16 for 2016 November

Here are the targets I set myself for 2016, inspired by Cathy at Nanacathy

16 WALKS (of more than an hour)

15 done, 1 to go

Walk 14. Bere Regis

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Walk15. Lewesdon Hill

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15 HANDMADE GREETINGS CARDS

12 done, 3 to go

14 NEW ITEMS IN MY ETSY SHOP

9 done, 5 to go

Added a hot pink flick wig

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13 SWIMS

11 done, 2 to go.

12 GARDEN POSTS

6 done, 6 to go.

The garden has had to take more of a back seat than I would have liked.

11 HAND MADE TOTE BAGS

Zero

I’m really surprised about not having made even one bag! I knew 11 was ambitious but…….

10 TYPES OF HANDMADE BEADS

7 done, 3 to go

Several attempts this month at some You Tube demos, but nothing that produced usable beads.

9 PIECES OF TEXTILE ART (started)

6 started, 3 to go

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My goal is to create a textile book for each of my grandchildren and one for me. I have been using some African prints to create covers and pages for my 3 grandsons. I am loving this textile project as anything goes and I can try out all sorts of ideas. Lots of components have been made and I’m excited to see where this will take me in 2017.

8 MORNINGS of SORTING and STORING

6 done, 2 to go.

Trying to sort out all my different craft projects into some sort of order is an impossible job. As fast as I sort one area another becomes chaotic – I give in!

7 PAINTINGS (or other pieces of art)

5 done, 2 to go

Collected from the Thames foreshore, the pieces are fixed with Sugru – it works I’m so delighted!dsc_0014-1

6 BUS RIDES using my Bus Pass

2 done, 4 to go

I’m so disappointed I didn’t get to do these rides, I had such plans.

5 NEW TYPES OF EXERCISE TRIED

4 done, 1 to go

No new ones this month. So far I have tried Pilates, Belly Dancing, a Dance Class, a Zumba-like class. I enjoyed Belly Dancing the most.

4 NEW PATTERNS for my ETSY SHOP

1 done 3 to go

At last! I have put a pattern on Etsy (and Ravelry and Craftsy)

3 MASSAGES

1 done, 2 to go

2 WAYS TO HELP REFUGEES

My darling daughter, as a birthday present to me made a donation to one of the charities I support – I was SO thrilled with that present.  It so perfectly hit the spot! ❤

I also collected items of clothing and blankets to be sent to Syria, loaded up my car, one dark and stormy morning,dsc_0013and took them to a lovely woman an hour away who sorts, boxes, weighs and labels items ready for them to be loaded on containers for Syria.

It is not as much as I would like to do but it is something.

1 NOVEL READ

DONE!

Hurray! ‘Enchanted August’ by Brenda Bowen got me there.

0 BEADS BOUGHT

Zero

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In September the year seemed to stretch ahead, now suddenly it’s December and I know I will miss many of my targets – however it has remained a great motivator and a way of checking in with what I really do want to do.

I feel truly blessed to have 3 children (with partners), 8 grandchildren, 2 siblings, 5 nieces and nephews, and an 88 year old Mum and this takes up more time than I account for in my expectations of myself and what I want to achieve in my own personal arena. My family take precedence and other things fit round them, I wouldn’t have it any other way. However there is a need to keep this in good balance. As I get older, and so does everyone else, the tableau of priorities changes on a daily basis, flexibility is the key – life happens.

I’m thinking carefully about 17 for 2017!

To recharge my batteries I will be taking a month’s retreat soon and so will not be reviewing 16 for 16 at the end of December. Blog posts will be at a minimum until late January as I go into hibernation in the quiet of the year.

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41 responses to “16 for 2016 November

  1. You are a demigod, Sandra! Numerous achievements in 2016 for you, yet I adore most the tale of your family
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  2. Wow, Daffy you have really achieved so much this year! I love your creativity and look forward to what you might get up to in 2017! 🙂

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  3. Congratulations are being sent your way. You have done very well on a long list of to-dos!

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  4. Be proud of all you’ve accomplished–it’s quite the list! And enjoy your quiet time . . .

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  5. You are a rock star, Sandra! Many accomplishments in 2016 for you, but I love most the story of your family. Enjoy your time of relaxation, I’d say it is well earned indeed.

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  6. Murtagh's Meadow

    You have achieved soooo much – I am really impressed. I love all your creative projects..and I agree priorities change all the time. Give yourself a big clap on your back and enjoy your break. I look forward to reading your 17 for 2017.

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  7. Yes, The Girl has done Good, even if you don’t quite meet some of your targets – you should be proud of the things you have done and new experiences you have had. And well done for reminding us to count our blessings. Have a good break Sandra and enjoy your family time together

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  8. So glad that the Sugru worked.
    I like this idea… I might start a list of 17 for 17…. not sure yet… slightly worried I might obsess about it though.
    Have a lovely peaceful time over the next few weeks ❤

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  9. Enjoy your break ~ you’ve earned it.

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  10. Wow, busy busy. An inspiration to not let the grass grow under my feet. 🙂 Enjoy your Christmas.

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  11. No wonder you need a break! Phew! I feel like a slacker after reading that impressive list.

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  12. Enjoy your holiday and the quiet time to follow. Looking forward to hearing from you again in 2017.

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  13. Well I think you have done amazingly. Love your textile books and art work. Enjoy your month off;

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