To-Do Tuesday #31 & Monday Musing

Two of our friends host a weekly linky party. Brenda at Songbird Designs has a Monday linky party called Monday Musings. Our friend Carol at Quilt Schmidt hosts To-Do Tuesday with a linky party as well. We will share our weekly updates on both of their websites.

Walk Challenge Update:

My walking goal has been met every day in December. I plan to continue with that same goal of 10,500 steps per day in January.

To-Do for last month:

  1. Finish the gnome runner – maybe?
  2. One limit list for a stress-free week

To-Do #1

Yeah. The Forest Dwellers runner finish didn’t happen. Not only did it not happen, but the green and red final border comprised of 2.5″ squares hasn’t even been considered. And here it is 2024 and it’s still not finished!!

The sewing room has been all reorganized though. We removed a chair and hassock that was a dumping ground for anything brought into the room, and I’m the worst offender. In place of the chair/hassock is a five-drawer dresser. All of the fabric was sorted by color for less than a yard, yardage, 108″ backing pieces, kits, and precuts. Once that was complete, we started putting everything away in an organized fashion. I was CLUELESS as to how much we owned. Oh my goodness. I need to unsubscribe from MSQC daily emails stat as they are only enabling my weakness.

Off topic but slightly interesting:

Sue and I have both retired! Sue’s official last day was December 31 although school was out as of December 22. Our plans for the first official retirement week include signing up for a “Silver Sneakers”-like program at the YMCA near us and checking out a few classes. I’m looking forward to Chair Yoga and Mature Muscles. There are about 10 classes we want to potentially sign up and attend. Depending on the teacher and how strenuous they are, we’ll see what makes the cut. Plus, we have a certain sweet girl who is turning FIVE this week. We’ll be available for a lunch and birthday present shopping session.

What To-Do Next Week?

  1. Finish the gnome runner, darn it!
  2. Make a list of projects to focus on for 2024 and try to post more regularly
  3. Only two – no stress!

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14 Responses

  1. Congratulations to both of you on your retirement!! That is awesome!! Retirement is great, but I think I’m almost as busy than before I retired! But, at least, it’s a busy I want to be! LOL I had Silver Sneakers with my C Plus but they changed it this year. Only one Y in my area took Silver Sneakers. Now C Plus gives us a Flex card and the Y’s are working with it and it covers a membership for us. I went to my first warm water aerobics class since convid shut it down. I used to go 2-3 evenings a week, but now it’s just once a week, but at least they are offering it. Plus I can go to any Y now instead of just the one, which is a big plus to me!! Have fun!

  2. Chrisknits says:

    Congrats!!!! You will have so much fun being there for the littles, cause I know you two will be there! Enjoy and make the most of it.

  3. I say put away that Gnome runner and work on it next season…I know someone who did that with some Cookie Mats last year and they came out better than if she’d soldiered on with them then! 😉
    Now that the sewing room is uncluttered, your creative muse has room to breathe new sewing adventures into your soul…now that you’re retired, you have the freedom to do them or not! So there!

  4. Kate says:

    Congratulations on the retirements! Hopefully you can now start to really enjoy all those acquisitions to your retirement stash. Good luck with all your plans for this week.

  5. What! You have quietly retired. I know you loved your work, but that’s a step to celebrate. Welcome to retirement, very exciting. Sounds like you did a great job in the tidying up department. I. know, I am with you on how much fabric I own, trouble is I say to myself – not enough for a project, I have to add to it! You inspire me with your steps, I had stopped walking but have started again in the New Year, and I visualise you and all those steps for motivation. Not counting steps but gotta go for at least 20 minutes a day!!

  6. Rochelle Summers says:

    Congratulations on the retirements of two wonderful ladies. I only retired a little bit ago – well, 17 years ago. I’ve enjoyed it so much and can highly recommend it. You ladies get bonus points for cleaning and organizing the sewing room. I’m embarrassed for my friends to see my fabric stash. So those gnomes will be finished when the time is right. In the meantime, checking out those classes and finding your new schedule is a good start to a happy retirement. And that lunch and shopping with the five-year old sounds like a real priority to me! Hugs!! 🙂

  7. Laura says:

    There is no hurry on those cute gnomes. You will think of how you’d like them to be finished, and the project will be done for next Christmas. Retirement shouldn’t be hurried like the career is. Now it is your time and your pace! Have a great 2024! 🙂

  8. Helen says:

    I find that trying to fix a place that’s my “dumping ground” just means that it will move to a different place.
    Congratulations on the retirement! Yay!

  9. Vicki in MN says:

    Well congrats to you both, I know you have been wanting to retire for a while now!! Let the fun begin 😁. It’s amazing how much fabric we collect and don’t realize it. But now you can sew, sew, sew.

  10. Kathleen McCormick says:

    What great news! Happy retirement to Sue and you. Organizing is a great way to begin the year and a new season of life. Hooray on meeting your walking goals. I am off to the gym as we speak!

  11. Congratulations on retirement to both of you, Sue and Roseanne! I highly recommend it! Have fun doing whatever you want, whenever you want. Maybe that will include some time to finish the cute gnome runner. A five drawer dresser sounds like a great way to organize your stash, too. Happy New Year!

  12. Wendy Tuma says:

    Congratulations to Sue! I hope by now she has settled in a bit to retirement and is enjoying it. You’ll get that gnome runner done (so cute!), I have no doubt. If not this, week, then maybe it’s just not settled in your mind how to finish it yet, but something will click one of these days, and boom – it will be done! In the meantime, enjoy that newly organized room!

  13. Cheree Hull says:

    Forgot to add that I’m currently NOT opening my MSQC and other fabric store emails (I have 3 or 4 that I subscribe to) but I have gotten suckered a couple times when I read the title too quickly. (25% off Bella solids??? And I was very low on light tan/cream!). Anyhoo, isn’t it a struggle??? Trying to put myself on a buying freeze. Maybe a no buying until I hit 100k steps or something…

  14. Cheree Hull says:

    Oh wow! Happy retirement to you both! Getting all that organization done was a big job and that counts for some major progress. Think of all the time you’ll save with things all in their place! (That is my current mentality for getting rid of things!). Those Forest Dwellers will be all ready by next fall, in time to list for the season (or are you keeping the little cuties?).

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