Happy New Year!

Wow-2016 has arrived.  Glad to see another year.

I have a birthday in 18 more days!  I will turn 65-What-What???  Yesterday I received only one piece of mail for the last day of the month/year-my Medicare Part A card.  To be honest I have some very mixed feelings about this new milestone.

1-I don't feel that old. I just took a test about relating with millennials and my score was 91%.  This says to me I am still young in some ways.
2-I am glad that I have made it to this age.
3-I am facing retirement in several more years-I not ready to retire yet as there is still some "hunt left in this dog"!
4-I find myself thinking more and more about eliminating "stuff" to plan for that time in the future when DH and I retire.
5-I have many things on my so called "bucket list" I want to do.
6-I do have more aches and pains-some will require more medical attention this year. Otherwise my primary care physician says I am much better at my age than some of his other patients.
7-I don't do resolutions as I have beat myself up when I did not achieve all of them. Perfection is impossible to achieve; so I am working on doing my best and when I don't I need to learn from it and move on.
8- I am working on having more positive conversations with myself-I read recently that individuals have over 70% of negative conversations with themselves.
9-I am planning on having more girl time with long time friends.  None of us are getting younger and we always have a good time together.
10-I plan on enjoying 2016 doing the things I love-like sewing, blogging, reading, and trying new to me dining experiences-just to name a few.

My sewing plans for 2016-

  • Not buying more patterns-this is hard for me.  I have a lot of patterns, a lot!!  I will never sew them all.  I will be selling some or doing another give away-see item 4 above! 
  •  Using more fabric from my stash-I have a lot of that also.  I will probably be selling some of those or doing a giveaway this year.  See item 4 above.
  • I will sew pants.  I stay away from sewing them as I know that getting the fit right will be a challenge and have magnified this in my brain as something to avoid. See item 8 above!  I made culottes which turned out great and plan to make more as they are a form of a skirt and pant.
  • Return to attending ASG meetings with local chapter.  Never made a meeting in 2015!  Either work or family issues got in the way.  Will put it on my calendar to attend.
  • Continue to read more sewing related blogs which always leads to learning more or  improving on sewing techniques.
To end this post, I want to say thank you to all who stop by.  I appreciate your comments and suggestions. I feel like I know so many more of you from your stopping by and it is nice to be connected to people all over the world!  Wishing you all the best for 2016.


Comments

  1. Must be the great year of 65 as I turn 65 in 33 days ! I loved your post we are on the same train of thought with sewing plans !

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    1. 1951 was a good year. We will have to keep up with each other to see how our sewing progresses/changes over the years!

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  2. I did't realize that you were 65 - you look amazing for your age! I understand the retirement thing - it is my focus for the next decade - saving and getting myself ready to retire. I don't want to have to work a day longer than necessary because I didn't prepare.

    Regarding the fabric giveaway - I think you should try sewing from your stash first before you give some away. You are going to find that your needs are going to change over the next few years and some creative challenge lies in what you already possess!

    Happy New Year! I plan to continue following along on your sewing journey this year!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn-one for thinking I look amazing for my age and two for continuing to follow my blog. Your comments and feedback are always appreciated!

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  3. Happy New Year Linda. We are not that far apart in age, and I share some of your feelings as well. You probably are younger than your age, as you wish to keep going with things, while realising you have finite time. I'm starting to think that way too, with regards to patterns and fabric. Looks like we will be good blogging companions in 2016.

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  4. Happy new year Linda. I Will be reading you in 2016 like I've been doing for many years now. Thanks for pointing out that 70% of our inner talk is negative it rings a bell for me at least

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    1. Happy New Year to you also. Look forward to seeing your sewing progress also.

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  5. Happy new year Linda. I Will be reading you in 2016 like I've been doing for many years now. Thanks for pointing out that 70% of our inner talk is negative it rings a bell for me at least

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  6. Happy New Year and Happy (almost) Birthday! I hit that lovely mark last month. Must say that the months preceding it meant my mail box was absolutely chocked full of medicare supplement offers. Fortunately my retirement package (when I decide to retire) includes health benefits that will act as my Medicare supplement (including prescriptions)--a true benefit in a time when too many benefits are fast disappearing (e.g. pensions). I won't even have to pay a monthly fee for the insurance any more. I do feel sorry for those younger than I as they have eliminated that benefit for those under 60. I was "grandmothered" in.

    Hope you have a wonderful birthday and that your 2016 sewing plans are satisfying and fun.

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    1. Mary, thank you for your comments. Happy New Year to you. Like you I was receiving Medicare "stuff" almost daily. I still have health care coverage from work so only took advantage of Part A. Unfortunately I will not have health coverage with my company after retiring so that plays a part in my continuing to work until several years from now and more money in retirement plan.

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