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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Daft for Craft

I was reading a blog post by Rachel called "My Knitting Box" and had to admire her stash of knitting needles (watch out eBay, here I come...) and she asked readers how they organise their hobbies.

I'm a crafter of many descriptions, although I seem to have found my niche with cross-stitch and knitting.  Here on the left, we have my cross-stitch box (into which some general sewing equipment has migrated) along with a few cross-stitch kits, tubes of beads, sequins, odd strands of ribbon, etc.  On the right, we have what used to be my "current project" bag but seems to have been overtaken by my knitting.  As you can see, I've done a bit more with the baby cardigan (we now have a full body and one sleeve) and I was going to do something with the black and red wool but it was so long ago, I've forgotten what it was.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  In my sewing box I've got about 5 crochet hooks but I've never tried crocheting... maybe that's how I should use up the red and black wool?

I've also been upstairs and dug out another great big bag of bits and pieces that languishes at the bottom of the wardrobe.  In there were more cross-stitch threads (this box needs replenishing, as you can see), almost a full set of Cross-Stitch Magic magazines (I think there's about 3 issues missing, now discontinued I believe) and all the charts and transfers that came with them.
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I would love a room of my own - it would have a desk where I could spread out my study books and not have to pack them up each time we wanted to eat (the kitchen table is currently my favoured study area), there would be rows of shelves for books and built in cupboards/drawers for all my craft items and no-one else would be allowed in there unless explicitly invited.