Monday, January 1, 2018

Some reflections

Much has been said about this last year, and I am sure more will be said.  I am reflecting on what my year has been without the lens of politics, and I say with certainty that 2017 was a GOOD year for me.  

I sewed quite a bit, read many books, made a few new friends, began hiking with a neighborhood group, attended an art retreat in Taos, made some art and bought some art, switched over to a western saddle and bridle with Nick and then switched back, dealt with a health condition which was affecting my energy level, joined an art guild in Tucson, and continued to improve my home. I also raged at Trump and Congress, fought my anger by eating, lost some readers because of my political views, spent too much time on Facebook and links, isolated from people, bought fabric and patterns to try to light my inner light again...

and here we are.

It was a good year because many of us are AWAKE now.  We are not cynical-we are enraged.  We are engaged.  

I believe the best thing I can do is support Democrats who are running for office from county to national spots.  I hope that is where you are also.

I must focus on living my life as well as resisting.  So, here is some of 2017:

With my walker and sporting my Lorianne blouse.
New Look 6150 made in early 2017 and worn occasionally.
V1261 one of my favorite tops.
One of the three incisions on my leg-this is upper thigh and there is another above and one at my knee.  This was post op 8 weeks? It is almost unnoticeable now.
One of the many acrylic skins I made.  I still have not been able to use them successfully in other art because I work small and these are big patterns.
Summer haircuts, trail rides through our neighborhood wash (the Canada del Oro), CA trip and some sewing.  oh, and a lizard because...Tucson.

A little book with metal goodies.

I ice dyed a scarf.

 New dress using M 7092

Wishing all of you a Happy New Year, and that you stay focused on being positive and helpful in these trying times!


  1. Lovely reflections and yes, in 2018, it is important to stay focused on being positive and work for those who support equality and humanity towards all,

  2. Happy New Year Mary. Stay distracted by your sewing and other is what I have to do in today's world to stay sane

    1. Distraction, or compartmentalization. I agree.

  3. 2017 was one of the most challenging years of my life withOUT the lens of politics, so "good riddance" to all of it, I say!

    1. Hoping 2018 will be easier for you and your family.

  4. wishing you a year of creativity and resistance, of activity and focus, of delight in the beauty of the world and sanity in the face of the ongoing challenges... I always like to read what you have to say, and look forward to more of that in 2018

  5. Politics is a one body , two headed system. It doesn't matter who is in office. They are all crap. That said, We should try to resist becoming pawns and slaves by creating our own independence.

    Happy New year, and God bless you and your family.

  6. You did have a good year it just seemed it was hiding with all the repercussions from electing the small handed vulgarian.
    What a pretty new dress. Wishing you a great 2018!

  7. Glad you had a good year! May 2018 allow you to be as prolific, engaged and artistic, and be filled with good health. :)

    Abbey sews

  8. So glad to hear that you enjoyed 2017 personally. You seem to be having fun with your art and as for hiking and riding in that lovely area - what’s not to like? Here in the UK the weather is totally horrible. The dark January days are filled with wind and rain, no snow even, it is so depressing. At least I have my knitting and sewing to keep me busy. Roll on Spring time.

    1. Oh Jenny...remember that we have 115F in the summer! I would love to feel cold.

  9. Hope you have a fabulous 2018, Mary!


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