Okay, in response to some comments on yesterday's post: First, thanks for reading! And for the comments on the shawls! I'm not going to give too much away, but yes on Bee Fields and no, I did not knit Dovecote. And yes, I have shared the first six shawls, let's take a walk down memory lane......
There you have it. The six that have been publicly revealed up to now. You can click through the links which will take you to a blog post and most of the posts should allow you to see the ravelry project page for each. You know, if you have any interest at all. Another shawl left the blocking board and my house today and is in the hands of the US Postal service. I really wanted it out of here, so the photos I took were maybe a little dodgy, we'll see.
Funny thing about taking photos lately. I can't seem to get them focused. Between my contact lenses for distance which necessitate reading glasses (which I don't need if my distance isn't corrected) and that someone fiddled with that little vision adjustment thing on my camera (which I have no clue how to fix), things are just coming out a little blurry. Not good. I might just go back to my point and shoot until I figure things out, but that camera has its own limitations and with winter light bearing down on us, the whole photo thing gets really frustrating. Hey, I've got a great idea! Why not start blogging again and take photos in the dark! And get frustrated over the whole deal! Perfect timing.
There is a Ten On Tuesday going around. Ten ways to simplify your life. Well, I've got a few.
- Marry rich. Very.
- Don't have kids.
- Already had them? Okay, as soon as is socially and morally acceptable move and don't leave a forwarding address.
- Give it all away, go to Tibet or someplace like that and meditate all day. For the rest of your life.
- Sell it all and move into a small studio. Fewer things = more simple.
- Stop looking at others' things as things you want or need and look at them as things you are sure glad you don't have. It's all worry anyway. And organization. UGH! I have palpitations just thinking of how to keep stuff in order.
- Get healthy. Dealing with medical and insurance stuff is stressful and not easy. Going for a walk and turning down dessert are. And stress relieving.
- So, you're stuck with the kids and the family and the holidays are coming up, nothing simple about that, is there? I suggest going on vacation. We did one Christmas and it was so great, it might not have been simple getting there, but it was perfect once we did.
- So, too late to plan a trip to Maui? Make a deal with your family about the gifts. The fewer the better, both giving and getting. How many of the gifts you give do you think are really used and appreciated. How many of the gifts you get are really used and appreciated? Not only do I not want the stress of organizing or finding a use for something, but I also don't want to add that to somebody else's. Skipping the gifts altogether would be great, but finding a way to limit what is given and gotten is more realistic. Then the time saved shopping can be better used to go caroling, watch holiday movies, sitt by the fire with spiked eggnog, volunteering and many other simple, low stress ways to enjoy the winter.
- Avoid impulse purchases. Leave the store and if you are still thinking about it or haven't convinced yourself that you really don't need it, then go back and get it. With any luck it won't be there anymore. This is especially important this time of year, I don't like to shop and it is only now that I hit the malls or shops and see all of the things I didn't know I needed. I can very easily end up spending as much on myself as I do on gifts. And have more stuff to organize. UGH!
- Decide on a couple of things that are really the most important to you and your loved ones and make every decision with those goals in mind. While it is sometimes difficult to resist urges to do things or purchase stuff you think you really want, the actual decision making is easy. Will this thing, whatever it might be, bring me closer to my goals or farther away? Answer that question, make the choice and move on.
Okay, so eleven. And OKAY! I might not really do all of those things, I'm just saying. On any given day I just might do any of them. They would work to simplify. Remember, no forwarding address.
2010. Sixty-nine. NaBloPoMo. 2/2. How about a shack on the beach? Technically a cabin in the mountains would be more remote and simple, but I like the beach better. I'll just have to buy me an island. That brings us back to marry rich.... I'd say work hard and make the money, but what is simple about that?