The decs and the decks have been cleared and the house is back to normal. The dark nights still call for candles being lit and it seemed a shame to relegate the ornament Mum bought me to a box in the shed for a year so I've kept it out. I'm not ready to relinquish winter just yet, but with the slightly longer days and the blossom tree that Sadie embroidered for me in full view, I'm reminded that spring will be here before we know it.
I'm trying to consciously eat a bit more colour and the post Christmas herbal teabags are featuring heavily although you can't beat a good cup of tea and a piece of Christmas cake. And even though I'm happy for Mark and Amy to eat some truffles in the interests of my weight, that's not to say I've had the willpower or inclination to totally abstain.The one and only planned job for the year has already taken place with the lounge being decorated. Our decorator is out of action at the moment with a bad shoulder and after a rather eye-watering quote from another we decided to do it ourselves. I was on glossing duty and we both did the painting and wallpaper. We've also had to have the shed roof re-felted thanks to a visit from Storm Eleanor.
I made a NY resolution this year to make myself more of a priority and to do the things I like doing. 2017 slipped through my fingers and I don't want a repeat in 2018. There are some behind the scenes things I'm doing but I'm also re-embracing the jigsaws and books which I lost interest in. So far I've read 3 books and completed a jigsaw.
The crochet is always a constant and I've posted 6 baby blankets off this month. The hexys are out again and I'm in the throes of making flowers. I've finally mastered how to sew a heart on the machine that looks like a heart and made some tiny baby quilts.The family are all well and touch wood, so far we have all remained flu-free. Amy has just finished her mocks at college and has officially accepted a place at Salford University. Thomas is still enjoying school, made all the more fun this month by him dissecting a sheep's heart in biology. And Sienna is now mobile with the help of her walker.
Flowers are still a weekly treat - roses and the first of what will no doubt be many bunches of daffodils. There is also a primrose sat on the coffee table. They always remind me of Mother's Day. I know I gave my Mum plenty when I was younger and I've received a fair few myself from Amy and Thomas. Such sweet little plants.
I've also been baking cakes for those cold but snuggly 'glad to be inside' afternoons.
So, is this the beginning of blogging again? Well in a word Yes. After a break of 4 months, writing my Christmas post and having a chat with you all, felt like coming home. Pus I needed to look something up on the blog and got engrossed in how much we'd done and how much Amy and Thomas have changed over the past 5 years and suddenly it seemed a shame not to keep a note of things. So I thought I'd do an end of month round up this year. Life pretty much ticks over the same each day but it'll be nice to make a note of a few things each month. And of course if you do stop by it's always lovely to have a catch up.
And in my typical fashion of all or nothing, I've also set up a new blog called Snapshots of Number 38. It's just a daily photo of something that makes me happy or that I have a thought on. There are no comments switched on, it's more a photo album with a tiny bit of blurb to go with the picture.
Hope January has been good for you all. I know a lot of people are glad to see the back of it, but it's become one of my favourite months mainly because it's a long one and follows the rules of time by going slowly :) Come February and the days just seem to fly by.
Until next time.