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I have been away too long and have missed all of you so very much. I've been preoccupied with life's usual busyness which has not included time spent quilting. I knew this was coming but it doesn't make me any more accepting of the changes I've had to make.
I envy those of you who juggle far more than I and yet manage to accomplish beautiful things, and that's why I keep coming back here for inspiration. I am who I am and I won't beat myself up anymore for not being what I wish I could be but I can strive to do better and this is the right place to find good role models.
I am not an organized person.
There you have it.
I get too distracted by things that need doing while involved doing other things. Such as: I go into the kitchen to unload the dishwasher and in the midst of doing that see that the dishtowels need washing so I take them to the laundry room only to find that there is a load of clothes that need to be folded. So I take the load of clothes to the bedroom to fold, dump them on the unmade bed, fold them, make the bed and while putting the clothes away pass by the kitchen and see I haven't finished unloading the dishwasher but notice the newspapers need to go in the recycling bin but there's an article I want to read before throwing it out so I decide it's time to take a break anyway and fix myself a cup of tea, read the article...but there's still tea in my cup so I think, well I'll check my email and then I think "I wonder what's going on with QWU" and 3 hours later I take my cup to the kitchen and the dishes are STILL not put away!
Am I the only one who does this?
Of course, I realize there was a time not long ago when I held a job and didn't have the luxury of squandering time like this. When you work you do everything in a time crunch or it doesn't get done. Maybe it's because I'm not on a time line that I have lost all sense of time. But that's coming to an end soon as the spectre of the J-O-B looms over head once again.
I still put quilting last though, after the dishes are done, the beds made and the laundry done-which is never done. Why is that?
So before I hit the kitchen to throw together something that resembles supper, I'll read a few of your blogs and discussions, get inspired and make myself get busy.
It's a new day.
Even if it is 6 P.M.

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Comment by Janet S. - MO on June 30, 2009 at 1:32pm
There are a lot of us right there with you Renee. I, too, have changed my habits since I retired and have some different responsibilities. I try and get most of the "chores" done early, read this site and do email and then hit the sewing room.........unless, I'm out running errands, etc or something else in life occurs! Our sewing will be there for us when we get to it, it's very forgiving in that manner. :)
Comment by Sognstitcher Lana/MN on June 30, 2009 at 11:42am
Renee, you are reassuring to me. I do the same things. I get so mad at myself when I do that! Go to a room to get something; forget what it was and have to go back to where I started to remember what it was. Too funny.
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on June 29, 2009 at 6:01pm
Hi Renee! I do the same thing!

Seriously, I'm not too sure many of us "get it all done." We just do what we can. I used to want to get as many quilts done in a year as I possibly could. There are SOOO many quilts out there that I want to make. Times have changed and now I'm just enjoying the process of each quilt no matter how long it takes me, realizing that I may never get all the quilts made that I'd like to, and let it go at that. I'm one of those who feel the need to get my chores all done "first" before I can quilt guilt. Sometimes if I know the men will be gone for dinner (the noon meal here), I will sometimes set aside a "quilting day" when I decide that for today things will go undone and I will do nothing but quilt and I won't feel guilty about it. Those days feel pretty nice. Otherwise, I'm like you wondering how others - especially women who work outside the home - get it "all" done. I'm pretty sure I'd fall short. Again, we just do what we can. Hang in there!
Comment by Sunshine/Mi on June 29, 2009 at 4:29pm
LOL BJ that's sooo funny. Marie is right, Renee... there are many of us out there who are 'disorganized'... I accidently 'found' my kitchen today and cleaned it, but not til after I got a little sewing done. The kitchen still isn't Good Housekeeping spotless, but it's good enough for me for tonight.
I've heard stories of how the farm wives would get all their housework done for the day, THEN they would work on quilts if there was still time. Some of them had frames that were on ropes and pulleys so that they could be lowered to work on then raised back up so they'd be out of the way.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on June 29, 2009 at 4:12pm
I have an idea.... spread your fabric around the house, in the kitchen, etc. so you "run" into it when you are unloading the dishwasher, or in the laundry basket, or elsewhere.... then you have to pick it up and go into the quilt room and start working on your project! LOL It was such fun to read your post. Thank you for the joy and laughter you brought to my afternoon.
Comment by Marie Russ on June 29, 2009 at 4:09pm
Dear Renee,
Don't worry about being disorganized; many of us do the same thing, especially me, since I retired from teaching. I get up later, make the bed when I feel like it, try to keep the kitchen clean and still I don't always get all things done; love to quilt but I am a novice so I take up quilting when it suits me. Therefore, I am signed up for a beginning quilting program for eight wednesdays in a row. I hope I will gain some skills that will encourage me to make quilting a real joy or me. Have only make two quilts, one was easy, one was difficult, but got both completed. Next up is an "America" type quilt for my husband. Will be making something like it in the class. Later

Marie in Concord, MI

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