16 for 2016: April

Following Nanacathy’s wonderful example I created a list of things I would like to achieve in 2016. The year started well with the list providing a surprising amount of motivational push. Then viruses struck and threw me off course for Feb and March.

In April my Mum (87) has been very ill and I have spent long hours sitting and crocheting by her bedside. This has been a special time for me as we have not always had a great relationship and the time spent with her has felt very healing. It means that not many targets have been met, but there is still plenty of time.

16 WALKS (of more than an hour)

3 done, 13 to go

A few walks in April but none longer than an hour, one to take my 5 local grandchildren to see the bluebells.

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15 HANDMADE GREETINGS CARDS

8 done, 7 to go

2 more made in April, bringing the total to 8

You can see one of them here, and the other, a birthday card for a friend:DSC_1017

14 NEW ITEMS IN MY ETSY SHOP

3 done, 11 to go.

No new ones in April, I MUST add some more in May!

13 SWIMS

7 done, 6 to go

Only two this month – oh dear, slacking!

12 GARDEN POSTS

4 done, 8 to go

I’m managing to keep up with the End of Month View and this time there is progress! Phew! I’m much relieved I’ve actually managed to get the caravan moved.

11 HAND MADE TOTE BAGS

None yet. I need to know I have a day clear to concentrate on this one – it will come.

10 DIFFERENT TYPES OF HAND MADE BEADS

None yet. So many ideas but a bit like making bags, I need a clear day with nothing else in it when I’m pretty sure I won’t be interrupted.

9 PIECES OF TEXTILE ART

2 textile books have been started, 7 to go.

I have a box full of items I am collecting to put in the books. These will be little momento books for each of my grandchildren and one for me.

The link to the first one.

The link to the second one.

8 MORNINGS of SORTING and STORING

One

This is badly needed, but getting a 4 hour stretch for tidying still eludes me.

I’m reminded of this quote “by doing just a little each day, I gradually allow the task to completely overwhelm me”!

However I have asked a wonderful fairy godmother to come and help me today, so hopefully some progress will be made!

7 PAINTINGS (or other pieces of art I’d like on the wall)

None. Heck, yet another target being missed.

6 BUS RIDES (using my bus pass)

One

5 NEW TYPES OF EXERCISE TRIED

Four

4 NEW PATTERNS for my ETSY SHOP

None

In fact I’m going backwards here as I noticed a fault in one and had to remove it until I can give it a run through.

3 MASSAGES

One

2 WAYS TO HELP REFUGEES

None

I’m not sure where to go with this one at the moment.

1 NOVEL READ

None

0 BEADS BOUGHT

Yes! None!

Hmmmm! Not enough progress with my list. Writing it all out helps though. It helps me to think about what I would like to prioritise.

My biggest achievement in April was to get that caravan moved – I have been trying to get that done on and off for 5 years – what a relief.

I’m already getting a clear idea of items to put on 17 for 2017.

 

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16 responses to “16 for 2016: April

  1. You are a determined woman on a mission. Looks like good progress. The important time with your mum is invaluable.

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    • Thanks for your comment and encouragement Dorris. I have just realised that I did not reply earlier – sorry about that. Time just whizzes by sometimes. Mum continues to poddle along, crisis over.

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  2. You are quite creative. Well done.

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  3. Slow and steady wins the day… well done for progressing, regardless of the speed

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  4. Good luck Sandra, you have more will power than I.

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    • Thank you Denis, I’m not sure I do!!!! Let’s review that one at the end of the year. But I have chosen all the things I really want to do – not too many ‘shoulds’ and ‘oughts’ in there. 😉

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  5. I didn’t have an especially good relationship with my mother but when she was old and frail and I went to stay with her for a few days. (She lived in Cardiff.) I began to feel that she was starting to appreciate having a daughter. Always a good memory to have.

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  6. I don’t have an easy relationship with my mum, either, so your post gives me hope that we might still find some kind of peaceful understanding together someday… thank you 🙂

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  7. Well being with your Mum was the biggest priority. You will never regret that time and the memories you make. The rest of the list will get you through this time. Plenty of time to do things, and you have created already some gorgeous things. Take care of yourself. xxxx

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