Wednesday, April 27, 2016

2016 Goal Check In


Since we are now a quarter of the way through the year I have decided to do a check in on where I am on my 2016 goals.

Crafting:
1) Learn to crochet – have not attempted yet
2) Learn color work – have not attempted but I do have yarn and a pattern to do so
3) Learn to sew – I am looking to buy a sewing machine soon
4) Finish our blanket – still need to block, sew together and add border (I want to complete for Stash Dash)
5) Make Clark's 5 year blanket – have not started
6) Learn to cross stitch – have not attempted
7) Knit every day – I am doing pretty well with this one
8) Knit 24 ornaments for our tree – I have made 5 so far
9) Knit 52 preemie hats – I have made 9 so far
10) Hat for Clark - done
11) Doctor Who blanket for Jerry – working on this project now

Personal/Health:
1) Lose 1lb per week – some weeks yes some weeks not so much
2) Work out 3 times per week - nope
3) Cut out sugar – big no on this one
4) Go to knitting at least 2 times per month – so far so good
5) Read 52 books – I have read 12 books so far so according to Goodreads I am currently 4 books behind schedule
6)Write in a private journal daily – doing ok on this one
7)Study a language on Duolingo – have not started yet
8) Post a picture to Instagram daily – again doing pretty well on this one

Financial:
1) Save $20 per month - nope
2) Less unnecessary spending - nope
3) Start savings account for Clark – not yet
4) Allowance for Clark - nope

Family:
1) Special event once per month – so far so good
2) More educational activities with Clark – working on this one
3) Restart Clark's chore chart - nope
4) Eat dinner together 3 times per week – we do this most weeks

House:
1) 15 minutes decluttering per week - nope
2) Deep clean one area per week - nope

Business:
1) Open Etsy shop by end of 2nd quarter – working on it
2) Work on knitting designs – have my shawl and baby blanket I am working on
3) Blog 3 times per week – this one is hit or miss
4) Buy domain name - nope
5) Podcast every two weeks – so far so good with this one

Emotional:
1) Be kinder to myself – trying hard on this one
2) Realize I cannot do everything – again trying hard
3) Don't be afraid to do new things – see above
4) Remember that I do not have to complete everything right away – see above

I feel like I am making some good progress towards things. I will check in again sometime in July to see how things are progressing.
 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ten on Tuesday: The Movie Edition


The topic for this week is 10 Movies You Have To Stop & Watch When You Come Across Them While Channel Surfing. My hubby often makes fun of me and asks “how many times have you seen this movie?” when I do this.

1) 16 Candles
2) The Breakfast Club
3) The Way We Were
4) There’s Something About Mary
5) Steel Magnolias
6) Any of the original 3 Star Wars films
7) Grease
8) You’ve Got Mail
9) The Blues Brothers
10) Gone With the Wind

Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday Musings

Here we are at the last Monday in April. I know that I say it all the time but I cannot believe how fast time is going by. Here is what is on my mind this week.

1) We went to the Tiger game on Saturday. We had fun even though they lost 10-1.

2) There is a bird in our parking lot who is trying to build a nest on my car. The hubby is determined to beat him and I find it hilarious.

3) Like most people I am shocked and saddened by the death of Prince this week. 2016 has not been a good year for so many celebrities.

Here are the pictures for this week.












Working on the second version of my Bumpy Road shawl and testing my pattern writing skills












Two more ornaments for our Christmas tree












Little man and I at the game












Miggy at the bat












Taking a walk on a nice Sunday afternoon


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Poem in Your Pocket day

Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Now I will admit that I am not a big poetry fan and do not understand what most of them are trying to say. During my college days I managed to write some pretty bad stuff but thankfully I learned that a poet I am not. However, I have always loved this poem and understand perfectly what Frost was trying to say with it.

Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost

Nature's first green is gold
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

FO: Barley Hat for Charity


Pattern: Barley by Tin Can Knits
Needles: size 6 (4.0MM) and 8 (5.0 MM)
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Gold
Modifications: none
Comments: I love this pattern. It is easy but has enough going on to keep your interest. Ravelry page here.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday Musings



Well hello Monday here you are again. Here is what is on my mind this week.

1) My anxiety is rearing its ugly head again. This weekend was really bad. I am trying to use all of my coping tools but they just do not seem to be working.

2) The weather seems to have finally turned. The weather this weekend was beautiful and today is sunny and 80 degrees.

3) We are in a slow time at work and I hate it. To me trying to seem busy is more work than actually working.

4) Speaking of work I have to train an employee from India on Friday morning. I HATE training people and this is adding to the anxiety issue.

5) We lost a fishy today and Clark was pretty upset.

Here are some pictures for the week.












A tardis square for hubby's Doctor Who blanket


 Preemie hat #8 for the year












On April 17th we finally were able to go to the park












A good yarny mail day. Sock Bunny Studios Paprika in Plum Crazy


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

FO: Bumpy Road Shawl







 Pattern: my own design
Needles: Size 4 (3.5MM)
Yarn: FibraNatura Yummy in 41354
Modifications: none
Comments: I was inspired to knit this design because of the bumpy road we have been traveling down the last few years. I working on a second version and will then get it up on Ravelry for purchase.