What a strange year this has been. Our lives are in flux, waiting to see how Joe's job and disability turns out. Next year will bring the answer, whether we like it or not. Kevin is still doing exceptionally well in college, so we have nothing to complain about. He's happy - what more can you want for your child? After 3 surgeries this fall, I think I'm on the way to better health. I will certainly miss being at home... I got spoiled while on sick leave. I'll be missing those afternoon naps! We dove in Cayman Brac and Belize this year. I took trips to Tampa, Dallas, and Houston to hang with the quilters. I picked up knitting again, and have fallen head-over-heels in love with yarn and fibers.
Among the tragedies of this past year, my heart has ached for those affected by the multiple hurricanes in Florida and the victims of the killer tsunami just this week. I still grieve the loss of my quilting friend Judy, who died too soon. I am sick at heart over the rift in an online quilting group this year, and I hope the person who caused the problems has found professional help. I am forever grateful to the other girls in the group, who picked up and re-convened in another location, refusing to let our friendships die. They are wonderful women.
I don't really like resolutions. They are usually over-ambitious, and beg to be broken in short order. Oddly enough, I do like to set goals for the coming year, and I get a huge satisfaction from prepping the new calendar with birthdays, anniversaries, and other things to remember. Anyway, I will share my list of goals, written in virtual pencil (cuz we all know how things change!) :
Quilting Goals for 2005
Complete 1 UFO each month. (there are many more than 12 to choose from)
Finish the renovation of my sewing room.
Master the use of my new embroidery machine.
Seriously bust some stash.
Grow as a quilt artist by entering a competition.
Knitting Goals for 2005
Learn how to knit socks.
Complete 1 project each month, including:
Unbiased Bag (in recycled sari silk)
Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf
Use the yarn stash I've already acquired.
Personal Goals for 2005
Continue my walking program.
Continue doing physical therapy exercises.
Listen to my body - sleep, nourish, relax.
Continue to nurture my parents, my son, my husband, and my dogs.
Contemplate the blessings of each day.
Journal/blog/diary my daily happenings.
Almost all of my personal goals are things I already do; I just don't want to drop the ball. This is sorta like a little road-map of the path I want to travel next year.
I've found some really cool stuff while surfing the blogs - for instance, I love Crystal Palace Yarn. I know its acrylic, futzy, sparkly, novelty fiber, but its sure pretty! All my girlfriends will love it. I love Elann, and have to remind myself that I can't spend all my money there! And I'm so NOT ready for Noro. I have to learn some skills before I'll let myself go there. I love Knitty. I love Interweave. I love everyone's very cool blogs, and very inspiring work! I have high hopes to learn a lot from you all next year.
"You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love."