why, hello there 2016

DSCN9224In 2016 I will knit more for myself.  I’ll finally cast on and finish that happily mundane kitchen towel pattern.  I’ll use my favorite color over and over again … a color placed somewhere between a coral and a cherry.

I’ll find a charity that can use my limited skill set.  I’ll devote a good amount of time to it/them.

I’m going to follow Oprah’s lead and make 2016 the year of my best body.  Better food choices, more exercise and lots of music.  I’ve missed the music.  I was driving down the highway a few days ago when a song played on the radio.  The lyrics made me weep.  I drove straight to Barnes and Noble and purchased the CD.  When did I stop listening to music?  I need to spend more time reviewing my gratitude list.  I want to believe more, in humanity, in myself.  I’ve become very skeptical and fearful.  Take this jumbled mess –

DSCN9209DSCN9210As I was turning and twisting I kept swearing thinking – dammit, this is a mistake – I did something wrong here, what a huge waste of time!  In 2016 I will quietly accept that while there ARE mistakes, my work is not.  I am not wasting my time when creating.  Instead, I am feeding my soul and putting a smile on the face of the person(s) who receives my gifts.DSCN9214DSCN9215DSCN9212Once I modify this pattern with my personal touches, I plan to send a bunch of them off to friends and family.  I’m waiting for some metal toothed zippers to arrive and new ribbons.DSCN9225My friend asked me where I found my serenity on New Year’s Eve.  I laughingly replied -‘in the salmon mousse that I made and the angel food cake and of course the liver pate’.  But I wondered – where DO we look for and find our serenity in this crazy world?  I prayed last night for the folks who had gathered in Times Square.  I was terribly afraid that they would be targeted.  I went to bed before the stroke of midnight because I was tired AND convinced that something terrible would happen.  Something so completely out of my control, something that would render me helpless.  I spend more time than I used to away from crowds, from events.  I am jumpy when hearing gunshot in the woods during hunting season.  I don’t want to live in fear.  I don’t know what the answer is.

Maybe I can find more courage in 2016.  Now THAT would be a resolution worth keeping!  Tell me, did you make resolutions for this new year?


About jody

mother of two amazing individuals, daughter, sister, artist, partner - devoted to knitting, quilting, gardening,writing,painting, reading, sewing, longing to live by the sea
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One Response to why, hello there 2016

  1. Colleen says:

    hmmm, well I don’t like to make resolutions because I usually forget about them pretty quick and then feel like I’ve gone and said something and not done it and that really bugs me. I really like your ideas though – they’re all good ones. I sure miss Oprah and the missing music in my life happens to me too. I have a free subscription to Sirius sat. that will be ending soon but I have really been enjoying listening to the 80’s on 8 in my car. BUT, since you asked… I’m going to resolve to get out of my own way. I do that all the time and it puts me in a unproductive rut.


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