Happy New Year everybody! I am a little late to the game for reasons I will discuss below, but I hope this year brings awesomeness to everybody. Let's play a little catch-up now.
Christmas sewing: I did do some Christmas sewing this year. My daughter requested some cloth napkins, and that was an easy enough request to satisfy. I had some left over cotton quilting fabric, and just cut and hemmed some generous squares. My husband also asked for a pair of pajama bottoms, which was also an easy project. Easy projects were good for this year, because it turns out I have arthritis in my hands.
Arthritis diagnosis: So about a year ago, when I started all my hyperparathyroid issues, my hips started to hurt and I was no longer able to get around very much. We all assumed it was part of what was going on with me, but it really wasn't. I have psoriatic arthritis (it's one of the autoimmune ones) and it has moved from my hips to my elbows and hands. December was pretty hard for me, but I am feeling much better now, although not quite back to normal. This arthritis usually accompanies psoriasis, which I have never had, but I'm kind of itchy now, so guess what's coming? Yeah, not sure this year is going to be any better than last year. I'm indulging in a little self-pity right now, but it's already starting to get boring, so I'm sure it won't last much longer. I do have a simple sewing project cut out for myself, and I'm raring to go.
Gingerbread Houses: As per usual, we made our crazy gingerbread houses again this year. Darin made a jailbreak scene and my daughter and her boyfriend made the Battlestar Galactica. I did another one of my "paintings" since my hands weren't up to a complicated assembly. (Also, I am much more interested in surface, so the candy and frosting paintings are more fun for me.) I felt mildly inspired by Scandinavian design this year.
Going Forward: Well, we'll just see what happens. This is one of those "taking one step at a time" situations. I do have some fun things to look forward to: we bought a camping trailer to make camping easier for me (I love spending time with my husband in the middle of nowhere) and I have a youtube movie discussion show I'm working on. I just need to pick myself up, brush myself off, and get back to it.