Glad to see the end of the silly season, each year I say I don't want to do "IT" but old habits die hard, and I finish up getting drawn in. The "day" is always stressful, too hot, to far to travel for lunch at whoever's, getting everyone organised, hitting the road far to early to avoid the traffic, sitting in miles of traffic with all the others who had the same thought, then worrying about getting back through the same traffic in time for the rest of the family to do their thing.
I'm always renewed and invigorated by a nice fresh year, but yesterday was a complete write off as the temperature in Sydney hit 45 degrees centigrade - that's 113 degrees Fahrenheit - a record for the hottest day in 67 years.
We hardly moved from the air conditioner all day. I've been updating my Gramarye pages - nothing to see there just yet, so was happy to sit at the computer.
And of course the inevitable bushfires, three houses lost in the area we had just spent the "day" in.
Last night a good old fashioned Sydney Southerly Buster came through (strong wind with a cold front from the Antarctic) so today it's back in the 20's with rain.
Nothing creative to show, I made three bead bracelets in December, mine broke a thread and spilled beads and the one I gave daughter for a solstice present, broke on boxing day (how's that for mixed religious metaphors)
I think the nymo wasn't strong enough, I've never trusted thread with beads.