Welcome 2017 - Rainbow Rock Beach style
I'm back among the living ... barely!! I was sick over the holidays. Sorry kids! I was at their houses before it really hit. It all started with a 3 day headache - which is most often a sign that I have been exposed to cats without knowing it! (Yeah, welcome to my world!!) So I didn't think much of it.
Then a hacky cough added itself to the mix. And then we were off and running (nose too!) We came limping home early on the 27th, whereupon I went to bed and didn't do much of anything until yesterday??? The 28th was our 44th wedding anniversary. We sat in our jammies and watched two DVRs that we like! Not the celebration we had planned! During the week as I tried to get over this, I watched alot of West Wing - Season 5 and 6; and read 5 library books!
My DH and DD had a clue when after dinner on CHRISTMAS I disappeared into the guest room and went to bed! But, moving on, getting over it!! (I heard you laugh - you're right, that's not my strong point!!)
We have not had the weather tantrums here that the rest of the nation is not enjoying! It came close - below freezing and snow up the mountains ... but supposedly a week of rain is coming and we'll feel just as put upon as all of you.
I love lists at the end of the year. I met Deborah Boschert at the Houston show. She's a modern quilter with a few books out. I really like her style, she's easy to talk to and very knowledgeable! And she likes lists too!
She sends out a email newsletter that's interesting and fun to read. This a link to the latest edition (I hope!) Because she doesn't just email what's on her blog. There should be a 'join this list' somewhere within that email.
Here's some of the lists Deborah posted: Atlantic Magazine's Best Podcasts of 2016. I followed a few podcasts a couple of years back. Serial and Jillian Michaels and of course, TED. But I got out of the habit of listening ... There are lots of possibilities on this list that might just put me back in the habit. Anyone out there have a favorite Podcast they recommend?
Here is the National Geographic's Best Photos of the Year. Definitely worth scrolling through! It's always good to see the best of the best!
And last AND the longest!! Vulture's List of Lists Worth Reading!! I hadn't heard of Vulture: Devouring Culture! Website lists TV, Movies and Music.
You'll have to wait til next post for my list! I love to look back over the year, projects, books, and Life in General!
Resolutions - I've always been a big fan and like many can usually use last years for this years!! My favorite received from a friend "Gain 15 lbs and read trashy novels!!"
While recouping, I've been looking over past years' blogs, diaries, to do lists!! Last year I wanted to lose 44 pounds. Well, I lost 10 altogether. That's progress, I don't feel like a total failure.
Everyone in blogdom seems to be on the "word or phrase" of the year for 2017.
So my phrase for this year is: Enjoy my life with steady progress! I tend to be a "all or none" type A personality! Driving myself and all around me nuts!! Part of that is living with things that I don't have time to do or complete now, so I don't do them at all! Or over-eating restricted foods all day because of one bite earlier??
Well, this last month I decided I didn't need the entire condo in perfect condition. I did have the time to fix those things that were really bothering me. And it worked!! I didn't have the time or the weather to clean all the windows but I COULD clean out the window tracks. I didn't have time to do all the woodwork, but I could clean the louver door in front of the washer/dryer alcove. (And a pox on the person that decided louvers were the way to hide washer and dryers! Lint and louvers = not good!)
I don't have time to sew all the 35 pillowcase kits I cut for the Million Pillowcase Challenge. But I might be able to sew 5 at a time?? I cut kits last fall when I was clearing out stash. Then missed the Work Day at Guild where I was going to be Tom Sawyer-ish!
This new way of looking at things seems to be working well. Especially as I recoup from that flu. Not enough energy to do much, but I can walk two laps around the parking lot. (about a 1/2 mile). I'll keep you informed as to how it's going. What are your hopes and plans for the new year??
Here's a behind the scene picture of the fabulous DH writing 2017 on the beach for me. I took a 1/2 mile walk earlier as well as some cleaning. There was no way I was going to be able to get back up our 'goat path' to the beach if I went! So DH to the rescue!! Thanks baby!