What do I do when overwhelmed and understaffed? I make more and more detailed lists. At the top of the day, when I wasn’t sure which way to go, I started writing down all the things that were bothering me. I knew they couldn’t all be achieved today or even this week. On paper, they are not bogging my brain down. Having made these lists, I could then do a better job of prioritizing. And yes, more was added as the day went on. I mean who knew that
the washing machine wanted to die today? And who knew that when I went to REI to get a pair of gym pants, they would have nothing casual? Every pair they had were meant to show every wrinkle in the skin. So after an hour of driving to and from REI, I went to my list and added, “shop for pants and a washing machine” Costco is sending me pants to try and probably Sears will be delivering a washing machine (still deciding). Now that was so much easier and better than chasing all over the countryside, wasting time and gas. I do love some of these modern conveniences even though I believe that we should know how to be self-sufficient.
And who knew my neighbor would call trying to find another neighbor who was no longer in the nursing home (she was transferred back to the hospital)? Who knows what a day will bring, which is one reason I need my lists for a larger picture of what has to be done and what can be pushed off.
What did I achieve today?
made these muffins that we had with yogurt and fruit for dinner.
made a list of things to be done by the woman who periodically helps me with the garden and animals.
Called repair for washer and water under wood floor. Will run fan for 2 days to try to save floor.
at stated above made a trip to REI
researched which washer I want to buy and sent link to
checked bees water
went through fleeces and put a lock in that sheep’s folder
watered hoop house
paid the bills that were due
Copied the utility bills and delivered the neighbors for them to pay
Checked in with a sheep neighbor for info and to see she’s okay
contacted sheep person for registrations for sheep I purchased a year ago
ordered dog food
did two loads of wash before disaster
got lemon tree moved to hoop house
checked on Aunt and found she was moved to rehab today
sew a button on a jacket
and all the things we do every day and don’t count – sweep floors, make meals, feed animals, etc, etc, etc.
There will be more things done between now and bedtime that I can check off. But then again, I’ll think of more to add.
sewed on my bunny.
Did you notice how many of these items only took a few minutes? What did you achieve today? I’ll bet it was a lot more than you gave yourself credit for. Make a list of everything you do in a day. It will surprise you, because normally one gets to the end of the day and can’t think of much that was accomplished. At least that’s what happens here. When I make a list, I can see that something is done which in turn makes me feel better.
Okay, it’s your turn. GO make those lists. And I would love to hear how it went.
This little 36″ star quilt, Little Bits “Double star Duo“ is a paper pieced pattern by Cindi Edgerton with a print date of 2003 on the instructions. It is now waiting to be washed and gifted. It was cut out, who knows when, but sewing started just before Christmas, so once I pulled it out, it went quickly. It is a perfect size for a new baby or a table topper.
This is the heart I purchased the pattern and supplies for several years ago to make for my mil. She has been gone awhile, but since I had the ingredients, I wanted to make it. I started it Jan 2, this year and it is now finished and I can check it off my list. My friend, Mary, helped me with the roses and leaves. I am pleased with the results.
Now about the homeless men and the quilts. I got several responses to my questions yesterday and some great advise. As you know quilts are not inexpensive in either materials or time. Sally send me the following information:
“there is a project called Ugly Quilts. They make homeless quilts but I don’t advocate their method unless you really want to use any and all recyclable fabric objects. They are adamant the quilts should be ugly so they don’t get stolen (and possibly sold for cash at a pawn shop).
Our group in WW, made nicer quilts but out of any sturdy fabric. They liked that old polyester double knit and I took boxes and boxes of the stuff to them. They used thicker batting than what you probably quilt with but the quilts were turned and tied. They might have used the inexpensive sheets for backing. We do for our Survivor Quilts and get them at Fred Meyer when they are on sale for 3.99 for the single size, perfect for the 60 by 80 inch quilts we make. They are poly-cotton and tough but not so bad to tie through. This is a survivor top:
She was then kind enough to send me the page for the sale that Walmart is having on sleeping bags for under $10 each. So I purchased some of them to give the church. When I talked to the church secretary, she told me they have some regulars and there were some that probably would sell them to get what they wanted. So for $10.00, I think this will help them and save a lot of lovely fabric from being wasted. We do want to help, but sometimes it’s difficult to see what that help looks like.
PEACOCK pillow cover
This is a peacock that I embroidered a few years ago. I was not as happy with it as I wanted to be, so it has been languishing in a corner, waiting it’s turn. Hatched in Africa designed it and now has us finishing up old projects, so I pulled this out of the corner and it is now a pillow cover. I’m just waiting for JoAnn’s to have a sale on pillow forms so I can put it on the couch.
Quilt frame repair
I had taken apart one of the bars to insert a handle with the ratchet. After getting it apart, I discovered they sent me the wrong package. I received the correct one right before getting sick, so nothing happened. The poor machine has been in disrepair for 3 weeks. Today, I kept my promise to it and repaired it. Now it has loaded on it “Storm at Sea” and we should get that quilted this week. It is so amazing how when you put something on your calendar it has a much better chance of getting done. Without that, I believe I could have procrastinated quite a bit longer.
This was the gorgeous sunrise I enjoyed when I went out to let the animals outside.
This wonderful apron was in a squishy that came arrived in yesterday’s mail. (We do get late mail). Sally, my friend, made it and sent it as a surprise. Everyone needs a ” Sally” friend. After being down all week, it was a real ” pick me up”. And the workmanship is quality beyond fault. Thank you, Sally
Look at the pocket. It looks like a flower pot. And the words are so positive. I just love it! It is my “Special Occasion” apron. Mother worked in the kitchen, then when it was time to sit with the guests, she would change into her special apron – which for her was often one of those frilly half aprons.
More quilt blocks
It would have been so helpful if the shop owners had come up with a one size block. My various blocks were meant to be anywhere from an 8″ block to a 9″ block. At this point, I’m not real sure how that will work. For now, I’ll make the blocks and see how many of each I have.
I am feeling so much better that DH is getting a turn at feeling the bug. It’s really difficult to not try to get right back in the swing of things, but remembering that people seem to get this twice in a month, is slowing me down a bit.