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Monday, November 29, 2010

What are you addicted to? Food, exercise, sex, reading, etc. Well, I've found out I'm addicted to quilting and this has to slow down. Yesterday, I spent the afternoon sewing and piecing on 2 different quilts. The bad part is I'm already designing more quilts to sew in my head even as I'm still working on the last one that isn't finished yet. It finally struck me that I'm addicted and I have to slow down. I want to love it and keep sewing but I have to have a purpose for each project as well.

I'm nearly finished a really cute puppy dog quilt kit that I'm planning on giving my granddaughter for Christmas. That is a good reason to work on it! I'm nearly done with the top and all of a sudden yesterday, I stopped and went back to a Christmas wall hanging featuring the Three WIse Guys (It's really cute too) and decided to attempt adding the batting and backing and machine quilting it. I have one more row to machine quilt on it and then last night, I sat and sewed sequins and beads on it to embellish the guys! I love it and it is so fun! Maybe I can just sit and embroider and sew beads on the 3 wise guys at night. I used to do embroidery and cross stitch too and I have a stash of beads I cut off of a sweater!

So what is my problem? I realized I have no place to hang the Three Wise Guys when I finish and it is a Christmas Decoration. Can't give it away as I have too much money in it. I did see that I could probably tack it to the wall above my bed during the holiday. Then I thought, maybe I could post it on ETSY.com and try and sell it as I do have an account on there with nothing listed. I would ask $100 which would cover the cost and then I could do something else.

What is good is that I have realized that I can't continue on this way, spending money on quilting and all my time in the little bedroom sewing away. I have to have balance in my life. This is a pattern I have of delving into a project big time and then realize I have to fit other things in as well. Kind of like when I started Sparking. I spent hours each day perusing the site and racking up points and then I realized I had other things to do as well. Yesterday, I drove to meet a client and she was unable to make it. So as I was leaving, my car started to turn towards Joann Fabrics and then I smacked myself and said I didn't have my coupons with me and didn't need anything anyway so I went home and back to sewing.

Tomorrow starts the new WW program so maybe I'll get into that as well. The good thing is that I have snapped sense into myself and now I know I can plan what I quilt and not have to do it every day. I crochet afghans since I was 18. I have made afghans for everyone I know, all my relatives, etc. Now I'm into friends. It takes me 2 to 3 years to finish one sometimes as I only work on them when driving long distances in the car and sometimes at night. So I don't usually have them sitting around. Last year I finished one while at Disney World and gave it to my son's sister-in-law right then and there. She was thrilled as she had been coveting one since I sent one to her Mom.

So now I'll have to plan my quilts. I signed up for a Block of the month program next year that is a large King Size Quilt. That can be my son and wife's Christmas Present next year and I'll have all year to work on it. My niece is having a baby so I'll make one for her. Then I'll get into my stash of free fabrics from my samples and do that. So I can slow down and plan a little and move my addiction to something else, like WW or exercise or cleaning the house or yardwork, etc. . That would be good for me. I could also learn simple plumbing techniques. I stopped up the garbage disposal Thursday and hubby couldn't fix it. Plumber just spent 10 min here and got it fixed for $95. Oh, well. Later.

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SHERREMAC 12/2/2010 6:08AM

    Why Not see if you can sell the quilts at a fabric store? and You know you can't eat and quilt!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 11/30/2010 4:34AM

    Such wonderful quilts !
Good for you !
So great, to be able to create such beauty !

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TOWHEE 11/29/2010 9:35PM

    I went to WW this morning and the new program will take as much time as you are willing to give it. Now I have three addictions - SP, quilting, and WW. I sure wish I could get addicted to house cleaning, but I guess that's not to be.

I love your quilts. I agree $100 for the Three Wise Guys is a bargain.
Last year I hung a quilt over the bookcase at Christmas time. This year I'm thinking of hanging some over pictures or just taking the pictures down. Argh!

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ILUVTOTAT 11/29/2010 11:26AM

    I love these quilts! You granddaughter will love her quilt.

I'm the same way with my addictions, but the quilting addiction is on-going. It's weird, but I have a hard time getting started because I know when I do, I won't stop. I forget to eat!

Sounds like you have a great way of keeping balance! Have fun!

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CARRKM 11/29/2010 9:45AM

  You could have way worse addictions! I love the 3 Wise Guys, and I think $100 is a bargain! If I was not a quilter myself, I would think of buying it! LOL!

Good luck finding more balance in your life. My goal for the New Year is also to find more balance - but on my side, it's less WORK, more ART & QUILTING! :-)

Good luck!

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

WE went to the FSU/Florida game yesterday and FSu whipped Florida 31 to 7, first time in 6 years! Whoo HOo! It was a great game and the stadium was packed. We stood up most of the time and I moved my legs back and forth. We walked to a from the stadium for 20 min each way, including up and down 80 steps both ways. So I got my walk in. I'll have to go out again today but it is cold out there! 32 degrees here in sunny Florida! Friday morning it was in the 70's.

I'll have to watch what I eat today as I certainly wasn't watching the last couple of days. Next party is Friday, Dec 3 and Dec 5 so in between I'll have to be real good. Off to church!

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DONNAEDA 11/28/2010 9:38AM

    and Wisconsin goes to the Rose Ball. First time in 11 years. Woo Hoo. Its cold here too. But I know it won't warm up to the 70's. But maybe to the 40's. tee hee

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

I have good intentions and I will do it! I will get that 987 minutes of walking in before the end of the year! Missed yesterday, my first day already! WEnt shopping and it was really warm. By the time we got home, it had cooled down and then starting raining and drizzling the rest of the day. Didn't get out even though I promised Panda for a walk. WEnt to sister's for after Thanksgiving leftover feast and then it was too dark and cold.
Today is a different story though. WE are going to the FSU/Florida game (go Noles) and there will be walking to and from the stadium as well as up and down the stairs and there are quite a few stairs. So I'll be back on track.

Tuesday is WW new program day. I think if I can just muster staying without gaining the next month, I'll be a winner. Partying is tough but you knnow, I look forward to all the social occasions we have scheduled every year and seeing friends. I thought about having surgery before xmas but that is a special time for us as well. Hubby and I got shopping before and after and go out for dinner so a liquid diet isn't on my list.

I'll just try real hard to be good! ANd get that walk in. Later.

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DONNAEDA 11/27/2010 10:13AM

    I hope the surgery isn't very serious. Wish it were that warm here. Wisconsin is in a cold blast. Our snowbirds are leaving.

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LJCANNON 11/27/2010 10:13AM

    From what I saw on the News yesterday, Shopping on Black Friday would qualify as a Work-Out!! At least I am sure you got in several hundred steps!!

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FITMARY 11/27/2010 9:18AM

    Go for it! I know you can do it!

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

I walked for 55 min this morning with Pat and it pushed me over the edge to earn a new Trophy! Last year, when I started my Spark journey, I vowed to do 3600 fitness min for the year. I am at 2622 because I have sluffed off the last couple of months. If I want to achieve that goal, I have 36 days left to do 978 minutes. That is only 27.16 min per day. I could do that. Notice I said I could do that, leaving me a way out not to do it. But if I change that to I CAN do that, I will more than likely accomplish that goal.

So I can do that, 27.16 min per day. I can do that, it's simple. So here it is, I'm committing to achieve 978 fitness minutes for the rest of the year.

A friend at church has lost a lot of weight and I asked her how. She said Exercise so you see, I need it. Tuesday is the intro of the new WW plan so I'll have something new to learn as well to help me get through the dozen or so parties we are attending. Have a great Thanksgiving@!

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JUST_TRI_IT 11/27/2010 9:32AM

    as you said: emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 11/27/2010 4:46AM

    Congratulations on your new Trophy !
I'm glad that you are getting fit , through lots of exercise !
Good for you !

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DONNAEDA 11/25/2010 11:57AM

    congratulations. I love your attitude. I can do that. It is a given not a hope.

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 11/25/2010 10:51AM

    I have always loved the background on your page. I used to write to you as FOUNDAGAIN1 but have a new username for a new start. And you are right - you CAN do this. If I can and have to use a walker, you can do this too. Happy Thanksgiving!

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MKELLY72 11/25/2010 10:30AM

    Congratulations! You definitely CAN do that. I'm on my way out the door right now to do my own pre-dinner walk. Great job on getting a new trophy! That is always fun to do.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I'm just plain old thankful today for just about everything! Life is good! I'm off for the weekend, TG tomorrow, Chili Supper tonight, shopping on Friday and FSU/Florida game on Saturday! Ought to be an exciting game! I have to go grocery shopping and then declutter a few things and then just basically take the day off!

Our church has the annual chili supper tonight where we bring potluck chili and anything else we might want to bring and then a TG Eve service. A fun tradition for our church. Back to WW yesterday and gained 1.6 lbs. Go figure. So yesterday I carefully counted my points and came up with less than I was supposed to eat. Couldn't possibly have eaten anything else. Counting again today and really making an effort. Then next Tuesday, starts the new WW program. Should be interesting. Later.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 11/24/2010 3:46PM

    Happy Thanksgiving !

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ILLINITEACHER52 11/24/2010 10:46AM

  I am thankful for hot water today - my hot water heater was just repaired! Tomorrow I will be thankful to see my son and his fiance'.
I like how your church has a pot luck before their TG service. Our community service is at a different church tonight. No pot luck but it will be good none-the-less.
Happy Thanksgiving.

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