Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Happiness Project

What makes me happy right now? The fact that 2010 is coming to a close. I hope the door does kick you in the ass on the way out- and 2011 will be much better in terms of everything.

I came across this book The Happiness Project, and it has started me thinking about how much we determine our own happiness- because it means different things to different people. But exactly what can we do, what is actually within our power to make every day count?

1. Challenge yourself- is there something you always wanted to do? Maybe a place you want to visit, or a skill you want to learn? I'm not suggesting you break the bank- spend more time in the park watching children play? Learn how to make pastry-

2. Shop less. Maybe, for the next month or so- buy only the essentials. Determine what you need as opposed to want. Happiness cannot be bought at the mall.

3. Spend time with those that make you feel good. Never out of guilt or obligation-

4. Limit your exposure to negative news or television- while I do want to keep current on what is going on in the world, alot of it affects me badly, and then I feel like crap.

5. Stop worrying so much- most of it never happens anyway.
(Laura took this pic of FC at Christmas dinner, and we almost peed our pants laughing at it)
6. Laugh more- try and see the humorous side to a situation, or stop taking yourself so seriously.

7. Empathy- try and look at things from the other person's point of view. Human beings are much more sensitive than we realize, sometimes.

8. Be creative- write a novel, try watercolors- visit a gallery- there are a million things to try out- everyone has it in them.

9. Do something nice for someone- even in a small way. Wish the telemarketer a nice evening-the one who calls precisely as you're sitting down to dinner. Can you imagine having that job?

10. Accept- that has been a difficult one for me- to accept things as they are, and people for what they are. You can't change everything, and if a situation is untenable for you, move on and forget about it.

Okay, let's get to the good stuff- number one on the list has been something I've been resisting for a long time, and now a small dream has come true:
A Schacht Ladybug spinning wheel- this is a major learning curve for me. When everyone goes back to work/school, we are going to be spending some serious time together. I am thrilled.
And my last words for this most challenging of years is be nice to yourself- because you deserve it. See you next year.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ferme la Buche de Noel

Have you noticed the calendar date? Yes, it's the 21st of December. Usually around this time I have a strong urge to lie down in bed and not get up until the 27th. For some odd reason, I'm not in a complete panic, or even mildly upset. This is very unusual.

I pretty well have everything in hand, presents are wrapped, tree is up, and I've made a start on giving the kitchen a good clean- inside the cupboards and stuff. I have to scrub the bathrooms (never did get around to getting new tiles for the tub surround), wash floors and do the dusting. The turkey needs to be thawed, and I'll make the stuffing and the rest on Thursday. Oh! And I had my tooth fixed- thanks to nitrous!

My niece gave me this big, honking nutcracker guy who is a baker. Laura and I are attempting a Buche de Noel this year.

My favorite decoration, that Pottery Barn reindeer, and I always wish I had 2, but then I remember I got this one on sale- and am too cheap to pay full price.
Another Reindeer- this one is a candle from Bath and Body Works last year.

Randy, Rhonda and Ramona- I never did get Rodney- so this is the single parent Reindeer family. FC got these at Burger King eons ago.

As for knitting, I made some socks for FC, even though I said I wouldn't. I say that every year.

I had some leftover Alpaca, that just happened to be mouse colored, and made Mr. Man a Turbo Mouse. This will go in his stocking along with some Party Mix, even though his name is on the top of the naughty list.
Mr. Kitten Chow cannot be reached for comment, at this time.

Brigitte is not allowed to say anything, because she predicted that I would get into spinning. Well, I have been a reader of Spin Off for years, and lately have become totally obsessed by all the wonderful handspun yarns that seem to be everywhere. I haven't got a wheel yet- but have been bitten by the "bug"- a Schacht Ladybug. FC says I can have it- and I'm afraid he'll change his mind, so we'll see what Santa brings.

I probably won't post until after the holidays. I want to wish you all, my truly amazing blogbuddies who have become dear friends, the very best for health and happiness in the New Year. I have a feeling 2011 will be a banner year, and may all your yarn dreams come true.
(I'm not happy........................................................................)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Is it 2011 yet?

My blogbuddy Carrie, in her infinite wisdom, has declared a New Year early, and I think it's a brilliant idea. We'll just add December into 2011, because, well, 2010 was crap, and why not?

Last month, FC had a birthday, but we're a little concerned about him:

Personally, I think FC is much better looking than the Beiber, but all the same, someone needs a haircut.

I somehow developed bronchitis, lost half of a molar, but managed to finish some things (back of hand to forehead):
My Peace Fleece sweater, because purple is the new black.
I finished my Winter Wonderland cross stitch- I love the Canada Geese.
Started a new Fair Isle, but it needed purple.

Made Christmas cakes...............
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...and put up some decorations.

It is now officially time to watch all the Christmas movies and specials- which is one of the best things about this season. A cup of tea, a warm mince tart and "A Christmas Story"- it makes me happy.