Planning & Preparations

An overdue update

Happy September! I can’t believe that it’s been so long since I posted anything. Time really has a way of getting away from you, doesn’t it?

Skipping ahead a little, I’ll say this: I’m not living where I thought I’d be, but this place is better in many ways. The first being that I’m actually in town instead of out in the country. Yes, the country would be more soothing, but also more difficult to get to places I need to get to. Like the fabric store and work. It has also allowed me a way of “practicing” living in a tiny space since it’s a one-room apartment. Yep, that’s right, one room, plus a bathroom. The bathroom is pretty roomy, which surprised me a little, but the main room is a little over 200 square feet and I’ve learned how important sturdy shelves are. I now have 3 sets of the kind of shelf most people would put into their garage and I’m loving them. I set the shelves to the height I need to hold my things (printer, computer, yarn bins, etc.) and have attached a couple bolts to the sides to hang my project bags from. Later, I’ll decorate the shelves to be a little less “industrial” looking, but for now, they are great. I also now have a small freezer so that I can make meals and put the leftovers away for future meals. When I first moved in, I couldn’t do this because the fridge is very small (imagine a larger dorm-size unit).

I also changed jobs. I know that the office job was a very easy one, but I sat in front of a computer all day and I knew something had to change. So I started looking for the most physically demanding jobs I could find (that still paid decently) and am now working as a Flow Team member at one of the local Targets. Holy smoke, it’s physical! But I can now say that I can sling a 48 pound box from the conveyor to a pallet without straining myself. Why would I do this? Well, I’ll be out there on the road and want to make sure my body is capable of handling anything necessary. By working strenuously several hours a day, I know that I can easily deal with the necessities. Hauling wood, lifting several gallons of water, even traipsing through the woods for hours… all these things are going to happen and, with my newly added strength, I know I can do it.

As the season shifts into autumn, I’m reminded that on the 27th, the day and night will be the same length and we will begin the darker time of the year. My goal is to use as much of this season to get the shops filled with wonderful items for you all and to keep planning out the things needed for a life on the road.

For now, I will leave you with this design I worked on yesterday:

A wee Gryffindor owl, ready for autumn!
A wee Gryffindor owl, ready for autumn!

I’m hoping to get the remaining Hogwarts house colors done today. It’s a pretty intense design (over 45k stitches), but it really was too adorable not to make. The project bags I’ll be making will have one of the House colors as the liner for a little added fun.

May you have a day filled with beauty, fun, and love.

2 thoughts on “An overdue update”

  1. Wow! What changes have been happening for you! But, they sound like they are all for the best. Isn’t is crazy how life puts us in places that we’d never imagine?! xoxo

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    1. It is crazy, actually. More and more I’m seeing changes in myself that hint at the woman I want to grow into. The changes around me… well, so many of them have a sharp and sweet tang to them. In some ways, I thinks it’s almost a reminder that life is just that way and it’s up to me to focus on one or the other, or to even savour both at the same time.

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