MAFG: Halloween 2016

Happy Halloween! Here are some things I am grateful for this week!

Having a husband that takes care of me when I'm sick  /  New leggings  /  Tasty food  /  Life going in the right direction for several consecutive days  /  Halloween party with new friends  /  Having an awesome job  /  The cat  /  Great friends

What are you grateful for this week ?

#DeclutterToday Task Number One: Kitchen Gadgets

We all have kitchen gadgets we don't use. Maybe they're a unitasker like a garlic press, or avocado knife, or something that you've upgraded, and just haven't removed the older model from your home, or it's something you never use.

Today's task is to rid yourself of some kitchen gadgets. You can start by asking your friends if anyone needs the items you are getting rid of. If there are no takers, perhaps your local food pantry could use them for some of their patrons. Another good place to check would be with groups that help at risk communities. Women's and men's shelters can use items to give to their clients who are getting themselves back on their feet. If you have nowhere to gift the items to, drop them off at your local second hand store. Some of these places can give you receipts to claim your donations at tax time, so it's a great idea to look into that.

Share a photo on Instagram of the kitchen gadgets you're getting rid of today! Don't forget to use the tag #DeclutterToday!

Life is Crazy, It's Time For a Challenge. #DeclutterToday

The last little while, my life has been flip turned upside down. I'm not living with my aunt and uncle in a big city or anything, but everything is just a little off kilter. Bob and I are moving forward on some big goals of ours, and that involves downsizing on some of our belongings. I'm setting myself a goal of decluttering something every single day. I'll be sharing this on Instagram and Facebook with the #DeclutterToday tag.

I'm not just throwing things away. I plan on donating items to local charities, giving some items away, and selling others on Craigslist. If I can find a home for it, where it will be useful, that's where it's going.

If you would like to join, use the tag #DeclutterToday and you can share this photo. Post photos of the things you are giving away or donating, or just finding new homes for. Join me, and we'll encourage one another!

All Of The Gratitude

It's been way too long since I've written a Mondays Are For Gratitude post. This week, Friday is for Gratitude. Here are a bunch of things I am grateful for.

Robert, being amazing as always  /  The weather cooling off  /  My amazing jobs  /  The coolest friends  /  New yarn  /  Energy drinks  /  Fingerless gloves  /  Knitted hats  /  Lots of time to knit  /  The farmers market  /  My farmers market friends and fellow vendors  /  The cat being awesome  /  Bob and I making some progress on goals we have 

What are you grateful for this week?

The Typical Pre-Show Stress

The initial intention for this post was to have it be this long essay about how I need to stop stressing about things. But it isn't that. I don't have the time to convince myself to stop stressing, because I am too stressed. Ironic, right?

I have a show October 22 and 23, and I'm in a tailspin. I feel like I don't have enough stock, I don't feel prepared, and I just feel like everything is going to fall apart. I'm hoping that isn't the case, but we shall see what happens. Check out my Instagram for more frequent updates.

Other than the show stress, life is amazing. I'm working at a fantastic job that I love, and I have some really cool people around me. I am so lucky!

A Wee Bit Of Stash Enhancement

It seems like many people are on a perpetual stash diet. I am certainly no exception to this. I want to reduce the amount of yarn I own, but that's apparently impossible. I may take a page out of Jen's book, and start tracking my in/out quantities. She tracks the yardage, but that would be tough for me because of some of the yarns I use, so maybe tracking weight might work? I'm not sure. Who knows, maybe yardage would be easier. Either way, this is to say I've acquired stash. A few weeks ago, Bob and I stopped at Joanns to grab something, and I ended up with way more yarn than expected.

All this yarn was bought on sale! And I've already used four of the skeins either in their entirety, or very close to that. I've been upping my productivity lately, and building lots of stock. I'm still panicking about how much I'll have made for show season, but I'm starting to feel okay-ish with what I have right now.

I do know that I need to keep knitting. Slowly but surely, I'll work through the yarn I have. I think I need to go through and purge a bit again.

MAFG: September 26, 2016

It's Monday! And it's officially fall! Bob and I have been married six months, and life is awesome. I'm stressed about dumb stuff, but that's not new. Here are some wonderful things I am grateful for this week

Making a whack load of applesauce  /  Canning stuff successfully  /  Getting new yarn  /  Making progress on a lot of knitting projects  /  Hanging out with amazing people  /  Going to a couple antique markets and estate sales  /  Picking up some great items at these sales  /  Eating delicious foods  /  My friends

What are you grateful for this week?

This Crazy Pokemon Go Thing

Unless you've been living under a rock since the beginning of July (no offence to rock-dwellers!) you've probably heard of Pokemon Go. I started playing on the first day, with a few of my friends. At the beginning I played every single day, though since then, my interest has waned a bit. Mostly because we live in a small town, and there isn't much to catch around here. It's still a ton of fun, and I've been planning events in Marshall for the community.

One thing that I've been having a lot of fun with is knitting Pokeballs. I've done a whole whack of them, in several sizes. I'm working on more all the time, between actual day job work. They're doing really well at The Realm Of Creativity, which makes me happy

I've been knitting tons and tons lately. I will hopefully have photos to share of most of it soon!

Work Work Work Work Work Work

This past week, Bob and I went to Detroit to have my Green Card interview. It was rather uneventful, but it meant I finally got approval to travel and work and what not. I had a work permit before, but this is the final step for a couple years.

So now that I have this, I have started working. I'm working at three different places as of today, and I am so incredibly happy! For all intents and purposes, I've been unemployed for nearly a year. I quit my job last October when Bob was heading to Japan. I'm used to having a couple part time jobs at any given time, and it works well for me.

This being said, there may be some shifting of my blogging habits. I might have to drop down to twice a week. I'm hoping I don't, but at the same time, I feel like I am lacking in content. We shall see how it goes!

MAFG: September 12, 2016

Monday almost passed me by without letting me know it was here! Today has been a very busy day for me, but a very productive one. Here are some things I am grateful for!

Getting approved for my Green Card  /  Hanging out with Detroit friends  /  Petting their goofy dogs  /  Bob being amazing and making sure I didn't collapse into an absolute puddle  /  Going to a football game with him (Go Broncos!)  /  Watching football at our friends place with them (GO SPORTSBALL!)  /  The weather finally cooling off  /  Getting a job!

What are you grateful for this week?