Happy Thanksgiving to those who will be prepping, cooking and washing up today. And of course everyone else who’ll be enjoying the fruits of others’ labors.
So the year has almost come to an end – what an interesting year it has been.
Yes I have made bread in the breadmaker, but didn’t get around to the sour dough. I made fig jam again out of free figs, and also showed a good friend how to make jam. I learnt how to make pavlova successfully and took pleasure in introducing this delicious dessert to American friends.
I traveled to Houston to compete in the regional women’s barbershop competition with the chorus that I’m in. (barbershop choir is called a chorus). A lot of hard work but great camaraderie. I found the on-stage moment terrifying but oh so thrilling at the same time. We will go back next year to compete again.
I was in 2 musicals, something I never thought I’d EVER do… but had a lot of fun, met some really good people, opened up as a person and grew in confidence.
I bought an Irish tin whistle and an alto recorder so I could annoy the neighbors. (No, seriously, I love their sounds). I kept up dulcimer playing and went to a dulcimer festival down at Glen Rose, Tx Music was put on the back burner for the 2nd musical, but now I can pick it up again. I’m planning on attending a 3-day live-in dulcimer camp in the new year. Something I would not have contemplated at the beginning of the year… I even managed to get along to a song-writer’s group and sang one of my songs – acapella – that was a leap of faith – but it went well and i got good feedback and I’m glad I did it. 2 years ago, I was terrified to sing in front of anyone – I’d stand there shaking, throat so tight, you could barely hear me.
I was costume mistress for the 2nd musical, so for 3 months I practically ate, slept and dreamt sewing. As well as learning lines, music and attending rehearsals. I loved planning and sourcing the costumes and figuring out how to make them with limited funds and “make-do” (and also bossing people around in regards to what they were going to wear.)
I used a hot gluegun for the first time, making flower hair accessories/corsages to embellish a few ballgown costumes. Hot glue is fun!
With help from another person, I made a large “rock” for the musical, which looked pretty good, given it was paint on 2 sheets, plus stuff like chicken wire, wadding etc. Never done that before.
Knitting? I knitted 1 dishcloth sometime during the year.
Crochet? I crocheted a dishcloth, but the pattern was not to my taste and poorly written, so the pattern wasn’t a keeper.
But I also crocheted some trim for a costume – So that’s far more crochet then I’ve done for years.
I also bought a bunch of yarn, a few patterns, crochet & knitting needles from a posh (= expensive) yarn shop that was closing down. So I now have lots of tools, interesting patterns and some nice quality yarns. At the same time I got to know the younger sister of a friend and she is a cool person – totally into knitting and spinning. I will have to show her crocheting one day and she can help me with the circular needles.
As I have today and tomorrow off, my 4 day weekend is supposed to be finishing a 70′s dress I’m making for the PR Vintage Pattern competition for this year. But the bodice fitting is still being a PIA. Maybe today I will succeed. I didn’t realize it but the bodice has princess seams. (didn’t know what they were!) I think I’m doing a full bust adjustment, I didn’t realize that’s what they’re called until I started researching my fitting issues online.
I have plans to make a lot of Christmas presents – so more sewing/knitting etc over the next few weeks. I made my first Christmas wreath last week for the front door.
I adopted a 2nd kitten from my work, who was rescued from certain death by a coworker. I learnt how to care for a kitten that’s not yet weaned. The 2 cats are now great friends and company for each other.
I went to aqua-fitness classes at the Y for the first time. Aqua-zumba is fun. (Need to keep going tho!)
I got a raise at work and was made salary.
In December I have Christmas barbershop singing, a Christmas service at church where I’m singing a duet, and door-to-door caroling with other choir members to look forwards to.
So many “firsts” for me – it is good to open up to what life can offer.
Over the year I have cemented friendships and started new ones with some lovely, talented, generous people.
I’m am very blessed.