These are the things that have kept me out of mischief in November. Time has certainly flown by but I have had a lot of fun.
- I started a new job and finished my old one which I’d been doing for just about a year. It was facilitating two self – help groups and running a carers group for the local charity Wiltshire Mind. It meant saying goodbye to a lot of people who came each week for a coffee and a chat. It was lovely to be a part of their lives for a short time and meeting them helped me realise the depth of the horrible disease that is ‘mental health’ and the bewildering, confusing and painful experiences other people have. It helped with my own anxiety issues which (and I’ve not admitted this before in my blogging) I struggle with. I may open up more about this some time.
- My new job is for 20 hours a week. I cook for some very little folk at a lovely nursery set in an old barn (converted) in a nearby village. The littlest of people associate me with food and their appreciation means so much!
- I went to Germany for the weekend. And what a blast I had with two of my oldest and dearest friends.
- I held my first ever Art for Relaxation Classes for adults. We had a lovely time painting in acrylics.
- I went to a candle making class as a little treat to myself. Brilliant fun. I loved it! Look at what I made!
- I decided to stop doing a few things in my business. Namely making and delivering ready cooked meals. The market is crowded and people are unwilling to pay enough to cover the costs of ingredients. Plus it would seem that competitors in the field are a bit hard nosed. It was very hard to accept this but why flog a dead horse eh? So I quit. I’ll happily cook for anyone but it has to be worth my while. The same goes for baking cakes.
- On that note I baked 80 mince pies for Wiltshire Council who were more than happy to pay me well for them.
- I also began teaching a crochet course. Today was the first lesson. My student took to it like a duck to water! She made a Granny square and a flower. All in her very first lesson. I am so proud of her! I miss teaching but I don’t miss schools, or colleges, or the politics, or the paperwork. It’s the people I miss. This is such a cool way to meet new people!
- And finally I spent some time on my art work. I feel very proud of my artwork but I still think I need to up my skills somewhat. Practice makes perfect.
- I opened an Etsy shop – follow the link to see what I sell! Below is a colourful baby’s cot blanket worked in two rows of treble clusters followed by two rows of trebles. I love the way it looks. Next time I will let the colours lay next to each other with out interspersing the white. I think that will look equally effective.
- I am however, really proud of my Christmas 2017 design which I am going to use for my Christmas cards this year.