Huddled In The Corner

February 1, 2011


I wish there was a way to take a picture of me, huddled in the corner of my craft room, tucked in by the garage door and laundry room, waiting for my floor to dry.  At least I’m in my comfy chair.  I moved the furniture and washed the floor in preparation for laying out Amy’s Quilt!  YAY!!  It’s a Mir-acle! I started this bad boy in August and am just now finishing it. Shame on me.  Truth be told, I got a little frustrated with it when I was having trouble with my corners lining up.  When I picked it up again it started to go a little better and I powered through. And now, here I am waiting to lay the whole thing out.  I’m a little nervous to be starting the quilting part, so if you can, please send positive thoughts my way.

While I’m here waiting, I thought I would let you know how I did with my January goals and set February’s.

So for January:

1.  Lose five pounds.  Not so successful.  I’ve neglected my cardio even though I’ve gotten back into the gym routine, and my birthday was more like a birth-ten-days which included Margaritas and cupcakes and all the yummy food I could get my hands on.  But I am down a pound so that’s better than nothing.

2.  Figure out how many skeins of yarn I currently have.  Yeeesh…a lot.  364, and that number has gone up by a few.

3.  Finish Amyâ??s quilt.  Not done, but I have made so much progress on this one!

4.  Finish Billâ??s mittens.  They are done, but I fear they are a little too tight.  I just don’t have it in me to knit another pair right now, but I have enough yarn and might do so in the future.  He insists they are fine, but he knows I’m burnt out on the pattern.

5.  Finish green apple cardi.  Yay!  It turned out ok, but wearable.  It’s a little too big, and I even made a size smaller than I am.

6.  Read 2 books.  I actually finished 5, one I started in November, No Plot, No Problem by Chris Baty (it’s about NaNoWriMo), and another I started in December, Becoming Jane Eyre by Sheila Kohler.  The other books were Winter Study by Nevada Barr, Trixie Belden and the Secret of the Mansion by Julie Campbell (a book from my childhood), The Game by Laurie R King.

7.  Finish â??75 and â??76 photo albums.  Didn’t even touch ‘em.  But I did think about what I need to do and and how to do it.

8.  Clean out closet in Billâ??s room.

9.  Get to halfway point on basketweave afghan.  - Didn’t get to work on it because I started a baby blanket for a friend and I’m ok with that.

10.  Make master bedroom valances.  They are so cute!

So I accomplished 6 out of 10, made serious progress on another and one goal was swapped out for another more important project.


For February I want to:

1.  Finish Amy’s Quilt

2.  Sew Mom’s Bag and mail out her goodies.  The Fabric is already cut, just waiting to be put together.

3.  Get to halfway point on Basketweave afghan.

4.  Create something.

5.  Lose 5 pounds.

6.  Finish ’75 and’76 photo albums.

7.  Read 3 books.

I feel like I am missing something on this list, but I can’t think of what it is.  Since February is a short month, I’ll keep my list short. And I’m sure other projects will pop up.  I even got started on those 5 lbs.  I took the photo above on my walk this morning.  I found the little burst of yellow to be quite cheery.

Here’s to a productive February!

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Happy 2010!

January 4, 2010

I hope that you have been enjoying the first four days of the new year! It feels pretty much like last year except for the underlying current of a fresh start and new opportunities. I’ve been giving my “goals” addition thought. There’s a few more things that I want to accomplish:

7. Finish at least 5 photo albums this year.

8. Organize my fabric stash.

9. Finish the curtains for the craft studio, living room, and master bedroom.

10. Refocus my efforts on my etsy shop. Figure out what I really want to do with it.

A couple of these are pretty specific, but I think that’s good. It will hopefully help me stay focused.

While I’ve been pondering my goals, I’ve been working on my textured shawl. It hit a speed bump as I got a little obsessed with the textured section and getting it symmetrical around the center stitch. It took me about a week, but I’ve finally got it worked out. This is a pretty mindless knit and perfect to work on while watching tv and doing laundry.

Speaking of laundry, I washed and folded nine loads today. For two people. And a few of the dog’s socks, but really, just for two people. I think that little munchkins come in, dance around in our clothes, and put them in the laundry hamper while we sleep. But five episodes of Heroes, two episodes of Chuck, the first period of a Blackhawk’s game from New Year’s Eve, and an episode of Rachel Ray made it go pretty quickly. Okay, it didn’t go quickly but it was pretty painless.

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Baby Steps, Figuratively Speaking

December 31, 2009

I’ve spent the last few days thinking about the new year. I am a fan of new year’s goals. (I like goals more than resolutions.) To me, it’s an opportunity to start fresh and re-energized, with a clear focus and full of optimism. Perhaps a little schmaltzy, but that’s me.

I think my mantra for the year is going to be “baby steps.” When I get an idea, I tend to think I have to dive in. For example, exercising. I have these grand plans for daily hour long walks. A healthy aspiration, to be sure, but for soemone just starting out it can be a bit ambitious. And easy to lose motivation. Last month, I read the editor’s letter in my fitness magazine and she said that she started jogging fifteen minutes a day and now she’s running marathons. I might be wrong about the marathons but the bottom line is, she started with baby steps.

My theory is that by starting small you gain strength and confidence. The better you get at it, the more you want to do it. The stronger you get the farther you can go. I think this applies to more than just exercise. I mentioned in my previous post that I needed to work on the guest bedroom, the wrapping room, the garage (which I didn’t mention but was on the list). So I tackled one project a day and I still had time for the other fun stuff I wanted to do. Baby steps.

While looking forward, I’ve been looking back too. 2009 was a pretty darn good year. We sold our house and I moved to California. I knit my first sweater. I knit my first triangle shawl (and second, and third, and am on my fourth). I read 42 books this year with 104 in my queue. I attended the inauguration of the 44th President. I did some of my most challenging hikes at Yosemite this year. I know there are other highlights but these are the ones that stand out.

As for what I want to accomplish in 2010…

1. Continue to try and live a more simple life. Get rid of stuff, eat local, use what I have, waste less, stop and smell the roses.

2. Use up my stash. I have bought a lot of yarn lately. I’m going to allow myself one more shopping spree (there’s a birthday special at my LYS) and then I’m going to work from what I’ve got.

3. Read more. I love reading. I’d like to get the number of books in my queue to under 70 by this time next year.

4. Spend more time outside. Knitting outside works, but biking, walking, or hiking would be better.

5. Eat more fruits and veggies. This should be pretty easy living in California where they are quite plentiful. It’s more a matter of choosing the fruits and veggies instead of the carbs.

6. Remember that life is a precious gift.

There could be more, but I think this is a fair start. I hope that 2009 was good to you and that 2010 is better! Happy New Year!

P.S. The photo is me and Bill, in the kitchen, preparing our New Year’s Eve feast of hors d’oeuvres. I think Bill looks really good in the photo.

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