Wednesday, 30 September 2009

No Place Like Home

Today I'm going to move 100 things in my apartment to either a better spot or a different spot. That will renew the energy and clean out dusty corners and give me a chance to hold and appreciate everything I already own, and count my blessings. I want to start sewing some long over due projects so I can start with moving the things that are blocking the sewing machine. I also want to play my piano so I need to move the things that are blocking the piano. I'm going to give 100 items a new 'Home'.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Tues. Empty Out Your Head


Today's theme was to spend time alone journaling and reading and knitting and just hearing my own thoughts. To know what I really thought and not what was just being layered over my thinking by other people and the media. To work on my own inner psychology, if you will.

Monday, 28 September 2009

Plan a Recipe

I want to make cherry tarts so I got some Philo dough at the market so I would actually do the recipe when I have time. Right now we have too much food that needs to be eaten first, but everything is ready for when I get a chance to make them. I'm going to use a recipe off the Internet but I haven't found just the right one yet. Or I'll just improvise.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Making New Friends

Today's theme was making new friends. I knew I was going to a Stitch and Bitch and was pretty sure there would be new people there. I wasn't disappointed. I met Heidi, who was busy crocheting a wiggly cat toy, and Laura, who was knitting a wide scarf. I worked on some crocheting and then some knitting. My boyfriend worked on his gourd bowls. Marianne was making some socks out of alpaca and wool that she'd spun herself. I wish I'd taken a drop spindle. Oh well maybe next time.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Paint on Something

My theme today is to get little things and paint on them. Add embellishments like daisies or spirals or polka dots. Jazz things up a bit. Personalize some gifts. Make some stationary. Put a little liquid happiness on things.
Today I got some fancy paint, then couldn't find anything I wanted to put it on. Does that mean I was a failure or a success?

Friday, 25 September 2009

Write Something in Cursive (Long Hand)


Is cursive going the way of the dinosaur? My boyfriend told me about this article on the decline of cursive writing as schools transition to the world of keyboards and computer communication. http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/2009/09/19/2009-09-19_cursive_writing_is_a_fading_skill_but_do_we_care_enough_to_save_it.htmlCursive It's going to be one more skill future generations won't have if no one cares enough to preserve it. So my goal today was to write a letter in cursive to my penpal Carol, but also to continue doing my 3 pages a day of journal writing by long hand whenever I have the chance. Today I realized my right hand became fatiqued quickly as I tried to write in cursive. The fine motor control required will disappear with lack of use. Try to think to when you wrote at least a page in cursive recently. I've always loved penmanship and it's not a skill I'd want to lose.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Friday: Brush Up on My Cursive Writing

Tomorrow's theme is going to be work on cursive writing. My boyfriend just read somewhere that cursive writing is a dying art and that a lot of schools aren't even teaching it anymore. That's because we are email and word processor junkies. When is the last time you wrote a letter by hand? I do make my hard covered journal posts in long hand, so I probably get more practice than most people, but it wouldn't hurt to brush up on my letter forms.

Catch Up On Reading

My theme for today was to grab the novel I've been trying to finish before it's due at the library and read as much of it as possible. My goal of reading 100 books of year has kind of fallen by the wayside. I also have the next book in the series I need to read. They are due at the same time.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Be Kinder to People

As I was out shopping today, I made it my goal to be kinder to people. Clerks, staff, waitresses and so on. It was a very hot day and people's nerves get frayed.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

I'm In Love With an Airship Pirate

Today's theme was to write an original song to go with my new Steampunk obsession. I'm aiming at writing a song a day but this was my first song in a while.

Monday, 21 September 2009

Immerse Yourself in Belly Dancing

Since I managed to miss Rachel Brice at the Cairo Carnivale, and just happened upon her on Youtube, I decided to dedicate today's theme to belly dancing. Honestly, had I known she'd been there I would have gone. I've probably been to that event 10 times in 30 years.I've even danced to that song before.
 

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Study World Cultures

Today I went to the Paleoplanet gathering where a friend walked me through the process of making a berimbau and a caxixi. It's an instrument that the Brazilians brought with them from Africa. It is used to accompany the martial arts style called capoeira. Since I won't be flipping over like that any time soon, I can at least appreciate the music.

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Putting Shopping Carts On My Websites

Today's theme is 'Putting Shopping Carts on My Websites'. But after about 2 hours of that I can't take it any more. At least I made some progress. I found out my Webhost has a free shopping cart system. So that's a plus. My goal is to get my 3 websites to bring in an income. At least some income, any income. I'm paying about $120 a year for my webhost and come Oct. all three of my domain names will be due for renewal. So yeah, I want those to start earning their keep. So every day I'm going to do something to improve them.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Embrace Your Inner Witch

Today I worked on my inner witch. I needed to recycle some cans and bottles today. It's always crowded at the recycling place. So I visualized a slow time with no one there but me and the workers. When I pulled in, the two workers were sitting under the shade tree and not another person was using the facility. I was in and out of there in ten minutes.
Then I visualized my favorite watermelon popsicles, and had an urge to pull into a liquor store by my house that I don't normally go to, and right inside their front door was a freezer with my favorite popsicle right on top. Yay!


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Thursday, 17 September 2009

FIRST POST: Cleaning Up After Yourself

I thought it would be way cool really good fun to have a theme of the day for my life, or you can adopt this blog and do it with me. I was in the shower where most good ideas are born, and I thought I should have a daily theme and today's should be 'cleaning up after yourself'. So voila, a new blog is born. I started with emptying out the dishwasher so dirty dishes don't pile up in the sink. And I picked up some stray things in the bathroom and found a better spot for them. My bathroom counter space sometimes looks like a knick-knack shelf.