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Friday, March 22, 2013

Glass Half Full

I haven't written on the blog for a long time. Plus, it's been even longer since I applied myself and wrote here regularly and often. My life is at best busy, and usually it's down right barely organized, teetering on the brink of insanity, chaos. This makes it easy to get caught up in the "poor me, I can't get anything done" syndrome.  And if I haven't done anything worthwhile, then what is there to write about, right?

I've decided I'm not going there anymore. Instead, my glass is going to be half full. I'm going to focus on the things I did get done.  You see, for everything on that ever-expanding to-do list, there's at least one thing per day that I actually did finish.  All I need to do is train my brain to see it.

Easier said than done. As I was preparing to write this, I needed pictures to share. That required finding the memory card for my camera, which has been MIA for a while now. But I was determined. My super awesome husband gave me a super awesome camera lens for my birthday, and it's time I put it to good use. So, I poured out my 30 pound shoulder bag and started digging.

I found my 1/4" sewing machine foot, which I keep forgetting to leave at the quilt shop, the notes I made to myself about the next Saturday Block I need to design (but haven't yet), the Challenger keys I forgot to hang back up (dang, no wonder he always knows when I take it for a spin), a receipt I need to you see where this is going? Before I finally found the memory card, I was already mentally going to that place of the never ending to-do list.

Still, I'm determined, remember? So I picked up the camera to take a test shot, and here's what I saw.  

 Oh no, not another to-do list!  This is the one we keep in the office at home.  It's mostly for the kids. As you can see, they have as much trouble getting things done as I do sometimes. It is nearly April, and the second day of Spring, and "put sleds away" is still on their list.  Oh No! Maybe it's genetic...

But wait, I'm supposed to be focusing on a glass half full. So, to that end, I can say that one thing I have done is raise awesome kids.  Many days this list is erased before I get home, and they always remind me to make a new list for the next day. Yes, it appears I am doing something right.  After all, how many kids out there remind their parents to give them chores?

The camera is finally working again. On to the sewing studio to see what else got done today.  I know it might look like a dining room, but trust me, my house didn't come with one of those. Just this sewing studio that we sometimes eat in.

 Aha! I did do some quilting related task today.  I button hole stitched around 4 corner blocks and 2 out of 14 bat blocks for my Sew Spooky quilt, while listening to Bailey debate the pros and cons of Summer volleyball camp.  Hopefully, I can remember tomorrow that I need to cut one more beige rectangle to attach one last bat to.  Now, on to the quilting machine...

Here are two table runners I quilted after dinner this evening. The variegated thread looks great on the solid black. (note to self: order more variegated in this color. You're going to need it for the Deary raffle quilt)

Phew, I feel a little better looking at a few items I accomplished today.  Hopefully, this new approach helps me post here more often. Hopefully, I can inspire you to see your glass as half full too!

1 comment:

Lee Ann said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who does pity parties and over-complicates my life.

I enjoyed seeing your shop represented at the Glendale Quilt show and am hoping to talk my hubby into doing the Sew Spooky quilt.

Love your posts!