It's a New Year!! Yea!!!
I hope my rattling on about "watching for markers" helped you navigate the holidays you celebrated. It helped me and one of the things I noticed was experiencing less stress (silver lining). Nothing was as it "should be" but there was less stress because we didn't "have to" do much -- just sit tight. I'll be happy to return to things as they "should be" this year but I think I'll leave some of the "should's" behind!
Perhaps the most positive marker I noticed for this time of year was my annual review of what's going on in my sewing room. There wasn't a big tidy up (not really necessary since I've been getting tidier all year) but I did pull out all the quilt tops that are ready to quilt and made a list.
Much to my great delight, there are ONLY 19!?!**
You may be shuddering but it's huge because you are talking to a quilter who has had as many as 72! While I was making the list, I also decided whether to machine or hand quilt each one. The big dodecagon I finished last spring is first up in the hand quilting queue -- layering it Tuesday! It will keep me busy in the evenings for months.