I texted with daughter for a bit, watched some news, replied to blog comments, etc., and had a cup of coffee. Then, I put away the load of laundry from yesterday and did another load - the kitchen rug and the towels I use as bathmats, etc. The reason why I use old towels for bathmats is because they are easier to launder than the regular bathmats. Also, when I put one down in the family room or living room, Dancer uses it nap on!
I also did more patchwork piecing, in the afternoon. This is a picture from the initial step, when I sewed several pieces of scrap fabric to a longer strip (the green gingham) and cut them apart:
|Blocks after the 1st step|
|Building up the block|
The finished block, trimmed to size (and turned around in the picture):
|Another finished block|
I have now made 20 of these blocks. I will need at least 35 blocks, if I set them in rows of 7 by 5 across, and use my old blanket (twin/full size) as the batting. Or, I could set them on point and that would require 32 full blocks and some triangular half-blocks to fill in the edges. I haven't decided on anything, yet. For now, I am just piecing along, just enjoying the process and the memories so many of these pieces of old fabric bring me!
Finally, in the evening, after I had procrastinated as long as I dared to, I sat down to finish up my paperwork to file for retirement! I need to file them 30-60 days prior to the retirement effective date! I have now changed that effective date twice! First, it was going to be 7/20; then, I changed it to 9/30 and, today, I changed it again to 10/15! That will be the final date! My plan is to go in to the office tomorrow, fill out my time sheets for this pay period, make photocopies of the retirement papers, and go into the retirement office to hand them in! I will ask if it would be possible for a retirement counselor to look over the papers while I am there, to make sure everything is complete or I can fill out new or additional forms while I am there. If not, I will simply hand them in and ask if I can get an appointment to meet with a counselor, next week, to go over the papers or ask that someone contacts me by phone, if necessary. I just want to give them the papers in good time (they'll have 45 days to process them, when I hand them in, tomorrow).
In the evening, friend R called me and, later, I exchanged emails with a friend and video chatted with daughter.
- The memories associated with the scraps of fabric
- Sewing machines
- An afternoon spent sewing and relaxing (sounds better than procrastinating, doesn't it?)
- Chatting with my daughter
- Phone calls and emails from friends
Thursday's To Do List:
- Call and make the doctor's appointment (still procrastinating on that!)
- Paperwork - DONE
- Put away laundry - DONE
- Do another load! - DONE
Friday's To Do List:
- Go to the office
- Fill out time sheets
- Make photocopies
- Hand in retirement papers
- Make the doctor's appointment!
- Attend meditation session in the evening
- Do dishes
- Clean the litter box
How was your Thursday? Do you find yourself procrastinating when you know you have to do something like paperwork? What are some of the ways you procrastinate?