Saturday, May 21, 2005

If you fail to plan....

You plan to fail. In my experience, that's pretty close to the truth. If I don't have a plan, nothing happens. Right now, I find myself with all sorts of good intentions but no plans.

May is a month of transitions. The last weaving guild meeting of the '04-05 year was Thursday. I planned to attend it. Even had a bunch of yarn and a 36" 8 dent reed to take to the 'moth market' and raise a little spare cash. The plan failed.

Instead, spent the day waiting around for service tech guys for the cable/internet service to arrive. That plan failed as well. Between Thursday and Friday we had a total of 6 service and repair technicians traipsing through our house and our yard trying to figure out why the cable modem wasn't registering with the ISP. At 6:00 PM yesterday I delivered an ultimatum: "Get this system up and running by midnight or pack up all this stuff and take it back where it came from."

At 7:50 PM we had 2 tech guys at the house. At 11:10 PM, our internet service was installed. I'd give you the laundry list of things that have gone wrong on this install since May 2. But the list would be much shorter if a listed which steps went right: 0. Not one single step of the way went right. And they still have to come and bury the cable...which will be in 7-10 days. If someone doesn't end up cutting the cable with a lawn mower between now and then. Mark my'll happen.

Back to plans:
I have a lot of things I would like to accomplish over this summer, probably too many things. I do not have a plan, just a series of "oh, I want to...." thoughts rolling through my head. But I can't seem to make myself sit down and map out a plan, a schedule, or even a list. Part of the problem is that there's an equal amount of "oh, I have to..." thoughts rolling around in my head as well.

Is this what they call artist's block? And can one have such a malady if they don't even claim to be an artist, simply an artisan?

I've spent enough time on this globe to know that one of the best cures for this is to just DO SOMETHING...anything.

So, here's what I'm going to do:

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I'm going to throw these fabrics in the washing machine.

While that's happening, I'm going outside to finally plant this flat of pansies and violas.

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Then when I come back in the house and the fabric is in the dryer, I'm going to throw a small turkey in the oven for supper. After that, I'm heading upstairs to the sewing room to play with these fabrics and my new Sulky machine embroidery threads to see what I can do with some of those fancy stitches I have yet to try on the new sewing machine.

If I'm lucky, I'll end up with a new table runner for the kitchen. If not, I'll have learned a thing or two about my sewing machine and embroidery threads.

Does that sound like a plan?


  1. Sounds like an excellent plan. More planning than I seem to have done lately. Just seem to be in a rut. Love the flowers and the fabrics. Have Fun!!

  2. I get into this state when I have a lot of "want to dos" milling around but no one thing overriding all the others, thus compelling me to be obsessed with it, which, me being something of a nut, is my usual idea of having a "plan." :)



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