I do declare that it has taken me this long to recover from the holidays - and they weren't even that busy.
The Grinch came and stole up Christmas on Dec. 29th.
I had it all neatly stowed in the attic on that day.
I'm all about New Year's Day.
It's one of my favorite holidays - if you can call it a holiday - it's a fresh start - it's a new beginning - a year with no mistakes in it -
I love January.
The holidays are over - it's a month to pause - yet to renew commitments - it's a month to ponder - yet get busy. It's a month to take a good long hard look at your life and change what needs to be changed.
It's also my birthday month - but that's neither here nor there.
I'm also finally going through real and true empty nest syndrome now.
When Aaron originally left - I had the holidays to occupy me - now?
He's doing terrific and texts me everyday photos like this:
Are these not the cutest kids ever?
I'm sure that is milk they are drinking.
I'm just sure of it.
I'm on a big time sewing kick - as in Icantgetenoughnotions.
I swoon over new pins, and bobbins.
I bristle with excitement with my JoAnn fabric coupons and more ideas than I know what to do with.
I just flew through another rag quilt. I wish that I would have backed this one with the brown, and then the fringe would have popped more...live and learn...live and learn.
I'm planning on having a Spring Open house here in March - selling some of my glitter sculptures and whatever else comes off my table.
(I know what you are saying - 'she's taking pictures with her phone again, isn't she?' Why - yes, yes, I am - but at least I've enhanced them a little for your viewing pleasure!)
I finally hitched the buggy up and went to town to the new fangled 'libary'. Oh it's a beauty - three floors - an Internet cafe and piles and piles of books.
I got a couple of audio books so that I can listen while I sew.
I've been a thrifting fool - and these dishes have me up in here so happy I can't bear it.
I'm all about the saucer now - in fact - I hereby declare it uncouth to drink a hot beverage in a cup without one.
My house absolutely cannot contain one more dish.
How perfect is this tea set for my vintage camper 'The Squirrel'?
It's not out of focus - it's just so dreamy that you can't get an in focus photo of it.
I've been enjoying my luxurious Ugg slippers that were gifted to me by a dear friend. I feel rich and famous padding around the old farmhouse in them. I have to be careful not to wear them out feeding the chickens.
Evenings find me and Glenco bundled on the couch watching Netflix of previous seasons of shows like 'Deadwood', 'Dexter' and 'Spartacus'.
Blood, guts, murder and a lot of swearing.
We temper all of that with our beloved Downton Abbey.
Is Bates really innocent?
I'll say no more.
I've continued my big Declutter 2013 project and have a large box sitting by the back door as I type this - going out tomorrow.
I'm resurrecting the Pink Chicken - remember her?
I even decluttered the pantry today and gave this food away on Craig's List.
Is that gross?
This was all leftover holiday food that I don't want in the house. I just couldn't bear throwing it away.
The can of biscuits burst in the bag before it was picked up. Scared the daylights out of me.
So that's what I've been up to -
got all of my seeds ordered for the garden this year - cleaning the oven as I type this - it feels really good to be getting on top of things around here.
I'm enjoying this new life - even though my heart still aches for the BoyChild daily. It's odd to have an uninterrupted thought - or a day to myself.
Life is lovely right now - and that's OK.
I say 'poopoo' to busyness and running all over tarnation.
I love home.
What about you? What do you like or dislike about January?
What shows are you watching?