Here were are again - at the start of a new year - 2017!! Wow!! That sounds so wild to say. I am happy to report that I survived another year and it actually was a pretty good year. Nothing terrible or tragic happened in my life (well, except for Donald Trump being elected but that is another story for another time).
My remaining family is healthy and doing well and I was able to see my niece and great niece a few months ago and I am so proud of the mom that my niece has become and to see my great niece grow and become her own little independent person. She is such a joy, just like her mom always is.
Things at work are going well, things at home are going well and I really don't have anything to complain about (except Trump of course - LOL! but nothing I can do about that, right?)
While 2017 saw a lot of celebrity deaths, there were some good things - the CUBS won the World Series!! How awesome was that?! Heck, the Falcons are a contender for the Superbowl - so maybe 2017 will be their year - one can only hope.
I did pretty well with my 2016 Goals.
1) While, I still want to grow stronger in my faith, I do feel that I have reconnected with the Lord and once again have that yearning to learn more of His Word. I read a daily devotional and it helped me a lot.
2) I have gotten healthier, thanks to the support of my sister. We followed the Atkins Plan together and I am proud to say that I have lost 50 lbs. Atkins was pretty easy for me some reason. We started together on July 1st with an initial goal to lose 25 lbs by August 31st and we both met our goal! I slowed a bit during the month of October - birthday, traveling, Halloween - no excuse but just wasn't as strict but I got back on track in November and managed to lose 25 more pounds before the end of the year.
3) As far as the crafts. I didn't have as much time to craft as I would have liked to. I did make my 2nd cousin a beautiful baby afghan, which she totally did NOT appreciate like I thought she would. Plus she never sent me a thank you card (Lesson learned!). I finished the Mystery CAL Afghan, which I didn't like at all (2nd lesson learned, no more "mystery" patterns for me). I made this cute little cross-stitch for my niece and her her family, which she totally loved (yeah!). I learned a new crochet technique, while watching a John Wayne movie. I knitted my mom a little dress for her dishwashing liquid bottle. I participated in a dishcloth swap and made 5 dishclothes (also learned a new knitting technique in the process) and I got 5 different ones in return. I started making a Virus Blanket (but put in on hiatus for a bit). I also made 3 Messy Bun Hats (which I haven't blogged about - maybe later)
Wow - looks like I was a little more crafty in 2016 than I remembered.
So....what are my 2017 Goals?
Health - continue losing weight. I still have quiet a bit I need/want to lose and I just know that with some recent decisions I have made in my life, that this year, I will see a major change in my weight and health.
Religion - begin my journey (again) to read the entire Bible. I really, really, really want to do that this year. I have had this as a goal for many years but this is the year I intend to actually do it.
Crafts - I want to finish 2 WIPs I have (Virus Blanket and HUGE granny Around the World afghan). Plus I want to make my mom a knitted shawl and I have a couple of other afghans in mind that I would like to make. I have a cross stitch that I would like to do too but not sure if I will get to that this year - it is quite an undertaking but you never know.
Other - I would like get my "final financial plans" in place - you know, things like a will, advanced directive, add my sister to my bank accounts, assign a power of attorney - those kinds of things. None of us are promised tomorrow. I want to make sure that when that time comes, it will be easy on my family. I hope that is a long way away, but I have learned that life can end in a second, without warning. I also have several things around the house that I would like to accomplish, mostly some organization things and such.
Again, although I won't be scrapping about it, my One Little Word of the year is going to be "Renew"
So, here is to 2017, may it be a great year (even with Trump as president). 😝