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…