Wednesday, December 30, 2015

More Than Five Years Ago

This is my last posting of 2015. There have been more than a few less-than-lovely years that I could hardly wait to see the end of. This isn't one of them. Even with all it's ebb and flow, this has, overall, been a good year and I'm ending it right where I want to be, moving in the direction I want to move in. YES YES!





Even with all that reflective white snow, this picture is dark BUT... I haven't posted me wearing anything in a long time and I thought you'd like to see one of my favourite outfits. The pants are Marcy's out of print Vogue 8397 and the top is her Vogue 9057 - view A - with a purchased sweater and scarf. The necklace is pure perk-me-up glitter.





I'd hoped to have my Butterick 6138 top finished only I made a mistake with the alterations and the left front was two inches too long when compared with the facings. I walked the pattern, found my error, and corrected it, which luckily could be done, and have only the hem and the buttons left to do. Hopefully, I'll post it next week. It's turning out great.



 


More than five years ago - which I know because of my photo filing system - I bought some hand dyed rayon and some indigo dyed cotton and then I knit them together... un-knit and knit them again... un-knit and re-knit them again... and again... and then tried to separate them with no success... and reknit them again and...






... they have finally found a resting place. The sweater above left is the first iteration. It's was nicely done but felt boring and aging on me. Since the yarn was so nice, I wanted to make it into something else and that started a - very - long journey. Yesterday, I wore the capelet at right with a black top, jeans, and jewelry and I loved it.





It's similar to the one I posted previously except I changed the turtle neck to a rolled edge, did three repeats of the lace edging, and used a larger needle size. The other one is a gift; this one is for me. I like the end result and I'm glad I won't be knitting this yarn again. Ta da - DONE!





I've been painting our floor. The image above right is NOT my house. It's an inspiration photo. A month or so ago, we sanded the floor intending to stain it a lighter color only the sander broke before we finished the job but luckily after all the varnish was off. Sanding floors is unbelievably messy and I couldn't face the idea of all that dust again so I decided to paint the floor... black.

And then I decided the black was too black so I played with different glazing ideas. And then I did the glazing and it's a technique for a smaller area where you can maintain a wet edge so I painted over it with black since I had a gallon of black paint. And then I put on a coat of clear and I liked the way the grain showed. And then I decided to finish the floor all in black, live with it for a while, and see what I think. It certainly looks sophisticated in this inspirational room although I'm going to need a good vacuum - LOL - or an amazing broom.





Painting has limited my time in the studio but I have been doing a lot of knitting especially when Howard is here and we want to be together. I started this sweater by picking up some yarn and one size smaller than the recommended needle size since I knit loose and casting on the maximum number of stitches from a child's pattern. From there, I developed the design bit-by-bit using my favourite stitches and what I thought might look good next.

After six inches, I measured the width, compared it to the measurement chart, picked the corresponding size, and used those vertical measurements to continue working on the sweater. I'm most of the way to finishing it and what fun to just randomly knit. Have you ever done that? Two of the things I'm working on with my coaching is taking my approach to sewing into knitting and combining knitted pieces with woven fabrics. It's exciting and I'd love to show you a finished piece only I don't have one... yet... but soon... hopefully.






Letting go obviously has several meanings. Letting go of the past; letting go of grief. But surely the most resistant is letting go of fixed ideas. Keeping our minds open to a future we can't see. 

Another of my coaching assignments was to create a collage of the woman I am becoming. It contains a lot of words and quotes including the one above. The collage is posted above the project baskets in my studio where I can see it every day. The smaller basket at left is for the jewelry piece I'm working on and the larger one at right has the top in progress as well as a cut out dress. Typically as the new year approaches, I finish up the singular project I'm working on, make sure there are no UFO's in the studio, and begin something that will take me into the new year with energy and excitement. Not this year.

This year, I am entering the new year with energy and excitement and I am also entering it differently because the same old, same old doesn't interest me. I want different results and so I'm learning to work differently. I have several projects on the go and all of them are interesting and all of them are either waiting their turn as I rotate through what I'd like to work on today or waiting for an answer to appear in order to take their next step. I've always believed that I could only work on one project at a time and it wasn't true. With effort, I've found a way to let go of that idea and the change has been energizing. What a fabulous benefit. What fixed idea could you let go of to open up your future?

One resolve for the new year is to make a priority of spending time in the studio with no attachment to the outcome, pure and simple play time! - Marcy Tilton

Like Marcy, I want to spend time in the studio playing with no attachment. Time to play will not just appear. It needs to be taken, arranged, made to happen. Play is the nurturing energy that we all so badly need in order to fulfill all our roles and responsibilities and yet it's the "gas" we so rarely put in our "gas tanks". Running on empty won't get us very far.

In my opinion, play should be much, Much, MUCH higher up on our priority list - so high up, so important, that we model it to our children in the same way that we teach them other responsibilities. One of the things I feel very strongly about is the overworked and under-fun-ed state of most of our lives. Life should not be all about work and stuff. Life is about relationships including the one that you have with yourself, the one where you explore who you are, who are you are becoming, and the special skills and abilities God gave you. What will you do differently in 2016?

Along with my life, the blog has gone through much ebb and flow this year. Thank you so much for understanding, for your support and encouragement, and for sharing my journey. It's much appreciated.

Happy New Year - Myrna

Grateful - a good year, a new year

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Three Of My Favourite Questions

One of the reasons we bought this house is because it already had a basement suite although it was in rough shape and needed a major overhaul. I painted... everything... the walls, the ceiling, the tile floor, the cabinets, and the doors. To cover up some ugly wall issues, I used paint-able wallpaper in the kitchen. It worked great. Several people described the suite as really cute.





Last Saturday, we rented it. YES YES! I've been praying that I would recognize the right person so that we could live well together in our separate but connected places. We put an ad in an on-line newspaper with no responses. Our realtor sent the ad to a list of other realtors with no responses. A friend put it on Facebook telling me that suites typically rent within a couple of hours only we had no responses for over twenty-four hours and then two people called. We rented it to the first person because she was absolutely wonderful and when I phoned the second person to let him know, his phone was disconnected. I'd had a feeling. No one else has called since. How amazing is that? I love when God answers prayer so obviously and I'm not left questioning what to do although...





... questions can be good. Three of my favourite questions are what if, how can I and what do I really want? I shared some wants in last week's posting however, the very biggest want in my life is to recapture the joy of going into the studio, being totally immersed in the work, losing track of time, and loving the exploration and discovery of the journey along with the benefits of the results. I can live without attaining other wants but I miss this part of myself and I really, really want it back. It's six of one, half a dozen of the other. The studio nurtures me and supports the rest of my life while the rest of my life has exhausted me to the point that it is hard to work in the studio which leads to the question how can I.





Often we ask can I as in is this thing that I want even possible. When I ask myself how can I, I'm active in finding a solution such as incorporating new supplies like stone and wood into my work to take it in different directions. I won't get something different if I don't do something different so I'm trying to shake things up just enough to energize but not so much as to throw me off balance.





This envelope bag is made from a painted scrap of interfaced canvas that was originally intended for a coat only the fabric was so stiff it could have stood up on its own. I used bumper car stitching in variegated thread to cover the surface and then another scrap of painted fabric to make the closure. Painting is another way I'm trying to shake things up and it's nice to see that I'm starting to achieve some reasonable results. Using wood as the closure was inspired by Diane - my coach - who is so fond of sticks that I've started to see them in a completely new way and have - LOL - a wee small collection of my own.





Yesterday was my last coaching session of this year. One of the questions I was to answer was at what point in the process is it hindering my progress to not know where the project is going? I'm learning to work on a project for as long as possible without knowing what it is or how it will finish. The detail above is of a peek-a-boo seam that I incorporated into an in-progress version of Butterick 6138. All of the curved seams have this bit of pink peeking out. What intrigued me was that as soon as I knew where the project was going, I lost interest in it however...





... another thing I'm learning is how to work on more than one project at a time because...again... if I want something different, I have to do something different. I'm not ready for more than one garment project but I have several projects in different mediums. When I lost interest in the blouse, I went on to knitting and finished this capelet. While I was knitting - YES YES YES - new ideas appeared for the blouse and now I'm excited about working on it again. I love that. It's so encouraging. I feel I've made tremendous progress over this past year even with the limited amount of studio time that I've had.





Diane asked me to start collections of supplies for potential projects. Clutter and I do not get along so when I had these baskets sitting on the counter, they drove me crazy but when I tucked them under the work island, they became quite doable. One is filled with grey and pink scraps from the blouse that could be turned into fabric or thread lace that could then be turned into a bag or jewelry. When I allow ideas to flow, they come faster than I could ever possibly use them. I don't write them down because I know that the ones that tickle the loudest will stay around and get done but...





... I did buy a day timer to record what I accomplish in my morning hour. I've been struggling to get back into the habit of taking my hour in the morning so that's one of the things Diane is holding me accountable for over this next session. If you've started reading since I talked about the morning hour what that means is that I wake up, grab a cup of coffee, and head to the studio in my pajamas, set a timer, and work on whatever I want for the next hour. No matter which way the day goes from there, I've had that nurturing time in the morning and it makes the day SO MUCH BETTER. Before I go to sleep the night before, I decide what I'll do in the studio the next day. It seems to help me get started more easily and - LOL - perhaps my mind is working on what to do and how while I'm sleeping.





Another thing I bought was a garment rack to hang up the clothes I've acquired for re-fashioning. It's so easy to forget them when you can't see them and I love the mystery of making over a garment, of starting with something and ending with something completely different. In-between is a journey of exploration and in the end, I have a one-of-a-kind creation that absolutely no one else will ever have. Too fun. 





This picture of Audrey was on Advanced Style recently and I absolutely loved what she was wearing especially that amazing piece of jewelry. I've made several attempts toward my own version of the necklace and the cord above is part of the latest. It's close but not quite so I'm working on another version this morning and feeling positive that I'm making progress with jewelry, another area of doing something different. The wooden shapes shown earlier may be part of this necklace as well. We'll see.

I'll have plenty of time over the holiday season to work in the studio since it will mostly be just Howard and I. The weather report is not good so my daughter and her family are staying home which is much safer for them although I'll miss the hugs. The "boys" are coming on Christmas day but otherwise they have their own things to do and Howard has to work four days between Christmas and New Years so we'll have four days together, four apart, and then four together. It's been quite a while since it was just the two of us. I'm looking forward to couple things.

MERRY CHRISTMAS - Myrna

Grateful - progress

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

I Can Paint!

The last couple of weeks in the studio were fabulous... not that I got a lot finished BUT... I did get a lot started. This week, I have two trips into town and some painting chores to finish around the house ready for my daughter and her family at Christmas. They're coming if the weather is good and hopefully it is. I'm looking forward to seeing them and getting my hugs in person. Everyone in our family seems to have a crazy schedule this year but hopefully we'll all be together for at least one dinner.



 


Several years ago I did a sock study trying every method I knew of at the time and then I saw the book Knit Your Socks On Straight by Alice Curtis and - of course - had to try that method too. I didn't bother getting gauge since I just wanted to know how it worked but these turned out pretty good so I think I'll try it again with proper yarn and the right size needles. Each pattern has a seam built into the design and the key point is to slip the first stitch of every row... which I kept forgetting... since I'm trained to knit the first and last stitch of every row. LOL - I can be retrained. Slipping the stitch makes a nice neat seam.





I finished blocking the pile of scarves and now I'm tucking the ends in. When I blocked the grey scarf above left, I realized that I'd made a mistake in the pattern. Oh well... a humility row I guess. When I blocked the grey sparkly one, there was a dropped stitch that needed to be woven in. Since you can't drop a stitch without going off pattern and the pattern continued on, I'm guessing that I just caught the edge of the yarn and it broke but I don't really know. As I was sewing the stitch in, I thought about how someone might think it should be "reduced in price" for a flaw but really it should be more because I spent more time repairing it invisibly. Sometimes, we just need to change our thinking.





I don't have any Pintrest boards but lately I seem to get sucked in by the advertisements they send. I've downloaded a lot of inspiration to try out in the sewing room. Both of these wraps have great sewing or knitting potential.





One thing I want to experiment with is combining my knitting and my sewing into garments that contain some hand stitched pieces as well as some knit pieces. It's an idea that's been tickling for a while. Perhaps next year will be the year cause it definitely won't be this year. VBG - I'm running out of time.





The dress at left is sewn from old sweaters. I like the idea of trying that with Lynn Mizono's Vogue 1410. The dress on the right is from the knitting site Ravelry. I think it's most likely two garments, one on top of the other, but it definitely combines knitting and sewing in an interesting way.

Today, I'm putting another coat of white on the kitchen cabinets, rehanging the doors, and painting them in place. Ditto for the bathroom cabinets except in turquoise. And then... depending what time it is... since I have a guest coming this afternoon... I'll start painting the baseboards white. I may need to pace myself with that since sitting on the floor is still a bit difficult but...

... at least I can sit on the floor. I'm lucky in so many ways. Yesterday morning I was feeling quite whiny about painting. I didn't want to paint and I definitely did not want to put on my horrid painting clothes that are going to be torched the minute I'm done. I went to journal first and as I was pulling into the parking lot there was an elderly gentleman driving a very old truck, without power steering, that had seen better days. It took him a while to climb down and make his way inside with his cane so I was waiting in line as he walked by on his way to the washroom and then sitting at the table when he walked back toward the door... with wet hair... clean clothes... and what looked like a bag of dirty clothes in hand. Myself and I had a chat. I quit whining. I have a house to paint. Sometimes, we just need to change our thinking.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - I can paint!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

What Do You Want?

Wanting is step two in the book Seven Steps on the Writer's Path. As I mentioned before, you don't need to be a writer to benefit from reading the book because it could just as easily be called seven steps on the painter's path or seven steps on the fabric lover's path or even seven steps on your path.





If you are feeling frustrated, that's a dead give-a-way that you aren't doing what you want... If you know what you want, commit to it and start doing it.
- Nancy Pickard and Lynn Lott

The thought that jumped out at me while reading this chapter is that wanting is not talk. Wanting is action. If I say I want X yet I do Y, then what I really want is Y because if I really wanted X then I would be doing X. In essence, Y-ing is lying. It's another one of those so simple and yet so hard things.

Write the words I want at the top of a page. Then, without stopping to think, fill the page with the "I wants" that scream out of you. Let yourself go. Have a blast! Don't stop to make judgments or berate yourself or worry about what your mother might say or feel guilty or silly or correct your spelling. Just let 'er rip. "I want this, and I want that, and I also want that, and besides that, I want that over there... " Just because you write it down doesn't mean you have to actually get any of these things. You're only making a list to see what comes out of you. When you run out of ideas, put the paper aside... Tomorrow, pick up your "I want" page (or pages!), read what you wrote, and then start adding more to the list beginning with, "And in addition to what I already wrote, I also want..." Do this for a week, and you will see patterns begin to emerge. - page 48, Seven Steps on the Writer's Path

I had wanted to live in a small, inclusive, artistic community for years and then one day I wanted it so much that I moved. Although I'm not thrilled at the idea of tenants or yard maintenance, I wanted the income from a rental suite to pay expenses so I bought a house not a condo. I want to spend time with creative women so I've joined one knitting group so far and have visited two others as well as a spinner and weaver's group. I want to broaden my horizons beyond just fabric so I'm looking at joining a singing group and a painting group. AND... I want to spend a significant amount of time in the studio advancing my fabric related work so I want to be careful about too much joining and to pick and choose what works best for me. In the studio...





It is curious how a little obstacle becomes a great obstruction
. - John Wesley Powell

... I want to work with paint and surface design so I painted the patches for my raincoat and I've created a paint space so details can easily be added when the thought occurs or when I make it happen by choice.

... I want to add more creative and more technical details to my work so I learned how to stitch a welt pocket and to sew an enclosed pocket bag and I am exploring other "new" options.

... I want to expand my work and sew creative wearables not paint-by-number patterns so I'm working with a coach who pushes me to work deeper which means I'm sewing slower, sampling more ideas, and creating fewer but increasingly more exciting pieces.

... I want to put together sophisticated, elegant jewelry primarily from fabric so I'm suffering through the looks-like-crap stage of not so sophisticated and not so elegant jewelry on my path to a better outcome.

... I want to work differently so I'm moving through the itchy, anxious, maybe-I-need-to-go-shopping-no-sit-in your-chair-and-work stages of not knowing and not being entirely confident.

... I want to be able to simultaneously work on more than one project in more than one medium so I have a purse, a blouse, a necklace, a knitting and a writing project all on the go and - eventually, possibly - will add a painting project. Just one of each so I can rotate when one hits a bump.





Discipline is remembering what you want. - David Campbell

What would happen if you wrote a list of your wants? You'd have a list. And a direction to move in. Only a list and a direction are not enough. To move from our here to our there takes action. Again... it's simple, not easy.

Typically what holds us back is fear. Really? Why? We're not talking about cliff jumping or high wire acts in the studio. We're talking about fabric and thread, pattern and design. The world will not stop turning if we take scissors to that too-special-to-cut fabric but cutting it will free us from its tentacles of perfection and take us along a transforming journey. What is so amazing as to hold precious is our ability to create and the time and space in which to do it. Not the stash. That's simply an ingredient, a tool. Not perfection. That's unrealistic. Creativity. Time. Space. Learning. Growth. Evolution. These are too precious to waste.





When was the last time you did something for the first time?
 - John C. Maxwell

I wanted to finish my raincoat and now it is. In-between unfinished and finished, I sewed - the action behind wanting. The pattern is Vogue 8934 with an added hood. The fabric is rainwear from Marcy Tilton.com. Underneath the patch details is a relatively simple structure that could be interpreted in endless ways. Right now, I'm thinking about a version in distressed denim... starting with un-distressed denim... so I could learn how to distress denim. Something I want. What do you want?

I want to do it because I want to do it. - Amelia Earhart

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - finding a path forward

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

It Feels Like Progress

Clean the windows, hang the blinds, and do a few other finishing touches and the suite will be - at last - ready to rent. I am so looking forward to having that behind me and to starting to establish some routine and flow in the studio.





Yesterday, I began blocking the scarves I knit over the summer and it feels like progress. There are fourteen in total with a few rectangles and mostly triangles of varying sizes. I blocked Claire's first so there would be some hope of getting it to her before winter is over. It's her thank-you gift for helping me when I had a car accident a few blocks from her home at the beginning of June. I just need to weave the yarn ends in and get it in the mail.





When I moved here, I knew only one person - Wendy - who I'd met years ago through textile art. She's now a real estate agent and helped me find the house. On Monday night when she was over for coffee, I showed her the scarves and she immediately fell in love with the brown bamboo/silk one and bought it. It's large, more of a shawl, and looks fabulous on her.



  


The triangle shawls I made start with one stitch and add one at each end of every row. Basically, you start and keep knitting until you run out of yarn. The shawl above was on Pintrest. It's a rectangle with the two "sleeves" shaped by buttoning together the ends. It reminded me of...





... the black linen knit shawl that I bought this past summer. It's also a rectangle but this time the ends are folded around and seamed together leaving a hole to pull over the neck. You wear it with the seam running down your arm. Both of these could easily be made from yardage, pieced scraps, painted fabric, or knitting with many... many... many variations on the theme.

Yesterday was my coaching session with Diane. We "meet" every three weeks and I hadn't gotten much done since our last session. Frustrating. It was partly the need to finish the suite but partly because I was stuttering over the assignment. We talked through a way for me to move forward by learning to work differently and incorporating new ideas rather than familiar ones. That can be hard to do especially the more accomplished you become but it's where the magic happens and I definitely want magic to happen. Working with a coach helps me to see where I'm stalled and to find a way to move around that. It's wonderful.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - I am done painting in the suite

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

And Maybe Even...

Toddlers earn the nickname "terrible twos" because they're bursting with the anxiety and helplessness of having feelings that they can't get anybody around them to understand. They could explode with the frustration of not being able to say what they want and to explain what they're feeling. They don't even have the right words in their heads yet - it's all emotion and frustration. That's also an accurate description of writers in step one. - pg 8, Seven Steps on the Writer's Path

If I were a two-year-old, I could throw myself on the ground, thrash my arms and legs about with fury, and wail out my frustration and if I were a very lucky two-year-old, my mommy would pick me up, stroke my hair, and pat my back as my sobs turned to soft gasps and my eyes closed. Asleep on my mother's shoulder, the world wouldn't seem so traumatic. Only, I'm not two.

My world is not traumatic, just extremely frustrating. There are things that I want to, need to, and have to do and it's strange that they have in common the use of the right side of my body which is healing oh so slowly. Yesterday, I journalled, painted in the suite, shoveled the driveway, and walked the dog and by the time I got to the studio, there wasn't a lot of energy left for writing and sewing. I did finish two sheets for my youngest grandson's crib and cut out another bunting bag, this time with sleeves. It took about forty-five minutes so while it's not nothing, it's certainly not at a pace I'm used to.

It's time to be realistic.. again.

Writing the blog is something I really love to do. Until this past summer, I'd blogged five times weekly on an almost continuous basis for well over ten years but these past six months have taken a toll. Between being super busy, holidays, grand-babies, moving, and two accidents, little is getting done in the studio which means there's little to share and the one thing that I definitely do not want to do is ramble on aimlessly. If I'm writing, I want there to be some substance to what I'm saying so...

... I am going to take another break... for December and January... and maybe even February... and reduce my attempts to one posting a week, on Wednesdays. To keep my commitment, if I don't have anything of substance to share, there will at least be eye candy which may include what I'm working on minus any text... which may lead to questions... which I will make every attempt to answer. Notice that I qualified that statement. Right now, I'm seriously behind on returning emails and phone calls. I need to catch-up.





Seven Steps on the Writer's Path
is a one of those pivotal books that can make you see creativity in a whole new way. It's not just about writing. It's about life. The idea for the book began when psychologist and self-help author Lynn Lott, one of the co-authors, listened to a lecture given by mystery writer Nancy Pickard, the other co-author, and started hastily writing down notes and then began teaching a variation on the theme to her clients. As she commented to Nancy,  I transformed your writer's path and put it into a path for mere mortals and called it their personal growth and change path.



Step one is unhappiness and I am - LOL - definitely there wanting to do more work in the studio and to dig deeper into the assignments that I'm working on with Diane in our coaching sessions. I'm learning new things and... while we learn to do by doing... if our first fledgling attempts are immediately out there for "public consumption," it can be hard to work through the stages of learning from ugly to competency. Usually, we need some time alone because it's while working in isolation, free from the in-put of others, that we can really advance our work. I've both experienced and taught that fact. So...

... along with lowering my expectations to one posting a week, facing reality also means acknowledging that I'm not ready to share everything I'm working on and - because of everything else going on in my life - there isn't enough time to do both private and public work. That's why sometimes I'll post eye candy like the bracelets above by Alyson G. Design. My current coaching assignment is about edges and this is one of the images I found in my research. In stash, I have some thick cardboard cores from yarn that a friend cut into narrower widths, some dyed gauze yardage, and beads. This is an inspiration I want to play with on my jewelry learning curve.





What you're learning from your coach is influenced by what your coach is learning so when I did my research, I looked up the past two co-teachers that Diane has taught with. Above is the work of Holly Badgley who combines painting, collage, and garments. Her work is gorgeous and there are a few pieces I will use as inspirational starting points however, I found myself more attracted to the work of...



 


... Carol Lee Shanks who also creates collages only hers are more monochromatic... or at least the ones that really resonated with me were.  Something I've learned about myself is that when I'm trying to advance the direction I'm working in, the changes need to be incremental and not drastic and I have to watch for "baggage." A lot of collage style work has an overtone of quilting for me and quilting is in the past. The present is creative wearables and...





... particularly ones that I would wear. I really enjoy texture and tone-on-tone combinations. If you go to Carol's website, you'll see collages that combine opaque and transparent fabrics as well as lace, linens, and subtle variety like the black plaid on the black background in the picture earlier with the shrug.





Texture... tone-on-tone combinations... and louder prints on the bottom with plain on top and statement jewelry. My body type is "supposed to" put the pattern on the top and the plain on the bottom. OH WELL... I prefer to wear it this way because I really enjoy statement necklaces and because I find louder prints overwhelm my face... but I still like them. When I saw this image of Audrey on Advanced Style I love, Love, LOVED it. I'd wear that in a flash and that necklace is definitely an inspiration starting point.

In both my spiritual and creative studies, the topic has been feelings and about the need to truly feel our feelings without being controlled by them. This quote from The Emotionally Healthy Woman had some great questions... Overwhelming feelings prevent us from asking clarifying questions: What is going on here? What are the facts? What do I know to be true? Are my feelings relevant in this situation or should I set them aside in this case? 

What is, is and my current situation is a combination of a lot to do and a need to both use energy wisely and to take time to heal. The fact is that - as much as I might like to believe otherwise - I am not superwoman and I cannot do all the things I want to do all at the same time BUT... I can do them all if I choose to pace myself and make slow but steady progress. That sounds like a good decision. YES YES!

What are you working on?

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - being realistic is not an all or nothing thing