Friday, July 3, 2015

20 Days To Finish It......

I started quilting the Wedding quilt.  Not much time for much of anything but work, sleep, eat, repeat but I sneak in a block of quilting here and there so I am pretty sure I can get 'er done by the wedding!

Now back to it, or maybe I should clean something.... I'm not quite sure in this 95 degree weather what I want to do, since we don't have air conditioning!  We aren't supposed to need it here in the Puget Sound region!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sunday quick post!

Just a quick one today!

We went and looked at what will be my anniversary present for this year yesterday. No one had it in stock yet but the local sew and vac had one set up so I played for half an hour and fell in love! The Grace Qnique!  Hubby was ready to show them the money yesterday so I could come home with one but they are back ordered everywhere.  I am patient!  I didn't think I'd be getting a quilter until January 2016 so I can wait til they get that beauty in stock!

On the sewing front. I am about 10 pins short to finish pin basting this. ......

The wedding quilt!  Wedding is last Sunday in July so I better get quilting! I think I can!  I've very happy I got enough fabric to make one of these for us also! I love it!!

That's it for me right now.... ;)

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Here comes June!

Today... I finally get a day to sew!  Got up early this morning to take care of all of the errands that I don't have time to do during the week because we still have over time at work.  Home by noon and so now I get to sew!! WooT!

I have a kilt to finish then I am working on the wedding quilt that I have to have done by July somethingth. I better get cracking on it!

Weight loss goals are going good.  I'm down 7 pounds in the last month so that makes me pretty darn happy.  Once I find time to add exercise into this eating healthy stuff I should really be able to make some strides toward my ultimate goal.

That's about it from here.

Pictures to follow if I manage to get the quilt top done this weekend which is my "think I can" project for the next 2 days. 

Happy weekend!!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

I can't believe it is May already!

Time keeps getting away from me.  I don't know where it goes, or how it gets there but I do know that I usually look up and a lot of it is gone!

Today's entry is going to be a little different.  A lot of things have been going on and I sort of need to get just get it all out there, if you know what I mean?

First off, April's sewing was six reversible grocery totes.  Someone at work asked if I could make her three of them after she admired the one that I carry all of my junk back and forth to work in.  I ended up making six, loved one of them beyond reason so decided it was mine then took the other five to work so she could choose which she wanted and she ended up wanting all five.  Since they were all made out of gifted fabric that I wasn't going to use for anything else I didn't charge her for them.  She was so tickled to get them it was totally worth it!

Next thing on my list is Korben.  I get to see him on average about once a week.  The kids are busy, we are busy so it is hard to find time when I'm actually not exhausted from work to get over there and spend some quality play time.  Usually it is a couple of hours on Friday afternoons when I pick up my daughter who watches him on Fridays.  She will be watching him on Thursdays now also, and if we ever don't have overtime at work that will give me a couple of hours on both of those days.  I can only say I am completely thrilled with that idea since I love that little kid SO much. 

The love for Grandbabies is not "more" than it is for your kids but it is a totally different thing.  I just want to buy him all the things and spoil him rotten but so do the other grandparents so it is hard to contain myself. 

He is a year and a half old right now and far ahead of where he should be for this stage as far as talking and such.  I'm not just biased either, the doctor told the kids that.  His Dad, my son, was the same way and was reading by the time he was three and a half and Korben is already "reading" things to people, so he has that interest.

I could go on and on about him but I will stop now.  I'm sure all you Grammies and possibly Grampies who might read this know just what I mean. *smile*

Now the more serious part.  My Grandma, who is my only surviving progenitor besides my Mom, had a stroke about a month ago.  It was a "mini" stroke but she lost her speech for a few days.  She lives about 6.5 hours from us and we made it over to see her last weekend.  When we were talking she told me she thinks she might have had 3 or 4 other "mini" strokes but no one was with her those times to catch that something was wrong.

I am built like both of Grandmothers.  Not quite as short as them, but quite prone to being "apple" shaped chubby.  In the last 3 years I've managed to gain about 75 pounds.  Sedentary jobs and a love of my own and other people's cooking has sped this along and I have had to face the fact that I am going to have to drop the weight or have the same health problems both of my Grandmas have had in their lives.  Diabetes, Hypertension (which I already take medicine for), and a myriad of other issues.

I don't really care about the fact that I don't look gorgeous, I've never been more than average in the looks department anyway, even when I was younger and slimmer.  What bothers me is that just in the last year walking up a block's worth of hill to get to my car from where I work has gotten harder and harder.  I huff and puff even on a mile long "brisk" walk on flat ground.

It is time to get healthy so I can be healthy for my family.  To this end I bought a book called "The Omni Diet: The Revolutionary 70% Plant + 30% Protein Program" for my Kindle.  I did a quick skim read so I'd know how to start and started the "diet" and walking regime of the first 2 week section of the program yesterday.  It is a 6 week program to start then you just keep doing it after that.

This is something I can stick with.  I get to eat so many veggies there is no chance I'll be hungry on this one (one of the reasons I have issues sticking with most eating plans is that I feel like I'm starving half the time and I fall off the wagon) and the exercise part starts out slowly so hopefully in two weeks I won't be huffing and puffing so much when I walk up the hill.

I have decided that it is time to get back the healthy person I was 10 years ago when I worked at a fitness center and worked out regularly and didn't sit all day.

On top of all of that, even though I don't really care about how I look (this is probably a lie based on my next statement) I looked at some pictures of me with my Gramma from last weekend and all I could think was "I sure hope the camera is adding about 50 pounds cuz I look horrible!" 

What I see in those pictures isn't what I see in the mirror.  How does that work anyway??  Does the mind play tricks on you when you look in the mirror?  I don't know, I need to figure it out though!

Anyway, I have so much sewing to do and no time to do any of it.  My one and only goal is to finish this wedding quilt, which I haven't worked on since the last time I posted about it, by July.  So I'm going to try and get an hour a night in on it.  Once the piecing is done and it is sandwiched then I can quilt on it for a while every night and maybe steal an entire weekend just for that purpose.

Anyway, that is it from here.  Sorry there wasn't more about sewing this time!