I had forgotten the lost art of washing dishes by hand and the bonding that can occur over the teamwork in doing them. I fondly remembered my dad’s dish washing rule book that was in his head, never written down and changed each time we did dishes together. To make me a faster dishwasher he cited his rule, #102, that if the dryer caught up to the dishwasher, the dishwasher had to finish the job single-handedly. I was the dryer but didn't want to skip out. I was enjoying this uncommon relating, besides which, I was on my good behavior for my daughter’s boyfriend!
Also in January, I am going to complete two correspondence courses required to meet the requirements for RN Licensure in the state of New York. I have been in a treatment program that necessitates me being in low lux light and so I haven't worked for the past several years, and instead stayed home and created Little House Home Arts! It has been my joy and I have no plans to quit sewing, though I may, in the future consider limited part-time work in nursing or would at least like that option if I choose.
As a way of relaxing, following a very busy craft show schedule, I turn to cutting. It is a passion of mine! I so enjoy sitting down to relax with a stack of materials and cut and cut and cut. I love working with fleece as well as wool and my fleece sock rack is missing many pairs of socks. I hope to put these on line soon. They are practical, warm and snug. We discovered them a few years ago when I made them for my children for Christmas. They weren’t considered a serious gift by my girls who asked if I would be offended if they gave a pair away here and there to friends. When they came back for more, my girls decided to try them on recommendation from their friends, and now we all have a collection of our own. They make great bed socks to toast your cold toes in the winter and in shoes and boots they are guaranteed to keep your feet warm. I have stocked up on new materials, but for now I am busy cutting out the baby sized ones from my scraps too small to squeeze out another adult or junior size pair!
Perhaps I am more ready for 2013, than I realize and I wish all of my readers a wonderful 2013 as well!