Friday, 3 January 2014

Stepping into 2014

 As a teenager it just didn't seem right that at sometime in the distant future we would refer to the year as 'two thousand and ....'  Now, many years later it just rolls off the tongue and so it is with ease that I wish each and every reader a

Very Happy and Prosperous 
Two thousand and Fourteen

and hope that this year knocks the socks off 2013!

You will have noticed that my blog posts dried up in July 2013 ... here's why:

At the end of 2012 I was so optimistic for 2013 and looked forward to being creative in and around my home and garden.  I was settling into my job with a new company, becoming familiar with the personalities and characters of all my residents, their friends and families and colleagues.  I had decided not to embark on any more studies and was looking forward to the mental break and having extra time to sew and read and generally play.

On 31st December 2012 I'd lost my voice and became subject to a very stressfull change in household circumstances without consultation or consent.  What had been a companionship had broken down.

In the middle of these events I received an email from my Mom, who is retired and living in the most gorgous seaside town in the Western Cape, South Africa.  She had written to let me know that she had been diagnosed with odenocarcinoma.   I was stunned and didn't know how to respond.  In retrospect I think I had just become emotionally numb in order to cope with day to day 'stuff'.

When Harry met Meisie
The mood in the house became very sombre and there just didn't seem to be much to be thankful for really.  Even Harry appeared to have lost his Mojo.  So, I decided we needed a little help, and after much cajoling, (begging and pleading and making promises ) along came Meisie (pronounced Macey).  In South African Afrikaans the noun 'meisie' means young girl.  She is just so cute and was the most precious little bundle and enabled me to shift my focus away from the sombre health and financial issues and once again start to smile and laugh.

What else does a person do when it gets tough ... you enroll on another training course, join an international sewing bee, and join a local (National) bee  ... and start planning a trip to South Africa to visit with some very important people.

For us, 2013 ended with my return from the trip to South Africa, a very slight tan;

Mom doing very well after chemotherapy and surgery,
and a few flimsy quilt tops made, with a few being made into quilts.

South African sunset over False Bay
I'll save those for a Show and Tell session of blog posts.  All in all 2013 ended much better than it started and 2014 has begun in the most positive and promising way that we could wish for.


  1. Help ma boab!! Oh, I do hope 2014 is a better year for you. Don't you love the universe kicking you when you're down? Here's to finishing 2014 even better than it starts. And, of course, Meisie is a wee cracker!

  2. I am so glad to hear that the end of 2013 was so much better than the beginning. The only way is up! :-)
    I wish you and your loved ones all the best for 2014!
    Greetings from a Dutch meissie, even though I am not that young anymore, ha ha, but my mum still calls me that!
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo com
    ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

  3. I hope this year is a better one for you. That sunset would make a lovely quilt.

  4. Glad to hear things have improved for you and your family. Hoping 2014 is kind to you xx


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