Archive for January, 2009

Blocks of Time

January 21, 2009

There’s a local quilt shop that’s sponsoring a quilt-of-the-month series this year. I guess they do this every year, but this is the first time that I’ve been involved. My good friend, Carolyn, got me into this. She’s been quilting ever since she was a teenager, I think; so needless to say, she’s an expert. (I sometimes wish I could just be interested in one or two crafts. I think I could probably become an expert at something.) Anyway, we’ve completely our first block……

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Looks pretty nice, if I do say so myself. We had to buy the first block kit, but if we bring it back to the shop on a certain day the next month and they see that’s it’s done, then we get the next block kit free. Pretty good deal, right? The block kit contains only the fabric and the pattern for that month’s block. So I have to cut the pieces out using only the amount of fabric they give us, (which is just the amount we need).  I’ve been a little paranoid that I’m going to cut it wrong. I could go back to the shop and buy some more fabric so it’s not that big of a deal. But I hate to waste fabric plus having to make another run to the shop. I got my second block cut out the other day so the worst is over. I’ll post a pic of it soon.

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Monday Morning Meme

January 19, 2009

1. You have just been hired to clean your own home, what is your first complaint?

There’s too much junk around here! I can’t clean with all this junk! I  need to throw all this away!

2. Are you able to ignore a ringing telephone? How often do you allow a ringing phone to go to voice mail? Do you answer your cell phone, out in public, every time it rings? Or do you silence it and get back to it when you’re in a more private area? How often would you say you’re on your home phone? Your cell phone? Do you like talking on the phone or do you view it as a necessary communication tool?

My first instinct is to answer. Old habits, you know. I’ll allow the machine to pick it up only because Hubby is around. I answer the cell phone when I’m out. I don’t know how to silence it and I have a hard time trying to retrieve it later. (I’m not very cell-phone friendly.) I rarely talk on the phone either at home or out. I don’t mind talking on the phone, I just don’t have anyone to talk to. I’ve been known, at times, to talk several hours at a time to a good friend, sister, or daughter, however.

3. When did you last go for a bike ride? Do you own a bike? Do you encourage your children to ride bikes? Given the most popular New Year’s resolution of losing weight, would you consider putting bicycle riding as one of your exercise options? Why or why not?

Keeping in mind that I’m 62, it’s been a long time since I’ve been on a bike. I don’t own a bike, but I’d like to. I’ve been mentioning to Hubby lately that it would be a fun way for us both to get some excercise. I’d love to go bicycling. I’m a physical person and also love to be outside on a beautiful day!  

4. If you had to name a smell that always makes you nostalgic, what would it be? What sorts of memories does the smell evoke?

Cedar–reminds me of my childhood Christmases. We always cut a cedar tree off the land that belonged to my oldest sister and her husband to use as a Christmas tree. We (my sister and brother and me) would have to decorate it and get stuck by the needles. But we were very proud of our tree every year and the smell it brought to the house during that very special time of year.

baby powder–always reminds me of the first few days after bringing one of our new babies home from the hospital.  The newness of it all. Very special memories!

cattle manure–soooo reminds me of the visits to my aunt’s farm when I was a young girl. We made the trip almost every weekend. It was about a 30-min. drive, but more like an hour when I was young. I don’t know if it just felt  like it was an hour or if it actually took an hour in our old car. I loved going to the farm. There was soooo much to see and do there. She had milk cows so the smell of manure was always there. There was soooo much to see and do.  Lots of land to roam and a big barn to explore. I loved to play in the grain bin right after she had fresh grain delivered for the cows. I guess that would be another smell that would bring back memories if I had a chance to smell it. Grandma’s biscuits baking — well, I could go on and on, but the farm has a lot of memories for me.

January business

January 8, 2009

January is like the calm after the storm. I like January. I like the cold weather and, yes, I even like the snow that inevitably comes with January. I’m not saying that I like to drive in the snow. No Way! I like snow when I can stay in, snuggle under an afghan with a cup of  hot tea close by, and enjoy a good book. Or a knitting project that doesn’t take a lot of concentration. Yeah, that would be more me. January is the month that I need to catch up with projects that I’ve just let slide during the year. So now I have a list of those projects that, hopefully, I’ll be able to get caught up with by the end of the month.

I just got through bringing the checkbook up-to-date again. I have a BAD habit of not writing down the transactions when I use the debit card. Sometimes I get several months behind. Especially when I’ve had a couple of busy months like Nov. and Dec. was for me. I literally had to take one  week or, in some cases, one day at a time just to get everything done that I wanted to do for all the birthdays that we have this time of year and then of course, Thanksgiving and Christmas. So it takes me a while to get caught up again with the checkbook. (Especially with the spending I did for Christmas.)

Now the next project is to file the important and shred all the useless receipts that I’ve neglected to do on a monthly basis during the year.  Got to get ready for tax time! Woohoo! That’ll take a couple of days for sure!

The next project on my list is getting caught up with my photos. I tend to stack them into a pile also. In fact, I’m about two years behind with them. We have a digital camera now, and sometimes I remember to get hard copies of our pics and sometimes I don’t. I like and don’t like this camera. I’m used to having albums that can be looked through. I guess I’m still a little old-fashioned.

Daughter #1 gave us a digital photo frame for Christmas and we really like it. The little chips are getting so cheap that we could buy smaller ones just to keep our pics on now that we have the frame to show them. That huge chip we originally bought for our camera is so big and holds so many pics that it takes forever to find the pics that you want to show someone.

Daughter #2 gave us a smaller digital frame that’s key chain size. I can download just the pics I want on it and show it off to my friends at work. I love how handy it is. Hubby gave me a picture printer so I can print off the pics I want to save into an album. I’ve been wanting one for a long time. I love having that option! I knew I’d love a printer if I had one.  If I didn’t know my family better, I’d think they all got together to give me  all of these. But they do know that I love pics, so it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise to me.  

The next project that I’ll tackle is one that I’ve been meaning to do for quite some time. In fact, every new January I’m hoping that I’ll get this done, but I get side-tracked and it’s not done yet. How many years have I been wanting to do this? I don’t think I have that many fingers and toes to count them! The project? GET MY RECIPES ORGANIZED! I love to try new recipes and occasionally I try one that I’d like to keep. I love to bake so most of the recipes are for baking — breads, pies, cookies, etc. The keepers I’d like to save for the Fair competition that I enter every summer. BUT my recipes are a big jumbled up mess!! And that’s putting it mildly! I have several cookbooks that are blank and titled, “My Favorite Recipes” so I really don’t have an excuse for this mess. I dream of it all being put together and organized. How great would it be to just go right to a favorite recipe that I KNOW I have and get started making it. Well, maybe this year it’ll happen.

One more smaller project is to finish getting my Fair ribbon scrapbook brought up-to-date. I just have last year’s ribbons to put into the scrapbook, so that project shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours, if even that long. I’ve been keeping it up pretty good over the years. I’m kind of proud of that accomplishment. At least I’m not totally disorganized! 🙂

So it sounds like my calm-after-the-storm January is going to be pretty busy. But it’s a calming busy, which is good. I just hope I can stick with all of these projects to get them done. What a nice feeling that would be! So, not much knitting for me this month. Unless it snows and I don’t have to go out in it!

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2009

WordPress has changed again, and it’s thrown me off because I don’t like change and having to learn something all over again. But I like to blog when I’m in the mood, so I just need to jump right in there and do it!

Today is the first day of a new year. I can’t believe that 2008 is over! I wish I could have accomplished more in the last year, and I feel like I did do quite a lot, but it wasn’t enough. I need to find the secret of getting myself organized enough to get everything done that I’d like to get done and out of my way. Most of the problem is having too much time, I think. But whatever the secret is, I need to find it and make it work for me. I’m running out of time and I want to accomplish so much more than I know I’ll have the time to do. When you’re in your 20’s and 30’s, you don’t think about running out of time. But when you reach 60+ and you can almost see the years go by like days, it gets a little scary when you think of all the things you’d still like to do that you haven’t done yet. I need to quit wasting time.

Well enough of this. My new year’s resolution, even though I don’t really believe in making any, will be to try to use my time to the best advantage. No more “playing” with projects. I need to do only the things I really want to do and then stick to them until they’re done.

I got all the scarves done that I’d made myself a commitment to doing. They will be boxed up and sent to the Special Olympics.

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I feel like that’s quite an accomplishment for 2008.

I wish for everyone a very Happy New Year. I hope this will be a great productive year for all of you.