Lists and stuff…

Oh hey, let’s get back on track here. Where were we? Oh! Lists.

I used to be a crastinator, then I went pro. I didn’t make that up but I love it and it fits!

It’s going into fall, my favorite time of the year. Time to make my lists. I make a list for everything, there’s even a list of lists! A girl has to keep organized, especially when she is a procrastinator. I’m not saying the things on my list don’t get done, they do (mostly) but a lot of times its last-minute. I’ve come to accept the fact that, that is how I roll and I do my best work under pressure and impending deadlines.

I have to admit this summer was a bust for the most part. It started out great then mid July it took a turn. I pretty much dumped my lists in the trash after that. No sense going over them constantly and not being able to make those, oh so satisfying, check marks. It was depressing. Time to start over with the new season! Granted, I will have to make sure I make my lists within reason, particularly the To Do List. Baby steps, is what they say. I say, grandma steps. I feel like that is a bit more sophisticated. Ha!

So, we are going away for the long weekend and I still have a “few” things to get done (remember, I work best under pressure) before we leave early in the morning. The problem I have right now is thinking about my lists and where to start. Logic tells me to start with September’s house projects and updates, move on to October’s decor and Halloween shenanigans, then November… you get where I’m going with it. My heart tells me to start with my Christmas gift list. This will be my granddaughters first Christmas and I don’t want to go overboard but I want it to be special. What needs to happen is for me to start sewing on her quilt. Which is kind of funny since I haven’t finished my own kids’ quilts yet. How much would you like to bet the baby’s gets done first? 😉

Another thing about me and my lists… I like pretty paper. I like pretty office supplies in general but I love paper. I REALLY love the Me and My Big Idea planners. This is my second year of owning one. They are so pretty with their inspirational quotes and you can decorate them with colored pens and stickers. I even bought the instant camera that shoots out pictures that are stickers, they fit perfectly in the boxes provided on each day of the week. Notice that what I said is I own one, I have to admit that after the first few weeks or maybe a couple of months I lose interest in filling it out daily. I don’t know, I can’t really say I lose interest as much as I think I’ll do it later, but don’t. I think we’ve gone over this…

Oh hey, let’s get back on track here. Where were we? Oh! Lists. Yeah, so I don’t think I have any pretty paper suitable for fall/winter list making so a trip to Michaels is probably in my near future. I’m going to have hours of riding in the car time to work on this so I’m going to have to write on boring plain paper and transfer to “final draft” on fancy paper. I guess this is good because my first draft is always a mess and I don’t really like wasting my good stock. Now, let’s talk pens. I have a very large array of pens. Ball point, sharpie, gel… in pretty much any color you might need. I tend to collect pens as much as I do paper (my paper stock is 95% scrapbook paper). However, it is time to go through and check them and throw out the bad ones.

Oh wow, look what time it is!! I HAVE to go finish getting ready for the long weekend! The husband is going to text me on his break and ask me if I’m about done and I’m going to say, “Yes, of course! What do you think I’ve been doing all morning”? The truth is, he knows me and he knows that when he gets home I’m going to ask him to help me with something I should have already had done. Good thing he loves me and thinks I’m cute because damn, I’m not sure I could put up with a person like myself. Ha!

Happy Labor Day weekend!

~Jane

Cookies? Anyone?

My mom said they were good but she’s my  mom and she can’t have sugar, so take it or leave it. 

Because writing in my blog has become my personal journal of sorts and because I can sit in my desk chair now, you will start seeing more of me. Some of you might know me personally since I posted my blog address on Facebook way back when I started it but most likely anyone actually reading this doesn’t. For the people who do know me, consider yourselves special insiders. I keep a lot in because that’s how I’m wired but a lot goes on in my head. A. Lot. I promised you randomness in the beginning, I won’t let you down. Ha!

We’ll take a little turn here and talk about cookies. Yes, cookies. I do a little business on the side baking cookies for a few regular clients and I really enjoy doing it. My signature cookie is a decorated sugar cookie, which is very time-consuming. I can’t share the recipe or my special tips and tricks that make mine stand out, but trust me, they are the best.

Sorry, I got side tracked again. Three ingredient peanut butter cookies… these are nothing special or new or even all that amazing except for that one fact. Three. Ingredients. Which means from start to finish, you have spent about 15 minutes of your time and you have some pretty decent cookies. This cookie recipe I can share with you, as well as an experiment I tried yesterday with not so great results, but hey, I tried.

THREE INGREDIENT PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

1 cup peanut butter (I use creamy)

1 cup white sugar (some people use brown)

1 egg

Mix peanut butter and sugar until creamy, add egg. Mix until a dough forms. Roll into 1 inch balls, place on cookie sheet flatten in crisscross pattern with a fork and bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes. Cool for a few minutes on cookie sheet before moving to cooling rack (or you might have some crumbling). Cool completely before moving to containers. DONE!

My experiment: I replaced the sugar with Stevia (6 tablespoons of Stevia equals the one cup of sugar). The dough was a little stickier and the cookies no matter how much I adjusted the baking time came out dark and crumbly on the bottom. My mom said they were good but she’s my  mom and she can’t have sugar, so take it or leave it.

Happy baking!

~Jane

Me, Jane.

My first assignment for Blogging U is to create a blog post about “who I am and why I’m here”. We’ll start with who I am.

Who am I? That is a good question, one I will try to answer as briefly and thoroughly as possible. I like to think of myself as multi-faceted, meaning I have the ability to see and understand all sides of a situation (unless it involves abuse of any kind, that is wrong any way you look at it) and I like completely opposite scenarios depending on my mood (see below). I am kind, sensitive, understanding and forgiving and at the same time I don’t take any shit from anyone, I don’t get offended and I don’t take others’ perspectives and comments personal. I believe that what other people think of me is none of my business and what they say about me is not a reflection of who I am but of who they are.

I grew up on a small farm. My family didn’t have money but we had what we needed and some of what we wanted. Childhood was rough and now that I’m older I understand that my parents were both suffering from depression, which wasn’t something that was freely discussed or accepted back then. I won’t criticize either of them for things they did or didn’t do, in fact, I thank them for making me the person I am today. I learned a lot of how not to parent, but I learned a few things about how to parent too. Fortunately, I’m the kind of person who can learn from their environment and grow from it VS the person who blames all their problems on “how they were raised”.

Sometimes I feel like I was born a century late because I love to do the gardening, canning, sewing, DIY type of things and I love being at home or in nature most of the time. I also love to travel a couple of times a year (did I say multi-faceted?). This year, I’m visiting two new places! My family means everything to me and I don’t know what I would do without any of them. Raising children and creating a home has been my whole life and now that they are all grown (very successfully, if I do say so myself) and on their own, it’s been tough to find “me” again and I’m still working on that, which brings us to why I’m here.

Why am I here? I have a lot of alone time to ponder and analyze a lot of different subjects and behaviors and it helps me to have a forum to release all of those thoughts and feelings. I think I have a pretty good sense of humor most of the time so hopefully that will spill out onto my pages along with some of the more serious topics and observations. Hopefully I can offer insight, inspiration, support and some humor to others with similar lives and personality.

~Jane