Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Grateful

2012 is starting out so much better than the last half of 2011.   Luck, generosity, karma, or a little bit of it all has really helped to give me a much more positive feeling.

Nancy over at Victorian Motto has been having a lot of giveaways throughout the season.  I've seen people using her trims on a lot of smalls, gorgeous floss colors, and some really cute finishes of her charts.  I was lucky enough to win one of the giveaways, to get a PDF chart of my choice!  Very hard decision, but I ended up choosing the Christmas Reindeer Chart.  I guess I was still in the Christmas mood.  Maybe I'll splurge a bit and order some of her floss to stitch the chart.

Then there was Becky's Christmas Ornament Challenge.  I thought it was enough of a win to actually have finished ornaments.  Not only ornaments I stitched this year finished and hanging on the tree, but ornaments I'd stitched in past years got finished as well!  Imagine my surprise, shock and happiness when I read I was one of the winners!  For now my plan is to save that gift certificate for when I need a bit of a pick-me-up, or if some super-duper new chart comes out I absolutely can't live without.  I've actually budgeted a small monthly allowance for "entertainment,"  but that has to cover all entertainment, not just stitching stuff.

On the stitching front, I've gotten a bit of Halloween Rules done, but no pictures.  Actually, no stitching at all today.  I must have done something to my back, it started bothering me last night, and all day today I've been moving like I'm 90 years old.  I'm hoping I just strained a muscle.  My fear is the bum ankle is causing the back pain.  Now you're asking how the heck a bum ankle would hurt my back.  Well, when you walk with an abnormal gait, that stresses your knee, hip and back.  It seems it might be a trade-off - increase my exercise to shed the pounds but cause pain.  I'll figure something out, might have to start riding the bike instead of walking.  Poor Annie, she loves the walks.

For all you Crazy January people, I'm having a blast seeing all the starts pop up on the blogs.  Its been hard, but so far I've resisted temptation to start something new.  I get the urge, then I think about my gargantuan list of WIPs.

12 comments:

Myra said...

Congrats on your wins! You made a great choice on the chart. Hope your back feels better soon.

Stitching By A Cornish Sea Shore said...

You have chosen a beautiful pattern and I look forward to seeing photos of it being stitched.

How nice to start the New Year winning a giveaway.

You are right about your ankle could be the cause of the pain in your back. A problem from your feet up will throw your posture out of line and effect your body above the problem area.

Hopefully you will be feeling better soon. Walking is such a nice way to exercise.

Christine said...

Congratulations on your wins, the reindeer chart is lovely. Hope your back feels better soon

cucki said...

congratulations on your win..hope your back get well soon..
happy stitching..
love and hugs cucki xx

Siobhan said...

Congratulations on your wins! Lucky you. :) I hope your back is better soon!

Chris said...

Congratulations on your new wins :)
I hope that your back is better soon.

Margaret said...

Wow, lucky you with the wins! Yay! Bummer about your back though. And yes, I can understand that connection between your back and your ankle. Hope it gets better soon.

Sally said...

Congratulations on your wins Mindi!

I hope your back starts to feel better soon.

Lynn said...

Congrats on your wins! I was lucky enough to win the Victorian Motto's Christmas draw for floss and I can't wait to start stitching with it when it arrives.
Have you joined in on Becky's Winter Challenge?
I love your choice of chart and look forward to seeing your finish of it.

Carol said...

Glad your new year is starting out so well with your wins, Mindi! That really is a pretty chart you chose...

Sure hope your back straightens up and behaves itself... Have fun stitching Halloween rules--it is such a fun piece. And you have such fun people stitching along with you :)

Michelle said...

Congrats on your wins! I do hope your back is better soon. I'm having a hard time not starting a bunch of new things as well - so much inspiration out there!

dixiesamplar said...

Wow, you have been a very lucky lady of late!! Congratulations on all the giveaway goodness. Speaking of which, I am almost finished with your goodie package and hope to get it in the mail this weekend.

Hope your back feels better soon; I feel your pain in that area.