Day 237 of 365
Ron does not believe in making New Year’s resolutions, but I kind of do. I just make them really specific and something I want to work on anyway. I have three this year: One is to take cello lessons. Another is keep real records from my egg sales to see how much selling eggs helps with feed costs. I know we don’t make money, but the chickens provide for us in many ways. They are worth their weight in gold, but it would be good to know where we stand on the sales. I have a very unrealistic dream of having a real chicken farm one day.
The third is to finish crocheting a chunky blanket I started making four years ago. Four years ago! I cannot believe it is taking me so long, but I am slow. Plus, I decided it was going to be a giant blanket that we could all snuggle under. I was definitely too ambitious.
Still, I am about 2/3 of the way finished. It is my belief, if I really put my mind to it, I can finish this blanket this year. Plus, this blanket means the world to me. I saw one similar on Etsy for like $250, and I was convinced I could just make it myself. Of course, I spent $100 on yarn, and four years later, I still have no blanket. I would be so proud if I could make it though. I am a novice in terms of crochet. I would love to do more, but it seems important to finish this blanket before I move onto anything else.
Every year, I would work on it with Sophie’s “help.” She loved this blanket. Part of the reason I am so slow is because of her. She would get on part of it while I was crocheting and be so comfortable that I couldn’t make her move. So, instead of making progress, I would just sit and snuggle Sophie. Her fur is still in the wool of the yarn of this blanket.
Interestingly, it was this blanket that helped me win over our kitty, Bella, last night. Bella is shy and sensitive and wants to be pet but just can’t sit in your lap. Betty is a lover and a snuggler and is in our laps all the time, but Bella is more distant and reserved. In fact, I have a very hard time figuring out Bella. She is pictured first. That’s Sophie on the right.
Last night, I was working on the blanket, and I saw Bella was interested. She was lurking around, expressing interest in all that yarn. I started to call her name in the sweetest voice I could muster. I coaxed and coaxed–ever so gently–and it worked! Last night, Bella snuggled me for the first time since she was a baby! I felt so honored. It reminded me of how honored I felt when Sophie first decided to get into my lap and snuggle.
This morning, I found Bella sleeping on the blanket. She loves this blanket just like Sophie did. Maybe the blanket can help me win over Bella.
I am resolved to finish this blanket this year.