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17 was for 2017.

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

Bagpuss

A book for a baby

chunky jumpers

crochet blankets

Gloves

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,

Be Happy,

Cathyx

 

 

 

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17 for 2017-September

September was another busy month. I think it must have been , because I am a week into October before  I have  got round to thinking of this post. Let’s just take stock of the 17 goals for 2017 I set myself.

17 swims- just one this month, total now 14. Getting there.

16 hour long walks- achieved already.

15 books read from the heap by the bed- none this month, total still 13

13 cards made. Yes three this month, including this one. Total is 12. Getting there.

12 posts about Yorkshire villages- none this month, total is 4. Not getting there.

11 days out- achieved

10 new things tried- with the Faulty Towers dining experience , some research on the Adele Shaw hospital and the Repair Cafe adding three to the previous total of 9, I have got there. Achieved in September. This is the one I am most pleased with, taking myself just outside my comfort zone.

9 crochet/ knitting projects. Already achieved

8 other craft projects- I made some pressed flower cards, pressed some more flowers, and splashed a lot of paint around, then bined the result of my painting. However that adds two more , making a total of 3. Not getting there.

7 sewing projects- already achieved. However I thought you might like to see the Flamingo skirt on a model. Photo by Mrs T.

Too big, but on, and looking just like a skirt.

6 Non fiction books read still at 5, but I am learning How to read like a Professor still and I spent a lovely afternoon choosing 24 poems from this book, for my U3A poetry group. My turn in October. I had so much fun, I choose another 24 ready for my next turn, sometime in 2018!

5 family history questions answered. I spent as you know some time researching the woollen industry in the 1800s, and I now know what a cloth dresser did, which was my ancestors occupation.

Picture from a Shire booklet I bought. A cloth dresser takes the woven cloth and with those shears sort out the final appearance of the cloth. Not easy and skilled.

So that makes three- Getting there.

4 good sort outs- achieved already, although one needs doing again! Whoops

3 Interesting things found- achieved

2 picnics consumed

1 boat ride-0

0 craft purchases. well it seemed a good idea back in January!

Not too bad, but could do better on some. How are you doing with your goals for this year?

Still 1/4 of the year to go!

 

17 for 2017- August update

Do you realise that 2/3rds of this year has gone? And aren’t we all busy, busy, busy right now, harvesting in the Northern hemisphere and preparing and planting in the Southern.

Just a few of our plums and a cucumber this week.  But what about the 17 for 2017, well you might ask. Let’s see

17 swims-2 more this month, total 13

16 hour long walks-accomplished already, but I have done some great ones this month. Most recently a return visit to Rosedale.

15 books from the bedroom heap read-none this month, total is 13

14, forget 14, there is no more 14

13 cards made-total still at 9

12 village posts- total still 4

11 days out- accomplished this month.

The Thornton Dale Show and the Lavender Farm

10 new things tried- total unchanged at 9

9 Crochet/knitting projects completed- accomplished a while since.

8 other crafts- 1, this month. I fished out my needle felting bits and bobs, and had a good session and broke the needle. Doh. New needles bought, hurrah.

7 sewing projects- accomplished this month with this

and this

and this

and this

and Bertram

Wow that would be 10 now.

6 Non Fiction books read- total unchanged, but I am really enjoying this one

5 Family History questions investigated- still only 2 and I realise now that I came back from the Family History fair with a bag of info and its still exactly where I left it when I came home. I forget what is in there. Shame on me.

4 Good sort outs-done already.

3 Interesting finds- I  have tw0 more today.

Some wonderful stone carvings from Riveaulx Abbey- this is called the Tiger Hunt and

Toadstool season is here, any idea what this one is please?

Oh that makes 3.

2 picnics-

Second picnic on Bank Holiday Monday at Riveaulx Abbey

1 Boat ride-0

0 crafty/yarny, fabricy purchases- well there have been more days this year when I didn’t buy anything than days when I did, so that’s a good thing!

How are you getting on with the goals for this year?

 

17 for 2017- July

What a wonderful month! Mr E had a special birthday, let’s just say he now has a bus pass.

Fortunately for him it was the day before you know what so all the family was there to celebrate.

But what was the effect of all July’s celebrations on my goals for 2017?

17 swims- 3 more this month- total now 11

16 hour long walks- achieved already

15 books from the heap by the bed read and passed on- one more this month- total 13

14 lbs lost- no idea

13 cards made- none this month total stays at 9

12 village posts- Sinnington

total is 4

11 days out- 4 more in Sussex- total is 10, more posts to follow on this.

10 new things tried-well I wore a fascinator to the wedding, never again it kept feeling as if it was falling off. I also completed a course called Medieval life in the times of Richard the third. So that makes 9.

9 knitting/crochet finishes- Achieved already

8 other craft projects- not one

7 sewing projects- still 5, but the pink flamingo skirt is nearly finished.

6 non fiction books- still 5

5 family history questions answered- 2 still

4 sort outs- kitchen cupboards done. That makes the 4

3 interesting finds- still one

2 picnics- this is for you Claire.

At the Weald and Downland Museum in West Sussex. I will share some more pictures from here next week, but here’s the view from our picnic spot and by golly that Rhubarb drink was nice.

So that is one picnic.

1 boat ride- not yet.

0 craft supplies bought, Humph, least said and all that!!

So a little bit here, and a little bit there. The secret for me  is not try to do everything at once, but just keep at it, after all this is meant to be all about Fun this year.

How are you doing with your goals for this year, are you pleased with your progress, what are your tips for staying enthused?

Good luck in August!

 

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17 for 2017- April

Life is galloping away with me! One third of the way through 2017. It’s been an odd mixture weather wise, lots of lovely sunny days then a short blast of Summer or Winter. The daffodils are over and my garden is full of bluebells, tulips and forget me knots. As for goals, well..

17 swims- 1 more so that makes 4

16 Hour long walks- going well , thanks to son and dog!

Maundy Thursday at the start of a walk along the Roman Road above Snape. Mr J, Master H, Miss S and Ms M, and the star of the picture, is Coco. I also managed a lovely walk myself, but more of that another day. Clocked up an impressive 5 walks, giving a total of 11

15 books read from the heap by the bed- just one this month, total now 11

14 lbs lost- one word, ok two, Easter Eggs

13 cards made- total stuck at 8

12 village posts- one more this month, 2 in total

11 days out- One added this month to York

The blossom in the Museum gardens was lovely and

York Minster is as magnificent as ever. 5 now

10 new things tried- bit miffed on this, two things arranged and postponed, maybe next month. Life! Total remains 2

9 knitting/ crochet projects. Oh Bagpuss

I don’t believe it, that makes NINE. Goal achieved!

8 other craft projects- 0

7 sewing projects

One babies ball, makes 2

6 Non Fiction books- 5 now, see below

5 bits of family history research. Bit of a cheat because this involved the reading of a non fiction book too. The book was about the local school, how it was set up etc. Originally part of a charitable foundation which involved local almshouses too.One of the surnames mentioned on the outside of said almshouse is that of an ancestor, question- was that my ancestor? It wasn’t but I was rewarded with this.

A picture of my Grandfather , second from the left. Whoever thought of school teachers acting in the school play?

So although the answer was a negative I have answered another question, so that makes 2

4 sort outs-still 3, kitchen is half done.

3 interesting finds-still 1

2 picnics-0

1 boat trip- o

o craft supplies added to, already failed thanks to the gremlins visit in March. Toy stuffing bought this month for Bagpuss, but that’s allowed.

Need to go away and have a big think about these goals. Some have gone well, some not at all. How about you? How are you doing, and what motivates you to achieve the things that back in January seemed like such a good idea?

 

 

 

17 for 2017- The Beginning.

After all that challenging  last year, this year it’s about FUN!

17 swims

16 hour-long walks thanks Sandra from Wild Daffodil  for this idea.

15 already owned books read- I have read a lot of books this year, by and large borrowed from the library, especially once I started my read through the alphabet challenge, which will continue this year, currently reached W. But in the meantime I have acquired two enormous heaps of books which are cluttering up the place. Time to read them.

14 lbs lost- ever the optimist.

13 homemade cards

12 Photograph posts of villages. Time to explore some local villages and share them . I noticed that some readers enjoy these village pictures when they have appeared from time to time. So I figured it would be nice to make them centre stage this year.

11 days out- Always fun to go out for the day. Beats weeding anytime!

10 New things- this can be anything from food to experiences to places. Time for adventure.

9 crochet/knitting projects- I flippin’ well will finish that cardigan!

8 other craft projects

7 sewing projects- I challenge myself to conquer zips this year.

6 non fiction books read

5 research the answer to five questions about my own family history

4 jolly good sort outs, again thanks to Sandra for this one. I shall tackle the tip that is the spare room, where I am supposed to be crafting.

3 find three interesting things- thanks to Murtaghsmeadow for this idea

2 picnics

1 boat ride- rail and bus journeys are so last year!

0 purchases of any sort for new craft sewing or knitting projects, until all stash is used up or I need something to finish something, eg card/ buttons. This is not going to be fun, but it has to be done.

So that’s my 17 for 2017. Wish me luck. And good luck to anyone else brave enough to blog their goals for 2017. Please feel free to leave a link to your 17 for 2017(or similar) post in the comments.

 

 

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