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“Participate” Is Going Well.

The goal of my one little word,”participate,” was to get me doing things instead of watching other people do their things.

And so far, it’s been working.

I got some lists started, and have started crossing things off.

Since I last checked in with my word, I have crossed 4 things off my “projects” list – I finished Josh’s scarf …(just in time for the weather to warm up! Heeheehee!) It was an OLD project. Yay, me!


Made a scarf for Bea (new project – shame on me!)


Made the treasure box for my friend… (New project, but it really needed to be done!)


And redid the elf ornaments that were murdered. Remember when Lexi, the mass murderer, attacked a family of 4, mortally wounding 1 of them, and severely injuring 2?


Well, I bought new ones after Christmas in 2015, have had them sitting here for over a year waiting to be personalized, and finally did it.


Had to start with the wrong names…


sand them down and repaint,


and add the right names (along with the year and the name of their elf.)

And those are just actual PROJECTS. I’ve crossed more off the general to-do list as well.

So, I feel like I’m off to a pretty good start.

Could I do more? Sure. But for someone who has been resisting getting much of anything accomplished, I’m pleased. I’m taking the wins as I find them!




Day #7 GbII – Participating Away

Day #7 GbII – Participating Away

So. Here we are already two days into the year. It feels like another one is going to fly by.

I’m off to a pretty good start on my OLW for the year. Participating away, so to speak!

I’m almost wondering if “produce” might have been a better word, but it brings up a connotation of having to have something tangible to show for my time, and with participate I can get production AND just being there, more involved in my physical life…does that make sense?

Christmas is almost put away. Everything is packed up and put away with the exception of the main tree. It is still standing nekked except for its lights. I don’t know why I’m dragging my feet on this last part – maybe because it’s the biggest pain. My goal is to get the lights off of it tonight, and put away tomorrow.

The chicken/rooster display on the top of the entertainment center is up, and my thought that the new wooden cap would make it easier to decorate was correct. I sure wish I had done it years ago! With just a little effort, I think I could even get a little more up there. Just kidding (okay, I’m not kidding, but I think there is an agreement in place that I won’t add any more chickens to the house, so I may need to pull a few off the tops of the kitchen cabinets and replace them with something else. I’m pretty sure I didn’t say I wouldn’t bring in any more cows or sheep, or pigs, or cool pitchers, or…you get my drift!) Part of me knows this infatuation with “stuff” needs to end, but I can’t quite get there!






The Valentine display above the library cabinet is up, but it still needs a few things (See? I can’t help it!) I’ve been surprised that the few little remaining stores I count on for my treasures haven’t put Valentine’s Day stuff out yet. I have to keep telling myself to be patient, it’s a journey, and if my displays are ever actually COMPLETE what will I do with myself? Besides, it won’t hurt to back off a bit and replenish the coffers.


3 of the 4 Lori Mitchell Valentine figurines I ordered weeks ago have arrived, and they are in a little “tablescape” on the entryway table. I can’t even remember what the 4th one looks like! This display still needs a little help, as well. Heeheehee!


Just since yesterday I’ve finished Mr. Tattered’s scarf, and gotten about halfway done with Lexi’s (amazing how much more quickly little ones go!) I found a yarn I think Bea will love, so I’ve got another to start as soon as I finish Lexi’s.

I’m trying to keep easy projects at the ready in an effort to keep from wasting so much time on social media. I’m thinking if I keep my hands busy, I’ll succumb less frequently, AND have something of value to show for the time! Not that I HAVE to have something tangible…see how I make myself crazy?

Are you doing “a word” this year? Have you selected it, and are you working it?


Day #6 GBII – Out With The Old, In With The New

Day #6 GBII – Out With The Old, In With The New

Saying goodbye (and good riddance) to 2016 will be easy, except that it’s a little like jumping from the frying pan into the fire, or in this case into the abyss. I have never in my life felt such a sense of foreboding about the future, as I feel this year, but 2017 is here whether I like it or not, and I need to make some decisions.

I can either sit back and let stuff happen, or I can control it as best as I am am able. I’m opting for door #2 (yeah, I can be a bit of a control freak at times.)

I still haven’t decided on my word for the year, which is not a terribly big deal since I’ve done a terrible job for the past 2-3 years in adhering to it. But, I haven’t given up. I still think the concept is good, it’s just a matter of giving it the time and dedication it deserves.

And wouldn’t you know it, as I sit here at the keyboard, it popped into my head – PARTICIPATE.

It can cover a lot of ground – be tweaked to fit a variety of situations. And it’s an action word, a reminder that I can’t just sit back, I have to make things happen. Wow. I wasn’t even going here today. It’s amazing how the universe works.

So. Out with the old.

I’m plugging away at getting Christmas put away. Now would be a good time for a magic wand, but given that I seem to have misplaced mine, I’m having to do it the old-fashioned way, by hand, one piece at a time. Mr. Tattered hates this time of year – the time when the house is in a state of semi-organized chaos – stuff piled everywhere, trip hazards everywhere you look, for days at a time.

So some people have fancy photos depicting the old and new…for me it’s a little crazier.

Out with the old…


Packing up and putting away the Christmas decor…

In with the new…


All of this…


…going up here!

It’ll take another day to get it all in place, but that’s okay.

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