So 2020 was a doozy. And 2021 is shaping up to be a lot of the same, at least here. Where I live, vaccinations are slowly rolling out but healthy average folks won’t get them before fall here and I’m not in a rush to do Regular Life before then. Which means, probably, a lot of my 2021 will be like my post March 2020: sticking close to home, wearing a mask, and not doing shows or classes.
This isn’t entirely awful for my work – I got a lot of things done that I had been putting off like my YouTube channel – and that’ll be the same again this year: I’ll have the chance to work at items that are tangential to my regular work and that’s neat.
So here’s a to a better year for the world !
(photo: Chloe, Ro the Cat, 2020 Christmas tree which survived Ro the cat)
My optimistic self always views the New Year as a start or a restart. The beginning of new challenges and the chance to try again at old ones. I’m never sure what the new year will bring but I’m happy for the chance to make (and keep or not) new goals and resolutions.
On the practical side, 2017 was rough in a lot of ways. International AND local politics were a downer. Parts of my business were less successful than I hoped. Family members suffered. There’s a lot to improve on for 2018.
My 2018 stands to be a very different adventure.
Yep, I notice I missed the new year. In fact the whole first month. But we’ll gloss past that and onto the whatcha-been-up-to bits. My new years always begin with a little too much new stuff to find homes for and a little much cold weather. This year was no exception. Shortly after that adjustment we have the kidlet’s birthday mid-month and this year she turned 15. Which means, where we live, she can now get a learner’s permit to drive (which she did). I’m not quite sure how I got from the sleepy little pixie of Way Back Then to the current version but I suspect there’s magic involved somewhere.
In the crafty world, the post holiday season is always oddly busy for me as folks come load up on the beads and goodies they’ll need for spring designs and their own collections. This means I am spending a pile of time making new batches of the Big Canes for the year. The monarch-style butterfly above is one of the first up. I got smart this time around and cajoled the kidlet into helping out so that I could photograph as we go and I could use the resulting photos to write up the tutorial, finally.