I had the choice of: the house to myself or take my daughter and her friend to the Dreaded Mall?
That was easy.
I had sourdough proofing for starters. ( a lame bread joke but I just cracked myself up) so bread was made.
And I was hoping to make a batch of soap and an apple pie because I was out of soap completely and the apples at the bottom of the bushel were getting a little past their prime. They were past languishing. Some action was required. I also got some cabbage fermenting for sauerkraut because the cabbage was staring at me on the counter and really, I was avoiding vacuuming.
Well, the vacuuming did get done along with the aforementioned other kitchen business and then before I knew it dinner had to be started.
And then, then I realised I was really tired.
The Holidays, the busiest time at work and at home, had caught up with me in one fell swoop. (Christmas "holiday" is a misnomer. A relaxing vacation without cooking or laundry and ideally, an ocean is a holiday. Am I right?)
Luckily I still had a few days off. And I did... not a lot.
Just what I needed.
Yes , I still have a little start-itis. I am always full of project ideas for the new year. But let's get that straight. It's not because I am all giddy with the possibility of a Bright New Year. In fact, I think a new beginning in cold, dark January is just a little a lot crazy and resolutions are doomed to fail. We are hard-wired to hibernate in winter, yes?
My enthusiasm for new projects is because this is a very slow time of year at work, so there is a little more time to actually get them done.
But first, for those few days off I sat. I'm not really good at it but I did it.
I sat and did some knitting. Unfinished business.
You see, those Christmas jackets (not called that anymore obviously) for the kids are still in the works. It was a relief frankly, not to worry about a deadline anymore. Yes, they would have been impressive wrapped under the tree but they are great gifts no matter what or when, right? Now I am enjoying the process more. However, still unfinished! Ha.
This weekend I was refreshed and had a few new things on my kitchen counter, in my sketchbook and some practical projects around the house to plan and execute. There is some fabric waiting on my little sewing stool but the day light hours are shockingly short and they will get done in their own time.
So you see, I'm feeling no urgency (except for finding a way to get a mammoth old potter's wheel into the house) just steady wins the race. We'll see how long this lasts :)
After all, it's January and there is still a lot of year to fill.
The above outdoor photos were taken January 1st at a friends when we were out snowshoeing. Nothing like a little a lot of exercise to start the new year.
Luckily, there was a hot tub at the end of this trail.