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"These things" part two

Thursday, June 09, 2011

I kind of chickened out of just tackling the dress on my own. I took it with me today to my Bernina dealer for some advice (I was hoping for more hands on help, too, but that didn't happen). I will have to cut quite a bit off the bottom of the underskirt and the top skirt. I would have liked to serge the underskirt, but they wouldn't let me use their machine and I don't care to lay out over 600$ today for a serger. I will figure this out. I did get a foot for my machine that will do the double fold and stitch it down all in one step. I had one of these for my old Singer (I think that was the machine) yrs ago, so have used one before. This is a handy machine foot...so I am glad to have it. I got the correct size needles and a matching thread. So...once I get over my nerves, we are good to go.

So, now I am home and the first step will be to get the measurements off the piece of paper where I marked it...figure the details and then mark the fabric before cutting. I am SO chicken about doing this to this lovely dress that belongs to someone I don't even know!!! Yikes!!

I have also been thinking about how I could take it in just a little for her in the bodice...this is really tailoring beyond my usual efforts. There is a zipper in the side seam...so I was thinking four very small darts evenly placed just to the front and back of each side seam (that is four total..not four in each spot) might be enough to do the trick. Then I also need to tack the spaghetti straps up about an inch and a half. How Stephanie ever thought this dress FIT her is beyond me!!!

I SO wish I had my camera...it is being repaired. I will see what I can do about getting a photo. I would love a photo of HER wearing the dress, but don't know if I can manage that! We shall see. I have till the 18th to get this done. Of course, I have nothing else on my agenda between now and then, right? LOL Yeah, right!!!

  
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MA_DIDDLES 6/12/2011 12:26AM

    Asta - can I send you all my clothes that need to be taken in rather than give them away (hehehe) emoticon


You have such a big emoticon emoticon to ya. MA

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CINA-MINI 6/11/2011 11:28PM

    Does your cell phone have a camera? Maybe you can take it with that and transfer it to your computer. I just learned how to do that.

Hugs,
Cinamin

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NTSOHLTHNT 6/10/2011 8:43PM

    Take the plunge, it'll be okay. Have trust and confidence in your abilities, just measure twice and cut once :-).
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TREVUG 6/10/2011 8:21PM

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/9/2011 11:48PM

    Now I have Stephanie placed emoticon You'll do a great job and the darts should like nice. Would be great to see her in it, take a pic of it just in case.

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RASCALSMOMMA 6/9/2011 11:00PM

    9 days?? Piece of Fat-free cake! lol hugs..

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COOLCALLALILY 6/9/2011 9:49PM

    you can borrow my camera anytime, Mom! emoticon

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DEBBIEOLMOS57 6/9/2011 9:37PM

    keep going


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How do I get myself into these things??? (not diet/exercise related)

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

While out in service last Saturday, I spotted a lovely evening gown hanging in a tree at a yard sale. Stopped to have a look since we are taking dancing lessons...and pretty dresses are welcome. I had thought perhaps to find something for my daughter. There were a number of gowns...in a variety of sizes. I found one I thought she would like and fit...and bought it for 10 dollars.

I couldn't get the others off my mind. It occurred to me later, that with those prices..even if daughter couldn't fit them, maybe others at the dancing lesson studio might be able to wear them. the prices were certainly reasonable (they aren't in perfect condition but easily corrected problems I think),

Today, I had to take DH's van to be inspected and get the registration renewed. I was right across the street from where that yard sale was. Couldn't resist...went back, knocked. A young woman came out...she and her Mom dug out the other gowns...I bought two more. Of course, we were talking all this time...Stephanie is selling the dresses because they are WAY too long for her. She said they all fit otherwise....but after seeing her...I KNOW they are ALL too big as well as too long. She is lovely...slim and petite...and probably should be wearing a size 0 or 2. Petite!

I pointed out that some of those dresses wouldn't be hard to take up. Neither she nor her Mom sew...at all. Stephanie said she looked into having it done for her, but she couldn't afford the seamstress. Big mouth me...kept saying it shouldn't be so hard to do!!! She brought out the dress she wants to wear for a wedding on June 18th. Long story short...she tried it on for me...(even top is too big) and it is about 7-9 inches too long. BUT, the two hems are so simple and basic. How could I NOT offer to help.

I now have her very pretty gown hanging in my back hall. I am taking DGD to tutoring Thurs and Fri...almost right next door to the Sewing Machine Station..where I bought my machine. I will take the dress in there with me for advice on Thursday. I am hopeful that I can use their serger to do the one hem and learn the best way to do the other one.

What really amazes me is that we don't know each other AT ALL. I know I am honest...and know my sewing limitations...but SHE doesn't know that..or anything else about me!!! Yet, I have her dress...and her hopes in my hands. (We did swap contact info!!) I will have to see if I can get pictures...my camera is in for repair so we will see what else I can do.

Well, I must say to myself: "HOW do I get myself INTO these things????

  
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NTSOHLTHNT 6/9/2011 7:54PM

    You get yourself into these things because you have a good heart, you are kind, and you still trust in humanity. What you're doing is awesome. You are setting a wonderful life-time example of kindness, trust, and respect for that young girl for whom you're hemming that dress. You're passing it forward and hopefully someday she will, too.

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CELEST 6/8/2011 2:19PM

    emoticon I so get you speaking first because your heart moves you. I get myself into those fixes too. They say "give a busy person a job and it will get done" since you're a busy person....no doubt you'll get this job done too.

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GAMOMMY3 6/8/2011 12:15PM

    Because you have a kind and good emoticon-- Just as our Creator wants us to be! That is indeed very sweet of you.

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NCFITCHICK 6/8/2011 11:18AM

    You have a beautifully kind personality which is a witness in and of itself. It may open the door later ... who knows. I agree, good for you! emoticon

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TREVUG 6/7/2011 9:11PM

    I think it's sweet. You are a nice person, and I am sure it will provide some sort of witness down the road. Remember...sometimes we are directed.

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BAREFOOTN 6/7/2011 7:57PM

    The price of being kind hearted and caring. The world needs more people like you!!! emoticon

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RONNIE0404 6/7/2011 7:10PM

    Good hearted people are a gift to those around them. I'm sure they will feel blessed with your gesture. Very nice of you. Like a ferry Godmohter. emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 6/7/2011 6:44PM

    Like me, dear, you find a way! LOL emoticon

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BOOKWERME 6/7/2011 6:29PM

    Mommynurse, I was wondering about that, too. She is a very pretty Hispanic girl. They live in a low income area. She appears to have at least five younger siblings..maybe 6 judging from the children I saw there...and conversation (limited) with Mama. I wonder if she is purchasing the dresses someplace like goodwill. OR possibly she doesn't KNOW how they are supposed to fit. I hate seeing pretty young women overflowing out of their dresses (ANY woman doing that for that matter) but having them too big isn't good either. She did ask if I could take it in, also...I told her we could easily shorten the shoulder straps...would have to see how we do with the hems before I volunteer to try taking it in (more complicated). I told her she would have to try it on inside out...and I would have to be able to pin it to see...and the time element comes into play as well...she has a specific date she needs it back and I don't know how much time I will have to do all this. We shall see.

(MOMMYNURSE...I posted this on your page...that was an oops, so copied that post to reply here. Hope that's ok with you.)


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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/7/2011 6:27PM

    Because you are big hearted and it may open things up for them to listen the next time they are called on or when you bring up the subject emoticon

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MOMMYNURSE 6/7/2011 6:23PM

    You are too nice..that'll get ya every time lol. Well even if it doesn't turn out like you hope..it wasn't going to work in the first place right? lol

My question is - why does she have all these giant too big for her clothes?

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BOOKWERME 6/7/2011 6:21PM

    LOL How kind my offer is will be determined by how well I can achieve our goal of hemming up the dress without ruining it. lol I will post about it when it is done! Thanks for the support.

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BLACK741 6/7/2011 6:18PM

    Way to go, it is so nice to see random acts of kindness still happen.

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I.M.MAGIC 6/7/2011 6:15PM

    It's called having a kind heart... LOL

Good for you!
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June 5th is 40 yrs

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Today DH and I have been married 40 yrs. I was 17 when we met (about to turn 18) and we were 20 when we married. Now we are 4 kids and 5 grandchildren down the road. We have owned four homes, lived in three states and the US Virgin Islands. Our greatest gift has been learning the Truth and living it together, serving Jehovah "shoulder to shoulder" and raising our children to do the same. We were baptized together June 1, 1975 in the Natick Assembly Hall, Natick, Massachusetts.

We don't usually exchange gifts, but this year I finally purchased for DH a long desired metal detector . I can already tell he likes it...it is ten minutes to seven a.m. and he is out playing with it in the yard. I can also already tell it is likely to drive me crazy with the "tone" it makes with each find. Guess I will know where he is...at least until he has searched all the area within earshot. lol. I can hear that he has already worked his way all the way around the house. We live in a house that has been in my family since the 1820's, so I am sure there will be all sorts of buried treasures for him to find. He is especially interested in several local cemeteries where my ancestors are buried.

I pray that Jehovah will continue to bless our union...and that we will see the new system together.

  
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MOMMYNURSE 6/12/2011 3:11PM

    How in the WORLD did I miss this? Guess my head's been in the sand lol.

A belated CONGRATS to you and hubby! So happy for you. I think marriages get so much better as they age and both people mature and grow!

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LOVINGMYSELF101 6/6/2011 2:52PM

    Congratulations Asta and Bruce! WOW 40 years! I will have to send you a belated Anniversary card! My anniversary is June 8th, next year will be 10 years for us.

(Proverbs 31:12) . . .She has rewarded him with good, and not bad, all the days of her life.

Agape, -Rose

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AJCHARTERS 6/6/2011 10:52AM

    I hope your anniversary was wonderful. Congratulations. Thanks for sharing your story with us too. emoticon

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TREVUG 6/5/2011 10:00PM

    Such a joy to have come into the truth together. What a blessing.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/5/2011 4:43PM

    Jehovah will indeed bless you and your efforts. emoticon emoticon

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GAMOMMY3 6/5/2011 4:36PM

    Thanks for sharing your story Asta. It is wonderful that you both came into the Truth together. What wonderful memories! And here's to a beautiful future together in Paradise!

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CELEST 6/5/2011 11:53AM

    Wonderful 40 going on 4000 and beyond!

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MARIE4950 6/5/2011 11:39AM

    Happy anniversary. Hope you have a grand day.

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Wish I could send you on a trip.

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I.M.MAGIC 6/5/2011 11:19AM

    emoticon Forty years is quite an accomplishment in this day and age!
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TACONES 6/5/2011 10:15AM

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RASCALSMOMMA 6/5/2011 9:46AM

    Congratulations my friends! Many HUGS! May Jehovah give you ALL the time together that you desire! HUGS Laurie

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NCFITCHICK 6/5/2011 8:45AM

    Congratulations! 40 years is a beautiful accomplishment. And yes, may Jehovah continue to bless you!
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REGILIEH 6/5/2011 8:10AM

    A lovely story. Congratulations!

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Just start off stupid.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

I always think of new months as a fresh start. I sometimes look forward to them eagerly.

Today, the first of the month, also coincided with the Sr. Discount Day at Kroger...I can't afford not to take advantage of 10% off all my groceries...so I was out the door by six am. Home by 8:30. BUT I had already, even after talking with myself about unhealthy choices, gotten a McDonald's chicken biscuit and diet coke. emoticonWHAT? emoticon I keep telling myself "never again" for they just are not as good as they used to be and they are terrible for us to eat...but every once in a while, I stupidly choose to go astray anyway. NOT an auspicious start. emoticon I have just about kicked the diet coke habit...but occasionally indulge in that when I am "out".

Ahhhh..but it gets worse. Unloading all the groceries...I "sampled" the small box of Belgian chocolate cookies that I got with a store coupon (DH never got any of these, but HE has no weight problems, so he can have treats like this now and then). Sample...nah. I ate the whole thing (four servings!) emoticon That on top of the stupid chicken biscuit AND diet coke.

I did get out and mow for an hour after all that. I probably won't be hungry till dinner. I have to wonder whatever possessed me to even want to eat that stuff...on my first day of a new month...when I was going to enjoy a fresh start.

Well, the damage is done. The "fresh start" starts NOW...at noon instead of in the morning. I may have started out stupid, but I don't have to stay there!

Hope everyone ELSE has a great fresh start this June 1st! emoticon

  
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MARIE4950 6/5/2011 11:41AM

    What is 10% on kroger day??? send info. emoticon

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CELEST 6/4/2011 4:22PM

    I recommend another session of dancing with hubby emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 6/4/2011 9:17AM

    Hey Asta, You think you cornered the market on "stupid" eating??! Sorry Kiddo, thats why we are here!! I know this is a few days old but I also know that you CAN and DO eat healthy! HUGS to you. I resubscribed cuzI missed this one!! emoticon

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BBGYRL4 6/2/2011 7:35AM

    Don't beat yourself up! We're not perfect so we all make mistakes, the important thing is that you start fresh again and not let that ruin all the hard work you've already put in. You got this!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/1/2011 8:05PM

    Asta, yours is mild compared to my lousy eating yesterday. Lets just say, I ate a whole bag of barbeque chips all by myself. We all do things like this every so often. So, don't look back, tomorrow is another day.

Enjoy tonight emoticon emoticon

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BOOKWERME 6/1/2011 5:42PM

    Thanks for the support, my friends. I don't think of my self as stupid...just what I did this morning...and with an added mishap this afternoon. Argghh. I hate that those kinds of things seem to build on each other. ***sigh*** Hopefully, I have it out of my system now. As Michelle said...out of the way for this month. LOL (I WISH!).

Love you all!! Thanks again. emoticon

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TREVUG 6/1/2011 4:06PM

    Yeah. You had a moment of weakness, but you handled it in a very fine way. The thing we don't want to do is let that sort of thing take over. You could have easily said, "Well, that's it." and just kept going, but you didn't. Good for you!!!!!

Oh, yeah...and I have hit myself in the head with my hand a few times too. LOL



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MSAXON94 6/1/2011 3:20PM

    Look at it this way Asta, you were just getting the "stupid" (as you say) out of the way for the month!!! Now you can go about your month with no mishaps.

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Have a great month!

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GAMOMMY3 6/1/2011 2:23PM

    I love you Asta!!! So many times I have had to make fresh starts throughout the day! But the important thing is to keep going!

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NCFITCHICK 6/1/2011 1:51PM

    You're far from stupid, my friend ... you're human! We all have mishaps. 1 step back, 2 steps forward (not exactly how that goes but it's how I like to look at it). emoticon Anyway, you've made the decision to move ahead and that's the important part. emoticon emoticon

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Beyonce is trying to get kids moving.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I was reading about cellulose in our diets...and then followed a link that led me to this: planetgreen.discovery.com/food-healt
h/beyonce-releases-move-your-body-vide
o-to-end-childhood-obesity.html


I could do without the flag waving part, but otherwise thought this was something kids would be drawn to. Hope her effort bears results.

I couldn't understand all the words..but sure did get the point. I have seen videos of toddlers trying to imitate some of her other song/videos. This should get bigger kids going!

  
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CELEST 5/24/2011 3:18PM

    Wow that's some energy output for sure.

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BBGYRL4 5/23/2011 9:09AM

    I love that beyonce did this! I can totally do without the flag waving too, other then that it's really fun to dance to, we did this in Zumba.

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AMJSATURN 5/22/2011 6:58PM

    emoticon love those moves

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GODZDESIGN95 5/19/2011 8:47AM

    Girl got moves!! Loving those green socks. That looks fun. She made it look fun!!!! that lunch room will never be the same. LOL! Neither will boy she hugged emoticon

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BOOKWERME 5/19/2011 7:49AM

    I think anything that makes exercise fun is a good idea. I understand that T-Tapp is also being used in some schools...unlike the Beyonce thing, you don't need a lot of space to do T-Tapp. It is quick and easy, also.

Here is a link so some of the T-Tapp stuff: http://t-tapp.com/hoedownshowdown/i
ndex.html

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NCFITCHICK 5/19/2011 7:45AM

    I saw that video also and really liked it. She was asked by Michelle Obama to remake the original song to fit in with Michelle's fight against childhood obesity. Guess that's where the flag waving came in (I could do without that myself).

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/19/2011 1:40AM

    Hope it does. With the schools doing away with PE and most of the recesses mixed with horrible school food, their obesity rate is terrible.

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TREVUG 5/19/2011 12:50AM

    Oh, and I love her shoes. Want some. emoticon

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TREVUG 5/19/2011 12:46AM

    I saw this too and shared on fb one day. I agree about the flag waving, and like the idea that some people are trying to get kids moving. They just don't know what they are missing.

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