Hi! And Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends all the way from Oh Canada!
How is everyone?! It feels like it’s been forever since I posted.
What I’ve been working on lately hasn’t been very post worthy. During a time that most are gearing up for Christmas, know what I’ve been doing?
I do this every. single. fall. As the Christmas season approaches, I can’t even remotely fathom bringing more stuff out before I clear anything that’s in my way. Are you like this too?
From gutting the garage workshop, to kitchen drawers, I get relentless. Anything that is in my way, look out! I’ve even listed several things on our local Facebook bidding sites, but it seems I keep bringing more home right after… hello wood collecting…
I’m starting to think that collecting is just that… you collect what you think you’ll need and let go of what you no longer wish to keep around. There IS no end to it. You just keep evolving with new stuff.
Well, I suppose as long as I’m not renting storage units to house my stuff and can keep it under one roof (although with bulging walls…) I’m doing ok!
In other news, I’ve been gathering up house quotes to work on a few things that need fixing, and of course, things I just want changed.
It’s tricky to know where to draw the line when you aren’t sure how long you will live in a home isn’t it? I’ve been looking at house listings and everything I come across would take more work than the one I already have. I suppose it ultimately comes down to, what outside do you want to end up with? Do you have the space to do what you wish to do? Because the house can always be changed.
The only thing that’s missing from my current outside is no river / lake. Everything else I have is still on my wish-list.
So I’m currently debating how far to go with what I already have. My wish list for this current home is EXTENSIVE.
And with renos so expensive… I’m thinking I’ll have to get big and brave and do some rather biggish things myself.
I’ve also been working on new Christmas stencil designs. There are a few listed now so I’m hopeful they will encourage me to stop cleaning, and get out the wood and paint and get Christmas decorating already…
If I didn’t know better, I’m thinking my cleaning is a productive yet procrastination tactic so I don’t have time to make more challenging decisions… hmmm…
My goodness… I don’t think I’ve blogged about my volunteer dog walking yet! I’ll gather up those pics to help tell that entire sweet, sweet story.
And my pottery class was on a bit of a hiatus, and is now firing up for two last sessions. We will be glazing our pieces this week. I’ll take some pictures this week to continue that story.
I didn’t sign up for another class because I don’t even know what the end result will be yet. I enjoyed the process, just uncertain if I wish to keep at it. I’m kinda thinking of leaving that space open for something new to try…
And I may have already found it.
My son started working out and wanted me to join him one day. So off to the gym we went and honestly, I had a blast! He shared his routine with me, then we jumped into the hot tub, sauna and pool. I’m thinking of doing this at least once a week with him so there’s that…
I was debating on joining a gym anyway however this is far more encouragement, so maybe… I’ll give it a little more play time first.
My writing class with Kim Klassen is now over, and I must say, I am heavily geared with every exercise in the book to keep me on the straight and narrow! I truly have no excuse now.
I’m not exactly sure why some people appear to stay on track and succeed, where some like me get sidetracked easily, then lock into unintended zones. Apparently putting pen to paper helps get your thoughts back to where you desire them to be so you can move forward with intention.
The writings do help. They become a road map of sorts, so I can reestablish where I wish to take my current day.
Some of my jumbled thoughts are at least now starting to make a little more sense. It’s all really based on our dream goals. I think we can get so lost in the everyday transpirings we don’t take the time to dream, and if we don’t dream, we lose out on a new road map.
Take the time to dream, friends. Make your list. Then choose one, ignore the ‘safe brain’ chatter and go after it! It’s a start.
And as you can see, I’ve been getting out on the bike now and then. Our rain has hit and with days getting dark so quickly, it’s iffy if I even make it out to the trails these days.
But on this particular day, we had just had a major windstorm that appeared to drop most of the leaves overnight. So I just had to capture the last of fall.
Everywhere I biked, it was a blanket of glorious leaves. So pretty!
Are you still able to get outdoors or are you already snowed in?
And lastly, my amazing brother who picked wood with me came over today. It sure helps to have a knowledgeable guy around once in awhile because he shook this joint up! The notes area pretty much blew up my phone.
From the right oil to use, how to adjust my headlights, how to tweak my garage door so it closes, the best bulbs to use for the light he installed (after I was without for 2 years) to fixing my table saw then insists on teaching me how to use it because it will change life as I know it…
Having him around already HAS changed my life! I mean… that light alone… But I’m certainly not beyond growing a little more, so I am IN!
So… here’s to new Christmas decor and house renos coming soon! (and to me changing my own tires and oil… ha! not a dream, so…)
I have a feeling that table saw will come in mighty handy though…
What’s new with you? What are you currently up to or attempting?
And I’d love to know… what are some things you’d like me to blog about? Perhaps I could use a new topic or two to add to this ‘new life beginnings’ life of mine…
Here’s a few more pretty bike ride adventures with stories if you’re so inclined…