Glutton For Punishment

I not only have been revamping one website, but decided to do another.

There could be something about the anticipation of fall for me that marks a new beginning.

We’re pretty much programmed in childhood to a new school year in the fall. Summer may be a time of recharging for the new school year ahead. Or it is all the holiday celebrations — Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve . . . Valentine’s Day . . . that get us thinking and planning ahead.

This could be the “kick in the pants” of making appropriate changes — changing our behavior, trying new things . . . Yes, I know it is the New Year that marks the resolution making, but for me it seems to be during the summer.

I’m not afraid of change, I do welcome it. Revamping websites is part of what I do. I sometimes want a fresh look for my visitors. And, unfortunately, I sometimes lose interest in a website or I just want it to be better.

I could be in a rut where all my websites seem to look the same, but with the Divi Theme, one can make it into anything one would prefer.

The problem — deciding how to make it better . . . and keep the feeling and purpose upon which it was initially created.

This was my first real website — an eclectic blend of everything of interest to me (and hopefully to you), but I have gotten into a rut of sorts and it is time for me to get out of it and to have some serious fun . . . Just like when I first created this website.

So . . . on this Labor Day Weekend . . . What do I want to do?

Nothing drastic. Just freshen up this website a bit.

I think it just needed a bit of a boost — and more importantly, I need to write more posts on a regular basis.

Goodness, July and August have truly been neglected. I can’t do anything about that — it’s the past. I can, however, begin writing more posts here and now and continue on a more regular consistent basis. We’re getting into some fun times!!

Maybe I’ve been waiting around like Elvia — waiting for fall. We have had some very hot and humid days. We even had a few thunder showers that made being outside more miserable.

So what if we’re having a heat wave. Enjoy what we do have and be grateful.  I believe I am very fortunate to have this website — and the ability to revamp other websites. I just need to remember where it all started.

I did make a few changes on my “home page”. I hope you will check it out, if you haven’t already done so. I just wanted to extend my background image of a cluttered attic and to have a place to feature some past posts you may want to revisit. That’s what’s great about having an established website running for several years. There are a whole lot of posts that need your attention. The information is still relevant. Especially the recipe for Cupcake S’Mores.

Thank you for stopping by!

Sharon

Oh My Goodness!

I received a notification that several of my posts are lost.

That happens from time to time. It’s nothing for me . . . or you to get upset about.

At one time I moved this website and didn’t back it up — so everything, back then, was lost. It was sad for me and sad for many of my visitors. But I started over . . . and through time, some links get broken and some posts do get deleted . . . so if by chance you’ve been looking for something here at TwoCansOnAString.com and get an error . . . hopefully, you’ll see the image to the right, with the word “oops!” to the left.

Just click the image and you’ll be taken to the Home page.

We make every effort to keep this website fresh and fun for all of you. We don’t like it that from time to time things get broken, but there is a lot of stuff here. Some old, some not so old, some new.

I realized I am really heavy on Halloween . . . maybe you like that . . . and maybe not.

We do have product review and crafts and holiday stuff, along with random thoughts. TwoCansOnAString.com is my fun website — it’s where I was able to introduce my little Diva — the Yorkshire Terrier from wonderful breeders from Wisconsin. It’s also where I can tell you about products that caught my eye and all the fun holiday stuff — I may even have a ghost story or two to tell you from time to time.

It’s Raining!!! What am I to do?

Well, I think crafts are in order. I do my best crafts when it’s raining and I don’t want to go out — but today I may venture out and pick up some grocery items. Little Diva wants something different . . . not a toy, but something delicious to eat. And I’m due for something different, too.

But, I did get side-tracked there for a moment. Crafts . . . what do I want to make? What do I have that I haven’t shared with you before?

Mr. Printable has some adorable bug boxes you can download and print out on your home printer. They’re great for spring and summer. These favor boxes are easy to assemble and fun to fill with goodies. Just click the image to the left and you’ll be taken to the page where you can download these adorable bugs.

I definitely like them. They may have been designed for younger children in mind, but I think they are suitable for everyone this spring and summer. They would look nice in Easter baskets, too. You know, come to think of it, instead of an Easter Egg Hunt, you could have a Bug Box Hunt . . . what do you think?

I believe you could have some serious fun with these Bug Favor Boxes.

Until next time,

Sharon . . . and Little Diva

Catching Up

Have You Noticed That You’re Always Catching Up On Tasks?

I am.

I promised my brother I’d print out some pictures for him . . . that was months ago . . .

I finally decided to get to it. Once I got started it wasn’t that big of a deal. Maybe you’ve found the same to be true for you.

It’s embarrassing how I put things off. I know it is a bit early for New Year’s Resolutions, but this procrastination is one thing I need to stop . . . or at least get a handle on it.

I used to be much more organized and task oriented. I’m not sure what happened. Maybe getting involved in too many things.

It’s difficult to go back and discover when it all started, but it may be a sense of overwhelm I was experiencing or maybe starting something new that took up most of my time.

I’m not looking for excuses, but an explanation. What I know for sure is that procrastination hasn’t worked out for me. I’ve let others down and myself as well.

I don’t remember what was so important. That’s the truth of the matter. Sure I was taking a writing course, but that shouldn’t stop me from doing other tasks.

Yes, I was building websites . . . there was room to do other things right along with it.

I have no explanation and no excuse for procrastinating on important tasks. Have you found the same to be true for you?

Sorry For Making It Personal

I’m frustrated with myself for procrastinating.

It’s also embarrassing to be called on not following through. Even with the best of intentions, I don’t like letting others down.

It’s not right, in my way of thinking, to essentially tell someone that what I’m doing is much more important than what you asked me to do. It’s not how I felt at the time, but my lack of follow through showed that or conveyed that thought.

I’ve found that when I truly want to change my behavior, I make up my mind to do it.

At this point I’m tired of catching up. I want to be more organized and maybe get on a schedule . . . maybe that’s going a bit too far . . . but I may have to do just that to achieve the change I’m seeking.

Life Demands Multi-Tasking

I don’t know if the days, weeks and months seem to go by quickly for you, but they sure do for me.

It’s always “I’ll get to that tomorrow” mindset that has me catching up all the time.

I have found some priorities, though. It has to do with bill paying and answering letters, but when it comes to other tasks, I’ve found I’ve messed up.

Having a schedule may be important to get started. I want to eliminate procrastination from my behavior habit.

I’m all right with a flexible schedule. Maybe one that has the tasks written down for the whole month and then checking them off as they’re done. And maybe numbering them to get the most important ones accomplished first . . . but also squeezing in other tasks along with them. It may make my time more productive.

My websites are a priority. I love blogging, but find I’m not as dedicated as before. It may be due to having more websites than I can handle or losing interest in some and this frustration has resulted in allowing my favorite ones to suffer as well.

I know I’ve been struggling with a couple of websites that have gotten me down. This has been weighing on my mind for quite a long time. I think it may be time for me re-evaluate them and let them go to give me time to devote my time to those websites I enjoy.

Yes, there is a time to let go when you find things aren’t allowing you to progress.

Have You Noticed How Your Priorities Change Over Time?

I’m sure this is only natural.

We’re always learning something new. This could be conscious or subconscious or even unconscious. We’re picking things up from all forms of media as well as snipits of conversations we hear when we’re out and about.

Something clicks within our minds without us being aware of it at times. And I believe it gets us thinking about it on some conscious level to make sense about it and how it applies to us.

Not to sound selfish, but honestly it is about you and about me. We’re always wondering how something is going to affect me. It’s natural, not selfish.

It’s a basic part of human nature. We hear about a drought and wonder how it affects us personally. We want to know what we can do to help the situation rather than make it worse.

We do want to play an active role in many issues, mainly so it won’t impact our lives  or lifestyle unfavorably. I like being comfortable and not worrying about things.

I want to improve my life and my skills. I want to continue learning, but not at the expense of other things that are equally important.

There are only so many hours in the day. I know I need to be as productive as possible. And also to give myself some time to relax and recharge.

My priorities have changed to some degree. And in order to be true to myself, I need to address those issues that are draining me and putting me into a procrastination mode.

For me it’s some websites that are draining rather than fulfilling. Yet, it’s difficult to let go . . . that’s my struggle right now. But wouldn’t it be wonderful to let go of that struggle and other struggles that are dragging me down?

It’s almost a no-brainer . . . so why is it so difficult?

When I figure that out, I may have something important to share that will be helpful to others.

If you have any suggestions be sure to let me know. I’m eager to learn something new and beneficial that makes my life easier and easier for others as well.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sharon