Books I'm reading: "The Lady of The Sorrows - The Bitterbynde Book II" by Cecilia Dart-Thornton. What a big book. I love to bite into a well written weighty tome. The story continues from "The Ill-Made Mute - The Bitterbynde Book I". My synopsis skills leave a lot to be desired so you can look at it on Amazon, if you wishhttp://www.amazon.com/Ill-Made-Mute-Bitterbynde-Book/dp/0446610801/ref=sr_1_2/102-6176126-4596904?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1189878816&sr=1-2
It is well written with a good plot. The real bonus is the size, Lady of The Sorrows is 461 pages, and the language. Every page has a word that's not in my collegiate dictionary, makes me want to get an unabridged dictionary to look up the words. This is my second time through this trilogy, I'm enjoying it even more this rereading.
"It's All Too Much" by Peter Walsh. This is the best book on organizing I have ever read. Here's the concept that his book revolves around.
Imagine your ideal life. Now think about the life you are actually living. Does the stuff you own contribute to the life you are hoping to achieve, or is it getting in the way of that vision? This is the bottom line: if your stuff and the way it is organized is getting you to your goals... fantastic. But if it is impeding your vision for the life you want, then why is it in your home? ( excerpted from page 12).
As a family, we've been purging out our unloved belongings. You know, all the things one has to move aside to find what one has been 'really' looking for. We're doing it a in reasonable mouthfuls and making good progress.
Projects I'm working on. Currently, I am switching between a purple Italian Renaissance gamurra for myself, a matching farsetto for my husband and a knitted sweater for me (purple again :-).
I usually have several more projects going, but I am trying to focus. I was recently at a thrift store and saw an unfinished afghan for sale there. I couldn't help but wonder who would buy an unfinished project. I got to thinking about my dozens, perhaps scores of half done projects. I am now focusing on finishing the projects I have started before starting new ones.
I've also put a moratorium on buying new supplies (unless they are needed to finish a work in progress, like a new spool of thread). When I see tempting items, I ask myself : How is this different/ better than what I have at home? What am I willing to get rid of to make room for this in my home? Do I just think it's pretty or does the item actually have a use in my life? What project am I willing to put off/ permanently discard to make room for this new project?
These question have really helped me stop buying so I can focus on actually making. Speaking of, off i go to get something else done...
Susan Current Mood: ennervated