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!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

March clothing finish!

I spent the weekend making another cargo kilt for the hubster and I still have a couple of hours to quilt before I gotta hit the hay!

I do the fabric stuff, he does the snaps.

I have some Navy Blue Duck that will be the next one but I am determined to work on quilts for the next 2 weeks when I get time to sew.  He is a very appreciative recipient of my skillz though so I don't mind making stuff for him even if it takes away from quilt making. :)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

March Goal!! I think I can, I think I can....

Well, here I am again....  my February goal didn't go as planned.  Lots of mandatory overtime at work ruins the best laid plans but it is nice on the paychecks!  Plus 2 unplanned trips down the freeway for some family stuff over 2 weekends really didn't give me much time to sew. 

I did get a little done and I'm about 1/3 away from the center of the wedding quilt being done at least.  We are working a lot of mandatory overtime still so we will have to see how it goes. 

My goal again this month is the get the Wedding Quilt flimsy done.  That means the two long rows to finish the center have to be cut and sewed and attached and then the borders which I sort of have a plan for, I think.  Linking up with A Lovely Year of Finshes ~~>> in the sidebar.

Here is where I am this morning on it:

As a reminder I'm going for queen sized and we are at short twin minus borders right now.  Sorry for the picture quality.  I can't find my camera so this is a phone picture.  I think my son must have swiped my camera again.

So that's my goal.  I think we have one trip down the freeway within the next 3 weekends so we'll see how far I can manage to get.  Plus I have at least one kilt I have get done so the hubster can have another one to wear that is presentable outside the house.  Making them out of Duck canvas was a stroke of genius on my part... unless it was his idea.. I can't really remember at this point. LOL!!  And for your viewing pleasure, Korben yesterday!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Midmonth Check In

When I set my goal for this month.... little did I know I'd hardly be home all month!  2 weekends running we've spent 4 hours down the freeway so between 8 hours of driving and a couple of days doing things with my sister I haven't had much weekend sewing time, plus I've been fighting a double ear infection, supposedly brought on by being subjected to an overwhelming amount of fragrance at work, even though we are a fragrance free work zone.  Amazing how many people think they are not meant to follow the easiest of requests. 

Oh well.  The meds help when it gets really bad and hopefully in the near future I'll get more work from home days which will help immensely.

All of that aside, and the fact that we are heading down the freeway again next weekend to visit my Mom (6 hours each way for this trip) I might actually get my goal of a Wedding quilt flimsy done.  I get to sew for a few hours for the rest of today (don't you love paid holidays off?) and then I'm committing to sewing for an hour or more each evening for the rest of the week, except for Thursday which is Bible Study night.

Next week my daughter and I will be starting to the gym on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays after I'm off work because while I am chubby and out of shape, she is skinny and out of shape so hopefully after a few months of religious gym use we will both be skinny and IN shape. So here is my progress so far, not much and the picture is a phone picture but you can get the idea I think.