Weekly Wishes #4 February 2, 2015

Hiya all!!! This is going to be a very short post. I’m getting so far behind already this year, even though I feel like I’ve been going wide open. Anyway, here’s last week’s wishes:

1) Get caught up on email. I have several accounts, for various purposes, and am behind in all of them. About a week behind in a couple. So that is my main goal for this week. Hate being behind in my emails.

2) Work on the dresses and aim for getting three more done. Barbara and Sput will be going back to Haiti in February, not sure of the date yet, but it’ll be soon.

3) Work on the crochet. Finish the first square and attempt the second one. It seems a bit more complicated, so I’m gonna have to do some research on it.

How’d I do last week??? Lousy!!! I’m still behind in email. Maybe not as far behind as I was, but still behind. I haven’t touched any fabric this week, and have barely picked up the crochet. I’ve just had more to do with work and volunteering, and been on the computer Ia lot). I haven’t been idle, just haven’t seemed to accomplish much.

So for this week:

1) Continue to work on emails.

2) Do something in the sewing room. Can work on dresses or string blocks for the guild. Or start work on a block swap I’ve signed up for. More on that later.

3) Spend some time on my chronic disease self-management goals and work.

4) Crochet a bit and try to finish the first square.

I may have to post my weekly wishes next Sunday night and try to remember to link them up with The Nectar Collective on Monday night. I’m having the InterStim device hooked up next Monday, so not sure how I’ll be feeling. I’m linking up tonight with The Nectar Collective Weekly Wishes. go check it out. :)

Ok, so that’s it for the next week. Keep on plugging on, take care. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

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Good Tuesday Evening January 27, 2015

Hiya all!!! Just wanted to drop in for a few minutes with a couple of little things. (Still haven’t gotten pics off of my phone, sorry.)

I won a new quilting book!!! Molly Hanson has written a wonderful book titled Free Motion Quilting for Beginners (and those who think they can’t). You can find it for sale here, at Martingale. And I won a copy on her blog sew wrong sew right. Sbe’s a lovely lady, and I’m thrilled to get the chance to check out this new book. I’ve been studying doing free motion quilting and kinda did a little with the Christmas place mats that I made, but really need to jump in and get my feet wet. I think this book will help me out bunches. Thank you so much Molly!!!

1-25-2015 Beginning Free Motion BookI told you last night about making the picture frame at the library. Here’s a pic of the final product. (Yep, the glass is broken, it was when I opened the package. No big deal, I’ll just use it without the glass.)

1-25-2015 Mixed Media Monday Picture FrameI love those little butterflies that I put on it. So sweet!!!

I went to the Chronic Disease Self-Management class this afternoon. WOW!!! I have goals and homework and stuff to do, lol. It seems like it will be a good class, and it’s a small group—only 6 of us in there. We have two instructors—Lisa and Ginger—and I’m taking tons of notes. We were each provided with a big book—Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions—and a notepad as well. We had fruit, yogurt, and water provided also. I think I’ll learn quite a bit to help me on my journey.

That’s about it for tonight ya’ll. Take care, talk to ya soon. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

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Stuff in General January 26, 2015

Hiya!!! Been a while since I did a general catch-up with everyone. How ya’ll doing??? I’ve been BUSY!!! Still volunteering, or will be back at that on Thursday. Have a new job, think I mentioned that I got the position with Burke Hospice and Palliative Care last week. I trained 3 days last week-Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday-and slept all day on Friday, lol. But I did work Saturday and Sunday. And I liked it too. That means a great deal to me. It was slow, but things will pick up more as I learn more. I do believe this is the job for me at this time in my life.

Fabric and String

I finished five Haiti dresses this week (see my Weekly Wishes post here). Will get some pics up as soon as I take them up to Barbara’s and we get some ribbon put in them. Still have more cut out and ready for lace and sewing. Hope to get at least three more done this week.

Haven’t done much crocheting the past couple of weeks. Still working on the (hopefully) last strip for Ju’s blanket. And still working on the first block of the Moogly 2015 CAL (crochet along). The second square pattern has been released, so I need to play catch-up with that.

We had our first 2015 monthly meeting today of the Burke Quilter’s Guild. I LOVE attending this group. Always the friendliest and most inspiring group of ladies. Our program today was presented by Thelma Luciana, a joyous, industrious, very young 82-year-old member of the guild. SHE HAND MAKES ALL OF HER QUILTS. And oh my, what quilts she has made. I forgot my camera this morning, but did use my phone to get a few pics. Now I just gotta figure out how to download them to the computer. OH DEAR, and I’m supposed to be tech savvy??? Lol. I just haven’t learned everything about my new phone. I had an old flip one for so long, I got left in the dust. I will get them on here, and SOON, I promise. There are some lovely pics to see.

It was also the first meeting for the new quilt show team (committee). This is my first year on any committee. We have a new chair for the team, and I’m sure I’ll be learning some more new things this year. Does it ever show that I love to learn???

Health Issues

I saw Burt on Thursday morning for a regular re-check. These occur about every three or four months. With all my lil problems, he likes to keep an eye on me. And I’ve seen him more than usual lately too, so he’s up to date with all that’s going on. My A1c was 5.7, which is great. He doesn’t want it to get much lower actually, because I tend to have hypoglycemic episodes when it gets much lower. I have had some glucose readings in the 40’s and 50’s lately, and I’m not feeling them as much as I used to. So that’s a concern. We adjusted my Novalog and Lantus down a bit, so we’ll see where it goes from here. He didn’t mention my lipid panel, so I suppose everything looked ok. I have lost a little more weight, and he’s pleased with that too. ME TOO!!! LOL!!! So things are generally good right now. (And no UTI at the moment, knock on wood.)

I do have an appointment on February 9th to have the InterStim device attached to see how it will do. I am SOOOO hoping it will work well. It would be such a big psychological boost to me to have the incontinence taken care of, or at least a lot better than it is now. Keep your fingers crossed for me please!!!

I am starting a six-week class tomorrow night at a local physician’s office for chronic disease self-management. It’s been a while since I took any training regarding my illnesses, and it never hurts to brush up on these things. Topics will include nutrition, communication skills, positive thinking, and dealing with emotions. These will all help me out. I’m looking forward to this.

Library Check

I have finished two books this year so far—Hold Tight by Harlan Coben, and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. That was different from my usual fare, but I’m trying to expand my reading horizons some. So they’re will be more classics and different genres for me in the future. I’m working on another Harlan Coben right now, Missing You. I absolutely love his plot twists.

I went to the library tonight, but not for a book. The Burke County Public Library System has lots going on besides reading. Tonight was Mixed Media Monday. The library supplied wooden craft picture frames and TONS of craft accessories to decorate them with. I’ll post a pic of mine hopefully tomorrow. No good light tonight. But I had a blast. I love crafting of all sorts and this gives me a chance to meet new people and try something new without spending a small fortune for the supplies that I might only use once. That’s a winner to me!!!

So, lots of new going on—a new job, a new class, a new aspect to the quilt guild, new crocheting. I’m glad my body isn’t growing along with my mind, LOLOLOL!!! I’d be exploding!!! I promise to get some more interesting posts up soon (with pics, in other words). Hang in there with me.

Take care all. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

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Weekly Wishes #3 January 26, 2015

Hiya all!!! Here are my wishes for last week:

1) Sew up those 5 dresses that have the lace pinned on.

2) Finish a square for the Moogly 2015 CAL (crochet along). Check that out here, the Moogly Blog. I’ve started on the first square and am about halfway through it. I’d like to finish the purple/pink/buff square and start on the Christmas color square of it.

3) Get more done on the binders. I’d like to be able to set my goals up in them as I go along too. I’ll do a post on how I’ve got them set up, hopefully in a week or two.

And here’s how I did:

1) Got the five dressed done, except for the ribbon, which is up at Barbara’s. So one goal completed!!!

2) Didn’t do very much on this one. Did maybe about 15 stitches on the square and a few rows on Ju’s blanket. Just didn’t have the time and brain power.

3) Didn’t do much on this one either. I did take the Medical binder to the doctor’s office Thursday morning and worked on it some there. Burt was impressed with it. But again, just not enough time.

So I didn’t do so well, just one completed goal of the three.

Still gonna set three for this week, even though I won’t have too much spare time again.

1) Get caught up on email. I have several accounts, for various purposes, and am behind in all of them. About a week behind in a couple. So that is my main goal for this week. Hate being behind in my emails.

2) Work on the dresses and aim for getting three more done. Barbara and Sput will be going back to Haiti in February, not sure of the date yet, but it’ll be soon.

3) Work on the crochet. Finish the first square and attempt the second one. It seems a bit more complicated, so I’m gonna have to do some research on it.

But that’s my goals for the week—due by next Monday afternoon. I just keep plugging away—such is life!!!

I’m linking up with The Nectar Collective Goal Link-Up today, as weekly. Meet ya there.

Take care all, blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

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Monday on My Mind January 26, 2015

Giving of Yourself

Are you altruistic??? Do you know what “altruistic” means??? According to Dictionary.com, “altruistic” is defined as “unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others“. Altruism is “the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others“.

How much of yourself do you give to others??? I don’t have much in monetary terms, but I try to give of my time, my skills, and my compassion to others. Try to think about some little kindness or goodness that you can give to a fellow human being sometime this week. It’ll make you feel good all over.

Take care all, blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

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