Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to my dear stitching friends! I know something looks really strange below... other than the photo being a bit overexposed because I just do not have this photography talent... I loved this little Oakhaven Yahoo Group freebie that came out last year... I started it at some point, got annoyed by the many color changes in the lettering, tucked it away... and just found it a few days ago while tidying up a little bit in my stash room. So, I managed to finish it last night, still in 2012, so I figure it's all good, right?
Happy New Year 2012
Oakhaven Designs
32 ct Silvery Moon Linen, DMC Floss
2012 was a mixed year for me. My NH psychotherapy practice, although is only one day a week, has begun to take off quite well. My MA practice continues to thrive. I am contracted with more health insurance companies than I can count, and as a result, I do get a really nice mix of different types of clients and issues to address. This year has brought more relationship and marriage counseling to my practice than ever before. My CE (continuing education) was off the charts this year. I seem to be addicted to continuing education. I think that points to my innate desire to get my doctorate, but my age and wanting to keep our finances stable as we spiral towards the last decade before retirement age keeps me from doing anything at all with that desire. The time has come to think about retirement planning, not spending $200-$300K on more education. It just cannot be. On the health front, well I still have my tinnitus and my really pain neck, shoulders and back. I have come to the conclusion that the two issues are likely not related. Still without any health insurance here, I do my best to make the most of any appt I do get with any doctor. It is unfortunate that my neck, shoulder and back issues likely come from stitching - as in very poor, curled up, leaning to the left posture when stitching. When I grip my stitching I feel pain for a bit, then it passes. Next day it is awful in my left wrist and hand. Huh. My tinnitus appears to be linked to my deviated septum and bone spur in my left nostril. Really, really need to see my ENT and see what we can do about it, and what that will cost. I have an orthotic for TMJ now, and my headaches are signficantly relieved by this, at times... the little electric shocks under my skin from menopause cause me great confusion re: my TMJ as at times the shocks (hormone decline) sometimes are like a starburst in back of my head or curl up as if from my jaws to the top of my head. That is that on the health front. It is why I do not stitch or blog much any longer. Am on Facebook, though. Nice to see some of you over there. In general, I have to pace myself better in all areas of my life. Hoping for the best for all of you in 2013!!


Melody said...

Carol, lovely ornament finish. I hope you will be able to improve some of your health issues this coming year. I wish you luck in that regard! Happy New Year!

Giovanna said...

Lovely ornament, congrats! A happy new year to you and your loved ones.

Sharon said...

Happy New Year Carol! I have enjoyed seeing all the beautiful ornies given and received here on your blog. I am thrilled that your practice is doing so well-it sounds so interesting. I get to see a quite a few social issues being in postpartum nursing myself.

Anyway, I hope that 2013 will bring some continued improvement or other options for your health!

Alberta said...

Carol, Happy New Year! Love the ornament and that linen, wow, stunning colour choice! All the best in the days to come.

Andrea said...

Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Katrina said...

Hi Carol, Happy New Year my friend! All the best for 2013, hugs xx

Karoline said...

Lovely ornament,congratulations

All the best for 2013

Tatkis said...

Adorable ornament!
Happy New Year, may it bring wealth, health and many wonderful moments!


Valentina said...

Dear Carol, I love all the ornaments you've posted lately, they're all so nice. Wishing you a very happy 2013!!!

Lynn said...

Happy New Year Carol! What a pretty ornament! The fabric is a lovely colour.
I hope that in 2013 your practice continues to thrive and that your health issues improve. I have developed TMJ this year since my dentist put in an implant. It seems my jaw is not aligning the same anymore and the TMJ is causing headaches and making it difficult for me to sing. I had no idea how many problems it could cause.