Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wait Not Rush & Buy Not Sew

Do what you know you should do, and you will know what to do. God clarifies in the midst of obedience not beforehand. - Chasing Daylight, Erwin Raphael McManus

On Monday, when we got home from viewing the condo and house,  neither of which was right for us, Howard was quite exhausted. I really feel that God is calling me to move in that direction and yet when I see how difficult that may be for Howard, I wonder if I'm being selfish only every time I think it through and weigh out what I know, it comes back to being the right decision so I'm trusting that all will unfold as it's meant to and we'll end up with the scenario that is right for us. Even so...




... yesterday, was one of those off days when you're not exactly unhappy and you're not excessively sad. It was a thought processing day spent mostly on the couch knitting leaves. The group in Salmon Arm is making a HUGE knitted tree to be exhibited in the art gallery in the fall. So far the roots and the bark have been knit and now they're aiming to collect a million leaves.

The style of leaf I chose takes about ten minute to put together. So far, I've knit seven turquoise, six lime, and four pink. They're like chips - you keep popping them because they're so easy to knit while talking or watching TV. I'll clean up the ends this afternoon while at my friend Rosemarie's and then knit some more. It's a great way for me to be involved and part of the community.





I talked to my daughter yesterday and the nursery is not ready for the things I have so I opted to finish the bunting bags when I get home from my trip when I'll have more time to enjoy the process rather than rush. AND... along the same path... no sewn raincoat. I shopped instead. Kamloops is a semi-dessert area and the weather people are predicting temperatures of 41 Celsius on Sunday. It's not exactly a hot bed of raincoats but I did find this lightweight silver coat on sale 50% off. The style is not as fun as the one I;m sewing. Oh well. Good and enough. I'll finish the sewn one when I get back and - LOL - go from no raincoat to two raincoats in one year. Too funny.





We packed our suitcases on Monday night. Or Howard did at least. Mine is more test packed. I've been filling holes and swapping out a few things all week. I noticed that none of the sweaters I planned to take had closures so I went to the thrift shop yesterday and bought this black cape with cuffs. I'm not overly fond of the buttons and will change them later but for now this works. I also...





... bought this fuchsia sweater that several people have assured me does not look frumpy. It may or may not make the mix because it's fairly heavy. I'll check the weather forecast first to see if it's like to get worn and if so, I may need to wear it on the plane. AND...





... then I bought this turquoise sweater that doesn't button closed but is in one of my favourite colors and styles. Howard says I have to pack it because it looks great on me. Turquoise does. Once it comes out of the wash, I'll de-pill it and see how it looks and perhaps pack a pin to hold it closed if necessary. Again, it depends on the weather forecast. This time weather it'll be warm enough.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - deciding to wait not rush and buy not sew

9 comments:

  1. What's the name brand on that rain coat? That's exactly what I've been looking for. I've concluded that I may need to see my own to get exactly what I want

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    1. The brand name is Novelti and I bought it at The Bay. Good luck.

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  2. Talk about having it all together - you obviously do. Three days before a trip like you're going on and you're knitting leaves and going to visit a friend!!! I'd still be running around worrying about what I might possibly need that I'd forget to pack. No wonder I love your blog. You always give me something to aspire to.
    Marian

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    1. LOL - it doesn't feel like I have it all together but it sure sounds good. I'm not one for rushing right up to the last minute so I always set my deadlines earlier which gives me time for last minute things before the last minute if that makes sense. Tonight I cleaned my studio as nothing more is likely to happen and tomorrow I'll clean house, swap out a few things in the suitcase, and that's about it. I'm pretty sure I have it covered but if not, they have stores over there.

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  3. Wow - you sure had good shopping! The raincoat will work well for your trip and I love the turquoise sweater as it has your style written all over it. I always take light-weight sweaters and tops that layer under my numerous travel raincoats. One of my rain jackets has sleeves that are removable so I have a vest option. Hubby and I travel extensively so I'm always thinking about how garments will pack when I sew or purchase them. I hope you have a fabulous trip! The memories you share will stay with you for a lifetime. Karen

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    1. Thanks. The coat is very light. That's a real bonus. My layering is not as highly advanced as yours sounds. I'm good at a top and sweater with a coat if necessary but not so much after that. No vests. Last time I checked the weather should be around 20/70 which is a level I'm quite used to.

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  4. That is a Store-bought Raincoat Coup!! It is excellent. And I hope you never need to wear it on your trip. The turquoise sweater is gorgeous. You might not need a button up sweater. . .
    I have days like yours, thinking days, although I have never knit leaves. The thing is, looking at dwellings and other real estate is exhausting. It's an exhausting process. I was in despair for months before we started to look for a house in Seattle, and in worse despair when we started looking b/c everything was so wrong. Then one day we looked at The House and made an offer. Then I went camping for a week and when I got back we had a house. There's a house/roof there for you. And when you find it it will not be so totally draining any more. It's the looking and finding that are so miserable and exhausting and spirit draining. Put it on the back burner and enjoy your fab trip!

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    1. LOL - I might have to wear it once just to justify the time spent finding it. The cape should take care of the button up situation. It's dress up/dress down-ish.

      Thanks for understanding the thinking. Perhaps you should knit leaves next time. They're quite soothing/addictive. Trying to figure out what we need and then find it is exhausting but I believe that it will come together just as you say. The home for us may not even be on the market yet. You never know. We'll look when we get back.

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  5. I love the leaves! Where can I get the pattern?

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