Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Merry Christmas

I can't believe I haven't written a blog post since August! Well, actually, I can. I've been dithering for months about whether to carry on with this blog. My heart just doesn't seem to be in it any more, which is why it's been reduced to just the odd film or blog review.

Everything is fine here. Family life just continues as normal - being a mum is still the best thing that's ever happened to me, and my little boy is my whole world. But since I decided to keep that part of my life fairly private, it doesn't leave much else for blogging.

Crochet is still my main hobby, though I have to just fit it in when I can, which is not very often. I did start another blog, HookyHare, which was to run alongside my Folksy shop and Ravelry. I've since opened an Etsy shop, but stocking it is quite a slow process! In 2017 I'd like to just keep making things and popping them in there to (hopefully) sell, and I'd also like to have a serious attempt at dyeing some of my own yarn. I also want to focus on using my luxury yarns to make things for myself - probably shawls. And maybe next year will be the year that I learn to knit socks? (It was supposed to be this year, but, erm, yeah, that didn't happen!)

My reading plans for this year didn't work out how I'd hoped, but I intend to continue ploughing through my paperbacks and whittling them down to just favourites - the rest will be donated to charity. In fact, I'm thinking of putting myself on a bit of a Kindle ban until I've read some 'proper' books.

Similarly, I didn't do so well with my DVD watching - it was a lot harder than I thought it would be to make time to watch films, although in some ways I'm glad that I haven't been a complete telly addict all year! Again, I'll continue to work my way through the list and only keep the films that I really enjoy watching over and over again, the others will also be donated to charity.

I never did finish writing about all my New Year Resolutions Things On My To-Do List, but I suppose if I try to think positively, I didn't do too bad with them...

Obviously I didn't get all the way through my book and dvd lists, but I made some headway.

I'm not sure if I did more crochet, but I have done some over the year.

Have I learned a new skill? Erm, no I don't think I've managed that one.

Declutter and be more organised? I've donated lots of things to the charity shop, and I've sold quite a bit on ebay, so there has definitely been some decluttering going on, but not as much as I would've liked. And I treated myself to a new planner, a Kikki K, although I'm not sure if it's made me more organised. I'm constantly searching for the fabled 'planner peace'...

Improve my health? Well, in July I started doing the Couch to 5K running plan from the NHS. I kept up with it for about three months, but then a nasty chest infection kind of knocked me right out of my routine, and I never got back into it. BUT, I started it. And if I did it once, I can do it again. And I know that the best time to start is Now, rather than saying, I'll get back into it next year, but... I'm going to try and get back into it next year.

So, 2017. How am I feeling about it? Well, this time of year, between Christmas and New Year, always makes me feel a bit down, but a bit reflective too. 2016 has been a bit bonkers to put it mildly, what with certain political decisions, and the constant barrage of death, destruction and general bad news. I can't quite put my finger on how I'm feeling at the moment. I think, like so many people, I've got that niggling sense of wanting to do something to help, but not really knowing what, or how. Selfishly, I guess, there is also a part of me that wants to ignore all the horrible stuff - turn off the news, stop reading Twitter - and just focus on being happy with my little family.

I never wanted to abandon this blog half way through the year, which is why I intended to keep writing my book and film reviews. However, the ones that are still in the drafts folder never made it to the blog, and never will now. As I said, my heart isn't in it any more, so I think now is the time to call it a day.

If I do decide to carry on blogging, it will be over on Hooky Hare; I still read my favourite blogs, and will continue to do so from there. In the meantime, I can be found on Instagram @HookyHare24.

Thank you for reading and commenting over the years.

Have a very happy 2017.

Lots of love

Michelle  xx

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