Monday, December 13, 2010

It's Still Autumn???

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Like most of the rest of the country, we're having some January cold here in Michigan.  Yesterday, we got 6.5 inches of snow, officially - nothing compared to other folks.  And people are stranded on the 402 in Canada.  In their cars.  One man [from Michigan] had been there 13 hours, and they told him they might be able to get him out by Tuesday afternoon.  ???  Apparently the truckers who are also stranded have been opening their trucks to folks, keeping them warm in the cabs.  God bless the truckers.

Last week, when we went to the library, I almost didn't go in - I have so many projects going, I didn't want to get any books.  But I did go in, and of course a book jumped off of the shelf into my arms, demanding my attention.
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This project in particular caught my eye.

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I thought it was possibly the cutest family tree I'd ever seen.   Maybe someday I'll find time to make it!

The snow has stopped, and now we're just dealing with bitter cold.  You'd think, since I'm staying home, I'd be getting a lot done...but no.  This cold weather is sapping my strength.  I think the hardest part of dealing with fibro and arthritis is the lack of energy.  In my head, I'm still a Type A person, full of grand plans and always overestimating what I can do.  The pain is easy to deal with in comparison!    Staying busy is one way to keep my mind off it.  Right now I can't stand for more than maybe 10 minutes - hard to cut out a quilt in that amount of time.  [Even a teeny one!]

Tell me, at what point in the race to Christmas do you decide you're NOT going to do something you planned?  I had planned on making Christmas cards this year.  Today, I decided it wasn't going to happen, and I'm not even sending pre-made ones [since I didn't purchase any].  The little gifts I'm making for some special friends will not be finished by Christmas, let alone shipped.  Is it time to throw my hands in the air, and just get a bunch of Christmas movies at the library?  I feel like a slacker!

I think I'll go watch Everybody Loves Raymond and read your blogs.  Pretzel, anyone?

34 comments:

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Oh Allie....there is no way in the world you are a slacker...you are too hard on yourself...those who you are making gifts for will understand I am sure...take care and don't over do it....

Martha said...

If it makes you feel any better....I never finish everything I have planned for Christmas. Some weird thing always comes up that eats into my gift-making time, plus I always underestimate the amount of time my projects are going to take. I'm okay with it -- I just go on planning stuff thinking this might be the year I can get everything done, but knowing that's extremely unlikely. I don't stress about it nearly as much as I did when I was younger.

Lyn said...

Hello Allie, there is always next year....I agree with Peg.....take care of yourself.....hard to imagine all that snow.....enjoy your movies...hugs lyn

Heather x said...

I've not managed to make any xmas cards either babe, since we are experiencing snow 3 months earlier than usual, like yourself I'm suffering with the arthritis in my hands....I understand what you mean about not having energy to complete projects....could be the fact that we are dosing ourselves with painkillers thats zapping us.
At least we can still use email and text messaging to wish our friends and family a merry xmas :)
Keep well babe :)
*hugs* Heather x

Caron said...

The weather is horrible here in the Flint area. Yesterday it took 4 times as long to get to work. Today, I think I'm probably staying home, as roads were worse last night than they were yesterday morning.

Terry said...

I've learned to settle for whatever I can get done, and not just at Christmas either. It's hard, but it helps if you can just be happy with what you do get done instead of fussing about what you don't. And isn't this weather miserable? The kids were off school yesterday and right now they're on a two hour delay for today. They're hoping it changes to another closing but I'm not! LOL

Anne at Film and Thread said...

Definitely time to not stress about Christmas and just enjoy yourself! Movies and books from the library sound just about perfect.

If you live in Michigan, it sounds like you should keep some blankets in your car, just in case. Of course, it is 9 degrees outside this morning here in Alabama, so we're not doing that much better, except we don't have all the snow.

That family tree is cute.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I so hear you girl. I've not been able to do much quilting, as it does seem to affect my back. So all those projects that were in my mind have gone out the cold window. We had 27 degrees here in Florida last night. Guess I should move south ;-)

susan m hinckley said...

I feel your winter pain, Allie! I always hit that day when I realize my grandiose dreams are just that . . . dreams. That day hasn't happened for me yet this year, so please don't burst my bubble. I still think it's all gonna' happen.

Stay warm!

Mickie said...

I realize this year that maybe "not getting everything done" means I need to simplify my holiday plans more. You are always so busy, I really wouldn't be hard on yourself. I think you might just need to do less, like the rest of us. Not a bad idea in these days anyway. Gets us enjoying holidays with our friends and family more and less stress. Hugs, Mickie

Mary-Kay said...

As long as you keep your sense of humour, nothing else matters. I find most people are too hard on themselves during the Christmas season. It's okay to give yourself a break. Don't worry about this year, make stuff for next year. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Shasta said...

That is a cute family tree. I am sorry that you are not feeling well, and I hope you give yourself a break when you need it. I think that as long as the loved ones know you care about them, then you are doing what is important. You can buy the cards later, when the snow has cleared - even if it means they won't get them until January or even July!

Lauranie said...

YIKES!!! It sure is pretty though!! :) I love how snow makes everything so "clean"!! It really needs to snow IN my house!! As long as everything LOOKS clean..I won't mind the cold!! HA!! My house is a MESS...and I'm not getting anything done today...so quit being so hard on yourself and stay warm! xo

joan said...

I do not think you are a slacker... It is that time of the year when we all plan too big.. I know my decorations are not half up as the other years but it will have to do and you know what? Christmas is goign to come anyway and the event will be just as beautiful as it was on the first Christmas. I think it makes us appreciate the true meaning of the Blessed Season when we have to step back and re-arrange our priorities!
Merry Christmas Allie and take good care of my friend...!

soggibottom said...

Love a Pretzel Allie :-)
Don't stress over Christmas... it's overated anyway HO HO HO.... :-)

It would be a good though we can be loving and giving all year round, not just at Christmas. :-)

Looks like you need help from that happy bubble that kept the snow away from the cottage a few weeks ago... I'll send it over, but want it back again, we have snow on the way :-) XXX

Michelle said...

Well Allie, there is a Jewish proverb I ran across on the internet that goes something like this: "We make plans and God laughs." I think the problem with quilters is that we make BIG plans. Sorry you're feeling kind of punk. Maybe you should watch a movie.

Hugs!

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Oh I shouldn't say it - but that is such a pretty picture of the snow - and I love the family tree project! Hubby saw a movie where a guy said - "I set my expectations really low -and it feels REALLY good" - LOL! Don't be discouraged girl - remember - we get everything done we're intended to get done (though often not what we hoped)! Hugs!!

Mama Spark said...

It's been so frigid here lately. You just stay warm and don't worry about it!! There is always time and if the gifts come after Christmas...so be it!!!

Fleurette@ Fleur's place said...

Keep warm and enjoy your movies, Christmas can be far too stressful.

Sharon said...

You aren't the only one who feels that way, Allie. Yes, it is hard when in your mind you have grand plans to get lots done, but in reality, the body doesn't want to cooperate. I can fully relate. Last year I didn't get any cards sent out, but managed this year. This year I didn't get as many gifts made as I wanted either. I think I'll need to start making Christmas gifts in January in order to have them done in time for Christmas 2011. Thank you, I'll take a pretzel! :)

Christie, Describe Happy said...

That is a very pretty family tree pillow!! At what point to I call it that I'm done making things for Christmas? That was about some point last week. I decided I would finish some of the things I started and roll the others to say a Valentines or birthday gift. Life is too short to stress over gifting which is supposed to be a joyous and thoughtful thing... not something you aren't looking forward to. I also don't like to rush my crafts... quiliting especially. Sometimes you have to put it down and walk away.. when you pick it up next you won't believe how much easier it seems. Have a nice cup of tea and treat yourself to you time today!! Stay warm doll!!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

I've been watching the news on that storm. Yes, G-d bless the truckers!!!

I say go ahead and throw up your hands. One can only do so much and Christmas is a time for enjoying yourself too :))) I recommend the movie "Love Actually" it cracks me up.

West Michigan Quilter said...

You sounds so like me, over planning what I'll get done, then giving up. LOL I didn't see that tree when I looked at that book. It is darling. Now I really have to get that book. Stay warm!

Fiona said...

Don't be so hard on yourself sweetie - If it can't be done then it can't be done - Enjoy the time before chrissy and enjoy those pretzels - LOL

Hugs - Fee X

Isabella said...

Meet your mate Allie I have been rotten with mine this year too and it's our summer my fibro has me not even commenting on all the blogs let alone getting everything done I'm just so sore and tierd but I know my friends wont mind niether will yours so give yourself a break girl

Ivory Spring said...

Yikes, that looks cold.

Re: Christmas - as long as it happens in your heart, you have celebrated Christmas!

Val said...

You...a slacker?? Never. You amaze me all the time. Now pretzels and Everybody loves Raymond sounds pretty good! ha! Just do Christmas all year long. I never get what I want to do done. You feel better soon and just do what you can. Enjoy it. I wish I could do half what you do and I am not sick!!!

Dolores said...

I try not to stress over things that don't get done. I keep trying to tell myself that I can only do what I can do.
Christmas cards did get written - and sent (had to throw that in "and sent".) Small gifties are done and sent. I still have so much to do but I will get done what needs to get done - the house cleaning and some baking.

Dolores said...

Just thought of something. You could start making the Christmas cards now for next year. Or do them in bits - off and on throughout the year.

John'aLee said...

Allie...the most important thing is to take care of your health. I used to be like you...feeling like I had to get everything done whether I felt good or not....but not anymore. Life is just tooooo short! Our health issues are what they are! You can't change them....but you can ease up on yourself and not expect so much. You are 'good enough' even if you don't get one thing done. A hard lesson that I had to learn!
Hugs to you!! Go sip a cup of tea...curl up with a good book and a heating pad and know that you deserve it!!

Tammy said...

I'm finding difficulty right now with my hands be so swollen. They pulled all my dmards so now I'm waiting on the next step. I have long given up on trying to cross off everything on my to-do list or make plans for that matter. As you know, when the weather changes, so does my body. Maybe cut some fabric today, quilt some pieces tomorrow. Start small and work your way up. Besides, that little face in the post below could probably use some scribbies and lovin' right. THere's your excuse to be calm right there. HUGS and thank your for your input on sewing machines. I'm looking for one to do the embroidery and fancy stitches now. I have two work horses that do all my straight line stitching & I simply couldn't live without them. Now I need one to do the pretty stuff or even let me do my own quilting!! Tammy

Carrie P. said...

I'll take a pretzel. So sorry you are not feeling well. It is hard to enjoy the holidays I am sure. And I am sure being constantly cold doesn't help. But you know what you should do what you can and don't stress about the little things because in the long run only one thing matters and that is remember what Christmas is all about. Jesus. Enjoy and have a Merry Christmas.

Terry said...

Howdy Allie
You are not a slacker !
Oh and thanks for the pretzel :)
Your such a sweet hostess .
I am so glad you went to the library but even happier this book leaped out to be discovered.
I had not seen or heard about it !
Now this is what I call a sweet early Christams gift.
Thank you for sharing.
Take care ,keep warm and I'll ride over again really soon .
Hugs coming to you from Texas :)
Until next time
Happy Trails

Kim D. said...

Allie, you're not the only one who has big plans and can't get them all done. Are you my twin? LOL
Realize your limitations and start early next year, yeah right, I tell myself that every year. Don't be so hard on yourself and enjoy the season. That book looks absolutely fantastic, I may have to run to the library in the new year.

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