11 February 2019

Using OneNote

I love to organise stuff. Seeing everything lined up and arranged so I can see at a glance what I have brings me pleasure. I'm hard-wired like that!

I recently decided to learn how to organise some of my digital files with Microsoft's OneNote. First I had to work through my confusion about the multiple OneNote software I had. There's OneNote 2016, which allows you to save notebooks to your own computer, and the OneNote app (sometimes called OneNote for Windows10) which will only allow you to save notebooks in the cloud to OneDrive.

OneNote 2016 will no longer have enhancements but I'll continue to use it for personal information I don't want shared in the cloud (yes, I'm mildly paranoid - in a good way, of course!). All my other notebooks are on OneDrive.

I confess I'm having fun. The notebooks sync across all my devices so I can view them on my laptop, tablet, and phone. Very handy.

Here's a screen shot of my Knitting notebook. All my digital knitting patterns in one place. I may start scanning my printed patterns and saving them in my notebook, too.

I love that I can set up tabs with any headings I like as well as rename and move pages and tabs around. I can then make sure they are in alphabetical order. 😃

Here's my recipe notebook.

So far I've added pdfs and copied and pasted photos and text from Word documents. I had all this information in documents on my PC but this is a better way to access them, I think.

Do you use OneNote? I'm just a beginner and I know there is sooo much more to learn.

There's even a Facebook group for people using OneNote for their bullet journals. The layouts they have on their pages are amazing. I can't imagine how they have set them up, but I'm absorbing the information they share.

If you have any tips for me, please leave a comment. All advice will be gratefully received!

05 February 2019

My book of the month: February

I read this book a few months ago but the story has stayed with me. It's such an original story, I guess that's why (but I did guess the twist in the plot way before the end. That did not diminish my enjoyment, though!).

When Inga Karlson died in a fire in New York in the 1930s, she left behind a hugely successful first novel, the scorched fragments of a second book, and a mystery that intrigued many readers.

Brisbane bookseller Caddie Walker visited an exhibition of the famous fragments fifty years later, where she met a woman who quoted a previously-unknown phrase from the fragments. That's all it took for Caddie to commence her investigation into this great literary mystery.

You can read more about The Fragments on Goodreads.

My 2019 reading progress

In a moment of January holiday eagerness, I committed to the Goodreads 2019 reading challenge. I arbitrarily chose to read 100 books this year and have already finished 16. Let's see how I go with the rest of them!

Are you a member of Goodreads? Let's be friends there if you are!

29 January 2019

No more huge quilts for me

I've been wrestling with an unfinished quilt top this month. It's enormous (by that I mean queen sized) and I've finally wrangled all the pieces through my sewing machine. It is a Trip Around the World (the pic below shows it in an early stage on my design wall) and there's no way I'm quilting it. 

My purpose was to use the myriad fabric in my cupboards. Ha! I can't see any difference to the size of the fabric piles.

I've arranged to have it professionally quilted. By the time I bought the batting and backing fabric and factored in the cost of the quilting (which is so worth the money and will look fabulous), my quilt works out to be very expensive.

I don't want to spend so much money on a quilt. Making quilts is my hobby, not my job, and it's not like I have a lack of bedding. It's just too expensive to make these big quilts and I'd rather save the money.

I've decided that I won't start any new bed quilts. I have two other queen-sized pieced quilt tops nearly finished. One's made with simple rectangles in low contrast fabrics and the other's a scrappy Lady of the Lake design. I will complete these and then that's it for me.

All my quilt projects from then on will be small quilts that I can hand quilt myself. I will be exploring more hand applique (I love that process) and am looking forward to the joy of contemplative stitching.

It's such a relief to have a clear intention for my future quilt making. Do you have a plan for your projects? 

22 January 2019

My book of the month: January

I read plenty of books during the summer holiday break. I've started to add the books I read to Goodreads again. I lost interest in recording my reading a few years ago but I'm back in 2019! You can find me over there if you are interested to see what I am reading.

My choice for January is The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland. Such an enchanting story!

I'm always interested in stories about how a person finds her way through life. Sometimes they are clear about the type of life they want to lead, while other times they are unsure and wounded by experiences and secrets.

The story of Alice Hart is sad yet also life-affirming. You can read more about it on Goodreads.

08 January 2019

A-Z of plants

I've been having fun on Instagram, working through the alphabet by posting a photo of a plant from my garden each day. Today is the day for X - which plant do you think I chose?

I enjoy Instagram because it's so simple to use. You can find me here if you are curious.

24 December 2018

My book of the month: December

I've not read other books by Barbara Kingsolver but was intrigued by the premise of resilience. It's a theme that resonates with me this year, as I try to work my way through stress and grief. I wasn't disappointed.

There are two strands to the story, each set in times of great upheaval. It's the way that the characters react to societal changes around them that was the appeal of this novel for me. Ordinary people, caught in circumstances that affect whole sections of the community, struggle to find their way through.

You can read more about Unsheltered on Goodreads

20 December 2018

Life cycle

My love of gardening came from my father. As well as regularly visiting garden centres, we often popped into specialist plant shows to admire the prize-winning plants. It didn't matter whether it was an African violet, bromeliad or orchid show; we always came home with a couple of new plants. I knew that Dad would always propagate new ones from these and that cuttings would eventually head my way. My garden is full of plants from my father and his full of plants from me.

Every time I saw a spectacular plant, my first thought was that I must take a photo to show my father. Stunning plants are often discovered in ordinary places. We spotted a huge patch of oyster plants in full bloom at Concord Hospital. Dad was delighted to see them and I took photos that we pored over together during the following days.

Every year we spent a lot of time pruning the enormous camellias in his back yard. We had a system that worked well for us. I would wield the long-reach pruner among the high branches, while he would patiently chop the branches into smaller pieces for disposal in his garden waste bin. These were quiet times, after which we admired the neatness of our work together.

My father died four weeks ago. Some of his potted plants now live with me. I feel his presence around me as I water and talk to them all and this gives me comfort as I try to deal with my sense of loss. I am bereft.