12:42 pm 6/21/17
Today is the first day of summer. The summer solstice. The longest day of the year and the shortest night. The OCD in me likes the solstice’s; both summer and winter. I like the finite nature of them. It’s kind of cool to have a specific date that is the longest day of the year, or shortest.
The solstices seem like a good time to assess, take stock and plan what the next six months hold. It’s kind of like a New Year resolution for commitment-phobes. After all, there’s only a 6 month stint involved instead of a year.
I have the pie-in-the-sky goals like going back to the gym and swimming for an hour five times a week. That’s a good one. I’ve done it before and I feel better, and look bettter, for doing it. But it also involves a ton of time, and not just the hour of swimming, but the time driving to and from the gym, waiting for the showers and a lane to free up in the pool, and then getting redressed and ready for the day. Realistically, that’s probably not going to happen in the next six months.
What else? This blog. I’d like to continue it for six months. I will commit to a daily entry, in under hour, for the next six months. I can do that. I’m already noticing that planning ideas of what to write about is becoming part of my day to day life. Characters that I’ve written about in unfinished works are starting to whisper to me again, too. And that’s really cool. So, yes, I will definitely continue the blog.
Here’s a good one. Finish the first rough draft of a novel I started back in 2001. Seriously, 2001. I’ve been writing and rewriting the first half of it for the past 16 years. I could have practically raised a kid in that time! In keeping with the idea of letting go of my perfectionist ways, I’m going to work on moving forward and finally finishing it. It won’t be perfect, but that’s okay. I’ll decide after it’s done if it’s worth revising and trying to publish it or if it’s just something I had to get out of my system.
What else? I’m not sure. I feel like I need a third thing, because in writing strings of three are suggested. A list of two seems incomplete. A list of four or more is too much. Three is the magic number.
I could commit to getting another dog. Not sure that will make Dennis happy. I could commit to NOT getting another dog. I’m not sure that would make me or Sammy happy. I could commit to going on a vacation to a beach somewhere. Preferably someplace with gambling, like Aruba. But that’s cheating. A beach vacation is a wish not a goal.
I’ve got a good one. I enjoy all things creative, and in addition to enjoying to write, I also enjoy quilting. In fact, since I haven’t written at all in a few years, my creative outlet has been solely quilting. I’m probably not very good. I’m self-taught — or I should say Youtube-taught. My grandma tried to teach me to sew as a young girl, but I didn’t have the knack for it. I still don’t. I can piece together a quilt but I can’t sew a garment. I’m lucky I can hem pants when necessary…and truth be told, I often just use duct tape to do that!
Anyway, I digress. While my quilts are not perfect, they are very pretty. And very functional. I make them to be sturdy, so they can stand up to many washings. I want my quilts to be used, not stored away as a keepsake. I’ve given away a few quilts I’ve made to friends and family, but I’m always leery to do it, because they have mistakes in them. I figure friends and family will forgive my uneven stitching on my binding or my seams that don’t quite match up. All our animals have quilts they love to sleep on.
This is the last quilt I finished. It was made for my sister-in-law. There’s a few mistakes on this one, but it’s a pattern I’ve made several times before, so it’s pretty good.
This is one of the first large quilts I made. I gave it to my girlfriend. There’s tons of mistakes on it. I’ve known her since 7th grade, though, so I knew she’d overlook them. And I don’t think it’s fallen apart yet, or if it has, she’s had the grace not to tell me.
While I’ve given away quilts to friends and family, I’ve never donated a quilt to charity. I’ve always wanted to, though. There are many charities I would like to support that take quilts — some are for patients undergoing chemo, some are for children who are in the hospital, some are for war veterans. They’re all worthy causes and I have plenty of supplies to make a quilt for all of them. I just haven’t because I don’t think I’m good enough. These people don’t know me and they deserve a perfect quilt, not one that I’ve muddled my way through.
So, my third goal for these six months is to make and donate a quilt. It takes a long time to make a quilt so I won’t commit to donating more than one, but I will do one. Quilters are supposed to sign their names to their quilts. I’ve never done that either. I’ll have to see if I’m brave enough to do that. For now, I think the donation alone will be the goal.
What are your goals for the next six months? Can you come up with three? Post your goals in the comments section.
May you have a joyous and peaceful summer solstice.
1:35 pm 6/21/17. I cut it a bit close this time!