Sunday, July 26, 2020

Stitching Stuff: Week 30 of 2020

One more week left in July.  The month certainly seemed to fly by in spite of the restrictions on life the virus has caused.  Our work weeks don't look much different than pre-virus, though we eat lunch in my office rather than the cafeteria. We've gotten used to the daily temperature checks at the door, wearing face masks, and virtual meetings.  Our weekends are spent mainly at home. We rarely go any place other than the grocery store. Church is on line. Rather than eating out Saturday night, we order take out. The Scientist in Training has been home more this summer, it's lonely at school with all the social distancing in place.  

You would think it would be easier to get in more stitching time with the decrease in external activities.  But I still struggle some evenings with having the energy to go play with needle and thread. How about you?  Is it easier or harder to find the combination of energy/desire/time to fit in at least 15 minutes of stitching time most days?  

This week was a good one for me, the energy/desire/time equation worked in my favor.  

15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
15 minute days/July = 24/25 days
15 minute days/2020 = 183/207 days
Success rate = 88.41%

Getting back on a schedule helped this week. Work has been steady, so no late nights. Plus I finally figured out a substitute for my twice a week gym work outs that meshes with my sewing schedule. Still need to tweak that a bit, but something on that front is definitely better than nothing.  My slacks have definitely noticed a change with being at home more.  

How was your stitchy week?  Did you meet your quilty goals for the week?  

1. Meloney
2. Julie in GA
3. karen
4. Chrisknits
5. Mary-Kay
6. Shasta @ High Road
7. DawnyK
8. Angie in SoCal
9. Amanda

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Libby in TN said...

Being retired, I don't have to think about fitting in time to sew. I still have days, though, where I have no motivation to go downstairs to the studio. But once I do, I usually find something to stimulate my creativity, even it's just putting fabric back on the shelf.

Meloney said...

I'm retired and the main difference in the my life now is I don't get to visit with people in person as much as before. My DD is enjoying apartment life and stays there the majority of the time, so it has been lonely this summer. I sew almost every day. It just depends on if I sew for only 15 minutes or for 4 hours. That has been messed up with these social distancing changes.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I sew mainly when I want to sew - sometimes that will be for an hour or more in the afternoon and then a little hand stitching while the evening news is on and then another hour or so quilting at the frame in the evening and other times. With having the gym closed we bought a treadmill and my pants are so thankful that we got it :) my waistline too those pants were getting a little snug

Denise :) said...

YES!! I struggle a lot these days. But really, I think it's apathy. Ugh. A stitcher's worst enemy! You're doing good work; keep it up!!! :)

Jennifer said...

I think I am doing about the same, but the difference for me is probably the length of time I have available to stitch or sew. I used to do 45 minute or 1 hour chunks, but I find with very little taking me away from home, I can now get 2+ hour chunks of time...when I feel like it! I’m curious to know if you feel there is value at being back at work with meetings still being virtual and social distancing. I don’t think we will return until next year, and will be interesting to see how many people don’t want to come back after getting into a good routine at home.

chrisknits said...

My sewing hasn't waned, but not from desire, LOL. My resentment at the limitations placed on us by governments is growing though! NOT-LOL. Bwahaha!!

DawnyK said...

What keeps me going are the weekly and monthly goals that I set. And in my blog posts that I link to this weekly tally, I do update the current list of tasks to be completed so my keeping going is attributed to your weekly updates. Thank you so much, Kate!!!

Shasta Matova said...

Since my work situation and other circumstances have changed and keep changing so drastically week by week and day by day, it is hard to get into a routine and rhythm. I did manage to sew this week and am reminded yet again that I need to prioritize that more.

MissPat said...

I'm retired so juggling work schedules is not the problem. I never get much sewing done in the summer, either because it's too hot in my studio (no AC) or I'm out in the garden. I miss going to the quilt stores to pet the fabric and having lunch with my quilting buddies.

seabreezequilts said...

I've added a few Covid Kg and so has hubby, he was having a joke with one of the guys at work say that if the both stood next to a pregnant woman they wouldn't be able to tell who was due first. His mate told him to stop body shaming him. I've kept up the tread mill most days but it really isn't enough.

seabreezequilts said...

And there is an upside with the Scientist in Training being home more. When maestro isn't working he is spending more time with us. Apart from a party or 2 he isn't doing much socialising at all even though things are less strict here at the moment.