Happy 2007! Everyone. I hope as well it will be a healthy and prosperous year for you all.
I feel sad looking back at 2006. Although some wonderful things happened, like Lucy and Sean's Wedding, we also lost two very good friends and our world will never be the same again without them.
They and happy memories of them will remain in our hearts and I am sure that both of them would be very annoyed to think of us being sad on their account for too long.
So 2007 has come round and we get another chance to stand back and take stock, and make plans and resolutions for the future. Another good thing that came out of 2006 although I had no plans to do it - it just kind of happened - was the Crafty Threads 'n' Yarns forum. It is the first time I have adminned a forum, and it has been and I hope will continue to be a wonderful experience. We have some great events coming up that are in my 2007 plans:
Starting tomorrow we have the start of our Sock-a-Month 2007 challenge . The idea is - and perhaps the name gives it away a little here - to knit a pair of socks every month during 2007. It is open to everyone registered on the forum. Natalie of Yarn Yard has very generously donated a skein of her wonderful yarn each month to be given to each winner of a monthly draw. Everyone who posts pics of the socks they have knitted that month will be automatically entered into the draw. You don't have to knit socks every month but those that manage 12 pairs will get a gold button, 6 pairs will get a silver button and 3 pairs will get a bronze button for their blog or forum signature. In addition there will be gold, silver, and bronze prizes kindly provided by our hardworking Moderator terri awarded to the winners of another draw for all those that qualify for the buttons.
I had already decided that this was going to be "The year in which I knit socks" so this is a great incentive - not just for the prizes but for the camaraderie of having everyone else knitting them along with me.
Another imminent event is our Dishcloth Swap. The deadline for signing up is Jan 14th. Again it is open to anyone registered on the forum and it's not too late to join if you fancy participating in this swap.
Finally we are having a UFO Buster week where we finally come to terms with the fact that there are abandoned projects at the back of our craft rooms/closets/drawers/Rubbermaid box that we will never finish. It is time to make a decision - finish, recycle materials, give away, throw away. I know I will find things tucked away that I won't even remember having started in the first place, when I go to look but they will all have been things I thought were a good idea at some time.
Another venture has been Bloggers' Paradise which has taken a bit of a back seat lately with all else that has been going on, but rest assured that I have great plans for its future so watch out in the next few days for new happenings there.
A landmark that Gary and I both reached in 2006 was our 50th birthdays. I have been too busy lately to think about what this really means to me other than we are now members of AARP. I still have my usual plans to go the gym more to stay healthy. As I suspected would happen visits there have dropped off dramatically since our old club closed - our only regular visit is on Wednesday evenings to attend a Power Flex weight training class. This Wednesday we did actually go early enough to have a bit of time on the treadmill first. I decided the fat burn program was my best bet and plugged in all my data and hit enter. The idea is that the machine adjusts its incline to keep your heartrate at a fat burning level for the speed you have chosen. Unfortunately the heart rate measuring device wasn't working and it had me at a pretty constant 60 beats/min. The incline kept going up and up and I was puffing and panting, When it got to level 12 ( 4 or 5 is a pretty comfortable level) I realised it really really wasn't working properly I hit the Stop button.