Thursday, January 2, 2014

My 2014 all-inclusive planner...........

Every January I get all "hyped up" with plans and goals and "bucket" lists.   I was making lists back when I first learned to write, I think.  When I had my career I used a Palm Pilot and synced it with my pc at home and my pc at work.  I was always on the "bleeding" edge of technology as those of us working in the tech industry called it.  But, alas, I have simplified and do not want any more electronic leashes.  I am simplifying my life and my lifestyle. 
But I still love planning,  I love a clean house, a pretty yard and garden and just an ordinary well kept life to put it simply.  So, I was out on Pinterest and pinned an organizing article which led me to another website called Clean Mama and bingo, I learned something new and non-technical (no app involved here).  A HOME binder/notebook.  Remember when I organized my knitting and crocheting patterns in notebooks?   I like her system as she has EVERYTHING in her notebook; budget and finances, blogging section, Holiday plans and gift giving.....she's got it all!  You can download quite a few free printables but the majority of her system is in her Etsy shop and you have to purchase it.  I doubt if I will as I thought it was a bit pricey for my budget but she gave me the jumping off point. 

 I gathered my notebooks (I'll need more than one as these aren't giant binders)....

 lots of notebook paper, and dividers, of course.
My old stand by...sheet protectors
and some project files I've had around for awhile.  These are accordion and open to hold quite a bit.  I'm thinking like files for each room for decorating and it would hold paint chips and fabric swatches etc.  I want to make design boards.  I think they would also be great for gardening projects as they could hold seed envelopes, etc.  I got them at Staples.
Clean Mama has a monthly "chore" chart to get you started and most of it I already do but it's the other chores I need to get to like cleaning closets, cleaning the garage...big projects that need to be scheduled and broken down into pieces.
Another great website is Organize and Inspire   which has "tons" of links to all kinds of organizing from small like organizing your cords and computer wires to big like your garage or basement.  If you think you might like Clean Mama's tools and kits they are 25% off but only today so don't dawdle! LOL!
I'll touch base with you and let you know how it goes.  This is what I'll be working on tonight and in the coming days.  Today I spent quite a bit of time on the phone doing financials, 2 loads of laundry and cleaned both bathroom toilets.  Plus all the "daily chores" in addition to giving Nitty her antibiotics 3 times a day.  Tomorrow I need to go get pet licenses and renew my driver's license.  I told you it's been busy and expensive and I wasn't kidding!  I hope this organizing helps me as I could use all the help I can get. LOL! 
Happy Trails!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014! I almost didn't make it..........

I've been trying to blog all morning.  Actually I've been messing with my camera and the new Windows 8 picture importer.  I liked Windows the way it was before....this "app" hung up my pictures and I couldn't do anything.  Finally, I rebooted and that fixed it.  Their commands don't "cancel".  But I finally got it. 
This has been a busy time between Christmas and today. The vet came back and I took Nitty in for her allergy shot and she has an infected nipple...just 1, thank God, as dogs have quite a few!  He thinks it's just an infection but it could be cancer and I have to keep an eye on it.  I did take the new (empty) bag of dog food Walmart is carrying now and he said it's great and he's been looking for a less expensive alternative for his patients who's dogs are allergic.  It's called Pure Balance.  It's still more expensive than Pedigree which she was getting but not nearly as expensive as Hill's Science Diet.  There is dry and canned in different varieties. I'm praying it is just an infection which I think it is.  Because of her allergies she was crawling on the grass outside trying to scratch her stomach and I think there was probably deer and/or rabbit dung out there.  She's already stopped itching and licking and the vet gave her the allergy shot and she's on antibiotics. 

I also had to take my car in for an oil change and they ended up keeping it almost all day as they were busy.  (I wish they would have told me as I would have postponed it.)  So, I didn't get to Walmart that day and ended up having to go yesterday on New Year's Eve and it was packed!  I needed supplies badly though so I went. 
I've been snagging my yarn when I knit/crochet because my hands are chapped and cracked.  I put hand cream on but it wasn't doing the trick so I bought some of this stuff.........
I've been hearing ads about it and it is for "working hands" and it has no scent.  I used it several times today as I was finishing up the hat I started last week and it worked.  They're not healed yet but it sure made them soft enough so they didn't snag the yarn.  So far, I really like it and it is made in the good ole U.S.A.
One of my "resolutions" this year was to make some clothes for myself.  I used to sew my own clothes in high school and also for my children when they were young.  The first thing I want to make is pajamas.  I like flannel in the winter and cotton in the summer but all I can find are the flannel pants with a t-shirt to go with or else acrylic materials which I do not care for.  Patterns have sure gone up in price! Whew!  $8-$9 but that should be the only pattern I need for pajamas.  I like my clothes big too.  I can't stand anything clinging or binding on me now that I'm "retired".
They had this cute fabric on sale for $1.73/yard and it is 100% cotton flannel.  They had some other cute flannel prints on sale too but I figured I'll see how far I get with this project.
  For several years now I have thought of having some sort of "uniform" for my retirement and my sloppy active lifestyle now.  I'm not an apron gal but I love the big pockets and I have lots of blouses to wear under them.  My figure isn't what it used to be and most clothes don't fit properly.  I was actually thinking of looking at maternity clothes but I never got that desperate......yet.  But comfort is of the utmost importance to me now a days.  I bought this pattern but I may use it as a "jumping off" place.
 What I really want is something more like a pinfore/ this...........

 Of course I will NOT be wearing dresses with it........slacks that I will also sew myself so they will fit me.  These are made out of linen and cost around $75.00...can you believe it?  I love the back as there are no apron strings which I dislike and I would probably make it shorter.  I'm thinking turtle necks under it in the winter and in the summer I'm thinking more of cobbler aprons which Carol Wright
sells for like $5.00 each.  I also like the old "smocks" people used to wear.  My Aunt was ceramic artist and she always wore smocks with big pockets.  Anyway, this is one of my resolutions this update/sew my retirement wardrobe and clear out all that corporate crap clothing I used to dress myself in.  Mine will be colorful too!  You can take that to the bank!
I hope you had a nice New Years and I wish you all the healthiest, happiest and most prosperous year of all!  Happy Trails!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

YOP Sunday

Here we are again!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  The knitting angels have come and taken up residence here with me.  You'll understand when you see my pictures.  This one is off to that grandson who helped me with the kindling and cookies on Thanksgiving.
It feels like I've crossed a threshold of some kind in my knitting.  I know hats are a no-brainer to most of you but it's the quality of my stitches that has's like I'm a REAL knitter even feels different...more relaxed and flowing.  I'm sure I'll have many challenges ahead of me in this "Adventure in Knitting" and before it was touch and go if I would continue but it is a sure bet now!

I also found these free printable tags on Pinterest  here

I printed mine on white paper and backed it with another printed paper.  The one on the website is nice as she used a tan paper. I only had cheap printer paper to use but card stock would be nicer.  I liked the way she wrapped the label around the socks or mittens.  It looked so "retail".  I also liked that it had a place for the care instructions.  You could probably edit the label and print the instructions but per usual I was in a hurry. LOL!
I was trying to do some projects I had saved on Pinterest and made these treats to send with....easy peasy with store bought Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies and I did some pretzel rods too.
I still prefer the old homemade Christmas cookies and I'll be baking some of those this week.  Here's everything wrapped up and ready to go.  I told you it was the 12 months of Christmas around here. LOL!
I'm already down the road on another hat....this one is for one of my matches the the scarf in color but the scarf is still going so I thought I would get this done and sent out and then finish the scarf.  The scarf hurts my hands so I can't work on it all the time like I can the hat.  No more bulky yarn for me!
 This is another pattern from the Purl Soho Basic Hat Pattern.  Just a roll brim in stockinette which allows me to watch all those Hallmark Christmas movies and still get knitting done.  I think I'm on a roll here!
Happy New Year!