Friday, January 20, 2017

Getting My Thoughts Together

We had a warm day yesterday with a high of 7.2C or 45F. The sun shone and it looked very nice outside. We have a few days of cloudy weather now but the temperatures will be warm.

Lifestyle

The house has been quiet. Our friends who are doing the renovations are ill with colds and the flu (like me). One was back to paint and get the plastic down on the living room floor. The son stopped in with mom on Wednesday and they looked around.  
The Spousal Unit has been removing the hardwood floor where the kitchen tile will go and he got it done. Adam has to do the last board prior to them taking up the subfloor on the other part of the kitchen.  We cleaned up the living room, I washed the floors and we laid plastic in preparation for work to begin in there. I did snap about the mess on Tuesday but it didn't help at all; I continued to feel stressed. I know it happens but I hate the mess.
On an upbeat note, the kitchen cabinet doors we need are done and will be ready to pick up on Monday. That is wonderful.

Sewing

I worked on the quilt block for an hour and finished the trees and the Great Lake/St. Lawrence River. I just need to do the lighthouse. I didn't add the parliament buildings which are in Ontario as there is a block dedicated to that building.
With Stitcher's Guild down, I have been looking at some of the topics on Pattern Review. I will be joining in some of their discussions and will probably continue after Stitcher's Guild comes back online.
As of yesterday, my sewing room became the tool shop for the renovations. There is enough room for me to get in to
  • put some fabric away
  • attend to the Wi-Fi if it goes down.
I looked at the sewing stuff in the basement and thought about ditching it all into a box and sending it to the thrift shop. That lasted one whole day. It felt good but not good enough to follow through. But, it has made me realize that I need to have less than what I do have. What I keep has to be well organized and sewn up with very few purchases made during the year. I am fine with that.
The other thing I would like to do is keep track of what I am making/going to make and what I need to purchase in a book. I would like to see if it keeps me on track. I can't say I won't buy anything as I do know I need craft weight interfacing for reusable shopping bags, thread, buttons, and trim. What I want to do is write a list of what I need, how much, and buy only that. I will keep you posted.

Knitting

I haven't done any since I took the second sock of the needles. I am missing my table light so I can see the stitches. Or maybe I have been sick enough, I just can't knit at night. That could be the problem also.

Today

I am off work. I see the dietician and do the things as I start 5 days tomorrow.
Until the next time...................................

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Wardrobe Thoughts

Yesterday was a bit but still cold. This morning is warmer again with it being -12C or 10F at 6 a.m. this morning. It is suppose to be warmer to day with a chance of flurries.

Lifestyle

I got the notion's order done and then we set about cleaning up areas of the store. It is looking good and I know we will be doing more clean up.
I coughed a lot yesterday and last night I felt like a slug. I sat on the couch with the hot water bottle against by back and a blanket over me. I am feeling a bit better this morning but my voice is raspy.

Sewing

I gathered up the left over fabric from the quilt block and have it ready to go to the store for others to use. I am happy to have it leave the house. Less to store even it if isn't a lot. I am working on having less in my stash.
Myrna wrote the following:
In Anuschka Rees' book - The Curated Closet - she talks about minimalism as a style and says it's all about that little bit of extra intention and making conscious choices. It's about being thoughtful and selective and figuring out what's right for you and your life specifically instead of blindly following trends or the advice of others. Minimalism is not a numbers game. The goal is not to build a wardrobe that is as small as possible but one that is as functional and personalized as possible.
I read those words several times and realize that what we want in our lives is going to be right for us. We love our house to have exactly what we want in it and we are not following trends or the advice of others. It is true for what I want in my wardrobe.
I have been thinking of my wardrobe and here is what I have come up with.
  • I like my clothes to have clean lines. I do not like dramatic or creative clothing. I feel uncomfortable in them. I like clothes that are casual and have simple lines.
  •  I like natural fabrics and tend to migrate to them. Of the synthetic fabrics, I will look at Ponte and a few others that breathe.
  • My favourite neutral colours are black and navy (denim is included). My other colours include fuchsia, hot pink, blues, blue reds and purples. I will wear pale pink, blue, and, on occasion, pale green.
  •  I wear a lot of plain vs. print fabrics. I will wear plaids and a few prints if they catch my eye.
  • I love having my clothes work together: jeans, vests, tops, and pants that I can mix and match. With that, I feel I can have 11 to 15 pieces that will make a wonderful wardrobe.
I will be sorting through my patterns again to pull out what I want for my wardrobe. They will be organized so I can sew them up as I loose weight. Using light therapy has helped so much that I can think of things again.
Today
I work and will probably rest when I get home. I want to get over this cold ASAP.
Until the next time.............................

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Rearing Its Ugly Head

It is a full 4C or 8F warmer this morning. It is -18C or 0F with a wind chill of -26C. Monday is suppose to be -1C or 31F. We will snoopy dance when it arrive.

Lifestyle

My cold decided to rear its ugly head up in my chest this morning. Not what I wanted! I am cold and want to have hot drinks. My eyes are running, I'm coughing, and I feel like yuck.
The guys didn't show up for work today so I expect they are both having a recovery day. Being sick sucks.
The Spousal Unit had his IV immune booster therapy and got to look out a window for 4 hours. Though boring, it is helping him a lot.

Sewing

Grandson is getting pyjamas for his birthday and I bought the flannel before January 1. I found a lovely grey knit fabric and a pattern for the top yesterday. Now to make them. I have ideas running through my head about setting up a spare kitchen table in the suite's kitchen and using it as a cutting table.


Reviewing my goal for the next bit:
  • Cut out the second pair of doll jeans
  • Work on my quilt block for the store
  • Trace a coat pattern to cut out my February sewing  project/challenge to be hung in the store in mid March
  • Sort through the cottons and put together like projects for sewing
  • Work on the lobster fabric items. I may focus on cutting out all the pieces and sew them up rather than do one item at a time.
  • Trace and cut out Grandson's pyjamas.
One project done, one project added.

Knitting

Nothing done in that department as I felt tired due to the cold. I read a book instead.

Today

I work and hope to finish the notion's order. I will rest tonight in hopes that my cold gets better.
Until the next time..................................

Friday, January 13, 2017

Feeling Calmer

It is a tad warmer this morning at -22C or -8F. They say it snowing lightly and will start to warm up today. By Monday it is suppose to be near freezing. We will all say about time and then complain about the ice and wet roads.

Lifestyle

One friend arrived to paint yesterday. He has all the doors in the bedroom part of the house done and will be ready to start in the front entry and living areas. The son was home sick with the cold/flu. He will be back on Monday.
Day 2 of using the light showed an improvement in my mood. I was more focused and didn't sleep at all in the evening. I will be using it all the time now that I have it in operation again.
With feeling better, I was able to focus, once again, on my eating habits. I have cut out snacks and have been loosing fluid but I will take the 6 pounds that have disappeared from my body. I am working on getting back to where I was before SAD and stress set in. I am finding that getting my SAD under control I am feeling less stressed about the renovations. Still hate the mess but I am not annealing over it. Focusing more on how to decorate so the house is can be cleaned easily and feel calm.

Sewing

Nothing got done yesterday thought I did buy the iron on vinyl for the last lobster bib. I also got some extra for the dolls to have rain coats and to make a gift for Daughter-in-Law for next Christmas. I can use up some quilting cotton that is in a neutral shade and do some embroidery on it.

Knitting

The second sock is going to be the death of me. The stitches are not forming properly and I think is it me or the yarn. I really am not sure but will keep on working on it hoping to improve my technique using an acrylic yarn.

Today

I work the early shift and have to take the Spousal Unit up to the hospital for his monthly IV immune booster. I am home early but am not sure what I will do other than knit.
Until the next time.........................

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A Very Cold Day

It is cold again this morning. The coolest was at 4 a.m. and the weather website said -23.8C which is the same as yesterday. Tonight is suppose to be cold again and then they say it is suppose to warm up.

Lifestyle

We got the shopping done and were home in good time. We didn't go out again so I have to gas up the car on the way to work this morning. Stupid of me to do that.
I did laundry and remained in the basement. I tried to stay out of the guys' way coming up when called. It made for less stress for me. The first call came when the counter top was put on.
We did play for a few minutes before I headed back down to the basement.
We looked at the backsplash which is going to be nice but kind of disappeared into the green wall.
While we were looking at something on the table, Elliott decided to give his opinion.
I then headed back to the basement, came up for a few minutes about the sink, and then emerged mid afternoon craving sunshine. I got to see this.
Though the dishwasher isn't hooked up, I was so excited that I did dishes in the new sink twice and wiped the cupboards as the Spousal Unit put on the new handles.
I took a look down our hallway with the trim all painted and I love what I see.
It feels so calm to me that I stared at it for quite a while. Only a half circle table with a couple of items on it will reside at the end of the hall.

Sewing

While in the basement waiting for laundry, I did a few things in the sewing area. I got all the lobster bibs but one covered with vinyl.
I was short 4" so that piece will make a raincoat and hat for the dolls. I will get another piece today for the last piece of fabric. The bibs that are done reside on the back part of the clothes rack.
Then I decided to work on the quilt block and got part of it done.


I will be working on it for the next few days off to get it done. Three trees need to be stitched, around the lake, the water and lighthouse done and then Ontario emboidered on. Then I will decide if I need to add something else. It has to be done by the end of January.

Knitting

I got 10 rows knit on the second sock. I will be working on it in the evenings. I want them done by month's end so I can send them with Grandson's birthday gift.

Today

 I work the early shift so am getting up and getting ready. I will be doing a notions order which means cleaning up and stocking before I order. I will keep busy.
Until the next time...........................

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Organization Begun

It is cold this morning, the coldest so far this winter. -24C or -11F. It is a long underwear kind of day. And hot soup will be nice. The weather person said it was to be cold before it warmed up but they didn't forecast it to be this cold.

Lifestyle

Yesterday was a stressful day. Our friend arrived to paint and his son arrived later on. Too many people in the house working and talking so I retreated to the basement.
Our bedroom doors are painted and the guest room has been started. The white doors look amazing. They finish the rooms. We did talk about painting the small boxed area above the windows grey so the crown moulding will pop like in the rest of the room.
The son did some plug-ins and heat duct work in the kitchen layout. The kitchen may be usable today even if there are no cupboard doors on the new units. Who cares how it looks. I just want to use the sink and dishwasher.
The Spousal Unit shovelled snow yesterday morning. It was cold with the wind. He came in twice to warm up.
We talked to Daughter-in-Law and Grandson after lunch. Son flew out to Portugal for work and it snowed shortly after he left. She has been snow blowing and keeping the wood fires burning (literally). They have more snow than we do.
I worked on organizing the guest room items. It went really well with little being discarded. I also got the bedding for Grandson's bed put away. I am glad that is done and out of the way.

Sewing

My big job was to find my therapy light in the sewing jungle. When I started to organize the quilting cottons, I found it under a pile of fabric destined for grocery bags.
I charged it and used it this morning. YES!!
I gathered up all the quilting cottons and folded them up. They were sorted into piles and then put into the sewing room closet.
I have a lot of Christmas fabric but I do have plans for it all which will include pillow cases for the beds for Christmas.  
After that job was done and I was satisfied, I started on a quilt block. A group of co-workers and I are doing a quilt for Canada's 150th birthday. My block is to represent Ontario.
I am using embroidery thread to outline and do some fill work on the block. The green and cream to the right will be used to embroider Ontario onto the block. Next is to fuse everything down onto the background.

Knitting

I cast on the second sock three times and then knit 5 rows of ribbing. It is started so I can work on it daily.

Today

We have to go shopping for a few things for the house and groceries. I have laundry to do and want to work on the quilt block. I go back to work tomorrow.
Until the next time..........................

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Some New Counter Tops

We have had our fair share of snow the past few days. There was about 4" fall in the first go round and a small amount yesterday that seem to go somewhere else with the wind. It piled up on vehicles. Today we are suppose to see the sunshine. Yes!! And colder weather. No!!

Lifestyle

I have been working for the past 4 days and have been busy. I did two orders and faxed off 4 from the notions department. I am now doing the iPad order. The store is clean and tidy as it has been slow with all the ugly weather we had for the past two days. Everyone has been staying at home and I don't blame them.
The house renovations are slow due to illness. But, the two small counter tops are installed. The long one is here waiting for its turn to be installed.
Taking out the black counter top and installing a light one brightened up the kitchen. I was amazed at the transformation. Once the job was done, Adam left as he wasn't feeling well. He won't be here today but his dad will be to paint or prep for paint. There are three closets and the front entry to do before the living room and kitchen can be tackled.

Sewing

I looked at my sewing stuff, shuttered and walked away. I won't be tackling it today unless I get the guest room stuff sorted quicker than I think. If I do, it will be the cottons that I will focus my mind on.
My goal for the next bit is to:
  • Cut out the second pair of doll jeans
  • Work on my quilt block for the store
  • Trace a coat pattern to cut out my February sewing  project/challenge to be hung in the store in mid March
  • Sort through the cottons and put together like projects for sewing
  • Work on the lobster fabric items. I may focus on cutting out all the pieces and sew them up rather than do one item at a time
The best laid plans can go down the tube in a hurry in our house.

Knitting

I have spent my evening reading and napping. I do want to set up the second sock today so I can knit on it in the evening. I have been horrible about falling asleep in the evenings but the gloomy grey days have done it to me.

Today

I am home and need to work in the basement. I have to find my therapy lamp and charge it up and then move on to sorting through the guest room items and get rid of what we don't need. It is time to let go of more stuff.
Until the next time...........................