Monday, November 27, 2017

First snow, a late autumn wreath, black out and lots of rambles...














Many things have been accomplished lately but the picture wall in my living room remains undone. Oh well, one day it will happen I'm sure. I enjoyed it so much to read your input about making lists... Is this writing To Do list phenomenon typical for us women?  One of my readers wrote: "Have you ever seen a man writing a list?", and to be honest I don't think I ever have. Well, my dad writes grocery lists but that doesn't really counts... So it got me thinking... Karen wrote me a great tip: "You should try for a day just writing a 'have done' list rather than a 'to do' list. It'll surprise you just how much you do in a day!" I truly love that tip and will absolutely put it into practice. Especially on a tough day when you feel you do nothing. However, I don't think I'll ever stop writing lists... I just simply love it. It is a way of time management, organizing and staying up with my every day life...

Before I forget, I'll throw in some pictures from my birthday. It was one of my better birthdays I think. I think this thing with going backwards in age is a great idea. Thank you for that Emmy Bo, it felt great to turn 46! (Twink, twink!). So, no age anxieties. No pressure. Just simple and perfect. Good food, cake, goofy kids, a few cozy gifts (look at my new tea cup with the sweet deer - love it!) and just lots of love. Yes, that is love you see on the pictures of my kids. It might look a bit tough and rough but it is love, I promise. And of course, a big Thank You for all your birthday wishes!!! Especially on Instagram. Fantastic! 

So going back to my list in this old blog post: I made my first ever wreath from heather and some evergreens. I used an old embroidery loop, and inspired by Lucy from Attic24, I made some pink and green crochet berries following her cute little Autumn Berry Tutorial (I made up that tutorial name...) and I think they just added  that little extra I needed. Not too bad for a first timer I have to say. I'm happy. :) But of course, now it is getting close to Christmas so the Autumn wreath won't last long on my front door. Soon it will be replaced by Christmas red and green.

We had our first snow of the year last week. It came and disappeared in just a few hours. However, I managed to squeeze in a forest walk with my good friend Liz enjoying the few hours of snow powdered landscape. Back home after coffee and chat around noon it was all gone. Later that day we had an electric black out and lit candles all around the house. It was so cozy and nice, but to our disappointment (mixed with some relief as I had prepared a lasagna that needed to be baked in the oven...) it lasted only for 15 minutes... The lasagna went into the oven but the lights stayed turned off and we fully enjoyed the "hygge" feeling a dark house lit up with candles brings.

Well, I'm a little bit all over the place today and soon my little Emmy Bo comes home for lunch. This afternoon I'm going through my studio (again) and I hope to list some handmade creations I've had lying around for a while in my Etsy shop. I better get working on taking pictures. Thanks for popping by and tell me:

Do you think writing To Do lists is typical for women and if so why is that?
And have you ever tried out Karen's tip on making a list of achievements and if so, how was it?






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Annette


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12 comments :

  1. I need to write lists but on the other hand they really stress me out, especially at busy times. Can't cope without them though but seeing a list of all that needs to be done can make me feel somewhat panicky.

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  2. Hello! I just love your wreath, using the crochet berries is so effective, I might have to steal your idea! Also, now we all want to grow heather!!

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  3. So interesting - I think men (or women) in the workplace probably do make to-do lists, but they might be called something else, like a Work Schedule or Task Management - I know J does this but as it's all computerised then it's not a written list, but some sort of project management software. I know women who do their list writing using phone apps or computer tools, but mostly I think paper or a notebook/planner and pen is the most obvious way to stay on track in our very busy multi-tasking world. I hardly ever write lists, but always feel so much better when I do. x ps LOVE your wreath with the little yarny berries, very pretty xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  4. Beautiful photos. Glad you enjoyed your birthday. My daughter is a great list writer, I must try and get in the habit apart from keeping me organised it will help me to remember 😜 thanks for sharing 😘

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  5. Oh I have lists, lists everywhere. I do like the idea of a have done list. There would be loads on mine. Not so much on his. Maybe that's why they don't write them... Love the photos of the children. Much the same here, with the one who's squashed down at the bottom laughing through the pain. The wreath is gorgeous. Heather is one of my favourite things, it reminds me of my beloved north Wales. I'm glad you had a good birthday. Counting backwards is definitely the way to go, I shall be implementing that here with immediate effect. Wishing you a good week. CJ xx

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  6. I've never written a "have done" list, but I often add jobs I've already done to my "to do" list just so I can then tick them off and make myself feel productive ! :-)

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  7. There is nothing better than crossing items off a list. I LOVE it! I am a huge list maker and make sure I am never cross with myself if I don't get it all done. There is only so much time in a day...........

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  8. Hey Annette, I love that you're back. I do enjoy watching your pictures and reading your stories so much! To answer your questions: I hardly ever make lists, but today I made one. There were too many different things to be done. Every time I thought of something, I putted it on the list. This afternoon and evening I finished all the (little) different things I had to do. I've never made a list of the things that I've done. Well, I never actually write it all down, but sometimes I look back at the things I've done and that can give a satisfying feeling as well. Warm greetings.

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  9. I am not a list writer but I do like the idea of a reverse list - all too often do we underestimate our achievements. I love the photos of your happy children, it is heartwarming. My older two are barely talking and my oldest is not enjoying life much I don't think (heartbreaking to witness). Wishing you a lovely week. x

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  10. Isn't it nice to be back in a place where you can ramble all you want among friends? Love the photos of your beautiful children in action.

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  11. I'd never stopped to think about it, but in fact maybe the "To Do List" is a more women habit, perhaps because, as a rule, we are more organized and methodical, I think. I never made a list of my achievements for a day and it's a wonderful idea, more than to have the awareness of how much we can do, even if some of the items of the to do list have not been carried out.
    Love the photos!

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  12. Good afternoon Annette, so glad you are back in blogging mode, I have missed your lovely photos.
    As a Scottish lady living in France ( in the country side) I have fully understood your search for work / income is not easy here, so your blog has always lifted me on those frustrating moments. It really is all about making a home for the family...and that is something you do very well. And obviously I love the crochet😊. Dianeindenmark is a lady with YouTube inspirational videos on getting organised..another Scottish lady, This helps with the to do list syndrome! Anita X

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Annette

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