Tuesday, December 31, 2013

"Get Me Thru December So I Can Begin Again"

I have been grateful to finally have a few quiet days before the New Year begins.
It has been a very busy time up until the studio tour and since then as well. 
Now that Christmas is past I am looking forward to the New Year. 
To be honest Christmas is sad for me. Family is too far away and spread out, to be able to see everyone, my parents are gone now and so is our old home place. 
Three out of our four children came and went at different times this past week, but it was good to spend at least a little time with them.

We had our annual Chinese Feast on Christmas Eve. Pog is a fantastic Chinese cook! Hot and sour soup, steam buns, fried wontons and curry rolls are just a few of the things we enjoyed. Otherwise, too many sweets and fattening foods have been eaten. 
I am now ready to get back to my healthier vegetarian diet and back to walking 
when weather permits.

I am also ready to get back to work in the studio. I need to clean up a few unfinished projects and start new ones. The studio will be going in a new direction next year. 
The reaction to my birds and moth has been overwhelming. 
It has made me feel encouraged about where my work is heading.

We have no special New Year’s Traditions except we are making special snack foods for tonight and a bottle of Champagne.
 Pog is working tomorrow so I will be taking down all of the Christmas decorations 
and cleaning out the closet they are stored in before packing it away.

The rest of this week will be spent reading, relaxing, watching movies 
and working my new jigsaw puzzles.

Back at the first of December I started singing an Allison Krauss song “Get Me Thru December”. Now that the last day is here I feel sad that we couldn’t just slow down time and savor the moments we had together with our family and each other. 
My daughter posted this on our Pinterest board we share.
 I always set myself up for failure when I make resolutions,
 so I think this fits best for the New Year!

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year filled with all that you wish it to be!


  1. Great words to live by!
    Have a Happy New Year!

  2. yes, they are great words to live by.
    Happy New Year Louise!

  3. I like the manifesto! They indeed are great words to live by. Wishing you a new year filled with blessings. Hugs, Lori

  4. Happy New Year!! Here's to a fantastic 2014!!! ♥

  5. Hi Louise,
    I think those words are just perfect for me to remember this year!!! I am off to look for that quiet spot.......to just BREATHE!!!! Oh, and before I forget, the Chinese food sounded just AMAZING!!!
    Warmest Hugs to you~

  6. I hope that you have a Happy New Year and how exciting that your studio is taking a bold new direction this year. Wishing you much success with this.

    All the Best for 2014,

  7. Not sure why I didn't see this sooner--it didn't turn up in my blog reader! I think Christmas can be a bit melancholy, too, although ours was nice in its quiet way. Your daughter's, and now your, manifesto is so sensible and humane--who needs anything more than this? A fine message to remember all year.