BHAY Post 1: My Big Hairy Audacious Toe – foreshadowing, or my computer’s encounter with gravity?

I hope there ’s nothing symbolic or meaningful in the fact that the first day of my Big Hairy Audacious Year begins with a limp. Not just a limp, but a limp caused by dropping my laptop computer so that it’s narrow edge landed on my big toe, a big toe without a shoe toContinue reading “BHAY Post 1: My Big Hairy Audacious Toe – foreshadowing, or my computer’s encounter with gravity?”

Blog #31: Belated Birthday Blog

Due to circumstances totally within my control, my “Return” key is now sticking to the point where it takes a lot of pressure and several attempts for it to do its job.  Therefore, today’s post will be fairly short so I don’t have to use that key very often. As some of you will remember,Continue reading “Blog #31: Belated Birthday Blog”

Blog #30: Counter Productive Thoughts on Kitchen Renovation (see what I did there, lol)

I’m not sure when DIY shows became staples of our TV watching habits: the first show I watched was Trading Spaces, where neighbors would remodel a room in each other’s home with the help of an interior designer. Since then, HGTV comes into view when I visit many friends and family – it’s just fascinatingContinue reading “Blog #30: Counter Productive Thoughts on Kitchen Renovation (see what I did there, lol)”

Blog 29: How a Trip to Nicaragua Revolutionized My Gift Giving

To be honest, my new perspective on gift giving began in 10th grade Earth Space Science as I received a gift-wrapped roll of LifeSavers candy from Kim for Christmas.  It wasn’t much of a gift, but it was wrapped nicely, and it was so nice to be included in her gift giving that year.  IContinue reading “Blog 29: How a Trip to Nicaragua Revolutionized My Gift Giving”

Blog #28: Holiday Gifts, Part 1 —You May Receive Homemade Gifts this Year: Here’s Help

In my kitchen there’s a purple perpetual calendar: needlepointed on canvas with a lace trim around the outside, you can change the months, rearrange the dates, even add special little tiles with the symbols for the holidays on it.  I did choose the purple color, but lace trim is not my usual decorating style, norContinue reading “Blog #28: Holiday Gifts, Part 1 —You May Receive Homemade Gifts this Year: Here’s Help”

Blog #27: Water, Water, Everywhere, so Why Don’t I Take a Drink?

While it has been a challenge to pick up my needle, the pattern and the fabric and work on my projects, and it has taken me a while to get in the habit of following the FlyLady’s routines to create a more orderly home. Blogging is an entirely new venture, so I’m learning new skillsContinue reading “Blog #27: Water, Water, Everywhere, so Why Don’t I Take a Drink?”

Blog #26: The Up-Side of Not Being Super Rich

I’m rich in many things, grateful beyond measure for my friends, family, a warm, safe place to live, the gift of a relationship with God, work that matters to me and sometimes helps others, opportunities to serve, and the privilege of a wonderful education. However, I am not one of the 1% who control soContinue reading “Blog #26: The Up-Side of Not Being Super Rich”

Blog #25: To Quit, to Fail, or Just Deal

In less than a week, it will be time to remeasure my waistline to see if there was progress; count the completed cross stitch projects and see if I the ten I wanted to have done are, indeed, finished; look back and see if I did 31 daily blogs; and record whether I was ableContinue reading “Blog #25: To Quit, to Fail, or Just Deal”

Blog #24: The Real Reasons I’m Decluttering This Time

Yes, of course I want my home to be hospitable to visitors, and of course, I deserve an orderly, beautiful space in which to be at peace and live an orderly, beautiful life. More productive if I can find a pair of scissors, any one of the four pairs of scissors I know I own?Continue reading “Blog #24: The Real Reasons I’m Decluttering This Time”

Blog 23: Bread Needs to Be Kneaded; People Need to Be Needed (Part 3 of the Three-Part Series on Redefining Productivity)

As I continue cross-stitching my way through these Big Hairy Audacious days, putting little tiny x-es in various colors in prescribed patterns, I have noticed that my pretty pointillist pictures are not particularly useful. My knitting friends are creating mittens, hats, scarves, shawls and blankets: they will keep people warm this winter. A decorated scrapContinue reading “Blog 23: Bread Needs to Be Kneaded; People Need to Be Needed (Part 3 of the Three-Part Series on Redefining Productivity)”