While I have not made any New Years Resolutions, the beginning of the new year is a good time to take stock, looking back, reflecting on where I am right now, and looking ahead to the coming year. I ask myself questions like 'what is right about my life? what is missing? what would I like to see happen in the new year? what are my hopes and aims for the coming year? what changes do I need to make? In my quilting life, I plan to finish a few more pieces for my exhibition which takes place this summer. I'd like to read more books, learn more techniques, push myself in different directions creatively, and follow my inspirations. I want to create a better workspace in my home. The one big step I am taking this year is that I have ordered a sewing machine after much research. This is a giant step for me since I have always done all of my work by hand. I am not fond of machines and am a little afraid that the convenience of having a machine will cause me to abandon hand work (but I don't really think that is possible for me). I will continue at least until my exhibition pieces are ready, to work entirely by hand. I am ordering an entry level machine - computerized -but it is all new to me - a big learning curve. I am thinking about the machine as an enhancement of my present style not a total change in direction. Oh and I almost forgot - I am working on a book about my quilts.
I am feeling restless lately - looking for something new. My life is pretty full but I realize I have been doing that same things, belonging to the same groups, even singing in the same choir, for several years. I won't throw the baby out with the bathwater but I need to stretch myself. This is my first full year of retirement and I want to make the most of it. I have the urge to travel to places I have never been before (as long as it is not too expensive - I haven't won the lottery yet). I am looking into artsy vacations -fibre arts retreats, classes or workshops. I would like to find ways to spend time in other areas and soak in the culture (even within my own country). A friend and I may plan a camping trip in Quebec this summer. I also want to get out into the woods more. I am getting itchy feet!!
My pets received gifts this holiday season as well. As I was wrapping gifts on Christmas eve I placed Drusilla's new cat bed on the floor. Minutes later I found her curled up in it - tags still on it.