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I just felt compelled to tell y’all it was a whopping 8 degrees here when I went to work this morning.  Now at lunch, it has warmed up a whole 12 degrees, to 20.  But the sun is shining!

Sunday Stash Report Time


Finally, I am back in a quilting mood.  I finished trimming the stripe blocks for my two 9P & stripe quilts.  I pulled fabric from my stash for the background squares and setting triangles for each quilt.  The pattern calls for 2.75 yds each, but I washed up 3 yds apiece.  I hate to end up a tad short, so I had a little leftover.  Here is a preview of what they will look like. 

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The pattern calls for using a medium background in one, and a light background in the other.  However, on my light, I decided to use the same fabric for the setting triangles and squares, as I used for the background of my 9P’s & stripes.  I hope to really hone my quilting skills in all those open spaces.  I’m planning on lots & lots of feathers.  Will I be able to pull it off?  We shall see!

I did get started sewing them together today.  I’m sewing them simultaneously.  That way, I don’t get one finished, and get burned out, and leave the other sitting for awhile. 

So, I got almost 6 more yards out of my stash and headed into quilts.  I am also happy to report that I did not buy any fabric.

I’m still working on some beginner knitting projects, and completed two scarves, and am getting close to finishing a special shawl I’m knitting.

Sunday weigh in time! Last week, my starting weight was 150.  Today, my weight was……………..150. I lost a total of zero lbs. this week.  I really wanted to see a 140-something.  However, I’m not disappointed in my myself, because I did great on my working out…a total of six times this week, and I did not blow it with the eating.  I know this is just a natural part of the diet/exercise process.  I know I made progress, because I can see a change in my body shape, and in the way my clothes are fitting.  Hopefully, the scale will be kinder next week. :-)

Remeber that I mentioned that I found a new buffet hutch for my dining room, when we went to Amarillo.  I finally took a pic.  I am really enjoying it. It has helped so much to have this extra space to store some of my stoneware and other dishes, making my cabinets much safer to open…lol. (you know, less thing falling out at you when you open the door)

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Some gratitudes this week were:

  1. My son breaking away from an unhealthy relationship
  2. My 20″ Omnigrid ruler
  3. My new hutch
  4. None of us wrecked driving on the ice this week
  5. My husband cleaning the floors!

I guess that’s it for my report today.  Hope y’all have a great week ahead.

I Was Starting to Wonder….


Where my “quiltiness” had gone.  I just haven’t been into it for the last couple of weeks or so.  But today, I feel the urge returning.  I just put seven yard of fabric in the wash, from my stash, to start cutting the background squares & triangles from, for my EB 9P’s & Stripes quilts.  I almost have the stripe blocks finished.  Only a week later than I aimed for…lol. While the fabric is washing, I am off to do some housework.  I will set my timer for 15 min and go from room to room that way.  When it beeps…times UP!  Move on to the next room.  It always amazed me how much improvement I can make in just 15 minutes…TTYL! Hope your weekend is off to a great start!

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!

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