I came across this postcard several years ago in Lyon, France, when we were visiting Molly, our globe-trotting daughter, for the holidays. It's called '12 Months of Happiness', which I thought was perfect for this post, as we close another year and look forward to a new one. 2008 was a happy year for me, but I'm a creature of habit and there was hardly a day all year that I would call routine. I'll be glad to put behind all of the unsettledness and look forward to a relatively quiet 2009.
I always love the week between Christmas and New Year and usually spend it poring through stacks of books & magazines for new ideas, making lists of books I want to read and jotting down project plans for the long winter. I did some of that this week. I thoroughly straightened my sewing room in anticipation of lots of sewing this year and I completed a yarn inventory. So everything's ready...and will be waiting for me upon my return. Because next week, I'll be heading to Japan to visit the aforementioned globe-trotter.
This will be my ninth trip to Japan, I think, and it will be my longest...at Molly's request. (And if things get dicey, I will remind her of this. *grin*) I'm not sure if I'll be posting from there, so I may not be back here until later in January. However, we have lots of great plans - the Tokyo Quilt Festival, a get-together with dear Japanese quilting friends, some travel and perhaps a blogger meetup or two - so there should be plenty to write about when I return.
Until then, my best wishes for a very happy New Year!