Saturday, April 16, 2022

Time wasters!

 Did any of you watch that Seinfeld episode about NOTHING? I watched it years ago, but there are some days when there is NOTHING to talk about. That's today! 

Well, it's not exactly about nothing, as I am ripping through lots of projects that need to be sewn - I just can't share any with you yet. That's so ridiculous! I cut and sewed, cut and sewed, and cut and sewed some more, and I FINISHED the homework for today. There is still a bit to do with one of the quilts, but it's done enough to show the block construction. Phew! 

And I have to say that I'm pleased with the results of all the quilts. This weekend there are THREE Jen Kingwell quilts that I'm presenting. Thankfully, one is a repeat of last year, so the top is done. WAIT -- that's a lie -- the border isn't on, and I vowed to finish with the group. So I have until June to decide on the border and get it on! There should be no excuse for not getting that border on. I've had loads of time, and it would help clean up the area where the ongoing projects are stored. 

Let's just say that those Jen Kingwell quilts are HUGE -- well, not huge, but the amount of work in them is incredible, and the instructions are less than desirable. While I'm enjoying making them, I will be happy when these three are done. The fourth Jen Kingwell quilt will go on for the rest of the year, but it'll be only one at that time, so that shouldn't be too bad to deal with -- I hope!

Starting in January, there will be one HUGE project that I'll work on, but I won't be teaching it -- there'll be a group of us who will motivate each other, but I will NOT be prepping notes. And you have to have started the project as there will be ZERO teaching. There are three quilts (well, four) on that list, and I'll be sharing that list after I get the Jen Kingwell stuff done. Or maybe I already shared it -- I don't remember, and it's not important for today anyway. 

There's one more assignment for the Kingwell quilts, and then in June, we'll have the reveal -- I can't wait to see them all, as the colorways that each person has chosen are so unique! And I think that ALL of our quilts are nicer (or easier to visualize) than those made by Jen, as she really likes busy prints for the focus fabric and the backgrounds. 

I had to laugh because, at one point, I realized I was walking around the house with a huge long strand of thread hanging on my sock! 

Long threads!

So there are tons of time wasters in this world. I get spam comments on my blog that you know are put there by robot spammers. They pick up keywords and throw in a comment or two or three. It's all autogenerated, so DELETE, DELETE, DELETE. But what a waste of my time to do that. 


The number of SPAM comments that I get isn't that bad, so I can't complain, but there were six this morning. 

The area where the timewasters come is those small videos that are everywhere. People put reels (short videos of about 1 minute) on their social media platforms. I used to watch some of them because - well, because they were there. And I've realized that most of them are such a waste of time that what's the point of watching them. The "humor" in many of them is degrading to someone, and what people find funny isn't funny. 

Don't get me wrong, but there are some cute ones, but they are getting to be so few and far between, and besides, do I need to see every "funny" moment in someone else's life? I like to see the short videos of MY friends -- I've seen someone's grandchild take their first steps - cute! Or their puppy has the zoomies with the grand puppy. Those are cute and are relevant because I know the person, and my friends are smart about what they post. 

But some of that other stuff? Why? Why is it on social media? Because everyone wants their minute of fame (it's no longer 15 minutes of fame). I just don't get it. 

And don't get me started on click-bait. I used to get sucked in from time to time, but I just look at it now and sigh. Do people not have anything better to do with their lives? Because it will make you go deeper and deeper, and all that is happening is the person who posted it is making money because you clicked on the post. And have you noticed that the pictures they use to suck you in are NEVER in the photos shown? Just say NO!

Nope --- I am very selective about how I spend my time on social media. I scroll through Facebook and IG for about 5 minutes a couple of times a day. I rarely post pictures -- not because I don't want to, but because I don't have anything exciting to post! Well, I do, but not stuff that everyone needs to see. 

And how many ads do you see every day? It's hugely overwhelming, and I've heard that social media creates feelings of FOMO, anxiety, and depression. Why? Because everything is PERFECT, and that's just not real. If we don't get likes, we get depressed. I don't have time for that! 

Oh god -- I sound like my parents and grandparents! But it's true -- I'd rather do stuff that I like to do and not watch all the silliness that others post. And then to get upset because my life isn't like someone else's! 

I worked all day and listened to a lot of the audiobook (it's very long) and didn't need a nap. Now, why is it that when I get in a car, it lulls me to sleep? Thank goodness I'm not a truck driver!

I had another crazy dream and one that I swear I've had before. Massive planes are flying overhead with bizarre cargo strapped to them, and one of the planes falls from the sky. Now, why is that? 

The only thing left to do today after the presentations is to attempt to get my UFOs completed for tomorrow. Yikes --- I might need to be up all night as they got put on the back burner. They did not need to be, but I sort of forgot them. I didn't, but I wasn't smart about working on them. But the Cherrywood Challenge is almost 3/4 quilted, and I'm delighted with the results. I can't wait to share it with you when the opportunity arises. 

Well, it's time to get the day rolling. I still have four seams to do, take pictures and put them in the presentation for the lectures this afternoon. Piece of cake!!!

Have a super day!!!!


Don't forget to put the Hamilton Quilt Show on your calendar -- ALL of you should have the dates by now - June 3 and 4. 

1 comment:

  1. The planes are you, and the cargo is projects that you fear you are dropping. Do you want to drop them? Or are you holding on?