Today was a good day to get small stuff done that I keep putting off. I had 10 things on my list and all but one is completed.
These are the sun chokes also known as Jerusalem artichokes that I have had on my list for a month to check. They are best dug after a good frost or two. I planted them in large pots as I was warned they could take over. It is difficult to get all the little pieces out. So today I dug through one of the pots and brought in a large bowl of them, scrubbed them well and then sliced them to add to our salad. They are a high protein, high potassium food with a taste somewhere between raw potatoes and water chestnuts.
Then I checked on the water chestnuts and they are too small. Next year, I’ll have to find a larger tub to plant them in. They are only the size of a dime and I’d like them bigger.
I put more salt out for the sheep and brought more hay down from the barn.
I reconciled our bank accounts and filed receipts.
I have my lists made that I want to get done in the coming year. A list for each: sewing, quilting, knitting, embroidery and there are things that aren’t on those lists because I just have too many things to be able to do in one year. So I just put the things on the list I think I can get done. They are under the heading 2017 Construction goals (at the top)
Then I weeded the front, which now looks rather bare and needs some nice summer color spots.
I watered the greenhouse and by the time one adds making a couple meals and sweeping the floors into the day, it – the day- is basically gone. So though it seems I didn’t get anything done, I was busy all day. So that must be what happens to other days when I come to the end and wonder where they went. They went to “small” things that need doing.
If machines were inanimate, then they would do what they are programmed to do. Both my embroidery machine and my quilting machine know – they absolutely know – the second I walk away from them. And just like toddlers or pets, that is the moment they choose to act up.
The pattern doesn’t show well here, but it is crocodiles. It is rather stitch intensive and the machine does not want me to walk away for even a few seconds. Therefore the quilting is not finished. Hopefully tomorrow.
Today was full of phone calls and an appointments. The locksmith has been out and the locks are all re-keyed. I have been to the gym. The power and the sewer have been transferred to our name. The checking account has been set up and there will be checks coming. It’s nice when tax deductible and income are all separate.
An appointment is set for tomorrow to get the moss pressure washed off the roof and the exterior of the house and decks will be washed as well. Then we can stain decks and have the exterior painted.
This weekend, I worked some on my October schedule. Yesterday and today, I followed it (except the quilt isn’t finished) and it still amazes me how much more I can finish when I schedule. I realize that without the schedule, I spend too much time on the computer. Oh, the things one learns and is tempted to make or buy! But at this point, definitely not another machine that must be tended.
20 Minutes increments will get a quilt done. Today I had several 20 minutes increments. As you can see the top half is sewed together into rows. The bottom has a bit more to go, but will hopefully, I will get the flimsy done between other jobs on Sunday. I see people who don’t start because they don’t have a big area of time, but one can accomplish much even with small time bites. You might want to try it with whatever you’d like to get done. I will also be trying this method to get my goals written down for October, November and December. I have been looking for a big chunk of time and not finding it. So I need to try this.
This 16 patch quilt is finished and ready to toss in the washer and dryer. I like to do that with each quilt so there are no surprises to the recipient. This quilt measures 52 x 63″ and I’ve used the darker green on the back which is the same as the binding.
I’m so far behind in my schedule making. Usually by now, I have October on paper. But not this year. Perhaps it was because we did so much more outside. I would like to complete 2 quilts a month as well as some doll clothes and embroidery. I guess it’s time to put pen to paper.
Today in serger foot class we practiced with the elastic foot both putting elastic on
and putting on a wire edge which would most likely be used on ribbon.
Then we used our bead foot for beads and
ribbons, yarn, or whatever would go through the machine for a pretty edge. The classes are fun with only 4 of us and the teacher having time to show us extra uses.
We are starting the first day of a new month and the first day of the last third of the year. It has once again come to my attention that we are not promised tomorrow. And I wish to leave areas that are easy for someone else to step into and take care of the disposal of items – or at least not leave them a mess. When hospitalized for 3 months several years ago, I was running a business and was very organized. Others were able to step in and dissolve the business. When Mother had to move to an assisted living, we were able to easily clean out the house. So it is possible. My goal for this month is to declutter and organize the sewing room and at least one other room. I usually keep like things in the same area which really helps. How about you – Do you have a room that could use attention? Would you like to join me?
DH and I have really been pushing ourselves as we realize that we don’t have the stamina that we had when he was still working (now we have to work back up). We have all seen people who have just kept doing what they have always done and don’t slow down. Recently I saw where a 100 year woman ran another marathon. There are other examples we’ve all seen.
I’ve been asked how I get so much done. Push, Push, Push. Our bodies were made to move and when we don’t, they slow down.
My step goal is 10,000 steps per day. My doctor recommended knee surgery about 5 years ago. I asked her if there was anything I could do to avoid that and she said “walk”. So I walk. Yes, there are a few times when the knee is a bit uncomfortable, but I think the longer I can go without the surgery, the better. And the knee is never uncomfortable more than a few minutes.
We have added gardening to our activities and when it gets cold, we will go to the gym 3 times a week again (our insurance covers “silver sneakers). We also go to the gym once a week for senior “yoga” which is really just stretching exercises.
The other thing is we try to put only the best fuel in our mouths, which is why we grow as much food as we do. That is not to say, we do it all correctly. On occasion, we indulge in a bit of sugar. But most of the time, we are careful to eat food as grown, which also means no animal foods, extracted oils or processed food. And we eat a lot of our food raw. We do eat foods that contain oils such as raw nuts, and avocados, however, try not to have fractured foods. And I no longer worry about weight, though it could/should be less. I think being happy and content is worth a lot when it comes to our health.
I make *lists of what I want to accomplish each day and really try to get through them, but the only things that I must do each summer day are the steps and the hoop house watering. Other things that don’t get done, spill over into the next day. For instance, I had “pick lavender” one day, but I found the bending to be too much for one day, so it spilled over into several days, with one bush at a time.
And yes, we do hire the heavier work done. That is not worth killing ourselves and it gives a bit of money to someone who really needs it. As well, sometimes I make my list short so we can have a “vacation” day. And each week we observe a Sabbath day.
If you have other questions, just ask, as I don’t mind answering them.
*Lists are made by making an annual list, a monthly list, and a daily list. The daily list is altered mostly by the weather.
It was one of those crazy days where I don’t feel a lot was accomplished and yet it was. There is just a lot more to do. So let’s start with explaining about the socks.
In the photo at the left, you can see I loop the new yarn around the needle and knit it into the next stitch.
Then the next 5 or 6 stitches, I knit with both pieces of the new yarn. When finished, I weave in the yarn that I dropped when changing yarns. This is just my made up way to do it. I don’t know how the professionals do it.
See where each loop is – there are three. Those are places where I changed yarns. I hope that makes it a bit clearer.
We spent the morning putting up curtains and taking many of the excess items out of the new guest room. These are the fleeces that have been repackaged and are ready for me to make some decisions on what I will do with them. At least they are sorted and in one pile instead of overflowing the closet and the corners.
And the drapes are now up and the shade is working. Tomorrow, I will get the rugs and trash can. I ran out of energy today.
I decided to hang this on the screen to cut the view of my very messy table that at times is used for potting plants and other times to trim quilts.
And this is the end of the hall. Now, it looks a bit more like a home instead of just a basement.
I did get the binding cut for the circus quilt. Now to find time to quilt it.
I wonder how people get their houses to stay clean. We use the entire house and there are always areas that could use “spring cleaning”. Tomorrow my list includes yoga, getting the rugs for the guest room and it’s bathroom, sheets for our bed, picking up my sewing machine from the “hospital”, picking and cleaning maybe 6 gallons of greens, fertilizing the hoop house (DH will do the big garden) and watering, mopping the floors downstairs, cleaning the wall the dogs wiped their coats on last winter, and then do a tidy up job on the shelves in the bathroom and cleaning it. I will ask DH to pick up the chairs that are at the chair “hospital” And you know what, it won’t all get done, but it is on my list. Maybe that’s why it seems I’m always playing “catch-up”. Oh, and if/when all that is done, there is a circus quilt waiting to be quilted.
Quilting ufos to be completed and what needs to be done The goal is to finish one per month
Circus due 1/15 appliques cut n sewn, assembling, quilting
tumbling blocks – blue quilting
baby block – black quilting
fishing due 8/1 appliques cut and sewn assembling,s quilting
storm at sea quilting
tell it to the stars borders. quilting
mittens 1 block, borders, quilting
BH king size quilt skirting, quilting
sunbonnets 2 assembling, quilting
New quilts I want to make:
http://twosistersandaquilt.com/ These are snowman Block of month
http://www.seamstobesew.com/polls-fixed-and-new-previews-of-sue-and-sam/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+seamstobesew%2FUceh+%28Seams+To+Be+Sew+News%29 another sunbonnet quilt Block of the month
2 “warm wishes” quilts for charity on line pattern
shop hop tote that I acquired the kit for in 2005
child’s teddy bear with piping pattern
“Frost’s alter ego”” pattern
“Gift wrap” pattern
“rob Peter to pay Paul’ GO cutter
“drunkards path” GO cutter
an owl quilt GO cutter
choose a book and make a quilt from it
“twinkle little tree” pattern
That should handle the quilting, I have spoken for the Cormo sheep, not sure yet how many, 6-10
For sewing the plan is 2 doll dresses per month, plus we need placemats for 10 months and I like a set of 4. My goal is to make them one month ahead of need. So I will start these in February I plan to make a couple “Bendy Bags” and “run around bags” as well as a bolts worth (about 130) of purple baby hats for the hospital. Then there is a request for the microwave bowl holder for gifts.
I am doing the yahoo groups knit along wash cloth which is monthly. They offer 2, but I’ll be happy to get one done each month. I also have enough yarn to do at least 10 pair of socks. If I can squeak them in here, I’d like to do a couple crocheted baby blankets as well.
So these are my 2016 craft goals. What are yours? I’d love to hear them.
Now I need a list of my lists. Just to clarity this list making: I make many lists, which means I’ve always something to do. I find that when I can’t quickly come up with something I want to do, if is very easy to just waste time Let’s say I have 10 minutes before I have to make a meal. Well that’s not much time and maybe I don’t want to clean, or start another project, but if I see a short and fast thing to do on a list, I can quickly do it and I get to check it off. Or maybe it will just be a small part of something larger that will get done, like a sock or pot holder. In either event, I have profitably used those minutes and you would be amazed at how many minutes I can while away without my lists, usually on something like facebook . However, I also know that I will not get everything on my lists done and that’s ok. Right now my lists have started to look like this.
Farm list: 7 items
DIY 1 item
Knitting and crochet: 49 goals
Sewing: 118 items
quilting: 71 goals
and so it goes with each category
Of course these are fluid – at least until I can get back into the studio and see for sure what I have put in my “to do” stack. Some may be deleted and more may be added. Don’t forget to add in time for those gifts you may want to make or charity work you enjoy.
Then I’ll make a calendar, deciding how much time there is for each item in that month. Obviously the winter will be more sewing types and the summer – more garden, animals, and so forth. So my monthly calendar has to allow for appointments, family, weather, etc. It may work out to a 120 hour work month for list items. Then, I go through the lists and give each item a time for completion or how long I’ll be working on it. Then I could say, I have 60 hours this month for quilting, 10 for knitting, 10 for gardening, 20 for animals, and 10 for spinning. When I actually near the month, I can customize it to the appointments and how much of which I want to do. The lists also have many short jobs, such as a knitted potholder that I can work on in spare minutes, or in the car. And at this time, I also put in the menus for at least 3 days a week.
It takes planning time up front for me, but it pays off as I can see all these checks for something done. Try it, you just might like it! Oh, forgot about the sick days – you’ll be too busy to get sick. But if something comes up, you’ll can look at your accomplishments and know that it’s okay. And if a friend pops in, enjoy the visit, look how much you’ve already accomplished.
Your goal was to get as much done as possible which is not the same as everythingee you could think to put on your lists.
Just in case this isn’t as clear as I think, when we come closer to January, I’ll post my goal sheet for you to see.
No photos today because you know what paper looks like. I spent a good share of the afternoon taking inventory of what was completed last year and was surprised to find that the items on my list were not what I completed most of. In fact, there were many items completed that weren’t even thought of yet. They were items that came across my path that I sidetracked to do. Still lists are good because without direction, I waste too much time, This year’s inventory so far is completed and I have started the lists of what I want to accomplish in each department next year.
I will have a list for quilting, knitting, crocheting, sewing, dolls, garden, embroidery, learning new skills, exercise, and maybe others. Then I will divide those by months. I know that the goals will not all be met, in fact more probably will not be met, than will be met. But oh, how much more will get done than if I didn’t have lists.
Do you make lists? If you do, let’s share and if you don’t, try a small list. You might find it makes a difference in your life.