Thursday, 31 December 2015

looking back, looking forward

Looking back:
I have spent a lot of this year trying to change habits. Habits that were ingrained so long that it's been quite hard to change them and the thought patterns that go with them. I'm sounding vague but I really don't want this to turn into a sad post so let me just say, it's been hard to stop doing all the things I used to do for mum. Visiting her, shopping for her, dressmaking for her (it took me a while to realise that my Christmas gift-making process was so much shorter this year because I didn't make anything for mum), doing what she needed/wanted me to do for her. Even when I wasn't doing all that, I was always thinking about what she would need or want. As I said, changing ingrained habits is difficult. I am getting there. Slowly. But I am getting there.

Looking forward:
I'm looking forward to the year just starting. It's always a good excuse/reason to make lists and I love lists. I write lists for everything. Joanna gave me (amongst many other cool presents!) 3 notebooks for my Christmas and, guess what I'm going to use them for? That's right. Lists!

The one with the sewing machine on it will be a list of everything I sew next year. Dressmaking, patchwork, bags, pinnies - they'll all get added into that notebook.

One of the others will be a list of all the dressmaking fabrics in my sewing room so that I can score things off when they're used. Hopefully, the scoring off won't lead to an "I must replace that one" kind of thinking but more "another one down, only 634 pieces to go". (Slight exaggeration there - but only slight! LOL)

I haven't quite decided what I'll use the third one for - maybe knitting & crochet projects I want to make or have completed? We'll just have to wait and see!

I'm going to stop here and thank everyone who has read my wee blog in the past year. There are a lot of people who leave me comments and I thank you most sincerely for that. There are also lots of people who don't comment and I thank you most sincerely for reading. Let me now just wish you and yours a very Happy New Year. See you in 2016!

17 comments:

  1. Happy New Year to you and your family. I hope to finish watching my Outlander DVDs tomorrow! What a wonderful start to my New Year.
    When we come up to Kilmarnock next, I can go and visit Dean Castle, as they were filming there about a month ago, and picture Jamie and Claire wandering around it.
    Did I tell you, I'm enjoying every moment of Outlander. Lol.
    Loving the note books. I am a list maker too, hubby reckons that I make lists of my lists.

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    1. It's been a while since I watched Outlander. It might not be a bad idea to start it at the beginning again! You can never have too much of fine looking Scotsmen in kilts! :oD

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  2. Hard habits to change indeed, but your Mum would be glad to know that you are going onwards and upwards I am sure. Notebooks are meant for lists as far as I am concerned, so I think that your lists sound like a great idea! Happy New Year my lovely friend, I hope that 2016 brings good things to you! Hugs! xx

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    1. Happy New Year to you too, Amy. Let's hope it's a good one! :o)

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  3. p.s. that is a lot of books you have read this last year!! I am incredibly impressed!! I see that you obviously like Nora Roberts, I haven't read any of hers, when I finish my massive pile I might have to look into her as she must be good! Happy reading! xx

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    1. I *love* Nora Roberts books. If I had to choose books for my desert island, they would all be Nora books! :o)

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  4. I love the idea of notebooks--then you can make it what you want. I have invested in too many planners that I never used!

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    1. I love notebooks. I have so many that I sometimes lose track of what I wrote in which notebook. Maybe I need a list of what each notebook has in it! Or that might be just a step too far! LOL

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  5. You're doing well and losing our loved ones is a long tough journey. Ah, notebooks! I love them too and just gave hubby one to jot down bits. I've quite a few stashed away. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours too. Take care and huggles from Oz.

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    1. Thanks, Susan. I started writing in my sewing notebook today and it's been really exciting! Does that make me sad? I don't think so! Happy New Year to you too! :o)

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  6. Happy New Year, mama. Let's just imagine the new year like turning the page. Everything is still there and we can go back and read/remember when we want to but a brand new page is awaiting for us to fill with memories and new habits. Love you.

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    1. Excellent advice. How did you get to be so wise? :o)

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    2. I'm not quite sure. I'll admit that my pearl of wisdom was a surprise even to me!! :)

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  7. I can imagine that they're tough habits to break, and I'm sure more than a little upsetting to let go of too. I love notebooks, making lists and record keeping. Happy new year, wishing you and yours all the very best for 2016.

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    1. Thanks, Jo. Happy New Year to you and your family too! :o)

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  8. Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year! I too love notebooks .... I really ought to start using more of my collection!

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    1. I have quite a sizeable pile of notebooks already but I think it's a bit like fabrics - you can never have too many! :oD

      Happy New Year to you too, Anne. I hope it's a good one!

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