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Special Orders

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Mornings are my best time to work on my ceramics. So of course my work days are out of the question. Then Saturday I was also out and about. However, I got another order - wanted in time for Christmas of course. I usually tell people who ask for special orders to try to let me know by Thanksgiving - which is when I try to MAKE the pieces, and then try to get them painted up. Well, I had everyone else's orders MADE. So I decided to make this one dog last night, and quick-dry it in the oven so I could fire it with the other things. Then this morning after coloring my hair (another paint job, HA!) and doing other stuff, I sat myself down to work on the special orders, as well as some stock pieces, just in case there was room in the kiln. I ended up staying home from church, something I don't like to do, but I had to get these things done. I am grateful for being able to listen to sermons online!

It's sedentary work. So I used the online timer every 30-35 minutes to make sure I got up and moved around. That and drinking cups of water, till I felt cold then switched over to hot tea (no sugar). Made sure I went upstairs to the bathroom!

So, the special orders are in the kiln. Now I can catch up on my sparking.

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LIBBYL1 12/2/2012 9:45PM

  a great hobby!

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KATIEEMMA5 12/2/2012 7:55PM

    Sounds wonderful

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Spreading some Christmas Cheer!!!

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LAC936 12/2/2012 5:35PM

    Ceramics are a nice hobby. Many years ago I had a ceramic shop where I taught, painted and sold finished wares. My husband used to pour and fire the greenware, Id truly miss painting but have fond memories.

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THEEXERCISER 12/2/2012 5:24PM


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Tips for a Sit-Down Job

Saturday, December 01, 2012

This semester I'm working in a computer lab. With my arthritic knees and hip I can't do a lot of standing or walking around, but it doesn't help to be seated all day either. Thanks to Spark I found ways to avoid stiffness and burn a few calories.

First I set up my online timer - for 30 minutes. When it goes off I do one of these before re-setting it for another 30 minutes.

desk stretch

9-minute arm and shoulder workout (weights optional)

11 minute cardio workout

12 minute core workout

I also keep a travel cup or water bottle by me which I get up and walk about to refill (and drinking regularly, I also have to make trips to the restroom!) so by the time I finish my day I've drunk my 8 cups, and avoided the stiffness that used to settle in.

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COLLEENROSTE 12/1/2012 12:20PM

    I really like your suggestions. I also have a sedentary job, My employer has provided a number of stand-up workstations, meaning I do have the option of raisng or lowering the height of my work surface. I keep a resistance band in my wheelie and will try to get at least one round of resistance workout done on a 15 minute break. the treks back and forth to the water cooler or restroom add some pep to my day, and som nights I will do sprints in the outer corrider-one of the perks of working nights- there is no one to bother - I come back sweating

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MARIJO150 12/1/2012 10:01AM

    Awesome, I work in a cubicle all day so this is great advice for me. thanks!

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Can't Help Lovin' That Man o' Mine

Friday, November 30, 2012

This school year is a bit harder than the last. Not that my assignment is harder. They just changed the hours - I have to be there at 7 instead of last term's 8. The hour doesn't bother me. I'm a morning person. I get up at 5 so I can do my workout and shower and have my time with the Lord before I go to work. So why is it harder?

Levi, my new love, lives in Pucallpa, Peru. Jungle. They have seasons: hot, very hot, rainy and very hot, and very rainy and very hot. With an occasional dip in the temps. The house is simple. There is no air conditioning. It gets a little cooler - comfortable - in the wee hours of the morning. Levi is a hard worker, putting in a lot of hours. When he comes home he likes to relax with a bit of tv - a movie, maybe, or some sport. It's hard to fall asleep in the heat, plus he has aches and pains. He has to be at work at 8 in the morning, and he tries to get as much sleep as possible before the sun fires things up.

Last term I would call him at 7 or 7:30 - it would be 6 or 6:30 am HIS time when we were on Daylight Savings Time. We'd spend time reading scriptures and praying, and talking about our days or other things. But this term, I wasn't able to call him at 7 - I had to be at work. And I couldn't call him at 6 - it would be 5 there, and he needed his sleep. Even when we changed back - calling him at 6 is just too early for him any more in the heat. So I try to call when I get home from work, when he'll be home for lunch - but it's hotter inside the house under the corrugated steel roof which soaks up that sun and makes it like an oven. They don't have a cordless phone. And he prefers to relax on the hammock in the shade out front, where he can maybe catch a little breeze. So I try calling at night when he's home from work, around 8:30 or 9. Of course, during Daylight Savings Time, that would be 9;30 or 10 for ME - and I'd have been up since 5! And sometimes he doesn't go directly home.He might stop at his sister marita, or his niece Erika who's a nurse and can give him an "ampolla", some kind of treatment to alleviate his pains. Or to watch sports and visit with his nephews. So this term I'm simply not getting to spend as much time on the phone with him.

So, last night I called him around 9, and we actually had a nice long talk, almost an hour (although I still haven't consumed anywhere NEAR the thousand minutes of my phone plan like I did LAST term) It was delightful - he was in a talkative mood, and besides work and health, we talked about missions and church and God's will and different forms of ministry..."spiritual" stuff...and it just reminded me why I love the man so much!


Never Lose the Sense of Wonder

Thursday, November 29, 2012

It's after Thanksgiving. Now begins the "Christmas season." I have never been very materialistic, and even less so once I became a Christian. And I abhor the god of consumerism, the spirit of covetousness that is indulged at this time of year.
I listen to CHRISTmas music.
And it never ceases to move me to tears of wonder and gratitude that the God of the Universe would in love humbleHimself and come to us - "in such mean estate" - and allow Himself to suffer so, to redeem His lost children. The second verse of this old Christmas carol continues to overwhelm me.
This is a choir, with the lyrics.
This is a powerful rendition by Andea Bocelli and Mary Blige with scenes from the movie The Nativity Story.
I invite you to listen and be in awe.

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GRAMMAP1 11/29/2012 11:26PM

    Thank you for sharing those beautiful Christmas songs. When I hear the word awesome, I can only relate it to our God. The music of Christmas is glorious. emoticon

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RDGISME 11/29/2012 6:36PM

    Our God is an awesome God!! I am so disheartened by Christ being taken out of Christmas: in stores you are now told "Happy Holidays", Nativities are being banned in some states/cities, just where are we having Jesus 'sightings"?

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MISSFORTE 11/29/2012 11:08AM

    YES! beautiful time of the year to Celebrate-JESUS IS THE REASON!

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COOP9002 11/29/2012 10:50AM

    It is a wonderful and amazing time of the year. Thanks for the reminder.

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RSSSLHB 11/29/2012 8:33AM

    Aman yes God is so emoticon

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DEBBYNATION 11/29/2012 8:20AM

    I am in awe - GOD IS AWESOME!

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OOO, Bonus!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I've been "Sparking" more, racking up those spark points, which, like the points on the show Whose Line Is It , don't really mean anything except they encourage you to interact with other sparkers by sending spark goodies, and are a silly but fun incentive, like stickers, to keep up the good work. Well, today I "read insider" for a point, and it mentioned a survey that would give me more spark points. Two hundred fifty, to be exact. Okay, Spark Buddies, get ready to get more Spark Goodies!

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NESARIAN 11/28/2012 10:06AM

    Funny how the points are incentive! I try to make use of the points by picking things I will learn something from. I could be on SP all day if I did not pick and choose!

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