Sunday, January 31, 2010

February Goals

A little change in the Feb goals. Instead of the craft room, I'm switching it to the bedroom. We need to rearrange it, and may as well clean it out at the same time. I will do the craft room in March.

From Feb 1-7, I will do the normal cleaning:
- kitchen
- living room
- entry way & stairs
- bathrooms
- dusting/vacuuming, etc.

My week is busy, I have something going every night but Wednesday and Friday, but then I'll have the weekend. Boy, does the house need it, though! I'm so glad that I put in time to do regular cleaning each month so I'd feel less split between which things to do next.

Updated list:
January - upstairs bathroom, hallway, entryway
February - upstairs bedroom
March - craft room
April - laundry room
May - garage
June - downstairs bedroom
July - downstairs closet under the stairs
August - downstairs living room
September - downstairs bathroom & area outside by furnace/hot water heater
October - office
November - kitchen
December - upstairs living room and hall closet

Guess What Day It Is?

It's the end of the month! And I have just successfully finished my first month's goal. Yay!

Here's some before & Afters:

One of the cupboards in the line of bathroom cabinets (there are 3 1/2 of them, 7 doors)

After. Now there's some room to figure out what to put in there!

The big project that I just finished with, the storage closet before:

After. We will be doing some more organization to it when we get more storage drawers. But it is completely cleaned out and gone through.
The house has lost more weight:
9# recyclables
3# garbage
20# giveaways
=32 more pounds lost!

Whew. Now to go back and do regular cleaning for the first week of Feburary. The first week is going to be busy, so we shall see what I can get done!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

2009 Reading List

So, I finally finished putting together the reading list for 2009. It came in at only 77 books. This year I was down some in reading. I'm not sure why, maybe because my commute is shorter and I don't listen to books as much anymore. But still, not too shabby a list in the end.

01. The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kid

02. Just Jane - Musser

03. Free Range Knitter - Stephanie Pearl McPhee

04. Ships of Mercy

05. A Miracle for St. Ceclia 1/25

06. Discipleship Essentials

07. Tahn - Kelly 1/31

08. Brushstroke Legacy - Snelling 2/1

09. The Last Storyteller - Noble 2/1

10. Silhoutte in Scarlet - Elizabeth Peters 2/11

11. Return to Allistair - L.A. Kelly

12. At Home in Mitford - Karon

13. A Light in the Window - Karon

14. These High, Green Hills - Karon

15. Out to Canaan - Karon

16. A Common Life - Karon

17. In This Mountain - Karon

18. Stepping Into Sunlight - Hinck

19. A New Song

20. Pocketful of Pearls - Shelley Bates

21. A is for Alibi - Sue Grafton

22. Tying the Knot - Susan Mae Warren

23. The Shop on Blossom Street - Debbie Macomber

24. Back on Blossom Street - Debbie Macomber

25. A Good Yarn - Macomber

26. No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

27. Tears of a Giraffe

28. Back to Life - Bilerbeck

29. Morality for Beautiful Girls - Alexander McCall Smith

30. Kissing Adrien - Siri Mitchell

31. Dyer Consequences

32. The Laughter of Dead Kings - Elizabeth Peters

33. The Kalahari Typing School for Men - Alexander McCall Smith

34. Be Sweet - Diann Hunt

35. The Full Cupboard of LIfe - Alexander McCall Smith (7/11)

36. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies - Alexander McCall Smith

37. Blue Shoes and Hapiness - Alexander McCall Smith

38. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive - Alexander McCall Smith

39. The Sweetgum Litterary Knitting Society

40. Miracle at Speedy Motors - Alexander McCall Smith (7/23)

41. The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell

42. A Three Dog Life

43. Reluctant Burgler - Jill Elizabeth Nelson

44. Finding Stephanie - Susan May Warren

45. A Bridge Called Hope

46. The Demass REvolution

47. Hattie Big Sky - Larson

48. Penny From Heaven

49. Knitting Yarns and Spinning Tales - Kari Cornell

50. Free Range Knitter - Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

51. A Bride in the Bargain

52. Quilter's Legacy

53. Beyond Stitch & Bitch

54. Blue Heart Blessed - Messier

55. Little House in the Big Woods

56. Little House on the Prairie

57. By the Shores of Silver Lake

58. On the Banks of Plum Creek

59. The Long Winter

60. Little Town on the Prairie

61. These Happy Golden Years

62. The First Four Years

63. Caddie Woodlawn

64. The Perfect Match - Warren

65. Simply Christmas

66. Split Ends - Billerbeck

67. A Garden in Paris - Whitson

68. Restorer's Journey

69. Knitting - Anne Bartlett

70. The Pilgrim of Hate - Peters

71. An Excellent Mystery - Peters

72. The Raven in the Foregate - Peters

73. Tightrope Walker – Gilman

74. White Stallion of Lippiza

75. Misty of Chincoteague

76. The Man Who Was Thursday

77. The Wisdom of Father Brown

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Stay Out of My Drawers

Tonight, I have completed part of my project. The bathroom cabinets and drawers have been cleaned up! I found so many fun things. Among the strange ones:

  • A bottle of bluing liquid
  • spindle of CD's
  • 5 credit card offers
  • Milk glass
  • AOL CD in a tin
Doesn't everyone need these things in their bathroom?

I got rid of:
8#'s of garbage & recyclables
9#'s of stuff for charity
= 17 pounds gone

I now I have 1 empty shelf, 1 mostly empty shelf, it is just holding some vases and frames until they find a permanent home, 1 empty drawer. So nice to have some extra room! If I can get my act together, I may start on the closet next. It's a bit intimidating.

Hoarfrost

Outside my dining room window


Outside my work

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Fare Thee Well, Wheel

I finally was able to sit down and finish spinning some fiber I had bought in September. This is the last that I will spin before I bring the wheel back to its owner. It was a fun finish and I did enjoy spinning on a wheel. I seemed to take to it quite well, after the initial lesson. Though I have other crafts that I enjoy more! I think that I will not be a spinner for now, unless I can get a wheel eventually. Spindling is a lot slower and more fidgety.

Here is my third spinning try. I will have to decide quickly if I want to ply, before I return the wheel!


The wheel at home. See hubby's great slippers I made for him a couple Christmases ago?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Getting My Feet Wet

Tonight, I started on the bathroom cupboards. There are 4 of them and 4 drawers. I got through 2 cupboards and 1 drawer. Once I got to it, the cleaning seemed easy. I ruthlessly threw away things like expired beauty products, empty boxes, I even found a plastic grocery bag! It was hard work, I tell ya. So many treasures thrown in the trash (can you hear the sarcasm?).

Now, I have a little pile of papers to take to the kitchen...to pile up until November, I think. I also have a bag of magazines that I am giving away to the local senior center - Martha Stewart, Victoria, etc.

Garbage & Recyclabes = 11#
Giveaways = 6#

House has lost a total of 17# in one night! Oh, it's on it's way now to a more svelte shape. Pretty soon I will have to buy it new clothes (oh, I did that tonight, or was that for me?), accessories and it may even get a little vain. But one step at a time, house. The bathroom has just gotten started.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Weekend Getaway

Last weekend, I went up north with some women for a sleepover...and survived. As you can see from the photo below, the chances of surviving were slim.




In order to increase my chance of surivival, I taught them a little needle felting. They almost all tried it. It was dangerous for awhile; 7 crazy women with sharp needles. But blood was only drawn once.
My newest sheepy



A bent and patchworked heart

Pumpkin (what else?)


Heart of blues. Which was spoken for even before I finished it.
All in all, we had a lovely time. Everyone came home safely, albeit maybe not sanely.

Monday, January 11, 2010

We Interupt House Cleaning For A Non-Commercial Break


Last weekend, a group of friends went up to visit Amy for a sleepover. There were 7 of us in her 3 bedroom house! We had a wonderful time. Here's one of us with an incredibly large batter of waffle mix. Notice that the punch bowl on the left is full as well! We were discussing having a waffle throwing contest.


I taught a little bit of needle felting. About everyone sat down to try! They had fun and picked it up quickly. Some of their projects were very cute, wish I had taken pics of them all, do'h.


My favorite kitty.

I think that cabin fever is contagious. I mean, why else would we travel 4 hours north, where it's colder? I'm the one behind the camera.

Friday, January 8, 2010

A little Humor

William Shakespeare

This was the noblest House Diet of them all.

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William Shakespeare

Double, double, toil and trouble
Fire burn and House Diet bubble.

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William Shakespeare

Cry 'Havoc!', and let slip the House Diet of war.

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Yarn and Shakespeare

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A yarn! A yarn! My kingdom for a yarn!

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He hath eaten me out of house and yarn.

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William Shakespeare

Thou canst not say I did it: never shake
Thy gory yarn at me.

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Yarn, yarn! Parting is such sweet sorrow
That I shall say yarn till it be morrow.

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Your heart's yarn be with you!

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This was the noblest Yarn of them all.

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All the world's a yarn
And all the men and women merely players.

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O excellent! I love yarn better than figs.

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To be, or not to be: that is the yarn.

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Branch





Branch will soon be winging his way down under. Here's a few photos to remember him by.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

1st Week Cleaning

Over the weekend, I managed to clean the stove, microwave, kitchen floor and bathroom. I didn't do the bathroom floor because I'll be working in there soon and it'll just get messed up again.

Last night I finished picking up the living room. All that is left is to dust, vacuum and clean the kitchen sick. Then, I can start on my January projects!

It feels good to have accomplished something and not have a huge deadline hovering over my head. So far, so good.

More Wool Creations


Jordan


Molly & Vanessa


Fever Monster

Anti-Godzilla Monster


Heart on a String

Teacup Pincushion


Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Year of Cleaning Dangerously; the House Diet

I am not one for New Year's resolutions. However, the start of the year is always a good time for a well planned project! I had thought of doing a 7 things a week declutter project. But the more I thought about it, the more that I realized it just wasn't "me." I would fail and lose interest a few months in. Instead, I thought about what I really wanted to do and how to go about it.

The Plan:
Go through EVERYTHING in the house and get rid of stuff, organize what's left and keep the place clean while doing it! Yes, it is possible with a bit of work and planning. And yes, I am a proud Messie! So the plans had to be tailored to meet what I am actually capable of doing.

The Details:
Each month, I have a room or areas of the house that I will go through. I will go through everything - every box, nook and cranny. I will ruthlessly get rid of stuff that is not useful or beautiful, etc. Then, will organize the areas and keep it clean for the rest of the year.

At the beginning of each month, I will do a cleaning of the areas that have been decluttered. Only after that, can I go ahead and do the areas that are assigned for that month. Which means that the house gets semi-cleaned each month and I don't go backwards in the process. It would be too easy to rotate the junk around.

I will also weigh what I am getting rid of and see how much weight my house looses! Thus, the house diet.

The rooms have already been assigned months. I have planned for the upstairs mostly in the cold months, the downstairs & garage in the warmer months. I have left the main living areas until near the end of the year. Because frankly, they get dirty a lot faster than the other places. However, on my monthly cleaning, I must include the kitchen, upstairs living and bathroom - so that we can have nice clean places all year.

Now, I am not one to keep the house decluttered and clean. So this is a bit of a challenge. But it is doable! Only once a month clean, and only one area a month. No specific day to do this or that, but a free flow of when i can get to it (in a certain time). Plus, I am allowing myself to work ahead on the next area IF I complete my monthly goal on time. I will also include before & after pictures. Although I get a nervous twitch as I type that last sentence.

Here are the monthly goals:
January - upstairs bathroom, hallway, entryway
February - craft room
March - upstairs bedroom
April - laundry room
May - garage
June - downstairs bedroom
July - downstairs closet under the stairs
August - downstairs living room
September - downstairs bathroom & area outside by furnace/hot water heater
October - office
November - kitchen
December - upstairs living room and hall closet

Watch out dust and unused stuff! Quake in fear. This is the year of cleaning dangerously!