Time to Start a Scrap Project
After a multitude of projects this winter, the yarn is virtually falling out of my closet! I’ve decided to begin a scrap afghan even though I don’t really like making afghans. They take so long! There are a multitude of free patterns out there but I really like the ones that have the off-setting black stripes. I’m sure I’ll have to purchase more black but I’ll try to use the other colors as much as possible.
Weight Loss Project
I see from the blogs to which I subscribe that I am not the only one who has this project as a WIP. I started about 3 weeks ago and to date have lost only a little over 5 pounds. One thing that is really helping me, though,is a little app called “Lose it”.
This app lets you set goals, log in your daily food intake, include exercise, and keep track of your weight loss. It’s amazing what a positive effect this routine has had on my willpower! I downloaded Lose it to my nook tablet which makes it easy to log your meals no matter where you are. It’s also available for i-phones.
New Years Resolution Project
How are those New Years resolutions going for you? I only had a few items this year since I know from past experience that I usually forget about them after a couple of months. Why don’t we ever bring up the topic of New Years Resolutions in November? At least that way, we’d have an incentive to recap and determine whether we still wanted to accomplish some of them before the year runs out! My items this year are:
1. Learn how to make pdf files so I could offer my free patterns in pdf format
2. Learn how to knit
3. Start a stretching and meditation program
4. Paint and reconfigure my laundry area
I’m proud to say that I’ve accomplished #1! With Paul’s help, I was able to download a pdf “file maker” and all I have to do is drag and drop my doc file into the icon when I’ve finished writing my pattern. Getting it to actually appear on the blog was not as easy but I finally figured it out.
I’ve also learned how to knit! Thanks to Kim Guzman, who offered a class on Crochetville, I learned to knit from a crocheter’s perspective. I’m still not very good and need to practice quite a bit before I’ll feel confident. But Kim’s class was very interesting. I was able to log on at my convenience and download all class material.
I’ve also begun stretching my poor muscles every morning. At first it was an exercise in agony. I have fibromyalgia which has plagued me for many years. I found that the usual medications did not agree with me so I am trying the holistic approach. Now I am able to stretch for about 10 minutes each morning. By the end of the day, my muscles are usually much improved. I’ve also found a Guided Meditation group about 30 miles from my home. We meet in a tiny cape cod house under the eaves. The space is welcoming and the people are friendly. It’s been a very positive experience so far. I’ve downloaded several guided meditation sessions and am now practicing happily at home. I can highly recommend Meetup. There you can find groups for every interest.
The laundry area is still an issue. My washer and dryer are in the garage. The lady who once owned our house was disabled so she had the laundry installed where she could get to it easily. The downside to this is that I find myself doing laundry in a space that collects dirt, oil, and all kinds of other undesirable things. The washer and dryer are behind 2 louvered doors. Our plan is to paint the area white, install a laundry tub next to the washer and dryer, and place a rubberized comfort mat that will completely cover the floor from laundry to house entrance. So far we’ve purchased the mat, called the plumber, and bought the paint. Since it is about 30 degrees in the garage right now, I’ll have to put this project on hold until it warms up a bit.
How are your resolutions coming along? Many folks just don’t bother making them anymore but I find that a new year always makes me feel like making a new start.