Friday, September 16, 2011

Feeling a little overwhelmed...

In my last post I mentioned that life was a little busy, well I am starting to feel a little overwhelmed. I guess I just need to concentrate on ONE thing at a time but that is hard for me to do.

First off, here are a couple of photos of my Courthouse Step blocks. I have all 224 blocks sewn into sets of 4. Now to just keep connecting them all. My plan is to have it 14 blocks wide and 16 blocks long and add a 6 inch border.

I am just working on this quilt when I have my sleepless nights...which is pretty often. LOL! I'll get it finished before too long.
Not sure when I will get it quilted but I will just add it to the pile when I get the top completed.

Now on to everything else....okay the house....the seasons are changing so fast and we still have so much to do. We want so bad to move in before WINTER! Like I said before the house will not be finished but I can live with that for a while. This evening we plan on jumping in and getting this drywall finished within a week. I just hope we can do it. At first we thought about hiring that job out but the money just isn't there for it. I figure I can mud the screw heads and put the tape on the seams if Richard can mud the seams and the ceilings. We will see how that goes. Also there is more hay to cut this weekend. Just a small field, should end up with something like 100 bales from it, but it is something that HAS to be done.

So here is my list of stuff for the house that needs to be finished before WINTER!

  • Mud the drywall

  • Purchase our wood stove for heat

  • Purchase more electric wire that goes from the pole to the box

  • Connect the million wires to the fuse box

  • Hook up all of the water

  • Tile the bathroom floor and tub surround

  • Bathroom door

  • Finish bathroom cabinets

  • Install sink and toilet

  • Finish bottom kitchen cabinets

  • Install kitchen countertop

  • Install kitchen sink

  • Put up all of the lights

  • Okay.....I'm stopping here!!! LOL!

  • Finish staining wood for the ceiling over the living room and sewing room

Richard and I were talking about all of this last night and we decided that it was not IF we can get it done......WE WILL GET IT DONE!! We just need to buckle down and do it.!! At this point, I don't even expect to have all of the rooms painted, just because there is not extra money for that right now.

Now to quilting.....I love to quilt! And it keeps me sane, or at least I think so. LOL! I truly enjoy doing this stuff, but I have several things that HAS to be finished. I'm not as stressed with this, I just need to make a list in order that they need to be finished and get my butt in gear!

  • Quilt a quilt for my aunt. Still need to load it on the frame. I honestly dread quilting around the center of it. I'll post a photo of it when I load it on so that you can see what I am talking about. She made it for her boss and has a million hours in it.

  • Piece and quilt table runner or wall hanging from an old antique quilt top.

  • Pick up another customer quilt and get it quilted.

  • Make a WVU (West Virginia University) lap quilt for a customer. Has to be done in October.

  • Make a custom baby quilt, pillow and curtains for the same lady. It is camo.

  • Donation quit. I was contacted last week about doing a donation quilt to raise money for a Blaine School Reunion. This is the school that my whole family has attended. My parents, my brother, my sister, me, my kids and everyone around here. At this point....I just know that they are buying all of the fabric and I just need to piece something and quilt it. They want it QUEEN size and just something done in school colors. Oh this doesn't have to be done anytime soon but I just want to get it planned and don't want to wait until the last minute.

  • Soap to make for Christmas gifts

  • Clothesline bowls, pot holders, and a zillion other things for Christmas gifts

This is not counting things of mine that I would like to get finished too.

  • Two table runners (one large and one small)

  • Two Halloween quilts to quilt

  • Oh and several other quilts of mine that I would LIKE to get finished

I'm sure there will be a ton of other things that will pop up between now and then. And I'm also sure I have forgetting several things.


Yvette said...

Your list makes me dizzy. Good luck!

Lady of the Cloth said...

And I thought I was busy! No wonder you can't sleep!
Good luck, you'll get there. Carline

Janet O. said...

Kristie, I'd be taking a pair of scissors to that list and get rid of anything that I could. Even though some things are what I "really want to do" I realize I am just adding pressure to my life. I know I need to do things "just for me" sometimes, but I believe there is a fine line between what can refresh us and what just weighs us down with more! Okay--lecture over (did I sound like your mother?).
We moved into our unfinished home 27 years ago, 4 days before Christmas. Wish I could come paint for you--I'm good at that--and staining wood. I've done plenty of both. I also caulk around showers and tubs. I wish you well--I'm reliving this with you!

Libby said...

Whew! It does sound like alot but you will get it done. and like you said, everything doesnt have to be done at once. We moved into our house and we hadnt got all the rooms painted. We finally just slapped some white paint on all the walls...well, 20 years later and everything has been painted (more than once) EXCEPT our still has that 1 coat of white paint!
btw, I so love your courthouse quilt! It is going to be beautiful in your house!

sunny said...

I've just discovered your blog, and after reading your to-do lists, I think I need a nap! Good luck with everything.

Mary said...

I woke up this morning feeling overwhelmed too - in my case, a long list of things I want done by the end of the year and a lot of travel between now and then.

I eventually just decided I needed to focus on marking things off the list one at a time rather than worry about not getting things done. I did get two items done today so that was good.

lil red hen said...

Oh Kristie, poor thing, no wonder you have sleepless nights! I'm even overwhelmed by your lists. Don't forget to take care of yourself in the midst of all that has to be done.

We'll be harvesting the last of our hay too very soon.

Barbara said...

Wish I could hop over from Germany and give you a hand! You and your husband seem to have an amazing amount of energy and I am sure you will get done the things on the list that are essential - when time is short some of the 'essential' things magically turn into 'non-essential'. Christmas in your new house will be such fun, even if there are lots of things still to be done. I wonder if you will sleep better when you are settled into the new house? And what are you doing with the house you are in now? Good luck with everything!

Michelle said...

Wow...that is an impressive list. But like you said, start with the most important/urgent things first. Then just keep going, one thing at a time. I've never been a great listmaker, but when I do make one there is nothing more satisfying than seeing things crossed off! Good luck!

vtquilter said...

Wow! I thought my list was bad. Glad the quilting is your stress relief time.
Remember when doing the fuse box to mark what things are in PEN so you know later. Our last house was done in pencil and we had to figure things out.. this one was done in pen, marked clearly and DH loves it!