack from Lise...thanks Lise and I look forward to catching up with you in March!! (hop over to Lise's blog and see what she has set herself for the new year!!) I wish her luck....I was exhausted just reading the list! Lise also "blames" me for "forcing" her to start her Jim Shore collection.....oh ok....guilty!!
Speaking of Jim Shore......Lynda knew that I was a fan of his Christmas decorations/figurines and sent me this......the nativity creche.....perfect for the wise men I bought earlier and for Mary/Joseph and baby which I found locally.....just need to find some angels and barn animals and I will be set! Thanks Lynda......!! The collecting continues!
I met the lovely Lenora in Febuary last year and was lucky enough to spend some time with her and her family on their dairy farm in Victoria...she surprised me with a gift of cards/envelopes for my birthday......thanks Lenora!
Kris sent me some goodies including a book she made .....which is fabulous.....and it's red!
I also have to share the gift John (Rhi and Mark's dad) gave me for Christmas.......gotta love a box of buttons! The Christmas ducks are thinking they might be good to eat!
Rhi and Wade bought me my Christmas jigsaw....well....Christmas/New Year jigsaw really....I usually start on Boxing Day and work on it over the New Year break.........
and since they have been up to visit a couple of times and spend time with Mark and Terri.....mini golf.....Pictionary.....etc.....Rhi and Wade made a start on the puzzle while they were here......
Still a way to go......just as well I don't have to go back to work until next Monday!! Lots of sea, buildings and boats to go! As well as the jigsaw I have finished reading two books that I got for Christmas so I am really enjoying the break!!
Of course there is the cup of tea and cake to be enjoyed as an afternoon snack.....a girl has to keep up her strength to do all that relaxing!
I haven't been in to the city for the New Year sales but did find these beauties at a local store........love them!!! so comfy.......(but I would love them even if they weren't...LOL)
Looking forward to the rest of the week......time to take down the Christmas decorations and get serious about some sewing before I have to go back to work. The second Test starts tomorrow so might have to organise some hand sewing so I can watch!
.....and a reminder to myself to carry this thought into 2012........
I hope 2012 is all that you want it to be...........Happy New Year!
'Til next time...................Lorraine