I have heard that whatever you do on New Year's Day determines how you will spend your whole year. If that's true, I will continue doing laundry, cleaning house and cooking for family. Somehow I don't think I was really going to get out of all that even if I'm not superstitious. I am however an irrepressible optimist and like to think that attitude is what will carry me through this new year. We all have lots to look forward to despite the economic outlook and the fact that we remain a largely one (solid) income family at this time.
My aunt who was hospitalized on Christmas Eve is now awake and my family is positively jubilant about it even though she has a long and painful road to recovery. We are up to it. Her internal organs are fine, her brain is fine and she is no longer on a ventilator. She will have several reconstructive surgeries but she should regain the use of her broken limbs. I want to thank all my blogging friends and Twitter friends who responded with kind encouragement. I am extremely lucky to count you all as my friends.
Tom's brother and his family from Korea have been visiting since the 20th and will be returning home in a couple of days. It's been really fun getting to know the newest member of the family, little Mina, who is only a month younger than my own grandson, Cooper. They played together well and were a constant source of amusement. My MIL #2 is here visiting also and she goes back to Vermont tomorrow.
I've been playing around with a couple of ideas about my blogging for a while and today seems like a good day to make a decision one way or the other. I have really been enjoying some of my online friends efforts at 365/6 Flickr postings but find that I am not such a good photographer and really dislike photos of myself so I don't think I could bring myself to do it. I also have been envious of other knitbloggers who committed to writing a blog post every single day for a year. That might be something I could pull off if I really worked at it. What I would like to know is, those who have done it...was it difficult and was it rewarding and did you feel like you imporved your writing skills or what other revelations did you experience on this journey? I may not do it, but I would like some force to compel/propel me to post more frequently because I really do enjoy the interaction. I admit that I often don't post because I feel so overwhelmed and conflicted and don't want to babble or rant or just indulge in wasting time and cyperspace just to see my words in space. I also know that I have lost a few regular visitors because I have fallen behind so badly in my blogging activites. I wonder if I could carve out a bit more time to write and perhaps spend a tad less time on Twitter. Finding the time seems to be the biggest challenge - Twitter is easy and I really like the immediacy of it. But, it's not exactly blogging. So, I will think on it some more.
About my knitting: I still knit and really need to organize that area of my life a bit more - still working on that Starsky Jr. for Abby and a couple of other UFO's that continue to haunt me. And I have tried really hard to resist the urge to start more projects - at least until I can finish one. Inspiration doesn't seem to be lacking, really, again, it's time that's lacking and I need to address that in some way. What shall I stop doing so I can do more of what I want, hmmm, that may be the essential question. And so this is how I start my new year; desparately wanting more time for me, without my family suffering. If you have any success stores, please share.
And my you all have a Happy New Year and thanks for sticking around!