What if I added one more word for my year.........Gratitude. I think that it works well with Peace, Love, Happiness and Abundance. I thought that something was missing but now it feels complete. I think I have covered all the bases with these words so how can 2016 be anything but wonderful?
My dear blogging friend Amy of Love Made My Home has kept a Gratitude Jar for the last two years. I think it is an amazing idea. She has now ended this little project but I am picking it up. I am writing down something to be thankful for every day in 2016, and adding it to this fun little polka dot jar you see here on my desk. It can be as simple as I am grateful I made it through this day, to something much deeper like I am thankful for all the wonderful friends I have in blogland. This jar will keep me focused on appreciating the positive aspects of my life. In the last five years I have veered off this path, I have been overly stressed and overly taxed, I need to get myself back on track. Thank you Amy for your inspiration and your friendship.
What if I took Little Buddy to the yarn store today and went a bit wild? I absolutely love this Cascade Yarn Tangier in these wonderful colors. I am currently knitting up my third Hitchhiker Scarf, the second in this yarn, and I thought that I might get a jump start on my presents for next year. I know I am a nutter and it is only January 9, but new yarn was calling me and I have resisted the temptation for several days.
If all goes as planned I can whip up these Hitchhiker's throughout the year for Little Buddy's three private therapists for Christmas, relieving stress towards the end of 2016. See I am planning ahead that is why I NEEDED all this new yarn! Plus what a great project to have if I travel, which seems unlikely at this point but you never know....... The lovely, kind and fabulous Teresa got me started on this pattern and as usual I have gone a bit overboard with it. But in my defense this pattern is fast, fun and frankly mindless once you get going, and it makes a lovely scarf, so it is a win/win for me as well as those receiving these presents. I already have some of this yarn to make another Zick Zack Shawl, this one for me, but that is way down on my list of things to make at this point.
What if I went a little bit crazier at Raspberries of Dunedin, my nearest yarn store, than I thought I would? This yarn came in a package called Weaver's Delight. Okay I needed some motivation to make something on my loom and this yarn was perfect for my motivation. Look at this beautiful yarn from Interlacements Yarns, beautiful, hand dyed, soft and yummy yarn as a special treat for myself. I know I thought I was done treating myself after I bought those new knitting needles but here I go again. I will pull it together now and start my yarn/spending diet right this second.
What if this little one was an angel in the store but then started crying on the way home? Not like him at all, I am thinking he just might not be feeling right today. Look at those eyes, he looks tired and not quite like himself. You can always tell in the eyes can't you? He also looks like he might need a haircut, I will put that on our to do list for next weekend. We are hanging out at home for the rest of the day today taking it easy. I am determined to finish Hitchhiker number three this weekend and get it ready to send to my friend Amy in New York as a suprise.
Any what if's in your life?