I’m not a spring chicken anymore and more and more I’ve been noticing that I am blind as a bat. I was trying to find the correct crochet hooks for a project and the larger hooks I have are these clear colored plastic hooks with the size etched into the end of the handle. I’m sure you know the ones. They are Susan Bates Crystalites. Susan bates also has the hooks that are all white which have the same issue. When I was looking for the larger sizes like L (8 mm) and N (10 mm) these were all I could find here locally. With no contrast it is very difficult to read the size. I finally got a bright idea and I dabbed some white acrylic paint over the size on the handle and tapped the paint around with my fingers to fill in the etched in area. Then I wiped off the excess with a paper towel and now I can see it perfectly! If you have the white ones you could use any bright color or black. The same thing applies to the knitting needles of course.
“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” – T.S. Eliot
Today was interesting. I have been fighting this stomach thing and I couldn’t get to sleep all night. My neighbors had a grand time with the fireworks and around 1 am I was wishing they would stick the next batch in their ears before lighting them. They must have read my mind because they quit soon after. I have powers like that.
Well, I tossed and turned, went to the bathroom, tossed and turned and went to the bathroom…. repeat that about 20 times and by 4 am I was exhausted. I finally fell asleep but I have no idea when. I slept most of the day but now I feel a lot better! I’m so glad too. Since then I’ve been working on my journal and getting started on my New Smash journal I got from Michael’s Arts and Crafts. I’m thrilled about that by the way. I’ll be taking a picture to add here later.
I went back to my “To-Do List” for 2012 and my Goal List which I made with Google Drive (well it was called Google docs then). Google Drive is really awesome by the way and it’s free. If you are not familiar with it you should check it out. It is a great word processor program that runs completely on the net. All of my files are all saved on their servers so it doesn’t take up room on my pitiful little laptop computer. You actually don’t even have to save because it is automatic. Of course, I can save the files to my computer if I want to though and I can choose what type of file to save it as… html, open document, docx (microsoft word), pdf, Rich Text, plain text etc. You can also email it as an attachment which is handy. It is very easy to use and I just noticed I can add/change fonts! There are a ton of cool fonts available to choose from. There is also a handy app for iphone and android which makes me very happy. I tend to save patterns for when I’m crocheting or knitting something and then if I’m not at home I can just open the file on my phone. Nifty!
So I updated my lists and printed them up so I can add them to my Smash journal and I’m about ready to start working on that.
I’ve decided to participate in Home Storage Solutions 101’s Declutter Challenge where they have a daily task and you de-clutter every day for 15 minutes. I learned about this last year but I was already doing my own thing and I hate joining something half way though. I have some OCD traits I guess and my kids tell me I’m like “Monk“. I love Monk. What is so wrong or funny about being like Monk anyway? I don’t get it. Anyway, last year this site was just doing their 52 week challenge and I just can’t not start at the beginning of something and with “Week 1” dated as the 2nd week in January I decided to skip it. I can’t read book series out of order either even if it doesn’t matter. So this year they are also doing a Monthly calendar thing which will be posted on the last day of the previous month. There is a small task to complete for each day for 15 minutes. the whole idea for this system is you can do a lot in just 15 minutes. You can download this calendar as a pdf file but after downloading that file I just hit Control + Print Screen and then pasted and saved it as a .jpg file using my cheesy little Paint program that came on my laptop. Then I saved it as my desktop and now I don’t have to worry about losing it or spilling something on it. Pret-ty han-dy!
Here is the link for the January Calendar and you can download the calendar as a PDF file there. You can click below and save the .jpg version if you’d like.
I just read that the small 15 minute missions on the calendar and made to correspond with the weekly (52 week) challenge so it can be beneficial to do them together. Of course I don’t always follow rules so I’m going to just do my own thing today. The “mission” for today was to create a spot to put donations and such. I already have that so I’m going to clear off my little table by where I sit on the couch. I have a bunch of little stuff in containers that I like to keep handy there – like a little flower pot I have full of various colored pens, adhesive and other stuff I use when I work in my journals. I’m going to be watching some young kids starting next week I don’t want anything little or pointy in reach.
Well, since I’m feeling so much better I think I am going to get busy. It is almost midnight but I don’t feel like sleeping. I hope everyone had a great 1st day of 2013 and if not, a good 2nd, 3rd or 4th…. etc