January has indeed proved to be a month spent in waiting and hoping for news, and in dealing with family matters.Things have happened, but oh so slowly, two steps forward for one back. And I would like to thank everyone who has left me encouraging comments, about the time my family and I are having at the moment.
Having my 15 for 2015 list helped provide me with some focus on life beyond the problems, so grateful I have it. So now it is time to reflect on what has been my January.
15 minutes walking, four times a week, achieved but only if I count walks to town for shopping, but it has prompted me into going out, which I do love. And also encouraged me to go out in all weathers. Somehow with my week down South I managed to miss the snow wherever I went, which is a shame cos I like snow. So I was glad to catch the tail end of it when I came home, on my favourite short walk.
14 bags to a charity shop. None gone yet, but we have started to clear the garage and two car boot loads of stuff have gone for recycling.
13 animal photos. Best I managed this month was some of my Mum’s cat.
Known as Mr Tom Socks.
12 meetings with friends. Yes, I went to a friends birthday lunch and met some fabulous new people. Lovely time, lovely food and terrific conversation. Tell me anyone else met a man this month who made theatre props, including a rat? Did me so much good. Brilliant.
11 new savoury recipes. Yes. I made spicy coconut chicken. Bit bland for my taste, and a bit like a curry recipe I already make, but Mr E loved it and ate up the leftovers for his lunch the next day.
And the first time I cooked with poppy seeds, not certain they added anything to the dish.
10 handwritten letters, I have hand written several thank you letters this month, but I am not counting them, they were just plain good manners.
9 hand made cards. Yes two, one birth card and one birthday card
8 sewing or embroidery projects. No, when I am worried I can’t be creative, something just freezes up inside me, but I can still craft.
7 new yarns. Yes. I used Bamboozle yarn which contains bamboo, it is a dream to knit with and gives a wonderful texture. But the King Cole yarn and pattern I followed wildly over estimated how much I would need and I have a lot leftover.
in close up
I have ordered some Alpaca wool now , for me, but I have four other items to do before I get to the Alpaca.
6 trips to museums, art galleries etc, none yet, but some good ideas.
5 projects for charity. Not certain if I should count the Great British Bird Count which I participated in at the weekend. I had my best tally ever, so the birds certainly benefited, and the RSPB is a charity. Do I count this , what do you think?
rubbish photo, but best I can do with my trusty little camera.
4 new walks, no but I have cut the directions for one from the local paper, but as it involves a tearoom at the end of 7 miles I thought I should wait for Spring.
3 craft workshops, none yet
2 new cities, no
1 railway journey, no
0 impulse purcaheses, yes, or do I mean no? No impulse shopping, yes!
Leaving you with a picture from my snowy walk, and wondering how everyone is doing with their good intentions for 2015, love to hear.