There were two things that I quite wanted to do this year, and I’ve completed both this morning. I’m feeling rather pleased with myself at the moment.
The first thing was to stay on schedule with the stitching of the Cottages by CCN and finish the last one before the end of the year. I did get a bit behind for a few weeks at one point, but I caught up again and this morning I put the French knots into the last one, which finished it off.
The other thing that I’d wanted to do this year was to get to a milestone number on the 1001 list, which I’m reading my way through. I started the year on 320 and although I set a target of 40 books for the year, what I really wanted was to reach that magical figure of 400. This, of course, meant reading 80 books from the list and although I’ve read that many before, I wasn’t sure I could do it again. I won’t read books just for the sake of it. I have to enjoy them. If I start one and I’m not enjoying it, I put it aside. Happily, I seem to pick well as I don’t need to do that too often, but the challenge was to find 80 books that I’d enjoy, not just to read them.
This morning, I read the last 150 pages of Out of Africa, which was the 80th book, so that’s both of my personal challenges completed. I may have cut it a bit fine, but I did it.
I’m setting myself some new challenges with Cross Stitching for next year and am going to try to read some of the chunkier books on my shelves which will cut down the quantity of books that I read. I do want to try to complete The BBC’s Big Read list as I only have twelve books to go on that. It’s good to have challenges. I like to have something to aim at.
For now though, I’m just going to admire my lovely completed Cottages for a while. All twelve of them.