Time to Catch Up!

Hi, it's been quite awhile since I've posted on my blog...I really needed a break.  I wasn't inspired and topics to write about just weren't coming to me.  But after my long rest I'm back and ready to share the inspiring things I find in my life.  I wasn't quite sure how to start up again after such a long time but I'll just recap the last six months! 

We continue to enjoy our new home, adding our own touches here and there, especially the garden last summer.  I can't wait to plant some vegetable gardens and we put in a cherry tree this fall.  It is small but I expect loads of cherries in the next several years.  Sour cherries are among my favorites.  I dehydrated some this year and they have been tasty.  This is what the garden is looking like now.

One of my major goals for 2012 was to really learn how to knit.  I made three sweaters, several scarves and cowls.  I still haven't made a hat or mittens, but I'll get to that.  This is a cowl I made for a friend for Christmas using some yarn hand-dyed by my friend Jacque.  I taught myself entrelac , a method of knitting that looks woven.  I also got a spinning wheel!  I had one quite awhile ago and sold it which I have always regretted.  Spinning is such a zen activity and I'm happy to get back to it.

I also took some major steps toward getting healthy by losing nearly 40 pounds and doing the NHS Couch to 5K program, so I can now say I am a runner.  When I think about this I sometimes wonder who has inhabited my body.  It is odd that at 54 I have taken up running.  I think having Lara, the woman on the podcasts holding me accountable makes all the difference.  I surely wouldn't want to disappoint her!

Well, I think that's all for today but I promise it won't be 6 months until you hear from me again!


Yvonne said...

So glad to see you again. I was just looking up your blog this morning and saw you still had not posted at that time. But what a nice surprise. First off, congrats on getting fit and losing weight. I know how tough that is. I'm working on it right now myself, after having a frozen shoulder for the last 6 months. I learned to knit, well, just the basic stitch is all. LOL...nothing like you are doing. Your work is lovely. So glad to hear all is going well in your new house and the rest of your life. I know a break can do you good, as I took one too and now feel better than ever and rearing to go. LOL Good to see you again. :)

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Welcome back dear friend...it looks like you needed some time to figure some things out. Congratulations on your healthy accomplishments. Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

ringadal said...

Glad to read your post. Congrats on losing the weight and learning to knit. As you know,I always have a knitting project, so much more portable than a tapestry loom! I am impressed that you got so much knitting done. I just finished my second sweater this year. I will post photos today of that sweater. Nice to hear from you, looking forward to reading more posts. Got some compliments on your little person the other day from people here at a party.


k.somerville said...

good for you all the way around! I think we have parallel lives although I'm still working on my couch-to-5K. Isn't it nice to see the wheel going round? I love red and orange together. Happy 2013.