Monday, December 31, 2012

And we’ll take a right good-will draught, for auld lang syne.

Only 4 posts in 2012. How sad. This will make #5 so that it at least fits in with numerology.

I'm not here to make any promises to do better in 2013, but I will certainly try to post more than 6 times, LOL.

My knitting has come along quite well over this past year. My understanding and comprehension of knitted stitches as grown. I can now pick up stitches without losing my mind and tink back without creating a big mess. I'm more brave and less likely to skip a project just because it's charted, though I still prefer them written out over charted.

I'm finally getting my knee repaired and by April or May I should be sitting at my wheel and trying to, once again, learn to spin beyond the basics and slubby yarn. I have hopes of getting an Ashford Kiwi 2, it's suppose to be much easier for beginners than my Kromski Minstrel.

We have about 1/3rd of our floor replaced with laminate. Whoever said that was an easy task needs to be smacked in the head. We bought "Switf-lock" brand and trust me there's nothing "Swift" or "lock" about it. It's the biggest PITA we've ever encountered and will be happy when it's done. We also have a few walls painted but need to do the wall that is part of the great room in orange, a slim wall between the great room and living room in a deep red and then the livingroom in a vibrant yellow.

2012 was the year of the purge and we've hit all the rooms pretty hard except my craft room which is currently the storage room for all the stuff that we had to move to work on the floors and paint. I'm super motivated to get that done so that I can purge that last room and redecorate. I plan on setting up my serger and sewing machine, putting in a small TV w/BlueRay player, a chair and better lighting.

2013 is "With Health we are Prosperous". Husband has high blood pressure and has started taking medication for that and earlier this month I was diagnosed with diabetes and started medication for that. Our plan has been since the beginning of the month to start focusing on "purging" our poor health and extending our life expectancy beyond what it is now. With that, I also started the ball rolling to getting my knee repaired so that I can use the stationary bike again (and of course spin). I have meniscus torn completely in half with a cyst growing as well. I see the orthopedic surgeon Jan. 3rd so should find out when surgery will actually be. We've been taking other steps for better health, but nothing is going to happen overnight, so it's simply a theme for the year.

We were supposed to celebrate Christmas with family at our house but due to renovations not being done, we had to cancel it. Christmas 2013 is our new goal.

Sadly, we had to let our oldest canine go December 29th. It still fresh so hard to type about, but she was 15 years and 3 months old. She had chronic kidney failure diagnosed in March 2011 and neuron degradation that made it difficult for her to get up and down and walk. We knew that when the light from the joy of living went out, then it was time. The past couple of weeks there was almost nothing left of the Cheyenne we knew, her mind was pretty gone, after the 2nd night of not wanting to eat (her favorite thing to do), the light gone from her eyes, and not able to get up to move around more than a few times a day we knew the time had come. We miss her deeply. I've had her since she was 12 weeks old. Cheyenne was a mid-content wolf dog and a great testament to just how wonderful the mixed breed truly can be. I love you Cheyenne, I miss you with every breath I take.

With that I say a fond farewell to 2012 and open my heart and mind to 2013. May it bring us all the happiness and joy we all deserve and challenges that strengthen us.

Peace on Earth, Goodwill towards all.