Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sew Go Stitch is Live!


I wanted to let you know I just went live with a new website, SewGoStitch.com. There is still quite a bit of work to do on it, and still lots (LOTS) more info to add to the pages, but it is available to take a quick peek and set your bookmarks so you can find it again easily later on. I will be working more on these pages later this weekand next week as I find time to fit it in. And of course it will be an on-going project as I come up with, and post, new projects and ideas using the cutter and dies.

This is something that has been on my mind for quite some time. In fact, I conceived of the idea before I even purchased my first Go! cutter and dies. As the year progresses, I will be uploading a number of new projects and patterns. I am looking forward to working on this whole concept for the website and for new ideas with using my Go! cutters.

So far I have been having a blast cutting up fabric from my stash to make my own pre-cuts. There are SO MANY books and patterns out now that have to do with charm squares, turn-overs, jelly rolls, etc. The AccuQuilt cutters and dies are perfect for cutting your own favorite cuts of fabric to make these kinds of quilts. Plus . . . I've been thinking of other ideas to incorporate my own digitized machine embroidery designs with fabric shapes that I have cut - like the dog, the flowers and leaves, bugs, etc. In addition to those ideas, I enjoy the scrapbooking hobby and have some thoughts and ideas for paper and mixed media projects using this great tool.

I see lots of die cutting in my future!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Girl Can Dream

I enjoyed my day off from work today. It seems as if it went by too quickly. I accomplished some things I wanted to get done, but there are still others. I can see I will need to get more proficient in listing my goals for my days off and working more to fulfill them. I will have to get back to using lists to work on that.

Meanwhile, it was a great sunny day, and fairly pleasant weather outside. Whenever I walk the sidewalk from the driveway to the front door I pass by weeds growing in my front walkway area. They are getting so big, they are actually blooming flowers now. That's one more of those little things that needs to be done, that is yet left to be completed. My goal later this week is to get those weeds pulled before they go to seed! Actually I had been putting off any gardening tasks till it wasn't quite so muggy and hot outside. Thankfully the climate is more to my liking now with a bit of cooler weather.

I was thinking about dreams and hopes today. I have learned through past experience that it is a good thing to set your mind on hopes and dreams, to look forward to a future that holds a brighter, encouraging aspect to work toward, and to look forward to. I've long thought, and said to others, we can have anything in this world that we want if we just pace ourselves. For me this an encouraging way to set the stage for your future. It establishes a goal to work toward. It helps me to delineate what is important to you and cut through the haze of other nonsense that goes on in life. Sometimes it doesn't always mean that is the future you get. Sometimes dreams change and morph into other dreams and desires. That's okay. I'm the type of person who needs something to look forward to everyday. It is good for me to visualize my goals, dreams and hopes. How about you? Do you think the same way? Do you have a hope to look forward to, or a dream to work for?

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Working Outside the Home

I'm back!!!

I have to say I am delighted to return back to my previous place of employment at J&R Vacuum and Sewing in Bismarck, ND. I have been missing in action over there for a little over two years now. Honestly, I've enjoyed every minute of being away while learning new info on web programming and designing . . . and I know I'll also enjoy every minute of being back. It has been fun this week to meet up with many of my previous customers and friends who I haven't seen in such a long time! I am just about ready to wrap up my first week of being back and have already met up with (and talked on the phone with) a number of great people.

That's one of the most enjoyable things about other sewing and machine embroidery enthusiasts . . . they're all such great people to be around. The enthusiasm for sewing and being creative is contagious. I've already got some ideas rolling around my brain regarding some new things I'd like to implement. Some of those ideas pertinent to this blog and my website will be showing up over the next several weeks.

My job at J&R is sales . . . sewing machines and embroidery software sales . . . along with all the other related products you'll find at a sewing machine dealership. They still carry the Pfaff line I am familiar with from my previous years of employment. I have truly grown to love the Pfaff machines and own a few of those. J&R has recently taken on the Brother line of sewing and embroidery machines. These are new to me, but seem to be very user friendly. I have been spending time during this first week back learning how the Brother machines function and some of their many wonderful features and benefits. I absolutely love the big 10-thread PR1000.  There are many new things for me to learn still as I get reacquainted with my way around the store and all these fun sewing and embroidery machines. If you are in the local area it will be fun to meet you. Feel free to stop on by to say "Hello" and welcome me back. I'd love to show you the new things I'm learning and doing there in the store.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Proofing the Cupcake Stamp

I took a few minutes to pull a proof of the cupcake stamp. It looks pretty good for a first view. I see lots of little bits of the block that still need to be cleaned up. And I am correct in assuming my letters look like Flintstones lettering. Too funny! Yep, lots of little places that need tweaking!

In a way I kind of like all the extra little markings. To me it says "hand carved" or "old fashioned rubber stamp" with those little black specs. but they won't stay. I want to carve the lines thinner and more smooth. And I will clean it up, too.

The day seemed to go by quickly. I've spent time on the computer today. That's an easy way for me to lose all track of time. I'm going to have to get my little egg timer back out again and try to be a bit more efficient in that department. I was going to do more work on the studio - moving stuff and maybe start in on some more painting work. But I decided to just make it a quick trip down there to get my ink and try to stay focused on my tasks . . . only to lose all track of time on the computer. But I feel I accomplished quite a bit so not a whole waste of time. For now it is getting late and I need to head off to bed. Just wanted to show I'm making a bit of progress . . . slow progress!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Stamp Making Inspiration

When I posted yesterday I forgot to tell you about another stamp carving artist's site that I find very inspirational. She is a master stamp carver! You will be amazed to see her work at her blog site called 'Girls Are Crying'. I haven't read back through her posts to determine why she named her site with that title, but I will search that out at some point. She does exquisite work with hand carved stamps!

When I was holed up at home last weekend mending from my oral surgery I spent some time getting reacquainted with some of my art books. I pull them out from time to time for inspiration. I signed up for a journal swap on swap-bot a short while ago. It isn't due till July so I have lots of time to work on it. I've got some ideas in my head on how I want to put it together, but I like to review things I've seen before to spur me on. I'm collecting some ephemera in preparation for what I have in mind. I will be recycling junk mail and incorporating other odds & ends in it as well. It should be fun to put together. It will be a mixed media compilation.

On another note, the 'Somewhere in Time' journal swap I wrote about previously has been cancelled by the host. I have to say I am disappointed in that, but have moved on. This new journal project should be fun as well. It will be an excuse to get back into more painting again, too. Okay, enough for tonight . . . I've got some things I need to be working on . . . till next time . . . Adios!

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Cupcake Stamp

I am hosting my own swap over at Swap-bot.com right now. In fact, I am hosting two of them. The swap that this hand carved cupcake swap is for is called "Hand-Carved Stamp & Card/Envie". The goal of this one is to carve your own design into an eraser or an artist carving block to make your own rubber stamp. Then create a card and envelope decorated with that stamp for your swap partner. You will then drop the stamp and the card into the envelope and mail it to them.

I decided to make a cupcake. So I drew it out onto a piece of paper with pencil, then turned the written side down onto the carving block and burnished the pencil onto the block. This results in a reversed image of the drawing so when it is stamped it turns out having the same image as the drawing. This reversed/mirror image of the original drawing is important when one incorporates words as a component of the stamp. If it is not reversed, the words would read backwards when it is stamped out onto paper.

I started carving on it a couple days ago. I did a little bit here and there between working on the computer and doing other stuff around the house. It made for some relaxing break times between other chores. At this point it is mostly finished, but I have yet to test stamp it. I know I need to do some tweaking around the letters, but want to test stamp it before I go too far with that. Right now I'd guess they look an awful lot like Flintstones letters . . . all jagged, uneven and maybe slightly illegible. I need to go downstairs and get my inks to do that. As you'll remember in a previous post I mentioned that I hauled all my arting-scrapbooking-drawing stuff down there in what I'm now calling the big "Queen Bee Scrap-Art Migration of 2011". Okay, not really . . . just trying to see it with a bit of a sense of humor! The queen bed is now full ensconced in the Yellow Room awaiting a new head-board and rails that should be showing up at the furniture store sometime today. At present it is piled high with boxes filled with Cloth & Clay Doll Flowers. I'm hosting a swap over there at Cloth & Clay Dolls right now, too. More on that in a later post; this post is supposed to be about the carved stamps.

So, back to the stamps . . . as I said, testing comes later today to see what I'm working with on this stamp.

I used a Staedtler Mastercarve Artist Carving Block for mine. It started off at 4" x 4" and the cupcake was positioned on it diagonally. I wanted to make it as large as possible from the block and still have some little tidbits of scrap left over to play around with. The corners came in handy to carve a few little extras: the leafy twig, the cherry heart and the arrow. Nothing has come to mind for the fourth little corner at this point so it remains to be seen what becomes of that.

I wanted it to be fairly large so it could be used as a notepad image. I plan on stamping out a whole bunch of memo pad images so I can enjoy this stamp awhile even after it leaves my house. I was unsure about the lines on the memo pad being curved like they are. But I decided to go with it as it seemed more artistically sound to mimic the curve at the bottom of the cupcake. I slightly curved the baseline of the text, but not quite to the same degree as the other lines because the letters seemed to visually appear to be falling down too much in the middle - they looked cramped. Hopefully that turns out to be a good call. I'll consider them more when I test stamp. I have it in the back of my mind I can always just carve them out completely if they look horrible - same with the lines. I am also considering cutting into the lines to make them dashed or a series of dots and dashes. I am concerned about them overpowering the whole image and think that will help to lessen their impact. There again, I will see about that later after testing.

Here is an image of the first photo without the extra photoshopping mark-up layer. I've seen some lovely images at some other blogs, and in books about blogging and image manipulation. Just thought I'd play around with that concept to see what I come up with. I have to chuckle at myself . . . I think I need to keep working to get better on the layers and additional mark-making. Yet, I post it for all the world to see anyway. Hee, hee . . .tell me what you think . . . is that kind of thing appealing or distracting? In a way I like the look. You often see it in mixed-media type work, shading the edges of pages in scrapbooking, primitive art, some print images and many blogs showing the Somerset Magazine influence. But other times I see stuff like that and think it just looks grungy and dirty like a distraction that should be left off. Maybe it depends on the setting or to what extent it has reached its grunginess. And again, I'm no expert at everything photoshop either. Perhaps it's just that I need more work at doing my version of it.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Show and Share on Flicker

I have been busy working on various projects for swaps on Swapbot.com lately. This tote bag is one of those projects I sent away recently to one of my swap partners. The other day I decided to upload some of those photos of things I've made recently to my Flicker account. If you want to go take a look at those swap items you can follow this link.

I know I have been absent from this site and not posting much lately. Don't know quite why that is . . . just been staying busy and distracted I guess. Anyway, the link there at Flicker will show you a bit of the things I have been busy working on. There are others, just haven't posted images of all of them. I planned to add more photos as I go along. It just takes a bit of time to sit down and actually do that. Uploading photos takes more time than one might imagine.

So far I have been enjoying my swaps - both the making and sending, and also receiving mail from others from around the country. It's kind of fun to get stuff in the mail.

This past weekend has been a bit draining for me. I had a wisdom tooth removed on Friday, and have been drained of energy and sleeping quite a bit over the weekend. It is partly due to the pain pills that were prescribed following the oral surgery. Since I've been loopy and lazy the last several days it seems like time is passing so strangely. I've been in and out of sleep at odd times of day and night. It seems like I get to feeling better at times, then there are other times of achy soreness in my mouth/jaw that is irritating and distracting. Mainly I've been loafing around doing a bunch of nothing this weekend - feeling lethargic.

Last week, prior to the extraction of my wisdom tooth (the last one as the other three were removed years ago when I was younger), I was engaged in doing a major move of my scrapbooking and graphic art supplies. We got one of those sleep number beds to replace our traditional queen-sized bed. I had thought to move the queen-sized bed downstairs to one of the bedrooms in the basement, but we ran into trouble. The size of the mattress and box-spring was too large to fit down the basement stairs. So . . . we did a major upheaval of the Yellow Room where I did my scrapbooking and computer work. That room is now the new guest bedroom with the queen-sized bed relocated there . . . and all my scrapbooking and graphic art supplies are currently in a jumbled conglomeration from the move out of the Yellow Room and down to the basement.

Last week I had been working on re-painting my Sewing Studio and moved some of the furnishings around in the process of painting the walls. There is still a bit left to finish with that painting job. On top of that, there is a whole lot of other "stuff" to go through and sort now with dragging all my stuff down there. It is a major mess of disorganization down there right now. In a way I have been okay with this weekend's blissful ignoring of any responsibilities, due to the oral surgery, because I really wasn't looking forward to putting everything to order at this particular point in time. This moving/dumping of all my art stuff down there this week was an unexpected interruption to what I planned and anticipated to be a relatively easy and orderly repainting of my Sewing Studio. I thought I had an orderly and well thought out method to my redecorating. And it had been moving along smoothly . . . until we discovered our queen bed would be an issue. It was either just get rid of the bed, or rethink our room arrangements to make it fit. It is nice to have an extra bed should we ever need to make use of it to put someone up during a visit.

I have to say it has been nice to still sleep in the queen bed that I've been used to. . . in my Yellow Room now . . . as I laze around in a sleepy relaxed state of being from my medication. I've had to sleep propped up upon numerous pillows - to help to ease the swelling of my cheeks and upper jaw. I look and feel kind of like a silly puffy faced chipmunk ensconced among my pile of pillows. It has been a bit different to be waited upon by my caring and generous hubby who brings me warm soup and cold pudding. Soft foods have been so easy on the jawline. And I have to say my hubby has been great with helping me out. He does tend to be a stickler on making me follow ALL my discharge instructions - like gargling with salt water three times a day. I just try to think about salty potato chips so I don't gag. I did graduate to a bite of roast elk tonight for supper. It had been roasting in the oven nearly all day and was really pretty tender. But I ate a couple chunks of it then shared the remainder that was on my plate with the dogs so I could move on to my toast. I think I'll go for another cup of tomato soup before I head off to bed. I never thought soup could taste so good. That's been my mainstay now for the past several days - tastes wonderful when one is hungry! Yum . . . soup and pudding . . . a great combination . . . and toast!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Gone to the Dogs - Back to Websites, Blogs & Other Goals

I know I've been absent from posting to my blogs for awhile, but here I am, back again. We just got back from a quick visit with my younger son. The weather was mighty cold, with a bit of blowing snow, when coming back home. But overall the roads were good. It was a good trip. I was glad I went along for the ride. At first my husband was talking about taking a drive up there by himself. Last time he did a trip I stayed home because someone had to take care of the dogs. But we decided to pack them along with us and make the four hour drive. I was especially glad to go along since it has been a while since we saw Josh at his place. It was kind of cold to get out and do much in his town, so we pretty much stayed at his place, relaxed and visited, and watched some shows on DVD.

This picture shows where Ginger hung out pretty much the entire time we were there - under the kitchen table. She had a yucky potty accident on Josh's rug shortly after we got there. Perhaps she stayed under the table because her tummy wasn't feeling well . . . perhaps it was because she was mad at us. We trimmed her toenails several hours after we were there - because it sounded like she was a tap dancer clicking on the hardwood floors whenever she walked or paced around. Her nails have been long for some time now. The last two times she was at the groomer she wouldn't cooperate with them with any nail trimming. She really fights it. So their policy is they don't do it if the dog puts up a lot of fight and gets worked up about it.

Josh got out his dog nail-clipper and my husband helped to hold her down to do the trimming. I was assigned to hold onto Lucy's collar and keep her from getting in the way during the process. And I also tried to help distract Ginger by talking to her - to calm her. She hates getting her toenails clipped. She was not in a good mood. She came through it well enough in the end. Maybe that table seemed like security to her. I've heard it said dogs were formerly cave-dwelling animals and like it better when they can duck underneath any type of covering that forms their "den" when they lay down.
Here's a picture of Lucy. She is Josh's dog. We thought she needed company (hee, hee). . . so we brought all three dogs with us. Actually, the choice of having our dogs come with, was so we wouldn't have to be in such a rush to get back home to tend to them. It was basically an overnight weekend trip, but the weather forcasts indicated we might be hit with a winter storm. We didn't know if we might end up staying an extra day due to snow. In many ways it didn't seem like it lasted long enough. But when spring starts showing up more on the prairie we'll have to plan another trip with nicer weather. Then we can take the opportunity to have more things to do while we are there.

By the way, please ignore the horrible quality of these photos. The camera I had been using got broken. I am trying to get accustomed to using one of my camera's I haven't used in a long time. It has got some really nice features on it and will likely end up being a great camera to use, but so far nearly every picture I have been taking is blurry from me moving the camera. It has an unfamiliar sequence to how it focuses the frame, analyses it then processes it before it is stored as a digital image. I am not in sync with it apparently and move it slightly while it is still processing the data. Aaarrrggg! Sorry for poor quality. I'll keep trying . . . it has to get better, right?

Here you can see Lucy has a brand new toy in her toy box. She came over to check what Sugar was doing there. When I let Sugar out of the kennel to walk around a bit, she went straight for Lucy's bed filled with chew toys. Sugar tried to grasp hold of one, but they were too big for her. She did manage to find a little tidbit of a rawhide chewy that I thought she was going to confiscate. But even that got left behind in the end. She went on to explore a bit more once she was out of the bed, but was slipping on the hardwood floors and seemed a bit disoriented so I put her back in the kennel. She's getting "older" faster these days, more frail, and doesn't keep her balance real well when she walks around. There are times it seems she must not be able to see very well, or hear well, either.
There you can see Sparky in the kennel chewing on his dog food. He's a much more timid little guy and seemed most comfortable in the kennel. The few times he ventured out was just when they were being corralled to go outside.

I have to say this bunch of dogs were kind of hard to corral off to the same place when it came to going outside. We had to walk down two short flights of stairs to get to the back door. There was a little landing with a pillow/cushion (mini dog bed?) sitting there. That's the spot Sparky bee-lined it to when he was coming and going. He seemed to want to claim that spot. I'm sure it was warmer sitting on that little bed than standing on the wood steps.

Then it didn't help that is was COLD (below zero) outside with the wind whipping around the corner. None of them seemed to want to go outside. I felt like I was herding a bunch of cats instead of dogs. You get one outside, then open the door (trying to hold it so the wind doesn't slam it against the side of the building) and another one is darting back inside. Yes, the next trip with the dogs (if there is one) will have to be when the weather is nicer.

Sugar is such a funny goofball. She doesn't have a bed like this and apparently it didn't occur to her to exit out from the lower side. She got hung up with her back legs on the side of the bed. I couldn't help but start laughing out loud at her crazy antics. She kept trying to get her front legs to try to pull her off the side, but they were too slippery on the floor to allow for an traction. Then she worked to scootch and try to propel her little body off the edge. Finally she ungraciously ended up dumping herself face first onto the floor. Yes, she was a bit disoriented from her exertions and walked in a couple circles before she tottered off to explore a bit more. It wasn't too much further I just picked her up and put her back in the kennel. She acted so lost . . . maybe she was if she cannot see too well.

And here is little Sparky. He certainly had his eye on all the activities there at my son's house. It's an open floor plan - which is different from our house. Here at home they stay pretty much in the kitchen most all the time. From his vantage point where we set up the kennel, Sparky could watch all the moves we made nearly everywhere in the apartment. It was kind of funny. He didn't really want to come out when the kennel door was left open, but he sure was attentive and kept an eye on things.

Now that we are back home today I started in with working toward some of those 101 Goals in 1001 Days. Part of that goal is to revamp my blogs and websites and to be more active in posting, listing some products to sell, and achieve steps neccessary toward getting my small business up and running. Earlier today I worked on moving some things around in the weight room downstairs. I got some the the stuff that accumulated there moved out of the way so I could get a start on walking on my treadmill. I cleared the area for access to the weight benches and free-weights. Plus I'm working on laundry while I was down there. Tonight's plans include getting back down there to do more laundry, then to continue working on cutting up fabric to prep it for more quilts. A little here, a little there, and those goals will start showing results. I posted some updates to some of those listed so there is some progress being made.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Swap-Bot & Yummy Mexican Hotdish

My daughter-in-law directed me to Swap-Bot.com. It is an on-line swap community. She has been talking about it for awhile, so I finally decided to check into it and see what it is all about. I am signed up for a number of swaps so I can start building my rating and meet the qualifications for more future swaps I want to participate in.

As I was looking through the list of current swaps (in the US - got to think about postage afterall), I found one that is all about making a journal and writing a short story about time travel. It is called "Somewhere In Time Journal". This is the one that fascinates me the most. One of the requirements to be a participant in the swap in to have 10 complete type #3 swaps under your belt and also have a 4.9 rating in the Swap-Bot rating system. My goal over the next couple months is to achieve the 10 swaps required before the May 1st sign-up deadline. We actually have to have our journal mailed by May 31st, so I am going to start working ahead on mine. I feel pretty confident I will be able to meet the requirement of 10 finished swaps by the deadline. Of course that is if there are not any major upheavals in my life between now and then!

The Time Travel Journal has been on my mind ever since I saw it on-line. I have already begun to "spin the tale" of how my story will go, but I remain open to specific details, because I want to be able to incorporate some little trinkets and ephemera I'll be collecting, between now and then, as part of the journal. I'll weave my story around whatever little trinkets and paraphenalia I can find to put in it. Plus I plan to do some art - pen & ink drawings and maybe some little watercolors to "document" my travel through time - where I started from, how I got there, what I did, and how I got back home. Upon thinking about this subject, I realized there are an awful lot of time travel stories and movies out there: The Time Traveler's Wife, Wizard of Oz, Return to Oz, an old movie with Christopher Reeves entitled Somewhere in Time (1980), the Back to the Future trilogy (1985), Kate & Leopold, TimeLine, and others, lots of others. I like reading books about time travel and seeing these kind of shows. Making the journal should be a lot of fun.

I stopped into our local antique store today for a short bit after getting groceries this afternoon. I was looking for some small items for the journal. I found some old photographs in a box and a couple little ceramic items to dangle on a ribbon from the spine of my journal. As I've been thinking about it, I realized if I am going to be pouring a lot a effort and work into this piece, I will probably find it hard to part with it. Afterall, working for several months extended time on it will make it somewhat precious to me. Okay, some of you might be thinking - NOT! But unfortunately I tend to get attached to things. That would explain how I have managed to surround myself with so much "stuff" and why I am not leading a minimalist lifestyle.

I made a Mexican Hotdish tonight for supper. My mouth feels "hot" right now as I'm eating and typing at the same time. My hubby pronounced it "really good" . . . in a high energy exclamation as to its status. Yay! I found another great meal that's pretty easy to prepare, and is well liked! Basically it's a pound of ground meat (ours is elk tonight, from the freezer) browned with half a large white onion a 10 oz can of tomatoes and green chili, about a teaspoon of chili power and a half teaspoon of cumin. (I'm guessing because I just sprinkled some in from the little spice bottles). Of course you would drain the ground meat of any fat - elk does not have fat - it is a very lean meat . . . and yummy! I had quite a bit of what was left in the bottom of a bag of crushed tortilla chips (we like the Mission Tortilla chips in the brown paper bag) - about 2-3 cups worth, but slightly crushed, not teeny, tiny particles - just not the whole chip. Plus I had some hard corn taco shells in the cupboard that I needed to use up as they had been up there awhile. It was about 9-10 hard taco shells. I crushed these up as well with my hands, right into the pan. My hubby does not like sour cream, but I do. He cannot eat refried beans anymore, but I wanted some . . . so . . . his portion had Ricotta cheese instead of the sour cream and beans. I layered half of the crushed chips and taco shells in the bottom of a large glass baking dish that I had sprayed with a Pam-type cooking spray (we just buy the less expensive store brand). I used a hard taco shell, split into two pieces, to separate my side of the dish from his side. He didn't want my sour cream and beans mixing into his portion.

Next spoon on half the meat mixture. Then spoon on half the sour cream/beans or ricotta cheese (mixed with a generous sprinkling of garlic power in the cream and the cheese). Layer on several hands full of Colby or Colby-Jack cheese. Then repeat the layers: chips, meat, sour cream/ricotta cheese (beans). At this point you will want to pour a whole can of enchilada sauce over the whole thing. Then top with a couple handfuls of Colby cheese. Pop it into the oven for 35-40 minutes with a foil covering. After it has baked this long, pull it out of the oven, remove the foil covering (add more cheese if you want - mine didn't need any more) then return to the oven for 5 minutes to brown up a bit.

We had a Rice-A-Roni box of Mexican rice to go along with the hotdish. Soooo Yummmmy! My tongue is hot and tingly from the spices (hot spices don't bother my hubby!) but that's okay . . . I'm washing it down with a cold beverage. Meanwhile, the dogs are acting like they're starving with their little whimpering, whining noises . . . especially Sugar. I'm being mean to the dogs - like the soup nazi on Seinfeld, "No hotdish for you!" Poor things . . . I know the house smells good right now.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

101 Goals in 1001 Days

This clock is a signal it's time to get serious about setting and achieving goals. I didn't really set any New Years Resolution type goals this year, but have had a number of things on my mind that I "ought to do" for quite a while. I have probably mentioned a few of them here on my blog at one point or another.

Recently I've come across others who have been writing down their goals and making an effort to work on them each week in order to accomplish them. This seems like a sensible idea. Since I'm one who tends to think I'll "do something" at some point in the future, or that I "ought to do" a certain thing or other at some point . . .  you can see where I'm going with this. It's time to get more serious about goal setting. Write them down . . . review them on a routine basis to remind myself . . .  check them off . . . get them accomplished.

In response to this whole idea I took some time tonight to lay out a few ideas via a web page here on one of my websites. This is just a preliminary list. It's is not complete since it doesn't add up to the 101 items suggested at the websites that advocate this type of organization. Check out this site or this one if you want to look more into doing something along this line for yourself. It could be just the thing to lead me (and you!) on to bigger and better things. You can do a google search also and find lots of ideas from lists made by others.

So, here's to writing down your goals and getting serious about addressing them!