August 8, 2013

I feel like I am in a constant state of shuffling. Shuffling stuff around my work table so I can work. Shuffling stuff around the table so we can eat. Shuffling furniture around the house and garage. These things need homes so they can be put away. Why is it so hard? ‘Cuz there’s too much stuff. Oye.

I’m making progress. We sold a couple of things at Bill’s office. The stained glass supplies are actually out of the garage. It’s almost a miracle. I brought in a bedside table from the garage and am going to use it for Joshua. I think it will be a good place to store his puzzles and duplo blocks and flash cards. (So sometimes it is nice to have “extra” stuff.) The first thing Joshua did when he saw it was open up all the drawers. The bedside table cleared up space in the garage so I moved (shuffled!) things around and put some stuff away. I moved some things outside that need to be broken down and thrown away. We need as much space as possible in the garage to store our outdoor furniture because we will be having the backyard redone next month. (yay!!!) My goal is that when the yard is done and all the furniture moved back outside, I’ll immediately be able to park a car in the garage. Permanently. Once I get to that point, I’m going to start going through the garage cabinets and thinning out the stuff in there. It’s just neverending.
joshua's table

I should probably clean up the kitchen but I can’t. Honest. I have part of a sweater blocking on the counter. What a shame. I guess I’ll just have to sit in my craft room and knit while contemplating homes for the stuff on my worktable.
sweater blocking

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Random Things

This is actually a post from August 1st that was never uploaded:

I’ve been wanting to blog, but about a bunch of different random things.  So I’m going with bullet points.

Starting with all things Joshua:

  • My little boy is so silly.  I don’t know where he picked it up, but he likes to dust.  Well, he only dusts two things, but he does it a lot.  In his world, tissues are also dust rags.  He was working on my exercise ball on Saturday.

dust bunny

  • I wish I knew what was going on it that little head of his.  The connections he makes are amazing, and the things he picks up (or doesn’t pick up)…  it just makes me wonder.  We were re-caulking around the tub so we emptied it out and a bottle each of shampoo and conditioner ended up on the toilet.  We don’t normally have anything there and Joshua noticed it right away.  I turn away and a few minutes later, he had added to the shampoo bottles.  I found it to be incredibly sweet.

the little organizer

  • This is Joshua’s “shh…I hear a birdie” sign.  His “shhh” is a finger to the nose with a puff instead of a “shhh” with a finger to the lips.  More preciousness.  Usually when he does “shh” it’s because he hears a bird.

shhh... bird

Everything Else:

  • I’ve been working on knitting a lacy sweater.  It’s from a European pattern, originally written in Czech but translated with a friend.  My friend made the sweater and it looked amazing so I’m giving it a try.  I was making great progress but now I’m on a super boring part…
  • We had our half bathroom redone.  It looks nice.  Waiting for paint to dry so I can hang some artwork and then I’ll post pictures.  I made a new curtain though…
  • I also pulled out one of my halloween quilts and started piecing again.  I was motivated to try and work on it every day.  Ha ha ha, I’m so funny.  Did I really think that was possible?  I worked on it for two days and then haven’t touched it again for two weeks.
  • I pulled out a needlepoint project I started last year.  It’s nice when I feel like doing something mindless.  I forgot how much I enjoy it.  This was started because a shop in Portland called to tell me they had a canvas back in stock.  It’s a souvenir from our trip this spring, and once stitched it will go on the travel wall (should I ever hang the travel needlepoints again).  I guess I pulled out the other WIP because I was feeling guilty about buying a new one when I haven’t done needlepoint in about a year.
  • I’m on a kick to redo our bedroom.  Going bold with the paint.  (I think…)  Ordered a new rug and headboard.  Gotta pick the color.

I guess that’s about it for now.

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