Sunday, October 23, 2011
It's good to be HOME!!
The Good Witch Wanda and I had a fine trip, and she brought me home safe and sound. And very happy.
I went down to CA because my quilt was accepted into one of the three larges international quilt shows on the West Coast. I also went down to see good friends.
So let's start at the beginning:
I KNEW my binding on the quilt had one lump in it, and I refused to fix it before I turned it in to the show. I KNEW there was a part of my quilt that didn't lay flat, and I refused to fix it before I turned it into the show.
Sure enough, I got dinged for both of them, which wound up with no ribbon.
Although I did get a wonderful report from the judges. They told me the binding needs to be straight with no lumps and that the quilt should lay flat.
They also wrote a note to me that if I had fixed these things, I would have gotten a FIRST Place award.
Yep. MY BAD.
I totally agree with them, and will promise to fix things that I KNOW need fixing before I turn anything in.
Another reminder of my character defect of procrastination. Geez Louise. Will that EVER go away? Probably not, because I am too impatient to move on to the next thing. Until I am willing to change that, procrastination will be my nemesis.
The show was wonderful with incredible quilts on display. I couldn't believe it........I only spent $125 with the vendors during a FOUR DAY SHOW. That is incredible for me, as I usually fall for all the eye candy and buy like there is no tomorrow. I feel good about holding myself in check, as quilters of all ages can recognize.
My dear friends Jan and Edna came up from the Monterey Peninsual to find me, and we had a fabulous time. Went out to dinner and then back to the convention center where we sat outdoors in the warm evening air and talked until 11:30. I'm pretty sure we solved all the problems in the world that one evening. Our government should just come to us and ask what to do, and then everything would be hunky dory.
While I was down there, I had a special birthday celebration of 29 years of unbroken sobriety. I went to the meetings in Sunnyvale and Santa Clara where I attended at the very beginning of my recovery, and there were folks there that helped me when I was a "newbie". I was so humbled and grateful to see them. It was a true blessing to be able to say "THANK YOU" to all of them, and see they too are continuing their own journey of this fantastic way of living.
I also went "home" to the meetings I attended when I lived in the Monterey Peninsula. My old sponsor and the ladies I sponsored all got together and gave me a wonderful birthday dinner. We then went to a Woman's Meeting, of which I used to be a "regular", and lo and behold, they had set it up for me to be the chairperson. That was VERY unexpected!!
We laughed and loved our way through another memorable evening.
WOWZA, the people in CA sure live fast!! They just zoom all around and are always in a hurry. I can't imagine living at that pace again.
The Good Witch Wanda and I arrived in Seattle, and DH was right there to meet me as I came out with my luggage. As we headed up to the Peninsula where I live, I could feel my heart getting very quiet and serene again.
Yes, I was coming home. I missed being home, even though I was having a good time. I missed the quiet, the beauty and the peacefulness my area delivers.
Got in to the house, and there was Winnie, all whining and shaking all over with joy that Mommie was home. He gently took hold of my sleeve and wouldn't let go for over an hour. He was SO happy to see me.
Then the catty girls saw me, and they too, welcomed me home. They were both talking up a storm to me, trying to out shout each other. I got all filled in on what happened while I was gone.
Have you ever tried to chat with DH when your critters are stealing the show? Both Ted and I got a big kick out of them needing to "be FIRST".
After sitting in the airport in San Jose, then boarding the plane and sitting for another 2 hours until we landed, then getting immediately in to the car for the 2 1/2 hour trip home, I was surely ready to take Winsten out of a long walk.
I marveled at the beauty of the changing leaves, the crisp Autumn air and the eagles flying over head.
Yes, I indeed did click my heels three times, and arrived right back home where my heart is.
It is good to be back in Spark and once again becoming responsible and accountable. I can't believe that all that eating in restaurants, and all I gained was one pound!
Yep, you guys were all with me, and I actually ate quite sensibly for the most part. But I DID have those three chocolate mousse cake pieces.........think that might be where the one pound tonnage came from???
NAW. Couldn't be from CHOCOLATE!! After all, we ALL know that chocolate is a major food group, right?
I am now going back to my pears, apples, salads, grapes and all that wonderful way of eating. I am NOT going to allow that one pound to get comfortable on me! After all, WHO is in CONTROL here anyway??!!
Saturday, October 08, 2011
Today is my last blog for a couple weeks.
I am going to CA for the Pacific International Quilt Festival and see how my quilt does. I don't expect any ribbons or prizes, but it will be fun to listen to the comments and critiques from judges and viewers.
I am originally from that area, so have lots of friends to see and enjoy. It will be a busy time, that's for sure!
I don't have one of those carry along computers.....whatever they are called.......so I won't be letting you know how I am doing till I get back.
Those of you who know me well understand that I am NOT a "Techie", so the fewer computers I get near, the better. I know my way around Spark and email, and once in a while can even figure out other stuff. Most of which I can't remember how I did it.
It's always a bit of adventure for me to get on Flicka (my 'puter). We never know just how we got anywhere for sure, and many times have no idea as to WHY we are there anyway.
It's kind of like my own personal scavenger hunt.
I know I have been a bit quiet lately, and that's because I am busy......I am very busy indeed.
I have a rather long request list for quilts for the kids fighting cancer, ages 8-18. Hopefully I will be able to deliver one today before I leave on my voyage south.
Then when I get home, it is "To the quilt room for ME" again.
I'll think about you guys and all the support I get from you while I am forced to eat in restaurants. I know what I need to do, and am planning to do the right thing by my body while I am gone. But oh, those wonderful Mexican restaurants down there do beckon!!
Take heart, do your exercises, enjoy your life. I'll get in touch when I am once again home.
Love to all!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, October 03, 2011
I think by now we have all read the emails about having term limits, the Congress having the same medical choices we have, no full retirement for them, English speaking as our country's language and on and on.
I agree with all of it. I am sure most Americans do.
But there is a huge problem with this entire ideation.
WHO are we going to get that will write the bill and try to get it passed????
Do we really believe that we have honest enough persons "serving" this country who would actually step up and do the right thing, even though it would cost them their careers, specialized health care that we peons are not entitled to, and full pay retirement for the rest of their lives???
I think not.
Even if we DID find someone who would present such a bill, it would never reach the floor for voting. It would no doubt be tossed into the round file.
Our students have been deliberately "dummed down" for the last 2 decades, committing them to subserviancy. We have to challenge the right to fly the American flag or wear anything that demonstrates Christianity in our schools.
Our children are not being taught Patriotism, but they HAVE been taught to fight each other, accept homosexuality as "the norm", and that they have the right to be given birth control. They are taught they are "entitled", and do not have to work for a living. Respect for parents or elders is not a topic of discussion. Prayers must not be done in public.
Protesters protest, but have no idea as to what they want things to change into.
Sports and music have become a thing of the past in most of our schools. These promote healthy people.
I won't even go into the "It's totally okay to be so deeply in debt that you are drowning, but just leave it to government to spend more, and everything will be okay. Government will take good care of you, because you Citizens are too stupid to take care of yourselves".
We the People have become We the SHEEPLE.
I don't have any answers for our dilemna.
I struggle to participate in all of America's situation, and try to do what I can to restore our wonderful nation.
But "We, the People" are not listened to. Our politicians nod and say a bunch of words, but do they actually represent us?
Most of our country's land now belongs to the United Nations.
How the hell did THAT happen???
I sure don't recall ever voting for it. I don't recall ever hearing about it either, until recently.
Yes, dear Citizens, we are being sold out, BIG TIME.
I for one do NOT consider myself nor my property as part and parcel of the U.N.
I am an AMERICAN. I pay my taxes, work hard for my money and property, speak English, and expect no hand-outs whatsoever. I am a Christian, and proud of it. I wear clothing with the American flag on it, and not on my butt, either. I proudly display the American flag both inside and outside my home.
Our Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence is being mocked at the very highest level of command in our nation, yet it continues.
To those who want to change us into a Socialist/Fascist government, I say "NOT HERE. Go to a country that suits you".
Americans, we must stand up. We must re-read our cherished documents of freedom, and insist that America be saved.
We must teach our children our nation's history, because they are not being taught that in schools.
We must instill pride in our country, and teach that to our children.
America is on a precipice; we must not let her down.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
This is Winsten. He is my reminder and my coach.
Winsten loves to be taken on walks, and doesn't let me sit too long on my laurels.
He finds me every couple of hours and barks until I get the leash and we head out the door. He makes me remember to MOVE IT, MOVE IT, MOVE IT!
Winsten is also my coach. He seems to know when I need to put on some speed while we are walking, and makes sure I am walking correctly, with good shoes and with good posture.
Sometimes we get walking a bit too fast too long for me, and then he stops along the roadway and shows me something wonderful to look at and sniff. it could be a flower, a weed, a tree or a stone.
And you know what? He's RIGHT!! these things should all be looked at while one is getting her breath back to normal.
I take Sundays as my "Day Off". Winsten knows this, and also knows that Sundays are a great day for walking the dog.
We don't go on quite as many walks on Sunday; he kinda likes the laying back thing, too.
But at least we walk at least a few trips.
This morning while we were walking we spotted an eagle in a tree who then flew up and circled over us before it headed off.
We knew the eagle was wonderful to stop and admire, and then we proceeded on.
The next fascinating thing to look at was some tall weeds with their seed pods attached.
Looking at them for a few minutes, it was again time to move on.
We passed our apple trees and pear trees, and checked to see if they are ready to harvest. Not quite. But Winsten did play "ball" with an apple that had fallen. I had to observe that, too, and he gave me a good laugh.
I owe Winsten big time. He is the one mainly responsible for me fitting in to my now-a-tad-too-big size 12 pants. I don't even have muffin top when I put them on.
He is also the one who has helped the numbers on the scale go down, down, down.
Whenever Winsten and I walk, I never think about losing weight or inches. I just pay attention to where I am, remembering to look and appreciate the world around me. Winsten has taught me that.
There's something rather special about walking on a Sunday. The world seems a bit quieter somehow, and a bit more at peace. Sundays have a promise to them that is not like any other day.
Sundays are Holy. The trees, birds and even the insects that we sometimes have to observe know that Sundays are special.
Yes, indeed. Sunday is a great day for walking the dog!!!
Saturday, September 24, 2011
I love to hike in my beautiful Olympic Peninsula, and one of my favorite hikes is the Sol Duc Falls Trail in the Olympic National Forest. I always remember to bring my camera, because there are so many incredible shots to take.
This quilt is from one of my photos that I blew up to 8 1/2x 11. I don't use anything else for the pattern other than the photo. No blow ups, no drawing.....just free cutting, fusing and then incredible hours of thread painting.
I got a lot of encouragement from my local quilt club, Sun Bonnet Sue's, and they talked me in to entering the quilt to the Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF) in Santa Clara, CA. I also got a whole lot of ooooohs and aaaaaahs from my Sparkie friends.
So I filled out the forms requesting admission into the competetive show, never dreaming it would be accepted.
I kind of forgot about that, and moved on to other things. Then one day I received their reply.
SOL DUC FALLS TRAIL WAS ACCEPTED into the juried show!!!!
This show is one of the largest in the world, and I am part of it!!!! what an honor, just being accepted!!!
So now I have all my reservations to go to CA from October 9-20th.
Since I moved from that area to the Olympic Peninsula 4 1/2 years ago, I have a lot of friends there, and know my way around. That always helps when traveling.
Already I have plans all set with a couple groups of my friends. I am looking very forward to being with them, and sharing lots of hugs and laughter.
I am part of the Spirited Underdogs Spark Team, and our Fall challenge has begun. One of the requests from the leaders was to take my measurements. I hadn't done that in quite a while.
Not only have I lost over 20 pounds since starting Spark, I have lost a whole lot of inches. It was good to be able to enter the lower measurement numbers and see just how well I am doing.
I have spent the latter part of the summer eating from my community garden. Lots of fresh lettuce, onions, zucchine and crook neck squash, green beans, strawberries, cantaloupe, tomatoes..........the list goes on. There is nothing like eating straight from the garden! The food is so much more flavorful than what we buy in the super markets!
I got my fellow gardners Larry and Sharon all in love with fried green tomatoes, which they expected would be mush and nasty. Now they have stocked up on Panko, which in Japanese bread crumbs that we use to coat the tomatoes before frying.
Now I know that Fried Green Tomatoes aren't exactly "diet" food, but what the heck. It sure beats chowing down on a bag of Oreos, right??
DH actually got his shop cleared out enough to move some cars in, but now he can't find the keys to any of the cars. I helped him with the shop until I was going nuts, but together, we got er done.
DH and I went to see the latest "Ape" movie, and were expecting it to be campy like the old ones. It isn't. We both thoroughly enjoyed it and gave it 4 stars. I recommend it to everyone.
Our fall challenge has started, as I said. I love this team. They are all so very active and supportive, and always a laugh. Very inspirational.
Our challenge is to lose 5% of our weight during the weeks ahead. I don't do the 5%. I do 5 pounds at a time. I'm not good with those big numbers, and 5 pounds at a time is do-able for me.
That's something I love about Spark. None of the "Rules" are set in concrete, and we are all encouraged to do it whatever way works best for each person.
So Winsten and I have done our walks already today, and now I move on to heavy housecleaning. I'm telling you..........getting the rake and shovel out to clean house is not my favorite way to spend a Saturday. Especially when I get in the mode to CLEAN!!!! I wear myself out, but rather enjoy the glistening while I work, because I then know I am burning off fat and strengthening my body.
Speaking of which, I need to close now and get to the glistening part of my day!
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