This has been one of my favourite posts to write this year. I forgot how much we have managed to cram into 2013 (and possibly why I was signed off work…more on that later…) and I hope 2014 will be less exciting…in a good way!
In January I kicked off the year in the red, like many do post Christmas. This was my first year of putting 80% of my wages into the joint account for the house and bills and whatnot, and I didn’t factor in gifts at all. So January was all about pinching pennies in posts like this and this. It was also the month I realised that I can clean my bathroom in under 15 minutes, so I really should stop whingeing & putting it off…
February saw a new addition to the family….in a four-legged and fur variety. Chekhov came home to us on Valentine’s Day, giving us the perfect excuse to not celebrate it, and to celebrate his ‘birthday’ instead.
March was mental due to aforementioned dog addition. He was SO nervous, skittish and then turned out to have parasites meaning that I didn’t get a lot of sleep ensuring that he didn’t c**p on the carpet overnight. We got that sorted and he is ever so much calmer, friendlier and quieter (thank goodness) as he isn’t so freaked out by everything. It has taken a good 10 months, but Christmas (we had 10 people and a dog-hating dog here) showed us how much progress he has made, he was a star.
April got me out in the garden…actually planting stuff. The previous months, from the November when we moved in, had mainly involved us clearing all the brambles and crud left over from 50 years of ‘experimental gardening’ as our neighbours called it. Our garden now looks pretty awesome, even better than the pics as all the lawn is actually grass! HOORAY!
In May I began planning our wedding….oh gawd…. the less said about this month the better….but here is a little taster of my hell.
June & July saw these two cute critters added to the shop, and they have sold really well. I am really pleased how they have turned out. You can see them here and here. It also was the beginning of our harvest, and I loved having all the free food! It has seriously given me green fingers.
In August I became a Mrs. It was a wonderful day and I wish it hadn’t spun by so quickly, but in all honesty I was relieved that all the planning and prep was over and we could get back to normal.
September was full of wedding DIY posts that I had been dying to share, like this and this. My favourite thing to share and to have at our wedding was our DIY photobooth. It was so easy to do and the photos were brilliant.
October flew past and I now realise its the month where I began to flag from pushing myself to the limits from the beginning of the year. November came and went and I was ignoring my body and it’s warnings that I was about to give out mentally and physically, and the beginning of December is sort of where I collapsed emotionally and was no good to anybody.
I have had most of December signed off work and I have been feeling a lot better after giving myself a break. Being quite highly strung as a person and with an undying need to do everything at breakneck speed, I try to do more than is physically possible, be that at work, at home, for the business and in my social life….which unfortuantely was the first to go when I felt under pressure, which meant I had no support, outside P….who has been amazing.
Well…what a ruddy depressing note to end on eh? Come on 2014…I’m prepared to kick your butt… but only after I have had a cup of tea and read a chapter of my book….