Month: August 2015

Director of my Destiny

In preparing to write goals for my first year of retirement, I’ve been reading and researching the topic of a healthy lifestyle.  Not that I’ve just started being interested in living a most fulfilling life, but now with my own time on my hands, I am fortunate enough to be able to do so!  I am aware that I am now the director of my own destiny so I’m taking careful time trying to figure it all out.   Having good health on my side and an optimistic outlook on life, I see no reason why not to remain as productive this year as when I retired from employment just two short months, ago.  So, to this end, here are some lists that I’ve found or that people have shared with me that I really liked that will help guide and direct toward this end:

The “Five Year Celebration” Project

I know.  You’re expecting some sort of fantastical  afgan, or yarn bombing of a city, or full blown suit knitted in fair isle with fingering weight yarn but you’re not going to see that with this post. One can never predict what is coming next in life and this little project that was to take just a bit of time has turned out to be what we are affectionately calling “the five year celebration”.  We say “five year” because from the time we (a dear friend and I) sat down to plan, make to wear this adorable fashion statement,  life offered its challenges which needed our attention that caused us to place this on hold.  Life challenges for both of us.  From serious, life threatening health issues including operations to losses, to life transitions both on a personal level and professional level  it has been five years since the onset of this project!  We say “celebration” because each of us faced the challenge(s) we were confronted with head on and found ways to accept, cope, manage,  and move forward enabling us to come full …

Piaget Monday

“Constructivism is a theory of knowledge that argues that humans generate knowledge and meaning from an interaction between their experiences and their ideas. It has influenced a number of disciplines, including psychology, sociology, education and the history of science.” (from Wikipedia) Niagara University, my alma mater (one of them), believes in this Constructivism philosophy and builds its programming around it (if similar to when I was there). I can still remember that my learning of experiences occurred during the process of writing those reflective write-ups AFTER the experience, not during the ‘doing’ of them.  And, I remember during the doing of them, you’re too busy doing!  I still remember enjoying writing those reflections and taking the time to craft them just so, finding it really important to capture my feelings in relation to the activity. So, because I realized the value of reflection, it is no surprise that I continue to operate in this way.

A New Kind of August

“Pack a Backpack”, a community effort in preparing students for school, ads on TV for back to school clothing shopping, family and friends posting their children’s first-days on Facebook, like it or not the excitement is in the air preparing for a new school year.  Just as obvious are the schools with parking lots filled with vehicles as re-energized faculty and staff are in full swing doing their best in preparing for another year.   Anticipation of possibilities were always such a big part of August for me. Well, here it is August, newly retired, and nowhere near where I have always been.  Life feels very different because of that.  Good, as in exciting as I can fill my day the way I choose and bad, as in scary as what will I do with myself? So, one way I am combatting those scary and unwanted feelings is by getting a good dose of fresh air every day.  I do mean every day.  Today’s pick of fun in the sun was a bike ride with hubby on a bike path neither one …

A New Skill Set needed for Knitting

A new skill set was needed when I entered into the world of social networking to post my knitting.  It was called photography!  The how-to, what equipment, the where to go.  Questions were endless and thank goodness, so were the photos on Ravelry.  And by perusing, believe you me, you learn quickly how important this skill is!   You then find yourself in camera shops, thinking about white space, lighting, and angles.  All because of knitting.  Skim around yourself and you’ll see what I mean.   After drooling at the … photography  (I know, you thought I was going to say knitting), I picked my tongue up, turned to myself, utilizing the wonderful photos I was viewing as inspiration, and thought.. hmm… how could I present my works of art?

To blog or not to blog, that be the question

To blog or not to blog? Is blogging work or leisure? I love thought-provoking questions such as these, recently seen on WordPress, and I’ve been contemplating how I might respond. I think the answer to both questions is surrounded by one’s purpose.  And, what I mean is there are as many reasons to write a blog as there are bloggers. And, likely many reasons not to write a blog. Each blogger probably began with an idea or a unique purpose for their writing.  I mean you gotta have an idea!  In some cases, to share or chat or find commonalities to others or make connections. Maybe, even to find answers! Example of that is retirementtransition.  The author is carefully and strategically reinventing herself with a new sense of identity with her new phase in life.  In some cases, blogs are written to teach or inform like Live to Write – Write to Live.  I love that blog and am learning a thing or two.  (who vs. that, a common mistake of mine)  I think my favorite are the learning …

R.E.D.

Do not mistake my angst as described below with my love of this project.  I love the rich color of the French Red Egyptian cotton and the quality of the fabric that was created with this unique diagonal cable stitch.  It was indeed this wonderful feel, drape, and body of the fabric that singlehandedly motivated me to continue on when I began stumbling with the directions. I have nicknamed this project RED aka. R.E.D.  This stands for Redo Every Direction.  Yes.  This was a perfect project if ever I contemplate design work.  You shall soon see.  Whether it was my misinterpretation or the directions were incorrect, it was as if the directions had been thrown up into the air and one had to figure out where to use which step. So, where to begin… The first thing to realize is that this design is meant to be asymmetrical.   I mean look at that crazy schematic!  Then, I had to orient myself as to where the slit was (on the left side).  Of course,  I could see it plainly in the photograph below (from the …

‘Toying’ Around

Toys  – 1 an object for a child to play with, typically a model or miniature replica of something: [ as modifier ] : a toy car. • an object, especially a gadget or machine, regarded as providing amusement for an adult: in 1914 the car was still a rich man’s toy. • a person treated by another as a source of pleasure or amusement rather than with due seriousness: a man needed a friend, an ally, not an idol or a toy. 2 [ as modifier ] denoting a diminutive breed or variety of dog: a toy poodle. The above is the definition of toys from the New Oxford American Dictionary as seen on MacBook OS X Yosemite, version 10.4.4. This post is “toying” around with the first definition and offering some thought as I ponder the concept.