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51 in 1001

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

I found a group on Ravelry which led me to this site, 101 To Do In 1001 Days. You are supposed to make a list of 101 things you want to accomplish in 1001 days (which is approximately 33 months). There is a great calculator which will figure out your ending date here. It started on January 1, 2008, but, as you can see, I’m a little behind! In fact a LOT behind, as I only have 51 items on my list. I found a new friend in Meagan’s knitting group in Mentor, Ohio, who also wants to do this, but doesn’t have 101 items either. So, we decided to mentor each other and do our lists even though we don’t have quite enough items. Any progress is great, I say. So here is my list:

Knitting Projects:
1. Finish Blue Sweater
2. Knit 1 pair of socks per month (2/33)
3. Knit 18 items from Ravelry queue (1/33)
4. Knit 12 charity projects (1/12)
5. Finish purple socks
6. Finish Fair Isle sweater
7. Sort knitting needles
8. Have all Christmas presents for 2008 knitted by December 15, 2008
9. Have all Christmas presents for 2009 knitted by December 15, 2009
10. Rip out sweater with three yarns held together and rewind yarn *Done 1-29-08*
11. Find patterns using knitted and felted sweaters
12. Record stash on Ravelry

Weaving Projects:
13. Finish 7’ shawl on loom *Done 1-29-08*
14. Weave second 7’ shawl
15. Weave 4’ shawl
16. Finish woven jacket with two 7’ and one 4’ shawl
17. Weave 20 minutes each day on tri-loom

Spinning
18. Spin 20 minutes each day on wheel or spindle

Health
19. Lose 15 pounds and keep it off
20. Make appointment for physical
21. Make appointment for mammogram
22. Make dentist appointment
23. Use hand cream every night before bed
24. Take vitamins and calcium each morning

Reading and Writing
25. Write blog post once a week (2/143)
26. Start and maintain a gratitude journal
27. Journal through Rebuilding book
28. Journal through Law of Attraction book
29. Read 1 non-fiction book each month (2/33)
30. Write thank you card if a gift is received
31. Answer emails the same day I receive them
32. Make a list of “5 Things To Do” each day and DO them
33. Make a list of “100 Things That Make Me Happy”

Music
34. Organize CD collection
35. Purge CD collection
36. Purge Itunes
37. Add new Cd’s to Itunes
38. Purchase two new movies from Itunes
39. Add new movies & music to IPod Video
40. Start playing flute again
41. Start playing whistle again

Household
42. Put loose recipies in black cookbook
43. Do “hanger thing” with clothes every 6 months (0/5)
44. Use reusable grocery bags every time I shop

Exploration
45. Take a dance class
46. Go hiking
47. Go camping
48. Go to the ocean
49. Learn to sell on ebay

Miscellaneous

50. Make 100 stitch markers (0/100)

51. Make 1 weavette square each month (0/33)

This is a great concept and I’ve already been working on some of the ongoing projects and I feel a sense of accomplishment already!

Here is a picture my friend Judy sent to me!
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Isn’t this a hoot!?!?!

And Then There Were Two

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

On a cold, winter day 13 years ago in December, we got a new puppy. He was 12 weeks old and a little, white maltese. We named him Dustin Tanner and he was a wonderful puppy. It was love at first sight between the two of us. I was his human and he was my dog. Never was there a more loyal and devoted little dog than this little guy was to me. All I had to do was look in his direction and his tail would wag and his eyes would brighten. It was always this way…for 13 years.

Today, he is no more. His health had deteriorated for the past 1 1/2 years to the point that it wasn’t fair to him to ask him to go on. So, with a sorrowful heart and the much appreciated help of my son-in-law, Marcus, I took him to the vet to be sent on to a better place. One where he could hear and be able to eat treats and not have to wear diapers any more.

He was a great little dog and we will miss his happy, wagging tail and his sweet spirit. We thank him for bringing us so much joy for so many years.

Here is a poem that the girls at the vet hospital sent home with us:

If it be I grow frail and weak,
And pain should wake me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done,
For this last battle can’t be won.

You will be sad, I’ll understand,
Don’t let your grief then stay your hand,
For this day more than all the rest,
Your love and friendship stand the test.

We’ve had so many happy years,
What is to come will hold no fears,
You’ll not want me to suffer, so,
When the time comes, please let me go.

I know in time, you too will see,
It is a kindness you do me,
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering, I’ve been saved.

Do not grieve that it should be you,
Who has to decide this thing to do
We’ve been so close, we two, these years,
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.
~~ Author Unknown

We still have two dogs, Mandy and Tiffanie, but our hearts have been broken today and we will always love and miss our third, little white dog!

Rest in peace, little guy!

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