And what didn’t get completed.

Mind you, this is not a whine. Nor is it a request for sympathy. But we all have those projects on our list at the beginning of the year which we plan to have completed by the end of the year.

I still have boxes – dozens and dozens of boxes in the garage. Some of them I can deal with (and will) over the next couple of months. Some are just too heavy for me to move by myself. I have items that need new homes but I have no idea where those homes are and I just don’t want to deal with eBay. None of this, of course, has anything to do with the boxes and boxes of books. So organizing the garage, sorting it out and evaluating which (of the kilos of supplies) I have are really going to be used and which need to go anywhere but here.

And then there are the computer files which are partly, but not completely backed up. Or rather, I have items backed up across a number of external hard drives and still way too much information on my laptop. Pictures need to be edited and pruned. More than a couple of dozen past posts are still waiting those photos in order to be released.

Then there are the knitting UFOs that started the year in bags and ended the year in exactly the same place. Most are stranded projects and I do actually want to complete them at some point so frogging them is not a good answer.  I have actually done a decent job on the sewing projects in the last month, but still have to get the studio organized enough that it is functional.

There are the bookshelves in the house that I swore I was going to get organized. Right now, a lot of my puzzles are living on the top shelves. To be honest, the ones that I have completed really don’t need to be there in order to leave room for more books. We always need room for books.

Anyway, you get the idea.

Now, the real question that I have to face – is being home more this coming year secondary to needing health care going to result in me actually getting some of the long standing disorganization under control?

I’ll probably have an answer for you about this time next year.

Meanwhile – this is where I ended the cross stitch yesterday –

31 Dec 2016 – 1/2 complete

with another 11 rows completed. It was about that time that I realized that my numbers weren’t adding up. Turns out that the first sheet had more rows on it than the second which I started today.  Adding in another 9 rows done – means that I have only 2332 stitches to go

1 Jan 2017

I’m not sure that I care for a couple of the color selections, so those may change before I get much further. In any case, I will be glad when I am done with the current “change colors practically every stitch area.’

Oh, the other thing from last year – 431 books read – 10% were audio, the rest primarily eBooks


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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5 Responses to And what didn’t get completed.

  1. Cat says:

    Oh right – so that was a little over a book read a day? I was struggling to read one (for pleasure) a week last year – just too damn tired of reading anything by the end of the day!

    I am not making any New Year Resolutions!

    • Holly says:

      my only real resolution this year is to enjoy each day. And to accomplish a little bit, whether it is cross-stitch, knitting, reading or just running errands for someone else.

      Not numbers of books, not countries visited or miles flown.

      That and I need to replace my good suitcase

  2. rg says:

    I went through a knitting book purge in the fall. Got rid of tons of books I no longer used or cared about. All my fair isle books were tossed. Sigh. So I just finished a stranded yoke sweater, and loved doing it, and want to make a trillion more. But no colorwork books survived the purge except for a couple of cute kid books. Went on Amazon and ordered my 2 favorites. Be careful what you toss; you may want them again.

    I need to purge all the yarn I have, too. Since I knit with a Chabad group, I can always donate yarn there. 2 of the women knit squares for charity blankets, so they can use just about anything.

    Fabric? I can’t toss anything there; it’s all so gorgeous and precious! I should not buy any more; but that’s awfully hard to do.

    • Holly says:

      a lot of my yarn is colors or textures I will never use. I don’t need bulky. I have a lot of weaving yarns on hard. Objectively, I am not going back to weaving. Given a choice between a multi-harness complex loom and a high end sewing machine – I bought the sewing machine.

      I have fabric that is so aged I don’t know when I bought it. And certainly I have patterns from the 60s/70s/80s.

      Fiction? several thousand of those paperbacks that someone else could enjoy.

      perhaps a box a day?

      hadn’t thought about Chabad here – but it would be a possibility for a donation.

  3. Kathy says:

    The Klimt is gorgeous. The uppermost woman looks like Dani.

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