Marigolds - sown in spring 2011, only now in flower!
I am a very goal-orientated person. Give me something to aim for, and I know what I have to do: get there!
Without targets, I am a mess. I drift along in a fog of listlessness.
Take last week's trip to Glasgow: almost two days to go anywhere, do anything. License to buy up the whole of Mandors (bank account permitting). Films to see, exhibitions to visit, shops to browse around... and what did I do? I wandered. I made myself dizzy with indecision in the fabric shop. I spent the evening in my hotel room knitting a sock and watching "Miss Congeniality" on TV. (Oh lord, did I just confess to that?!)
Another pair of Dotty socks!
So here I am, in the middle of almost three weeks of child-free splendour, and how am I spending my evenings? Knitting socks while FL watches football on TV. Now, as much as I love knitting socks, I know that this is essentially a waste of my free time. I need to make a plan... more structure is required!
So I have decided to take myself in hand this weekend. Stop drifting from project to project, accumulating "stuff" in a random way, but take the time to work out what it is I want, and head towards achieving that.
I was looking at my me-made wardrobe the other day (post MMM) and it occurred to me that I would never buy half of those things if I saw them in a shop. And I wondered what I would wear if I was starting from scratch with no clothes at all.
How about approaching my sewing with that in mind? I need to think about this a bit more.
This weekend I will match stash fabric to patterns and set myself some realistic goals to make clothes I really want to wear - yay!
Watermelon linen with cream buttons?
Knitting feels a bit different: I would never buy a knitted shawl to wear, so why do I keep making them?
I have realised that the creation of the knitted fabric is probably more important to me than the final product. And that's OK! This is about process not product. Keep knitting that shawl, Roo!
This is a biggie and I reckon I could devote the next three years and more to improving my living space. I have been chipping away at it for months now, but think how much I could achieve if I set aside more time to sorting things out instead of moping on the sofa, surrounded by FL's heaps? More clutter clearance. Planning my bedroom makeover. Even just ordering the paint would be a start! (TICK!)
And I still have a sock-yarn-squares blanket to finish knitting... combining knitting with home improvements? Bargain!
Farrow & Ball and Eiko paint charts... but I ordered Earthborn Vanilla again! zzzzzz
I complain about the manual labour involved, but my herb garden is starting to look lively at last!
Which is more than can be said for my vegetable plot. I planted: broad beans, courgettes, beetroot, kale, broccoli and salad leaves. Hmmm... the broad beans are still alive but everything else is looking a bit sad My goal must be to keep one step ahead of the weeds and make time to enjoy what I have already created: just look at those colours!
Colour in the herb garden
Diet and Exercise
I am on a stealth mission to encourage FL to eat healthier food. Unfortunately, he spotted my ruse straightaway!
Day two of healthy living saw him brandishing a battered haggis he had bought earlier from the chip shop to augment the fresh green meal I had prepared!
But I am not giving up. He admitted that he really enjoyed my home-made vegetable-enhanced fish pie, and he didn't even comment on the veggie-ness of the macaroni dish of last night, but went back for a second helping. Yay!
I have also managed to get him to walk the dog with me twice this week. Actually WALK! We took it slow and steady to the fruit trees and back. He thanked me afterwards.
It's good for both of us!
But I need to do a bit more on my own: a quick bounce on the trampoline, chasing the dog, maybe even an exercise dvd session.