Sunday, May 22, 2016

Week 22, May 22, 2016

Tickety-Boo:  Pain au chocolat in an instant.  Lorrie at Fabric Paper Thread shared these in her Five on Friday blogpost last week.  Take a look here.  Scroll down to the fifth item.

I promised you a break this week, so here goes.

Time for Others:  I resolved to send more cards.  I made up my five from our fixed layouts, but will post those after Katie and I get together when she returns from her trip.  I made three others while I was in the mood.

Tidying:  I spent so much time looking for things that I decided to reorganize my papers, stick-ons, and backgrounds.  I spent two days at it.  I had no idea that I'd accumulated so much.  Time to Share:  I made up some packets for Katie's seven card students.  Each one contains this:

Card Ladies, if you're reading this, I'll get the packets to Katie in time for you to pick them up on June 1.

And then I gathered some overstock for Katie's classes:

 There's a lot more here than you'd think.  I'll bet it doesn't miss weighing 3 pounds by much.

Tidying:  There's more.  The organizing bug really hit me.  I started on my clothes.  I need lots more time to do clothes.  I gathered up some which I'm too fat to wear and took them to Friend Kathy who recently lost a lot of weight.

And I told Friend Joey that I could go weeks without wearing the same outfit twice.  We talked about this a bit, and then I got curious; so much so, that starting tomorrow, I'm going to put together a different outfit each day and see how long I can go.  I won't cheat.  If it's too small, I won't use it.  This should give me some incentive to lose weight.  I have some really pretty things I can't wear.  Also,  I'll use some things twice.  I certainly don't need enough black or white pants to go with all the tops.  And I might use a top with different pants, or scarf, etc., but no outfit will be a duplicate.  This doesn't mean that I'll wear each one that day.  I'm not going to wear white pants to work in the yard or a sequined top to clean house.  By the time I'm finished, I'll have my clothes all organized and this will seem like a game and won't be so overwhelming as doing it all at once.  Of course, photos, but I'll put them at the end of the post so you can skip over them if you wish.

Thank you:  I kept getting books in the mail which go with the set I'm collecting.  I had just ordered some books, but I'm making up three sets for others, but I didn't remember ordering some of the ones I received.  As it turned out, Brother Danny surprised me with the last five to complete my set.  I'm only missing Sporting Scene because I doubt that I'll be doing any deer, pheasant, quail, or wild turkey hunting.  Isn't this exciting?  What a thoughful brother.

Things that Grow:  Now I'm working in my long-neglected yard, so next week will be another short post.  Those ladies from Five on Friday post photos of their gardens and got me inspired.  If you haven't checked them out yet, go here.  Amy has this all organized.  She's the dearest, sweetest lady you'd ever hope to meet.  After you see her Five, there will be a lot of names.  Click on the first one and view her five.  Close that window and you'll go back to the list for the next name.  You'll see why I'm feeling like a second class citizen with my yard of weeds.

Travel:  Actually former Travel.  I told you I'd share some of the photos from the Tulip Festival in Pella, Iowa.  If you've never been to one, please put it on your list.  The street sweeping is lots of fun.

This little guy had enough and threw his broom down.

I was on a bus tour and we also went to John Wayne's birthplace and the Amana Colonies. The tulip festival also included a flower show and I toured the home of the founder of the city.  If you're interested in more, let me know and I'll put more photos in next week's post, because it will also be a short one.

Sorry, I forgot to tell you to make a wish on the Flower Moon on May 21.  I'll try to do better in June.

Thoughts and Quotes:  Most worthwhile achievements are the result of many little things done in a single direction.
                                                                                                Dr. Nido Qubein

 I'll try to remember this tomorrow when I'm pulling weeds.



  1. You have been busy with all your sorting out, such a great way to sort out clothes to put together an outfit each day. The photos of the tulip festival were amazing.

    1. I'm really curious to see how many days I can do the outfit thing. Actually, I should say "weeks". The only which will hold me back is taking off some weight.

  2. Lovely to catch up on all of your news! Thank you for the mention of Five On Friday, so kind of you. I hope that you enjoy your outfit planning, sounds like a good way to make sure that you wear all of your clothes if you are like me and normally just stick to the same outfits. Hope you have a good week!

    1. Amy, one of these days I'll take time to figure out how to join the Five on Friday. I'm a little slow with new things, so I'll just continue to enjoy everyone else for awhile longer.

  3. Thank you for visiting my blog. Here's the link to the tea house: That would be great if you can go there with your daughter! You've inspired me with your organizing your closet. I need to bet busy and start decluttering my home. The photos of the tulip festival are lovely! Have a great day, Pat xx

    1. Noted and filed. Thank you. I won't be going to CA for awhile, as my kids are coming here for a visit in June.

      Use caution when you start decluttering. It becomes an obsession, so wait until you have the time. You won't even want to stop to do laundry or cook dinner. Honest.

  4. Thank you for commenting on my blog. It's been awhile, so you probably don't remember, but I had to take a break. I'm trying to get caught up now and I just love this post. I have a dresser plus more full of scrapbooking supplies that would be great for cards. I don't know that I'll ever scrap again, but I would like to use up the supplies.
    Also, after you wear something, when you go to hang it back up, turn the hanger around in the opposite direction. When you "run out of stuff to wear" and you still have hangers facing you, those are the clothes you are probably not going to wear. I think I'm going to start in again as I tend to do this every year or so and I find I have a lot of clothes I don't wear, yet they are hanging in my closet.
    I need to lose weight too. I'm really trying.

    Cindy Bee

    1. I was looking for something else and found your comment today. Don't know how I missed being notified. Sorry. I wanted to say that the hanger idea is great and I'll use it as a way to know what I've photographed. I'm always afraid that if I get rid of something, it will be exactly what I need to match something I just bought. After I match up all my outfits, I'll put the "overstock inventory" in the guest room closet and then maybe I'll be able to choose some things to discard. On the bright side, I just gave some things to a friend who recently lost weight, and now I don't even remember what's missing from my closet. That should be a clue that there's way too much, right?

      My kids are coming to visit from CA on Sunday, and after their visit I'll get serious about losing weight, so I can wear my "B" clothes. I'm in "C's" right now. The "A's" are way down the line. I did get rid of all my A pants which were dry clean. A gut-wrenching task, as it felt like failure. Oh, well. Onward and upward!

      Have you tried making cards with your scrapping supplies? You can get two cards from an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of card stock. Cut it to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 and fold to 5-1/2 x 4-1/4. I buy the envelopes at Staples. I also made a template and make envelopes from wrapping paper, magazine sheets, sheet music, etc. which add a bit of beauty or whimsy. I'll show this in my June 12 post, so you'll see what I mean. You probably know all this, but just in case.....