Sunday, November 11, 2018

Yopping Update #19 - More secret wips

There has been knitting this week on the mystery present - and I would guess I will finish it sometime in the coming week.  I have wound yarn to make two more zodiac double-knit pot-holders also for Christmas presents. 

I bought another suitcase on Thursday so it is laid out in the spare room and I have started to fill it with things I am taking on our trip.  The duffel bag is already filled with goodies for my daughter and the baby.  So much knitting! 

There is so much I want to bring her that I am afraid there will be little room for clothes for my dh and me.  Oh well.  There are stores in Croatia.  Right?

We have continued on our cleaning spree and last Wednesday we booked to have our kitchen and bathroom floors recovered.  The upstairs cupboards and drawers are all sorted and now we are tackling the dreaded basement.  There has already been two trips to the recycling depot and one trip to the dump not to mention donating items to the urban refurbish store and I have another big box ready for goodwill.  I also pulled up the ratty carpet on the basement stairs. Whew!  After thirty-six years in the same house there is a LOT to clear away. 

It will be wonderful to come home in January from our seven weeks away to a clean and de-cluttered house.

This coming Wednesday I start a five day teaching stint - teaching teachers-to-be.  I am looking forward to the teaching, but it does mean I have some serious prep to get to in the next two days! 

I have been journaling my 31 days of Self Love, but as yet it has just been between me and my hard copy journal.  I just don't feel ready at this time to put it out into the blog-o-sphere. I am using my favourite journal by Philip Simmons called "Learning to Fall".  It has so many inspiring thoughts.  Today's question: "Where do you need to slow down and take your time.?"  Oh my - in SO many areas. 

The highlight of my week had to have been the tea party I had with my honourary grand-daughters and their mom.  I had given them a tea set that had been my daughter's when she was younger. 

We made cookies and then had proper tea like proper little ladies!

That night I spent on their couch and the two girls decided to sleep on the floor beside me.  A delightful sleepover to be certain. 

Okay, now I really have to go do some prep.  I have fifteen hours of teaching ahead of me between Wednesday and Sunday.  Eek.  Wish me luck. 

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  1. Oooh... coming back with a wardrobe bought in Croatia sounds kind of fun. :) And that tea set is adorable!!!! Sounds like it was a wonderful visit with your honorary granddaughters. I hope you're enjoying and benefiting from your journaling. It sounds like such a good topic.

  2. Journaling is wonderful. I started on January 1 of last year and have done it daily since. Sure has helped me being able to express myself and not being judged. I envy your trio to Croatia. You have worked hard to learn the language. You will have so much fun with your grandbaby. We expect lots of photos of the baby and the surroundings there.

  3. I continue to follow you even though I don't comment all that often. Congratulations on the decluttering. Wow! Have a wonderful trip to Croatia.

  4. Best of luck with the teaching and prep Mary-Anne. The tea party and sleep over sound just delightful and I think journaling in your own hard copy is perfect, it's more important that you do it not where you do it. Coming home to a clean de-cluttered house sounds like a great way to start off a new year!

  5. How exciting is your trip and packing and planning is half the fun! She is going to love all the baby things....did you show them to us? Good luck on your prep and teaching this next week. The tea party, set and girls are so sweet. They must love you to sleep on the floor...although they are young! LOL! I love hearing about others de-cluttering as it motivates me to continue with mine. "Miles to go before I sleep." Have a great week and remember to 'breathe'!

  6. A trip to Croatia would be so fun. It's close to us, but I have never been there :D My parents have and they liked it a lot. Have a great stay in my lovely Balkans <3

  7. Good luck with the teaching. I'm sure it is going well. How nice to go away for a wonderful trip and return to a fabulously clean house!

  8. What a cute tea set. I used to collect cute stuff like that but don't know what happened to it all.
    How do you journal? Just writing? Boxes? Doodling?

  9. I'm really loving catching up with all your news and the sleepover is so sweet. You are a good fun (and obviously loved) honorary grandma!


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