It’s getting a bit late to wish people happy new year, but I will do it nevertheless. Christmas and New Year was rather a non-event for me. The arrangement was that I was going to spend Christmas day with my godchildren and I and their mother would drive to visit for the day – me driving because I don’t drink, so very useful – then she was to stay overnight with me, but just before Christmas she had a relapse of the flu which she’d only just recovered from, and then my back went into spasm and I could hardly walk because of the pain. The upshot was that neither of us had a Christmas or New Year celebration. It didn’t bother me because in France I spent every Christmas alone except when I came to the UK but it was the first time in 43 years that my friend hadn’t spent Christmas with one or other of her children. They are planning a special family meal for us as soon as the flu has disappeared. Jolly times!
I am certainly glad to see the end of 2017. It was not a very enjoyable year from May onwards when I broke my shoulder. It took such a long time to get back to near normal. A week or so ago my big achievement was that I managed to put on an apron. It has particularly long strings so I was able to tie it. Loose and lopsided but it was tied! I still can’t put my arm behind my back very far.
In the meantime the clearing out continues. I’ve reached the point where I will be relieved when it’s all finished and I can get back to living my usual life and doing the things I enjoy. I haven’t done any ‘proper’ cooking apart from to keep body and soul together for ages and knitting and crochet is limited – mainly because once I pick it up I can’t put it down.
I did manage to make a cushion cover with a skein of wool with no label so no information.I’ve done most of the clothes and am now on the craft paraphernalia. So much of it but will I ever use a bead loom again, tablet weaving cards, really good cartridge paper? I have decided that if something hasn’t been used for five years it has to go, but I might keep basic drawing tools, the batik necessities and I do want to do some stained glass panels……. I need to strengthen my resolve now.
We shall see.
I have never before seen cut hyacinths being sold so I had to try them out!