You Make My Day


Can you see the little pic?  When I first posted, the little award pic was showing up, now all I’m seeing is the little red x box.  What do you see? 

Thank you, Deb, for giving me the “You Make My Day Award”! You definitely make my day, too! I am thrilled to pass it on to some other bloggers I enjoy.  Deb & I obviously have a lot in common, because several on her award list would be on mine, too, so that leaves me with more choices.  I want to pass it on to Jan, Diane, Lynn, Freda, Kay, Jan T, KarenSusan, Teresa & Terri. Thanks guys, for making my blogging world a better place!

The awards rules are to: Give the award to up to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel so happy about blogland! Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so that they can pass it on. Beware! You may get the award several times!

Flat Stanley Goes to Amarillo


Dear Princess,

I enjoyed my trip to Amarillo, and I tried to take some good pics for you, but sometimes the car was going too fast. But here are some highlights of the things I saw on the way:

I wanted to drive, but it wouldn’t have been safe.

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Instead, I had to ride like this.

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While Greg drove.

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The oil & gas industry, and agriculture are big parts of the economy around here.  You see lots of farm & ranch land, and oil & gas wells and businesses, everywhere you look.

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Lots of wide open spaces.

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Lots of cattle.

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If it weren’t the middle of winter, some of the crops you would see growing in these fields would include wheat, corn, milo and cotton. You can still see some of the cotton left in this one.

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There aren’t many big lakes around here, but when there is enough rain, these playa lakes fill up. Migrating birds love these small lakes.

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This next bunch of pictures are views of the Caprock as we drove through it. 

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We drove over the Canadian River.

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We saw some antelope.  There’s lots of them out in the pastures.

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This is the little red school house, right outside of Pampa.  It’s a historical marker site.  It’s really old, Princess.  Little kids like you used to go to school here, a long time ago.

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I got to see a windfarm by White Deer, TX.  Sorry these are blurry.  The road here was really bumpy.

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Remember that cotton field? This is a cotton gin.  I bet they could make some pretty quilt fabric with all that cotton, don’t you?

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I took pics of Panhandle, Texas for you, and for our friends Gayle & Steve.  Steve has a sister that lives here! Small world, huh, Princess?

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Randi said she’s jealous, because Panhandle still has a Dairy Queen, and her town doesn’t.

Two hours later, here we are.

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I really wanted to get a better pic of the Big Texan, but I wasn’t fast enough with the camera.  It’s a really cool restaurant. It even has a horse hotel!

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I saw the American Quarter Horse Association.  They have pretty statues in front.

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This is a view of Santa Fe Railroad.

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This is a view of downtown Amarillo.

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There are horse statues, like this one, scattered all over town. But they are all painted differently.  This one is by Route 66.  I took a pic of Route 66 for you, but it didn’t come out good.  Sorry.

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And lastly, Amarillo even has a Dairy Queen.

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Well, I hope I did a good job of sharing my trip with you, Princess.  I still be here for a little while longer.  I’m learning to knit with Randi.

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I love and miss you very much! See you soon!

Stanley

Just a Midweek Check-in


I’ve barely had time to stay up with reading some of my favorite blogs and message boards this week, let alone post anything.  I’m having a good week, though.  I’ve kept up with my Flylady missions, and my exercise. 

Today, the weather is horrible here.  Right now the wind is HOWLING.  Plus, we’ve dropped from the 50′s & 60′s back to the 20′s.  The windchill is supposed to be below 0 at some point.  Maybe right now, I haven’t been out yet.  Then there is supposed to be some snow, with practically no visibility due to the wind.  Needless to say, I am not going to the doctor in Amarillo today.  We postponed that a couple of weeks. 

However, I found some online articles yesterday that I found very interesting, and I hope that I am finally finding some answers to my shoulder & back issues. The articles were on myofascial pain syndrome and trigger points.  I found an article with diagrams, showing common trigger points in the back and neck muscles, and where the referred pain locations are on the body.  They described what I am experiencing exactly.  They also show stretches for those muscles.  They said it’s better to treat the trigger points, with pressure, before stretching, but me, being impatient, went ahead and tried out some of the stretches.  I did this while sitting at my desk, waiting for my afternoon appts. to finish coming in, and they made me feel better.  I’ve been complaining that the pain goes right down the back of my right arm.  That area was really bothering me yesterday.  I did the stretching exercise for one of the muscle groups that it showed to refer pain to that area, and I kid you not, immediately, my arm quit hurting.  And it hasn’t started again, yet.  I’m trying not to get my hopes up that it is going to turn out to be something this easy….I’ll keep you posted.  BTW, the article on the trigger points can be found here, http://www.pressurepointer.com/BookOne1.pdf

Of course, they are trying to sell a product, too, but the stretches are fantastic.  This link will take you to the Mayo Clinic site, and their description of mayofascial pain syndrome.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/myofascial-pain-syndrome/DS01042

Now I better get up from here and get ready to go to work.

Sunday Report


Not much to report here, this week.  I did not buy any fabric.  I did finish sewing my stripe blocks for my quilt, but I haven’t finished trimming & pressing.  I freehand quilted up four yards of fleece for a customer order.

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It’s kind of a pretty cocoa color in real life.  The final recipient will be my friend’s father.  I think he will like it.

I also sold a baby quilt.  So does that count as stash busting? It moved out of my stash…lol.

I had a pretty busy week, otherwise.  Monday, I had a sinus headache, pretty much all day.  So after work, I was pretty worthless.  I did stay on track with the exercise, pretty well, though.  I got four workouts done.  I wanted to get in a “last chance” workout yesterday, since today is weigh-in day.  That didn’t happen, as we got up and went to Amarillo, to pick up DH’s new Skeeter bass boat! So Flat Stanley got to go to Amarillo sooner than he expected, as we will be going on Wednesday, too, for my doctor appt.  It will take us a bit to get that written up for the Princess, but that will be coming in a few days.  Some of our pics didn’t come out like we hoped, so we may just do more on Wednesday.

I also picked up a new rustic buffet cabinet for the dining room.  I’ve been playing around with it this morning, and will feature it in a post in the near future.

On the weigh-in…it was hard to stay off the scale during the week, but I made myself do just that.  Weighing everyday can get frustrating, too much ups & downs.  But, knowing that I was going to weigh-in AND post it here, really did help me stay on track.  I’m not “dieting” per se, just eating more “reasonbly” and healthily.  I don’t do well with “diets” that restrict this food or that food, so I don’t do them.  I’ve also watched what I drink.  I’ve mostly drank water, milk or tea.  I keep hearing Jillian from the Biggest Loser saying “don’t drink your calories!” So, with all that rambling said…..my starting weight for the week was 153.  My current weight is 150.  I lost three pounds this week, for a total weight loss of four pounds.  I wish I had one of those scales that does the body fat percentage, too, but I don’t.  My DH told me Friday that he could tell I looked smaller.  I don’t expect to lose as much this week, as I’ve really been struggling with the 140′s for over a year now, but I just have to not get discouraged and blow it.  Oh, and this included eating bacon, eggs & pancakes for supper Thursday night, and going to our favorite Mexican restaurant Friday, and eating cheese chile rellenos.  I’m definitely not going hungry…lol!

In knitting news, I have discovered I have project-itis, just like with quilting.  I have several items going on different sets of needles, all needing finishing.  Mostly scarves, one practice hat, and a special project, a prayer shawl, for someone that needs comforting. I think working on it comforts me, too. I signed up for the knit & crochet online community, Ravelry, and got my invitation to join yesterday.  It will take me a while to figure out my way around there, but it looks awesome!

Well, that’s I guess that’s it for my Sunday Report.  I have a feeling I might not get much done today, either, but that’s ok.  I’m tired!

Show and Tell Friday


It’s time for Kelli’s Show and Tell Friday.  Today I want to share a special quilt.  This was made by my husband’s grandmother, whom I never had the pleasure of knowing.  She was quite the prolific quilter.  I imagine that she would have loved my longarm! And, I think she would be thrilled to know that there is now another quilter in the family.  I love the the fabrics in the quilt.  I don’t think I could pick a favorite block.

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Thanks for stopping by to see my show & tell item, and thanks to Kelli, for hosting.

Thursday Thumper


I want to play Kay’s “Thursday Thumper” today.  Junk mail.  I think junk mail deserves a Thursday Thumper! I wish I could have back all the time I have spent in my life sorting through and shredding junk mail, junk mail that I never wanted in the first flippin’ place.  I wish I would never get another piece of junk mail so that I don’t have to spend any more time ever on it, ever, ever, ever.  Thump, thump, thump.

Flat Stanley Visits the Courthouse


Dear Princess,

I got to go see the courthouse, where Randi works.  She took me to her office, but we didn’t take a picture of it…she said it was a little messy today…lol.  I did get to look at Main Street from her office window.  I was kind of high up in the air, huh?

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She showed me more of Main Street from another window, down the hall.  Most of the businesses in this small town, can be found on Main Street.  Can you see those grain elevators down there? The business that Randi and her husband own, is down there, on the corner across from those elevators.  I hope I get to go see it while I’m here.

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I got to see the District Court.  It’s a big room. 

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This is where cases are tried, like you see on TV.  Civil and criminal cases are tried here.  As a probation officer, Randi only works with the criminal cases.  Criminal cases in this court, go in front of the District Judge, or a jury, and the person that broke the law will either go to prison (jail), or get put on probation.  That’s kind of like getting another chance.

I got to see what it’s like to sit in the witness chair.  Have you seen people on TV sit by the judge and answer questions? Sometimes Randi has to do that.

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I got to sit in the Judge’s chair, too! It’s a big chair, Princess!

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This is called “the cage”.  It’s where the jail inmates, that have to go to court, are held while they wait for their turn to go in front of the Judge. I don’t ever want to have to go in there, Princess!

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Well, I guess that’s all for today.  I hope you are doing great!

Love,

Stanley

Flat Stanley Checking In


(For those not familiar-I am hosting Flat Stanley, a visitor from the land of Serendipity-for the Princess of said land, as part of her homeschooling program.)

 Dear Princess,

It gets sooooo wiiinnndyyy in the Teeexaaas Panhaaanndlee.  Whooooaaaaa…..I gotta be really careful! These pics were from yesterday, and today it is wet & rainy here, so I had to stay inside. 

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 But, the weather has gotten warmer here again this week.  It’s been getting all the way up to the 50′s & 60′s! Melted off the snow!

This lady I’m staying with here quilts, too! Is everybody you know quilters, like you & your Mom? If the weather stays nice, I will get to go to Amarillo next week!

I miss you!

Love,

Stan

Sunday Stash Report and Weigh-In


My stash report is short this week, but I’m happy with it.

1. I didn’t buy any fabric.

2. I met my goal of completing my 88 9P’s, and have started on my stripe blocks.

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I have to make a total of 64 stripe blocks for each quilt.  I have 20 done, 108 left to sew & trim.

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In other “stashbusting”  ;-)

I managed to do five workouts last week, and my weigh-in this morning was 153. So, I lost of total of 1 lb this week.  I was hoping for more, but it is what it is.  Hope you don’t mind me including my weekly weigh-in in my Sunday report.  Tell me if you do!

Scattered Saturday Thoughts


This post is just some random musings going through my head.

Slow down. Quit rushing through projects.  Take my time, enjoy the process.  Keep it fun and relaxing. Don’t feel guilty about telling someone “no, I’m not interested in taking that project on”, or “this is my price, take it or leave it”, because I will not GIVE my time away.  My time is valuable.  I would rather not do any quilting for money, than do it for less than it’s worth.  To do that, makes me resent the project. I have plenty of my own projects to work on, which make me happy. My quilting must continue to be one of “my happy places”.  This is not negotiable.

Set smaller goals.  This really goes along with slowing down.  Why do I put so much pressure on my self to finish, finish, finish? This is hard to explain, but I’m sure others of you will grasp what I’m trying to say.  I think I have so many projects that I hope to make, and I start feeling like…I don’t know…the world might end, or I might die, or some other such catastrophe will occur…before I get to them. I need to get over this one.  There will ALWAYS be projects coming along that I want to do, that list will never get smaller, I will never come to the end, I WILL die, or the world will end, or some other catastrophe will happen before I make EVERYTHING, or accomplish everything I want to accomplish.  Anyone else relate to this crazy thinking????

So, like for example, this week, my quilting goal is ONLY to finish the nine patches for my 9P & stripe quilts.  That is 88 9P’s.  I’m almost done, so by the end of this day, I fully expect to meet that goal.  Then next week, my goal will be to have the stripe blocks completed. 

The Biggest Loser. I love this reality show.  I am not obese, but I am now struggling with my weight, which has been gradually creeping up, up, up ever since my hyster, almost 3 yrs ago.  I know it’s partly my age, 41, but I think also in part to the estrogen replacement I’m taking.  Maybe that’s just a cop-out, denial on my part, too.  I don’t really know.  However, since a new season of The Biggest Loser has started, so has a new try on my part to get those numbers going back in the right direction.  So, I will also start posting a weekly weigh-in on my blog.  If those contestants can be brave enough to stand up before the world and weigh-in, so can I.  Maybe knowing that I will be putting it here for you all to see will help keep me accountable and motivated.  My starting weight is 154.  Ouch! I don’t like that number.  My first official weigh-in will be tomorrow.  I will try to remember to do that on Sundays.  Sunday is the day I view as the first day of each new week.  I’m just barely, maybe even a smidge under, 5’5″.  So that weight is at least 25 lbs more than I should be for my frame. And the majority of it goes south of the waistline.  If I could redirect it to my boobs, all would be well…LOL.  My exercise goal is not less than three times per week. 

Stay on track with my Flylady routines.  Hit a lick at a snake.  Remember that even housework done incorrectly still blesses my family, and me. 

If I continue to have problems with my shoulder, back, neck, etc., to the point that I have been, and it continues to interfere with my life as it has been, I will find the courage to go back to my family doctor (I’m currently seeing only my chiro for this, and some days it’s better, most days not) and be insistent with him that he look into it further, or send me on to someone else who can & will get to the bottom of what is causing it.  WHY am I getting so much inflammation, irritation, pain….??? Why do all my upper body bones pop & creak, and feel like they are grinding against each other with movement, or just changing positions, such as simple rolling over in bed? But on the other hand, I’m terrified of any kind of surgery….waaa, waaa…I know…I just get so frustrated with doctors kind of throwing their hands up and acting like I’m making too much out of it, because they can’t see anything significant on an Xray.  This pain is not normal. And I would skip over my family doctor, but my insurance requires a referral from him, so this requires me to be more insistent and forceful, which for some reason, I find hard to do when dealing with health care professionals.  I turn into a wimp around them.  I let them completely intimidate me. 

Ok, was this too much rambling for you…? Flylady just asked “where is your laundry?”, so I guess I best get up and put some in the washing machine…lol.  And I have some 9P’s to finish, and some treadclimbing to do, therefore the rambling must come to an end….

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