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If We Were Having Coffee . . .

This type of blog post is for when I have a lot of little things I want to share, or when I feel the need to catch up.

If we were having coffee . . . I’d be telling you how Marcy inspired me to try out this blogging meme. It’s been a good long while since I last actively blogged here. There’s been so many stuff to catch up on but I simply haven’t had the energy write at length about every single detail.

Mmmm, this coffee is really good. I love my moka pot. Yes, I know about Starbucks, but let’s face it . . . they overcook the beans and water down the drinks. I love the people at our local Starbucks, but it’s not their fault; they’re just doing what they’ve been told to by the corporation.

If we were having coffee . . . we’d be going over my knitting projects [insert link to Unfinished Projects]. Well, yes, I’ve still not finished any of these projects. But that’s okay. I’ve resolved to make good progress on the Abalone Cardigan. And in fact, I’ve made slight progress on it.

Abalone Cardigan

My goal is to finish this by the end of the year. I’ll try my best, don’t hold me to it, though.

I even managed to finish off a pair of socks in just 3 days. This was a really nice palate clearer. I’ll be knitting more socks so as to be ready for fall.

Blue Socks

No special pattern, just came up with a number to cast on and then half the stitches for the heel flap and ending with 8 stitches each side to kitchener stitch.

Right now for brainless knitting, I’m working on a pullover. This is actually my 3rd atttempt. Yes, I swatched, but since I’m not using the yarn called for (Knitspot yarn is wonderful, but I don’t have the $ for it), the swatches lied to me and I had to fiddle around with the needle sizes till I came up with a width that I like (I wanted this to be on the loose side since I’ll be wearing this over my turtlenecks and skirts). Yarn is Briggs & Little Regal, which I got at a great bargain from a vendor who was getting rid of her stock at the MDSW.

Pullover

This will likely take me a month to finish. And I should still hopefully get to wear it before summer arrives. Win!

If we were having coffee . . . I would be asking for advice on where to stay during our visit to New York City. We’re thinking about staying in New Jersey and taking the train into The City. But if we can find a nice hotel for less than $200 a night in The City, that would be great. Gotta make a list of what to see there. Blah

If we were having coffee . . . Bullet journals is all the rage these days. It’s a way of organizing your life that is very easily customized to your personal style and need. Ryder Carroll came up with his own system in an effort to manage his ADD, and after years of tinkering with the system, decided to reveal it to the world. It’s still a work in the process, but I think I’ve pretty much got the hang of it.

Well, it sure was nice chatting with you! I hope you have a good day . . .

Merry Christmas!

December 2016 in Bullet Journal

December 2016 in Bullet Journal

Well, it’s time for me to emerge from my blogbernating to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! Glad to see 2016 fading away quickly in my rear mirror, and looking forward to see what 2017 brings us. Hopefully it sees a lot of completed projects for me, and maybe even a bit of more yarn and fiber in my stash. I’ve been spending most of this year on FB and Instagram, which is why you haven’t seen me around here lately. My bad! But honestly, when you see how there are so many talented bloggers out there working hard to monetize their blog, it is easy to feel a bit intimidated. (Yes, I know I haven’t colorized the corners, but I’ll get there!)

Let’s see . . . Shorewood Cardigan, Abalone Cardigan, St. Brigid Cardigan, Evin Cardigan, Oregon Cardigan, Delilah Shawl, Trellis Vine Shawl, and Lacewing Shawl. These were unfinished by end of December 2015, and still unfinished by December 2016. Sigh. I must rectify this by end of December 2017.

List of Knitting Projects

Knitting Projects at end of December 2016

I’ve fallen into the bullet journaling rabbit hole and you can follow me at Instagram. Just look on the right. Want to learn more about bullet journals? Start with Ryder Carroll’s video and site. Then check out groups on FB. Note . . . if you join Bullet Journal Junkies, get the Group app for your mobile device/tablet. Trust me, this group moves at warp speed. Why this system? Because it is customizable and fits in with my tendency to be a bit scattershot and drop things for a long period of time.

I’m not making any resolution, except to keep up on my life with the journal as a guide. I can’t mess this up, can I?

 

Happy New Year!

Happy-New-Year-Greetings-Images

 

Wishing you all a great 2016!

I know I’ve been very scarce here on the blog as I’m usually hanging out on FB.  I know I could stream my FB posts into here, but that would be a bit excessive and lazy, don’t you think?  That said, I’m going to make an attempt to be more active here on the blog. Can’t make promises, but instead, it’ll be a goal for me to try to meet, amongst other goals.

Now, be safe out there, and don’t let others put stuff into your drinks without you knowing!

Ten Ideas for Daily Blogging in November

10 Tips/Ideas/Topics for Daily Blogging in November

Oh, my gosh. Daily blogging. Given how my blogging has fallen off the cliff, what with being on Facebook, being busy with other stuff, that is a tall order. But, here’s the theme for this week’s Ten on Tuesday post, so, I’ll answer the call. I can’t promise that I’ll suddently be blogging everyday in November, though.

  1. Get a good blogging editor that will allow you to compose offline and upload to your blogging platform with the minimum amount of fuss. Everyone has their preferences. Since I’m always banging away on my MacBook Pro, I’m using DeskPM. It is a newish editor that allows you to post to Facebook, Tumblr, and WordPress, to start with. In the past I’ve used Ecto, but since it was bought out by a small company, it seems to have entered LimboLand.
  2. Set up a folder for November, and create daily drafts for each day. That way, you will hopefully have no excuse for not blogging daily. I said . . . hopefully. It also depends on your (non)tendency to procrastinate.
  3. Create a notebook in Evernote where you can jot down notes. You can use Evernote on your tablet, phone, and desktop, so you have no excuse for not putting down tidbits when you’re around and about.
  4. Set aside a half hour during your most productive time of the day to polish your post of the day. Hopefully you will have been filling in your draft posts, all the while depending on your Evernote notebook.
  5. Maybe you could play around with a weekly theme centered around what your interests are, be it knitting, cooking, outdoors sports, or whatever. Designate one week for each interest, and start off with why you like that particular interest, and end the week with suggestions on where one can go to learn more about your interest for the week.
  6. Maybe, if you’re a popular blogger and have people frequently commenting, you could ask your commenters to ask questions to which you could give your answers during November.
  7. Make use of your blogging ecosystem. WordPress allows you to automate your posts. You can set the time and date for your draft to go public.

    WordPress "Publish" Box

    Controls for publishing posts.

  8. If you’re into being held accountable, have a friend or family member nag you during November. Now, this isn’t going to work for me. But, just an idea for y’all.
  9. Since Holiday Season starts during this month, you could maybe talk about how you’re going to deal with this season. Maybe you just don’t want to face this. Or maybe this will give you inspiration if you’re at loss as to what to blog about. But, here you go.
  10. Motivation. Find ways to motivate yourself. Maybe you want that Lorna Lace yarn you’ve been drooling over. Promise yourself that if you successfully complete posts for all 30 days of November, you will get it. Maybe you want to let your loved ones know about this so that they can hold you accountable (see #8).

Wow. I was able to knock this draft all out Saturday morning. Maybe there’s hope for me after all. Now I gotta spend the next couple days polishing this and putting in image links (DeskPM formatting is still basic, after all, especially when it comes to ordered lists).