Entries in life (343)

Saturday
Jan052019

still chipping away

I am still working on Christmas.  Pajama bottoms are still being made.  One step at a time.

I need to bake for my best friend.  She is a shortbread fan but I just told her about the bread I have been making recently.  I know that I talked about the toasted oat bread I have been making but it is now a toasted oat and rye bread.  I took the loaf the boyos like the best and amped it up for more flavor.  That loaf has recently had an egg added to it for the protein content.  I am sneaking nutrition in where I can because food is not on anyone's list of what they are currently interested in.  I think it is just too much rich food through the holidays.

I am still picking away at piles.  I hope to get another one under control today.  I crashed yesterday and I have a feeling it may have been due to the yuck I got cleaned out.  Sometimes the process is harder on my body then leaving it alone.  And that also means there is a lot of pain today.  There has been constant change for the last five weeks so I know that is part of it too.

Back to my sewing machine.  Maybe after I deal with a pile.  And possibly creating more storage.  That is life

Friday
Jan042019

all the small things

The last few days have been about all the small things that need to be done.  Small things that end up taking time and energy.  More then are expected in the major scheme of things.

I am loving the bed.  But, the sheets would not stay on it.  I would wake up every morning to having them untucked.  I had polyurethaned the top to protect the wood and the mattress but it meant the sheets and mattress pad just wanted to slide right off.  So this morning I used some spray adhesive to glue felt to it.  I am going to see if that does the trick.  

The plumbers were here on New Years Day.  Things that needed fixing were fixed wonderfully.  I filled the bread bowl with water to clean it and it is the first time in over twenty years that I did not have to tilt it because of the wonderful new faucet.  But I realized I need to clean out under the sink.  So I did.  Three trash bags later of stuff and used cleaning supplies and it is done. 

The cabinet under the sink looks wonderful!  But it does make me realize that I truly need to change the counter.  But I have known that for over fifteen years.  My first thought was "I can do that!" and I know I can.  It will just be will I chose too.

I have started in on the piles that are left from moving the Tall Short Person and Koda Bear into the house.  It really took this long just because of not being able to reach it.  But I have a complete pile gone.  I still work on storage and as I do, I am going through things.  The donation and sell piles are going to grow. I just have that feeling.

Now, my hands just need to feel rested and creating will start again.  And energy.  Energy for creating because right now it has been focused on organizing and cleaning.  Which are not bad things.  It does help the creating in the end.  I just have withdrawals!  And the pictures are pretty boring!

Wednesday
Jan022019

the season

It has been a very odd season this year.  Usually, I am very traditional when it comes Christmas.  Part of that is my Mom and my Grandmother.  Christmas had things we always did.  As I have gotten older and moved away, I made a lot of my own.  Cookies for everyone.  Lights.

This season has been about bringing family back home.  But it does mean that I have been doing lots of cleaning and organizing.  Not a lot of my normal traditions.  All the cookies got done and the boxes sent out. But the rest of everything, not really.  

I did find time for friends.  And more cookies!  Friends are very important.  There has not been a lot of time for creativity.  My hands have been pretty done so it has been time for simple things.  Bread is rising.  Pasta is resting.  Family is home.  Just one small step at a time.

I just need some sleep!  Still losing that competition.  

Saturday
Dec082018

creating energy

I am no longer used to sitting in an office for six hours a day.  Or looking at a computer for even close to that amount of time.  I am used to being much more creative then that all the time now.

Yesterday, instead of touching a computer, I played with my crochet hook.  I balled yarn.  I created granny squares for the afghan I making.  Maybe it will be here in time for Ziggy Monster to be born.  He could use it then.  Okay, we can share.

I played with bread recipes yesterday.  I like the boyos favorite bread but I just wanted more depth.  They also thought they were going to starve so sourdough was started without me.  It was hilarious!  Bread was made and it was lovely.  I am going to document that recipe.

I have been living on bean soup this week.  It travels well in one of my thermal containers.  More beans needed to be started.  Not eating lunch out is a win!  Really breakfast too.

The pajamas are starting to be made.  I am also working on some different styles of quilts.  And I keep thinking I need to work on more bags.  It has everything to do with just feeling the need  for more creative time.  

When I left the corporate world, I never stopped.  Now, I am just trying to add that in on top of everything else.  I know it means the creating will need to slow down just a bit because there only so many hours in the day.  But this is supposed to be a short contract and I am going to take it as such.  A fund for books, fabric, and yarn.  If it becomes more then that, I wil need to rethink the situation.

Wednesday
Nov282018

and the celebrations are done

I am back.  I got back from family celebrations yesterday afternoon, coached last night, and started back in an office job for a few months today.  I am a little bit tired!  It will be a lot of trying to do everything I wish in a different structure.  Maybe I just slow things down a bit.  Maybe not!  But sleep is a necessity.

The celebrations went off pretty well.  We celebrated my Dad's birthday about six week early because there was more people around.  I made him a chocolate angel food cake with seven minute frosting drizzled with dark chocolate.  There was not a bite left after the party.  There was two halves of two sheet cakes left.  He said it was right.

I also made him a sour cream raisin pie.  I have nailed it.  Almost. I need to play with the baking temperature just a bit.  It is funny.  This pie seems to appeal to more men then women which I do not understand.  It is good.

Thanksgiving was a small celebration for my Mom.  18.  I admit to being more then a bit overwhelmed at the table.  It was just too much.  I had a small plate of food and got up early to start doing dishes.  I got a majority of them done.  Then I was handed a margarita.  Life was good.  

My schedule in this space is going to be a bit up in the air for awhile.  I just have to figure things out.  But that is okay.  I will.

I hope everyone's celebrations who had them were lovely.  For those who did not, just good life is wished.