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Sunday, January 6th, 2013

I was up bright and early this morning. The house felt uncluttered and fresh after yesterday’s marathon undecorating efforts. Don’t you just love how simple and fresh everything feels when the Christmas clutter is cleared? Don’t get me wrong, I love having everything all Christmassy, but somehow when it’s all gone everything feels ready for a fresh start.

As it’s Epiphany we ate the traditional Dreikönigskuchen for breakfast. There’s a hidden king in one of those rolls – I didn’t get it, but as this year’s king was found and rehidden multiple times I think we ended up with three kings in our house this year. There’s something kind of fitting about that.

Before the masses were up and about I finally managed to finish the Austin Hoodie. The last sleeve seemed to be never-ending. I’m sure someone was unravelling it during the night. Anyway, the recipient was duly pleased with her rather late Christmas present. It’s a great pattern and I really quite fancy making one for myself sometime. It’s also lovely to have a finish so early in the year…that sets up the yarn stash busting efforts really nicely!

Austin Hoodie by Connie Chang Chinchio, knitted in Madeline Tosh Merino Light (Colourway: Margeaux).

My one and only complaint was in the vast colour variation in the yarn from skein to skein, which meant I had to juggle it a bit to get some semblance of evenness.

Knitting done, I headed for the woods for my first run of the year. I decided not to push myself as I’m still fighting the tail end of the fluey lurgy thats been revisiting me regularly over the last month – so a 5km loop was all I attempted. If I’m honest it was a grotty, grey, foggy day for running. The snow has just melted and all the grass looked brownish and squashed and there wasn’t even the semblance of a view. I’m horribly unfit, so it was a bit of a slog, but I felt so much better when I got home than before I went. It’s true what they say about endorphins, don’t let anyone tell you it isn’t.

This afternoon has been taken up with finishing the laundry, getting all the thank you letters sorted and making sure everyone is more or less ready for school tomorrow. I’m ready – more than! – but then I don’t have to go anywhere in the morning!

Now I feel like the table is clear and I can start on lots of new things with a clear conscience. I love that about January. Who knows what this year will bring – there are lots of nice things on the horizon, together with several possibly quite black clouds. What I’ve learned though over the past year or two is that sometimes the black clouds just have to be. Sometimes we learn more from failure and difficulty than we do from success. As a mother I’m so pre-programmed to make everything right for my children that I sometimes don’t realize that failure has to happen – and that everyone has to learn to deal with it sometime. Dealing with failure goes hand in hand with learning to take responsibility for your actions and believe me kids need to learn that sooner rather than later.

So 2013, bring it on….I’m ready…


12 Responses to “Epiphany”

  1. Katy Says:

    Yay for finishing the hoody, it looks great 🙂 Enjoy your new-found freedom tomorrow, and think of me, back at work :'(

  2. Steph Says:

    Those rolls look delicious and the hoodie is fabulous. I really must get knitting …
    You’re right about there having to be black clouds. I get a bit glum in January thinking of all the trials and tribulations that are inevitably lying in wait, but as Chris says, they’re all part and parcel of life and hopefully there won’t be too many this year. Like you say, bring it on!

  3. Annabella Says:

    Great to read you are running again Helen – I shall be back at the gym on Tuesday and totally agree on the endorphins!! The hoodie is gorgeous and I love the different colours – your daughter must love it.

  4. Diane Neale Says:

    It’s a grey, wet day here, but we managed an hours walk with the dogs.
    I know what you mean about a house clear of the Christmas debris. It feels good to get back to normal.

  5. Catherine Says:

    The hoodie looks fantastic! And I know what you mean about the Christmas clutter!

  6. Susan Says:

    The hoodie is gorgeous! And the attitude heading into the new year is spot on. You are a fab mother and the time will come when you are past the hard bit and your kids really, really appreciate that.

  7. diane stanley Says:

    I also like putting the christmas decorations away. The house seems so huge when they are all gone. The hoodie is beautiful

  8. Elisabeth Says:

    Wow, that hoodie looks beautiful! i wish I liked knitting enough to make a big project like that but I get bored after a while so all I end up knitting are scarves and hats 🙂
    I love getting rid of all the Christmas decorations. If it was up to me I would do it on the 26th but Joe says I have to wait a couple more days.

  9. Kim McBirnie Says:

    Lovely bread! I make all our bread, but I’m trying to make it leaner – to make me leaner – for the running year ahead. I ran my first ever 10k last year and would love to be up to a half marathon by the end of this year. Hmmm. I’m also learning to knit – and that hoody is just the sort of thing I’d wear. Was it tremendously difficult? Oh, there need to be more hours in the day!

  10. Julie Says:

    The hoodie is gorgeous, Helen! And I agree with you – taking down all the Christmassy things always feels good and the house seems so spacious and tidy! Happy New Year again… xxoo

  11. Susan Ramey Cleveland Says:

    The hoodie sweater is lovely.
    Here in the Southern U.S., we do the king cake tradition for Mardi GRAS.

  12. pam Says:

    Any chance you will share the recipe, helen, for the beautiful rolls? Please!

    The sweater is simply gorgeous and I know the recipient is going to enjoy it for many years ahead.

    Taking down Christmas – for me it does not feel good at all – a very sad time indeed. I am coping this year by putting up all my snowmen and snowflakes!!!

    I am sending you my wishes for a creative, productive and joyful 2013.