Here's my new Christmas wall hanging in place and ready for the holidays. It could have been a little larger for the space, but I'm very happy with it.
I did mostly hand quilting on it . . .
. . . except for the machine meandering stitching on the light colored inner border.
I also worked on my knitted afghan. I'm a smidge bit over halfway done with the second of the four strips. Funny how when you put in blocks of time on a project, you can really see some progress. (Ahem.)
Yesterday I got around to getting out my blue sweater and working on it. Finished the first sleeve and have the second one pretty close to done.
Not only have I been sleeping better but I've found that giving myself "permission" to do things that feed my soul are making me feel better (well, duh, good sleep alone does wonders!) and I also have a strong suspicion that I'm not such an old grouchy she-bear to be around.
Such a win-win situation this is that by heck or by golly, I'm going (to try really, really hard) to stop listening to that nasty little voice in my head that keeps telling me I should be doing tasks and chores the MUST BE DONE. (Insert loud, crashing thunder and lightning.) To that voice I now say, "Piffle!"
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On a totally different subject, I do believe winter has arrived in northern Minnesota. Our overnight low was 10 above zero with a wind blowing. It's going to be even colder tonight because it's just now 4:45 and the temp is already down to 12 degrees. We have about 6" of snow cover on the ground and it doesn't look like it's going anywhere soon.
This is the first year in a long time that we've had much of any snow before Christmas, but it feels kinda good. As Papa Pea said yesterday, "Well, I guess there are a few outside projects I can cross off my list until spring."
That's what I love about the very definite change of seasons in our part of the country. Now if we could just learn to go with the flow, learn to live more with the seasons, I think we'd be a lot better off. If we would really take the few months of winter to relax, rest and rejuvenate (maybe even a little hibernation?), I think we'd be in much better shape and have lots more energy for the spring/summer/fall seasons.