Thank you for your kind words about Pedal for Paws. I've been sending and delivering letters to lots of local companies in the past few weeks, and I'm hopeful for a good response.
Every year about mid-to-late January, I hit a bit of a wall. The sinus headaches start, I'm really tired all the time, and don't concentrate well. It's frustrating. Before I recognized it was a seasonal thing, I used to worry that something was really wrong, and even had the doctor check my thyroid, iron, and Vitamin D levels. Now I know there's nothing to do but accept it, enjoy hibernation, and wait it out. I feel better this winter than I usually do, probably because of the indoor bike riding, working on the charity ride plans, and the cozy fires in our fireplace. But spring with its warmth and sunshine won't come too soon!
You would think that I would be doing lots of knitting by the fire, but because of the above, my knitting motivation has left the building. Here is my first wristwarmer; the pair is taking so much longer to complete than it needs to. I'm not happy with the thumb, but decided to go ahead and knit the second mitt first to get some sense of accomplishment, and then go back and fix it.
Thankfully, I have been spending more time in books. The Mysterious Mr. Quin by Agatha Christie was a fun collection of short stories, tied together by the characters of Mr. Quin, a god-like figure and harlequin (Harley Quin), and Mr. Satterthwaite. Mr. S is a senior gentleman of the upper class whose taste for human drama and wisdom to analyze it draws him to all kinds of adventures beyond his comfort zone. When Mr. Quin appears out of nowhere during Mr. S's travels, he knows instantly to pay attention -- there is a murder to solve or a wrong to right. We're not sure exactly what Mr. Quin is, which only makes the stories more interesting.
I'm now reading Pride and Prejudice -- Elizabeth is very interested in Mr. Wickham, and her cousin Mr. Collins is very interested in her. The upcoming ball should be very telling! Chris and I have been watching the new Emma on PBS the past few Sundays and we like it a lot more than I had expected we would. Are you watching it? If so, what do you think?
A big thank you to Musings from the Sofa, whom I know a little from real life. She had a book contest/giveaway on her blog a few months ago, and gifted me with this:
I've not read it before, and only saw a snatch of the movie, but it's a book people keep recommending to me. I guess it's time I read it! Thank you, Ms. Musings!!
One of my New Year's goals is to work on some home projects. Hibernating gives you more time to decorate and spruce up your cave! One project I've wanted to do for a long while was to have an electrician install my chandelier. It came from an antiques shop and used to hang in the dining room of our previous home. When we moved to our current house, there was no electrical fixture in the ceiling for it, so it's been stored in a box in the attic until now.
In a few weeks, we are planning to finally paint our kitchen. It will be a light green, somewhere between sage (yellow) and mint (blue). I've been talking about it for a long time, I know, but it's a huge project and we needed to find just the right time when Chris had extra days off and it wasn't during bike racing season. I'm glad that these New Year's goals are working out so well! Now, if I can just get my knitting inspiration back!