Have you noticed that life seems to have its own rhythms? I completely expected to get up early today and head into the Sweat Shop for some quality quilting time, but when I got up, I fixed a cup of coffee and snuggled up on the couch with a book. I couldn't figure out why I wasn't sewing instead of reading. For the last couple weeks, reading seemed like the choice that made the most sense, given my snot-plugged brain and sluggish cold-ridden body, but surely I was feeling well enough now to sew, right?
As the hours passed today and I remained on the couch reading, I finally realized what was going on. For most of my life, the week between Christmas and New Year has been a quiet time to unwind and relax. It's been a reflective time. And, ever since I was old enough to read, I think I've often spent that period of time reading--sometimes because I've received some great books as Christmas gifts and sometimes just because it seemed like the most attractive idea. After all, a good book, a cup of hot chocolate, and a warm blanket are SOOOOOO comforting when the weather outside is cold and rainy!
In keeping a blog, I've noticed I can look back throughout the year and see what I was doing the year before or the year before that. It's surprising to find that I'm pretty consistent when it comes to starting to think about things at certain times. For instance, if I look back and see when I start to think about Christmas and Christmas projects, it's often right around the same time each year. I don't know if those thoughts are triggered by what's going on in the commercial world or whether it's just my own annual time clock, but it's an interesting thing, I think.
So I'm just going to relax, get well again, and enjoy doing whatever I decide to do at the time, whether that might be sewing, reading, cooking, or something else completely. As we head toward the new year, it's a good time to slow down and reflect anyway. I've been giving some thought to my quilting direction next year and what my goal might be. How about you? Do you know where you're heading?