Thursday, January 02, 2014


adjective \kəm-ˈplēt\

: having all necessary parts : not lacking anything
: not limited in any way
: not requiring more work : entirely done or completed

Am I incomplete?  Nah, I don't think so, I have all my parts.  But actually there are certainly parts of me that are lacking attention.  Do I feel limited?  Uh, yeah.  I do.  By fear. √  By my unwillingness to make waves.√  By excuses.√  Oh dear.  Am I not in need of work?  Am I entirely done?  Not by a mile!  Am I really bad at almost finishing projects?  Oh my yes.
So.  COMPLETEEvery time I write that my fingers say COMPETE.  And that's not me.  I don't need to be first, or best, or most favoured.  I need to be true to myself, I need to pay attention to the unattended parts of my SELF and figure out what they need.  And then do it.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year!

Well, that was fun!  (and by fun, I mean I wished the family a happy new year and went to bed.)

Resolutions... no.  But plans.  Some I can and will discuss here, others not.  Or not yet.  Not sure.  I want to be healthier this year.  I'm not unhealthy, but there's always room for improvement.  I want to spend more time intentionally, not so much letting hours slip away with games on my iPad (Candy Crush I'm looking at you, here.) 

I, again this year, have no nieces or nephews turning 16, so no push for a Christmas quilt, but I want to spend more time with a needle.  Quilting, knitting, maybe embroidery.  I, ahem, was made an offer I couldn't refuse a few weeks ago.  Since I couldn't, I didn't.  And this now lives at my house.  Oh my.  It sings when you turn it on.  So do I!  That's almost a foot  of space between the needle and the touchscreen.  A FOOT!  So there will be quilting, oh my yes.

I don't do the formal resolution thing anymore, really.  For the past almost 10 years I have instead followed the wisdom of Christine Kane and chosen a word, a touchstone, a guide for BEing.  I'll share tomorrow.  It took a while to arrive, but when it did, this word settled in (mostly) comfortably.  It will require a change of habit, and a change of mindset, but I believe it points me in a direction I want need to go.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Oh dear, a week already.  Well, let's make an effort anyway.

Last Week
*Finish Craft Fair items*
Tuesday - Volunteer libary
Tuesday - VUESCG Holiday meeting and potluck.
Wednesday - Simon's glasses in?  nope Thursday - SINTERKLAAS!
Thursday - Sub EP 2pm
Friday - p/u Tori after work
Saturday - ASEP Craft Fair
Saturday pm. - return Tori to school

It was quite a week! This morning, with nothing on the calendar except a concerted effort to be gentle to myself, I slept until 8:30. I NEVER sleep that late, and it was glorious.  Threw the rest of my day off, though, because it was well after noon before I finished the paper and had to start thinking about what to have for dinner.  I should plan ahead for Sundays.

To Do this Week
Simon's glasses in?
Monday - School Concerts
Tuesday - Volunteer library
Wednesday 1/2 Day Inservice
Wednesday - Christmas shopping with Jackie & Allison?
Friday - work until 2
Friday - Collect Tori and Simon after 5

Meal Menu
Sunday - garlic chicken
Monday - Chicken fingers, fries
Tuesday - Pork loin roast, scalloped potatoes
Wednesday - Mac & Cheese
Thursday - pancakes, bacon
Friday - Pizza
Saturday - Shepherd's Pie
Sunday - dunno... sigh

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Sundays are all about List Making.

Sundays are all about lots of different things, but I do love a list.  Short and to the point this week.

To Do this Week
*Finish Craft Fair items*
Tuesday - Volunteer libary
Tuesday - VUESCG Holiday meeting and potluck.
Wednesday - Simon's glasses in?
Thursday - Sub EP 2pm
Friday - p/u Tori after work
Saturday - ASEP Craft Fair
Saturday pm. - return Tori to school

Meal Menu
Sunday - leftovers, deli sandwiches
Monday - Turkey Pot Pie
Tuesday - Stromboli
Wednesday - Chicken Parm
Thursday -  Pork Chops
Friday - Pizza
Saturday - Mac & Cheese

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Catching Up

So, s'up?  I've been busy being busy.  What do I have to show for it?  A college junior, and a freshman.  A cute boyfriend who is in (ohdeargod!) fifth grade.  A job (part time.)  House, marriage, cats, full pantry, empty wallet... same old same old.

Why did I drop off the (blog)planet?  Dunno.  It was a day, then a week, then a month... it stopped being a habit and I was disinclined to take it back up.  There were thoughts I'd have liked to get down in words, there were events I'd have liked to share, but for one reason or another it didn't happen.  HERE.  I started a written journal and then put it away when it started becoming a little more angry than I wanted it to be.  I took some pictures, read some books, cooked a whole heck of a lot of meals.  Life went on, it just didn't go on HERE.

I'm going to try again.  It'll be more sporadic, less formulaic, I think, but there's some comfort in tradition, so maybe I'll go back and pick up a few of my better ideas.  Like the Next 4.  And Sunday To Do lists and menus.  We'll see.

Friday, November 29, 2013

2 years?! And it took me a minute and a half to update? Sigh.

Hey, look who's here!  Let's see if I can remember how to do this, huh?

It's the day after Thanksgiving, and guess what I'm up to? 


Yesterday was for the thanks, today, let the giving begin.

I propose, for myself and anyone who cares to join me, that the time between now and Christmas, the frantic, crabby, gotta-get-it-done (for what?!) 4 weeks become The 30 Days of Giving. Anonymous, selfless do unto others kind of giving. Fairy work if you like. Do something nice for yourself by doing something nice for someone else.

I've been doing this now for 8 years.  It still hasn't got old, and I can't wait to do it again. The next 27 days? Stand back.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Last Week

Sew every day
Finish blocks for Raffle Quilt
Begin blocks for Sue's quilt
Layer (or schedule machine time for) Laura's quilt

Monday - Daniel cooking class
Thursday - dentist 

I'm collecting tops!  I don't mean to, and I've never done this before, but I now have 2 tops ready to quilt, and I'm starting a 3rd.  The raffle quilt is assembled, waiting for a back.   I like it!   Add it to Laura's quilt (I shared that last week?  the week before?  It's the HST one) and I'm running behind.  The next one up (started) is for my friend Sue.  It's all cut out, or as cut out as it could be - I was a wee bit short of the toile, and while I tried to track down something close enough, I've had no luck, so I ordered 1/2 yard online, and threw some wide backing fabric in the cart too.  They'll be here when they get here.

Monday's mail brought word that our (mine and Simon's) presence was requested at Homeland Security in St. Albans at 8 am Wednesday.  St. Albans is an hour+ drive with no traffic, and at that time of morning, there's traffic, so... we were on the road at 6:30 and there 15 minutes early.  Mission accomplished (fingers crossed) and Simon's good to go to Germany in April.

This week?  We'll hit the ground running and hope for the best. :o)

This Week

Dinner Menu - January 29-February 11

Sunday - Sandwiches
Monday - Beef barley soup
Tuesday - Chicken Cordon Bleu
Wednesday - sausage fusilli
Thursday - stew and biscuits
Friday - pizza
Saturday - Fish (or chicken) & chips
Sunday - Ham and Scalloped Potatoes
Monday - Potato Ham Chowder
Tuesday - Pancakes
Wednesday - Kielbasa and noodles
Thursday - Chicken and Dumplings
Friday - Pizza
Saturday - burgers

Grocery List for above:

Sew every day
finish blocks for Sue's quilt

Monday - Daniel cooking class
Tuesday - Simon Math meet
Wednesday - Daniel's play
Saturday - Blue and Gold Breakfast