Friday, December 30, 2011

Penultimate Day

So it's the second last (penultimate) day of 2011.  Seems like there's still a fair whack of clearing the decks to go LOL!

I've copied the list to here and have made notes to inspire me to get myself moving today and tomorrow!

So this year's House Clear the Decks is as follows:
Kitchen windowsill   Still dusty/leafy.
Kitchen bench (where all the papers from kinder/school land) Still a pile a foot deep.
Hand washing (mostly hand knits) Round one done, up to round two.
Under the bed (mine-where the yarn hides out) Had the yarn out, does that count?
Clothes washing away every day (slim chance but hey lets add it anyway!) There's only yesterday's load out at the moment, lets not talk about last week, slips syly away.
File the filing (currently in a box or two or three in the corner of my bedroom) Still there
Bed side table (including: read the books and return them to their owners) Still there

The Crafting Clear the Decks list is:
Scarf for Teacher #1  Done and delivered
Scarf for Teacher #2 Done and delivered
Cowl In Progress - was at 5 repeats on 8/12 is now at 11 repeats complete out of 18, nice progress there.
Shawl for me Done - just needs blocking - a job for today
Binding onto quilt for Libby's baby Done and delivered

The Crafting list got a lot of attention this month, perhaps that's why the House list suffered :-)
Looks like the kitchen is getting a once over, my shawl is getting blocked and the hand washing is getting done, perhaps I might make it back to under the bed and give it a vacuum or a sweep as well (or maybe the child who loves using the vacuum can have a go!).  Will also work some more on the cowl while supervising/watching the boys play.  
The filing and bedside table look like they make the long term list!  

A pretty successful Clearing the Decks, especially if I manage the kitchen, blocking and washing today.  I'll pop back in later for an update.

So how did your Clearing the Decks go this December?

We've had a wonderful Christmas, very low key, no events at our house, we've seen both sides of the family and even extended cousins but no major stresses and the usual Christmas baggage just didn't appear so it's been a nice change.  The kids received a few well chosen gifts and have spent the last few days working out how games are played (lots of board/people based games), where to put the pieces in the 200 piece puzzle of Where's Wally?, how the popcorn maker works and today will be how the Animal Kingdom Mini Cake maker works.

Best Wishes to you all for a Happy and Healthy 2012.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Slowing down

It seems funny to be two days before Christmas and writing about slowing down but, yes, we are, and I am, slowing down.  Yesterday the two big boys finished at school and on Tuesda the littlest one finished up.  So as of this morning, we are slowing down.  All of the child related Christmas events have ended: Kinder break up for the child's group and for the whole Kinder, Childcare break up, Class Christmas parties, School Carols and Sports night, Orientations for next year, tennis and swimming lessons are done for the year as well.  My Committee related events have finished up: AGM, Handover, End of Year Christmas Party, tieing (why is that not a real word? To tie doesn't have a "y" why would tieing be spelt tying?)  up loose ends on the positions I've held this year.  Now I just have to put things into the right piles and pass them onto the next people holding the positions. Everything is starting to slow down.  We've had Christmas with my family earlier in the month and we are doing Christmas lunch with Jules' family and then lunch with his cousins on Boxing Day and that's it.  Nothing here, just us and possibly my sister and BIL and niece at some point, all nice and easy.  Ahhhhhhhh.  Nice!

The clearing the decks has been happening in fits and starts, it's amazing how much less time I've had this month compared to last month.  Here I was thinking I'd have time to clean and in the end everything is in pretty much the same state as at the beginning of the month.  Oh except we've been out to various functions and knitting has been happening for gifts so other stuff has been happening, just not clearing!  But between Christmas and New Years we have no plans so that's when it will be happening, I hope!

Onto the knitting.

I'm working on a cowl in Black Wollmeise for a friend.  It's coming along nicely, almost halfway there.  I was knitting on it yesterday at a friend's house while watching the boys play in the pool and it's such a simple pattern it just keeps going around and around, relaxing really.

I've made two scarves for the Teachers of the big boys.  I dove into the stash and came up with two skeins of Debbie Bliss Pure silk, one in a beautiful off white and the other a pink I'm having trouble describing, so you'll just have to look at the pictures.  I think it has been described as Strawberry, but there's less red than I'd expect for Strawberry.  I winged the pattern, wanted something patterny on the ends and plain through the middle, so played until something looked good :-)

Have cast on for a pair of socks, the yarn was at the ready, the pattern is Cookie A's Sake which is very pretty, have worked out whether I need to make adjustments because the pattern is only for one size.  Once I've done that I'll be casting on :-)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Clear the Decks

Must be December, oh yes, we're on to day 2 already!  Definitely time for another round of Clearing the Decks in December.  I like the feel of facing a new year with a clean house.  It makes a big difference to my attitude to the year.  I certainly wasn't in the mood to do it last year, the end of which was completely stressful.  But this year I'm all good for Christmas (haven't bought the pressies yet, but I'm ok with that), and I'm looking forward to the festive celebrations followed by our annual trek to the beach in January for a round of camping with the kids.

So this year's House Clear the Decks is as follows:
Kitchen windowsill
Kitchen bench (where all the papers from kinder/school land)
Hand washing (mostly hand knits)
Under the bed (mine-where the yarn hides out)
Clothes washing away every day (slim chance but hey lets add it anyway!)
File the filing (currently in a box or two or three in the corner of my bedroom)
Bed side table (including: read the books and return them to their owners)

The Crafting Clear the Decks list is:
Scarf for Teacher #1
Scarf for Teacher #2
Shawl for me
Binding onto quilt for Libby's baby

I think that's enough for now.

So what will you be clearing up this December???