Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wednesday afternoon notes to self.

Enjoy Fuji apples. Eat as many as you can, it will be a whole year before they are in season again.

Wear a piece of vintage lace as a head-band. It will make you feel pretty and disguise your dirty hair.

Clean the bathroom more often.

Believe compliments.

Drop everything for Pepper. She needs to be inspired and played with.

Start collecting prizes for the grade six dinner fundraiser.

Go to the doctor about my shoulder. It's been too sore for too long now.

When one door closes it can be disappointing and sad, but almost always means another door will soon open.

Read a few pages of a book every night to wind down.

Sew something soon before you forget how.

Try to do a load of washing every day.

Spend alone time with Jazzy.

Look through the caravan trip photos and tell stories with the girls.

Don't let a lack of confidence stop you.

Go to bed earlier.

Pasta bake is great comfort food.

Do something about Indi's curtain.

A text message is better than nothing.

Find out if geraniums are frost tolerant.

It doesn't matter if I have no time now. I will have plenty of time next year when she starts school.

Believe the girls when they tell me they are sick in the morning.

Don't think so much about the end result. Enjoy the journey.

Don't save the preserves. Now is when we made them for.

Plant more colourful flowers in the garden out the front.

Go and get those alpacas.

Put all the phone dates on the calender.

Pic 1 - Monday's homestead motif from here.
Pic 2 - Tuesday's motif Light and Shade - from this book.
Pic 3 - Today's motif American Beauty - also from this book.
Pic 4 - Picking salad leaves for the shed raiser's lunch.
Pic 5 - Watching the sky all day because the shed raisers were putting the roof on.
Pic 6 - Two of my smalls.
Pic 7 - The shed. Post to come sometime soon.

Phew! It feels great to get all of that out.
Do you have a head full of stuff too?
Do you have anything to add to my list?
Care to share something on your own?



  1. I love your list!!!
    Mine would also have
    Slow down.
    Go after your dreams.

  2. I love a good list. So damn satisfying to cross stuff off. Even when you do something, realise it's not on your list, you add it, only to cross it off straight away... other people do that right?...right??

    ps. I'm hooking like a woman possessed. So freakin' fun! That's happily on my list.

  3. That's a great list! I love putting my thoughts down like that.

    I have geraniums and they thrive all year around. Don't believe they are too fragile when it comes to frost ~ although ours are a little sheltered (around the cubby house)

  4. Oh Kate...You pretty well covered it for me...Plus a few more...
    We grow Geraniums here and we get lots of frosts...But I think they still need some shelter from a large everygreen tree ...
    I think I would add "Get some Chickens"...I need to feel more in-touch with the "wildlife" should get me outside a bit more too...

  5. Love that list, looks a litle like my head list too. Only thing I would have to add is 'take long daily walk' and 'think big'.

  6. * Ponder wisdom of accepting a 10 yo Belgium boy with limited English into your home for a week in late July.
    * Try and figure out how to make house sufficiently presentable for his grandmother to come meet you and assess your suitability for such in just two days time.
    * Move away from timesuck that is computer to try and start doing stuff to make Number 2 happen.

  7. Mine would be:
    - Work out where to live
    - Pack up apartment
    - Clean it
    - In doing so, sort out life by 16 June…!!!

    I'm going to keep my eye out for fuji apples - one of my faves :)

  8. Go see Drew Taylor (osteopath) in Daylesford for a sore shoulder. The man is a magician. xo

  9. I like Fuji apples and will be looking out for them now. I think it depends on what type of geranium and how heavy your frost is. My Dad had his under shelter, an open carport for most of those in pots or a canopy of hessian bag. He grew them as a hobby and had heaps of named varieties. The soft leafed pelagoniums are more frost tender from memory. My list, TALK to friends not just email or text!

  10. Love your list!!
    Very inspiring x

  11. always, always got a list like this
    wish I could write it down
    and sort out that box of kids art work before I forget whos is whos

  12. Do you want our alpacas? They're both wethers, about five years old. We need to find them a new home.

  13. Always have a list on the go! Its a fine balance between being inspired and being worn down with too many things to do. Regarding your geraniums, I always believed that they weren't frost resistent, but the ones I planted last year survived our miserable UK winter.

  14. Let's see...
    Find a cardboard box big enough for my boy Scout to sleep in for the Red Shield Appeal Sleepover. Make some finger buns. Think about dyeing my hair to get rid of all these sprouting grey hairs. Hope that the fish that isn't quite dead doesn't die. Get a production line of hoodies happening for my boys. Decide if I want to go to my veterinary 25 year reunion (which would mean flying my mum here to babysit but would mean a weekend away with hubby and catching up with some old but dear friends) Worry about my always volatile relationship with my oldest. Enjoy the Autumn days before it gets too cold.

    Enjoy those preserves. I am envious.

  15. Loving the prolific crochet, and the equally prolific lists. you are a queen of lists you know, and inspiring ones, not the ones that include things like dentists and BAS returns. Perhaps you could channel all this crochet activity into some yarnbombing- come over and see what we did for our school fete. melx

  16. Listing keeps me sane! I have a whiteboard next to the fridge where I list everything, from crafting goals to dr's appointments to household tasks. It feels so good to erase them one by one. (And I think it's a visual reminder to everyone else in the house how much I do ;) )

  17. I am moving house in 2 weeks so my list is horrendous! I'm trying to have some time out at the moment but it keeps floating around my head.

    Interestingly, the point you made about eating the preserves is the one I most relate to - I am a terrible 'saver', meaning that I save the jam for a special time, don't wear the 'good' dress, don't write with the 'good' pen... what on earth am I saving these things for? I need to get better at allowing myself to use this stuff... and eat the preserves : )

  18. Love the list and the crochet x now go get those alpacas!!!

  19. Hmmmm
    -ring my mum

    -finish the cross stitch!

    - crochet something soon ebfore you forget how!

    - compliment Kate on her lovely house crochet square- imagine a whole blanket of them!! How lovely it is and how clever you are.

    - get out the pregnancy diary I wrote when preggars with Busy and read some to her

    -start the new pregnancy diary.

    -plan some funstuff for the weekend while Chef is away having man time.

    -Get Busy new ballet shoes

    -measure Busy on the wall as she is getting so tall

    -do some hill runs on the weekend with Busy

    I may have to refer to this list later!


    I agree pasta bake is the best comfort food EVER!

  20. A good list, I do like lists!
    Get to the Doc.soon (then you will feel physically and mentally able to cope with anything, I suspect you are putting it off!). You might need some physio and anti-inflams for a while. Go soon. You owe it to yourself and those who love you to take care of yourself.
    I'll shut up now!

  21. I love lists. I always have a list of things to be done. I love a clean bathroom too. Even if it means just giving the sink and toilet a quick clean. Somehow it makes the whole rest of the house seem cleaner too. I feel like that about kitchen sinks too. Clean and sparkly is nice.

    I like your list. Have a great day!

  22. I'll just copy and paste your list... alter a few names/places/spaces and I'm set to go... Thanks for helping :-)

  23. I love when you do posts like these, it totally clears my brain for much needed space too!

  24. Yes, my head spins with stuff/jobs/ideas constantly.
    I don't write them down and consequently forget things, muddle things and have a little panic far too often.
    I think writing them down like this could be the key .....

  25. Too much to type. My head is a mess of thoughts & I have no inclination to sort them out. Perhaps tomorrow or the next day. For now I just need to be....But your list is lovely, especially the point about doors opening & closing. I needed to hear that.

  26. todays list is going to be tomorrows list with not much taken off but with a whole lot more added to it.
    Been one of those days!

  27. I guess you are already using a hot wheat pack for your shoulder... as well as seeing the doctor of course... I found they worked wonders with my sore bits.. not to mention warm and cosy and a good excuse to sit down...

  28. I love your point about dropping everything for your little one. That is something I remind myself of everyday. They will never be this age again, and you won't ever get this day back.
    One thing on my list is stop being scared of crochet - you can do it!
    As for geraniums, ours survive light frost. But turn into blackened twigs at my parent's, they get super heavy freeze your water pipes type frosts.
    Kate x

  29. OMG KAte you are so inpsipring. I have so much in my head and my clock is definitely ticking way too fast at the moment. If I wrote it all down I think I would pass out from fear. Well done to you :)

  30. It can be so good to get everything that's swimming around in your head out and written down! I hope you feel better for it. What a great reminder to spend as much time with your little one as possible before she heads off to school. I must remember this one too!! Hope your shoulder feels better Kate and thanks for sharing:)

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