Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 1, 2011
Happy New Year--did you count down the year last night?   Blizzard conditions in South Dakota with nasty wind chill.   Ken slept and I played with *A* things.  Today is bright and sunny, but still blowing and cold. 

Picture from my front door

 Last night I cooked one Fairytale pumpkin--

There was a lot of pumpkin!  Which turned into---

Don't you love that deep orange color??   There are still two more pumpkins, I'm not sure how much more I will can.  

Over the last week I've been thinking about goals/resolutions for the next year.  Here we go---

Sew what I enjoy
Limit stash additions
Quilt half my completed tops
Finish half my block sets into flimsies
Complete 56 "Two Lips" blocks
Applique half Beyond the Cherry Tree blocks

I will do things I enjoy.  Participate with block swaps, lottos, group sewing.  Donation quilts--yes, I really enjoy them.  I will fret less over deadlines.   I will cut into yardage! 

Non-quilting goals--

Bake and cook less
Exercise more
Enjoy life more

Bake and cook less???  Yes, I am cutting back.  More simple healthy foods.  Less baking sweets.   Last night as I canned the pumpkin I was looking for empty jars.  I have LOTS of food I've canned.  This next year I will probably only need tomatoes, a one or two Fairytale pumpkins, a FEW JARS of jam, and some canned turkey.  Maybe a bit of home grown sweet corn.  I know it is ingrained in me to can all that extra food, but we don't NEED it.  Exercise more.  How many people do you know that could say "exercise less"??!!   I am not "saving" things for later.  

And here are a few holiday pictures---

Mason and Laura Beth

Mason checking Grandma's Angels

Opening Presents
My sister Kathy wearing the holiday shorts

 Mason with Antlers

The best toy--the wrapping paper!
The holiday shorts were in the white elephant gift exchange.  My dad has claimed them.  We said if he wants them--he has to model them!

I wish you all a Happy New Year!  


Vicki W said...

Today was a canning day for me too. I did blackberry and raspberry jams. I ran out of what I canned in the summer and was too lazy to can more until I bought some from the store. yuk! Home made is sooooooo much better!

Katie Z. said...

Happy new year!

Sue H said...

Happy New Year, Lori!

Tamera said...

Happy New Year to you, too!

We're stuck in Minneapolis because of the blizzard. I-94 is still closed.

Are you keeping warm?

Nancy said...

Love the Holiday Shorts!

Great goals for 2011. I haven't written down any goals yet.

Bitter cold here, too. I've stayed in the house the last two days. Why go outside and be miserable, right?

Brenda said...

Yes, you have made great plans for the new year!!! Canning in December?? Love it!!! And I love that you are making plans to enjoy yourself in all that you do!!! You are one busy lady and deserve to do what give you joy!!

And I love the model!! Fun photo's!!!

Unknown said...

Happy New Year, looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. Love the boxers.

Lori said...

It sounds like you have reasonable goals. Good luck and happy 2011!!!

Suzanne said...

You have a wonderful list for 2011. I didn't can a single food during 2010...I have lots of empty jars!

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

Oh my.....really cool holiday shorts!! On DH's side of the family there is a Christmas Bow that always turns up. The idea is to disguise it as a really nice gift, open it and...boom, there's the Bow!!

COLD here too. I've been staying inside and the cat doesn't even want to go out for more than a few minutes at a time.

Penny said...

Happy New Year to you too. I love your goals and deciding to do half. That is so great. Enjoy the process and have fun in your sewing. This will be a great year.

Henrietta said...

Happy New Year my friend, I will arrive in the spring and we will sew together and make road trips to exotic places like Fremont and Wichita

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you also!

I have a question on your pumpkin (love the fairytale by the way!). I grew a bunch of sugar pie pumpkins and have been processing then freezing them. Did you cube your pumpkin to can it or was it pureed? What canning guidelines did you go by?

I would really rather can mine as my freezer is overflowing!

Thanks for the advice!

Also - if you would like some sugar pie pumpkin seed (originally from Baker's Creek Seed) I have plenty and would be happy to mail you some!