Monday, June 28, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
At the very last minute today, I decided to go up to Dunn and hit some thrift stores that I had never been to before. First stop, Beacon Thrift Store. I was immedietely drawn to a large shelf full of sewing patterns. One look and I spotted this:
an old vintage-style Simplicity skirt pattern. Circa 1960's? Not sure of the pattern's date but I LOVE it! I want to try!! It reminded me of a Louis Vuitton line from Fashion Week that I just about went crazy over when I saw it in Elle magazine.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The solution? I don't think there is a solution, but a plan of action would be a good start. I've divided my list into three categories:
1. Pressing Projects
2. Pastime Projects
3. Permanent Projects
One thing I've learned about myself through the years is that I am a "lists" person. I think I get that from my Mom. : ) I'm the type of person that writes something on a list after I've done it just so that I can cross it off. My house is full of lists for everything! As crazy as it may sound, it really does help me stay organized. Now everyone is different, but the above three categories might just help you narrow down what you would like to accomplish in the time you have.
#1 PRESSING PROJECTS: Just as it sound, these projects are urgent. Maybe not as urgent as cleaning up the glass of milk you just spilled on the carpet, but they are projects that you definitely want to get done SOON. In my Pressing Projects category was planting our two baby pine trees in the back yard. They were planted in large planters but kept getting blown over during storms. They would have died if I hadn't transplanted them (they still might but, I tried to give them a starting chance!). This was a project that I wouldn't normally have on my cleaning or to-do lists so I needed this to be in the Pressing Projects list.
#2 PASTIME PROJECTS: The word Pastime is used because this category should be filled with things you LOVE to do. It should consist of all those hobby-type projects you never seem to have time to do but wish you did. Right now, on the top of my Pastime Projects is to sew our living room curtains. I've already bought the material (which I got 50% off at JoAnns) and only need to find an accent material, then I'll hit the sewing machine. Now I understand that if you have a husband and children, it may be difficult to find time to work on projects like this, but you'd be surprised how much you can get done by scheduling it into your weekly routine. Even just a few mintues a day. You may only get one project done for the whole summer, but, hey, you got ONE project done and hopefully had fun doing it.
#3 PERMANENT PROJECTS: Once again, like it sounds, this category would consist of those projects you would like to work on over the long run. Maybe you want to learn another language, write a children's book or learn an instrument. Those projects definitely need to go on this list. At the top of my list is drawing. I love to draw, but I have a lot I still need to learn. My husband has bought me several sketching tutorial books that I've been working through, and I need to practice, practice, practice. Obviously, this isn't something I'm going to do and then check off my list. I will be working on this PERMANENTLY.
After you've identified your categories, you can get to work on scheduling them into your routine. The Pressing Projects need to go first, but the other two categories or interchangeable as far as importance is concerned. My advice would be to allot a certain amount of time per week to work on a project and then just pick a category.
If you don't have any real interests or hobbies yet, adopt one! There are so many interesting things to do. You could set a goal like reading 10 classics or learning the spelling and definition of 30 new words. The opportunities are endless, but find something you enjoy. I've also discovered that sometimes my mind gets carried away and I THINK I'm going to be really interested in something when it turns out I'm not. Don't be ashamed to cross that off your list. You don't want to do something just for the sake of doing it. You'll get bored and frustrated.
So what do Post-It's have to do with all of this. Nothing except to encourage you to "POST-IT"! Post everything you want to accomplish. If you right it down, it's always before you reminding you to get it done. By the way, post-its ARE very handy in this instance. I have this great feature on our computer called "sticky notes". I have four sticky-notes on my computer right now, each one containing a list!
PS: I'll let you know at the end of my summer how my list are looking. : )
Friday, June 18, 2010
"This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24
As I sat on my couch this week, trying to force-feed myself teaspoon sized sips of grape flavored pedialyte, while each tiny gulp felt like little, nasty, razorblade-fingered elves were rock climbing down my throat, I was a far cry from, "This is the day the Lord has made, I think I'll rejoice!" Instead, I felt VERY sorry for myself, complained a good bit and wanted a cheeseburger. If I had stopped to realize that this really WAS a day that the Lord had made, just maybe I would have discovered, or rather been reminded, of some things.
I might have first remembered that there are many in this world who live day to day with pain, poor health, or who are uncomfortable is some way. Who am I to complain about three days with a soar throat?
Psalm 118:29 "O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever." If I had thought of this, I might have also thought to stop and pray for those I knew who are sick or have loved ones who are ill.
If I had canceled my pity party, I just maybe would have been reminded of the other 360ish days throughout the past year that I've been in PERFECT health! What about those days? I very much took them for granted. Thank you, Lord, for all of those healthy days!! Psalm 34:1 "I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth." I'll say one thing, the day my throat began to feel better, I felt like a new woman. I wanted to go do things, and finish projects, and drive downtown, and.....I was all smiles. Yet, how many days (healthy days) have I sat around the house in a stupor just waiting to be inspired to get something done? Shame on me!
Did I pray for the Lord to make me well?....You better believe it!! I was praying that prayer about a dozen times an hour. "Lord, just please, please heal me!!" It should have been at those moments when I remembered how LITTLE I prayed for good health when I was welll. Pray for rain even when it's raining. Philippians 4:6 "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
And lastly, If I would have stopped to think between cups of applesauce, I would and SHOULD have remembered Jesus Christ. He had no home on this earth, He had no country, He had no family. My sore throat now seems.....hmmm....like a lame excuse to complain. Matthew 8:20 "And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath no where to lay his head." 2 Corinthians 8:9 "For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich."
Among the many other things that should have probably crossed my mind during this interesting week, these last four thoughts DID NOT cross it. But as a result, I've learned some valuable lessons. Let's rejoice!