Looking forward to 2014

So the presents were wrapped…and slept on…!

Mark and Max pre-Christmas snoozing
Mark and Max pre-Christmas snoozing
Max asleep on the Christmas presents
Max asleep on the Christmas presents

…the baking was done and food was eaten…

fir tree bundt cake
fir tree bundt cake
New York snow scene made from shortbread
New York snow scene made from shortbread
Boxing Day delights
Boxing Day delights
festive but healthy dessert
festive but healthy dessert
chcolate fudge brownies baked in ice cream cones and coated in white chocolate, sprinkles and edible glitter
chcolate fudge brownies baked in ice cream cones and coated in white chocolate, sprinkles and edible glitter

…Christmas afternoon snoozes were snoozed…

…paper hats from crackers were worn and games were played…

…and now it feels like time to take down the decorations and clean the house ready for the new year. I am not a big fan of New Year’s Eve. Whatever the opposite of a party animal is, that’s me. I do, however, love New Year’s Day. I like the excitement of opportunities ahead and the feeling like I have a clean slate and a little mini fresh start. I have a lovely piece of red velvet with little red riding hood’s name on it (metaphorically speaking) and a big roll of chalk cloth and 100 blank cards waiting for a bit of free-motion embroidery and a head buzzing with ideas (and not all of them totally crazy).

Flooding permitting we will go and get some invigorating sea air (while Sue and Don cat and house sit), hide all remaining chocolate (we were given loads!), rediscover fresh green food and ditch the sugary carb-heavy Christmas food habits, dig out our bikes for regular exercise, put up the raised beds where we cleared the turf, plant seeds in the grow house, decorate the bedrooms…oh and I will be grasping my new crafty person role with the Bath WI. See what I mean? The new year is really exciting! I have such a good feeling about the coming year…!

How about you? What are you all looking forward to?