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WHAT I WANT TO DO!

Saturday, May 07, 2011

This is so silly but I would like to take my quilting to the next level and develop patterns and quilts and sell them. I know I could do this as I've owned my own decorating business for 27 years and I know how to run a business. I see these really young women like Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts who is making quilts, selling patterns, and is showcasing at the quilt show in Salt Lake City this weekend. I don't want to do this on a large scale, just a bit and when I want to. I don't have to make a lot of money but I see this as a very fulfilling thing to do in my retirement.

Just thinking and musing. I've been working on 2 quilts that I made without patterns. I did take my inspiration from pictures and patterns I had seen but did not follow exactly. Both have turned out beautifully although I'm not finished. I have to see clients today so I can't do my quilting, maybe a bit later this morning and before I have to go out at 2:00.

I have a new sewing machine on lay away. Haven't told hubby and it doesn't matter anyway as I'm paying for it through my business. Just figured I'd have it paid for before I tell him. Later.

  
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AGILLASPIE60 5/14/2011 12:07PM

    When my boys were little and I was a stay-at-home mom, I quilted a lot. Now I work full time and don't have much time for my hobby....I miss it! So I say, research how to get your patterns published and go for it! Do what you enjoy most and fulfill your dreams....It's never too late! Quilting is such a fulfilling hobby, why not make it a business?!

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KASEYCOFF 5/7/2011 10:00AM

    Oohh, a new sewing machine! Love the layaway plan - and now you've given me an idea, lol...
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BACK AMONG THE LIVING! I HOPE!

Monday, May 02, 2011

Saturday night I did not sleep. Could not sleep. So at 12:30 I got up and took a tylenol PM which was not smart. Then I could not get up and was groggy all day. After church, I laid down and instantly fell asleep for 2 hours. Then last night, I decided that I would not take any meds and get up this morning, have breakfast and then take all my meds, including the new one that wrecked havoc with my soul for 2 weeks. I am determined that it has kicked in and today will be the day that I get back on track! I am going to get up and walk the dog and shower and get dressed for the day after I finish this blog! Today I WILL!

I is the most important word when it comes to weight loss and self improvement. Only I can do it! So here are my I's!

I will get up from my computer and walk the dog!
I will drink my water. I have put a container from which I will pass pennies from one to the otherwhen I drink a glass in order to ensure I actuallly do it.
I will eat 5 or more fruits and veggies daily.

These are just a few of the things that I am going to do. I have landed on a few teams that I hope will make a difference.

The Slowest Loser
The Mediterranean Way
Quilt and Lose (my creative outlet)
Pensacola Sparkers

With the above teams I hope to be able to get back on track and to be postive. Now I am going to go and brush my teeth, put on some scrubs and get out with the dog! Later.

  
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AGILLASPIE60 5/12/2011 9:45PM

    You've made a great plan! Go for it!

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SERENEMOM71 5/3/2011 12:00PM

  emoticon Just take one day @ a time! emoticon plan!

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BECKYI39 5/2/2011 10:57AM

    You can do it!!

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KASEYCOFF 5/2/2011 9:34AM

    Attagirl! It's all in attitude, determination, and choice - sounds as tho you are in the process of making some very wise choices!
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ANDI571 5/2/2011 9:31AM

    Kick some butt today Carol. You can do it..... emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 5/2/2011 9:27AM

    Sounds like a great plan for the day... and longer! Hope you have a great day :)

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WHY AMERICANS ARE FAT!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Last night we attended the Rotary District Conference and sat with 6 visiting Rotarians from Brazil and the local International Rotarian Liaison. They had a Low Country Boil. The 3 Americans had 2 plates, one for the net bag of 8 huge shrimp, 4 steamed clams, 3 big new potatoes, 1 ear of corn and a sausage quarter. The other plate held potato salad, coleslaw, fresh fruit, garlic bread. And we three thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, although I left the new potatoes and most of the sausage but the huge shrimp was outstandingly delicious! And then we had key lime pie.
All of the thin Brazilians passed on the boil except one. Their plates held one piece of grilled chicken, potato salad, cole slaw and fruit. There was space around each piece of food! Not piled high like we would have done. And they commented on how big portions were everywhere they went! So there you go, a lesson learned, we eat more!

Today will have to be slim although we have another dinner tonight. I should have taken a picture. WE were at a large resort in Destin, Florida, sitting on the balcony around the pool. The weather was beautiful!, About 70 degrees, no wind or humidity. We were right on the Gulf of Mexico and saw the beautiful sunset! And Fireworks! I truly live in an awesome place! Later. P.S. I am feeling great! Guess my new meds have kicked in.

  
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JIBBIE49 5/3/2011 12:17AM

    I live down the road from Destin at Pensacola, so I get to go to that beautiful beach all the time. emoticon

Americans are fat because we OVEREAT and that is just the facts. There aren't fat people like that around the world. When I read blogs from people here on Sparks going on about it not being fat people's fault that they are fat, I just cringe. Dr. Phil says we are fat because it serves a need.
I know I have to see myself as thin again as I think of myself as being old, which isn't good.
Denial and excuses do nothing to change the situation.

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ILLINITEACHER52 4/30/2011 1:13PM

  The shrimp sounds great! I love seafood.

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KASEYCOFF 4/30/2011 10:13AM

    Sounds as tho you are doing great - and the wonderful locale don't hurt, lol... I would've skipped the boil my self, but mostly because I am very fussy about how seafood is prepared, plus there's much of it that I don't care for. Personally, I'd have ended up with grilled chicken and fresh fruit, and any green salads or fresh veggies they had going. That would've been true 'pre-diet' as well, but in the old days, I would've gone for the pie, no question, and maybe even have tried to cadge a second piece. These days - no pie, and if I was really tempted, I would 'snitch' a bite of someone else's.

I don't like foods on my plate touching each other, but that's a holdover from childhood - does that make me a picky eater, or Brazilian? lol!
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FROM THIS DAY FORWARD!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I am finally feeling better! They say it takes 2 weeks for medication to take effect and today is 2 weeks! I've had 2 nights of taking my new medication at night instead of in the morning and that seems to have done the trick. I've had boundless energy today and been very busy so I hope it keeps up, both the energy and the business.
Now I hope that I am in the majority of people taking pristiq that lose weight and not in the minority that gain weight! It is too early to tell but I don't seem to be as hungry so maybe, here's hoping. I don't even want to go near the scale as for the last couple of weeks, I grabbed anything to eat that I felt would make me feel better.
When i was having the nausea, a diet coke seemed to settle my stomach. And I rarely drink diet coke. One day I even had to have the last real coke in the fridge.
So here's hoping that I can progress past this point and get on with my life. Later.

  
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AMBERLEIGHM1 4/29/2011 8:19PM

    I will pray you continue to do well. It is great when our depression lifts and things seem to come together.

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KASEYCOFF 4/28/2011 6:02PM

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SERENEMOM71 4/28/2011 5:03PM

  I am so happy that the Pristiq is going to work for you! Now you can tackle the food! Just go back to tracking your food and you will do fine! Don't worry about the past - it's over and done with!!. I love diet coke - no sugar! and calories!! I also love water, now, too!!
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LEVELING OFF!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I feel some better in the medication department! Monday I called my doctor to tell him the side effects I was having and struggles to keep alert and he asked me to continue a few more days. Yesterday, I woke early and decided to take the newpill at 4:45 to see if that would help. AFter struggling all morning and having a woozy mind, I thought maybe I should be taking this pill at night. At noon yesterday I attended a luncheon and had a nice chicken salad. After eating and enjoying my meeting, I felt much better and was able to function well the rest of the day and into the evening. At 10:00, my usual bed time, I was wide awake. Could NOT sleep so I got up and took that pill at 11:00. Slept like a baby, woke up at 6:00 a.m and I'm raring to go. Still have a slight headache but the rest of me is fine. So maybe I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I will call in a report to Doc tomorrow but I'm thinking taking this thing at night is what I need to do.

So far, I'm not losing any weight because I am eating whatever I think is going to help me cope and feel better. Hopefully this will level off as well. I won 500 spark goodie points on the wheel today! Third time for me! Thanks to all of you that have hung with me. Later.

  
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SERENEMOM71 4/27/2011 9:43AM

  Praise the Lord! I am so glad that you thought of that! I hope that you continue to do well on your medication. You remain in my daily thoughts and prayers! Keep us informed as to how you are doing!
Love, your sister in Christ,
Amy
Standing on the Promises of God!

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KASEYCOFF 4/27/2011 9:42AM

    I never thought of that - that is, the time of day you take a medication and the effect it can have. It's obvious for things that are meant to help you sleep, or if it says 'Take with food' or something, but in this case, sounds as tho you have turned a corner. Here's hoping it works now! Keep us posted...
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