4th Quarter has been good this year…

When I started with my new department in April, I fell off my stitching plans for the year. I had only planned for 5 finishes for the full year if everything went according to plan. Well being out of town keeps one from working on SAL’s every week. I did start working on some great travel pieces – Dragonite from Armada Designs and Tiger Lily by Mirabilia.

Just so you know, in October my doctor grounded me and I had surgery to remove a uterine tumor. It turned out to be 1/4 of my uterus so I ended up with a hysterectomy. This meant I had a full week off work and after day 3 I was feeling fine and started stitching like crazy to keep from being bored. It didn’t take long to have two finishes.

Here is Ecology Tote from Herrschners free patterns which will be donated to my daughter’s boss to auction at the annual conference of exotic animal veterinarians.

And I started and finished the ANG Florentine Heart starting with Autumn Rays Watercolors as my base to work from.

It was when I went to record these finished in my Work in Progress (WIP) spreadsheet that I realized how far I had fallen off my plans for the year. By October, I was supposed to have finished Stars for a New Millennium, Ecology and be current on all 3 of the annual SALs I had agreed to participate in. Yeah, that didn’t happen.

I’m still on March for the year of Fabulous women, in October I had only done January on my Class Schedule SAL and Into the Jungle, I did start the May block but I haven’t stitched all the frames or the borders that came with February. Since everything was off schedule, I decided to use the decision wheel to pick my weekly stitching for the rest of the year. The first week it came up with Stars for a New Millenium so I was feeling really good about that and finished Gary Cooper.

Next came Rose Fairy by Joan Elliott and I finished 2 more rows on her. Then Class Schedule came up and I knew I didn’t want a large goal because I plan to work on that as part of my 18 Wips in the Year of WIPs for 2019. The goal was the title and February Potions class. I finished those by Wednesday and spun the wheel again. It came up new start so I spun the new start wheel and landed on Blue Florentine Heart. I started and finished that.

Outside of the wheel though, I started and finished my Thanksgiving Medley that I picked up at Shepherd’s Bush when we went in August 2017 with Sego Lily chapter of EGA. I was planning to work on it during the election since it’s usually dead – big mistake we were swamped all day processing same day registrations. It was so busy we didn’t get any breaks, the Sandy Mayor saw how crowded it was and brought in pizza. I’m hoping that no one snapped a picture of me eating while working.

Here is Heart in Hand Thanksgiving Medley.

And I have a new Flosstube video up.

I usually shoot on my tablet but after having another no sound disaster, J had me use an actual camera with a microphone which meant I had to edit and all sorts of stuff. By the way, I used iMovie and the return of YouTube Studio. I did try to leave it as close to live as I could.

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Have you thought about a personal history?

I’ve been feeling like I should write more.  I used to write quite frequently (according to my archives). In an attempt to find more topics, I found a great little books of writing prompts.  Looking through them, not only may they be interesting but they could provide a way to leave a personal history for my children and grandchildren.
I know that many of my ancestors kept journals and I’m not sure what happened to them but sometimes I wish I had access to them just to know what life was like in that day.  What did they think about?  I have a few stories that I asked my grandmother and great grandmother but as I get older, the questions change and they aren’t  around to ask.

I’ve been told that one of my great grandmothers journals was mainly to do lists and grocery lists and budgets.  That still would be an interesting look at her life and a historical record.  So often we think that what the future wants to know about is the exciting things that happen but not all of life is exciting.  So much of life is what happens between adventures.

So how do you live between the adventures and with whom do you share that information?

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,000 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 17 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Life happens

Life happens and the best laid plans often go awry and plans to blog weekly turn into “Oh wow, it’s been over a month since I posted anything.” I’ve been on Facebook and the boards but just not here. One board I belong to has a weekly WIP Wednesday post. It would be easy to post that here as we’ll as there. So maybe you’ll see me more often.

Wordpress says this is my 600th post

The question is with which statistics?   Does that include everything converted over from Tblog and Blogger?

Frankly, I’m not sure the tblog stuff ever converted over, I should look into that.  I do know there are issues with some of the blogger pictures but I haven’t been motivated enough to look into it. Frankly motivation has been an issue of late.  Usually I have too many things I’m passionate about and have trouble deciding what to do.  Lately though, the only thing that interests me is hiding from the world by playing games on my iPhone.  It’s a totally unproductive activity and produces nothing.

It doesn’t add to my knowledge base, it doesn’t add to my network connections, it isn’t helping me find a new job, it doesn’t improve my chances of keeping the job I have, it doesn’t do anything to help me on achieving the goals I’m working toward, and it certainly doesn’t contribute to completing any of my hobby projects.  It’s strictly an escape.  I’ve learned one thing in life, if you need an escape, books are better places to do it than video games.  At least you come out of it with a better understanding of characters and life.  Very few of the video games I like teach life lessons.  Portal being the exception.  Maybe I’ll go do some science…

Threads in the Pensieve…

If you’re worried about pleasing people, how long will it be until you run into someone for whom pleasing them will mean giving up your values?
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According to Glamour, women hit their sexual peak at 40 and men at 18. Trouble is at 18 men don’t have a clue what they’re doing, and 40 year old women know what they want and an 18 year old doesn’t have that kind of patience.
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Hope is goal oriented. Without a dream or a goal what is there to hope for?
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Why is it that when people are thinking about dieting they suddenly become worried about my weight?