Posted by: MtnWoman Silver | January 4, 2010

Out with 2009

I hope everyone had a great holiday season from Thanksgiving through New Year’s day. I did and am very glad it is over; I am ready to hit 2010 running. The first week of each new year, I basically tie up loose ends from the previous year.

First on my list this year and every year is editing my life and art journals and printing and binding them. I get a nice feeling from getting that job done, but my feelings on reviewing what I have done during the year are usually mixed. I could have accomplished more, I could have done certain things differently, I wish I hadn’t done some things at all. But, there are always things I am proud of.

In 2009, I am delighted that I changed my eating and exercise habits. Not only have I lost 23 pounds in the past four months, but I am feeling so much better mentally and physically. I am delighted that I have become a grandmother and that I finally retired from my day job so I can focus more on painting and quilting. I am glad I got off the fence and began blogging and using some other networking venues–facebook, twitter, putting my art online. From those, I have become acquainted with some incredible people around the world and re-acquainted with some old friends.

One loose end I mean to tie up this week is the baby quilt for my neighbor. Here is a picture of the quilt pin-basted just before I begin free-motion quilting it.

Joshua's quilt pin-basted

Joshua's Quilt Pin-basted


  1. Your routine is much like mine, except I haven’t been keeping journals and art books. I think my blog is all that for me, and it’s all there. The mood usually hits me to get rid of STUFF and in deciding what STUFF to pitch out, I rediscover some of the STUFF I must have thought pretty important at least sometime in the past. I always rediscover things I’d forgotten, and find lots of things to ponder over (read that “blog about”). I especially like that week between Christmas and New Year’s when things are usually pretty quiet, few appointments and I can just hang out with myself and think about what I want to accomplish in the year ahead. Lots of us seem to do the same things, just with different routine. I didn’t have a job to give up, but I did officially give up VOLUNTEERING so that anything I do now is more inwardly focused, and I think at this end of life, that’s a very good thing. Good luck with all the projects for 2010. The baby’s quilt will be splendid. I hope I have the nerve to try free-hand machine quilting with the small quilt I’m nearly finished with. I’ll think of you all the while I’m doing it! 😀

    • I am sure you will do a great job on the small quilt. It is wise to do a small one first because wrestling a large quilt while free-motion quilting can be a challenge. If I can be of any help, let me know. Thank you for your thoughts.

  2. Hey Silver, Sounds like you have had a very good year, losing 23 pounds being a great accomplishment. Like you I am reviewing the past year and my work. I am also contemplating making a major change in habitation and career this spring. Have a Happy and Challenging Intellectually and Artistically New Year!

    • Thanks Arlinda. Keep me posted on your move and career.

  3. I love the colours of that quilt Joshua is one fortunate person!

    • Thanks. I am into the binding and looking forward to working on something else.

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