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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

This morning I walked with my friend Pat. She and I both have sciatic nerve problems and hers was acting up so we just mosied along. I encouraged her to go to my massage therapist as he digs around and gets those nerves untangled! I feel so much better after 2 steady visits to him!
Last night we had a horrendous thunderstorm! I was out picking up a flower arrangement and got caught! The lightening was just over there it seemed and often. When I got home, the electric was out so I put the thawed chicken in the fridge and we headed out to a local restaurant where I made some poor choices. Then we went off to a movie rather than sit in a dark house. Capt America isn't worth seeing but there wasn't anything else to choose from. When we got home we had electric and the dog was glad to see us.
I am so glad this debt crisis is over (I think for now). What a fiasco. I'm not sure what we got is what we need but at least make a decision and get on with it. Later.

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KASEYCOFF 8/2/2011 12:00PM

    I mosey more than I power-walk, so I can identify - and I don't have sciatica. You're working on it, just take one day at a time.

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Monday, August 01, 2011

Kaseycoff made sure I saw the Spark calendar on 31 days to better sleep. I have it printed off and will read it every day! Now that has inspired me to start August off right and do something every day for me!

I feel depressed, like my meds aren't exactly right but I am fighting it off. There are lots of things I can be depressed about. I think I will list them just to get them out of my system.

1. Oldest son is not working but finishing up school next week and hopefully will get a job. Not hopefully but WILL get a job. His wife had surgery and is not working right now but she WILL go back to work soon, I hope! If this doesn't happen, guess who gets to help?

2. # 2 son is having job issues but likes his job.

3. Hubby is working part time at the local funeral home but hasn't had much work lately.

4. My business phone is not ringing for appointments! Been slow but doing all right with the appointments I've had.

5. The country is in debt up to its ears!

I'm going to stop right there and notice that all of the above comments have to do with jobs and debt and money! Ummm! There's a trend here!

My friend Pat is back from her vacation and we have scheduled a walk tomorrow morning at 6:30. We have vowed to get back into walking as we have been stagnant this year. Her mother's illness and passing have put a dent in her time but she is back in the swing of things. I'm looking forward to Fall and cooler weather! This has been a crazy summer for weather.

I just finished a bowl of shredded wheat 'n bran cereal with banana and skim milk. I vow to choose wisely for the rest of the meals and snacks today! Later!

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AMBERLEIGHM1 8/1/2011 12:22PM

    I'm glad you have the sleep calender to focus on and your walking buddy back, the little things really can make such a big difference. I hope you get some good sleep soon.

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SGKAYLOR 8/1/2011 11:55AM

    I'll have to go check out the sleep calendar. I understand the money woes, I wish it didn't play such a big part in our lives but it does

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KASEYCOFF 8/1/2011 9:43AM

    Oohh, I'm so glad to hear that the calendar may be helpful for you - fingers crossed!

Re the money worries - I hear ya. We're having the same fretting over here. Looks like we won't make it to the States this year, which troubles me a great deal, but... what's the current phrase? 'It is what it is'? *sigh*

And for what it's worth, I have a small bowl of shredded wheat 'n' bran every night before I go to bed. I forego the banana (spikes my BG) but I wouldn't miss my cereal!

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Yard Sale Quilts

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I have 9 more points to get to be able to spin the bonus wheel and that will put me over 500 points for the month. Where they came from I don't know but I have perfect attendance for a year and a half so I want to keep it up.
Today was my church's yard sale and there was the cutest black and white and red cotton polka dotted dress on the hanger. I thought it would make a cute quilt and it wasn't faded. I check all the racks of clothing and left with the dress, a pair of black and white polka dotted pants, a geometric cotton print shirt and a man's shirt covered with sailboats, all in good condition and the whole lot for $2.00. I have a secret dream that I would love to publish a quilting book and become famous but don't know if I'll get there. Don't tell Eleanor Burns about my book title "Yard Sale Quilts!" Wouldn't that be cute? I'd have to have good before pics showing me shopping, etc. I'll be quilting today as watching the news and the debt crisis and our hopelessly inadequate president who blames everyone but himself for our troubles is not on my list of things to watch today. Later.

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MARIUCCA 8/2/2011 9:48AM

    I think you have a great idea. It would be an easy thing to put together since you could do it all in stages-sort of like 31 days to better sleep. You could call it (blank) steps to Back Yard Quilts. Go for it!

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ELLIE381 7/30/2011 4:37PM

    I wish I could find some great deals like you found. I did find some clothing bags 6 of them for $2 which I used for the inside of large pillows for my son's basement but nothing worthy of a quilt yet.

What a great plan for a book. Can we be the first to read/buy it. LOL Good luck with your plans.

I am looking forward to visiting the U.S. in the next couple of months and maybe getting some quilting fabric. It is so expense here in Canada that I will stock up this time.

Great blog!

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AMBERLEIGHM1 7/30/2011 4:25PM

    I love the title of your book, own it and claim it, write it a little at a time, maybe start documenting the process of your quilts and taking pictures along the way to include in your book, I think you would be very talented and should pursue your dream. I'm glad you got such good finds. Have a great weekend.

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KASEYCOFF 7/30/2011 2:35PM

    That is a great idea, and a wonderful plan for people who'd like to quilt and don't know where to start, or how to collect fabric without spending a fortune. Really great idea. And when you publish it, let me know. I don't quilt, but I think the idea alone is brilliant! Can't wait to say 'I knew you when--' lol...

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MIMIDOT 7/30/2011 1:15PM

    Great title for a book! I hope you write it. I"m a quilter, so would be very interested. Good luck!

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

If you have been following me at all in the last year and a half, it seems like I've had a lot of issues with medications, acid reflux, and now sleep issues. Sleep is the worst. Since changing meds in April, my morning med is working just fine but I am really having trouble sleeping. I flunked the sleep study, choosing to kick my legs instead and so my doc suggested I take 100 mg of the sleep med he gave me assuring me it would do no harm. It didn't help me sleep either and I feel lke I am in a wrestling match. So last night I decided that I had tried that med enough and took a tylenol pm instead. I slept well, through the night. Maybe I still snored and kicked but at least I wasn't awake half the night and it seemed like I was slept all night. So I am pressing on with the tylenol pm to see how I cope with it and to heck with that other pill.

It is no wonder that my mind wanders on diet and eating. I have enough trouble concentrating on work and keeping up with my clients and installation of draperies, etc. That is far more important than what I eat. So once again, the diet process goes by the wayside until I can sort myself out.

Last night, I did however, cook dinner and it was a stir fry with sliced beef, onions, peppers, broccoli and garlic served on a bed of brown rice. I had 1/2 c of rice and a reasonable amount of the beef mixture and it was very good. No seconds and I was completely satisfied. Trouble is, my mother-in-law came over and helped us make strawberry rhubarb pie which I had to have a piece. Never made one before and learned some things to do next time. She was the pie baker in the family and they were always melt in the mouth delicious no matter what flavor. She hasnt' been able to bake in over 2 years so when a friend gave her the rhubarb, she enlisted our help. I'm glad she did as I now know what to do to make a rhubarb, strawberry tart, with only one crust.

I went over to my sister's last night and she and her hubby have rejoined this strict weight loss center which she lost 60 lbs on a few years ago. Kept it off until last year and slowly gained back about 25. She is determined to get it off again so we got there when they served their dinners. They had about 4 oz of cooked chicken, (looked boiled to me) and about 1/2 c of green beans and a slice of melba toast and that is all they could have. My husband and I both decided that life was too short to go that route. We could both lose a few but there has to be a better way than that.

I'm pressing on and hope to get some sleep tonight and every night there after.

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AMBERLEIGHM1 7/28/2011 3:14PM

    I'm glad the Tylenol PM is working for you I hope it continues to work. Your dinner last night sounds really good and its great you didn't need seconds. I agree life is too short to have to put up with boiled chicken and melba toast diets, I want to eat in a way I will be happy for the rest of my life and enjoy the taste of my food and be happy to serve it to company. Have a wonderful weekend. Peace, love, light, and blessings.

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ANDI571 7/28/2011 2:50PM

    I haven't slept well since they took me off of replacement hormones. It's hard to lose weight with no sleep. I eat instead. I take a low dose of ambien at times, and if I don't want to take that, 1 Benadryl will do the trick.

I don't like taking meds, so for the past week and a half, I have been drinking a glass of hot chamomile tea around 9:00 at night. It does as well as a Benadryl. It's worth a shot. My daughter is giving the tea a try and said it is helping her also.

Check out The 17 Day Diet Book. He starts you out strict, but introduces back the carbs slowly. It's doable.

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KASEYCOFF 7/28/2011 2:19PM

    Hang in there, hon - things'll get better!

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TRIMBY39 7/28/2011 1:41PM

    Best wishes finding balance emoticon emoticon emoticonLife is short, having good health is riches emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I flunked the sleep study and don't qualify for a CPAP just yet anyway. I only slept for 4 hours and I kicked my legs 99 times in 1 hour! So I have restless leg syndrom too. I always knew I kicked my legs but 99 times? In the meantime, my work performance is really less than adequate as I can't concentrate and drag through the day.
My only question is, if I kick my legs 99 times in one hour, how come that doesn't qualify as exercise?
I have a really nice and thorough doctor and he is working through this with me. So hopefully things will get under control and soon. Thanks for listening and reading.

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SGKAYLOR 7/26/2011 3:16PM

    Very strange, hopefully you're kicking both legs at least so it's even work lol

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KASEYCOFF 7/26/2011 11:33AM

    Hmmm... dunno what's up with that restless-leg thing. My daughter (she's 28) has fibromyalgia, and she suffers from restless-leg syndrome, but I think the doctor said it might be the medication she takes, or it could be a side-effect of the FM.

Beats me!

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NOMUFFINTOP3 7/26/2011 10:45AM


Well, the kicking should count for some exercise. Haha.
I sleep with a CPAP machine and it makes a world of difference.
I hope you can get some relief from the restless leg.

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