Today is the first Monday in February. How can the year be 1/12th through already?
So far, I’ve been busy! I was up early to make Bill’s breakfast and pack up his lunch (most of which is prepped the night before) and I resisted the urge to crawl back in bed, even though a little more sleep would have been very welcome. Instead I worked on Kat’s second (purple) shawl a bit more while watching the news and started a crochet/bead necklace for Fiona for Valentine’s Day. I’m not really sure where that is going or how it will turn out, totally winging it. I’ll post the results, if they are worth posting!
The bulk of the morning was spent cleaning up the weekend’s mail, logging in receipts from the weekend into my spreadsheet (not into Quicken) and catching up on email. Also I spent time planning various schedules to possibly implement February. I used to have a weekly/monthly cleaning schedule and I really want to get back to that, so I spent some time making lists of the chores that I already do and the days of the week that work best for doing them. For example, Tuesday is trash pickup day, so on Monday I usually try to gather up all the trash in the various rooms, run the vacuum cleaner in all the rooms and clean out the litter box. There’s just no sense in scheduling that on any day other than Monday! The schedule needs a lot of fine tuning, but I’m getting there.
I also spent some time this morning making notes and lists on how to better schedule my blog posts. I had a nice conversation with Missus Wookie on Friday about how she keeps up to date with her blog and I will be implementing some of her suggestions throughout the month. Stay tuned!
The rest of the week will be spent in getting Quicken caught up. I did work a good bit on it last week, so I should be able to finish it up this week. Then I’m going to try using Quicken as the primary entry method and see if I can let my spreadsheets go by the wayside by the end of 2014. It is crazy to continue duplicating efforts!
I went for my morning walk at 11:30 and Brrr! It was cold out there! We had the warmest January on record, but February is definitely feeling more like winter.
Here’s something cheerful to end the post with:
What a beautiful smile Miss Wiggles has!
My September goals are much smaller and more personal than my August goals (which I feel were probably 90% successfully attained). I am currently reading The Happiness Project at the urging of my friend Missus Wookie and I am so glad that she recommended it to me. It is definitely a book that I am going to keep and reread frequently. More importantly, it is a book that is giving me concrete ideas of small changes I can make to my life that may have a large impact. So this month’s goals are, in large part, my own small “happiness project.”
Goal One – Sing out loud every day. When I was a teenager, no day was complete without putting an LP on my stereo, cranking up the volume, and singing aloud to every song on the record. I miss that. I have music playing all day long, but I rarely sing aloud anymore, and even more rarely do I sing really, really loud! Some days I feel like I am losing memory of what my own voice sounds like. So for this month, I will be digging out some of my LPs, finding good sing-a-long stations on Pandora, and just generally getting back in touch with my singing voice. Already these first few days I notice that I am happier after even just a few minutes of singing. That’s a good thing!
Goal Two – Play more with making jewelry, both crocheted and beaded. It is just plain fun!
Goal Three – Set up an Etsy store. My daughter Kat gave me a good store name and so there is no more excuses! I don’t anticipate having hundreds of items to sell there, because I get great joy from giving away so much of what I make, but there is always some overflow that I know I could list in an Etsy store and it might help recoup some of the cost of my projects.
Goal Four – Get back into the habit of daily exercise, whether it is dancing or walking or yoga or just anything. I was sad to learn that the yoga class I participated in last winter will not be starting back up in October, as I really enjoyed the class and discovered that I really enjoy yoga in general, but not having a class is not an excuse for not doing anything on my own. I have many options available. I just have to pick something and DO IT!!!
And that is probably enough goals for one month. I really wanted to take an online photography class that Missus Wookie recommended, but I may have jury duty in Tucson later this month that could go on for two weeks. I decided that trying to do any sort of formal class while possibly spending two weeks on jury duty just would not add to my happiness!
Back in January I posted on here about a Pay It Forward 2011 Meme. The idea was to send a handmade item to the first three people that commented, and those people were to post on their blog and send to the first three that commented there. I am happy to report that I completed all my gifts and even got them shipped! Missus Wookie’s was the last to be received and she very nicely posted a picture of her scarf at Missus Wookie’s Wanderings.
I made several of those scarves and still have a few in reserve, waiting to be gifted.
My nephew’s graduation afghan is coming along beautifully, don’t you think?
I have four more squares to join on and then I can begin the border. I really do like this Blended Granny Lapghan pattern, both how it looks and how quickly it works up. In fact, I’m seriously considering making one for myself, which means I will have to go through the painful “pick a color scheme” process all over again!
The scarf pattern, Quick Feminine Scarf, can be found on page 97 of