Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

2011 has been a rough year.  I can't say I am sad to see it go.  The ups and downs have been crazy.  Some things I have shared with all of you and a lot I have not.  But thinking back on it, it is a year I have survived and hopefully grown stronger, more compassionate and hopeful.  This year I have made hexagon bags, Japanese flower shawls and scarves, baby blankets,  and a knitted dress.  I have crocheted little purses, many scarves and cowls and completed several scarves and shawls on my loom.  I have been productive through all the ups and downs with yarn being my constant companion.  I have said it a million times that I think working with yarn in some form actually saves my life.  It centers me and calms me down when I feel like I am going crazy.  It challenges me in many different ways and makes me totally exasperated when a project doesn't work.  And the brilliant thing is when my project is not working out, or just back talking me too much I can put it in time out, or just plain throw it away. Yes the dress made from corn fiber yarn is still in time out and remember my circle vest went in the trash bin long ago.  If only life were that easy.

I like to start the New Year on a fresh note.  Today I took down every Christmas item in my home and packed it away.  The tree came down and is at the curb with all the ornaments nestled back in their boxes.  The beds have been changed and the bathrooms cleaned.  After I make a batch of agave sweetened cookies the kitchen will be cleaned.  When I go to bed on New Year's Eve I like everything to be in its place so we start the New Year with a fresh clean slate.  I am getting ready for the change from the old year to the next.  Last year bloggers were very big into picking a word to represent their upcoming year.  I did not do it last year but I know I have no choice this year.  My word is CHANGE whether I like it or not.  My Mother will not make it through the year, she is hanging on by a thread and seems to rally here and there, but I know her time is very limited.   My Dad will not ever adjust to her loss.  My son will graduate and head off to college in the late summer.  My youngest will hopefully transition out of puberty which has been extremely hard on him.  And while it is all happening I will have yarn in my hands and blog friends to see me through.

My wish for you my dear friends is a New Year that brings you and your loved ones health, peace and happiness.  I know many of you have suffered a tough year for medical, financial, or personal reasons.  I wish for you to meet the challenges of the New Year with grace, patience and love.  We are all so blessed to have each other in this wonderful blog universe.  I am thankful for all of you everyday.  Tonight I will be home waiting up for my oldest to return.  At the stroke of midnight I will say a prayer for a better 2012 and I will include all of you.

Have a safe and happy New Year's Eve and a blessed 2012.


Annaboo said...

Simple, beautiful words.
New year does provide a time to reflect, doesn't it? And I agree, working with yarn is one of the most soothing things I have ever done. And definitely keeps you sane.
Much love to you and your family.
Happy New Year.

The Garden Bell said...

I'll second that. It's been rough here too, behind the scenes. Us front line fighters must stick together. Those in the background have not a clue. Here's to a better New Year. Cheers.

Claudia said...

Happy New Year, dear sister! We'll have each other in the year ahead, thank God.


MaryMargaret said...

Change is a good word. It means that we are alive and adapting- I hope that 2012 is a wonderful year in the Mereknits household. It sounds like you are prepared for a fresh, clean start!

"Petunia Pill" said...

Have I told you lately how much I love you? Happy New Year, my darling Meredith. Hugs from this blog friend...Annette

by Teresa said...

Dear Meredith.. I for sure am finding that it helps to share things on my blog with my friends I've made this year. Like you! I count you as a blessing of mine this year.

  *H*A*P*P*Y* *N*E*W* *Y*E*A*R*!*

((hugs)), Teresa :-)

moonstruckcreations said...

A very moving post Meredith.

It has been lovely meeting you here in blogland, and I hope you find that having bloggy friends out there helps to support you during a year of change.

A very Happy and Peaceful New Year to you and your family.


lovestitch said...

My sweet friend, Meredith!
Sometimes we cannot realize at a time that how much we have been through until we pass it and look back. I had a rough year too. But I love the positive thoughts and hope you have, and "CHANGE" is a great word! Wishing you and your family a Very Happy New Year! Hope your new year will be an awesome year to you!!!
Much love,
LS xoxo

brsmaryland said...

Meredith, your post brings tears to my eyes...both the happy and sad kind. Change is hard but inevitable and good as well as uncomfortable. I wish you and your family peace, patience and appreciation in the new year and for you, lots of yarn!!
xo Beth

Susanne said...

You are a dear person with a caring heart. I am so sorry about your mother and father. I have seen that too, one passes away and the other soon follows. I think it is easy to understand why, but hard to see this happen. Their suffering is over, ours has just begun. It makes us face our own mortality. Life is just too short, and the older we get the more we realize this. I too loose myself in my yarn. It is what I do to relax. I guess my second choice of things to keep me from a melt down is to read....but that puts me to sleep after awhile. I am thankful for blogging friends as well, and all the diversions that I can find comfort in. I hope your new year brings you happiness, peace and good health. God has a plan, he knows what he is doing when we don't. God Bless you friend.
(((HUGS))) Susanne ♥

Grateful4Crochet said...

Happy New year. I can totally echo your thoughts in many ways. One of the things I liked about last year was getting to know you through your blog. Take care, and hoping this year will have much beauty and happiness in it for all

Faeryfay said...

Happy New Year and Happy Knitting!:-)

Sue said...

Happy new year to you too..hope 2012 is full of lovly stuff for you and yours
Hope you enjoy my new blog in 2012
Hugs x

Rose Red said...

I wish you a happy new year, I really hope it is a much better year for you. Change is such a good word to choose, because we all must face it, and how we do that can make all the difference. But thank goodness for some constants, like yarn and (hopefully) good friends. These things can make the inevitable changes much easier to handle.

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Thank you Meredith for all the kind words and your wishes and prayers for all of us. I wish for you the same and you are in my prayers too. xoRobin❤

Let's all keep yarn in our hands!!

Sara said...

Happy New Years Meredith! I loved reading this. It got me thinking what my word would be... Wishing you lots of good CHANGE in 2012!

kathy b said...

LIfe gets rocky doesn't it? Between our folks, and I am so sorry about your mom, and our kids, sometimes are hearts get so full of worry. Our blogs are a great place of support. I Often leave out the ugly on my blog because it is my escape too. Not because there isn't any ugly . THere is plenty! You are in my prayers in 2012. My moms memory is failing and we ended 2011 in a tough spot.
Here's to 2012 and our yarn rescuing us over and over again.