Thursday, March 17, 2011
Well, after only one week, I had to resume my intake of the little blue pill. I guess I am smart enough to realize that when I get a pain in my right eyebrow,next to my nose, it's not going to work. So I just went right back to the normal dose. If I want to eliminate a pill, it will have to be another one. Why add tylenol when you are trying not to medicate? And there is too much turmoil in my life right now.
My mother-in-law is 92 in June and she has been having a sciatic nerve problem with pain in her left leg and hip. We've been to the emergency room and been given pain meds and then Tuesday a.m., she fell and the ambulance had to come to help her up. We had a scheduled Doctor appmt on Tuesday afternoon and that took 3 hours while we waited, saw the nurse, and then had to get x-rays. The x-rays showed what we already knew, arthritis in the back. So there is nothing to be done except press on. We did have a medical massage therapist go to see her Wed morning and she felt better afterward. Then last night, while she was getting ready for bed, she fell again and another ambulance visit. My husband went over and got her into bed but she is very upset and of course, I had said something to her on Tuesday that upset her and she was mad about that. Sometimes you can't say anything right.
Hopefully today she will be better and not fall down. I will go over and take flowers. AS to dieting, what? I guess I just don't want to make the effort. And that's the truth. Effort would mean counting calories and I don't want to. So I am thinking about revisiting the mediterranean diet but that entails looking for the book again. Actually, I've cooked a couple of reasonable meals this week which is the first in a while. Tongiht is pig out again. A ribbon cutting at a restaurant and a business mixer.
Last night was my quilting Block of the Month meeting and I picked up blocks 5 and 6 of Patriots in Petticoats. And I'm working on my Bargello and I just ordered and received a quilt panel to make for 2 grandsons. It features a road traveling around stores and a school and I think they will love it with their cars. Now I've got too many projects and I have to complete one before I start another. At least the top part anyway. I've been looking for that road panel so when I found it online, it was on sale and of course had to get it.
Happy St. Patrick's Day1
Monday, March 14, 2011
When I started with Sparkpeople last year, I weighed 188. This morning I weighed in at 188. Sigh! I worked so hard and it took so long for me to lose down to 179. And then, I just put it back on over a few months. I guess I can look at the bright side, it was only 9 pounds, not 90.
So hubby came home from the YMCA on Friday at 184. He has made a lenten promise to give up beer, snacks, and sweets. And for him it will work. I will give up all of those things too. He will probably lose 15 pounds. I will maybe lose 2 or 3 if I am lucky.
Weight just clings to me but I'm not giving up. I am going to try to eat in a healthy fashion and give up the beer and snacks and sweets as well. Try and try again.
Wed will be one week since I have shaved off a corner of the little blue pill. Side effects of that pill which I have taken for about 10 years include weight gain and constipation. I can attest to that and maybe that is also why weight clings to me. That little blue pill won't give up. I have noticed a slight headache in the mornings but other than that, I seem to be doing all right. To alleviate the headache, I've gone out to walk. I am going to continue shaving off that edge for a while and then switch to taking 40 mg a day from the 50 I take right now. Minus, the edge. Maybe if I go real slow, and my doctor and I have talked about this, it will work. Cold Turkey did not work last year.
So here I am once again. Birthday cake on Saturday coming up. Can't do without the cake on my birthday.
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.
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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