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Knitting & Crocheting

Monday, July 28, 2014

I know the basic stitches of knitting and crocheting. I can make the standards: scarves, blankets. I pick up yarn on sale at stores and when I find it at garage sales. There is a huge overflowing tote on my closet shelf. I have signed up for 3 on-line classes. IT'S TIME TO TAKE THE CLASSES! Use up that yarn! Make some gifts! Make some money to take those trips I want to take. Keep me on my toes. Keep asking if I've done it yet.

  


July 27, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

When glancing at the day, it first appears to be just an ordinary Sunday. But look again. A few things have happened in Roseville, MI to prove it otherwise.

1. I completed labeling and putting into photo albums 3 boxes of pictures. They've been collecting since last April. I threatened to start this project months ago. I can give myself a big emoticon for finally buckling down and doing it this past week.

2. There is a container way up high in the laundry room where I've been sticking my change in. This is the start of my vacation fund. It's been so long since I've had a "vacation" of any kind that I have to stop and concentrate on what it is exactly.

3. I started weeding things out in the condo. I took clothes, books, etc. to resale shops and used book stores. This way, they are out of the house, I put the money I earned into my vacation fund, and the stuff that didn't sell got donated. I get a tax write-off for this and it's not back in the house.

4. I applied for my passport. I booked my plane for my Nova Scotia Trip. I checked into dates and flights to go to Alabama for a long weekend. The weekend up north at my sister's cottage has been penciled in. I will spend quality time with the family.

5. The biggest point of this day is that someone very special to me is officially one month old today. Helena now weighs in at 8 pounds and can actually wear things that aren't labeled "newborn" without swimming in them. She is communicating so much more each day. I am so amazed at watching her. Being a grandma is exactly what others told me it would be - HEAVEN!


  
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MAPFARMS 7/28/2014 10:37AM

    Beautiful!!

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NPA4LOSS 7/28/2014 9:15AM

    emoticon on all of your emoticon ! Helena is beautiful!

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YELLOW09RED 7/28/2014 8:30AM

    Helena is so cute. 8lbs is nice. Enjoy her. I'm so you can spend quality time with your family. emoticon emoticon
Have a blessed Monday.

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/27/2014 10:26PM

    Wow! I'm impressed.... 3 Photo albums done, starting weeding things out of the condo! You're on fire girlfriend! Keep up the awesome work! I can't believe Helena it's already one month ago! She is absolutely adorable! Thanks so much for sharing! I hope you have a nice and relaxing evening!
Hugs and love!
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STEVEN2GO2 7/27/2014 9:46PM

    Happy first month being a Grandma!!! When are you scheduled to go to Alabama and Nova Scotia? I expect you will enjoy both trips! Congratulations on all the organization work you did this past week. That was a great way to de-clutter and raise emoticon !!!

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CATTUTT 7/27/2014 9:20PM

    Wow, GREAT job getting so much done. ANd happy one month birthday to Helena!

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MSLZZY 7/27/2014 8:52PM

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Youhave your mojo back and you are doing it! HUGS!

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THIN133 7/27/2014 8:00PM

    Yay for getting so much done ! :) baby Helena is beautiful ! Growing so fast !

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STEADYANDSTRONG 7/27/2014 7:04PM

    I think your ideas are GREAT!!! I want to use that vacation fund idea. Very inspiring!
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Middle of the Night Thinking

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Last night was another night where I was up in the middle of the night, unable to fall back asleep. Many nights like this, I turn to the computer to get my mind off of whatever is looping through it. I know I have lacked a little motivation, a lot of energy, and don't have clear goals at the moment. I logged onto Spark People and started reading. Three articles made sense to me. I wrote down the key points and printed them out for me to concentrate on.

12 Ways to Stay Motivated on Your Own: Give yourself a pep talk. Find some virtual buddies. Surround yourself with success. Pat yourself on the back. Challenge yourself. Commit to weekly check-ins. Get involved. Use your pet as a workout partner. Call on your co-workers. Journal. Pay yourself. Reward yourself for meeting weekly goals.

Blueprint for goal achieving: A vision, a plan, a timeline and a deadline, action steps, motivation, lots of help, good resources, persistence, learning curve, and find a goal buddy.

Goals that Help, Goals that Hurt: Step 1: Take a close look at the words that express your goals. Step 2: Do your goals deprive you of something you want (or think you want)?

Looking at these points, it is easier for me to set goals and work towards them. I want to get a handle on my physical being. I need to get a bit healthier again. I will be visiting my girls within the next two months. I want to be healthier and fitter before I do this.

So: My vision is to be healthier within the next two months. My motivation and reward is visiting my girls and having the energy to do a lot of things with them. Action steps are eating more fruits and vegetables and less processed foods and literally stepping up and getting more steps in each day.

I am well aware of learning curves. I can rely on Spark People for my resources, my buddies and my help. It's easy to keep track every day to chart my progress. I will do this. You are all my witnesses and I know I can count on you to help keep me on my path. Thanks.


  
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BERGBA7 7/27/2014 3:32PM

    Very good and clear goals! You used your insomnia wisely!
To a healthier you!
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MSLZZY 7/27/2014 8:44AM

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/26/2014 11:05PM

    I absolutely Love your blog today! Thank you for sharing all the sparkspeople articles!
Fantastic information! I'm sorry you're having problems sleeping...I hope you get a great night sleep tonight! I hope you have a wonderful day! Hugs and love!
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NPA4LOSS 7/26/2014 10:12PM

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STEADYANDSTRONG 7/26/2014 1:08PM

    I love the SparkPeople articles - so much great information!
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CATTUTT 7/26/2014 12:34PM

    Bummer that you were having trouble sleeping, but it sounds like you put the time to good use. I think having a goal to get healthier in the next 2 months is a great idea. You can totally do it!

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/26/2014 9:25AM

    I'm sorry you're having trouble sleeping! Thank you for sharing all your positive thoughts! I hope you have a nice and relaxing weekend! Hugs and love!
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Ambition?!? Where are you going?!?

Friday, July 25, 2014

I woke up feeling a little ambitious this morning. Got some laundry almost done, went through some drawers, cleaned some cupboards, then....where did it go? I must find it! Off I go!

  
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STEVEN2GO2 7/25/2014 8:42PM

    I hope you found your ambition and were able to accomplish your goals for the day!

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CATTUTT 7/25/2014 1:16PM

    Hope you found your ambition and got it going again!

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 7/25/2014 11:23AM

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NPA4LOSS 7/25/2014 11:12AM

    Maybe it's hiding to get some rest! You are amazing lady! A little for you is a weeks worth for me. emoticon

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STEADYANDSTRONG 7/25/2014 10:20AM

    Did you wear it out? Hehehe. Well, send it my way if you find it. Definitely need it today.
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JANTHEBLONDE 7/25/2014 10:19AM

    Wow! You got a lot done this morning! Way to go girl! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love!
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MSLZZY 7/25/2014 10:09AM

    I am sure you won't have to look too hard. There is always something that can be done. HUGS!

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AUNTRENEE 7/25/2014 9:53AM

    Know the feeling. One minute its there and all of the sudden is gone.

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Picture Project

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Now that I have actually begun to straighten out the pictures that I have, I found that it has been easier than I thought it would be. Such is many of the projects that I put off - this just re-affirms that I need to just plunge head-first into projects that I am putting off. Sometimes I believe that I put more effort into thinking about projects than I do actually doing them.

When my girls were younger, my mother-in-law was one who always had a camera handy. I have so many memories of my girls' childhood thanks to her. I was able to go through them when the girls were teenagers and make albums for them. It's nice that we all have different pictures. Occasionally, we will get nostalgic and go through them and talk through the night about the different memories.

I find myself taking a lot of pictures of Helena already. Can't help it - I'm a typical grandma; she's so adorable. I want to be able to preserve memories for her as my mother-in-law did for us. I want to add my own notes to the pictures. When I do things in life, I always hope that I remember things in detail. I am realistic to know that this doesn't always happen. It's funny how my girls and I will think back and remember different things.

Also, I was determined to get a camcorder before the baby was born. I do so wish that I had videos of my girls when they were younger. And videos of my dad - the girls were only 6 and 4 when he passed. They have vague memories of him. He was such a great person. It would be so great to hear his voice, to show the girls more of him.

With my mom having such a bad winter, I have to be realistic and know that Helena may not remember much of the great-grandma that she was named after. Actually, she was named after both of her great-grandmas on Sherry's side of the family and my mother-in-law's best friend. She was the girls' third grandma and they are all named Helen. Her middle name of Evelyn comes from Daryl's grandma.

I got videos of the great-grandmas meeting Helena. I will always treasure the one of my mom. She just laughed and laughed and talked to Helena. She sang Polish songs to her that I remember her singing to me. I wish that things were different with my mother-in-law. She has dementia and just is not the vibrant, wonderful, loving person she was when the girls were little. She taught the girls a lot of Bible songs and stories. I wish I could carry a tune - I'd teach Helena in a heartbeat. Gotta get my brother drafted for the singing...

  
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CATTUTT 7/24/2014 9:33PM

    I'm so glad to hear you're making progress on your picture project. And great job capturing those memories. Helena will appreciate it so much later. I have almost no pictures from my childhood because when my parents split up and left they took them all to their separate places and left me none. And it sucks. So I know how much it will mean to Helena.

Hope you're having a good night!

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THIN133 7/24/2014 7:43PM

    Thank you for sharing some of your wonderful memories & bits and pieces of your family. It's so heartwarming & touching ! Glad you're working on your picture projects !

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STEADYANDSTRONG 7/24/2014 11:31AM

    You're blessed to have a good relationship with your mother-in-law. I'm so glad she preserved photos for you.
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PROUD-GRANDMA 7/24/2014 10:54AM

    Hugs

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/24/2014 9:12AM

    That is so awesome that you're making scrapbooks and videos! It will mean so much to your children and your grandchildren! Way to go grandma! I think you're wonderful! Thanks for sharing! I hope you had a great day! Hugs and love!
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MSLZZY 7/24/2014 9:07AM

    Preserve those memories forever for Helena and yourself. You never know if those opportunities will come again. HUGS!

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