Thursday, January 11, 2018

No apologies, just "write"

So you might have noticed I've been gone for a while ... having fun with our grandkids mostly. They range in age from 13 to 5 to 3 years old, down to Little P who has somehow managed reach 9 months already. We put way more than 2000 miles on the car in the past 3 weeks. And yes, it was all worth absolutely every minute of the beautiful racket (with credit to Mary Chapin Carpenter for the phrase, which captures the wild joy of kids at play).

Now it's finally time to be just me again, which includes looking back on last year and looking forward to the year ahead. The first post of 2017 included a list of past resolutions and an overly optimistic new resolution (at the end of this post):
2013 - Create
2014 - Blog
2015 - Stitch
2016 - Remember 
2017 - Enjoy 
In hindsight, I would rename my resolution for 2017 "Imagine Peace" for the project that ultimately reached over 70 individuals in six countries and twenty states ...


There was also the completion of two projects from the previous year: Land of Flood and Drought ...


and Remember 2016 ...


Followed by new grandchild projects like this pillow ...


and these nursery wall hangings ...


for the arrival of Sweet P in April ...



I surprised myself by actually finishing a new bag made from linen shirt plackets ...


while only making a start on The Land as the Crow Flies ...


and the Pojagi-inspired Peace Pin Project Shawl ...



Fortunately, I can also report the actual completion of the pennon for Mo's Dream, seen here in a picture from her blog It's Crow Time ...



And in spite of the two projects-pending above, I started yet another in December to commemorate our 40th wedding anniversary (which has since passed, but the project is yet to be completed) ...



Which brings me to here and now: the year 2018 and my resolve to "Write" ... which will include sending "real" mail to kindred spirits in recognition of how much I appreciated the "real" mail that arrived in my mailbox last year ... a continuation of the Peace Pin Project Shawl, which will most likely be renamed the Commonplace Shawl as I intend to stitch words and phrases that I wish to recall in the coming year ... a book for our grandkids tentatively titled Moon Myth ... and last, but far from least, continued posting here on the blog.

So belated best wishes to all for the new year ahead ... may it prove memorable in all the best ways possible. However it turns out in the end, though, I am grateful for your presence along the way.

13 comments:

Sue McQ said...

So glad to hear you and Don were enjoying time with family. All your creations are remarkable. Looking forward to your endeavors for 2018. Blessings and heart filled hugs to both of you.

Hazel said...

What a full, loving, joy filled post (& life!). Worth the wait, wishing you more of it all, and really looking forward to hearing more about the Moon Myth book. love to you.

Tina Zaffiro said...

Welcome back ... between you and Grace the circle feels full again

Sue McQ said...

Ooops! Forgot to mention that I have enjoyed listening to Mary Chapin Carpenter, as well.

Mo Crow said...

(((Liz))) you bring so much peace and love and joy into the world through your big heart it's an honour to be your friend!
namaste

Liz A said...

Sue - MCC writes the most incredible lyrics ... she’s a long-time favorite songwriter and I’m delighted you share in that

Hazel - I’m likewise looking forward to sharing Moon Myth ... soon I hope

Tina - Grace’s return made my day, week, and month

(((Mo))) - I too am honored by your friendship ... long may we continue to mend our world

susan hemann said...

lovely work, lots going on, beautiful new child and words- looks like an exciting year ahead

taiqi said...

I am glad to hear that you are blogging again. We need more people to bring up thoughtful things. I get lots of comments about my Peace Pin--starts some good conversations. Who knew? Peace to you and all of the world in 2018. It IS possible--starting with each of us.

Liz A said...

Susan and Anna Lisa ... I have great expectations for this coming year ... thank you for journeying with me

Barry said...

Hi LA - what a full, creative, giving and inspiring year you unfolded. Interesting that one can start the year with a word but for some reason the universe plants a seed for us to go down another path. Your gift of peace pins and so man in 2017. 2018 is shaping up to continue to be a time that will test many folk so writing and blogging will certainly bring a little more uplifting joy. Random acts of kindness and random acts of writing will continue to bring smiles and uplift. So glad you were able to spend time with the family. Go well. Peace. B

jude said...

its all become a bit of a blur for me. I'm not too clear about what's next.

Dee Mallon said...

a beautiful body of work, connected to land, world events, spirit, and family. good to be here and I look forward to what you do next, for its own sake and as inspiration for my own life.

Liz A said...

Barry - the peace pin project was firmly rooted in your good example, for which I will always be grateful. Here's to peace in the coming year

Jude - I dare to hope

Dee - we build peace together, threads of intention shuttling back and forth