A Weekend Project – Fingerless Gloves

Knitting project, Santa Hat
My kids loved them and their friends wanted one too, so I knitted MANY of them!

It’s been a nice quiet week over Christmas. Outside the weather rages and inside we keep cosy and busy. As I mentioned in a previous post, over the last three months I found a new hobby – knitting.

In the run-up to Christmas I was very busy knitting Santa Hats.  Now churning out red hats with white pompoms is a sure-fire way of getting into the Christmas spirit, and it’s great fun to browse through Facebook and glimpse a photo or two of your friends wearing your creations – but it does grow old quite fast. By the end of it I couldn’t stand the sight of the things.

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The joys of….knitting!

Knitting is not just for old ladies :)
Knitting is not just for old ladies 🙂

When I was a little girl I used to love to knit. My mum had lots of light blue wool and I made countless accessories for my dolls. They all had little blue scarves and dresses – I felt like a fashion designer!

However this was all many years ago, far more years than I care to remember. My knitting needles were put away and I forgot all about it….

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Goodbye 2017!

Taking the leap to 2018!
Taking the leap to 2018!

It is that time of year when we look back and assess what we have done (or not done!) over the last 12 months, and in a mood of introspection I decided to write a post on my long-neglected blog!

I have much to be grateful for this year – 2017 has been kind to me and my loved ones.

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Thank you 2016!

2016 was a great year
2016 has been a great year for our family. We have much to be grateful for.

It is sometimes easy to focus on the bad stuff in life – the irritations and the niggling worries. So this year I made a conscious effort to acknowledge all the wonderful things that I have to be thankful for. I sat down and wrote a list, and as I wrote I realised that I am indeed fortunate and have much to be grateful for.

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The Importance of Trying New Things

Sailing the Med
We made some wonderful memories on our sailing boat, but the time has come to try new things

Five years ago my husband and I bought a sailing boat. We had never owned a boat before and did not come from boating families, so we had no idea whether we would like it or not, but we felt it was worth a try. Over the years we had some great times on the yacht with our kids – we got to see some beautiful scenery including lovely beaches that are difficult to access from land. We also crossed over to Sicily and spent long days lazing on Sicilian beaches and eating pizza and pasta. So it has been great and we are very grateful that we plucked up the courage to try it out.

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The Value We Derive from Going to Work

Breaking out of jail!
Some people talk about going to work as though it were indentured slavery – do we really only go to work for the money?

Many people often talk about going to work as though they were serving a prison sentence. This is particularly prevalent in the FIRE community, where bloggers talk openly about the number of years they still have to slog away before getting to the coveted holy grail of financial independence, when they would throw off the yoke of gainful employment and finally experience freedom for the first time. The fact is, however, that fixing your sights on a future date when you will be “happy” and “live life the way you want to” greatly reduces your ability to be happy in the here and now – which is very sad, for after all life is short and nobody can afford to throw away years of contentment during this journey we call life.

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