First day of the New Year makes most people reflect on their plans for the future. Some call them resolutions, but I think that puts an awful lot of pressure on the psyche. To me a resolution somehow entails controlling those things which really are beyond our grasp- such as the unforeseen or unpredictable. And up until now, I made it a point never to make any. Call it the fear of failure if you will. So instead, I prefer to call them 'doable goals'.
And mine are simple: love more, walk more, eat healthier, and learn to spin fiber. To get started on learning to spin, we made a trip to the Dallas area early in December. My Sweetie took me to purchase this beauty:
Isn't she a beauty? She's a double treadle Lendrum spinning wheel. And I think I'll call her Susie.
The previous owner, a lady who I met at the Kid'n Ewe Fiber Festival back in November, was very nice about giving me all the attachments and even fiber for me to work with, plus a lesson in her home. All for a very reasonable price which is why we made the rather long trip. Learning to spin on my own is a different story. I still have not learned, but then I've been short on time to practice due to all the Holiday preparations I was busy with. But I intend to keep trying until I do learn.
I've been walking as usual, but there are days when before I know it it's dark outside, so instead I exercise on my stationary Power Rider exercise machine. It works if the weather gets rainy also. I'm just trying to keep myself moving. I must! Got to burn off those tamales I made and enjoyed for Christmas. And that spicy menudo as well as 'air bunuelos' or rosettes I made for New Year's Eve '. And today's chicken and dumplings that I made for my little one and which I enjoyed with some roasted beets, potatoes, and chayote actually propelled me to take off on my walk. If it sounds like I'm eating less than healthy, I will agree. I only make menudo once a year, and tamales maybe once every couple of years- and usually for the Holiday celebrations. I wanted to prepare foods which remind us of of our Mexican traditions. But we do try to practice portion control, regardless of the type of food. So now that the celebrations are over, onward to healthy eating, exercise, and just good thoughts and love for our fellow man. And above all, draw closer to the Lord. Through whatever God has for us in the future, I say again "Have a little faith".
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~Philippians 4:8~