I was raised observing Lent as a season of fasting and sacrifice. And yes, I was raised Roman Catholic. But after marriage I joined a Bible church with my husband that did not observe traditional liturgical seasons as some denominations do like the Catholic Church. It wasn’t until I got a job in a Methodist Church that the season of Lent was back on my calendar. But it was Lent lite really with more focus on doing good through personal missions rather than giving things up. It made much more sense to me to be intentionally doing than not doing something. Outward verses inward.
I don’t remember what happened in 2020 frankly. Did we even have Lent? My mother died in March so that colored things for quite some time, even more so than new pandemic and lockdown isolation stuff for me.
This year I skipped over New Year’s resolutions. I never made any. Here we are at Lent and I decided to make a resolution or two. 40 days gives me time to work on my resolution but it’s not a full year commitment I may or may not keep. Less guilt if not kept.
I resolve to work on undone things, unfinished projects. I have many. Many more than 40 days worth it turns out. I may keep on going after Easter even. It’s been fun to step back in time to complete things I’ve meant to do like mend my mother’s dishcloths. I have a stack from my sisters so I’ve been repairing holes in the knitted cotton stitches. I finished a combination quilt square wall hanging project started in 1994. You read that correctly. 1994. I still had all the materials. I’ve moved it to 4 other addresses since it was started! Sadly there are others just like it. I’ve needed a resolution like this for a very long time.
This is not necessarily an original idea. I got the idea from Instagram and the 100 day project. Artists mostly, start on January 31 (this year) and create or do their art, photography, whatever, for 100 days. Most are doing one project a day. Some are building small pieces into one big piece. All are interesting. Since I have a mixed bag of media I work in–sewing, fiber, vintage materials, clothing, paper, etc, I tried to do this as new projects right at first. I got overwhelmed.
I blame pandemic brain fog for my lack of ability to focus. It’s a thing. I have just enough brain cells to get some daily reading done, work my part time job, and take care of our house as best I can. So not this year #the100dayproject.
Lent is what I can handle. So far so good.
Finished undone things:
Cutout and sewed a blouse from fabric purchased in 1988.
Mended 18 dishcloths.
Finished primitive quilt square wall hanging
Ironed pile of stuff that has been sitting in a basket for longer than I want to admit.
Finished sorting two years of home records and filed.
Sewed birthday curtains for my sister (used stash fabric)
Finished sewing our kitchen curtains
Made set of pillowcases for our bed (used stash fabric and vintage lace from collection)