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The start of a new year brings with it the idea of making lists. As we open that new calendar with 365 unmarked boxes we are bombarded with endless ideas of how to best fill those wide-open empty boxes ripe with potential. And so, the writing of (or, for those more with the modern times, Alexa or Siri type) new lists begins for a fresh new year.

A little research of list making on-line turns up a multitude of list possibilities. You have the ordinary kinds:

  • Shopping List
  • To Do List
  • Honey Do List
  • Chore List
  • Bucket List

In addition, I found some more specific list prompts:

  • Wedding Guest List
  • Vacation Destination List
  • You Tube Video Idea List
  • Making Lists List

But, then I found list ideas that just…, well you decide:

  • 50 thoughts that can motivate you to do anything

Hmm…?…but can they motivate me to make yet another list?

  • Ways your are Energized List

OK,…”making a list” probably won’t be a bullet point on my Energized List.

  • 50 greatest shower thoughts of all time 

Shower thoughts??? 50???? What do I do with that list??? Will that list be used to incriminate me someday???

My relationship with list making has always been a Love/Hate kind of journey. The logical left brain part of my thinking embraces the act of writing down the tornado of thoughts swirling in my head, making them visible, getting them out of my head and listed in a neat orderly fashion ready for the conquering.

Unfortunately, the moment the ideas are neatly arranged, ready for completing, and successfully checking off all the list’s boxes(holding my breath in anticipation…), my right brain looks at that list masterpiece, celebrates the completion of a beautifully written list, and proceeds to set off on a random new path that is not on any perfectly penciled list.

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Recently I listened to the author Marilyn McEntyre speak about her new book, Make A List.

“What if the practice of list-making could help us discover who we truly are and even point us to our deepest joys, hopes, and desires?” 

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Make a List, author Marilyn McEntyre

Mrs. McEntyre spoke peacefully and passionately about her new book on this idea of lists changing the way we view ourselves. As I continue in this “second half” of my time on this planet, I find the question of who I am and what is my purpose more and more important. Finding ways to discover “joys, hopes and desires,” sounds like a great tool to put on my

•Books to Read List

2018 lies wide open in front of us, our calendar boxes are 300+ blank canvases waiting for inspiration, waiting for purpose, waiting for living to be had! Plans, hopes, wishes, all lining up to be lived, and possibly listed.

Sharpen up your pencils, (or wake up Alexa!), lace up your sneakers! Lists or not, another spin around the sun is underway. Let’s make it great! Happy New Year!

•Wish People Happy New Year 

•Write a new blog post 

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Finally, A Shirt

Over the past several years, through size changes and wardrobe reflections, a search for the perfect button-front blouse has been a constant. I find that RTW (ready-to-wear) blouses rarely flatter my short-waist-ed, narrow-shouldered body. Each time I carry yet another possible blouse purchase to the store dressing room my hopes are dashed after one quick look into the mirror and my resolve to produce my own well-fitting blouse grows stronger.

Several months ago while perusing through patterns and pattern reviews, I came upon a McCall’s pattern that looked like I might finally have a chance at creating my illusive perfect button-front blouse.

The princess seams, two piece sleeves, and front/back yokes give the garment maker lots of places to easily make adjustments to the final fit. The pattern also includes the Palmer/Pletsch tissue fitting method instructions and diagrams giving the garment creator trustworthy information for making fitting adjustments.

The fabric for my first version of this shirt is a dark navy with white print cotton/lycra blend purchased from for a client project. The client had some very specific fabric requests for several Cleric shirts, I purchased this piece of fabric knowing that if she chose not to use it, I would.

Over several selfish Saturday sewing days, (with a Christmas gift sewing delay) I worked to get this shirt completed. I made several adjustments to the pattern tissue before cutting with most of those adjustments coming from both comparing body measurements to the pattern and from a RTW chambray shirt that is also made from a cotton/lycra blend and has a fit close to what I was searching.



  • Shoulders were cut narrower
  • Body length was shortened
  • Pocket  size was made smaller
  • Snaps used instead of buttons



yes, this is the same shirt, picture taken outside in bright sunlight

I am going to wear this new shirt a few times to make sure of the fit, but I think there will be several more of this McCall’s shirt in my future. Finally.