Oh…I’ve been writing this post for days.
I knitted and sewed so little last year that a revisiting them seems hardly worthwhile. Although the Spring Showers jackets I made for the kids are my fave makes of the year…mainly because they are so loved by my small folk.
So I wrote reams of words reflecting on the year, which when I read them back seem whiny and ungrateful.
And these are furthest from the emotions I’m feeling at this turn of the year.
Tired…yes. Last year was as exhausting as it was exhilarating. We achieved so very much last year, but worked hard for it. To be fair, The Husband worked hardest of all of us. Whilst his job is office based, it’s mentally taxing, oftentimes very stressful, and millions of pounds, and therefore lots and lots of jobs and livelihoods, ride on him getting it right (which he invariable does!).
Mr, I know I tell you this all the time, but here I am, telling the world, that I am grateful for all you do for us and never, ever take it for granted. You are our rock and we love you.
I’m also a little frustrated. We’ve hit that point in the refurbishment of the house where we are brought to a standstill by the winter weather and the need to save funds for the next jobs. And patience was never one of my virtues! At which comment Ma and Hubby are jointly rolling their eyes and snorting!
But, let’s face it, these are good problems to have. This time next year we’ll have most of the house finished and, hopefully, Hubby working nearer to home rather than in London.
I think I’m feeling gratitude most of all. I’m grateful for our little family, which, whilst not perfect, has been strengthened by the adventures of the last year. I’m grateful for the extended family and the friends who’ve helped, cheered us on, and kicked us up the butt when needed. I’m grateful for the challenges we’ve faced and overcome. I’m grateful that we get to do it all again this year.
So, rather than setting a raft of New Year’s resolutions that may or may not come to fruition as things change over the next 12 months, as they invariably will, I’m taking the time to sit back, take a breath and see what January brings. Although I may share my thoughts on skills I’d like to work on this year, we’ll see. I’ll definitely be doing some knitting. Hopefully a bit of sewing.
First, though, I’ve some finished objects to share with you (although I very stupidly didn’t photograph the Christmas gifts I made *doh* ) so I’ll be back soon with some pretties.
Here’s a sneak peek!