Sunday, 28 December 2014

Reflecting and planning

I know it’s not quite 2015 yet but my weeks always run Sunday to Sunday so I want to start thinking about what I want to do in 2015.

I read quite a few blogs and one of the things which I have enjoyed reading is the various attempts at doing 52 projects in the year but I haven’t noticed anyone crowing that they managed the full fifty two.  If you can tell me of any I’d love to know.  (Since I’ve written that I’ve googled and found a site called and I shall explore that.)

The reason I want to get a few projects is actually to do with frugality.  In the post-Christmas season I am very aware that there were several Christmas presents which were planned but time ran away with me so substitutes had to be bought and that is somewhat wasteful.  I’ve never got around to making a store cupboard inventory (or a craft inventory) so I waste my precious cash buying duplicates.  A good declutter combined with an eBay listing session would boost the coffers.  You get the idea.  I’m going to do some more thinking about this.

And whilst I’m here I want to remember the three special habits which I have managed to establish during 2014.  First I have managed to lose just over a stone in weight.  I’ve always been a yoyo dieter, managing often to lose three or four stone but then putting it back on.  This stone has come off as the result of minor changes to my diet and probably has a better chance of staying off.

Secondly I have established a pattern of Sabbaths.  This hasn’t happened every week but it is part of my lifestyle now, like those minor dietary changes.  Again like the eating changes, I haven’t beaten myself up or given up when I’ve failed to make that precious time.

And thirdly I have started a blog.  In fact I overdid it.  I actually have two blogs!


  1. It's fun to think about projects for the new year, but I'm not up for too many big commitments. I know I'll get bored. I'm just sticking to the pursuits of faith and the others I'll dabble in.
    I like your attitude!

  2. I'll have to take a look at the website you mentioned. I still work full time but my aim for 2015 is to do more crafting as I do find it relaxing.

  3. Okay. I googled it and found that a stone is in fact 14 pounds. You did amazingly well. Nasty little elves have been at work in my closet taking in seams of my clothes so I'm going to have to make some changes in the new year. Yeah you for taking a day of rest as well!!

    1. Hi Granny - yes we use stones and pounds here. There is a real sense of achievement when a whole stone has gone. I'm trying to get the elves on the run!

  4. Many thanks for sharing your calm thoughts. I am going to look for the 52 projects blog to see if it can motivate me on this cold morning!

  5. I look forward to reading about your plans and projects. You have already prompted me to think about a wool stash audit tomorrow. Jx

  6. I have a few plans myself -- some quite similar to yours. I have been changing my eating habits over the course of the last year and have successfully kicked the sugar addiction ---- and then Thanksgiving and Christmas happened and I slipped back into my errant ways. So, one goal is to re-establish my good eating habits. Another plan is to get into some sort of a routine to create time to do some needlework -- I want to teach myself to loom knit. I am slow at the needlework because my hands hurt a lot and I can't spend huge amounts of time so, instead of just quitting, I need to plan to work at it slowly. And then there are all those reading challenges --- I think I bit off more than I can chew!