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2017 Goals

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I’m working on finishing up December goals but also thinking ahead. While I’ll have specific monthly goals for my quilting and knitting, I have general goals for the year too. 

2017 goals

Quilt, knit, and walk more. Buy less fabric and yarn. 

Stephanie from my HeartStrings group is doing a no buy year but I know I won’t be successful with that so I’ll focus on buying less. Maybe I’ll manage some no buy months ?!
Also, Chris invited me to participate in a challenge with him – 2017 miles in 2017. He’ll run, I’ll walk and I’m sure that we’ll hit the goal together. Right now the only race I have planned is the 1/2 marathon the end of February so Keith and I will look for another race or two for the year to keep us motivated. Chris had a goal of one race per month last year and they ranged from 5k to half marathons and he overachieved – I think he ended up doing about 22 races. The 2017 miles don’t have to be done in races by the way – the races are just a way to motivate us for the training miles!

One last day

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The kids head home in the morning but we’ve had a great visit. What’s not to like about playing in the water in December?


We also did some crafts – we try to do something creative each year and after Chris and Rae made some ornaments for our Christmas tree I mentioned I wanted some for the Big Canoe tree so Chris bought a woodland set. He made an owl while Rae made another Candy Cane. 


I made a squirrel.


Chris wanted my help sewing something and Rae wanted to give sewing a go too. I’m not sure she has the patience for quilting but she’s still young. 


We also had some family card nights! We always enjoy their visits and are looking forward to them coming back next month. 

Merry Christmas

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I hope your holiday has been wonderful  and filled with family and love. Mine has!

I cooked most of the afternoon and didn’t think to take photos until Keith was cleaning up. There are plenty of leftovers. 


We don’t give many presents – but Rae got books and we all took turns reading with her except Chris I think although he spent plenty of time playing with her too. 


She got a quilt from Granny (my Mom) and loved it. 


I showed this quilt a while back when Mom finished it. I’d sent her a kit and we modified it – changing the appliqué to Owls and adjusting the size of the quilt. Rae made sure to test it out. 


Becky was the lucky one to get the green hourglass quilt of mine in our exchange. Here’s a final photo of it now that it’s been gifted. I love how this one turned out!