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Progress – I think


I actually feel like I have been getting lots done, that I am making progress both in the sewing and the writing.

After feeling a bit uninspired last weekend, I pulled some blocks I hadn’t looked at in a while out of the cupboard and started sewing. I am experimenting with mixing the blocks with batiks, which is working really well because they tend to have a lot of colours in them which can pull disparate blocks together. Since I last posted I have made two new quilt tops, and have a third underway. I have pinned two quilts. Made a cushion insert or the cushion cover I bought back from overseas, and made a cushion from a stray block that didn’t really match any others. Things are coming along nicely. I am still not sure if I will get it all finished by the end of the year, but it is feeling a lot more like fun than it was last week.

Writing is going well too. I have just started reading a book by a guy called Alan Watt. It is called the 90 day novel. Which is handy because I have about 90 days left. At the moment I am working through a series of exercises about exploring the world in which your novel is set. So I am not actually writing the novel, but I am starting to understand why I was stuck and figuring loads of stuff out about the characters and where to go next. The only downside is that he recommends spending two hours a day on writing for the next 90 days. That’s two hours a day, everyday until Christmas. I’m not sure I can maintain that kind of pace. That really means that I get home from work, have dinner, write and then go to bed. I really need to find a way to make more time, either that or get by with less sleep. Though I suppose it is only three months, and it will probably go by in a flash.

Weight loss is not going so well, but I have finally stopped gaining weight after a bit of a post holiday splurge. Now I just need to be a bit smarter when I next go grocery shopping and I should be able to reverse the decline.

Pictures of what I have been up to are below.

One step forward, two steps back


I’ve been spending too much money again. I bought a laptop. Okay, it was the cheapest, most basic laptop I could find, but this is actually a step forward. I bought it so I can type in the mornings without getting out of bed. Which I know sounds lazy, but it is cold at the moment, and I have been struggling to get up. I know if I have to get up, get dressed, turn the computer on and have it make the horrific sound it usually makes when I turn it on when it is cold, and then sit there shivering for half and hour while I type, I probably won’t. With the laptop I can just have it sitting by the side of my bed roll over and grab it and I am ready to go, plus I can be all toasty and warm as I work. It seems to be working too, I have just passed 12500 words.

So all was going well, and I was feeling quite positive and that I could start to get back on track, and then my sewing machine broke. It wasn’t a spectacular break it just refuses to make a decent stitch and gets all loopy at the back. Have tried cleaning it, oiling it, changing the needle and it just keeps getting worse, and now the tension dial is stuck and won’t go below four. So, it is going to have to go to the sewing machine person for a service, and I am going to have to hand quilt the quilt for England. I actually prefer hand quilting but I just did a calendar count and it is only ten weeks til my big trip. I will just have to sit down in front of the TV and just sew for the next little while. I figure I can handle that.

Places I’ve never been before #17. This is the view from Peaks Crossing. It is a small town about 20km from Ipswich. They have the occaisional car boot sale/antiques fair, out the back of the antiques shop and not much else, but a spectacular view of Peak Mountain.