Monday, August 19, 2019

Camping at Sauble Beach

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. This weekend I went to Sauble Beach in Ontario Canada. I have gone there for camping once before with my family and it was good to be back. We were camping from Friday August 16th, to Sunday August 18th. It was my parents, my sister and both our partners came along too. We used two campsites beside each other and had three tents and a kitchen tent. It is always a lot of fun spending time together camping and it is a trip I look forward to each summer. We have been going as a family for over 20 years now. It is so nice to be outside in nature and just sitting reading magazines and books,and chatting. The food was so good too. My mom and dad prepared shrimp and potato and onions and mushroom with salad the first night, a veggie hot dog for lunch the next day and a veggie burger for dinner. My dad made scrambled eggs for breakfast Sunday morning. Both mornings we had coffee that my dad made on the Coleman stove. That is very appreciated and it is nice that we still can have our coffee in the morning.



 We went to the beach on Saturday and it was such a beautiful day and we were happy to have a hot and sunny day that we could go to the beach and enjoy it. Many years camping at Craigleith in Collingwood, Ontario we did not get really nice weather to go to the beach and would go when it was cloudy and cool but this year we felt more inspired to go into the water and jump with the waves and just enjoy the day.
Sauble beach
Messy hair don't care

Liam and I got a new tent from Canadian tire for this year for the trip. It is a Coleman 6-person tent and it held up really well on our first night through the thunderstorm. I was really happy with how spacious it was compared to our 3 person tent we had been using before and that was too small for Liam as he is pretty tall!
Our big red tent in the distance
My parents getting breakfast ready and their tent

We went to check out the Sauble Falls and they are so nice and it was peaceful there. There were a lot of people walking in the falls and jumping off to swim which we thought was dangerous to do. In my opinion the falls should just be enjoyed at a distance and not be a swimming pool for people.
Sauble Falls

Sauble Falls

My dad getting shots of the falls

My sister and I snapping selfies 

I didn't bring my knitting with me on the trip which was odd for me I just did not get organized soon enough. I brought my book I am currently reading The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory and it was the perfect book to bring on the trip as it is so fun and light and keeps me interested in what happens next.

How is your summer going?

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!


Sunday, August 4, 2019

KonMari Method: Tidying up Komono Items

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. This week I knitted a bit more of the spiral socks, but I was pretty busy and did not finish the first sock yet. I read more of The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory this morning and I am really loving the book and the characters. I decided to continue on with the KonMari method yesterday, I had stopped for awhile in July it was a busy month with going away on vacation and visiting family and all the busy-ness of summer. I brought all my miscellaneous items into the living room and dumped them on the floor. I brought items from the office, my bedroom, the bathroom, and the living room and dining room. I will be tackling the kitchen another weekend because there is a lot in there too and it will take me a couple of days. The cupboards are packed and I have trouble getting to things and need a way better storage system than I have. Especially for chips and snacks right now I just toss them into the cupboard where there is space and it gets harder to see what is in there.


While going through my Komono items I thought about how much stuff I had on my living room floor. It looks like a lot less when items are hidden away in drawers and containers. Bringing everything out in the open onto the floor helps to actually see how much we have. I was thinking how each of us has our own piles of items that we need to make our lives go smoother and we use in order to live fuller and happier lives. I realized in the end how little items I actually need in order to go about my everyday life and the rest is clutter and keeping me from living in a tidy and orderly home. I came upon some items that brought back some memories and said thank you to the person who gifted it to me and gave it away. It was a freeing exercise as this person is not in my life anymore but I held onto the gift because of the fact that they had given it to me.

I organized my yarn stash as well and am going to give away some yarn skeins I won't be using. Before I organized it, there were some tangled skeins and I had some that I hadn't used in a long time...

Before

 Now it is organized and I only have the yarn that I will use.

After

Below is a keep pile of my favorite artists CD's. I am giving away more than half of the CD's I owned. I also kept a couple of tapes I had recorded with my sister when we were younger. I want to try to convert it to be able to play it on my computer someday.
 
Below is a wicker basket where the CD's lived and now it is way more organized now that I am keeping only CD's that spark joy and I feel happy owning. I also kept my Game boy advance and a couple of games.


I had so many pens and pencils and ended up throwing out some that didn't work and giving some away. I had a whole extra Ziploc bag full of pens and pencils as well as those pictured below. As Marie Kondo says you should get rid of the excess now so you can live an organized life then buy them as you need them. I like this mentality. So much of the time we hold onto items that we don't need in fear of not having what we need. I was worried that I would run out of pens or not have what I need, but you can always buy some more pens right before you are about to run out.


I had so many body lotions and body butters and realized I did not need that many. I was gifted  body lotions and body butters a lot last Christmas and still had some from other years. In the end I threw out the ones that had been open as I did not know when I had used them last and kept only a few lotions and butters. These really built up for me and become clutter because I only use lotion in the Winter when my skin is dry and the rest of the year I don't use it. 



I got rid of some products I wasn't using and had more space to set up my nail polish and body butters so I can see them all easy and access them. Before my nail polish was spread out on my dresser and I couldn't see them easily. 


 I arranged some of my planner supplies in this wicker basket and put it beside my desk and my planner is lying in front of it so it is easy to access. The rest of my stickers are in a folder and I am considering putting them all in the basket because it is not easy managing the heavy folder after all.


I also went through holiday stuff and picked out a lot of the decor items that I could give away. Each year I buy something new for Fall and Christmas decor,  so I needed to make choices on what I would be keeping.  I also reorganized my Christmas ornaments so that they are in a container instead of multiple bags where we first placed them in their ornament boxes and put them into the bags but it was not organized in the closet.

In the end the stuff is just that, stuff... that clutters our lives if they don't bring us joy or fill a need. I do feel lighter and better after this weekend of going through more of my belongings. Next step is to work on decluttering and organizing the kitchen, then the final step is going through sentimental items and I am finished going through all the organization steps in the KonMari method. I will be sharing how everything looks after I am finished the steps and which storage solutions I use, and how this process helps me to keep organized once I am finished. I will also discuss how I feel about continuing with this process in the future. I think this has been so good so far and I really think that bringing all like items together from all rooms in the house works for me well. I like it because I can tackle all the items of one category at once and not have to deal with the same items in multiple rooms. I can see myself using this system from now on to keep organized as it has worked really well for me so far.

Thank you for visiting today! have you tried the KonMari method and does it work for you?

Have a great day!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Knitting Spiral Socks, Reading, and Plant Lady Updates

Hello Friends,


I hope you are doing well. I am sick right now with a cold so I took the day off work to rest and relax. I have a very sore throat and have been coughing. I hope this goes away soon. Today I have been doing a lot of  YouTube video watching, knitting. and some gaming. I have been knitting more of the Patons Spiral sock and really love the pattern, it is so fun if you would like to check it out, the pattern is free on Ravelry. I have also been continuing  to read The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory. It is such a cute and fun read and captures the sweet connection and love between the two characters so well.


My philodendron has grown so much since I last posted. It is now reaching down pretty low and I just love the look of these plants when they get longer. My fiance does not like this as much. 


This is a plant my sister got me and is still doing quite well. It is small and has a bit of green moss by the roots. I have to mist every once and awhile but it is fairly easy to take care of. I love its green and yellow leaves.


My African violets are still alive but have not flowered in so long now. I wonder if they get enough sun sometimes as we live in a basement apartment and it might be more difficult to get the sun even in the Summer.


Joining along with Frontier Dreams for Crafting On 

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you are enjoying the Summer so far.  What are you working on this week?


Saturday, July 20, 2019

Vacation in Myrtle Beach, Knitting Updates, and Reading On

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I just got back from a week long trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We stayed at the Sheraton Broadway Plantation resort with Liam's family. It was so fun and I enjoyed going down to the pool every morning and especially enjoyed the lazy river. It was so hot and humid each day but I got used to it by the end of the trip and just going to the pool and spending time in the air conditioning on and off. I really feel like I needed this trip right now because after starting the new position at my company I hadn't really taken a break and this was the perfect trip for some rest and relaxation.

I also got quite a bit of knitting done on the spiral sock I started while down there. I knitted a lot in our room and on the balcony at the resort and also knit by the pool. I am using the Patons spiral socks pattern and it is such a good sock project for me to take on vacation because it is simple and fun to knit. I also love how the sock is turning out with the self striping yarn. The yarn I am using is Patons Kroy sock yarn with 3.25 mm bamboo double pointed needles. Click here to see my notes on the socks on Ravelry. I also finished knitting the second dishcloth I mentioned in the last blog post. I will share the finished dishcloth in my next post.

Knitting by the pool = the best

Knitting on our balcony with a refreshing drink

I had a great time going to the pool, going on shopping trips and Target especially, spending time with family, and mini putting.

Didn't win but had fun!

Golf shark.. he beat me!
Enjoying drinks from our pineapple glasses at Sweet Carolina's at Broadway at the Beach

Selfie at Broadway at the Beach


Every morning breakfast on the balcony, my favorite

I finished reading A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult. I really enjoyed this book because it was really focused on the controversial issue of abortion and the two sides of the argument on the topic. It also explained the position from both pro-choice and pro-life activists. Jodi Picoult explains at the end of the book that she interviewed both pro-choice and pro-life to understand their perspectives in order to write this book and also witnessed actual abortions, she really researched for the book and took this important topic seriously.
I started reading The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory while I was on vacation. It is such a cute and fun book so far. I am enjoying reading about the topic of weddings as well because my wedding is next year and I am getting excited.

What are you working on and reading right now?

Joining along with Ginny over at Small Things for her monthly Yarn Along.

Have a great day!


Sunday, July 7, 2019

Change of Plans in Knitting and Reading On

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. It has been so hot this weekend yesterday was humid and too hot and today was more breezy which was so much better. I did a bit of shopping for summer clothes yesterday and I also went to Michaels to buy some yarn to start knitting some socks. I think socks will be a fun knit to take along with me in the summer rather than a big shawl to carry around. I will start the shawl sometime in August. The shawl is on hold for now because I couldn't find the length of circular needles required for the project and I might be looking for a new one. In the meantime I will be working on finishing the second dishcloth made with Bernat cotton yarn in the colorway tie dye and then getting started on knitting the socks.

Tie dye dishcloth in the making

 I bought two skeins of Patons Kroy yarn in the colorway 'coastal stripes' to knit the socks. I am looking forward to starting the socks soon it has been awhile since I have knitted a pair. I am going to use the pattern spiral socks #146 by Patons. I have knitted socks with this pattern before as a gift to my mom and I really enjoyed knitting them in the summer and taking them on trips so they will be a fun project to knit while at the beach or by the pool.

Patons Kroy socks


I am almost done reading a Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult and I am enjoying it. It is interesting how the author speaks to all the different points of view of all of the hostages and the shooter in that kind of scary situation. I have also started reading What to Expect Before You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff. So far I have been enjoying reading it and there are a lot of good tips on how you and your partner can get healthy before trying to conceive. It will still be awhile before I have a baby, but I wanted to read up on it now, so I can make sure I am ready when it is time to start a family.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the weekend!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

It's Summer and Finished Knitting the Dishcloth

Hello Friends,

Hope you are doing well. Happy Summer! It was the first day of Summer here in Canada on Friday. It was also Liam and my 6 year anniversary dating and we celebrated by going out to an Italian restaurant we love and exchanging gifts. Next year will be the start to celebrating our wedding Anniversaries. We are getting married on May 2nd,2020 next year, so it is getting closer now and I still have to get the hair and make up, florist, cake, and decor figured out. But I have reached out to all of them now so hopefully by the end of July we have all of our vendors selected and can work on planning more details like decor and then choosing and finalizing details with the vendors after that.

I have finished knitting the Bernat dishcloth today and it looks great with the stripes of colors of blues and white. The colorway I used to knit the dishcloth below is tie dye stripes by Bernat. I have started knitting the next dishcloth with the same brand of yarn in the colorway potpourri ombre.


This dishcloth is a fun and quick knit and I love these knits as well, as they are simple and don't need to follow a pattern. 


I have yet to order the needles to start knitting the shawl, but I will order them this week so I will get them during the week and can begin the shawl project.

I am still reading A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult. I enjoyed reading a lot of the book yesterday morning. My Saturday morning routine is to make a coffee and then lie down on the couch while reading my current book. It starts my day of right feeling like I have been productive and it is a calm welcome to the day.

How was your weekend?

Thank you for visiting my blog and hope you all have been enjoying the weekend.



Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Knitting a Dishcloth and Reading On

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. It is so much warmer now in Toronto and it has got me feeling more excited for Summer to come. I have been thinking of getting new clothes and sandals for the Summer.

Speaking of Summer and warm days ahead, this Bernat yarn I bought from Michaels the other day makes me think of waves on the beach. I was drawn to the different shades of blue and the white colors. I have thought of knitting dishcloths in the past but never did and because unfortunately I was unable to find the needles I needed at Michaels (wrong size!) I decided to order them online so that would take awhile by the time I got around to it. So I decided to knit a small fun project in the meantime. The yarn I started knitting with below is by Bernat in the colorway 'tie dye stripes' and I also bought the same yarn in the colorway 'potpourri ombre' I will probably use the same pattern: Cast on 37 stitches, knitting every row (garter) for 10 inches length and cast off.


Tie dye stripes and potpourri ombre

Knitting waves




I have still been reading A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult. I have spent more time reading recently and I am getting more interested in the story line. The book focuses on some important topics of debate such as abortion and women's rights and I find it so timely to what is going on right now in the States where women are fighting for their reproductive rights. It focuses on the feelings of all involved and their views of the situation involving a gunman and his victims. I finished listening to the audio book called What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend by Laura Vanderkam. I am always interested in how to make the most of my time and something I always think about is how I have more fun on the weekends how I can feel more productive after a weekend. My main takeaway from the audio book is to decide ahead of the weekend what you would like to do and to plan at least two main activities you will do. She also suggests to write a "list of 100 dreams" of ideas for the weekend you would like to do. I thought of two today such as visit the zoo and go bike riding. This audio book was great to listen to right before the Summer so I can come up with ideas to fill my weekends with fun and meaningful activities while the weather is perfect for spending time outside.

Joining along with Frontier Dreams for Crafting On, Small Things for Yarn Along, and As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday.

Thank you for visiting today! I will get knitting this project and get the needles very soon for the shawl and continue reading a Spark of Light. What are you working on and reading this week?

Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Michaels Haul of Yarn

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. It has been a busy week for me here with work and trying to get organized around the apartment. I am liking my new role at the company that I got transferred to. It is still an adjustment, but what changes in life aren't? I just tell myself that this is the reality as much as I miss my old position and the people, things have to change sometimes even when we feel like we aren't ready.

I bought some yarn recently at Michaels to knit a shawl I just loved the light green yarn and had to buy it and there was a good sale on as well. I bought three balls of the Vanna's Choice Lion Brand yarn in the colorway 'dusty green' to knit a shawl. I am so excited to get started I keep thinking I need to get started on knitting again because I really miss it and it's been too long of a break from knitting and I didn't want a break but sometimes it happens. I still need to buy some circular needles in order to get started that are long enough to knit a shawl.  I also picked up the ball of black yarn by Loops & Threads to knit something for my fiancé Liam. 


Thank you for stopping by! I am looking forward to getting back on track with my knitting again and thank you all for your comments and support even on my non-knitting content posts. I really have enjoyed sharing my journey following the Marie Kondo method to cleaning up my apartment. I am looking forward to tackling the category of Komono next which is miscellaneous items. It is such a large category so I will have to take on this category over many days.

Have a great day!

Monday, May 20, 2019

KonMari Method for Tidying Papers, and Other Updates

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well.  I went through my papers this weekend which is the third stage of the Konmari method to tidying up. I was happy to have today off work for the Victoria Day holiday I used it to finish this process and get ready for the week. There were quite a bit of papers, notebooks, binders, and folders to go through. As Marie Kondo suggests to do, I dumped all of the papers and things onto my living room floor to sort through. I really think this method works so well because you have to put all the papers in one spot to go through and tackle all of them at once instead of tidying each room then having to confront them more than once.

I went from a large pile of papers, notebooks, binders and folders, to a much more manageable pile. I know exactly what I have now. I really like the tip Marie suggests in her book the life-changing magic of tidying up, to only keep papers "currently in use, needed for a limited period of time, or must be kept indefinitely". This made me really question whether or not I really wanted to keep something or if it would just keep on only being clutter and not being useful. I was able to be tougher on myself to get rid of things I no longer need.

Before:

A big pile of unknown papers and notebooks with no proper storage...


Before

To...

After:

Small neat piles of important documents, papers and notebooks that spark joy and everything has a place on a shelf neatly tucked away.

After

I am so happy that I can now fit all of my papers and notebooks onto half of a shelf instead of being crammed into a bin, a big bag, and scattered around. I feel so much lighter already by having only what I need. There are so many documents I tossed that in the past I thought I needed to keep, and now I realize that I do not need them.

One thing I am excited about is that I came up with a storage solution today for my planner stickers. I used the pink folder in the photo above to organize my planner stickers and used clear pocket sheet inserts to place inside. I pulled each sheet of stickers out of the packages and divided the stickers into categories, so it will be easier to find the type of stickers I am looking for. Some categories are: to do, reminder, small stickers, big stickers, holidays and more. It will be much easier to find the stickers I need now.

Next up in the KonMari method to tidying up is the category of Komono/miscellaneous items, which is a very large category. I am excited to throw out or give away more of my stuff. It is amazing once you begin this process how you do start to feel more empowered to throw things away. I might have to go through some yarn or organize it better and maybe give some away I will not use.

Speaking of yarn, I did buy some yarn to start a shawl while at Michaels one day, then found a pattern I liked on Ravelry afterwards and realized I did not have the right needles to start. So I will be getting the needles, then will share my progress soon. Sorry for not posting on knitting in quit awhile, I will be back to knitting shortly! I really miss it.

I finished reading Quiet by Susan Cain. It was such a good book and I really like how she touched on so many topics and areas regarding introverts and spoke of the strengths we have and also difficulties as well. I think it is a great reference for parents who have children who are introverted as well to better understand them and to nurture their strengths. I am still reading A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult and will be focusing my attention on finishing this book now that I will be reading only one. I also just borrowed the audio book What the Most Successful People do on the Weekend by Laura Vanderkam from the library to listen to this week.

Hope you have a great week!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Change Can be a Good Thing

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I have been really busy this past week. I got transferred to another department at my company due to cutting back in the data entry department I was working in. I am now working in administration in another department and my role is supporting insurance agents by entering and verifying their information and also handing their inquiries. This week I was getting trained along with two others and it was a big learning curve, but yesterday I finally feel like it was making more sense. It was an emotional experience being transferred because I really enjoyed my last role in the company and the team I worked with and then I had to adjust to the news of moving and then being in a new role and on a new team the next week. This week, my other coworkers and I frequently visited our old team and I am so glad we can still pop by to say hello.

With this change, I have been challenging myself to learn something totally different and new. I have been looking over my notes that were given to me and I have written. I am trying to have questions answered and to make sure I am understanding my new role and responsibilities. I am trying to get to know others on the new team. I am working on keeping a positive attitude through it all. These are all things I had done in my previous job when I started but had not had to work hard at as I went along in my job unless I took on a new task as I sometimes did. We get comfortable with the same work and same team.


Change can be a good thing because it wakes us up and we have to keep reinventing ourselves and also to challenge the thoughts we have about how we can't switch jobs or try something new. Sometimes, like in my situation, life just pushes you in a new direction and we have to have hope and the confidence in our abilities to ride the waves and trust that maybe there is something bigger at work and this is the next step we are supposed to take in our lives. I loved my old job, but maybe I had reached the point where I would no longer grow, as much as I wanted to believe I could. After one year in some roles sometimes you can keep on developing and learning new things and I planned on staying there, but I might not have and there is always a risk of being stagnant in your career. I do believe that I will keep growing and developing and I feel confident in my administration skills and get excited about taking on new tasks and have a curiosity about other roles. I trust that my career at my company will be interesting and will never stay the same for long but in a good way.

Have you experienced a job transfer, job change, or changes in your lives that caught you by surprise but then you realized it was a change that you needed?  Please share your experience in the comments below!

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope you enjoy your weekend!


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