I finally finished the second attempt at curtains for the Chemist's apartment and this is the result:
I managed to get the length correct this time. I also found some blanket edging that I thought would work for opening the curtains. The thick, insulating backing makes the curtains very stiff. One just can't pull them open.
This works nicely, I think.
Soon, the first try will be heading to university for the geologist's apartment. Hopefully, they will add some warmth (or shade as needed) and some feeling of home for him and his sweetheart.
Last weekend was the ice storm that wasn't. I am glad we only got minimal ice and more rain than was expected. Love that extra degree or two that kept the weekend from being quite so treacherous. Was not so for others on the great plains.
But ahead of the storm, our bird feeder was a busy place. The birds were preparing as well.
When I set de-cluttering as one of my resolutions for this year, I had in mind all the material, physical things that have sort of piled up. But there is a different kind of de-cluttering I just stumbled into.
We don't have a large number of time commitments. I have been reluctant to commit to very much. But there are some good things to be involved with that do require a commitment of time and schedule.
Miss Adventure has been taking dance lessons and had added in being a part of a dance company. Three times a week at the dance studio, plus performance opportunities. It was our only commitment, but it was demanding enough as it was. But she has discovered that, while she enjoys dancing, she doesn't love it enough to devote so much energy to it. In fact, just a couple of days ago she finally let me know she was finished. No more three times a week to the dance studio.
Now that doesn't mean she doesn't want to do anything. We have, instead, joined a once a week tumbling class at the Y. Month-to month commitment, no more. Once a week, no more. She feels such relief. I feel lighter. We will have weekends free to do things - IF we want to do things.
I need to remember just how good this feels. So that should other good and valuable opportunities come along, I evaluate carefully whether they are what's best for our family.
Thank goodness for the turning of the calendar and a fresh start. The goals for this year will remain basically the same, but with a few tweaks. Maybe this year I will accomplish something. :-D
Resolution Number 3 - Declutter
This year, instead of just a vague goal of decluttering some, I want a bit of a plan. So I've decided to create monthly goals.
January - Linen closets. I want to dig it all out, see what I've got, figure out what I need, get rid of excess, and fill in any holes. One good snowy day inside ought to be enough to accomplish this one.
February - pantry. I want to clear out any expired stuff, wash down shelves, and make a few improvements on organization.
March - Pots, pans, and dishes. This is a bigger task, but this is the month of spring break. My goal in tackling this is to have the things I use frequently easier to access.Then I have accumulated a lot of "still good, but I have something nicer" things. Some of these have gone with the children who have moved out, but too many remain. This year they're going.
That's the first quarter mapped out. I'll figure the rest out as I go.
Resolution Number 2 - Health
While I want to lose weight, putting a number on it last year seemed to jinx the whole thing. So I have decided to concentrate on a healthier living goal. This is going to be a little more complicated in that I want to make several smaller changes that will hopefully end up making a difference. I want to take Anna swimming at least once a week. I also want to walk 7 miles a week. I want to move even more towards organic whole foods. Not really certain what that will actually look like. Need to think on that some more. I'll figure it out.
Resolution Number 1 - Scrapbooking
So I'm not setting a certain number of years goal, but I do know what needs to happen next. This year I'm going to hook up the old computers in the basement to see if there are any pictures from the missing years. I have an old, larger sized memory card which I will get someplace to investigate this year. I will also send out a request to relatives who might have a few photos from the missing years. Perhaps I can piece together something from that time.
In addition to the hunt for the missing years, I resolve to get a particular dresser cleaned off so that I can set up my supplies on it. Trying to make the process easier to get out and put away, hoping to be able to do more short sessions.