Saturday, January 31, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
So for all you knitters here's the knitty gritty:
Pattern: Rose Hill Hat, by Erin Harris
Needles: Size 7
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool, Ivory
Mods: knit it 61/2 inches before decreasing
Pattern: Chunky Beanie, by Leslie Friend
Needles: Size 15 (knit flat)
Yarn: Classic Elite: Twinkle Soft Chunky, Winter White (Leslie's pattern recommends Cascade Magnum...it is a better value than the Twinkle Soft Chunky...it's over double the yardage.)
Mods: knit it to be 7 inches before decreasing
Pattern: none…you could so do this!
Needles: Size 15
Yarn: Classic Elite: Twinkle Soft Chunky, Winter White
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
(I've added these lists to my side bar under downloads, feel free to print out copies for yourself or use them to start your own)
- My master market list also helps me out between grocery trips as I use it to mark off things as I run out of them. Then it's already on the list for the next grocery trip. I usually have a couple of these printed off ready for use.
- I keep my meal list in my daily notebook (or on the fridge) for easy reference. In the morning, all I have to do is look at the planned out menu and think through what still needs to be done. If my day ends up different than I planned, I just switch meals around. It's not a big issue since all the ingredients for each meal are already on hand. I also jot on my meal list things I need to remember, like thaw chicken on Monday so it will be ready for Tuesday's meal.
- After a couple of weeks of meal planning you'll find that you've got a resource of meals to choose from. I know friends who rotate meal plans every month then they only have to meal plan occasionally, they just recycle their previous meal plans.
What's your plan for shopping and meal planning? Feel free to leave a comment letting me know what works for you!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
- making sure that I cultivate my relationship with the Lord through my quiet time and study
- being a good, attentive wife (which does take time you realize),
- being a good, attentive mother
- keeping school as a focus (ton of weekday time here!)
- keeping the house (which includes cleaning, organizing, meals, grocery shopping, laundry...- some of this is delegated, but still one of my priorities)
- being a good friend (daughter, aunt, sister,godmother) who takes the time to be interested and involved
I'm hoping my list will keep me accountable. That if one or more of the areas on my list starts to slide, I'll adjust my time and attention & get things back into order. See, I have a tendency to let my projects get the best of me...the best of my time and my attention and then I'm not my best for the really important things in my life, like my family and my friends. I get satisfaction in checking things off my list...you can't check off relationships. So, as John and I were taking a walk and talking the other day I asked him to help me keep things in check. You know not get out of whack with my to do list. He's good at helping me see what I can handle and what I just need to let go of. I can say no and I can cross things off my list...I just need help sometimes in order to be able to let something go.
Now, I do have a tangible list of things that I also want to keep up with in the new year and they include, but aren't limited to: (see that loophole there...I've got to be careful)
- scrap booking, card making
These are my creative outlet things...but I've got to remember that they come secondary to my non-negotiable list. I just need to keep things in the right order. right?!
In the meantime, I still have this cross stitch thing I want to
lose finish and I'm working on my Project 365. So I'm a bit reluctant to get myself into too many other projects. I do need to get a new knitting project going though and I mentioned this to John. He replied with, "I thought you weren't adding any new projects?" Hello. I meant, I'm not going to start spinning my own yarn and dying it. I have to have a knitting project for all these long distance basketball games we're going to be traveling to! Well, I'm off to work on dinner and look on Ravelry for a new knitting project. Here's to a great new year full of all the important things in life!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
This is my attempt at a self portrait photo...hmmm.
I can see why Leslie made so many of them. I used my leftover Ella Rae yarn to make mine. The pattern was easy to follow and worked up very quickly. Thanks Erin!
Our little guy didn't quite make it till midnight, so we tucked him in bed early and waited by the fire with the girls for 2008 to end. They wanted to see the ball drop. (not quite the excitement they thought it would be...Kenzie just said, "hmmm, that's it?")
last night around midnight So here I am this morning, and everyone else is still asleep. A brand new year! A new page in a new book. Don't you love writing in a new notebook, getting a fresh start? I am excited about this year!
the first sunrise of 2009I am excited to start a new chapter in my life. In the lives of John and myself and our family. I don’t know what lies ahead this year…I never do. Maybe if I did, I wouldn’t want to go there or I'd be in such a hurry I'd miss the little things along the way. But I do know the One who holds this year in His hands. I know the One who goes ahead of me and directs me into this New Year. I know Him so much better than I ever did and my goal is to continue to know Him and rely on Him and follow Him. Deuteronomy 11:11-12 says, “ The land you are…to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven. It is a land the LORD your God cares for; the eyes of the LORD your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end.” The Lord is to be the Source of my supply. In Him are springs, fountains, and streams that will never be cut off or run dry. To those who are anxious comes the gracious promise of our heavenly Father; If He is the source of our mercies, mercy will never fail us. No heat or drought can dry the “river whose streams make glad the city of God.” (Ps. 46:4) So I head into 2009 with so much anticipation, knowing that as I knit my way through the year one stitch at a time He is my source. Happy New Year to all of you; I wish you the blessings of creativity, peace and anticipation as you journey into 2009! Wonder what my first project will be?