Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The List

Last week, when we were finishing up the final details before my parent's house went on the market, I made a list of all the things that still needed to be done.

The list went something like this...

1.  Wipe down kitchen counters.

2.  Clean out shed.

3.  Mow grass.

and so on...

My siblings (all except my sister "K" who was in the hospital) were there working, and each time a task was done I would go to my list and put a big line through it.

My brother and sister thought this was very funny, how I got such a sense of accomplishment from crossing something off of the list.  But that is how I roll, at least on some things anyway!

Don't ever ask me to go on a "guided" tour of another city or country where you have to be up at the crack of dawn and then follow someone else's itinerary which is supposed to make sure you see every possible site the place has to offer...oh no, I'm a fly by the seat of your pants traveler and always have been.

We were the family after all that showed up in France without a clue where we would be staying in Paris and it was Easter!  We weren't worried, and it turned out perfectly since we ended up staying in the most beautiful Paris apartment where we could throw open the french doors and look out at the Eiffel Tower.  So see, for some things I don't make a list, or even check it twice.

But when it comes to my work, or things I have going on each week, you can bet your bottom dollar there is a list somewhere around here.  My brain can be like swiss cheese sometimes, and if I don't write something down, well it's lost and gone forever folks!  Usually it's a bunch of cryptic scribbles in my day planner, and often times things get moved from day to day, and week to week, when I don't get around to following my own list. 

So maybe that is why I get so excited when I actually DO accomplish something!  Yesterday I got to cross a few things off of "The List" and boy did it feel good!

First, I hosted my local garden club, where my good friend Doug did an amazing demonstration on "green" floral arrangements...more about that in an upcoming post...so stay tuned!  The beautiful flower photos in this post were all courtesy of Doug, you see I got to bring home the leftovers!  Thank you Doug for a wonderful presentation AND the flowers!

Second, I finally got my website up and running!!!  I love how it looks, and even though it needs a little tweaking, I did go ahead and cross it off my list...woohoo!

You can visit my website by clicking HERE.

And last but not least on my list, I made the final arrangements for my upcoming art show this weekend.  Now all I have to do is show up and enjoy the weekend!  If you are in Maryland and want to see some of the best decoy carvers and local artisans in the area, you can get the info from the flyer below or visit the show's website for more details by clicking HERE.

You could have knocked me over with a feather when the local paper, which serves all 3 counties here in Southern Maryland, emailed me last week and wanted to use an osprey photo for a story they were doing on this wonderful show!

Now I'm off to finish up a few more things so that I can...well you know!  May your lists be short and your accomplishments many!!!  ;-)


  1. I've been guilty of writing down a completed task just so I can strike thru it with my pen!

  2. Hi - take heart - I'm a list maker/crosser-outer, too! It gives a sense of accomplishment and perspective of what needs/doesn't need to be done!

    And about those itinerary trips with the 6am wake up calls/starts - No Thank You! I don't know who can enjoy them, but I can't do them. If I want to linger someplace, I can, and if I don't want to stay around longer, I can move on and not wait for the group...I prefer my own itinerary with my hubby!


  3. Kat, I should make a list because it keeps getting longer and longer. It would feel good to scratch things off as they get done. I could get a lot done if I didn't want to paint furniture and take pictures. Love your flower shots.

  4. Kat your website is absolutely gorgeous!! I am so happy that you were able to cross that off your list with some other things! I should be a list person but I need post it notes to remind me of my list. I am so scatter-brained! It does feel good though when you can scratch things off. Your photos here are beautiful and how wonderful that you were able to take the flowers home. :)
    Congrats too on the paper wanting to use your Osprey photo, you are really getting your name out there!! Good luck at your art show!

  5. Congratulations on the picture use. Shouldn't have been a surprise to you! We had THE longest list when we sold our first/last house. It was a yellow legal pad long - two wide in places. We were SO glad when the last thing was finally marked off!


  6. Your new website is beautiful Kat!

  7. I am no good at making lists, I either lose them or feel defeated if I don't complete everything. We are also very alike on the tour business thing...I hate to be led around.

    Congratulations on your photo being used!! Have a great weekend...I'm off to visit your website!


  8. I must have a list or can't remember anything for five minutes. And it does feel good to cross things off a list. Makes you just want to go ahhhhh,,,,, done!


  9. Your flower images are splendid Kat. I am a sometimes list maker. Since I am now retired I have relaxed the lists somewhat.

  10. Great post, Kat! I love to make lists too 'cause I can't remember anything otherwise (ah, the joys of being in my 40's). Many times I just jump in the car and go without planning a thing. Glad I'm not alone. Anyways, your photos are gorgeous and I'm glad you got some things crossed off the list. I'm off to check out your store ;o)

  11. There are times when I, too, am a user of lists. There's something deeply satisfying about crossing through each line.
    Congratulations on all your latest accomplishments!

  12. My lists have lists and I dare anyone to snicker or sneer...cause it is those same folks who always ask.." how do you get so much done?"
    off to vist your new site..WOOT!

  13. The photos are just beautiful! I'm also a "list" girl! Love 'em and like you I feel a sense of accomplishment when I can cross stuff off!

  14. Congratulations on your new website!!! I only make a list when we are going on holiday...all the other lists are in my head (but this is no guarantee that I will not forget anything :-)...)!

    Hugs, Ingrid

  15. Kat, I too love when I can cross something off a list I have made! You do feel a wonderful sense of accomplishment when you do that. Congrats on your new website, I must check it out. Have fun at the Art show over the weekend!

  16. Kat, I just checked out your website and it is amazing!! Great job!!!

  17. The new website looks amazing! I'm so excited for you, and am forwarding the site address to everyone I know. My MIL loved the sailing print, and I know she'll love clicking through your gallery.

    I'm totally a list person, too. Although, I write lists because I have to. It helps to keep my ADD mind on track. I'm the queen of not just lists, but spreadsheets too. Our camping spreadsheet is the stuff of legend.

  18. Love you, sweet girl!
    It's easy to tell that
    you are very organized...
    just by looking at your
    blog! Glad you got so
    much checked off. I'm
    popping off to see your
    new site; yay!!! Gorgeous
    photos, girle....
    xx Suzanne

  19. I also love to cross off items of my to-do lists :-) I love your photos and also your second website!

  20. I'm so pleased I stumbled upon your lovely blog Kat! I was searching 'lists' ~ that's how I arrived here.(Isn't google search funny & fab):)

    I just this mothers day purchased my mum (who is a list maker extraordinaire, lol) a book of lists! She laughed and immediately began reading. Chapters on lists dedicated to all topics. Quite interesting and perfect for her.
    (I wish I could recall the author but it escapes me at the moment).

    It is fascinating how tasks, life insights, goals ~ so very many things really ~ seem best in list form....

    I look forward to visiting here again!


  21. It sounds like things are going well in your world! I'm also a list maker. I like to do what I want when I travel, therefore no cruises, no tours and no traveling with friends. However, I like having a reservation. The only times I haven't made them...it has turned out badly and I've been sleeping somewhere I don't want to be.

    The red/yellow tulip pictures...divine!

  22. You did such an amazing job on your website Kat and I can see why your local paper wanted to use one of your osprey images! Congrats to you for completing yet one more step to showcase another one of your talents. I agree with you about crossing off items of my "to do" lists, it's a great feeling that I know well! xo ~Lili

  23. Oh Kat- there is so much to comment on here! First- the flower photos are stunning- truly, they are just beautiful!

    I'm a list person too- always have been- my mind would be in a constant whirl if I didn't have my lists. I love the feeling of accomplishment when you cross something off the list!

    Best thing of all- your new website is fabulous. I love the way you have your collections organized! I wish you every success! And that osprey photo on the art show poster is just wonderful- how great that they used your photo!

    Your photography is taking you to great new places and offering you some exciting challenges and experiences- I am just so happy for you!

  24. Your website is absolutely gorgeous. I am so happy that you were able to cross that off your list with some other things. I should be a list person but I need post it notes to remind me of my list.


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