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Friday, March 11, 2011

I'm thinking about retirement and at the same time, I paid to be in a table top show at the Relish Magazine Cooking show put on by the Daily News. Caught me at a weak moment when nothing was going on with business so I said, what the heck. I did not know what to expect or how much room I would have. It turned out I had a six foot table next to a caterer passing out food and a Modern Woodman insurance agent. I had decorated my booth with a giraffe holding a bottle of wine sitting under a palm, tree, a green animal print table cloth, some coordinating napkins and rings and a large teal plate. Then I had postcards to pass out with a free consultation on them.

Well, I was pleasantly pleased as many of the folks that passed by recognized me from my articles in the newspaper and from being around 27 years. Some old familiar clients came by and I think I had about 8 or 9 people that indicated they want appointments. So I think it was well worth the $300 fee I had to pay to be in it. And I met some new vendors as well.

At 6:00 I packed up and left to go to my quilting guild meeting. I was glad to go because this is my birthday month and I got a gift. And I also learned a few new techniques and quilts to make. All in all I had a great time. Today is stay home, work a bit, maybe clean up some and organize. Later.

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KASEYCOFF 3/11/2011 3:03PM

    I agree about the newspaper show - even if you are thinking about quietly slowing down the business, it was a good opportunity to see people and socialize a bit. The fun part was the quilting meeting after, tho, I bet!

As for the cleaning up and organizing - ai yi yi, I hear THAT, all right. If you get time on your hands, c'mon over here. There's puh-len-tee of organizing and cleaning to be done, fer sher, lol--!

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EDITOR 3/11/2011 9:29AM

    So precious to read your day's whereabouts and activities!

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Today is Day one, of what you say? A lot of things, Day one of Lent, day one of pill reduction, day one of daily prayer, day one of sunshine after the rain, etc. Tuesday I had this overwhelming urge come over me telling me it was time to retire. I've thought about it but the message hadn't come through yet, until Tuesday. Maybe it is time to make a plan. After all, I will be 63 in 2 weeks. My goal would be to pare down my supplies and books, throw out the old and keep only the really new fabrics, etc. Pay off the credit card that keeps hanging over my head, stop the advertising except the bare minimum and just take what comes in. People call because they love me and my service and they are prior clients or referrals. So maybe I don't need to spend much on advertising anymore.

This thinking would not have happened had I not gotten back into quilting. I love it so much that it replaces the creative part of my job, decorating for clients. And there is plenty of sewing to do. On Saturday, there is a sewing meeting at a local church where the ladies meet and alter clothing to send to disabled soldiers and veterans. I won't go this Saturday but it is probably something I would do in the future. My quilting group that I joined is having their meeting tonight and I am going to try and make it. I'll probably be a little late as I am doing a table top demo from 3:00 to 6:00 at a cooking show an hour drive away. I think I will still make it. Yesterday afternoon I finished the small quilt I was making instead of working so more and more of that is what I want to do.

So, we will see. A few years back, my husband and I went on a mission trip to Peru with the rotary club. We were going to be building wheelchairs for disabled people out of spare parts and partial chairs. I took 2 duffle bags full of discontinued upholstery fabrics with me and they got me a sewing machine and I sat for 5 full days doing nothing but sewing. I covered foam seats, fashioned arm rests and head rests and anything else that needed doing. One girl I will never forget as long as I live. She was about 12 or 13 and she had a huge hump on her back. She also had epilepsy and she would have a seizure every 20 or 30 min. Her uncle had brought her and said she could only eat soup. These people were extremely poor and anything we did for them was a gift. Well, because of the hump, the guys had a huge piece of foam that had a hole cut into it to accomodate the hump. They handed it to me to cover. I just looked at the hole as if it were like setting a sleeve and before they knew it, they had a covered piece of foam with fabric neatly sewn into the hole. That was the last day and the next day was Saturday and we were to go shopping. Well, I was totally exhausted and woke up with nausea and vomiting so I spent the day in the hotel room sleeping and throwing up while everyone else played. My husband wanted to stay with me but I insisted he go and that I would be all right. That night, we got on the plane for home and I slept, thank goodness. It was an experience I will never forget.

Happy sewing. Later.

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EDITOR 3/10/2011 12:27PM

    What changes ahead of you and what accomplishments in the past!
I loved the account of your mission trip.
Totally delightful reading.

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KASEYCOFF 3/10/2011 10:28AM

    What a turnaround you're having! I'm all for trying something new, looking forward rather than back, and especially right now, decluttering. Sometimes I think 'old stuff' - whether it's an accumulation of paper, old fabrics, or just things that've piled up over the years - holds us back. Letting go of that is liberating.

You go, girl! Personally, I think retirement is great, and I'm glad we didn't wait until we were too old to enjoy these 'golden years,' lol...

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Today is REALLY blustery!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

We are under a tornado watch as I type here. Should not be on the computer but oh, well. Lent starts today. And I didn't know what to give up or do. Well, Editor wrote a blog with a prayer on it asking God for his divine help. I copied it and will use it everyday. Check out Editor's blog today.

I met with my psychiatrist about the little blue pill and we decided to make a reduction in the dosage very slowly so that maybe I could manage to get off it. He is closing his practice so I will be finding a new doctor. The one he suggested is a good drive away but I don't mind. I feel better and want to be better without so many meds so hopefully it will work. I could use some prayerful help.

I'm taking the rest of the day off and heading to the sewing room! Later.

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TIRED49 3/9/2011 11:17PM

    Glad your doctor wants to help you get off the meds.
Saying a prayer for you as well.
Enjoy your sewing time, always wished I could sew.

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KASEYCOFF 3/9/2011 3:31PM

    Sounds to me as tho sewing is good therapy - some people paint, some knit, some do gardening... why shouldn't quilting be a good-for-you hobby as well as just being fun and creative? Thinks me!

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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

As Winnie the Pooh would say. Our march weather here in Florida is very unpredictable as one day will be lovely and the next day will be a lion. Keeps me indoors. I am really flunking the diet right now. I have to get a grip to remind myself I need to decide what choice I will make. I was doing so well last year. In spite of not dropping pounds, at least I was dropping inches and I felt better. Then I just threw it away and put the few pounds I lost back on. I know you readers are getting tired of hearing me say it but I need to get it back in my head to get on a regimen.
Weight sticks to me and it is very difficult to release it, even if I follow a diet. I guess it is the medications I take that help to hinder my progress. Tomorrow I am going to talk to my doc about getting off of the little blue pill. It will be tough but I want to try and do it, gradually. I feel good and my depression is under control and I feel it is time to try. I don't have the stressors I used to have.
Quilting has taken over my life. I find myself gravitating back to the sewing room to see what's up. If I like the project I'm doing, I can't wait to get to the end to see how it looks finished. When I was sewing clothing for myself, I could make an outfit in a day. I knew how the patterns fit and what to do and I would just push it through the machine. Made lovely jackets and suits and pants, etc. Now I am finding the same thing with the quilting. I want to get to the end to see how it looks. A few years back, we had a mardi gras ball to attend. I literally sat sewing the entire day and had a queen elizabeth dress with full skirt and hat done to wear to the ball. Now if I could just apply that effort to cleaning my house or losing weight, I would be a winner.

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EDITOR 3/9/2011 9:42AM

    So we don't have the dieting down pat yet but we will. One day at a time and I found it extremely encouraging to see you keep busy! My downfall.

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MUMZELLA 3/9/2011 12:03AM

    Boy I understand. I'm struggling now with staying focused on what I eat and how much I exercise. But I'm still determined to stay at my goal weight and not start gaining again. I know this is the rest of my life and I never want to go back to being big. I love being able to move, get up out of chairs, climb ladders, try on clothes, etc and I keep having to remind myself of those wonderful benefits of all the effort I've put in to get here. And I love to sew too, so when I'm feeling the need to eat, I too go to my sewing room and find a new project. go for it!

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BEVPRESLEY 3/8/2011 6:32PM

    But cleaning the house isn't near as much fun. I find it helpful to make a list of things I have to eat (vegetables, protein, dairy, fruit) and don't eat any extra till all my "required" items are completed and I have gotten my 30 minutes of exercise in. You can do it!

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Friday, March 04, 2011

I'm taking a quilting class all day today at the local Convention Center! I am very excited about it! I haven't done much quilting lately as I've been waiting for this class so I'm looking forward. Maybe at lunchtime I will walk around their large parking lot to get out of the building. It will be a lovely day! I've got to get going as I want a good seat! Later!

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BEVPRESLEY 3/4/2011 10:08PM

    Have a wonderful time and be sure to let us know how it went.

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KASEYCOFF 3/4/2011 9:17AM

    Oh, sounds wonderful! Post pix of your projects as you go along - you can do a quilting 'album'!

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