My how time is flying by. Been a rather nice month ,with a lovely visit to see my Mum and brother in Wales, and our son Mr T and his family in Wiltshire, culminating with a visit to us by youngest son,Mr B and Ms G.
It also has seen a bit of sea change in me. I think I am finally settling into a more relaxed rhythm of life. I retired nearly two years ago, so about time I guess. Recently I wasn’t enjoying all my crafting, but didn’t realize why. After I completed the new baby cardigan , I started knitting a cardigan for my granddaughter. There was no deadline I had to finish it by, and I found I was loving knitting again. I mean really loving it. It took me a while to figure out that it was working to deadlines that was having a negative impact on enjoyment.I shall still challenge myself to improve skills and try new things and my 16 for 2016 will help steer the way, but in an altogether more relaxed way.
So time to recap.
16 swims- Achieved
15x2x5 1.e. 30 minutes by 5 days walking a week. Getting there..
14 lbs lost- still 8lbs.
13 outings- 8 now with the outing to the American museum and Lacock Abbey.
12 cookery posts-recipe for moussaka in the photo challenge Layer.4 in total.
11 pictures of flowers. Surprisingly hard with wind, rain etc, but here come three more.
I loved the tulip in our garden.
This is the perfect pansy to my mind.
And this lily at Lacock Abbey is simply glorious. That’s a total of 7 pictures now.
10 handmade cards.2 more this month. I am delighted to announce that our nephew and godson is now a very proud father of a beautiful little girl. Hopefully get to meet her sometime later in the year. Total is 7 now.
9 garden posts. I posted again this month. Total is now 4
8 Stash /kit busting projects. I am claiming two more for this month for the baby ball and the patchwork cushion.Total is 4
7 sewing or embroidery projects.I have made a dress for Miss F, in Michael Miller’s dawn fairies fabric.
I had forgotten how to use the button attachment on the sewing machine. The machine may be three years old but it still terrifies me. So I am making another two dresses to get me over this stupidity. Anyway that makes 3 projects.
6 Acts of kindness. I am saying achieved this month. I have realized that it is so easy to be kind, whether you let the person with few items go before you in the supermarket when you have a trolley load, or pick up things for the elderly, sticks mostly, or scale supermarket shelves for those smaller than me, or pop loose change in charity boxes. The opportunities are endless. But what I want to tell you about is the care I notice some people are extending to our Big issue lady. Now the Big Issue is a paper sold by homeless people to pay for accommodation in a hostel. Our Big Issue seller is a Romanian lady and she is there come rain or shine and often comes in for abuse as people feel immigrants shouldn’t be selling the Big Issue. This month I saw a lady come out of the Bakers shop and present our paper seller with a pasty. This was received with enormous gratitude and consumed so quickly, quite frankly I was surprised. Last week I watched as another lady was clearly concerned that our paper seller was ill, she was putting her hand to a rather flushed forehead, and advising her to go back home to get better.
On a completely different note I spotted this out of commission phone box.
So why’s that kind? Well maybe kind is the wrong word but I love it anyway.
I mean how nice is that. So I shall continue to look for little ways to make the world a nicer place. I would love to hear what little kindness you can tell me about too please.
5 Non Fiction books read.The total is now 3.
Now I often borrow craft books from the library and dip into them. This one I actually read from cover to cover. I really recommend this book if you would like to make fabric pictures. Take a look at this one which is my favourite.
4 Projects to enhance my knitting/crochet skills. Total is now 3 as I add in the lacy pattern baby cardigan which I managed to knit without frogging.
3 items from my bucket list. I am adding in one more, to make two. I reviewed my bucket list and realized that I could now tick off going swimming once a week for two months. Swimming once a week has become part of my weekly routine and I enjoy it so much. All thanks to the 16 swims I set as my goal for this year.
2 Railway journeys- Achieved already.
1 bus journey-nothing to report
0 magazines purchased. I have resisted temptation but it is oh so hard.
So that was May. Hope you had a good May and all the best for June. Please feel free to leave a link to any monthly review in the comments section. Leaving you with Little Miss F, looking a bit self conscious as she poses for a picture in her new Nana dress.