I can't think of many big memorable events that happened in 2019. I was politically enraged most of the year. That might have gotten a little bit out of hand. And, I continued to see big progress in getting over my shyness. We had the house repaired, but I don't really want to think about that too much, and honestly, it was just the first in a chain of things we have to get done. Next we have to replace our HVAC, and after that the house needs painting, and a stone mason has to come in, but those are things for 2020. Sydney moved into her own place and seems to be thriving...at least she hasn't asked for money yet. She's moving in a few weeks. From the apartment she's in to a house with fewer residents (and fewer pets). I think that's a good choice and reflects her growing up. (Three adults and four pets in a 2 bedroom/1 bath apartment was never going to work for long.) All our cats and dogs and most of the fish made it through the year. And, I got a new job and sort of a fresh start at work, with lots of people getting to know me for the first time and lots of new opportunities. And, I helped make the quilt guild's raffle quilt. That was a big undertaking that took a big chunk of the summer. And, I'm wrapping up the year by making a new jacket pattern and multiple pair of boxer shorts and a paper pieced quilt that was just a tad above my skill level.
Sometimes, years are about the little things, not about big memorable events. Home repair, parenting, hobby, changing underwear style...the things that fill the average day, that's what life is mostly made of. The unmemorable events that make waffle days special (and yes, I got a waffle iron for Christmas and I'm going to have more waffle days in 2020). So farewell 2019. 2020, it's your turn to impress me. Let's see what ya' got!
But, for today, I've been obsessin...uhm, diligently working on my new jacket from Vogue 7004.
This is after I made some alterations. It needed more size in the middle, it's too short and the shoulders are too low, but overall a good fit and comfortable in the yoke.
And, then I got started on the real thing. In two days, I've only gotten this far. It has been a tremendous amount of work and figuring out how to do things. Like this morning, I lay in bed and figured out a better way to get the lining in, so I got up and took out some sewing to make that happen...two steps forward, one step back. That's how it's been all along, but that's okay, all I'm wasting is thread. I get frustrated, but then I remind myself that I'm learning something completely new (and it's not my fault that the polyester fabric won't hold a crease). Today, I'll put the lining in it and finish off this part of the jacket with some hand sewing. I hope to get the sleeves made, then tomorrow, I'll only have to insert the sleeves and finish the hem. Fingers crossed. But, I've also got to take down the tree and the swag, so this might be the first finish of the new year.
Everybody have a great New Year!! Next year, there's going to be lots of boring political stuff. But, there's going to be lots of good stuff too. I'm sure of it. Now, I'm going to go sew. Hope you get to, too.