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Friday, February 6, 2015

Friday Check In


Had a follow up with my doc. yesterday.  He's happy with my progress so far.  He'll get my final lab results back today sometime, optimistically waiting for the call.

  • I believe this will be a "button" post.  I'll be home all day because it is very cold outside today.  It's "face hurt" cold.  I don't go out in this.  So, I'll be sharing thoughts.  
  • Commenting on facebook...a lot of times people seem eager to get on their soapboxes and share their beliefs/knowledge/trivia, etc. with any and all.  And if a person dares to disagree, The War of Words is on.  There will be a bunch of name calling, and foul language, and cyber chest much as it says about the mental state of our country, I do find them enjoyable to follow along.  
  • Finding your favorite hairdresser after 7 years?  Priceless!  I haven't had a decent haircut since she went missing, found her yesterday...Hooray!
  • Heard from the doc, my levels are good, no permanent harm done.  That's a relief!
  • I have two times of the day I like to venture out of my home.  10:00 am, all the mom's have dropped their kids at their various schools, done their grocery shopping in their jammie pants and pillow hair, and have gotten back home in time for an afternoon of laundry and catching up on picking up on the place so it looks somewhat presentable until they have to get out again to gather their children.  (I am not judging, I've been there and done that.)  The other time is 1:00 pm.  All the worker bees have had their lunches, ran their errands so they don't have to stop on the way home, and are heading back to their hives to grind out the last 1/2 of the day.  

I skyped with my girls for over an hour yesterday morning.  That was fun, Lots of laughs and giggles and silly stuff.  I miss them like crazy.

Today is the first day I am going to venture out of my house since I got sick.  I am off all prescribed pain meds, and ready to get started on this new healthy lifestyle.  I have to run a few errands, a couple grocery stores is all, I need to bring some fresh produce in this house.  I mentioned I got a juicer, that's going to be my main source of intake for a while.  I'm really liking the "clean" feeling I get after having a big glass of fresh juice.
And contrary to what I see seems to be popular belief, the cleaning up afterwards takes about 5 mins. total.   It isn't a total "pain" that I've read in some of the reviews.  There are no pots or pans to wash, I don't see how that is harder than cleaning up after a full "traditional" meal.


I just listed a couple of cutie Critters, suitable for Valentine gift giving:


This critter is double the size of my original flying pig.  8.5" tall, 45" long, wingspan, 9"
I made this one in merino wool felt, so it's what I feel is "so special."  

Red Goat

Perfect for the "old goat" in your life.
Admit it, we all have one in our lives, why not embrace it?

It's almost 1:00, I better gather up my stuff and get moving. 

Any plans for the weekend?  We're going out for dinner tomorrow night, my favorite, All You Can Eat Shrimp.  Nom Nom Nom.  

Play Nice!  xxoo

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Catching Up

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Wakey wakey at 8:00.  Been up and at it since then.  Had a smoothie for breakfast, took my pills...funny, Sweetheart said, "Your stomach has really gone down," and I took it as a compliment!

Yesterday I had to scurry.  I had sold a Critter, and I was sure I had it in stock.  I looked and looked, then remembered we had family over after Christmas, and I always gift the girls, young and old, with a Critter of their choice.  I must have gifted that one, and forgot to take it out of my listings.  I started early and finished late, but it was perfect, and out the door this morning.

Today I am working on another order. I'm late in sending it but after a chat with the customer, it's all good.  It's a Christmas present for her mother, so no real deadline.  It'll go out tomorrow or the next day.

I have another project, learning another valuable lesson again.  Never use the good stuff for the first try.  Fortunately the things I need to change are minimal...gotta stop getting into a rush with new stuff.  I just get so excited when a new idea is beginning to take shape...step back and think, I gotta remember that.

A customer contacted me to see if I could enlarge my elephant pattern.  We do have a print shop in town that can enlarge, so yes, yes I can.  The smallest is the original, they go up 1/2 size from there.  All three are made with merino wool felt (which if I haven't mentioned, I love to work with) and both the customer and myself were very satisfied with them.

A new pattern, Goat.  I made this one for a good friend of mine.  He has 2 goats, and his favorite color is camo.  He was surprised.  I love doing that.  

I made a gray one for another friend of mine.  Told him I made it just for him, because he is a gray old goat, too.  Made his wife laugh, made him blush.  Mission accomplished.  

Right about the same time as I was contacted about the elephants, another customer requested an enlarged Lazy Pony, only done in tea-dyed muslin.  His wife had tried to buy one like it at an antique store, but the price was too high for her.  That was the first time I had tea-dyed anything.  I used a very chunky yarn for the mane and tail, I was very pleased with how it turned out.  Haven't heard from the customer yet...not going to fret about it, though.

So...that kinda catches us up for now.  I better get to "work."  

Play Nice!  xxoo

Sunday, February 1, 2015

My New Life

I've had a demon on my shoulders for over 20 years.  

It almost killed me this week.  After three days in the hospital, thankfully, I am still breathing. Gotta make a lot of lifelong changes in my lifestyle and diet. 

Finally seeing the world without the blinders of this demon.  The things I didn't see with those blinders on...well, I won't be able to fix it all at once, but it will all be fixed.

To become a true participant in this life and in my relationship, minus the demon, will take some practice, but I'm sure it will be easier than I used to think it would be.

On the business side of my life, I can only see this as a positive.  More time to work, More time to finish things I've started.  

I've added some new Critters to the shop, sold a few for Christmas and have had some sales this month, too.  Can't wait to be more active, doing the things I love.

Maria and I continue to enjoy each other's company.  She's even more adorable.

The rest of "my posse" are doing pretty peachy, too.  Sweetheart has calmed down, Young Son is doing what he does.  The extended family that are in Germany, are doing well.

Pretty sure I'll be blogging more, too.  

Play Nice!  xxoo