Sunday, May 4, 2014

Out of balance

Oh I do wish I could find a way to strike a balance between all the things I want to do and have to do.   I want to work outside but than things inside slide.  I want to stitch but that means things in the yard don't get done.  I could find myself busy outdoors all weekend but then there is no grocery shopping and we don't eat.  I have some needed website maintenance to do but than I can't stitch.  Oh me oh my!   No wonder I had so many things partly finished!   My daughter innocently commented a few weeks any room in your house finished?   I guess it struck a cord.  Trim needs painting in one room, another room has one wall with no quarter round, a new bathroom floor and new threshold are needed for the powder room, drywall repairs elsewhere, curtains need to be made for yet another room, and let's not even talk about the bedroom and closet doors upstairs that neighbor installed but never finished before he decided to divorce his wife and move away.  (Geez, I guess in the case of the doors, it shouldn't be all about me!).   Anyway I could fill a sheet of paper with all the "little things" that need to be finished (see below - I actually filled THREE sheets of paper!!!).  It can be so overwhelming with where to start sometimes!  Maybe I can tackle one a week and be realistic along the way by moving some of the chores to a list for a handy man to hire! and more important not stray and start yet another household project until some of these are done.  (I hear the laughter from family)

Some more things not completed but with progress to share.  Grace Mason took a giant leap towards completion.  I worked solely on Grace Mason at my stitching retreat in Ocean City Maryland last weekend.

This row is not fully stitched but the major counting and placement has been done.  Completion, of this row at least,  is not far behind.  Two of the eight of us stitching this are completed and framed.   The rest of us are at about the same place.

For my semi-annual retreat, the three-day weekend morphed into a four-day weekend a few years ago and I think it may turn into a five-day weekend in the fall.   (See my other blog for details).  I hope to dedicate the majority of all things stitching to this piece until I can complete it.......yeh, like that is really going to happen.  I am sure something bright and sparkling will cause me to stray.

Also a little to show on Penny America.  Not much to show with only a few stitches in each lunchtime.

This is a fun stitch that is near and dear to me.  I will keep plugging away, a few stitches each lunch hour.

Today I will do some much needed computer work and will work on putting things where they belong I the house.   I'd like to know how things go so quickly from being orderly to there being so many things out of place in the house!?!  Maybe that way I can strike that balance I need and tackle one household chore/repair at a time and actually run a great big fat sharpie marker line through that hire.

OMGosh!  I actually made that 'to do' list.   Either I do to much or I haven't done enough and created this backlog.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week one and all.  Hopefully I will be back to share progress on all fronts soon.


Shirlee said...

Oh Robin, I share your angst regarding wanting to do one thing, yet that means another can't be done ... or wanting to do more than one thing ... & having a multi-page list of what needs to be done & wondering if it all ever will. Argh! Maybe we're all a little bit like this? I love that Penny America & really need to add it to my stash. I've seen so many people stitching it & it calls to me every time. Grace looks beautiful! Ocean City is where DH & I spent our honeymoon. I'm sure it's changed a lot since back then (1976)!

llknbillburg said...

I know just what you mean about that to-do list. Seems like as soon as you get one done, you have another one started! Nothing to do but keep plugging away. You're making good progress on your WIPs, even if it doesn't seem like it right now. Both of these on my to-do list!! LOL

Robin said...

Penny America and Grace Mason are looking good!

Maybe if you tackle the chore or task that is closet to be finished that would help you. Or work in the yard for an hour, then do the grocery shopping or vice versa.

Enjoy your week!

Robin in Virginia

Anne said...

Grace Mason is just so gorgeous! Well done on continuing to stitch on her. Penny America is sweet too. I love lists and need to write things down all the time in order to keep things in order!!! I'm sure if you tackle one once a week, the list will dwindle and you will feel things being accomplished!

cucki said...

Beautiful stitches....
I love it so much ❤️
Big hugs and love x

stitchersanon said...

I'm forever trying to get the balance right..if you find the answer to how to juggle then please let me know. Love your stitching projects xx

stitchersanon said...

I'm forever trying to get the balance right..if you find the answer to how to juggle then please let me know. Love your stitching projects xx

Andrea said...

Wonderful stitching. Aren't lists great! Tackle one job at a time and then cross that one off that list!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Beautiful progress on Grace, the colours are so gorgeous.

I try to focus on the things which give me most pleasure (stitching and blogging!) Everything else gets a small amount of time, half an hour for each job and then I'm done.

How inconsiderate of your neighbour not to try make his marriage work until he'd finished your job!! Hire a single man next time LOL

Brigitte said...

Oh my, I can hear you on that, lol. Stitching, reading, quilting, gardening, decluttering - what to do first and how to not neglect the other things? I haven't found the solution yet, lol.