Happy New Year everyone. Before I start the new year I thought I would review my 17 for 2017 and explain if only to myself why there will be no 18 for 2018. Although I am delighted to see that others are taking up the 18 for 2018 challenge, please feel free to leave a link to your 18 for 2018 in the comments.
17 swims- 14 only. There is no excuse for having failed with this one. I like swimming I just didn’t go. I still want to get into the habit of swimming regularly, and was more successful last year. So sometime in January I shall buy myself a quarterly pass which includes 15 swims to be swam in 12 weeks. That will teach me!
16 hour long walks- in 2015 and 2016 I set walking challenges that failed, this time I succeeded. I enjoyed lots of lovely walks right through the year, aided by buying an annual pass to the local forest and 30 Days Wild in June. My biggest joy was finding that Pickering had a millenium wood.
The walking has continued since then, I took a walk in the snow on Saturday.
What a contrast!
15 books read from the heap by the bed- this has remained on 13, the question is Why? Well volunteering at the library means I have so much choice and the ones in the heap just don’t inspire me to pick them up. So really I should just give them away, except they make a very useful pile on which to place the bedside light to bring it up to the right height for bedtime reading. On the plus side I have not bought any new novels in book form, and only three or was it four for the Kindle?
14lbs lost- now this was going so badly that 14 was expunged from the 17 for quite sometime. Then in December, yes before ,during and after Christmas I decided enough was enough and re-instated it. Result 7 1/4lbs lost. Which is an achievement, especially if I can keep going. I will let you know if I ever make the 14 and maybe even what happens to the swims and the books.
13 cards made-13 completed. But not as many as I would have liked.
12 Posts about local villages- only four. I even drew up a list of villages to go too. Not quite certain why it didn’t happen, never mind, maybe next year there will be some more.
11 days out- achieved. York in November below
10 new things tried- achieved with things including wild boar sausages, wearing a fascinator and writing for the local history group magazine
9 Knitting/crochet projects completed- with ease
a little mermaid
A book for a baby
A dartmoor sheep and two
Christmas stockings. That might be why there was not much time for other things do you think?
8 craft projects tried- over the years I have acquired a lot craft making stuff, and the idea was to use some of it. Well I managed three things, some needlefelt but then I broke the needle mid session, but managed to buy more, but failed to complete what I started. I did make some pressed flower cards. I did have a painting session, had great fun and threw away the mess. Not a resounding success story!
7 completed sewing projects- Achieved.
My personal favourite the cats and the elephant from scraps. The one on the left apparently is called Caty and the one on the right is Kitty , the elephant has no name. They were named by their new owners.
The wedding bunting
Cross stitch puffin
The cowboy placemat
And the big skirt with the first zip I have stitched since leaving school back in the dark ages.
6 Non Fiction books read- Achieved, but it transpires that I am now more given to buying non-fiction books then fiction books. So that I have now finished the year with even more half read non- fiction books. Oh well got to be good to educate myself! And maybe I have to adjust my way of reading non- fiction, am I supposed to start at the beginning and go to the end?
5 Family History questions answered yes achieved. I have recently traced two branches of the family back to their roots. My Fathers back to a small village in Northumberland and part of Mum’s to Wales. I have done an Ancestry DNA test and no surprises I am British through and through with a tiny bit of Scandinavian thrown in. Hoping to do a lot more in 2018. Glad I included this in 17 for 2017, it helped re awake my interest.
4 Sort outs- achieved with the grand finale with my son Mr B clearing out his wardrobe of teenage tat. I have since done some clearing out of middle-aged lady tat, it’s sitting in the car boot to donate to a charity shop.
3 Interesting things found- achieved , but they weren’t very interesting!
2 picnics- yes achieved.
1 Boat ride- totally failed to organise myself to see the puffins or the whales. The whale boat ride is 4 hours on the North Sea. Then I recalled that I am the person who can be sea sick before a ferry leaves port, and thought better of that. The puffins must be seen , maybe 2018.
0 craft supples bought- Oh Dear. Abject failure, far too much yarn bought and the cowboy fabric which I had to replace. But as for general craft supplies I did ok, goggle eyes, needles for needle thread, double-sided tape, that sort of thing to complete projects or to replace things I used up. The secret is when I go to a shop to buy buttons I do not come out with yarn as well, and I keep well away from yarn on-line shops, because then the gremlin takes over the computer.
So on the whole probably not too bad. There were just too many things to think about . And life. Life happens. People get engaged, married, need bunting, have babies, NEED baby clothes and toys, and new things grab my attention like 30 Days Wild and the Repair Cafe, both so enjoyable. So for 2018 I am going with the flow, I shall be chilled, I shall be less manic, I shall enjoy life and the process of creating and forget the need to tot things up. I shall swim and walk and loose those 14lbs. I shall knit that yarn and make things from all that fabric and craft materials. I shall keep sorting things out and passing on or recycling unused things, can someone please tell me why I always have so much paper to recycle. Where does it come from?
Above all I will keep blogging. This has been a wonderful year for blogging, so much fun and so many lovely blogging friends. Thank you all for being so marvellous. I shall leave you with one more photo from my Winter walk. The first took me up short as I climbed, well gently strolled up the hill to see what looked like an alien invasion.
Floodlights on the school playing field.
Happy New Year,