Thursday, August 28, 2014

August Update


Just yesterday, I posted my July update - or so it seems.  Time for the 41 by 41 update.

#4 - almost there, it's at the quilters.  After that, binding and voila!
#10 - Done, about 2 weekends ago.  I could've walked faster, next time I may take into "high" gear.
#21 - This one is a little tricky.  I took the cardi out and noticed a big hole in the center back.  The fronts which were on the needles, had a mistake in the cables at the very bottom.  It basically all has to be taken apart.  I've decided to knit a different cable cardi and started it last week.
#31 - Basically done, just have to order it off Shutterfly
#36 - still working on draft 2
#37 - booked for Feb 14th.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

July Update

Cruise Night at the Drive-in with my brother and nephew

Ah, July.  The height of summer and activities.  Of hot temps, ice cream cones, boat rides and car shows.  Goal making?  Not so much.  July was pretty much a fail for me.  Here's how it went down, or didn't.

#1 - Find space for prayer.
This came up unexpectedly as a lot of spiritual things do.  God knows I like surprises.  I had imagined that after I repainted my craft room, I'd find a cozy chair and stick it in the corner for a prayer corner.  But in the interim, my prayer spot has become the right side of our couch, with a handy knitting project that I take out mostly to knit on when I pray.  It's not as ideal or perfect, but one can't always wait for those things.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Geek + History = Bliss


First off, a little background.  I'm the youngest of 3 adopted daughters and two "natural" born sons.  And of the five, I'm the only one currently interested in genealogy.  Add to that the irony that I'm obviously adopted, being the only one not caucasian.  I've worked with the family photos off and on and in my dad's last year, we went through as many photos as possible.  He was happy to pass it all on to me and trusted that I'd take care of the family history.  He wasn't surprised at all that I was the one interested.  First of all, I love museums and history and second, he said that since I was last, of course I'd want to know what happened before me.

I picked up the genealogy research again (before only going as far as the easy ancestry.com searches allowed), this time I went through every documentation as much as I could, making notes and citiing sources like a good English Major.

My dad's side can be traced back to the mid 1400's in England.  My mom's side, just to Great Grandparents and one set is missing.  So as I was studying the census records, I came across a name I hadn't noticed before.  She was listed below the family with a different last name and I almost missed it.  But there she was, as "mother-in-law."  Voila, I had discovered "my" 2nd Great Grandmother.

With a little more research, I found her husband's name and their children.  I was so happy to have stumbled on that tiny bit of info, that launched me back another generation.  It was like I had discovered hidden treasure.

I've been emailing with a distant cousin who was able to send me a photo of these grandparents.  And I've recently sent her a thumb drive full of my photos.  We're both pretty ecstatic and phrases like the "mother lode" and "new discoveries' have popped up.

This is all a bit exciting but also funny and ironic.  And I can't wait to make more "new" discoveries of these people that I've adopted as my own.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Jazzing June


Three months completed and 12 of the 41 by 41 are checked off the list.  That's an average of 4 per month.  With 9 months to go, there are 29 things left.  I'll need to average 3.22222222222 items per month to complete them all.  Which I think is pretty doable if I try to go for 4 per month.  Some of the items take a bit more time and effort such as #4, #13, #18, #21, #24, #26, etc.  And some are fairly easy so I'll save them for when I need them.


I've considered changing a few of these as I don't know if I still want to do them.  Would that be cheating?  And if so, who am I cheating?  But for now, all items stay as they are.  Here's what I did this last month.

Monday, May 26, 2014

May 41 by 41 Update


These last couple of weeks have been great for my 41 by 41 list.  A few deadlines, some nice weather, and voila!

#2 - Finish Taxes.  DONE!  This was the first year I got to report my writing "earnings" on taxes.

#3 - Make A&B something.  Wedding gifts are done and ready to go.  Pic later in case she's following this blog.

#15 - Rock a part of the yard.  The part I had intended for rocks we decided to add wood chips instead.  So it works for me to cross that off the list.

#20 - Put flowers on parents grave.  Went yesterday and put some orange roses in the vase.  Lots of memories going to my home town again.

#30 - Done and printed by Shutterfly for free, of course.

#35 - Buy something sexy.  Yep, out goes the old t-shirt night shirts.  Time to reclaim some fun.



In progress:

#4 - all squares are done, just assembly, quilting and binding left.
#12 - started to declutter craft room, yikes.
#13 - bedroom and hall closet done.
#18 - a few more inches worked, may have to put it aside until cooler weather
#28 - almost there, just need some test knitters and gauge measurement

So now the list looks like this:

41 before 41

1)  Find space for prayer
2) Finish 2013 taxes
3) Make A and B something
4) Complete J’s quilt
5) Respond to C
6) Plate wall
7)  See a sunrise
8) Do an extreme couponing trip
9)  Drive the boat
10)  Drive the tractor
11)  Get a new look
12)  Get rid of past crafts
13)  Declutter house for move
14)  Clean drain
15)  Rock a part of the yard
16) Keep a manicure for 2 weeks
17)  Ride bike to farmer’s market
18)  Finish linen stitch blanket
19)  Set up accounts for online banking
20)  Put flowers on parents grave
21)  Knit cable cardi
22)  Take the train
23)  Write an article
24)  Share my faith
25) Buy myself flowers
26)  Paint craft room
27)  Explore international genealogy
28)  Design a knitting pattern
29)  Give A her book
30)  England part 2 book
31)  India year 2 book
32)  Eat Korean food
33) Organize family photos
34)  Try on a size 16
35)  Buy something sexy
36)  Publish women in India book
37)  Go to a play
38)  Take a Class
39)  Write a poem
40)  Cook something gourmet
41)  Schedule that photo shoot

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Almosts


I've only finished one this so far for this month for the 41 by 41.  Yeah, there's still a few weeks to go but I didn't get all 4 last month either.  But, I have a few "almosts" and "works in progresses."

#2 - almost there, just a few things to verify.
#3 - had a minor difficulty.  Changing patterns and ripping back.
#4 - piecing is just about there.
#9 - I rode in it, does that count?  Didn't think so.
#17 - we pumped up the tires and inspected it, but then it rained for a week.  Bleh.
#18 - picked it up again, would like to enter it in the fairs.
#28 - written out, just need a few pics and some test knitters.
#40 - I'm thinking, poached salmon with hollandaise sauce, roasted baby red tomatoes with rosemary, green beans with almonds, baked rolls and some white whine/wine.

Monday, April 28, 2014

April Update - 11 Months To Go


About a month ago, I posted my 41 by 41 list.  Each month I'll update on how I'm doing with that list.  One thing that I've noticed is that I think about the things on the list and am surprised at how easy it is to cross things off.  The act of making the list and putting it out there is motivating me to complete each item.  A couple of times I found myself starting and/or completing a project and then realizing, "hey, that's on my list!"  So something is happening.  It also helps that I put realistic things on it that are a little challenging but not insurmountable.  So here's what I've accomplished so far.