Dec. 31st, 2016

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We can all agree that this was a dumpster fire of a year. But I want to start this journal and end the year on as positive a note as I can. So here's my list of what went well for me this year. This list is in no particular order.

A) I was employed. I was able to pay my bills, kept a roof over our heads.
B) All of our household staying relatively healthy.

C) In June our Land Girl group won the Best Educational Group at the Old Fort MacArthur show. This is one of the top 4 awards. For a first-time group this was an amazing achievement. Cathie B. was the person most responsible, since she basically bankrolled the trip when several people backed out at the last minute.

D) I had a wonderful time at Costume College. Since I was working for the ad agency instead of my current Temp contract I got actual vacation pay for that time off, adding to my joy. I was pretty much a happy relaxed hermit in a hot tub. I also learned a lot about The Joy Of Padding to get the right historical silhouette.

E) Golden Beltane was OK for me personally, but also a bit of a bummer. Since I had to work there was way too much set up and tear down to balance the fun. But it was refreshing to see what the West Kingdom can do when they aren't constrained by all of the Required Stuff that all our normal events are stuffed with.

F) I got back on my horse and started riding again. Admittedly, this has been sporadic, but for a while I was managing at least once a week. Brandee is happy out with her mare-buddies; big bonus.

G) I sewed a ton of stuff this year. No big projects, but a lot of small instant-gratification stuff. For my own records, here's what I made (according to memory):

- 7 14th C linen undershirts for Jeff
- 7 pairs of linen braies
- Jeff's Roman tunic
- My Roman outfit (silk): tunica, stolla, palla
- Collette Pattern dress (turns out the waist length is too short)
- Decades of Style 1930's Button dress
- 2 pencil skirts
- 1 pencil/A-line skirt
- 2 Decades of Everyday Button blouses
- 4 shell-type tops from Gertie's Guide book
- 2 bias drape shell tops (Vogue pattern)
- 5 sets of Venetian Lace cuffs (machine Free Standing Lace/FSL)
- Bunch of FSL, mostly from Urban Threads: teacup, box, 9 articulated animal ornaments (maybe 10 if I make another one today)
- 4 test Halloween glow-in-the-dark banners
- 8 embroidered canvas bags (Xmas gifts) -- lined!
- Cotton brocade short swing coat (pattern needs tweaking)
- Started Critter Smock; got sleeves embroidered

H) Started journaling on LJ again. Now I'm here.

I) Had some good times with friends. The Rock Of Ages party where we went as DeathKloc was great. Going to the County Fair was fun. June Crown and Fall Mists Coronet, where we kicked back and drank under our sunshade and pretty much ignored what was going on around us was fun. Had a lovely pool party with Joyce. Christmas was fantastic. There were good times in 2016, really.

J) I spent a few weeks teaching Ellen, Racheal's 11 yo neighbor how to sew, since we'd given her my old Bernina 1008 for her birthday. I enjoyed that. :-)

Alright, that's all I can remember for now. I'm thinking 2017 is going to be the year of Struggle and Resistance, so I'm not super happy about it beginning. But it beats being dead. May The Force be with us.

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