According to Gretchen Rubin, February 15th is known as Discouragement Day . . . a day by which many people have abandoned their New Year’s resolutions. She has suggested reframing this day and calling it Determination Day instead. A time to re-evaluated and do the hard work of asking ourselves, if something isn’t working, why not?
Now. I do not make New Year’s resolutions so the whole Discouragement Day concept isn’t something I’m into. Still, I was intrigued by the idea of Determination Day and I’ve done some thinking on what I might want to be determined about. And it’s this:
I am determined to knit in the presence of Fred and George.
I love those cats but I love knitting, too, and I really miss knitting while watching television in the evenings. I am going to start by using a spray bottle filled with water to squirt them (okay, it’s mostly George with the yarn fetish) in the face when they try and steal my knitting away from them. This approach worked wonders to teach them how to behave around food (we really only rarely have to use it now) so I have high hopes that it will be successful around yarn and knitting, too.
I know I’m fighting against natural instincts but I’m determined to have my cats and my knitting, too. Wish me luck!
Determination Day sounds so much better than Discouragement Day! I’m not a New Year’s Resolution person either. Sending you positive luck to be able to knit in the presence of Fred & George. I’m surprised, but Mabel rarely goes after my yarn or my stitching. Thank goodness!!
We also found the water bottle effective in training. I trust we will get an update on progress in The Great Yarn Skirmish of East Bridgewater.
Mary K. in Rockport says
Oh Fred and George… I predict you are going soon not like yarn quite as much! Good luck, Carole!
Good for you, Carole! I’ll bet it won’t be long . . . and you’ll be able to knit-with-cats again. 🙂
Good luck with F&G! I hope your determination is greater than theirs!