This is Kinda Spooky

 

True Confession:  I’m a piler.  I make piles of things where I can see them and touch them and move them around.  I have always admired people who have a place for everything and blah, blah, blah.  However, the surest way for me to never find something again is to “put it in a safe place”.  But with this list thing, I don’t have any choice but to find homes for things.  In order to get through the things on the list, I have to get things put away so I can find the things I need for the lists.  Phew!  

So, first there was my New Year’s decision to not make any resolutions but to choose to use lists to focus and control my crazy, out-of-control life!  I have to admit, I’m pretty proud of myself.  It is so unlike me to choose to not continue to beat the dead horse but instead create a list of things to do to move it out of my way.  But here’s the spooky part.  My decision to make lists seems to have thrown me in the path of lists that seem to appear out of nowhere.  It’s like when I bought my first car, a 1986 white 5-door Ford Escort.  Suddenly, it seemed that Ford was making Escorts only in the 5-door model and only in white.  They seemed to be everywhere.  I know that’s a weird perception thing but still spooky.

I participate in various discussion boards on Ravelry .  One of them is “52 Books in 52 Weeks”.   Sounds like a good idea for someone who has been a non-reader since she taught ninth-grade English, right.  So I sat down in front of my bookcase and started making a list.  Then I pulled the books and put them on my window sill by the bed so they would be accessible whenever the urge to read something came over me.

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  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society; Mary An Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  • A Killer Stitch; Maggie Sefton
  • Needled to Death; Maggie Sefton
  • Harry Potter: Goblet of Fire; J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix; J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter: Half-Blood Prince; J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows; J. K. Rowling
  • Playing for Pizza; John Grisham
  • Knit Fast, Die Young; Mary Kruger
  • Died in the Wool; Mary Kruger
  • A Good Yarn; Debbie Macomber
  • The Mermaid Chair; Sue Monk Kidd
  • Happiness Sold Separately; Lolly Winston
  • Kiss Me Again Stranger; Daphne Du Maurier
  • Lost and Found; Carolyn Parkhurst
  • Water for Elephants; Sara Gruen
  • Eat, Pray, Love; Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Sense and Sensibility; Jane Austen
  • Pride and Prejudice; Jane Austen
  • Jane Austen Book Club; Karen Joy Fowler
  • Then a trip to the bookstore added:

    • The Friday Night Knitting Club; Kate Jacobs
    • Revolutionary Road; Richard Yates
    • Murder Most Maine; Kate MacInerney

    It’s not 52 books but I have to leave room for great suggestions or must-reads yet to be published.

    Then there is Stash Roulette!!!  The Knitting Experience Cafe’s discussion board had a thread where loosely explained, you pick 12 smallish projects and assign stash to them.  Then you pick one project per month to complete.  It took me some time to come up with 12 projects.  Don’t get me wrong.  I LOVE starting projects.  I start them all the time!  But I wanted to focus my efforts on projects that I would actually finish.  Anyway, I came up with 12+ projects, put them in a basket and the winner for January is:  the bib pattern in the first Mason-Dixon book.  I’m working some of these up for my son’s former soccer coach who is expecting his first child in the spring.

    Finally, my bff, Miss Persnickety Pants introduced me to the list of 101 things to do in 1001 days.  I decided to change the list up a little bit to meet my personal eccentricities so I’m working on the list but I’m looking at things one year at a time.  Looking ahead 3 years is just too stressful for me.

    I leave you today with an experiment.  I found this clip on the blog of my heroines, the Mason-Dixon ladies.  I want to try to embed this into my blog post today since I think it is totally worth viewing.

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