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
- turtles quilting
- heirloom 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 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.
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.
What a lovely day. I had the opportunity to sit on the deck and watch the waterfowl as I knitted for awhile today.
I have heard from a few of you that I get a lot done in a day. You might think that, but what really happens is that I often do things over an extended time. For instance, I could tell you that I canned 8 pints of salsa and 15 pints of split pea soup, which is all true. What isn’t in that sentence is that I started simmering the tomatoes, celery and peppers (which were from the freezer) on Sunday. By Wednesday they were simmered to a good thickness, so I pressure canned them, took them off the heat and let them set overnight. Yesterday, we made a large pot of split pea soup, jarred it and last night, pressure canned 10 jars of it. Again, I let it cool while I went to bed. This morning, when I got up, I took the last 5 jars out of the refrigerator and canned them while I made breakfast and started walking. They have to be under pressure for 45 minutes, so sometimes, I get my DH to watch pressure while I do something else.
The little dress that I posted last night was cut out at Christmas time and just finished late the night before I posted it. These socks that I am making were cast on a week ago. Each night before going to bed, I have knitted 2 rows minimum. I have started crocheting a baby blanket which is a learning process for me. I have started some Christmas gifts which are getting done a bit at a time. They are cut out and yesterday were embroidered. They will eventually get sewn. So when I post something, remember, it could have been awhile in the making. This is how it appears that I get so much done. So please don’t be discouraged by what you are achieving. We are looking through different glasses. If you make a list of what you have done, you’ll be surprised at how much it is.
Having said that, there are times that I really push myself to get something finished by a certain time. It’s just not usually the case.
And now back to this over packed, squished down, box of fabric that I must make into blocks and strips that will eventually warm someone.
We all have them occasionally – a day where we don’t want to do anything on our list. I have had one of these today – so after retrieving the bird from the vet, instead of doing what I scheduled to do, I volunteered to test some embroidery designs.
Then I did a bit of work on a couple different projects and pulled out another project not even close on my list to start. At this point, I realized this is a short month with the Sew Expo the last two days and I really do need a jacket to where then.
Out came the sweatshirt that I cut up the front last week. I found some trim in one of mother’s boxes and decided on an embroidery design to put on it. (One could use applique if you’d rather) So easy and here is the finished project!