This has been a crummy beginning to 2018. It is the first time in my life that I was not organized to end the year and begin a new one with enthusiasm.
I had to fly home for a week at Christmas in December and that was the worst Christmas that I can remember in my long life of 70 years. My husband was having health issues and he was cranky. I didn't feel in control of my daily activities and the weather was brutal and I felt lost. There were some great moments in all of that. In my cedar chest, I found some awesome winter sweaters and at the back of the closet, I found my fur coat and a super warm winter jacket. But no sewing got done at all!
We returned to our sunny and warm home on Boxing day and I was immediately involved in a tennis tournament but sadly, my partner had been ill with a lousy cold for a week and I didn't realize just how ill he still was. We didn't play well and a few days later, guess who had a sore throat?
I hustled to get my Xmas tree taken down and the house cleaned up knowing that I was going to potentially get the inevitable cold. A trip to the local drugstore helped with lots of Zicam (to lessen or reduce the symptoms of a cold) plus a few boxes of super soft kleenex.
And then, bingo, the cold arrived full force on Jan 3rd and that was the end of regular routine and the beginning of life on the sofa!
I keep reading blogs where everyone is organizing for the new year. I love the eighteen in 2018. I enjoy reading about how many projects got accomplished last year and how many quilts were donated to charity. None of that has happened here!
But... in December, I made this quilt top and I have to say, it was the best use of fat quarters since I discovered Atkinson's yellow brick road!
Today was the first day I ventured into my sewing room since mid December and I really am not sure where to start.
So, I began with cutting up Christmas fabric for pillowcases. I cut the body, accent and cuff from fabrics that I have been buying on sale and want to make these for gifts for next year. I realized when I was home that I had no small gifts to hand out to neighbours and friends. These are ready to stitch when I get home as I prefer to use my serger.
I am very organized! But no sewing is happening. And not much else either! So, I walked outside and took a few pictures in our backyard.
The oranges and grapefruit are ripening and I have been craving grapefruit. I decided to listen to my body and have been eating one a day even though they are still not quite sweet enough. However, they are juicy and my cravings are getting satisfied.
Our pomegranate tree is losing all its leaves... seems funny here in Arizona but that is the nature of that tree. New leaves will grow before the last ones have been shed.
Happy New Year and hopefully you are healthy, happy and stitching up a storm!
Otherwise, I am tempted to make a cup of hot lemon and honey and curl with another book!