SENIMMO's SparkPeople Blog SENIMMO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Is it Friday yet? Not that it will help anything, other than the week nearly being over. Which I desperately need! It's been another horrid, busy, hectic, nothing really going my way week. I'm totally ready for it to be done. <BR> <BR> Of course, it's just going to lead into another week of doing a ton more work by myself than I have any business trying to do, but son is going on *ANOTHER* mini-vacation with his friends (yeah, he just started work Tuesday and is already taking time off for this, and again in ... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:46:37 EST Less busy, but still productive! I got accepted for the baby expo on Sept. 9, so I have to get in high gear on production. <BR> <BR> So, I went this morning and got materials to make baby bibs. I'm embroidering cute designs on the front, backing them with a plain fabric and putting a bias tape edge on them to finish. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I only got 2 done, but I've got over 3 dozen cut out, and 8 more ready to edge tomorrow. The snaps ... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:53:12 EST Long day- I got up at 430, was out of the house to work by 5. Put in a few hours at the shop, went and got sewing tables, drove to green bay, had lunch, did an hour of videos for school, set up at the farm market, worked that from 2 til 7, stopped at the grocery down there, and finally got home to end my day a little after 9. <BR> <BR> I'm going to bed! <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Have a good one <em>593</em> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:35:25 EST Not Bad, but not great At least for market sales. The weather was horrid hot. Son actually showed up and helped pack at the end and went shopping with me in green bay! We accomplished quite a bit, so I'm pretty happy with that. <BR> <BR> We got towels, so I can embroider a few sets and see how they do at the shop and the markets. I haven't bought towels in years, so I was OMG at the prices, but it is what it is. And I demand quality for what I make, so...They're not going to be cheap once they're done, but they al... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 21:57:30 EST Hopeful- I'm really hoping tomorrow doesn't stink for market. I did some more custom pieces, which I may or may not end up getting paid for. Sigh. It is what it is. <BR> <BR> On the bright side, the custom order I shipped last week WAS liked, more or less. They're paying for the whole order, but would like a different large font than the one they had chosen. They decided they don't like the old-fashioned script letter Q after all. (the kind that looks like a giant 2). So, they would like me to look ... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:41:12 EST One of those days I put in a long day at the shop, 730 this morning until 630 tonight. I got some of my homework done, did a small batch of towels (oh crap, I forgot to go to the store and buy more white towels to do tomorrow. I guess I'd better do that in the morning!) and got a good start on those dang sock monkeys. <BR> <BR> I came home and opened up a pint of halo top, but it's so dang hot THAT didn't even taste good. So after two spoons I had son put it back in the freezer. I wanted to order pizza, but I... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:16:39 EST what the- So, last night's new market was a bust. We had a storm come in!!! Seriously, I can't make this stuff up. clear and 90 degrees with wind one minute and flooding, lightning, and storms not 20 minutes later. Sigh. <BR> <BR> At least today's market went well. Not good enough to make up for all the zero days, but not bad. <BR> <BR> And I'm still swamped with the homework. SO glad my classes this fall are all actually IN CLASSROOMS!!! WOOO HOOOO!!!!! <BR> <BR> My fishing trip is still on track, ... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:29:15 EST Challenges, changes, and keeping my sanity... Right this second, it feels like I'm losing the battle on all fronts. But that's ok. I can feel that way for a minute, all I need to do is breathe until the feeling lets up enough to think rationally. <BR> <BR> I'm not losing the battle, I may not be doing as well with the challenges I'm facing as I would like, but I'm dealing with them to the best of my ability and not giving up. (Okay, I'm giving up on some things, like trying to get an A in my summer classes, when the school's website and... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:29:44 EST Giving a new market a try... Since I've lost so many sales opportunities to lousy weather this summer, I've got to find a way to get sales up. So, I caved and agreed to go to a market out of my county. It's another that I was invited to last year and just couldn't do. I'm going to see what happens with it Tuesday night. I'm a little apprehensive, because I had to go yesterday and buy a tent for it. It's hard for me to manage a tent alone, and I couldn't use the festival tent I have, because it's too heavy. So, I went to ... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 16:14:24 EST The same 2 pounds?! It's like they think they're my best friends or closest family! They keep going and coming back <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> It's not that I'm not making efforts, because I am. And I know that part of it is that with moving more, I'm building muscle again. And I know that I'm making progress, because it's the same two pounds and they're not bringing 5 or 10 friends with them any more <em>246</em> EACH. <BR> <BR> So, today I'm trying something different. I'm having a big breakfast, which I s... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:18:48 EST Been busy, now exhausted! The sunday market was good, not stellar, but good. Lots of work. Sunday night and Monday I caught up on schoolwork, Monday night I had to go to green bay for materials, went out for dinner and they burned my steak, so I ended up on track for calories after all! <BR> <BR> I wrote my essay last night waiting for my dinner (which I then didn't get to eat <em>234</em> ) and got it typed and submitted this morning. Finished the second set of custom ordered towels. They are currently rinsed and ... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 19:45:07 EST My birthday gift to me! I made the deposit today on my 50th birthday gift. Even if Hubs and son don't help pay for it or shoe up to go with, I am going charter fishing!! <BR> <BR> In lake Michigan, for salmon and trout, on my actual birthday next month. Between now and then, I will buy my fishing license, tennies (cheap and disposable forbthat day), and a big cooler. It's expensive, but if I manage to catch my limit, I will have fresh fish for a good part of the winter! <BR> <BR> I haven't been on a boat since ... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 17:29:04 EST Back on track and back to work :-) Not that I actually ever take time off work. Being self-employed pretty much means you're ALWAYS working. Even on days off, you're looking for materials, or plugging your business, updating the business facebook page, etc. Oh, and I don't take days off between the middle of May and the end of October, unless it's an emergency. <BR> <BR> Anyway. I got a custom order for towels on the holiday at a festival, so I whipped those up right away. Took them to be picked up at my Wednesday market. The... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 19:57:01 EST Could not possibly care less If no one else is proud of me for this <img src=""> <BR> Because I am pretty dang proud of myself! <BR> <BR> <em>590</em> Fri, 7 Jul 2017 18:48:37 EST 2 goals met in one week! Sort of. I got under 330 before the holiday, but had way too much salt on Monday and Tuesday, so I'm back up 4.2 lbs. Fixing that!! I will still be on track for 325 by my birthday, so I'm ok with it. <BR> <BR> The definitely met goal? <BR> <BR> I weigh less than Hubs!!! Even with my having had a bottle of water and my grapefruit juice before I got on the scale and Hubs getting on it right after his shower (yep, thanks for THAT image in my mind all day-nekkid Hubs on the scale, growling at i... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 08:16:57 EST Humpty Dumpty's got nothing on me Except I wasn't sitting on a wall, and I'm not in pieces. I did take a bad fall today and have a badly sprained and contused right shoulder. Guess I'm getting some time off, whether I like it or not. Still have to find a way to get the homework done, though. <BR> <BR> I've got this. <BR> <em>593</em> Wed, 5 Jul 2017 21:43:30 EST Glad it's done- The holiday is nearly over and I'm glad it's done. I. Planni g to catch up on some sleep tonight, do the market tomorrow, start on this week's homework, and get back on schedule. <BR> <BR> I've got this. <em>593</em> Tue, 4 Jul 2017 21:28:52 EST Too tired Been up since 4am working, just got home a little after 8pm. Too tired to write a decent blog. Maybe tomorrow... <BR> <BR> <em>593</em> Mon, 3 Jul 2017 21:12:10 EST Better late the never Hubs did the math and decided to come home after all. It would have cost nearly the same to sit at the truck stop paying for meals and shower as for the fuel to come home. <BR> <BR> So all my preparation was not for nothing, after all! And talking myself out of being mean and hateful over the way I was feeling was the right move. <BR> <BR> It took me years to "get it" that the way things ARE and the way they FEEL don't have to be (And usually aren't!!) the same. <BR> <BR> It's still a wor... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 14:43:39 EST And so it begins- The holiday weekend kicked off this morning with my usual Saturday farm market, but today was a little unusual. It didn't rain!! And usually, when it's super crowded, I don't do well. Today, I did fairly well. Even with doing all the work by myself. <BR> <BR> Son helped after the market to get some things loaded out of the shop into the van for the festival coming up. He's going to the market with me tomorrow and he'll set up for the festival right after that, so there won't be quite as much... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 20:36:45 EST Managing on my own. I ran errands this morning, packed lunch for work, worked all day in the shop...Ok, I TRIED working in the shop. I've done too much and my hands aren't wanting to cooperate, so I ruined more than I got done. But I was trying. And I had *gasp* a customer in the store. <BR> <BR> Eventually, things will improve. Hubs will come home sooner or later. I'll get myself on a better schedule of what to work on without having my hands give me so much trouble. And my weight will be more of where I want... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:47:56 EST Disappointed It's pretty definite. Hubs is not making it home this weekend. I've done festivals alone, it's not the end of the world. <BR> <BR> And he's been VERY good about deadheading for things, like when my dad died and Hubs drove up to my moms and helped her plan the funeral before he came to get me and son. And two years ago, he deadheaded from Seattle to Green Bay for son's 18th birthday and graduation. And in May, he deadheaded from Minneapolis to Dayton when mom passed. <BR> <BR> The thing is... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 20:40:17 EST Made it, sort of... Scale this morning said 335.9! My goal was 335 before the holiday. It's nearly 336, but it's not, so I'm counting it <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'll keep working on it, keep doing as much as I can for myself, and just let my best be enough. <BR> <BR> I got one of my boxes of shopping bags today, started working on some of them. 6 of them came in this horrible salmon/peach kind of color. Those are what I started with, so I'm not as annoyed that I had some "technical difficulties" that waste... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:18:34 EST Getting ready for the weekend- Yes, I know it's only Tuesday. But since I have farm markets on Saturday and Sunday, a festival on Monday and Tuesday, and another farm market on Wednesday next week, I'm starting to get ready early. <BR> <BR> Hubs may or may not make it back, it's looking more like not. <em>234</em> Even though I'm getting better at doing things by myself for myself, it still stinks. <BR> <BR> Son has helped a little, but isn't going out of his way. It is what it is. <BR> <BR> I posted some really cut... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:42:57 EST Don't wanna- I don't want to deal with the things going on, I don't want to do homework, deal with the budget, make products, deal with the rain, wait for product deliveries, do homework, etc. <BR> <BR> I also don't want to exercise or eat right. <BR> <BR> Guess what? Being a grown up means I do it even when I don't want to. Even when I rant and vent on my sparkpage (because, it is, after all, MY page, <em>334</em> ) I still do the responsible thing. <BR> <BR> Even if this weekend I went a bit off ... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:10:48 EST And another rain day. Ugh. It is what it is, but I'm rather tired of feeling like a duck. Here's hoping this week is better! <BR> <em>593</em> <BR> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:33:57 EST rained out again we are officially at 80% rained out markets. Ugh. But, the scale today said 339,5, so I will take that!! <BR> <BR> Another blog when I'm not so tired and busy. I've got this. <em>593</em> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:42:42 EST What the?? I got on the scale. It was evil and said 447.8 on Tuesday when I went to the Dr.and today it said 339.8!!! I know most of it is water weight, from the new bp med, but I'll still take it. <BR> <BR> With the new walker and being able to do more physical activity without the danger, part of it probably actually is fat lost. Either way, I'm in a REALLY good mood to go shopping today! <BR> <BR> Hubs arranged finances so I can take advantage of a sale at the craft store. Embroidery thread is BOGO... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:54:29 EST Bouncing back At least I'm trying to. Yesterday at the market stunk. The even coordinator let a meat smoker set up right across from me and my friend that does lavender skin care products and culinary lavender. My friend and I had to move DURING the market to get out of the smoke to try to salvage our products. <BR> <BR> Luckily son was with and not being a booger. He did the moving (into bright sunlight, so guess who ended up with a migraine?) and then took care of sales so I could sit in the car in the... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:25:31 EST And even more restrictions. Lovely. I went to the Dr. yesterday because I'm so ill. Now that I have a different insurance that actually IS affordable, I knew I needed to get back on my meds. Breathing and BP control are a bit important. <BR> <BR> She was totally understanding of why I was off my meds, but I still got chewed out. The only reason I got to come home was that I promised to fill and take my meds immediately. And she put me on severe physical restrictions until be oxygen levels come up and my bp comes down. <BR> <B... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:01:01 EST Sick and tired- Literally. <em>527</em> <BR> <BR> A friend just got over a similar bug and she was down for three weeks! I can't afford 3 weeks. So, I called Dr. This morning and I go in a couple of hours. <BR> <BR> I'm already on my third box of tissues in just over 24 hours. I think I'm going to close the shop, grab a nap before the Dr. and just try to survive this. <BR> <em>593</em> <BR> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:55:13 EST And yet another day of storms- Sigh. It is what it is. I'm beginning to feel rather like a duck, though. <BR> <BR> And on top of it all, I'm sick. Sore throat, drippy nose, constant sneezing and coughing, intermittent fever, raging headache, yep. It sucks. I still got my assignments done today, did some of the research for my paper due next Monday, and worked on products in the store. <BR> <BR> I also got a haircut. I was hoping it would help the headache. It didn't. Oh well. At least it looks cute. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm ... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:58:57 EST Storm dodging That was today's activity. Managed to get most of the farm market hours in, so that was good. Have to shop for some custom colors for an order, but I bought new comfy shoes, so the shopping won t be quite so bad. <BR> <BR> And sales were up!!! I knew it would get better if I could just hang in long enough. And the pool opens tomorrow. Now, as long as I finish those stupid YouTube videos and upload the assignments for them before midnight, I'm good. <BR> <em>593</em> <BR> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 15:39:47 EST So-so Saturday The weather held today, but there were too many people out. I never do well when it's that crowded. But it's early in the season. At least I got some produce and had snap peas today instead of brownies or cookies. <BR> <BR> We'll see in the morning what the weather is going to do. Right now it's looking like storms on and off all day. If it's yucky, I'll work in the shop and get my college assignments done. <BR> <BR> I still don't think 4 hours of YouTube should be required for a COLLEGE ... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 21:34:47 EST More storms for the weekend. Which means few or no sales. It is what it is. If I can't go to the markets, I will work in the shop and on school sh...stuff, yeah, that's the word I was looking for <em>334</em> (that's my story and I'm sticking to it!) <BR> <BR> I have to get microwave bags done, so I hunted in storage forms few in had started. Lady came in today wanting one. I told her I'd have some by tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Mini binge for dinner, half a pork tenderloin sandwich and a small order of onion rings with die... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:21:01 EST Storms and recovery That's been the theme since yesterday. We even had a tornado warning! That shut campus down for nearly an hour last night. Nothing came of it, just bad thunderstorms and a ton of rain. <BR> <BR> I got more of my stuff printed, so studying is going easier. Still not a fan of YouTube for school work, though, and I'm lobbying hard for alternatives to it. Give me a textbook over video junk any day!! <BR> <BR> Had a couple of customers in today that complained that my sign isn't big or fancy eno... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:00:37 EST Rained out- Or should I say rained in? It stormed most of the day, so I didn't go to the market. I went and took my test early, then spent the day working in the shop. No customers, but I did get a few more bobbins of yarn spun, 2 small tubs of fiber predrafted, and 2 bobbins plied. And I made a couple more packer towels. <BR> <BR> I'm not confident in the test score, but at this point, all I'm hoping for is a passing grade. I'm holding my own in the other two classes. Barely. I didn't get to work on e... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:01:35 EST Finishing up tomorrow I'm going to take the last test for the accounting class I didn't get to finish in spring semester. I turned the homework in today. <BR> <BR> Having some issues with needing things done and not being able to make it happen, but I dealing with it. <BR> <BR> Don't feel like working the market, either, but I've got this responsibility thing... <BR> <BR> Hoping I will feel better after some sleep. <BR> I put in a full day today, spun 4 bobbins of single ply grey wool, even! I'll get the plied... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:03:56 EST Discoveries- I managed to deal with yesterday and the stress without needing a bail bond. Had to deal with Verizon again. Son broke ANOTHER phone. sigh. I was able to upgrade on my number, keep the phone I like (ok, I don't LIKE any of them, but I dislike it less than the others) and activate the new one on his number. That was good. Having to shell out $150 on top of having just paid the bill? Not so good. <BR> <BR> I got him flipflops and new swim trunks (both desperately needed) on sale, so instead of... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:46:07 EST The no blog, blog. I spent nearly an hour trying to get the laptop to let me write a blog. They've updated my windows edge again and it's not wanting to work with spark. So, I changed browsers (again, sigh) and now I'm too tired to write the blog I had planned. <BR> <BR> Let's just say sunday didn't s*ck, but it wasn't all that great. It ended up being a 17 hour day for me, so I'm giving up and going to bed. We'll see how tomorrow goes... <BR> <BR> I think I've got this... <BR> <em>593</em> Sun, 11 Jun 2017 22:34:02 EST It's been a super Saturday (for a nice change!!) Sales weren't great, but not bad. I managed everything with my walker without too much pain. Tried getting breakfast out, but I don't like crispy fried eggs, nor shells in them. So I had dry toast. I walked a block and a half from the market to my shop to grab some work, walked back to the market (ok, I admit it, the love part with the walker is overshadowing the hate putting it in the minivan) and still worked the whole morning!! <BR> <BR> I even walked around the market once. And after mar... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 16:59:02 EST You do what you've got to I'm finally starting to "get" that I've got to start doing whatever it takes to take care of ME first. Now that mom's gone and I don't have to deal with the drama, it is time for me to get healthy. <BR> <BR> To that end, I ordered the new walker last weekend. It came yesterday (they sent me an email Wednesday at 420 pm saying it had just shipped, so I checked the tracking and it said they had tried to deliver it at noon but the delivery was rescheduled because "receiving company was not ope... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 20:44:28 EST ARGH! Computers. bleh. So, the computer and I are having "issues" again. I want the thing to work the way I want and it wants to do its own thing. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> It's the laptop with that stupid touchpad. I THOUGHT I was typing my blog, and I had evidently brushed something on the pad that sent me back a page to my team post (that I hadn't planned to post to today), so my intended blog post is now on my team page. OOPS. <BR> <BR> I want to go out and have sausage gravy and biscuits for breakfast, but I... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 07:26:41 EST Adjusting to sabotage... So-I went to get dressed to go to the pool. Son had thrown my swim gear in a ball in the corner and it was still wet. I had asked him to hang it on the back of the door, not throw it in a pile on a shelf. Sigh. Pool is not happening this morning. I hung it up myself and it should be dry by the time I get home from the market, IF I'm feeling well enough to go. <BR> <BR> I also asked for him to take the stuff he crammed in my backpack out, so I could use it for my textbook. That way I can carr... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 06:37:40 EST Soon would be nice, now would be better for things to <em>227</em> going so lousy and to start getting better! <BR> <BR> I'm trying really hard to concentrate on the positives from today. My son mowed the lawn (after the landlady had stopped by to tell him the city had sent a notice and it had to be done). He loaded the car for me to work tomorrow (I still have half of it to do myself in the morning at storage). He put new signs in the shop windows saying where I am and what hours I can be found at the various markets and the s... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 20:27:53 EST And the award for worst customer service in history goes to- Ma Bell. They also win, hands down, for biggest waster of time, rudest personnel and are a strong contender for biggest billing rip-offs as well. <BR> <BR> After trying since FEBRUARY to get them to correct THEIR error in spelling my business name (How do you get Fenfational out of SENsational???) and having them be obnoxious to me when I called to explain my payment was late because I had been dealing with a critically ill parent out of state for a month until her passing (I was told "there... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 12:24:15 EST Thank Goodness! I am SO glad today was better. I don't think I could have taken one more rough day in a row. The weather was great for the market, so lots of people were out today. It would have been great if they had been buying more than looking, but it is what it is and I made a few sales. I also had a lady drop off three towels for me to add tops to. I'll get that done probably tomorrow afternoon, Tuesday at the latest. <BR> <BR> We got an unexpected blessing last night, so I was able to go to the groce... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 18:53:31 EST It can stop raining It really can. We don't need any more rain right now and having it not rain on a market day would be a nice change! <BR> <BR> Especially since I have no help at the markets! I have to do all of it myself and when it starts clouding up and raining AFTER I've already set up? UGH. Then I have to rush to try to get things packed back up and it is a pain in the rear. <BR> <BR> Neither my hands or my legs is happy when I have to hurry to do things. Which is why I caved and ordered the walker yest... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 14:29:45 EST Rough day. Body is not wanting to function properly to walk or do much of anything. It is what it is, but I'm annoyed. <BR> <BR> Gave in and ordered a new walker on wheels, so I can put whatever needs carrying on it and still be able to keep myself from falling. Ugh. <BR> <BR> I'll get through it one way or another. But it still stinks. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>593</em> Fri, 2 Jun 2017 14:38:40 EST Not amused with my diploma- The first of my credentials came in today's mail. I was pretty excited, until I opened it. It says "Awarded Given" I swear, I am NOT making this up. A COLLEGE DIPLOMA and it's grammatically incorrect! The date format is also incorrect!?!? <BR> <BR> I don't know if my second one is going to have the same errors on it or not. <BR> <BR> I DO know I will be on campus first thing in the morning, requesting that it be issued CORRECTLY!!! This is WAY too embarrassing to be putting on display! <B... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 18:13:07 EST