Today finally feels like it’s a new year.

The Owen is back in school, my Francis is back at work and I am enjoying the peace and quiet. Even the cat is making the most of it by having a long sleep on the chair next to me.

The holidays mostly passed us by in a haze of coughing, as we took it in turns to get a really horrid cold. Between naps, we still managed to have a couple of days skiing, a couple of walks in the snow and even a bike ride. I finally finished knitting samples for a magazine submission and have those all blocked and sent off and the patterns emailed away.

So I’m sitting here ruminating on my plans for the coming year, while drinking my third cup of tea.

I don’t want to set myself too many specific goals for the year ahead, but I do want to aim towards something. There is a rather lovely thread on one of the Ravelry discussion boards where people are picking a word to signify their intentions.

I’m going to have a very different word from last year:


- to hold or treat as dear; feel love for: (to remind me that over the coming year me and Francis need to make more effort to do things together without Owen)

- to care for tenderly; nurture: (myself! To remember that I can say no if I don’t want to do things, that I need to feed myself well and exercise regularly, and keep myself stimulated but not overworked)

So with that in mind, I’m going to have another cup of tea and then sit down and do some knitting. I’d call that the perfect way to de-stress after a rather exhausting holiday.