Happy Monday! It’s been a few weeks since we had a weekly goals post and it’s time to get back in the routine. I confess I am feeling a little slow out of the gate today. We just finished our sunniest June ever with over 82% sunshine. This is unheard of around here. I think average is in the 63% range. Now we are in the midst of a 10 day stretch of temperatures in the 90s.
Caroline and I are both trying to keep positive attitudes, but all of this sunshine, heat, and humidity on top of everything else is really wearing on us. If you think of Caroline, would you please pray for her? We have been stuck at home for four months now. There is really nowhere to go and nothing to do. Now that it is so hot, there is even less to do because it’s not even pleasant to take a walk. There is nothing to look forward to. No church, no volunteering, and not knowing if homeschool co-op will really happen in the fall. They are planning on it, but given our governor (Michigan) I have no hope that we’ll get a normal homeschool co-op year.
During the first several weeks of the lockdown, David was drowning in work. We barely had time to think about the lockdown because he was so busy. All of those projects have ended and now for the past few weeks he’s been on the other end of the spectrum – not enough work lined up. If you think of him, please pray that the Lord would guide him to work, new clients, etc. Our business doesn’t qualify for any of the government programs that have been set up so finding work is our only option. Please pray for the Lord to provide.
Honestly, our whole family could use your prayers. We’re feeling rather down, to be perfectly honest. We’re praying and trying to keep a positive attitude. Caroline and I need to get in gear with homeschooling, but neither one of us really feel like doing anything. I don’t mean to be a downer in sharing this. I simply want to be honest. We’re all weary.
Yesterday I cleaned out a storage bin with my counted cross stitch materials, books, magazines, floss, partially completed projects, etc. I was able to whittle it down quite a bit. Some of it I’m keeping and some is going to Goodwill this week. Most of my floss is old, but it will still work fine for little projects I might want to work on. If I decide at some point to take on something larger, I will buy all new. I cut up the partially completed projects I will never finish and washed all the Aida fabric since it smelled like it had been packed away for some time. I need to check it over and decide what I might want to keep to possibly use. Aida fabric isn’t expensive, but given how many crafting supplies are still in short supply I decided to hang on to what I had.
I have to give a shout out to Kim at Nutbrown Cottage. KIM!!!!! I saw someone took a link from your site and went to see it since I didn’t recognize the website name. But I saw your picture and was so happy to see you! I’ve thought about you often over the years. Part of the reason I’m mentioning this under cross stitching is because Kim is working on one of my favorite old patterns from Cross Stitch Country Crafts. (I have that issue in my pile.) Make sure you go see her pictures of Gathering Honey. It’s such a lovely project. (And I love her site design. So cozy!)
My Goals This Week
I’m still working hard with David on updating all of my printables in the shop so I’m spending a lot of time on that.
I’m also finishing up all the details on the website redesign. So I’m not going to set any grand goals this week around the house.
Goal 1 – Finish going through my cross stitch stuff. I’m mostly done, but need to decide which magazines, books, etc. to keep and what to get rid of.
Goal 2 – Go through my last sewing storage bin. It is mostly full of fabric. Whatever I am going to keep (which will probably be all of it) needs to be washed and restored in a container that breathes better.
Goal 3 – Order sewing and cross stitching supplies I might want before they run out again. I need to order thread especially. I have a lot of fabric and very nice old sheets I have plans for, but my thread supply is low.
Goal 4 – Continue organizing my crafts and sewing materials in my office. I’ve been slowly working on this while listening to podcasts. (I’ve shared a lot of good ones in the various parts of the forum.)
What do you have planned this week around your home? Please leave a comment and share what you are working on. If you write about these things on your own blog or website, feel free to leave a comment with a link to your post about what you are doing around your home. I won’t be offended! If you have a good recipe to share on your site, feel free to link to it as well.