ASTROSCOPUS's SparkPeople Blog ASTROSCOPUS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Windmill Square Hello, Monday. Early morning, couldn't wake up. Ending the night with stuff not finished (or at least rushed through). Not sure how to catch up with the week tomorrow...the whole week is going to be super-busy, can't fall behind this early. <BR> <BR> Besides work stuff, right after getting home I looked up to see my orange cat on top of the eight foot bookcase. I could deal with that, until he came off the case on top of the 15 gallon aquarium. Thought he was going through the lid! Lat... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:04:26 EST Cross and Chains Friday was a tiring day. After making the block - Castles in Spain - I wound up sleeping for 12 hours. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So after waking up late on Saturday, I made the quilt block, Boxes, and went to the pink ribbon football game. Yes, we lost (badly), but it was an enjoyable evening. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:21:17 EST Spinner The white and BOO are supposed to be switched, but I wanted the blue in the squares. I'm such a rebel. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:19:48 EST Willow Haven There is nothing more boring than walking around for 4 hours, watching people take a test. Hate testing days! <BR> <BR> I had even more fun after getting home, because I'm brilliant. I told myself, "You don't have enough of that fabric." Then I cut that fabric. Then there wasn't enough of that fabric. It's shocking! So, now there are 2 different whites in the block...Willow Haven variant. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:02:18 EST Double Square I'm a winner! I took part in a shop hop a couple weeks ago, and found out today that I was the grand prize winner for one of the shops. Almost didn't check that e-mail...all those "You're a winner!" e-mails look like scams. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Today's block looks easy and nice, but I don't really like the block itself very much. The Halloween fabric is fun, though. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:25:16 EST More Orange and Pink What a weekend. Friday was a late night - out with friends and enjoying ourselves (except for the mosquitoes). Got home, started sewing, and finished Diamond Plaid Block just as the clock turned from today to tomorrow. Strip piecing is my friend. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Saturday was fun. Not a whole lot of productivity, but I got some stuff done and enjoyed it. Found some Halloween batik fat quarter... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:12:57 EST Another Day Managed to get through today. Got work done, and I'm a bit surprised I'm only 45 minutes late on that. All because last night's sleep was hideous! Don't even know why. Tonight probably won't be better...I'm concerned about my uncle's health and mind set. He's been seriously ill for a while and is in a place where he doesn't feel hope. There's nothing I can do to help him or his children, and sending good thoughts only goes so far. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's block - Round the Corner - should... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 22:57:11 EST Return of the Swallows <img src=""> Except they're flying geese and I don't know where they're returning to or from. I like these pink geese. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 22:12:02 EST Kansas Star <img src=""> I was supposed to meet people tonight, but no one showed up. Highly annoying. At least today's block wasn't annoying. I quite like it. Mon, 10 Oct 2016 22:46:05 EST Rhode Island <img src=""> I'm actually looking forward to tomorrow. I want to get up early and accomplish stuff. Then I have to be up late. Things happen. Today's block isn't my favorite. It looks fine, but I didn't really enjoy making it. Maybe tomorrow's will be better. Sun, 9 Oct 2016 23:53:33 EST Storm Signal <img src=""> Tea and chicken soup to fight whatever bug has invaded. Didn't do much else all day. Pity. The block worked out well, though. October pink. Sat, 8 Oct 2016 21:57:00 EST Windmill <img src=""> This block name makes me want to go to the Netherlands. Or somewhere in Europe. Okay, I want to go anywhere. Although, right now (I think) I'm catching a a warm beach sounds good. Sat, 8 Oct 2016 00:21:12 EST Nine Patch Straight Furrow <img src=""> Thursday night football games should be banned. Today's block was quick, at least. Thu, 6 Oct 2016 22:28:50 EST Yankee Puzzle Fluffy, cuddly kitty cats are the best. I keep thinking I want to take up kayaking. It would be nice if a consistent thought would stay in my brain. This is what happens when the brain is sleep deprived...such a theme in my life lately. And tomorrow is a football game. Maybe I'll leave at half time. <BR> <BR> Today's block - Yankee Puzzle - should probably be in red, white, and blue. But it's October. This month it's either orange, black, or pink. Can't break that pattern. This bl... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 21:18:47 EST Temple Court <img src=""> No sleep last night means I'm exhausted tonight. The brain isn't working well anymore. Today's block is detailed, but I like it. I'm surprised I didn't mess it up. Tue, 4 Oct 2016 21:51:17 EST Sailboats I don't care for this pattern much. It makes 4 blocks at a time, but only 1 of the 4 turned out well enough for my standards. Probably because I don't like it well enough to be careful. Ah, well. At least I got to enjoy my roasted veggies. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 3 Oct 2016 22:42:31 EST Cypress <img src=""> Another weekend of not getting much done. Not good. Looking forward to a better week. Today's block - Cypress - is fun, enjoyable, and I love the batiks. Sun, 2 Oct 2016 21:49:33 EST Blocks in a Box <img src=""> I don't understand the name, but it is a super simple block. Sun, 2 Oct 2016 00:51:07 EST Magic Triangles <img src=""> Yea! End of a very long day, and looking forward to a busy weekend. Today's block is all half-square triangles and flying geese. The pattern calls for one light, 2 mediums, and 1 dark. Of course, I chose 1 light, 2 darks, and 1 darker. At least it's a quick pattern. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:50:50 EST An Original Design <img src=""> It's not my original design. I guess it's the calendar publisher's. I like the block, but it's not my favorite. I've been getting more sleep, but am still feeling very tired. Don't know that more means better. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:40:35 EST Flock of Geese Monday night I was dreaming. Then I was woken up by a lion fish swimming through my bedroom. I didn't want to get finned and have to go to the hospital, so I hit it with a pillow. Definitely need to get better sleep. At least I got all my steps today. <BR> <BR> Today's block - Flock of Geese - is wonderfully simple. All half square triangles, and I love the pink fabric. Wish I'd bought more of it. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:01:59 EST Magic Cross This one makes my eyes cross. No way to simplify the pattern, but it went together well. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:52:50 EST Malvina's Chain Staring at the screen, again. Not knowing what to type. And that's not changing. So, I made a block. <img src=""> Good night. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:35:47 EST Plaid Autumn Tints So, Friday night I got home exceptionally late from the football game - Go, Team! - and chose to swap the Friday and Saturday blocks. For some reason, I didn't want to be sewing for 2 hours after all day at work and then 3 hours of screaming in the stands. <BR> <BR> Friday's block - Plaid - isn't quite what it is supposed to be (I think the yellow and green should be swapped), but I like it. Plus, I got to sleep before midnight. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:57:30 EST Been a While! Wow! Almost a month since I last posted...I am ashamed. Back to school got busy, my phone got stolen (AGAIN!!!), then my house lost A/C (odd and annoying, since the unit was only replaced about 3 years ago), and wound up sick for no apparent reason. Still managed to get all my blocks made, but I've been off my eating plan for a couple weeks. Going back on after this weekend - I will be dedicated! <BR> <BR> Okay, blocks... <BR> <BR> August 26 - Cut the Corners <BR> <img src="http://phot... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:15:14 EST Around the Corner <img src=""> Another surprisingly quick and easy block. Don't usually like black and brown together, but this appealed to me. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:03:02 EST Year's Favorite <img src=""> Don't know if this is my favorite. Actually, I know it's not. Like it, but not my favorite. They do like their names for these blocks. I'm off to get real sleep. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:55:48 EST The Wnged Nine Patch <img src=""> The first week of school is always so exhausting. I am determined, however, to meet all of my goals for fitness and nutrition! Hopefully, next week will have settled down a little. Today's blog-The Winged Nine Patch- is way more detailed, and more work intensive. And so, of course, it took way more time. That means my workout is pushed later, And I will be going to bed late. That's OK. The block is... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:54:01 EST Double X First day back with kids is always exhausting. I made today my rest day, and still managed 10 minutes. Didn't even give in to the "back to school" candy that good intention-ed friends and supervisors always hand out. They are in my desk drawer. Maybe I should give or throw them away, but there will be a day of cravings in the future. At least this way I'll be able to give in to one or 2 pieces without having to go buy a whole bag. Nothing wrong with chocolate in moderation. <BR> <BR> T... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 21:16:50 EST Triangles Opened my door to start my walk this morning and a delivery guy walked up. I think I scared him. Oops. <em>246</em> It was a nice walk. From now on walks will have to be in the afternoon - hotter, and more likely to be rainy. <BR> <BR> Took measurements today and I'm down about 1/2 inch on each. That's in a month, so there's hope. Airline flights at this weight won't be fun but I've got 9 months to drop inches. <BR> <BR> Today's block - Triangles - has more complex piecing. ... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:10:43 EST Square and Star I need to figure out something to do with my feet. They're aching, and that always saps my energy. Tonight, maybe Advil. Did get in my workout, all my steps, and met fitness goals. Took a nap instead of eating lunch, so I'm low on calories today. <BR> <BR> Today's block - Square and Star - took a bit more effort and concentration than recent blocks. I like the block. The order to put the pieces together was a bit more difficult for me to figure out. Of course, I love the batiks. <BR> ... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 22:34:48 EST Ruins of Jericho I am so amazingly talented. Managed to injure myself by making a salad. How? Here's a hint: I was cutting lettuce. <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Celebration: down 12 pounds in 3 weeks on my eating plan! <em>224</em> I'm excited. And how did I celebrate? By breaking my eating plan. <em>20</em> Not a big deal, I'm still within all my ranges and just added a couple things that haven't been on my plan. The first was Chick-fil-a mini chicken biscuits. It's a treat I've never had very... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 23:44:19 EST Red Cross II Today is day 21 after the start of my 21 day eating program. I feel good about how I've been doing, but there were those 3 days I was off the plan. Because of that break I'm not sure if I should really end it today. Not ending the program, but modifying it to add back a few foods that I haven't been eating. I'll decide in the morning after my monitoring. I am loving my new, healthier meals. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 18 Aug 2016 22:42:31 EST Harmony Square It's interesting that I'm enjoying my food so much more now that I'm eating healthier, home cooked meals. And roasted vegetables are AMAZING! I think I could make a meal just of those, but they're also really good with baked salmon. <em>492</em> <BR> <BR> Today's block - Harmony Square - went together surprisingly easily. I often have trouble joining triangles to the sides of squares without getting the angles or sizes off. This block lined up well and lays flat. There are a lot of... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 22:24:07 EST Forest Path <img src=""> I keep saying that I'm going to bed early, But it keeps being 11 or 1130 before I get in bed. Sunday night I was finishing up the wall hanging, last night I was making a craft for convocation, and tonight I'm making a shirt. It's not reading in bed anymore, since I'm not doing that late into the night. Instead I'm sewing late into the night. Got to quit with the late into the night. Today's block-f... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:06:43 EST Card Basket First day back to work was pretty good. Got all my steps, stair climbs, and was active all day. Didn't get to work in my room more than a couple minutes, but we weren't stuck in meetings all day. And we only had to be in the freezing auditorium for about five minutes! That's highly unusual. <BR> <BR> I am a bit more tired than I should be, but that's my own fault. I finished quilting the Just Keep Swimming wall hanging and couldn't make myself stop attaching the binding. I like how w... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 21:48:21 EST Cross and Crown <img src=""> I usually like the rain, but not today. Today the rain just stopped me from seeing the goldfish or going out at all. Today's block - Cross and Crown - actually looks like it's name. Kind of surprising, all the lettering in the light fabric is going the same way. I really wasn't paying attention, maybe that should be my strategy from now on. Early to bed. Sun, 14 Aug 2016 22:13:53 EST Sarah's Choice Massive thunder/lightning storm this evening. The pond overflowed, and it was hilarious watching the goldfish hide from the rain in the goldfish bowl! <em>175</em> <BR> <BR> Today's workout was hard to get through. Not sure what the problem was, just wasn't feeling the energy I have been. <BR> <BR> Today's block - Sarah's Choice - has another pinwheel in the center of a star. I did make this in LSU colors. Not on purpose, just liked the colors during selection. Maybe I should con... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 23:23:53 EST Right Hand of Friendship Today was the last day of vacation; Monday it's back to work and collaboration with friends and co-workers. Haven't spent time with most of my friends all summer, and felt a bit like a hermit. Instead of contacting and interacting I've made gifts for people and their (hopefully) new babies. I suppose it's not very friendly to stay away sewing for months on end, but I just haven't felt like reaching out much. What do you think? Should my friends and buddies be annoyed with me? Should I e... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 23:45:23 EST Home Again, Again! Last summer visit is over, and now work starts. Boo! Not that I've been productive since getting home a couple days ago. Instead, I (finally) set up my goldfish pond. It's a very relaxing sight outside the dining room window. The goldfish are enjoying the extra space (110 gallons instead of 15!) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The cats are liking the pond, too. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 23:38:00 EST Basket II <img src=""> All these basket blocks are making me feel like a basket case! Didn't get to exercise today because of all the time it took to travel to my friend's house. I did keep (mostly) to my eating program. While driving it wasn't hard, since I had packed nuts, fruit, and a leftover lunch. Dinner with my friend was slightly challenging. The fish restaurant was wonderful, and I stuck it out with blackened fis... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 22:32:31 EST Milky Way Today my neighbor told me I'm skinny (he meant I've lost weight, and in a nice way). So, why did I tell him, "Not me!" I'm not skinny, but I have lost some weight since the last time he saw me. Just don't want to jinx my progress, somehow. <BR> <BR> Did better today than yesterday - that's a good thing. I managed to eat healthy foods and stick to my eating plan, got steps in all day (even with having to sit in a workshop), and exercised as I planned. All good things. At lunch I walke... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 21:34:12 EST Spool and Bobbin Had a hard time making myself get up today, and absolutely no success in accomplishing my goals. I didn't mess up my eating plan too badly, but made some very strange choices for lunch. Tomorrow will have to be better. <BR> <BR> I did make today's block - Spool and Bobbin - using some of my beautiful, green batik. It went together quickly, but I kept making another block at the same time...that one was extremely time consuming. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 3 Aug 2016 22:21:04 EST Lady of the Lake Not being able to get to sleep, followed by an early morning alarm, means an exhausting day. Actually, the day wasn't too bad but I really want to go to be before the sun has gone down. The workshop I had to go to was productive, lots of shared ideas and friends to interact with. I was concerned that lunch with my team mates would throw me off my eating plan; however, they were surprising supportive and I made some good choices. Couldn't deal with the avocado, but I didn't even want the d... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 21:41:28 EST Best Friend Still doing well on the eating program, only ten days left before I take another look and decide what to do next. <BR> <BR> Today's block - Best Friend - was fun. Took a bit longer than I really wanted, but I also got more of the fabric organized and cleared part of the clutter. I'm way too easily distracted today! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Aug 2016 22:00:22 EST Flower Pot Halfway through the eating program, and now I'm adding in a goal to increase my exercise each day. Unfortunately, I start going back to work this week and will be out of town next weekend. It's going to make finishing this part of the program more difficult, but not impossible. Today I even ate tomatoes and bell peppers, on purpose. The bell peppers were cooked so that I actually didn't notice them much, but the tomatoes were still somewhat yerk! Turkey Burger with Onions and Peppers is ... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 21:41:48 EST Electric Fan Yesterday's block looks so much better when it's done correctly! I did have to take out a lot of seams to fix it. Worth it though. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Finally finished the binding on my latest long term project. I think it looks good now, but one corner of the binding gave me more problems than the rest of the quilt combined. Don't know what I did wrong the first time, but I wound up having to cu... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 23:22:37 EST Arrow Crown Didn't finish the quilt today, ran out of time before my friend's party. Fun hanging out with people I haven't seen in a long time. Several conversations about the eating plan - because after 7 days I'm down 7 pounds. <em>244</em> I even resisted all the goodies at the party; no cake or crackers and I didn't feel deprived at all. Good feeling. <BR> <BR> New recipe: Blueberry-Walnut Pancakes. They taste good, but the texture is definitely off. I followed the recipe, but the batter is... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 00:23:10 EST Aunt Addie's Album Turkey wraps are just as wonderful reheated! For dinner I roasted some vegetables and found a way to eat celery that's not in soup. Now the rest of the stalks won't be wasted when I only use 3 stalks in a pot of stew. <em>41</em> I should have cut the Brussels sprouts in half, though. Live and learn. <BR> <BR> Found out why my cats have been yowling (and leaping) at the back door. An orange tabby boy (very much a boy!) came wandering through the back yard this afternoon. He's a... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:13:45 EST Pine Burr Been putting off making the Turkey Lettuce Wraps with Creamy Cashew Lime Sauce (it's a recipe from Dr. Hyman's "Eat Fat, Get Thin"). Finally got my act together and cooked it for lunch today. It's AMAZINGLY good. Messy, the way I eat it, but so delicious. Looking forward to this being a work day lunch on a regular basis. Need to find more recipes like this. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I was finishing the quilting on a quilt when the bobbin ran out. Boo! So, I wound another bobbin, and r... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:53:49 EST