What has happened to me? I've been feeling a bit of a cold coming on for a couple of days. Instead of doctoring myself up and drinking lots of water and hot rum - OK, maybe not the hot rum, I let it go. How could I possibly get a cold when I haven't really seen anyone. Although one of the ladies who came to the retreat did stay home the first day because she wasn't sure she wasn't getting a cold herself.
Anyway, as the day progressed, so did my sniffles, and when I went to make my presentation, I seemed to have a full-blown sniffling and running nose. I don't think it's a cold -- I'm going to chalk it up to being tired, although I don't think I am. Could it be allergies? My eyes were terrible this morning, but my nose is mostly under control. Let's see what happens.
I may need a nap this afternoon, and I'm OK with that.
Well, I'm down to ONE presentation, two classes, two lectures, and two clubs to end the year. There is still a lot of work to do to prep for this weekend, but I took tons of pictures yesterday, and they are all edited and need to be uploaded. I'm in excellent shape. Don't forget there is a Virtual Retreat on December 18 and 19.
Let me start by telling you what I did NOT do yesterday:
- No quilt got long-armed
- No double wedding ring quilt top got pressed
- No applique on the Enchanted Autumn got done
- Nothing got sorted or organized
- No items were removed from the laundry basket
- No audiobooks were listened to
- No admin work got done
- NO baking shows were watched
Gosh -- it sounds like I did absolutely nothing all day. And that's not true -- I was in my glory, and I learned a ton. I am determined to learn the mySewnet embroidery software. I remember purchasing an earlier version of that software and was so excited at the prospect of what I could do, but I barely touched it.
I will NOT let that happen again. I had the software open on my computer in the office in English, and it was open on my laptop in Studio B in French. And I had the manuals available on both computers, and I was puttering to my heart's content. Oh wait -- let's not forget that I had to use the scanner at one point, and I popped some stuff into Photoshop, although I don't think I needed to do that. I can do the same thing in the mySewnet embroidery software, except I don't know how yet.
Starting next week, I plan to have both computers set to English. I'm OK with the French version, but it is much faster for me to learn the software in English and then "translate" the commands into French. I don't have a lot of space at the computer in the office, but I'll go to Studio B and use an entire table and have the manuals on the iPad, and it'll be a lot easier.
I don't know how many manuals (reference guides) there are for the entire software package, but let's just say that there are HUNDREDS, probably a couple of thousand pages in total. The more I learn, the easier it all becomes. I may cave and ask my boss for a quick runaround of the sections I'm currently diving into, but I'm content with clicking and undoing and learning by trial and error. The best part is that if I make a mistake and have to redo it, I'll remember!
Don't worry -- I'll share it all with you next week, but I want to share it with my Machine Embroidery Club first, and that's this weekend. Then you get to see what I learned next week. I confess that I'm at the stage in the learning process where I know enough to be "smug," yet I don't know enough to field questions or go beyond my little demos. But I'll be past that stage very soon.
Someone spotted this quilt hanging on the wall in one of my photos earlier this week. OK -- so here's the scoop. This is about 20 inches square - maybe 24 -- I did not measure it. OH -- I just measured it -- 22 ½"!!
This is a quilt that I designed for the Try-A-Triad challenge sponsored by the Canadian Quilters Association in 2020. We could use three colors -- red, blue, and yellow, and if memory serves me right, they had to be solid.
|The echo quilting on my challenge piece|
|The back of the quilt|
|A neat and tidy kitchen|
|Blue circles on Google Maps|
On that note, I"m out of here!!! I really want to get back to the software today, and I will, and this time, it's going to take mere seconds to do what took me hours yesterday. Oh, don't worry - there is still a steep learning curve for some parts, but it's all one step at a time.
Oh - it's time to give ourselves a new decluttering challenge each day. Today, it's kitchen counters or the kitchen table, or both! Here are some tips:
- Do NOT just move the items to another surface in the house. Deal with each item individually. If it is junk or garbage, then toss it out.
- If an item needs to be repaired, then repair it TODAY.
- Is the item essential enough to be kept? Then find a home for it. If you don't have a home, then consider giving it away.
- Start a give-a-way box.
- Do NOT say that Christmas is coming and you don't have time. It takes mere seconds to decide if an item is worth keeping or not.
- Read or toss or file the paperwork.
Have a super day!!!!