It has been a busy time getting back to work and catching up after being off for 10 days. Couple that with the first week of the month and the monthly meetings.......I am not getting the evening stitching time in as much as I would like; however, I have been making great progress on my January 1 start (which I confess I started at 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve and since I was asleep sitting up by 11 I don't believe the 11 or 12 stitches I did get in should be held against me.) I've started a new routine before the holidays of stitching for 45 minutes each morning before I get on the treadmill for 30 to 45 minutes and so far, it is working well. Missed two days in two weeks on the treadmill but both were the morning I go out to breakfast and I have declared that will be my day of rest from the treadmill! I know it is way to early to see any change and in fact the scale registers more pounds than before but THIS TIME I will not get discouraged and stop. I walked every morning years ago and it took some time but after a year I had lost weight and was able to eat whatever I wanted. Not going for the weight loss as a main goal just really trying to continue to change my sedentary lifestyle. Face it ladies, we don't burn a whole lot of calories or develop much muscle tone from inserting a needle in and out of a piece of linen. LOL!
Good thing about the treadmill is I am back reading again. I finished War Brides a period novel set in the English countryside during World War II. It was an enjoyable read and well as eye opening. With my mother-in-law from London she has told us of stories are going into the subway tunnels during the air raids. Just reading about the devastation and hardship and horrors they dealt with I realize how very spoiled I am. Yes there have been times when money was short and I'd have to scrape to pay the bills......but my hardships are nothing compared to what they endured or what others today still endure. I am so thankful for what I have. Ok, enough......
I signed up for Daffycat's TUSAL again this year. I have signed up in the past and then I forget to post even though I collect my orts faithfully. This is my pint mug with all my 2012 orts. What's a TUSAL you ask? Totally Useless Stitch A-Long. We post pix of our ort collection on the new moon of each month. I really plan to stick with it this year. Stay tuned for what I am able to collect by January 11th.
Have a good week all, my your stitches be many and your frogs be few!