I like to have resolutions and I like to look back at the end of the year. I’ve done my looking back – what I hoped for from last year and working out what worked well and what didn’t work so well. Now I’m onto looking forward. Of course, I’m guided by my list of stuff from the previous post and shan’t regret anything, achieved or not.
I quite like a blog I’ve been reading recently about having 1,000 new experiences in a year. I like this but I don’t think I’ll be able to manage 1,000 in a year mainly because I do much of the same stuff and I live a very simple life. To do 1,000 things that are firsts or unique demands a very stimulating place to be and to be honest, I think I’d struggle in Tokyo to do 1,000 new things in a year. I might aim for 100 new experiences. And I’m starting yesterday! I did a lot of new stuff yesterday and doubt very much that in the next month, I’ll do as many as I did in that one day!
And my ‘resolutions’ are more of a ‘to-do’ list… so some I’ll get through, some I won’t.
1. Do some appliqué stitching on a design. I have something in mind!
2. Knit some socks
3. Make something in patchwork, even if it’s very small
4. Knit a hat
5. Knit a cat costume
6. Finally get back to water-colour painting. Have paper. Have stretching tape. Have paints and brushes. Have no board. Grrr.
7. Do more art
8. Listen to French news more
9. Read 10 more books in French
10. Grow a wider variety of stuff next year and don’t sow the whole packet!
11. Finally have some success with carrots
12. Paint the front wall and build a small herb garden
13. Make tin-can planters and tea-light holders to hang from the trees
14. Finish painting the gate!
15. Render the outside wall of the lean-to
16. Add some lean-to art
17. Finish painting the lean-to window frames
18. Make curtains for the lean-to
19. Find some cheap chairs to renovate for lean-to sitting
20. Paint the rest of the laundry lean-to
21. Sort out the doors in the laundry lean-to
22. Sort out the floor of the laundry lean-to
23. Fit some shelves and curtains in the laundry lean-to
24. Paint the laundry lean-to shutters
25. Paint the ceiling in the dining room
26. Paper the dining room walls
27. Make curtains for the dining room and the living room
28. Strip and re-paper my bedroom
29. Paint the window frames in the bedroom, the kitchen, the dining room and the living room
30. Sort out the entrance way
31. Plant leeks, parsnips, turnips, swede, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce, gherkins, melons, peppers, chili peppers, corn, peas, beans, borlotti beans, broad beans, courgettes, pumpkins, squash and plenty of other things
32. Get my perennial garden going and sow some aqualegia, some dicentra – lots of other flowers in my virtually flower-less garden
33. Make a pillow-case lounger
34. Turn Jake’s room into a craft room
35. Get my sewing machine set up permanently
36. Get some more chickens
37. Fox-proof the garden, and César-proof the hedges
38. Make a display out of some of my travel treasures
39. Learn to crochet
40. Make bunting for the garden
41. Plant two new fruit trees
42. Organise a party for my 40th Birthday… it will be here, on the 15th December, 2012. Clear your diaries, book a room with me! I WILL have the best-laid birthday feast, I promise!
43. Repurpose Steve’s old bed in the garden. Oh will you see!
44. Work on the ‘small steps’, petit à petit, l’oiseau fait son nid…
45. Make some more bird-houses (you’ll see those too!)
46. Get busy with the festivating and make lots of home-made ornaments. This year’s were a winner!
47. Propagate succulents
48. Have 10 hammock days
49. Finally get over to the Cote d’Argent
50. Make my feet look nice again
51. Add a little loveliness to my life every month
52. Spend less than I earn
53. Make a start on the cabin as it transforms into the most amazing uber-kitsch stopover point for anyone who wants to stay in it
54. Paint some more t-shirts
55. Make 10 completely new recipes
56. Go inside the chateau at La Rochefoucauld, instead of just looking at it from the outside
57. Document my village on camera
58. Document La Rochefoucauld on camera
59. Go to lady lunches with friends
60. Learn two new recipes off by heart
61. Read two more Dickens novels
62. Read some Victor Hugo in French (one of my 10 books!)
63. Plant a rose bush
64. Spend a day in Limoges
65. Go down to Rocamador
66. Go on 10 new long walks
67. Have a proper picnic with a proper picnic blanket
68. See a French film in a French cinema and laugh or hold my breath in all the right places
69. Go to see something at the Carmelite music hall
70. Celebrate 14th July in France this year – first time since I was about 8!
71. Do 100 blog posts
72. Join our local library
73. Go on a 30 km + bike ride (and I know the exact route!)
74. Bike ride at least once a week
75. Scan all my non-scanned images and back them up
76. Do at least one vide grenier
77. Go to at least five vide greniers and spend less than 10€
78. Paint the kitchen blue and re-tile the back wall
79. Put some shelves in the kitchen and make a cute under-sink curtain to hide the storage!
80. Make a big tote bag (I’m such a child of the 70s… I’m sure my mum had a huge tote bag she made herself!)
81. Go to two festivals I’ve not been to before
82. Make macarons of my own
83. Knit some super-cute leg warmers
84. Upcycle a really cheap piece of furniture into something really, really gorgeous
85. Try three more French cheeses to add to my repertoire
86. Try Pomerol
87. Not end the year with a white tummy and body and brown arms, legs and head
88. Wear a hat when gardening
89. Learn more than the basic functions and stitches on my sewing machine
90. Paint some pebbles. You’ll see!
91. Can more and freeze less
92. Start an art journal
I’ll have to come back to this. How on earth did that guy find 1000 things to do??!