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Saturday, February 11, 2012

I am so happy it is Saturday! Shouldn't make a bean of difference to me as I work from home and set my own schedule. But Saturday is my day off from work so I treasure it. ALways has been and Sunday is church day!

Today I have 2 bitty things that I have to do and then I am free to do whatever I want to do. I think that should entail getting into my sewing room and clean it up. I am anxious to do so. My quilt guild makes charity tops to give away to places that need them. Most of them go to organizations where there are children who don't get much for Christmas or they are foster children away from their families. So I am going to concentrate on making tops for charity this year.

I already have a couple of tops I've made and don't have any person to give them to so I guess I will donate them. Thursday, Our guild is having a charity workshop day so I am going to go to it and sew! I can do that as I work for myself and have blocked the day off already!

This year, I've been dabbling with Flylady and making progress, one baby step at a time. This week I had spent some time cleaning off the piles on my desk and I have baby piles now. I was pretty much caught up with bill paying and orders for clients so I took Friday off! I did some sewing and cleaning, visiting mother-in-law to take care of her pill box, shopping at the local fabric store which I didn't need to do and ended up buying some fabric that I didn't need, taking a nap, and finally, going to see a client in mid-afternoon and sold a couple of pairs of draperies! When I came home, I placed the order and then waited for hubby to come home so we could go out to dinner.

I've been watching the TV with interest about this religious boondoggle created by Pres Obama. I think he has made a serious mistake in thinking he can take on religious freedom in this country. I pray that the church leaders in this country will continue to fight for our first amendment, freedom to worship and follow the god of our choice without intervention and requirements that are put on us by government. Later.

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REGABA 2/15/2012 10:49PM

    I completely agree with you about Obama.

I'm glad you enjoyed your day off.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

I've been dabbling with Flylady this year and she keeps talking about setting a timer for 15 minutes and get as much done as you can. Well, I don't have a timer except on my oven so I haven't paid any attention to that. But this morning, I decided I would give it a go. So I started at 7:15 and gave myself until 7:30 to pick up whatever I could. I almost ran out of things to do! At least I cleared a path for my cleaning lady who comes today so now I know that 15 minutes will work and I'll get a timer or download a timer app to my cell phone.

Yesterday I talked about the 5 areas of my life that need work and so I got a thick notebook this morning that I had laying around the house and Labeled the first page, STUFF! I listed the following 5 sections with the comments

Personal life Get healthy
Work Life Get on top of it
Quilting Life Get Organized
Home Life Get Clean
Spiritual Life Stay With God!

This mornings healthy reflections was right on with the message to correspond with my lists.
"Examine the feelings that surface when you relate to that subject you are addressing!" For instance, when I walk into my foyer that is overloaded with area rugs and boxes filled with fabric samples and items for my clients, how does that make me feel? Overwhelmed with it I would say!

This effort I am undertaking is not something that is going to happen overnight or even in a week or month. THis is for the rest of my life effort and only I can do something about it.

So I am carrying my notebook around with me and I'll jot down notes and thoughts as they arise. Each section of my life requires a lot of thought and effort. You'll note that Spiritual Life is at the bottom of my list and shouldn't that be at the top? As I reflect on this, I realize that I have a strong spiritual life and putting it on the bottom helps to prop up the rest of those sections of my life that I want to improve upon. I want to stay with God and for him to stay with me daily, every day. That's a wonderful thing to know!

Todays Spark also says, "Pursue the things that make you feel alice and fill you with joy and balance!" Well said. Got to get to work.

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ANYVAR54 2/14/2012 2:22PM

    Love this blog. You said alot in one day. I am so with you in so much of it.
Reading this on valentine's day, So May you be blessed with lots of Love today,
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COLEENCOLE 2/9/2012 9:10PM

    I agree. It is amazing what 15 min can accomplish.

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ALMMOM 2/8/2012 12:18PM

    I just told my sister about the flylady program - she will look into it and give it to her daughter who is no organized at all. It is nice. We can feel overwhelmed or we can take bite size pieces to handle. I don't have a timer either - it ma be an investment for me.

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JAGRIF 2/8/2012 12:08PM

    I just started with the 15 minutes too. Unfortunately with my knee, that is too long. Now I pick up 15 things, throw away 15 things and donate 15 things at each commercial break in the evening.

Baby steps. We will get there.

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STITCHINGNAN 2/8/2012 9:23AM

    You made a great start with the 15 minutse challenge and showed 15 mins can be a long time So often we waste 15 precious minutes
I dont think there is a right or wrong way to write things down in order.Its best to write fast as things come into your mind. You can tidy up the list later.But do feel encouraged by your excellent start and take it from there. I shall be interested in the next step.
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HOAGIE22 2/8/2012 9:06AM

  Git Er Dun!!!

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

If you are reading this blog, maybe you think I'm going to answer the question of how to do it. Well, no, if I knew how to do it I would have done it by now. What is IT? IT is anything that needs doing.
I started following Flylady at the first of this year and I am slowly implementing her routines into my life. SLowly is an understatement as there is a lot to do. You could easily get overwhelmed but as Flylady says, take babysteps. ANd you are not behind. Just jump in wherever you are. And she is right, you just have to start somewhere.

So yesterday, I had a brief thought come to my mind. I thought, "I need to divide myself into four sections and make a notebook for each section". The four things I need to work on are Personal LIfe, Work Life, Home Life (meaning cleaning and decluttering and running the household) and QuiltingLife. I need to add spiritual life to the mix and then I guess that covers it all. Then It immediately dawned on me, while I was thinking of this, that Flylady talks about separating out these things in her journals. DUH! Guess some of her philosophy has caught on and I didn't even know it.

Where to start and which section of my life do I start with? The answer would be to start with all of them at once and take babysteps in each area. Last month I ordered some of Flyladys products. I ordered the whole rubba scrubba set which was a bargain at $45 or so. There were so many products included I didn't know what to do with them all. So I decided to give some of them to my son. Their house is a trash mess most of the time with 3 dogs and 3 cats and 2 kids and a rabbit so I decided to sneak some of this stuff to him. I gave him the rubba sweepa and he commented that it worked good. I also gave him a scrub brush and a dish cleaner and everytime he comes over, which is quite often lately (I"ll get to that in another story) I give him some cleaning supplies, or dishwashing liquid,e tc. Slowly sneaking this stuff into his home so that they won't notice.

So one of the things I had ordered was the Body Clutter Control Journal. I haven't read the book but for some reason I thought I need this. I guess I need to get the book and read it because when I opened the journal to the first chapter I was struck with FEAR!!!. FEAR big time. It talks about Food, the ultimate weapon of self-destruction and my fear was the fact that I was not really ready to address this section of my life. If you look at Flylady, she is overweight and has diabetes so how is she such an expert to tell us about food? I was so embarrassed at having ordered this thing and then had it talking to me about food, I instantly closed it up and hid it so my husband wouldn't see it. Why don't I want him to know about this?

I haven't really disclosed all of this flylady stuff to him. If I do tell him, then I have to live up to it. And I have to be ready. So this morning I sent him an e-mail that one of flyladys converts had sent to her about a woman who helped her husband organize his workspace for his various hobbies. He had become a hoarder and didn't know how to fix it so together, they set aside an hour at a time to deal with a corner of the space he had and eventually it got all cleaned up and he kept it that way. So my husband reads it and just now, said, okay when would you like to get started? So I guess I'm stuck now.

So I must be sending out vibes to the world because yesterday I got a catalog in the mail, 131 pages of self hep books and how to deal with others books. Who writes this stuff? "The Worrier's Guide to Overcoming Procrstination"; " The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Anxiety"; and here is the best, "Do-it-Yourself Eye Movement Tecnhique for EMotional Healing". I think I'll just ready Flylady. SHe makes it fun! If you read this, let me know! You deserve a Goodie! Later.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 2/9/2012 5:31AM

    I just cleaned my large kitchen appliances before bed, so you can see I am a fly baby too. I am getting ready to declutter, but it is a move too far at the moment. But every now and then I have a little spurt of flying, and it feels really good! I am a major fan of microfibre, I hardly use any chemicals in my house now, just soap and water, vinegar and baking soda for every once in a while. And the place is clean! Every once in a while.

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MIZCATHI 2/7/2012 5:03PM

    I read this whole thing because it's exactly what I need to do myself! I am sort of frozen with a list a mile long. Ok, I do get some things done, but not all I want to.

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SABLENESS 2/7/2012 12:33PM

    The same friend who introduced me to SP also told me about FlyLady. I've been getting daily emails from Messies Anonymous--and then delete after reading so as not to further clutter my emails. I'm convinced that for me organizing is a lot harder than losing weight! Thanks for explaining about AAPT! I'm already inspired. Now if I can only finish what I started....

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KASEYCOFF 2/7/2012 11:24AM

    Dunno what it's worth, but - I read all your blogs.

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ALMMOM 2/7/2012 10:38AM

    I started the fly lady system in mid January. I love it!!! I'm finding that all is basically clean and is getting decluttered. My mind is getting decluttered also because I'm not thinking on a hundred different things I need to do. Only one thing at a time. I ordered the basic package and have a rubba scrubba in each bathroom for the toilets (I have 3). I was just reading an e-mail this morning about helping hubby with the garage. The garage is way over stuffed with things - in my mind junk - in my husband's mind - valuables!!! I want to conquer - but I'll need to take baby steps for him.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Flylady says it is anti-procrastination day! Everyday ought to be that for me. I am such a procrastinator although I'm getting better a big at a time. Instead of sitting here typing I ought to be getting ready for my day. I have a lot to do so soon I will get showered, dressed and shoes on so I can get some work done before I go to a luncheon and drive to see a client!

Today is hubby's 65th birthday and we are going out to dinner. One thing I have been procrastinating on this year is starting any sort of a healthy eating plan. I started the year off right but floundered with illness and a trip to Disney. OH, well. My son has a job now so at least that stressor is gone. I hope and pray this works out for him long term.

I'm not procrastinating another minute, off to get dressed and moving. Later.

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BUSYMOM911 2/7/2012 1:05AM

    Wouldn't you know it. I am even late to celebrate Anti-procrastination Day. It's about par for me. Will celebrate later today (only 6 days late!). LOL.


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SABLENESS 2/6/2012 10:10PM

    I NEED an antiprocrastination day every day! What is the AAPT Club? emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 2/6/2012 2:45PM

    Yay that Flylady is just the pip, isn,t she? emoticon

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JIBBIE49 2/4/2012 8:44AM

    Procrastination is all about fear. "Feel the Fear and do it Anyway" is the best policy.

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BABACHAN 2/3/2012 6:21PM

    Life is Good! Have a nice evening out with the birthday boy! emoticon

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Monday, January 30, 2012

WE always wake up around 6:00 a.m. but this morning I woke at 7:30! Bad because I had a fasting lab appmt at 7:30 and I was already late! When I got there, the computers had crashed at the doctor's office and they were really behind! So it was after 8:45 when I finally got finished and home. So I am really behind, no shower, no breakfast, pills etc. Had my coffee which I needed!

I"'ve been absent on the blogs the last couple of days. January was a trying time for me but things are looking up. My son has found a job with potential. Part time and not great pay at a major grocery store chain but there is a future maybe! Thank you Lord for you blessings. That was such a major stressor in my life. I saw some prior clients this week and made a few sales for the month and my bookkeeping is caught up. I have an empty file cabinet so I need to work on finding things to put in it or get rid of it, which ever comes first.

I've been sewing away. I like making log cabins so I've been cutting 1/5 inch strips of various fabrics. This makes me want of those automatic cutter things that cut the strips to the size and shape you want. Put that on my wish list I guess. Later.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 1/31/2012 7:16AM

    Wow I bet sleeping in doesn't happen a lot in your life.

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