Sunday, January 26, 2014

Do do doing

It's been a busy new year, full of to-do lists and activity.  I finally got the dryer hose situated.  I had planned to simply vacuum and have done with it, but I ended up getting a new hose and changing it myself.  I think I did all right.  I reasoned that it had been ten years since the dryer was new, so the hose had to have ten years' accumulation of lint in its deepest reaches.

I made a mini rack for necklaces and bracelets using a wooden children's toy I found at SCRAP and a handful of vintage buttons in all colors.  The buttons keep the jewels from sliding off the spindly parts:
 By the way, I made the stuff hanging from it in this picture too!  I'll soon post pics of a mini grotto I just made also.

One of my new ideas for the year is to create a fix-it basket for little things that need repairs and alterations.  I keep it in a really obvious place so I can pick up something to work on if I have a moment.  Buttons get stitched back on, split seams get closed, etc.
 I'm getting overenthusiastic about putting little things away or finding good places to store things.  Suddenly, my office is no longer a place where I store stuff that I want to hide from the living room, and I want to keep it that way.

I also now keep my planner nearby when I'm home or at work, so I can jot down anything I think of that I need to do.  I don't have any resolutions this year, except to keep building on all the work I did last year, and I want to make sure I make notes of any little thing I can get done.

Oh yeah, and I think I mentioned that I was giving away my car to OPB.  Well, a tow truck came on January 4th and got it.  Bye bye Camry, thanks for the memories!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 Year in Review

It was a great year, housekeepingwise and everything else.  My home is looking really good.  I was talking to a good friend a few weeks ago about the grieving process and mental health issues relating to it, and how you can't think your way out of that cycle.  It's the truth, trying to chase thoughts away won't make it happen. 

I accomplished a lot since last January 1, one of the biggest things being that I have a job that I love.  For a couple weeks now I've been taking steps to rid of my car, which I'm donating to OPB.  I shed my internet and land line at home last fall, who knows what I'll learn to do without.  I'm trying to figure out if I should change my healthcare plan.  Oh yeah, and I finally paid off my student loans!  In this day and age, that's no little thing!

While I still have my car I'm making the donation rounds to Goodwill and SCRAP, and I sold about 60 CDs last weekend.  I will miss my car, but Portland is great in that you can walk or bus anywhere.  When I lived in Berkeley I walked up to a mile each way just to buy vegetables or see a movie, so I know I'll be just fine.

I'm having a love affair with gifs (and Michael Caine), here's another for the ages.  Happy New Year everyone!!
Miss Congeniality, anyone?