Happy new year, everyone, it’s 2014! Let’s take stock of our lives.
The lettuce has died, you can see its dried leafy remains in the pot. A new basil plant has been added instead (which is still going strong in 2015!). The spider plant seems to be doing well.
Christmas lights were put up on the balcony during December and remained there for months. I’m not a monster, I stopped plugging them in after the Epiphany in January. I didn’t take them all the way inside for months though. You can see them string on the concrete behind me, next to the wall.
This skirt was from the second main shopping expedition for new job upgraded wardrobe items, this time at Ann Taylor. I delighted in their petite line. Clothes made for people my size! Yay! (I’m 5’2″.)
I started this quilt 4 -5 years ago intended as a gift for somebody. Eventually I realized that it was long past time that I needed to just buy a present already for their life event, and I decided this quilt was for somebody else. That never happened either. Last winter it was a functional quilt, missing a binding and with minimal quilting. I started using it on my bed during a cold snap, exposed batting edges and all. Finally, sometime last spring I added binding and declared this quilt Mine. After making maybe two dozen quilts ranging from lap quilts to a queen size, this is the first one that I am keeping for myself.
Of course it is. Blue and green and blue-green leftovers from my stash on the front and soft flannel pieces on the back, it represents the colors that I gravitate to over and over. (I have over-corrected since then and now have an excess of vibrant pinks.) The picture isn’t particularly true to life in the specific colors, and it is still accurate. Blue. Green. Blue-green.
Let us begin by noting that in the week between this picture and the last one I moved a spider plant pot onto the balcony and also planted lettuce. Which is where the post title Lettuce Begin comes from. It comes from me being a goddamn genius master wordsmith.
I don’t recall ever eating lettuce from my little patio container garden and I don’t know what happened to the lettuce. It is safe to assume that the lettuce died. That round planter now has basil – which has been trucking along for what seems like a year! – and a new rosemary plant. It is safe to assume that the basil and rosemary will die one day as well, which we all must.
Watching it grow/fail to grow in upcoming pictures will be a little game for us to play while we wait for death.
Yep, here’s more from that black pants/brown belt/brown shoes phase.
These pants are gone and the shirt is going in the giveaway basket when it comes out of the laundry. I like how it looks but when I wore this week (this week in real time, not still-2013-picture-time) the metallic threads irritated my skin. Maybe somebody else won’t experience the same sensitivity.
Stay strong, friends, we’re making progress! We’ve made it to October, a new month! Eventually we’ll be looking at 2014 pictures and then finally, god willing, 2015!! I am going to start mixing in quilt pictures too, because I transferred photos from my camera and found the stack of finished quilt pictures. I forgot that my assistant gamely spent 20 minutes holding quilt after quilt so I could start sending them off. Which I did for a few. But, uh, there are definitely 6 quilts folded neatly on my dining table right now. Hey, at least they’re folded. They were in a messy stack for the few months before that.
2015 has been about taking care of little tasks that have been waiting for a long time. Pretty soon I’ll be at a point when I can make decisions about the direction of this blog, which has a devoted readership of at least one person (hi Mom!). Also, maybe I can figure out why some of the pictures aren’t showing up Feedly. (Googler Reader, still missing you…) Until then, we’re working through the backlog.
I bought this skirt from Conversation Pieces after seeing it on Putting Me Together. She warned in her post that the skirt ran small and I wish I had purchased a size larger. I’ve only worn it a few times when I’m at the very bottom of my weight range and feel up to sucking it in all day. This is the only time so far that I’ve bought something immediately upon seeing it on a blog, and I clicked through using her link in case she was getting affiliate payments or anything. I wanted her to get credit. See, she even provides examples of different ways to wear this skirt! I won’t give up on it yet!
I shortened the skirt by a couple inches and closed half of the slit, which went way too high in the back for a skirt I wanted to wear to work. Here’s the Before showing the original knee-covering length.