Friday, October 26, 2007

Organization...

I wonder why my seemingly organized mind balks so at organizing my possessions. I am so haphazard at times, that I can't find that set of knitting needles, or magnet strips, or beads, that I know are there somewhere.

That old adage that "there is a place for every thing, and every thing in its place" seems to be lost on me. I know that the thing I want is in the room, but where?

Well, over the course of the past week, I have been organizing my stuff. New sets of those Sterilite drawers in all shapes and sizes have been filling my bedroom and storeroom/office. I have been sorting, and labeling, and resorting and moving stuff around, and, happily for my mother, throwing stuff out.

I have a bit of a problem throwing stuff out, and have stuff I bought eons ago, that has been gathering dust, because I might want it someday. Never mind that in all of those years I have never once wanted these items...

Well, I hope all this organizing has been the start of a new life for my stuff. I hope I can someday say, "Gee, what did I do with that beautiful wool yarn I bought?", and I will say back to myself, "Its in the drawer marked 'wool yarn'!", and I will go there and find it. Of course we won't talk about the fact that I talk to myself so much.

My yarn, by the way, fills seven of those large Sterilite drawers! I knew I had a lot, but seven drawers? Oh my! Oh my! I had no idea! (in the voice of Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh)

Well, my vacation is over, and I went back to work today. It was a day I would not care to repeat. Suffice it to say, I am glad it is over. I am on call tomorrow, and they notified me this evening even before I left work, that they needed me tomorrow morning. So onward I go.

I hope you all have had a good day, and enjoy the weekend!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Its been too long...

I haven't posted lately, and I have no real excuse. I am on vacation and am spending it cleaning, mostly. I have been doing some major reorganizing (actually they were never really organized to start with) of my things.

I received two tear-jerker emails today. The first was from my cousin Jeannie's husband, Jerry. He told of Jeannie's passing on Sunday. She was one month short of her 61st birthday, much too young in this age of 70-80+ lifespans.

Jeannie was my 4th cousin, and I came to know her in the course of our genealogy work. She sent me a fat letter with the return address labeled"Your cousin Jeannie..." I had no idea who she was at the time, but I had emailed another cousin a few days before about an inquiry he had made at the local historical society, concerning mutual relative he was researching. He in turn contacted Jeannie, and she sent me pictures and copies of documents that I would not have been able to find without her.

My aunt Betty and I went up to her home just north of Buffalo, and she pulled out dozens and dozens of newspaper clippings and photos that her grandmother had collected over many years, concerning family and friends. It was a true treasure trove!

Jeannie was a truly delightful woman, and a very family oriented person. She and her husband looked after their parents with such devotion. Jeannie's Mom is still living at nearly 97 years old, and I am sure Jerry will take good care of her, but Jeannie won't be there.

Though I did not see Jeannie often, I will remember her with fondness.

The second email was a sappy one from my neice, Mandi. She is not one to write sentimental stuff, but at the age of (almost) 21, she has been taking stock of her life, and reached out to her friends and family to express her love. She has been through a lot in her life, and has come through it to become a young woman that I am so proud of.

By the time I was done replying to these two emails, I was a drippy ball of tears, as you can imagine.

Well, now, it is getting late, and my bed is calling me...

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Miserable...

I feel miserable. I have a head cold that is making me sleepy(medication or loss of sleep?), out of sorts, and just plain cranky. I am still getting used to the new work schedule, so my sleep is still out of sync. I do find myself waking up at about 8am on my days off, so I am getting with it physically, but I have been an evening person for so long, I am having trouble telling myself to GO TO BED!
I do some of my best work in the evening hours, and that is when I am most creative. It was a bit of a problem at work, because I was getting great crafty ideas, but was not at a place where I could follow my creatve muses.
I took to carrying a small notebook in my pocket, and would write down ideas I had. When I was sitting doing close observation on patients, my mind would race with ideas, and I would plan out craft projects, knitting patterns, shopping lists, stories, and sometimes just intricate patterns (doodles).
I am on notebook # 4, and that is just since last winter. One of them was compromised when I fell in a creek (don't ask...it was stupid...), but the others are still in pretty good shape, despite being in my pocket day after day.
I went shopping at a LYS (Local Yarn Shop for all you non-knitters) the other day, and am proud to say, I got enough yarn to satisfy my cravings, and kept the purchase under $60. I bought some Taos wool for a felted bag...pattern yet to be determined. I got some Panda Cotton in nice variegated blues and green, and some Panda Wool in a pretty teal. Both are for socks, the teal for a pattern I am designing myself, and the other for a generic sock.
I found a skein of Panda Cotton in a color called Red Cinnamon, but there was only one, and I needed two for socks. I wanted it for a pair of the Socktopia pattern called Fawkes, after the Harry Potter phoenix. I am going to see if I can find any online...

Monday, October 8, 2007

Sorry it took so long...

I am now working a new shift schedule, and as such, I am a bit out of sync, so to speak. I am now working 7a-7p, instead of 3p-11p. I have just had a rough weekend at work (in an adult mental health unit) and am just coming out of my stupor. So, forgive my lack of posting here and elsewhere. I sent off a package of goodies to my swap partner, Scarlett, and she received them safely last week. I sent:

a Gryffindor scarf/hat set,
a Molly Weasley crocheted bag,

a crazy quilted tea cozy,

some Weasley's Wizard Wheezes brand Ton Tongue Toffees,

a cauldron pincushion,

a set of Harry potter dishcloths

in two Mrs. Scowers' Magical Mess Remover canisters.


I received her package to me on Wednesday, and it was full of cool stuff!

A Ravenclaw project tote,

a replica of Hermione's beaded bag,

a chocolate frog box and card,

key chain charms,

a crazy quilted handbag,

a framed photo of the Weasley family on vacation in Egypt,

and a letter from Hermione Granger-Weasley.

This is my first swap, and I am glad Scarlett was happy with what I made her. I think I had as much enjoyment in her reaction as I did in mine. I look forward to more swaps, an hope they are all as much fun as this one has been!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

I'm a Ravenclaw!