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HEY, SPARK, WE NEED NEW GOODIES!

Friday, August 19, 2011

I'm tired of all the goodies in our goodie selection. Spark, can you come up with some new ones? I have a lot of quilting buddies here and the only thing relevant is a 100 point sewing machine! How about a few quilts or a stack of fabrics and quilting supplies? Then we wouldn't have to go to the store and buy any. And also, please provide a few quilt motifs as emoticons! I suppose there are other teams out there that need new goodies as well. The sleep team needs a few pillows and blankets! How about a bible for the religious folks? Just a thought!

Speaking of quilts, an avid quilter passed recently and her son donated all of her quilting fabrics and supplies to our quilting group at church. They called me down to look at everything and take what I wanted. I have a van load of fabrics, etc that I need to unload today so I can go on an appointment. I hope that when I pass, I won't be leaving unfinished tops and pieces that are already cut. This lady had a stash to pass all other stashes! And I happily took what they wanted to give me. I am really prolific when it comes to sewing right now and I took a pretty piece of striped fabric that she had on a bolt. It was about 5 yards and I combined it with a floral in my stash and many strips of scraps that I had. I already have completed 20 blocks and aim to make a queen size. What I make will be donated back to the church to sell in their bazaar. Interestingly, I didn't have to buy anything to complete it so far. I did go looking for a sashing fabric but I have something that will do so I am willing myself not to buy anything.

This woman had stacks of Debbie Mumm fat quarters in bags that she never used. And she had some beautiful small prints in pretty pastels for baby quilts and lots of Christmas fabrics! It is my way of helping my church to raise some funds! When I figure out how to post pics to Esty.com I can put some things on there but the one item I tried to post, the pic wouldn't transfer even though I tried several different times. It got frustrating writing up the description and got down to the pic and could not complete the transaction.

My business has been very slow this month. Very quiet. I do have an appointment today so I need to get out to the van and unload all the boxes I got from the church and load up some fabrics to show. I hope I can find my tape measure while I'm at it. Otherwise I'll have to go and buy another one. I have invested a lot in tape measures lately. Can't seem to keep them at hand. And a decorator needs a tape measure and a calculator and a pen and paper handy at all times! Later.

  
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QUILTINGBUDDY 8/22/2011 12:51AM

    I love the idea of new goodies, and especially more that pertain to our various teams like quilting for sure, animals, different colored race cars, decorating and garden items (the list could go on and on). Great idea! ~Karla

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AMBERLEIGHM1 8/19/2011 4:47PM

    You have such a beautiful ending to a friend's passing that memories will be shared through the quilts possibly through generations, I love that.

I agree we need more goodies and we need more trophies and more points, they only award up to 1000 minutes a month, I get that many fitness minutes in a little over a week and I know a lot of people on my team do as well, especially those training for races.

Have a great weekend, Peace and Blessings, Amber

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ECONLADY 8/19/2011 10:46AM

    I like the ideas of adding new goodies. I think they should add pets. You wouldn't have to worry about them being mistreated, even someone had 26 cats!

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CARLANNIE 8/19/2011 9:42AM

    Isn't it fun to make a quilt without spending $100! Great donation for your church. Be sure to post the photo when you're done with it. After all, inquiring minds want to know . . .

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KASEYCOFF 8/19/2011 9:23AM

    You would've loved the fabrics I more or less gave away when I cleaned out my house to move to England--!

Re goodies: that's a great idea. Have you tried setting up a message in the 'main' message boards? I think the SP coaches monitor them regularly, so they might be apt to pass the idea along.
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Oh, and while I'm here, emoticon - I think that's the Bible.
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MEMPHISANGEL06 8/19/2011 9:11AM

    i havent been here long so i didnt know what a goodie was until yesterday...

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THE HELP, THE MOVIE!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Went to see THE HELP yesterday with my friend Pat. What a wonderful movie! Pat is a 60 something black woman and I am a 60 something white woman, unlikely best friends coming from different backgrounds. The movie is set in early 60's Jackson, Mississippi and is about a young white journalist who writes a book from the black maid's perspective. OH, it is so good! One of the maids is a good cook and she is teaching the wife how to make fried chicken using crisco! The chicken is frying in the pan and people are eating the crunchy coating! We were so hungy when it was over, we went to Golden Corral for fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, fried okra and red velvet cake! So much for the diet but it was so enjoyable to be with my friend and seeing a movie like that! Go and see it!

  
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MSBATMAN 8/25/2011 8:44AM

    I really enjoyed this movie. It was so good. I cried throughout most of it....a must-see for everyong. Bring your hankies!

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COLEENCOLE 8/18/2011 8:17AM

    Loved the movie also.

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WALKINGGRANDMA 8/17/2011 6:59PM

    I've heard great things about the movie. Read the book a couple of years ago when it first came out. Loved it. That would be fun to see the movie with someone who would appreciate it differently from me.

Fried chicken was necessary after that experience. So glad you completed the experience.

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LADYBUG1943 8/17/2011 10:07AM

    I just finished reading it, too. Parts of it were painful, a reminder of a less-than-peaceful part of our history. I liked the reminder that even in those divided times, there was love between employer and employee in many families, something we northerners don't always understand. I came of age in the 60s so all that unrest really affected me. I'm so looking forward to seeing the movie. It's also a good reminder to look around TODAY and see what knee-jerk responses and prejudices we have now.... those hatreds may be drawn along political lines today, maybe? We seem very polarized in this country.
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CARLANNIE 8/17/2011 10:06AM

    That was one of my favorite books recently - so glad to hear the movie is good, too.

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ROBINCLARK8 8/17/2011 8:53AM

  I read the book and loved it! can't wait to see the movie...

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4DOGNIGHT 8/17/2011 8:41AM

    I think if I was mentioned in a book like that and it was something not pretty, I sure wouldn't want people to know it.

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BRANDY_83 8/17/2011 8:38AM

  I saw something on the news last night about a lady suing the author of the book because she used her name in it. I believe the judge said that the statute of limitations was passed though.

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KASEYCOFF 8/17/2011 8:37AM

    Sometimes you just gotta throw caution - and diet - to the winds and grab life with both hands. Such opportunities don't come along often. You've made a wonderful memory with a friend.
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ANXIETY KICKS IN! The Prayer of Jabez.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I have to be really careful not to succumb to anxiety. Last night, I couldn't go to sleep as I was anxious because my phone is not ringing for appmts and was concerned about my son and his job issues. I got reallly reved up so I went and took an extra little white pill that is supposed to help. Then I proceeded to pray and pray and dump it all into God's lap. And I started saying the prayer of Jabez again. And Jabez said, "Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!"
Some have interpreted that Jabez was asking for riches when he asked God to enlarge his territory and some have criticism for that. But really believing and asking god to help you are part of faith and whenever I am feeling anxious with worry, I turn to God. It is my only salvation at those times.
All Lutheran churches have quilting guilds that make quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Our guild meets every monday but I don't participate as I do have a job. But since I have become an avid quilter this past year, I have more interest. A friend of a church member donated boxes and boxes of fabric, books, magazines, batting, rotary cutters, thread, and anything else you can imagine that his mother left him. The quilt ladies called me to come and look at it so I went yesterday and came home with batting that they won't use and magazines and several other things. I also came home with about 5 yards of a pretty striped fabric and offered to make a quilt to donate back to them to sell at the bazaar they have. I just went into my stash last night and already have 7 blocks made. Last night while I was trying to go to sleep, I kept seeing how I was going to make that quilt in my head. This is good for me as I need to be sewing and not spending money at the fabric store. It is not unusual for me to drop $30 every time I go which mounts up. I go for one thing and end up with other things.
I did find out that I need to go to Joann's when they have fabrics on sale that I like. All the end of bolt fabrics that are less than a yard are put into the clearance bin and then there is usually another 50% off coupon and I pick up all the cottons. By doing this, I have a stash of fabrics I can call on when I need a particular color. And I gravitate toward certain colors anyway. So today I will do the work I have to do and then go to the quilting room. Can't wait.

  
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KASEYCOFF 8/16/2011 10:20AM

    Something I thought of you might find useful: a friend of mine used to scout out the yard sales, flea markets, Salvation Army stores, church bazaars - anyplace that would sell used clothing. She would buy things nobody else would - stained tablecloths, baby clothes that had seen better days, old curtains, even jeans that just didn't have any life left to them. She'd get them for a song, 10 cents here, 25 cents there - the only thing she'd buy was 100% cotton. She would wash and dry them 'super hot,' to make sure they were as clean, faded and shrunk as they were going to get, then she'd cut patches out of them. She'd use fabric with children's designs to make baby quilts, old kitchen patterns to make table mats, and she made all kinds of throw pillows, lap robes, afghans, and even sometimes 'real' bed quilts, lol. Every now and then when she had an overstock, she'd bundle them up and sell the batches of blocks at her own yard sales. Dunno if it's something you could do, but you would surely end up with truly unique creations.
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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 8/16/2011 9:32AM

    I used to enjoy quilting, but unable to now, enjoy its a great hobby. Thanyou for reminding me about Jabez's prayer, I needed to hear it this morning. Thankyou.

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CARLANNIE 8/16/2011 9:31AM

    Not sure about your business, but August is awfully slow for me - everyone is cramming in vacations, back-to-school business, and end of summer projects. Get your advertising out there and the people should follow as fall sets in. Congrats on having new fabric to have fun with! Be sure to post a photo when you get it together.

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AUGUST 10, FAMILY IS EVERYTHING

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My son graduated from EMT school yesterday. A career change at 36 is scary but I hope it goes well and he can get a new job. Pray for him! And us or else all of our extra funds will go their way. We went to Zaxby's afterward for dinner and I had their grilled chicken house salad. Hubby ordered a greasy sandwich and fries and felt guilty afterward. He said that one meal put 4 pounds back on him. I had the dressing on the side but managed to eat it all anyway. I really really have to get a plan in place once again. Eat less to lose, my doctor says.
I was planning to go to Yoga class today but my back is aching since then and I walked yesterday big time. I have a delivery today and will be carrying in 3 heavy lamps and a mirror, standing on a ladder and hanging a drapery. Isn't that enough activity for one day? I also have to sit on the floor and add bouillion to a drapery as it isn't long enough and option is to let out the hem or add the fringe. It's in a dressy dining room so fringe it is. I'd rather be quilting.

  
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SGKAYLOR 8/10/2011 1:39PM

    EMT school wow that's great, congrats to him!

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KASEYCOFF 8/10/2011 12:25PM

    I must admit, as rough as it might be for awhile (and lucky him to have a safety net in Mom and Dad!) I think it's better he changes careers now while he can still earn a pension and so on. If you could go back and have a career as a quilter, would you? Even if you had to leave a job in hand and take classes and start at the beginning? If he's as passionate about being an EMT as you are about quilting, he'll be building a good life for himself - and for his family. IMHO
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CARLANNIE 8/10/2011 11:21AM

    Congrats for your son! It is scary to change jobs mid-stream, but sounds like it is one he has a passion to do. I know what you mean about helping support the kids - the adult kids, lol! Tough times. I have work to do, but I'd rather be quilting, too!

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AUGUST 9, WORKING FOR ME!

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Since my friend Pat got back from her New york trip, we've been walking every Tuesday or Thursday. This morning it started raining just as I was heading out. I waited 10 min for it to stop and then started out to meet her. Kept going as she wasn't there, she had gone back to bed when she saw the rain but went ahead out with me when I got to her home which is about 1 mile from my house. Then we walked back and I ended up doing about an hour of walking, slowly but surely. Yesterday I took my first yogo class at noon. They are offering a class at noon on Mon and Wed. I plan to go tomorrow unless I don't make it back from my appmt which I'm going to start early. You do feel better when you exercise.

I saw my doc yesterday and I had gained about 6 lbs from last year and my cholesterol was up which wasn't good. However, he said the results of my bone density scan indicated that my levels were better than a 25 year old and the odds of me getting osteoporosis were slim. Guess it is that good German stock in me from my mother. I did ask him about losing weight again and he said the only way he knew how was to eat less and burn more. There isn't a pill or plan out there that will do it. Makes sense to me. Now I just have to figure out how to eat less and burn more. My hubby has been eating less and exercising more, even in this heat. He goes out to walk when it is hottest and he is losing. Of course men do lose faster. Sigh.

At least I feel better mentally, sleeping better even though medicated enough. Today is stay at home and pay bills day for the office. I'd rather be quilting.

  
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JMIRROR 8/10/2011 8:09AM

  So is it really true that men loose weight faster? I've always noticed that about my husband compared to myself. Interesting; I thought that it was only in our case.

Good luck with your weight loss program. Having support helps. Having strong bones makes a big difference too.
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TIRED49 8/9/2011 11:45PM

    Happy to hear things are going better for you. I know your frustration with the weight. I have had more than one doctor tell me the same thing and my son too. "Eat less, exercise more Mom"

Just hang in there, great job with the walking. Even if I did enjoy walking outside it is so hot here in the south I wouldn't last long.

Have a great rest of the week!

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AMBERLEIGHM1 8/9/2011 2:00PM

    I'm so glad to see you had a better day and you got to try yoga and you plan to go again. It's great you got your walk in and that you continued to walk after she joined you, that's fantastic.

Don't worry about the weight gain, start where you are today, I use the trackers on the start page to enter how much I exercise and my current weight to figure out how many calories I should eat; initially it will ask how active you are if you haven't set it up already and then I adjust it every 10 - 15 lbs. I lose to see how much my calorie range changes, it really helps. I track my food most of the time but I'm really good about knowing if I haven't had enough for the day or if I'm close to the limit, I rarely go over and I log every minute of exercise now that I know how to log strength training, I didn't know until March, lol, even though I had been on here since 2009 and doing weights daily this year from January.

It is so good to hear that your medications seem to be doing what they are intended to do, lets pray that it stays this way.

Peace and Blessings

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SGKAYLOR 8/9/2011 12:30PM

    Great job for walking even when it was raining!

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KASEYCOFF 8/9/2011 10:08AM

    I love yoga. I haven't been applying the self-discipline enough lately to keep up with it consistently - and there aren't any groups or classes near me, unfortunately - but when I do it, even the easier poses, I find it really is beneficial.
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