Hello, blog friends! I hope you are enjoying January. It has been cold in my neighborhood and I'm happy to stay inside and sew in my craft room. I had a goal of finishing up 24 of the tri-fold notepad covers and 20 bowl cozies for our craft group to sell this next year. I slightly surpassed those goals ending up with 25 tri-folds and 22 cozies! Two things ticked off of my yearly goal list!
Do you set goals for the year? I started doing this a couple of years ago to hold myself accountable for accomplishing things I really wanted to do once I retired. I found myself putting things off, then never getting around to doing them. As a former teacher, goal-setting was something I was accustomed to so I decided to incorporate it into my retired life. It has made a big difference in how I use my time now and I really feel I am more productive! Of course, since I'm retired, I only add things I WANT to do to my yearly goals but they really help me stay focused and happily busy! It's also helped me create new positive habits, such as keeping in touch with family and friends, traveling and learning new skills .Another goal I have for this year is to complete an online genealogy course. I've completed 2 of the 8 lessons so far and I'm enjoying learning to stay more focused on my research. I'm also planning to purchase a new genealogy software program for my Mac laptop so I'll be doing some reading about all the different options available. I use Ancestry and FamilySearch online programs but need something for this new computer.
Finally, I hope to make 2 quilts this year. One will be for our son and future daughter-in-law. It will be a picnic size so I can add it to a picnic basket for their wedding. Jamie wants something in blue so I'll be working on that soon. I'm thinking of a simple half-square triangle herringbone pattern. What do you think? Any other ideas?
Let me share just a few beautiful sunsets we've been blessed with this past week! It seems wintertime brings the most vivid sunrises and sunsets.