Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
All the laundry is done, my sewing room is back to normal, and I'm even getting 3 quilts washed and dried that were completed before my travels this past month.
Since I got a late start, I'm going to stop and get my exercise in - a walk to the grocery store to pick up something for dinner - and then work later tonight. Good thing Keith is out of town.
I think I'll go the low tech way and add links in my sidebar to anyone who wants to join in. Email me your blog address if you want to play along.
I'll start today with my goal which is very modest - I want to lose 10 pounds so I don't have to buy all new pants in a larger size. I'll try to accomplish this by doing the following:
- Joining WW online and using the Flex Plan
- Trying to exercise - walk or bike - 30 minutes to 1 hour a minimum of 5 days per week
- Drink 64 oz of water each day
- Update the results here on my blog on a weekly basis.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
- Laundry - I've got tons of towels and sheets to wash
- Convert my sewing room back from a guest room
- Re-join Weight Watchers (the online version only)
- Walk or bike 30 minutes - 1 hour daily
- Put backing on 2 postcards and finish the edges
- Quilt a minimum of 10 tops between now and the end of August (more would be great)
- Piecing and binding to be done as I can fit them in but quilting will my main focus through August.
It was windy standing on the Stone Arch Bridge so this isn't a great photo but the reason I didn't share it earlier this week was due more to my chubbiness. Between seeing Ann who has lost the weight she'd gained over the last several years and reaching the point that I need to either lose some weight or buy all new pants, I've decided it's time to lose weight(again).
Saturday, July 26, 2008
We also worked on postcards today. I chose a pattern and fused mine for our August family exchange. Ann worked on beading her sunflower center - this is her first attempt at ribbon embroidery.
Mom finished up her poinsettias and has started beading her centers too. This is also her first attempt at ribbon embroidery. In fact, Mom prefers machine work and said that she didn't think she'd be able to do this when we started. As usual she managed to do a very nice job.
We went to Mass at the Basilica of Saint Mary's and finished off the night with a spectacular fireworks display which we watched from our balcony.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Now Ann and Mom are trying some ribbon embroidery on postcards and Sarah is beading. Postcards make the perfect project for trying new techniques. The glass of wine in the middle of the photo - that's mine!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
When was the last time this blog saw some quilting content?? I think I had TOO much travel this past month. and I'm going nuts waiting to get back to work but I refuse to *wish* away my time with Mom, Ann, and Sarah who arrived today. It's so wonderful to have them visiting me.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Because whatever arrhythmia I'm having is acting up, I'm having to take frequent breaks and am spending that time sorting through the 820 photos I took on the Alaska trip. That's not as impressive as it sounds because I typically take 2-5 photos of any one scene trying to get the perfect photograph so I have LOTS of sorting to do.
I mentioned that we traveled not only with our sons and DIL but Keith's brother's family. We have such a great time with them and miss living close by. They're in Florida and while 9 of our 19 years of marriage were spent living in South Florida near them, we moved away for the second time 6 years ago.
Monday, July 21, 2008
I also received my July card from our family Postcard exchange that we started a few months ago. We just make one per month and Deb tells us who we send it to. There are 7 of us participating and we're having lots of fun but I've fallen behind on my Journal Project and need to start making those again too. This month's card came from my cousin Heather in PA, don't you love it??
Here's another family photo from our trip. In Skagway, we did a 6-7 mile hike before going into town for lunch. I also mentioned buying a kit while I was there and you can see it here - I haven't decided if I'll use the pattern included or make up one myself.
I had several comments about how much Adam and Keith looked alike after posting the last photo and had to go back and look at it myself. Surprisingly, they really do look alike in that photo. I don't know if I've ever mentioned it here on my blog but Keith got a package deal when he married me 19 years ago - the boys were 5 & 6 years old then.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
He's got another few days on the anti-inflammatory medication, another week on crate rest and then we'll see how he does. If the lameness returns (he was walking OK today) after that, we have to make an appointment for him to be evaluated by the surgeon. Keep your fingers crossed for him.
Today is catch up day - mail, email, laundry, and cleaning so I won't get any closer to my sewing machine today other than packing up my table and rearranging the sewing room for company that comes on Thursday. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will be really busy so I don't expect to get any sewing done this week.
My Sunday progress and stashbusting report consists entirely of the purchase of one kit while I was in Alaska which contains a *glacier* pattern and lots of blues. I'm leaning toward designing my own quilt rather than using the pattern but we'll see. No fabric used, no progress made.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I haven't had more than a few days with my sons at a time in the last couple years so it was a real pleasure to be with them over the 10 days we visited Vancouver and Alaska.We have mixed feelings about cruising but we loved spending this time with family (both our sons and DIL and Keith's brother's family) and a cruise turned out to be an excellent choice - we had plenty of time together but also *space* when we wanted quiet time alone.
I took HUNDREDS of photos but I thought I'd share a few taken the day we were at Hubbard Glacier - the absolute highlight of the trip other than the time spent with family.
We watched and listened in awe as multiple pieces of the glacier broke off into Disenchantment Bay.
Keith tried to take a couple photos of me but the deck above created shadows across half my face - he snapped this one as I joked that I needed to hang over the railing to get my entire face in the sunlight.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
I was also concerned because he'd injured his other knee a couple years ago and had surgery on it. So first thing this morning we took him to the University of MN Vet ER and had him seen. Yes, he'd injured his knee but the ligament wasn't torn completely and the vet recommended trying medical treatment first - crate rest for 2 weeks and anti-inflammatory medications.
I thought I was going to have to find an animal hospital that would board him or let Keith go on the cruise without me (have I mentioned we're taking my sons and DIL and meeting his brother & family too so it's not just US to consider)
Luckily, we're going to be able to medically board Chesty this one time at the University and the ER Vet will manage his care while we're gone. Of course, it's going to cost us $800 and that's if he doesn't require any additional treatment or surgery but it's worth it for my peace of mind.
On a side note, I did see the Cardiologist on Monday and they're going to do further testing the Monday I get back from vacation. I'm beginning to wonder if this vacation is jinxed!
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
We were both surprised how far along the rebuilding of the I35 bridge has come.
For my family postcard exchange, I needed a patriotic card for July. I couldn't sleep so I got up early and made it this morning. One more thing checked off my to do list before leaving for our cruise on Thursday.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
I did purchase 9 and 1/2 yards of fabric to make a version of this quilt - a set of fat quarters and some yardage of 4 other fabrics.
I'm not setting any goals for this week - I'll be busy getting ready for our trip to Vancouver and the Alaskan cruise and we leave Thursday morning. So anything I get done will be a bonus.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
I've met so many wonderful people through blogging!
Friday, July 04, 2008