Just Life

fifty for 50 with one week to go.

…yep, day 366 of my fiftieth year is next friday. and naturally that has me thinking a lot about what I had planned for this year…and what I’ve actually done. I just revisited my august 9 post with the 100-day plan and almost laughed out loud to think how much has changed in just those few short months.

we did the 2-day walk and raised over $2,500. (more coming on that after we draw the winners for the quilt and coasters next week.)

we celebrated my dad’s 75th and sara’s 21st birthdays.

and I completed two more needlepoint projects (sshhh…they’re a secret!) and learned at least six new stitches.

I did not get to chattanooga to visit martha – but she came to see me last weekend with her two little ones. in no time it seemed like it had been just a few days since we’d seen each other instead of a few months…and I will definitely get up to see her in early 2013 (a few of us from our knitting group are talking a road trip which is good since I don’t want to drive by myself!)

nor did I make much progress on the church’s prayer shawl ministry beyond forming a committee…and securing a commitment to move forward; I’m thinking now it needs to wait til january.

and I am not taking on any new classes (in fact I stopped working at the shop except to teach the three classes I already have…just not enough time!)

but I started cooking again. three healthy dinners (split pea soup, turkey meatloaf and sara’s birthday dinner) and one fabulous dessert. I even used the leftover potatoes from the birthday dinner to make oven roasted potato chips (with blue cheese dip) when my sister came for knitting wednesday night.

I did get the guest room cleaned out (along with the rest of my house!) and katie and I made a start at organizing pre-2003 photos (and now all those photos are neatly stacked in six boxes in my craft room closet…at least they’re all in one place!)

…and I finished knitting the 12 charity hats. and remembered to take a photo before I handed them off to lou (she leads our charity knitting at the shop) to take to the homeless shelter.

12 hats for charity

those hats put a nice dent in my single/double skein stash and I love that they’re going to keep twelve heads a little warmer this winter. it’s got me wanting to play a more active role with our shop’s charity knitting for 2013. we’re talking about knitting mother bears for a local children’s hospital. fun knitting for a wonderful cause.

and last but not least –  43 more random acts of kindness.  so far I’ve bought coffee for the people behind me at starbucks, paid tolls for the next car and delivered donuts to the vet. those are certainly fun, but I’d love some other ideas – please share!

8 Comments

  • Carole Knits

    I love that pile of hats! I think a lot happened this year that you didn't anticipate but you still managed to do so many of the things you planned to do – yay you! As for Random Acts of Kindness – how about paying someone's library fines?

  • Anonymous

    Wow! You've accomplished so much! It's one thing to make lists & plans – it's another to actually follow through! Yay you! I'd love to do some "acts of kindness" with you this holiday season!

  • Vicki Knitorious

    Make an extra batch of cookies and take them to an elder care facility. If it's close to Christmas, go with a group and sing a few songs. Or tuck an "old timer" Christmas CD in the delivery box. Or a DVD.

    Hm. I think I'm going to do that, too!!

  • Patty

    Mary you are the best! Your energy is infectious and the hat pile is so wonderful! Random act…you could chose an amount and pay off someones Christmas layaway the toy store.

  • martha

    Impressive! Bummed that Chattanooga got cut…but who would have thought that "move" was on your list?!? Don't think the mountain is going anywhere soon…so come on up with your gang! Oh! and bring yarn!!!

    It was crazy that it didn't seem like we had been apart for two months! I still miss you!!!!

  • Debbie

    You have certainly accomplished a lot this year! You energy and positive attitude are an inspiration for me and I'm sure for many other people. If you know someone who is lonely or home bound, why not visit and offer a ride to church, a holiday concert or even the store?

  • Kym

    It's so powerful to make goals — and even more powerful to evaluate and reassess! You've accomplished so many things this year. . . and many of them things you might not have imagined at the start! Thanks for sharing your process with us. As usual, you inspire! (I just quit working at the yarn shop, too. Of course.)