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As you may know, your heroine has been clearing out her orphan project basket. This particular bit of knitting was a net shopping bag I started last December, the same week as my rotator cuff injury got to it's worse. Needless to say I could not count stitches straight and it showed. The bag was full of fail. It was delegated to the OP basket.

I got tired of my OP basket whining at me from the sewing area so I have begun to finish these projects. The latest one I have pulled to finish up is this bag. I liked it when I bought it and I still like this project today but I got discouraged.

I've been knitting up a storm on my shopping bag but....I ran out of yarn and guess where the rest of the yarn is. Yes, you guessed correctly, at home. Why is this a problem? I am currently 350 miles away from HOME at the beach. Fortunately I am in the same town as the yarn shop where I purchased this project originally. So I must suffer and go and visit this yarn shop again. Too bad! Oh the horror! hehehe!

Here is my project so far here be peektures )
martelvonc: (Fountain of Smart)
Lately my posts have been about spring cleaning. For me it's that time of year. It may be because I'm coming out of my winter funk. Not depression really as I function just fine at work and other areas of my life but I get, shall we say, restless the longer that winter lasts. I've had folks suggest that I get one of those full spectrum lights to bask in and I might try it this coming fall. Heck, nothing ventured nothing gained.

But when March rolls around and my primordial brain cheers and says "HOORAY! We survived another winter!". You get to listen to my ramblings about cleaning, purging and rearranging of my possessions. I feel better for getting rid of the deadwood and mayhem that I am blind to all winter.

Part of this is due to my father who saved everything and did not often get rid of stuff even if it became damaged. (maybe I'll fix it, maybe it's not so bad). Think 15 years of Playboys, American Riflemen, National Geo's all saved in boxes in our shed that leaked. Or the woodworking shop that was up to knee deep in scraps, stock tools and sawdust. I was determined that when I moved out my home would not get that bad and for the most part I've succeeded. I've had some clutter issues in my past but I slapped myself and forced my inner child to quit hoarding and clear out.

So there you have it. I'm no saint but I'm not such a bad sinner and every March I see the error of my ways and repent!
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Today sees me continue on a plan of organizing stuff. I'm working on my shelf unit for sewing and SCA projects. Not a lot of purge today just rearranging.

Someone, I cannot remember who, (Alina maybe?) recently told me it is helpful to them to have their fabric stash out on a shelf neatly folded where it can be easily seen. Instead of storing it all in bins. They found that with the fabric visible they were saving a great deal of money by not re-purchasing what they already owned.

I only have a small stash but have trouble getting motivated to make new garb because I forget just what I have available to use. So I listened to the advice, pulled it all out of the bins, cleared off a couple of shelves, and laid it neatly on. I actually have a decent stash to make some new garb. Who knew?

This plan of action also cleared two large bins out of the family room. It also forced me to straighten up the rest the shelves that had become crammed full only because stuff was getting crammed on instead of put away properly.

I found the rest of my new del project for KAC and the spare fabric for it. Now I can work on finishing it.

I have to get back to work because it has to be done by Friday when I will be hosting a guest for the MD Sheep and Wool Festival.

See Ya!
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I waved good bye to The Knight as he went off to catch his plane to Orlando for some sort of conference for de guvernmint. I would like you to know I am a good and understanding wife as this will be the second year in a row he will not be home for our wedding anniversary AND will be somewhere really cool.

Last year he was in Hawaii.
This year he is in Orlando and within walking distance of Sea World.

Well I showed HIM!
I went out and bought a large dog bed and a new shelf unit at Sam's club for the basement.
HA! So there! Pfffttttt!

I know I am tres' lame.

Actually we did need the shelf unit. The back room is over run with storage boxes and no way to corral them. It is my intent to get it put together tonight and set in place. Eric likes using his weight bench every day especially if there is plenty of room around it. This should help the problem.

The dog has taken to her new bed here in the basement. Cassie will be 8 years old in October and I'd like to get her used to a dog bed so that she can sleep next to me on the floor in our bedroom and not feel she has to struggle to get on or off the bed.

Ah well, it's not putting itself together so off I go!
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I just waved goodbye to [livejournal.com profile] janinas_nest and [livejournal.com profile] baron_rorik.

Win:
They just took away all of our useable paving bricks.
They don't have to buy so many.

Win:
I don't have to take them to the landfill.
I don't have to make two trips to the landfill.
The area behind my shed is now brick free.

Okay, so I got three wins to their two but I still think we all won a little today!
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After all the spring cleaning and space rearranging I’ve been doing, I’m able to find stuff! Who knew? The book shelves are the last major project to do. They need sorting badly so I can find my research again.

Anybody want to help?

I’m feeling like working on projects again. Winter darkness kicks my butt and Paul's homeschooling, my work, & SCA schedules the past year have not helped. Now I feel like doing things and making new things to add to my SCA clothing. What with having an apprentice now I have to set a better example.

I’m feeling balanced again and it feels good. Three cheers for spring! Three cheers for sunlight!
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Yea! Go Paul and me!

Paul is being a real sport. His allergies are kicking his butt today but he's working with me and we are in serious "git er' dun!" mode!

The son and I went to the recyling center with a minivan full of boxes and paper.
We then went to the NEESAP charity shop and left a load of household stuph.
THEN we stopped off at the "Swap Shop" at the Carroll Co. landfill and left a computer chair that could still be used but on which the back had gone bad. For free, someone is bound to take it home.

The rest of the day will be spent moving junk down to the basement and gathering together books to take to "The Book Thing" on Sunday.

I'm feeling really good about all this!
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and not wild animals.

I spent last evening organizing the back storage room and cleaning the family room/man cave for the guy's LAN party this weekend. Another stint of vacuuming and it will be ready for the gaming fest.

Today sees me working my son near to death as we take accumulated stuff from upstairs and putting it in it's rightful place in the basement. Heavy vacuuming will commence on the first floor after that. Many trashcans must be emptied, a trip to the recycling center and the goodwill store will also be in the cards. Oh yea and the bathrooms must at least start out clean and stocked.

The LAN party always comes at the time of year I like to start spring cleaning so I have an extra incentive to get it done in time for that. I have to work on Saturday but Sunday will be spent getting Paul and The Knight to cleanup after the party.

If you want to play computer games for two days straight, bring your set up and join the party at my house this weekend. We'll have snacks and sodas but more is always welcome.
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I sorted out the basket of doom this morning. This is a basket I keep beside my desk where I drop opened mail, assorted receipts, used SCA event directions for taxes, and other things to be filed.
Normally it's only household chaff but this time it was almost all SCA research and baronial stuph. One bit was a folder of research and the cut fabric for a new needlework project. I've been searching for it for a couple of weeks. Sheesh.

I can also see the entire top of the dining room table now. Boo Yah!

I've so much shredding to do I'm going to take it to work and use the big shredder there. My little one overheats too fast.

I re-read an opinion peice I saved from the Baltimore Sun last year. it was entitled "Cleaning House Brings Relief". The author told the tale of how he and his wife were forced to clear their house of clutter when they hosted a foreign exchange student. He was amazed at the amount of stuff they saved but never ever used anymore. He felt a great deal of relief when the clutter was gone. There was no more worrying about "doing something" about the mess. It was done.

At the end of the article he says a very wise thing-

"In my view, he who dies with the most toys doesn't really win after all. He who dies with a clean slate achieves something far greater."

I want to die with the toys I really enjoy. Not the stuff that keeps me from enjoying my toys.
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It is what I did today.

I filed most of the loose SCA and household papers and threw away a slew of "WTF did I save this for?" papers (pardon my French). I have one basket to go through yet. Then I can start carting books, that are accumulating on the Deacon's Bench, down to the basement and putting them on bookshelves.

I'm feeling much better about starting new projects now. My random SCA research is starting to be found and filed. Unfortunately I've found I will need to go back to Staples and buy another one of these rolling filing racks for my SCA research. It looks like I will need to break it up into garb on one rack and misc. information subjects and needlework on the other.

I need to buy magazine holders for my TI's that are starting to appear out of the woodwork too.
sigh, If only I was more organized and would deal with this stuff as soon as I obtain it.

I have to go get the daughter from work now and then I'm going to fall into bed. I'm beat!
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Today I had almost the whole day off. I only had to take Aelfwynn to the dentist. We stopped at Staples on the way home and I looked at the filing systems they had. I really needed a new solution to the rusting metal file cabinet in the back room. SO I chose 2 restaurant rack style rolling lateral files. They were cheap but they are doing the job famously. I spent the past 3 hours clearing out the paperwork from last year that can be tossed or shredded. It's all now on the rack, top row by current year and detailed, and the bottom rack with past years that needed to be saved.

I put my sca research files on the other rack and now I need to sort the pile of copies into project folders. Any duplicate copies I'll take to fighter practice to give away.

Next weekend I'm going to start work on my research book shelves to get some sort of organization to THAT mayhem. I'm considering moving my computer desk down stairs near where I sew and work but I've not decided yet. I'd rather move into one of the kids room and make my own "Girl Cave". I may do it when Paul goes to college in the fall and move him down to the basement to live in the man cave.

Oh well, back to work, the stuff is not putting itself away.

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