Thursday, 4 January 2018

Gentle January

I got up this morning, padded down the hall and pressed a little button.  Pure Magic 😊😊   A few minutes later the kitchen radiator was starting to warm up and after a short while the whole house began to lose its overnight chill, absolute bliss.

I suddenly realised how relaxed I felt, which is indicative of how tightly wound we have been since before Christmas - constantly worrying about the house feeling so cold and clammy (this is not a building that responds well to being unheated), worrying about Daisy being warm enough, worrying about the potential for burst pipes, and going for a shower to find we had forgotten to put the towels in the tumble dryer and they were damp from the previous use.  It would be no bad thing to continue that state of relaxation through this traditionally grey, moist and sludgy month and have a Gentle January.

The last couple of months of 2017 were hard; I was stressed out about something (that doesn't need to be discussed here) which thankfully resolved before the holidays, in an effort to get more sleep I decided to break my usual rule of virtually no pills, and ended up with a very unpleasant reaction to a painkiller which left me feeling even worse for a couple of weeks than before, and frankly I was tired to the bone.

2017 was one of the most tumultuous years we have experienced for a long while.  Management's retirement Has.Been.The.Best.Thing he could have done for himself, and for us.  However, it has been a massive life-change and don't the 'experts' reckon that Big Events (even good ones like babies and weddings) cause us far more stress than we tend to acknowledge at the time?  I feel we spent the last seven months adjusting to whatever the "new normal" was going to become.  But we're nearly there, and it is good.

2018  is going to be a busy, busy year.  We want to make far more use of both the caravan and campervan.  Management will (I hope) spend more time working on his motorbikes than he's ever been able to before.  The garden is due for a season of consolidation and I want to take the time to appreciate what we've got out there rather than constantly running from one list of tasks to the next, and it is about time I got my walking boots out and went back on the fells.

With the heating back on, it sort of feels as if today is our "new year's day".  Easy dinner pulled from the freezer early on, damp and cloudy outside, so the lure of brightly coloured fabric was not hard to resist! 

There were a lot of long seams, much pressing, and even more cutting into sections.





I've pinned up all the sections I will need to make sure I had enough (bit short on a couple of the fabrics).   Top Two has the same fabrics in the same sequence but the final order will be different from Top One.  It is also 95% likely to be different from where I am this evening.





The photobombed version:







12 comments:

  1. Happy New January 4th Day! lol. I'm glad that whatever was previously stressing you out has been sorted and you're feeling more relaxed now you've got the heating back on - and I'm sure Daisy appreciate it too :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice :) Things are certainly more relaxed here than they were at Christmas. x

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  2. Happy New Year Jayne. I'm glad you have your heating fixed, it was an awful time for it to fail. I try not to take pills unless I really have to but being in pain is no fun and I'm sorry to hear of your bad reaction to painkillers. Let's hope for a good year ahead for all and lots more photobombing from Daisy, she looks really good against your beautiful quilt ;)

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    1. Thank you Eileen. Daiy definitely seems to be getting into the swing of photobombing. Hoping for a good year for us all, xx

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  3. Glad that you are now warm and cosy. I’m hoping for a less stressful year too.

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    1. Thanks Sue, any progress with your eyesight issues?

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  4. Oh, so glad you're cozy again and sewing. Me too.

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    1. Thanks Sue, have you thought about fabrics for your own TATW yet? 🙂

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  5. Happy New Year Jayne and I'm so relieved to read you have got your heating sorted. The worry of a damp house or worse, frozen pipes, is not a nice one.
    It's good you're both finding your stride and settling into a (non)routine. It has been a big life change for you both, it's understandable it has taken a while to adjust. X

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    1. Thank you Jules. After your own chilly experience, I know you relly understand :)

      In truth, if we have adjusted to our life change in 7 months then I reckon we've managed fairly quickly! xx

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  6. I walked away from a crazy full time job in summer 2015. Major life changes - even for the good - are a lot more stressful than everyone realises. The summer of 2016 was magical... I hope that you have a good year. Jx

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    1. Oh Jan, what a lovely endorsement, thank you.

      Here's to a wonderful 2018 for you too 🙂

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