Something New—NaBloPoMo November 1, 2014

Hiya all!!! Yep, I missed a couple of months again, bad me, lol. But this month I’m trying something new—NaBloPoMo. That stands for National Blog Posting Month. The goal is to post something everyday for a month, to get in the habit of posting more often, and hopefully build a better following.

“But it’s about much more than getting that post up—it’s about community and connection. It’s also about honing your craft, challenging yourself, and taking your blog to the next level.”   from the BlogHer site, www.blogher.com. I’m adding the NaBloPoMo badge to my page too!!!

So here we go, a post a day, for at least a month. Can I do it??? Not sure, but I’m gonna try. Now on to other things.

Fabric and String November 1, 2014

Went up to Barbara’s yesterday, and spent about 5 hours cutting out fabric for Christmas gifts. Will discuss the Christmas thing a little further down the page. But anyway, got most of my Christmas gifts cut out. Can’t share with you yet, cuz that would spoil the surprises. I’ll try to get a pic of some of the fabrics up in a day or two. I still need a couple of pieces of fabric yet, thought I got them all the other week, but found out I was a couple short yesterday. Oh well, I have two paydays before Christmas, so here’s hoping!!!

In my last Fabric and String post, I showed you some of the pics from the AQS Quilt Week in Charlotte that Gwen and I went to in July. Got some more for you today, YAY!!! Those quilts were all so beautiful. I just love going to quilt shows!!! Here goes:

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I thought I had more patriotic shots, but they may be later on in my file.

This next group was one of our favorites—it’s a collage of theatre blocks, each with a different theme. So unique and inspiring!!!

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This next one looks like a mixed up jumble at first glance, but then you notice all the little wonky blocks. Sooooo many of them!!!

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This next one was my favorite in the whole show. I ADORE DRAGONS!!! The tale was stitched all around the main character, Oscar. There are wizards, a knight and his princess, and other dragons in the tale. JUST LOVED IT!!!

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This next one made us think of Jamie. She’s the queen of the flip flops in the summer!!!

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I love this next one. Anytime I see birds, I think of Mama, and how she loved to feed them and watch them.

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Ah, the fantasy of it all!!!

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He was so adorable!!!

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A winner, and I love the play on words in the title.

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That’s it for today with the quilts. I hope to finish them up by week’s end.

Health Issues

Most things are going ok lately. My glucose is doing well, and my last A1c was 6.7, which Burt says is good and wants to see me stay in that area. Over the past 2 years, I have lost a total of 40 pounds. That may not seem like a lot in 2 years, but I’m going in the right direction, and not going back up in that time. I know I don’t eat regularly as I should, but I try to eat healthy (more fruits and veggies than I used to eat, and less sugar and meat) and I want to start walking again (I am a true couch potato, lol). As long as I keep going down on the scales, I’ll be happy. (And no, not gonna reveal that weight number yet :-))

I have had urine incontinence for about 12 years now. I had a mesh sling implanted about 8 years ago. And it helped—a little bit—at first. But lately, the problem has been getting worse and worse. I can’t remember the last good night’s sleep I’ve gotten. I get up at least 3 times a night to go to the bathroom, and that ranges up to 5 or 6 times a night. I brought this up to Burt again a few months ago, and he suggested a doctor from Asheville. Dr Theo. That’s what he goes by to his staff and patients. His name is James Theofrastous, a gynecologist and urologist at the Western Carolina Women’s Specialty Center. I first saw him at the Morganton office on September 5th. We talked about my history and he did a pelvic exam. He said the sling was doing well, and that I had good muscle control. He wanted to do some testing on my bladder and I was scheduled for that in the Asheville office for October 23rd. I suffered through endured the cystoscope, and he found out that I did have bladder spasms. He has stopped my Detrol LA and put me on Myrbetriq for 2 months to see how that does. I am using a voiding chart and am supposed to try to go to the bathroom every hour and a half for a week, then every two hours for a week, and so on, building up the time between bathroom visits to allow my bladder to expand and hold more urine at a time. I just can’t get on a good schedule. I’m trying though. And the Myrbetriq does seem to be doing better than the Detrol LA was doing. So we’ll see how that goes. This has not been a fun journey through the years. Ah the joys of being a woman.

My vision is slowly getting worse. I have worn glasses since I was two and a half years old—all my life, lol. With the diabetes, I see two opthamologists. one for my general care and one who specializes in diabetic retinopathy. He started me on Travatan Z drops about a year or so ago, when I developed a small blind spot in my right eye. I’m now having some double vision, with one image overlapping the other top to bottom. It’s like seeing a line of print twice, one up and one down. Makes for fun reading sometimes. I deal with it, and just keep on plugging on.

And that’s how it goes, we just keep plugging on don’t we??? We seek out answers from the experts (at least we hope they’re expert in what they do) and do the best we can. What alternative is there??? To do nothing??? I’m not ready to go there yet. Hope no one else is either. I have been to those low points before, and have learned from them. At least I hope I have. Don’t want to go there again ever. Anyway, stay safe and healthy, be good to yourself.

Will talk to ya again tomorrow. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

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About pamspretties57

I'm a mama, a grandma, an ex-wife, and a creator. I love my family, animals, and my stuff. Not that I'm materialistic, I just have a lot of stuff. My daughter says I'm an organized hoarder lol. I am physically and mentally challenged. I am a diabetic, have heart problems, and am bipolar (depressive side). So my posts may sporadic at times, just bear with me. I'll do my best.
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