Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012
What could be accomplished in an hour a week? Fifteen minutes a day?
I find tasks that I mentally categorize as a chore feel like they take twice as long as tasks Ienjoy doing. Nothing new there, I discovered this as a child. But, there are times my child inside gets frustrated and overwhelmed with all the "have to do" things on the list made by the adult me. See above picture for a visual.
I get the chores done on a consistent basis by carving specific blocks of time. Dedicated time with minimal distractions. I try to not have the phone with me. I try to pick times that are quiet in my world. Like weekend mornings. Or before work, or when people aren't home.
This list is to remind myself that it can be done. One step at a time. One small increment of time to invest and a positive attitude. Yep, then they are done, those rotten chores. Then I can focus on pleasant tasks.
What have I accomplished in a hour this week?
cleaning house in several one hour increments
weeding the flower beds
exercise in several one hour increments
pinned a quilt on the frame with my Mom helping me
quilt on said quilt
sewed a quilt top together in several one hour increments
Oh, I almost forgot, I rest in one hour increments too.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
I am grateful for the yard I have, the flowers that will bloom, the running water and other creature comforts I take for granted, the fabric I have in my stash, nd the food I have to eat. Just to name a few things.
I am blessed with so much. I have many rich relationships. Resources that are, really, more than enough for a very comfortable life compared to so many in this world.
Simply stated, in my quest for excellence, I lose sight of the simple, small stuff. I lose sight of having a "attitude of gratitude. "
In my quest for a well manicured yard and landscape, I forget to be thankful that I have a yard to maintain, a lawn to mow, dandelions to eradicate and weeds to pull. My flower bed never reaches perfection of the BHG picture I have in my head. I am learning to be OK with that. Same with the closets and filing....
In my quest for perfection, I sometimes lose sight of all aspects of creating a quilt. The joy that I can make one. I have the resources at my fingertips and the physical ability to do some of the more strenuous part of quilting both physically and mentally. I have a family that tolerates my obsession with cutting up fabric only to sew it back together again.
The Civil War Diary quilt is together. It took me a couple of years. It isn't perfect but it is a good thing to have done.
I am truly thankful for everything, even when I find myself whining a bit along the way.
Any ideas on the dandelions, by the way? I think I am surrendering....
Monday, May 14, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
And one day closer to the weekend. We are going to travel to a birthday party for a cousin in my husbands family. We can get to a Trader Joes and Whole foods market. We are looking for chickpea flour and granola. I love to grocery shop there. It is a time to see what is new in the world when we go to the D city.
I am really trying to get some new clothes. I need some new makeup and a hair cut. I feel a update in my style coming up! I usually stick with neutral clothes and makeup but maybe I need to get more color. This is the time of year to change it up. I feel a mini makeover coming on. I haven't worn a skirt in years. Maybe I should get some shoes and try it. Saw the following on interest and I think I could wear this.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Chicken, red peppers, onions, cherry tomatos. Grilled, too.
My husbands culinary skills at their finest, yummy!
I am trying to stay focused on being healthy. I am exercising regularly but I am trying to eat better. And lose weight. And lower my cholesterol. And feel better. And... well the list goes on!