Friday, January 20, 2017

For the Birds

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.
 


Kindness Matters.
Even for the birds.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

De-cluttering of a Different Kind

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.

Happy, happy today.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A New Year

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.

There it is.
Hooray for a new year and a fresh start.
Peace out and remember -
Kindness Matters!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New Year's Day

I spent the first day of 2017 making curtains.

The Chemist had decided she wanted to spend some of her bonus money on lined curtains for her windows. She has a wall of glass on the north side of her living room. A sliding glass door with 2 more stationary glass panels. The wimpy little shade was just not cutting it.

She found some gorgeous blue curtain fabric and asked if I would make it into curtains as her holiday gift. I was delighted to be able to help her. I found some aptly named "warm window" lining for them and got to work. It was intimidating to cut into that gorgeous fabric, but I knew I had to.

There is something so satisfying about that neat row of pins.

It took me most of the day, but, as we were traveling to the big city the next day to visit Mr. Wonderful's side of the family, I really wanted to have them ready to hang at her place. I brought my camera to take a snapshot of my work, complete and looking great.

But they looked absolutely dorky. They were much too short. What went wrong? Mr. Wonderful had measured the windows on an earlier visit and written those measurements down on a small card. I had taken that card and carefully added in seam allowances, headings, hems. But when it comes to curtains, there is a huge difference between 7'1" and 71". I cried. My whole day, that gorgeous fabric, and dorkiness.

It can't be helped. I've schemed about adding on, but it would look terrible. So, I've ordered more fabric and backing. I will be remaking the curtains this weekend. That is, I hope the materials will arrive before the ice does.

But all is not lost. The Geologist and his Sweetheart could use some curtains. Their apartment doesn't have floor length windows. The Chemist says the curtains, even too short, are still making a big difference.

What a way to start the year.