Friday, May 13, 2016

Back in the groove

We were supposed to have storms yesterday again but it just rained and then it cooled off, the humidity went away, the sun came out and it was a perfectly beautiful day!  I opened all the windows and caught up on a few things.  It's amazing how much time is spent watching the weather and planning around it especially down here in the South!  And with all the lightening you should not be bathing, washing dishes, running the washing machine or dishwasher or standing near windows and unplug t.v.'s and pc's. and don't flush the toilets.   I do follow those precautions as I had an uncle who's t.v. exploded right in front of him from a lightening strike, my Mother was hit by lightening washing dishes in a stainless steel sink in front a window and my daughter got hit in the ear while talking on a landline phone.  No one was seriously hurt but there was also a county extension person out examining a farm field on a sunny day who was struck and killed because lightening can travel 10 miles!  Needless to say, production slows considerably when there are storms here.  
I made some scrambled eggs with organic greens.......bacon. toast and orange juice got me off to a great start yesterday!  I find eggs really energize me and I can last until supper when I have eggs in the morning.  So, if I have lots to do I try to have eggs for breakfast.

 I vacuumed the closet floor and dusted the walls finally.  Hope to get some painting done this weekend.  I also vacuumed my bedroom.  The shedding by Nitty seems to be coming to an end, finally!  Annie, the dachsund, doesn't seem to shed much at all.
 I also got some more grout cleaning done although this section might have to have a redo.  It looked fine until I looked at this photo! LOL!
  I need to get some grout sealer too.
I finished all 30 of the Maybelle Spring needlework project.  Last night I got all the ends woven in too.  Tonight I will start on turning them into squares. 
I've been fixing Reuben sandwiches for supper with turkey pastrami, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and thousand island dressing on my SIL's homemade rye bread.  Delicious and a nice change.  I haven't had a Reuben sandwich for years.   We have a nice little deli department in our local grocery store that has some great meats and cheeses.  I had mustard greens as a side. 
While I was weaving the ends in I watched Little Bobbins podcasts and it amazes me how much knitting these gals get done. Dani is from the U.K. and they learn knitting young plus their technique is very fast.  I might have to learn how to knit faster.
I finished this old National Geographic magazine but age doesn't seem to make a difference as most of it is scientific or history anyway.  I find them so interesting.
Percentage of WIP's (works in progress) and a few others I forgot....actually I have divided "my list of Never-Ending projects" into categories as there are too many to ever get around to each in one day, or even a week....some may take a lifetime! LOL!  But it helps me to plan and prioritize and I have always been good at's the action part I have trouble with.  But here are my categories and what is today's or this week's or this month's priority in each area.  These may change without notice also.  This does not include daily maintenance such as making the bed, washing the dishes etc.   There should not be 2 projects in the same area going on at the same time but as you can see there is Crochet.....need to remedy that soon!

1.  cleaning - grout (20%)
2.  decorating - entryway closet (30%)
3.  gardening - plant plants I bought (0%)
4.  landscaping - weed and mulch around propane tank (30%)
5.  crochet -Spring needlework project - Maybelle Baby Blanket  (30%)
6.  crochet -Happy Hooky Pillow, blocked and unpinned now (70%)
7.  knitting - secret gift #1 (45%)
10.quilting -  house blocks (25%)
11.cross stitch or embroidery - gather supplies for "secret project #2"
12.pets - make dog treats (0%)
13.sewing - 2 knot bags, need to cut out the bottoms (30%) - plan next meal (0%)
15.moving -  pack a box  and take to basement or vise versa (0%)
16.organizing - clean out porch for repairs in July (5%)

There are a few categories I didn't put on here because they are either too personal or would give something away to someone who reads this blog....such as Friends and Family, Business, Personal, Spiritual,  Contribution and Financial.  I may shrink or expand this list at any time.  There are so many things I want/need to do that I have to prioritize or they will never get done.  It's so easy to get carried away with the "little dailies" as I like to call them and never get to "the big rocks".  Plus, I always need to schedule around the weather and have "rain plans" and "sun plans".  For example, today is nice and I need groceries out of town so that is a priority, I also need to go to the auction tonight and confront those people who have had every opportunity to call me and tell me what I am owed or tell me to pick up my stuff....neither of which they have done.  I took the items back in February and they are only there on Fridays so that's a priority and some other financial/bill paying obligations and then hopefully I will have some energy left to get a few more things done.
I hope you are having nice weather where you are and that you are doing what you need/want to do today.
Happy Trails!


  1. Eggs with greens for breakfast is a great start to the day. Glad to see you are staying safe through the storms. I too, have been hit in the ear while on a land line. Knocked me half way across a room. Love your long term to do list. I only do daily ones, but, do include crafting time in them along with "chores". It's the only way I can keep up with life.

    1. Oh, I have a daily list too and like you...I couldn't keep up otherwise. Who am I kidding...I don't keep up! LOL!

  2. Three of us love eggs here; the tween doesn't. These are interesting facts about lightening. I never knew any of these!

    1. It's one of the few organic items I can get around here also. When you live in the midwest weather is important. I imagine earthquakes are important where you live and fog?

  3. I like to have eggs for breakfast too. They keep me feeling much more satified for hours than a bowl of cereal or toast does. Your list impresses me no end! How do you manage to get so much done? I like Little Bobbins too, but prefer Legacy Knitz, The Grocery Girls and Periscoping Sisters. Maybe it's the conversation back and forth between the ladies. There are several others that I watch kind of hit and miss. Take care of yourself and watch out for storms!

    1. If you notice my percentages.....I don't get a lot done! LOL! I'll have to watch those podcasts. I need to start honing down and pick my Top Ten otherwise I won't be able to keep up. As soon as Dancing with the Stars is over next week I am canceling satellite as it is never on when it rains or snows and I watch podcasts anyway which use the internet and works fine in any weather unless the power goes out. Have you looked at that Feeln channel on Roku? It has the greatest shows, movies and series for just $1.99 a month. I'm catching up on Heartland Ranch. I just know you would love it. Good family entertainment.

  4. Where do you see Little bobbins? I've not heard of them.
    You sure are organized with your projects. I bet that is why
    you get so much accomplished.
    Re-grouting might be faster than trying to clean the grout.
    I did this on my downstairs bathroom walls and it is a very fast job and looks great. It's probably cheaper too!

    1. You are probably right but either way I can't do it for very long as I 'm old! It takes me longer to get down on the floor and back up again! LOL!
      Walls would be easier for me than floors...ha, ha!
      Little Bobbins Knits is a podcast on You Tube and she is also on Ravelry. You can also get her on her blog at
      Thanks for the tips too!

  5. I hope you get the auction stuff all straightened out. Yes we refrain from all that stuff when it is lightening out too, I hate storms:(

    1. I repeat it just in case someone out there isn't aware. Although the county extension agent should have known better but he might have been trying to leave the field when it happened. It was very sad. It happened several years ago when I was still living in Iowa. When we first moved to the country storms sounded like it was the end of the world! They're much louder when you're surrounds by farm fields. Thunder would literally rattle the windows and there was no way you could sleep. LOL! I love a good storm but I want no damage and no one getting hurt.

  6. Those storms sound so scary...I never knew such things could happen! Your Maybelle flowers look lovely, very pretty. Good luck cleaning that grout...such a hard job but so worth it in the end.
    Have a happy weekend, and keep safe from the storms.
    Helen xox

    1. They can be scary but I just plan around them and ensure I am home. Yes, looking at the "clean" grout motivates me to do more! LOL! I love your new projects with the Tilda fabric!

  7. Hi there, I like your blog, I'm a new follower. I found you at Diane's Lavender Dreams.
    Love your crochet work, beautiful flowers.
    Have a great weekend.

    1. I'm following you now too. I love your "She shed" and from the looks of it you are having way too much fun! LOL!

  8. I have not purchased any of my typical vegetable plants nor annuals yet. The weather here is just too strange. We have a frost warning last night. I love those crocheted flowers. Cute!

    1. Thank you, Kristina. It is strange weather here too. I have the heat on, in May, in the South! Very strange indeed!


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