In reading other blogs, and things in the paper, I have the feeling that many of us are getting tired of the holiday hoopla. Don't get me wrong, I feel extremely fortunate, I have my health, my family whom I adore (despite the bitching) and my sister, brother and his kids- I love them all. I have my knitting peeps- where would I be without you?
I took the tree and decorations down on the 27th. I think that the season's are pushed so much (you can buy a paddle boat and a bathing suit at Costco) that pretty soon, Christmas may eventually begin in December, as opposed to June. By the time the day actually gets here, we've had it.
Being an extreme, all-or-nothing person, I realize that any change I make has to be drastic. Unfortunately, the family doesn't always go along with my wonderful schemes. Oh, well. You'll notice that the weight ticker on the side indicates that I'm going to lose the weight I lost 2 years ago. Having said that, here is a wonderful picture of the last mince tart of 2009.
FC caught the flu that everyone but me seems to have, so he's been laying around with chest congestione, but I'm sure it's more from lack of sleep and not taking care of himself. So that needs to change.
Aside from the usual weight issues, the other big thing around here is finances. While we seem to be better off than some people in that FC has a job, both of the kids are in college, which means tuition, books, etc. At this moment, I feel that if I never see another shopping mall or box store, I'd be really happy. Major simplifying is in order. Menu plans, organization and deciding what we really need, as opposed to want will make a huge difference.
What matters in life? Family, friends, health, some food and a roof over your head. The rest is really surplus to requirements. Just watching the people on boxing day, running around, trying to get a bargain, it hit me. Is a bigger TV really going to make you happy? Still, I don't think the sales figures were up this year. There are some positive aspects to a recession. Bigger is not always better.
I did get some lovely yarn for Christmas, which I didn't need, but made me happy anyway. Some lovely Kashmir and my favorite Whisper laceweight-
The colors are Oh, Ruby and the Kashmir is in Rib-bit. I am making an Aestlight shawl.
2010 will be more about satisfying the spirit and the soul. So I'm raising my cup of tea, and wishing you all peace and joy this New Years. Keep it simple.