Saturday, January 1, 2011

Last Year's Resolutions Kept/This Year's - we'll see............

Last year I wrote this little poem about my resolutions.

Yes, I write them every year
I mean to keep them, too.
Lose 10 pounds, Get in shape
Eat correctly - I really mean to do.

Decluttering my closets, Cleaning my grout,
Scrubbing, Dusting, and Sweeping,
In general, do a better job
as I go about housekeeping.

Organize my stash and pattern collection,
Sort through my thread, ribbon, and lace,
Always clean after every project
& put everything in its place.

But - if I do all of these things
When will I ever be done?
When will I ever sleep?
When will I ever have fun?

Resolutions that I'll keep
are the ones I'll make this time.
To sew, read, draw, and paint,  Yep, I did that!
& occasionally make a rhyme.   Well, some.......

To keep posting on my blog  Yep!
& stay in touch with friends.   Yep, but I could have done better
I'll learn to Skype with my grands  We don't Skype, but we do get on the webcam with the AZ grands
& emails I promise to send.   I do email

The most important goal I'll make
Is the one that's easiest to keep.
I'll love my family with every breath
& in my heart's every beat.  This one was a breeze!

So, after reminiscing over last years resolutions, I am going to keep those and add only one more......
Starting Monday, January 3, I am going to get my basement cleaned out!!!!  It is full of my mother's, my husband's grandparents', my husband's aunts', our daughters', and our STUFF!  Some of it is going to the dump!  Some of it is going to charity!  Some of it is going to be stored with more care!  And, I hope some of it will go to the homes of some of our family members who will love and care for whatever they want!
I would like to comment on my last resolution from last year.  I do love my family with my every breath and my heart's every beat.  This past year I realized just how very important it is to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your family members.  Losing both of our moms has had a big impact on our lives!  Having two more grandbabies born has just made more space in our hearts for all that LOVE.

I'm actually knitting a sweater.  I'll show it to you if it actually looks like a sweater when I finish it!

Here's a photo from Christmas Day!  A winter wonderland!  This weekend we are having a monsoon!  I don't know how many inches of rain have fallen, but several for sure!


Sharon said...

Happy New Year! Good luck on the basement cleaning project.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I can't wait to see your sweater! I hope you do well with the basement project. We have to tackle three sheds that are full :-(

Faye Lewis said...

I feel your plight with the basement, remember I did the attic last year, no fun at all, but I'm so glad it's done. Happy busy New Year to you!

Susan said...

I have never written up the pattern organizing as a goal, but always want to do it....yup, it is less organized now than ever. lol.

Happy New Year! You did keep the best goal of all with loving your family!

MushyWear said...

Happy New Year Julia! I look forward to following along again this year. I hope you are really happy with the new knitted sweater and best wishes with the basement! Moving 5 times in the last 5 years sure helped me streamline my stuff!

Claudia said...

Happy New Year, dear Julia! As my Mom gets more fragile, I cherish the time I have with her whether it is on the phone or in person. You are so right about family.


Mary said...

Gosh....I often wish that we had attics and basements in our homes in CA until I imagine trying to clean them out. The garage and closets are bad enough!!!!

Donna said...

Hi Julia, I'm so glad you liked my little song. Wow..isn't it amazing what we collect over time..especially from those we love? I'm doing the same thing..decluttering like crazy. Watch out Craig's I come!


I'm with you all the way. Love your resolutions!

Donna @ DC's Creations
and Comin' Home

Aunt Malinda said...

I need some suggestions and I have no doubt that you ladies can help me. Your entries amaze me,excite me, and inspire me. I have been sewing since I was a little girl, having sons, I did not continue my art through all these years as Julia did with her daughters. Now, my favorite craft is quilting. My older son is getting married to a precious young lady that is fitting into our family like a charm. We are so blessed and thrilled. My husband spent more time and money on her Christmas gift than on anyone else's.
She mentioned that she was thinking about having something other than a guest book for her wedding guests to sign. I am searching for ideas of what I could make for her. I have seen pillows, wall hangings, bed quilts. I plan to discuss this with her soon, but would like to have some ideas from the creative perspective to offer as suggestions. I appreciate any input you can give me. I want this to be very special to her and to our son. Thanks, Aunt Malinda

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