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Apparently, I've been measuring myself incorrectly. I measured my waist at a disappointing 42 inches yesterday. Today I was visiting a neighbor who offered me a pair of size 40 black denim jeans. By jove, they Fit! I have beem complaining about my shorts feeling baggy again. It is oficial, now. I have lost another pants size!

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The guy did not show up on Friday, as scheduled. We were not even notified. So we called our bank and cancelled the payment. Saturday, though, the technician showed up, fixed a line of code and got us back on-line. And this system is FAST! He told us that his supervisor had also showed up but he could not reach us. (we live in a dead zone)
So we are here to stay!
And we called the bank and told thhem that the ssrvice and our trust, had been restored. They got their payment.

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Yes, Tee, I'm wondering, too, along with Darlene. Inquiring minds want to know!

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9/16/17 10:03 P

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Did your internet guy get there and fix your connection?



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You GO, Girl!

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Leisure Arts puts out most of the pattern pamphlets and books, though. It's not coming out perfect, I don't think, but I don't think the errors will be noticeable. Let's hope I can get the squares put together when I get to that part.



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I guess Leisure Arts just lost a customer! I hope other companies write clear directions for their patterns..

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I told Leisure Arts that I still didn't understand and they wrote back right away. It is still confusing when I try to read it, but I finally figured out that each square has to start with a motif with 4 rounds and add the 3-round motifs to it (well, you start with the 3 round one and start the 4th round, then join it to the 4-round motif). The pattern only says to have 2 motifs with 4 rounds. Anyway, I have trouble following the corner connections, but got one square done. I hope it is done right and joining the squares isn't as hard to figure out. First square:



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I hope Leisure Art takes your recommendation seriously. they should at least have the courtesy to contact you. Does not sound like it is an efficient operation.

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I did get a reply from Leisure Arts. Still don't understand too well and the directions certainly don't say what she said, but at least I have something to try -- AGAIN. Plus I am going to do some more coloring.

My friend gave me some storage shelves that we put in the garage. I am wondering if I can get them in the study to put my plants on and also some of my art stuff. Then I can take down the card table until I need it. Just need to find what is wrong with the table so it doesn't fall down. Or clear off a table downstairs and bring it up. Then there will be more room for doing things, plus more room for my plants. Otherwise I need to find the things to hang shelves on and I'm not sure that will work with the window being around 6 feet or more wide and I have 4 foot wide shelves. I don't know how those things you hang them on work. Well, I'l look them up .



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9/10/17 10:33 P

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How frustrating -- but you are doing a good job not letting it get to you, Darlene. Enjoy your coloring!

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I wrote to the company that published the pattern and hope they can correct it so it makes sense. Also went to Joann for help today, but they couldn't figure it out, either. That is pretty bad. The one lady who was trying to help sells her crochet. (wish I could do that, but not at this point).

Meanwhile, I have been coloring. Much more relaxing than trying to figure out that crochet pattern.

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trust your instincts. look at it, visualize the steps/ You can DO this!

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9/8/17 11:40 P

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I do hope your appointment is kept this time, Tee. They don't seem very reliable.

I look forward to seeing your baby moccasins.

I have still been working on the baby blanket and am to the point of joining the motifs. I got the first ones started and the instructions don't fit at all. So now I am having to figure out what to do to fix it. I think I can figure it because of the picture. Not sure, though, since I have never done anything like that before. Somehow I will figure it out, though.



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I will take photos of the tiny mocassins!


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9/7/17 11:57 P

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Ooooo! Those newborn mocassins are going to be SO tiny! How fun!

Sure hope the service guys show up as promised this time, Tee.
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the mocassins I made were for sale. the next pair I make will be scaled down to fit a newborn, which an internet friend gave birth to 10 days ago! the mocassins I made were designed to fit a one year old. I got the kit from Tandy Leather.


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Hughes Net,who subcontracts through DISH rescheduled with us for Wednesday the 13th. Fingers, toes, and eyes crossed!

I spent more time at the shooting range, but our target was only at 50 feet instead of 50 yards. Still, I had to drag the dang thing about 20 feet. It is made of heavy steel.We shopped at WalMart too, which required a lot of hoofing time. This morning we unloaded the truck. I carried a 35 pound bottle of drinking water into the kitchen. Ufda!

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It sounds like Hughes Net is related to CenturyLink. Only the problem I was having was that they kept raising my prices. Then they told me my contract (the one they never charged the agreed upon price) was expiring every month, so they had to charge for extra days when that changed. I gotta say, though, the techs seem to come when they are supposed to. Maybe that is because we are in the city and not the country like you. I hope that you will stop having all those problems.



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I detest waiting around for service calls and repairmen!
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Will you be making the moccasins for a new baby that you know, or are you planning to sell them or something? Those will be so special with the wolf cub paw print on them!


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8/11/17 11:50 P

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Again, we wasted a morning waiting for the internet guy to show up. Instead of chopping weeds, we sat at May's Cafe, which is easier to find tan our place. But again he was running late and again, we lack the upgrade for Hugh's Net, which Dish subcontracts. We don't watch TV. We want only the internet and we were expecting a reduction in fees. we are very frustrated and disgusted with their lack of service. This is the fourth day in a row, that we have been dropped to the end of the day.
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On a lighter note, I sewed a pouch upon which I am beading a Cherokee style medicine wheel. I will take a photo tomorrow when I'm done. Then I will start to sew a pair of baby moccasins. Brie is making leather key fobs. She will be stamping Indian designs onto them, and she will stamp a wolf cub paw print on the bottoms of the baby booties!
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Please don't forget to take photos, Darlene.

Louise, if there is a hard way to accomplish something, I am bound to find it!

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Tee, I'm glad that you got the sleep finally. Sorry you had to go through all that with your teeth. Do try to keep them in good shape. I know from experience that dentures aren't worth much for trying to eat. I didn't have the money to keep going to the dentist and had a lot of trouble from both diabetes and not being able to brush after eating each time.

I finally got all my round 2 done on the motifs and have started round 3. Hope I can remember to take a picture. I forgot to on the cocoons I made and really wanted to on the teddy bear one. Well, I have a lot of yarn left and I'm going to try to make some for donating to the hospital so maybe I will remember to take pictures of all of them.



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Well, Tee, that's a heck of a way to finally get some sleep! But that's great that you could sleep afterwards. Hope you can rest more peacefully tonight, too.

Darlene, I hope you're making progress on the baby blanket. Hope you can get a photo of it to show us before gifting it to the baby. Sounds really complicated!
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Thanks FancyQ! I am sleeping better now that my infected tooth has bee treated. An hour in the chair for the dental hygienist followed by an hour in the chair undergoing a root canal. I don't know ow much muscle tension in my shoulders was caused by the painful tooth, but I slept nine hours last night!

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I hadn't seen it before, only heard of it. i thought it was played like on the ping pong table, not the tennis court in the gym.

I am still trying to get the baby blanket done. Baby was born Monday and I am still trying to get enough flowers done correctly. Seems I am constantly finding ones that aren't usable. I have 12 of them left to put the 2nd round on. Then on to round 4, which is more difficult, and then put them all together which I don't understand the directions for. Have to go to youtube to see how to do that. Hope they have how I need to do it.



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I have a friend who wants me to get into playing pickleball. It's all the rage around here. Very popular! I have not tried it yet.

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I hope that you start getting that sleep back to normal, Tee, and that your pain also goes away. I don't get much sleep myself, but am not as active as you so I end up napping during the day and get a bit more.

I got a bit of stuff done today with putting some towel racks back up and putting the tooth brush and glass holder up in the bathroom. Had to get a new one of those and the screws are in at an angle since they make them different now and the holes were closer together. Have to figure out what to work on next.

I also went to the gym for a while and got on the bike. Got interested in a game they were playing there called pickleball. Kind of a thing between tennis and ping pong. Played like tennis, but with large paddles like large ping pong paddles.



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Not getting enough sleep can affect us in so many different ways, as you are now experiencing, and that worn-out, foggy-headed feeling is just awful. I hope you can solve the sleeplessness issues real soon, Tee.
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MESSED UP SLEEP PATTERNS
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
For many months I was getting a solid eight hours of sleep each night. Lately I have been getting four at the maximum. Last night I think I got 3. The thunderstorm woke me up, and Shellie, my doggie, demanded to sleep inside. I wasn't worried about anything, but I could not relax. I have stopped taking the muscle relaxers and pain meds that my doc has me on because I can't deal with the light-headedness and dizziness they cause the next day. The herbal blend that I take to promote sleep, obviously does not work.
The effects are alarming. I was loading stuff into the truck and left one of the doors open for a few hours. At night, Luckily, Brie needed to put something in the truck and noticed that I had left it open. Two hours after that we had a deluge. The truck interior could have been ruined! I really need to get control of my sleep patterns. This could have been disastrous.

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Sounds like a great day, even without the swim!

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7/17/17 2:43 P

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No swim. Too much lightning in the area. We enjoyed grilled rib-eye steak, steamed broccoli and reisling wine. After a brief rainstorm, we watched their dogs and horses playing tag and shot Dave's crossbow. Me likes! Afterwards, there was a beautiful rainbow overhead.

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Yes, tracking progress with photos is an excellent idea.
Good day for a swim and some tasty BBQ!

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Yesterday's rainstorm prevented further work on the roof. However, I was able to stitch together the shoulders of the buckskin tunic. I need to make the head hole larger, so I have sliced down the front four inches. I will reinforce the throat area with a triagular piece. Meanwhile, there is a little hole on the back of the tunic. Need to add side panels beneath the arm to make it roomier to wear. No sweat, i can use the extra leather from the bottom.
I will have Brie help set up a photo shoot so that I can track my progress

A friend in El Paso has invited us for a barbeque and swim! See ya later!

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We are having another craft day tomorrow. I think I'll use my Brushees to make some pages for my journal.

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Good point.

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“I’ve learned that opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.”
~ Andy Rooney

I'm posting this quote here because I didn't think it really fit as a Motivational Quote -- or maybe it is, in a backwards sort of way.
I thought it was a good one, though.
Carpe diem!

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...and mom won the day!

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Today is the birthday of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, born July 11, 1834.

We'd do well to remember Whistler on days when things don't seem to be going our way and we find we need to improvise. His scheduled model did not show up for a sitting one day -- and he decided to paint his mother instead.



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Great news, DreamerSpiritt! I'm glad things went well for you overall.
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Thank you all! Everything went smoothly, though my sales weren't great. I'm definitely feeling calm, prepared, and confident for my next sale.

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I know what you mean. I should read more poetry.

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It has been many yers since I have read EBB's entire poem. What a lovely way to obsess! Yes?!

Dear DreamerSpirit. BREATHE!
Stress can cause weight gain, don't you know! I like the advice given by Improving Me. PLUS there are plenty of things to worry about before a show. HINT #1: have some low-budget items on hand. Sometimes you can't sell many larger pieces, but selling lots of smaller items might balance your coffer. HINT #2 have lots of small bills in your coffer Some clients won't buy anything if you can't break a $20 bill.

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Sonnet 43: How do I love thee, let me count the ways
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning


How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints—I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.



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Dreamspirit, I hope that your art show goes well.

I have been having some problems with my baby blanket I am crocheting which I need done in the next month. I guess I should read the entire directions before I go crazy with my motifs. I did all four rounds on all of them and was only supposed to do three for all but one or 2. Then use the 4th round to attach the motifs to each other. Once I get it figured out how to follow those directions I will be working on that about full time.



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Oh, DREAMERSPIRITT, I know that game of stress! I wish I had a magic wand to make it go away for you. You are caught in that trap of your rational mind knowing one thing, and then your emotions are working overtime to get the best of you.

Some unsolicited advice:
Time for some positive self-talk! Keep telling yourself (just like you wrote it out tonight) that you know that you have enough inventory, and what you have is good.

If you have time to make a new item or a few new items, maybe try to work that into your schedule. But create it at a thoughtful pace and enjoy the process. If it doesn't get finished, that's okay. You can complete it for the next show.

Best wishes for a great show, and I hope you can manage to have a less stressful week.
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I am stressing over nonsense right now!!!

My fiance and I are vending at an arts festival this weekend, and I am soooooo stressed about it! I shouldn't be. I have ore than enough older work to fill my half of the booth. But I feel like I need to churn out some newer, better work...

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That's a good, positive attitude -- up for the challenge! I'm sure you'll get it done well!

Today I am meeting a friend in San Antonio to watch a glassblowing demonstration, have lunch, and then go to a funky place that sells "antiques and oddities." I'm not in the market to buy anything, but I'm ready to see some out-of-the-ordinary items!

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I talked to someone on the phone regarding the Mexican costume I ordered two months ago. The company had to back order it, and was sent one with embroidery on it, instead. BONUS I WILL GET THE EMBROIDERED ONE FOR THE SAME PRICE AS THE PLAIN ONE!
I ordered it large, so I will need to take it in. I AM NO SEAMSTRESS but I am up for the challenge!

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Itching to do some bead work, but I am too disorganized at this time. It is sorta like embroidery, except for the bead in every stitch!

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At least you were productive today, DreamerSpiritt! Just doing anything creative is a plus in my book. Good for you!

I haven't done embroidery for years. I would like to teach my two granddaughters, but they haven't been up here to visit much lately. When I'm down there I'm usually watching their sports events, so we haven't fit it in yet. I used to really enjoy it.

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I got some studio time in today, but it was just using my sewing supplies to mend something... so nothing exciting!

Maybe tonight I'll do some embroidery...

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I put a little check mark at the bottom of this message box when I first started out. I don't know if there is a timed-out feature if you don't respond enough. But I am glad we are all communicating here, now!
I like charcoal because it is easy to work with highlights and shadows. Everything else gets messy though! I never tried wearing rubber gloves. That's a thought!
Pastels, I never got the hang of. But it is good to experiement with different media. Sounds fun!

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Oh, heck. It was chicken and asparagus, not ham and asparagus. Brain farts again. You salt and pepper the chicken to taste and cook it in butter seasoned with garlic, oregano, thyme and onion powder. Italian seasoning can be substituted for the oregano and thyme. After browning the chicken on both sides, move it to one side and then add the asparagus in the other side. Cook until chicken is done and asparagus is tender. I just estimated on the seasonings and that turned out really good.



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Sounds like you learned a lot in your drawing class, Darlene. And now you can just play around and experiment with the materials. I've worked with charcoal only a few times, but I like it a lot. I've never spent time with pastels.


re: Getting notifications from the discussion boards: I just thought of something. Maybe I missed clicking on a notice one time. I think after you subscribe to the discussion, you don't get any more messages unless you click on the last one they sent. Maybe that's what happened to both of us. If I haven't checked email in awhile, sometimes I have so many new emails to view that I just don't see some of them right away.

Your dinner sounds tasty. I love the combination of ham and asparagus.

Tee -- Do you ever get any rain out there (except for dangerous thunderstorms!)? I try to dig out weeds right after a rain, if I can. They sure do pop out easier that way. Good luck!


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I just saw something that the library has on helping memory through art. I don't know if they are doing the arts and crafts, though, or just looking at and talking about arts.

I have a problem with not getting notifications all the time, too. Sometimes I can't figure out why I am not getting them. Some maybe I just haven't said anything for a while.

Today was our last class at my drawing class. We worked with charcoal in two different ways. I also asked if she would show me what they worked on last week since I had missed it. Now to just fool with everything. The charcoal I did with using the background of charcoal and erasing out the drawing was of a kangaroo and they actually recognized it. Then we did one with sketching the item with the charcoal. Last week they did pastels, so I did one drawing with those. I have never learned how to use those before. So I learned how to use the pastels, the watercolor pencils and charcoal. I was happy with that.

I made a good dinner today. I had tried it before, but burned it. Today it came out good, though. A one pan ham and asparagus dinner.



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That is so neat that you do crafts projects at a care center!
I still need to dig up weeds around the homestead.
It has been so windy lately, that I have been stalling.

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Thanks! Glad to be back in the loop!

My yard isn't an explosion of color yet, by any means, but it's looking better. Just got in from working outside, and I'm ready to rest and cool down a bit. It's much cooler here today, though, and the humidity is way down, so I've had a pleasant morning.

It will be my turn to lead the craft project at the Memory Care unit in June, so I've been going through my kindergarten and primary school art books for craft ideas. No scissors can be used, and many other restrictions apply because of their dexterity, plus the project needs to be completed in one session. But the residents are a joy to work with even though they are unable to do many things we take for granted.

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I am glad that you have found your way through the computer quagmire, Louise!

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Glad to see you back. My yard is an explosion of color now. I am in love with spring even when the weather is cool and windy.

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I've been missing out on all these discussions lately! I am almost sure I used to subscribe to this discussion, but it must have somehow dropped off my list. I'm subscribed again now, though, so hopefully I can follow along again with what everyone is doing.
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OK I will keep my heat and my wind!
One of your rosebushes outsmarted the frost!

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Teester, you can keep that weather for a while. We had mid 60s today, but tomorrow is supposed to be mid 80s (moved from Thursday, when it is now supposed to have 80% chance of rain instead of 0%).

I noticed today that my rose bush is blooming like crazy. I don't think I had any yesterday. They are small, but there are a lot of them. The roses right next to the porch lost the couple blooms they had in the frost last week.

I started back to the exercising today. Didn't get very far, but got some done.



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90 degrees in Dell City, Texas an hour before sundown.
In Arizona it would KOOL DOWN to 90 degrees by sun up!

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Wow sounds so hot! 65 here was our tops.

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Fancy, there were not nearly as many blossoms today as yesterday.
It was about 92 degrees today and it isn't even summer yet!

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I stayed inside the last two days because of the cold weather. We had snow Thursday and it stayed cold yesterday. Today it warmed up so I got out to do some shopping. I got another skein of yarn for the blanket I am working on. Hope the color looks okay once it is in the blanket. I took the flowers that I had finished to check the weight of yarn and the color. Then got my puzzle book and then went grocery shopping. I should be good for a couple days now, anyway. I didn't have anything thawed and it takes it two days, so I got a small package of chicken that I think has small pieces in it. Normally the pieces are so big that they are tough.

I was trying to find a Birds and Blooms magazine, but I don't know where they sell them. The June issue has hummingbirds and I thought maybe I could try drawing some of them. Not for sale, just to practice drawing.

Teester, that sounds like a nice day you had. The description of the drive to El Paso sounds beautiful. I guess we might have something like that in the mountains this summer, but not around here at this time and not as many flowers and such as you described. Might be a "colorful" state, but you have to know where to find the color.



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Make it happen, Fancy! I seem to let things go, like art work and beading. I am creating more space on my work table by putting things into storage. A cluttered house is a distrection!

Got up early, did some exercise before breakfast in Dell City. Went to the Post Office across the street, then proceeded to drive one hour to the city of El Paso. It was a pleasant drive, all the yuccas are in bloom. Each has a majestic plumed spike of creamy-white blossoms, mounted upon a stump of spikey leaves. Cone flowers and black-eyed susans swayed above little clumps of orange and gold poppies. Occasionally, I could catch a glimpse of purple sand verbena. Roadside thistles are also beginning to open their dangerous beauty.
One lone antelope stood grazing in a wide shallow bowl of grass.
Did our shopping at our favorite gun store, ate venison sausage and a salad at the Rod and Gun Club, did a bit more of shopping, ate dinner at a Chinese Buffet, and returned home while listening to the Grand Ol' Oprey, live from Nashville.
I saw a wonderous sight in a field. A mama antelope surrounded by THREE KIDS! That is very unusual, but she is in the greenest valley for miles around, so I hope she can produce enough milk to feed all three!
Got home, did some more exercise and here I am at nightfall.
Tommorow we return to El Paso with a truck load of boxes to put in storage. We each are proud to say that the clothing we had outgrown last summer, will fit us well, this summer, so I will be spared the agony of seeing myself in a full-length dressing room mirror!

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Oh, I can understand their feelings on something like that. My parents were older than yours, but they didn't have much growing up. Dad was in a family that was happy to get the bag of oranges for Christmas from some neighbor. I knew others who were considered too skinny when they were young and were told they had to gain weight, though. A friend of our family was put in the hospital and fed milk shakes with raw eggs mixed in because the doctors thought she was too skinny. She got overweight, too. She was my parent's age.

I didn't make it to my drawing class last night. I spent that time at the garage waiting on my truck to be fixed. I don't know how I am going to pay for that, but it had to be done. Now I only have one class left. Wish it was more, but I will have to work on it on my own. Hope I can get things done instead of just dropping out of everything I do.



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Darlene. My Mom was born during the Depression in the middle of the city. Se developed a fear of being hungry which she passed on to her kids. I will bet our entire generation was raised to Clean Your Plate. I was never "skinny" but I grew up I learned to eat fast, (Three brothers to compete with at the table.) It takes a long time to identify the motives, assure yourself otherwise and learn healthier habits. Our parents were concerned for us, so I can't fault them for that!

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Yeah, my pictures when I was young I looked like I had toothpicks for legs. Everybody was always trying to fatten me up. I think that is a big mistake for people to do. If a person is skinny, but healthy and not anorexic or purging, let them be skinny. Maybe they will gain without getting overweight.



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Yup I keep thinking, Gee I was skinny back then!

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Brie and I spent a few hours deecluttering our room. We dug out the photo albums and enjoyed reminescing before we put them into the storage box. We reserved a few to scan and put on our computer hard drives, which we might choose to share. We will soon have a place to set up our printer/scanner. I also found the external hard drive for the computer, which means that I can set up my computer to do art work. That should be fun!


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We stayed in El Paso overnight for my 9AM appointment for a mammogram. I'VE BEEN SQUISHED!

The shooting range is in the same neighborhood, so Brie and I sighted-in our rifles for the next cowboy shooting match. We moved a heavy target stand out to one-hundred yards. I am glad that I am doing strength training exercises! My Mexican Revolutionary costume has not yet arrived. But I think I can outfit as an Apache. Geronimo's great-niece was called Lozen. She was admired as a strategist for the Apache resistance. So precedence has been established for a woman Apache warrior. I enjoy the costuming and history as much as the shooting. I made a leather pouch for my brother (whom we nicked named Geronimo) based on an Apache design. Now I need to make one for myself!

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I am amazed at how much stuff I have. I need to start keeping my camera handy at all times. The cell phone camera is poo poo.



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I have found a small tin of cake watercolors, but I know they could only be some cheap ones from some kind of kit I had. I have no idea what the kit would have been, though. I also found another set of watercolor pencils, so I know I have at least 3 sets of those and maybe 4. I ought to just keep some drawing stuff in the truck all the time, but that is as much of a mess as my house so I don't know where I'd put it. Then I wouldn't have needed all those sets, plus the plain colored pencils. The watercolor pencils sure have nicer color, though. It's nice to know how to use them now, too.



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Glad you're sticking with your painting. I use the cake watercolors in my journal. I inherited them so I don't know what they cost but I suspect they are not expensive. I've seen similar ones online for 12.99. Anyway, I enjoy them.

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I haven't floated away. Don't know about people who live downtown, though. Actually, I don't think we have had flooding, but there was a terrible hail storm west of downtown the other day. Took out windows in buildings and cars, put holes in the sides of houses, and collapsed a shopping mall roof.

Trees grow really well around my house -- a little too well. I have wild ones growing all over that I cannot get rid of. Other things don't grow so well. I keep trying, though.

Had drawing class tonight. I took a bunch of learn to draw books with me and also got one from the clearance rack at Hobby Lobby on botanical drawing. So before class I tried drawing a couple roses that didn't turn out too bad considering I couldn't see them too well because of poor lighting. Then in class we were doing some water color pencils in our drawings. I did a pansy for that, which turned out okay. I didn't have the water color paper, though, since I hadn't expected to use it until a couple weeks from now. So did my water color on my sketch book paper. I haven't ever used the pencils with water before, only as colored pencils because they came out so much better than other colored pencils. It was kind of fun using them the right way. I had to repack things in a different bag since I was getting mine too full.

It is interesting to find out how different people use things so much differently. The water color instructor at the other rec center uses the water colors in tubes. The drawing instructor uses the cakes that look like kids watercolors when she uses watercolors other than the pencils (she prefers acrylics for her main medium). I didn't know they made those kind of watercolors in a professional kind. She said her set of them ran somewhere around $140. Guess I will have to stay away from them. I am more likely to get some new oils one at a time so that I can do painting again. That is, if I can learn to draw well enough to get the thing down that I want to paint. I am having trouble practicing the drawing because I have been working on some crochet for upcoming babies (not mine). Also, I get too stuck on the computer, which I need to stop doing.

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Darlene! Have you floated away yet!? Sounds like some crazy weather! I can't grow anything well. It amazes me that I have not managed to kill the tiny desert elm that I have growing in a coffee can. I should probably replant it in a larger container. I am reluctant to put it outside because our weather is so windy and dry. And the rabbits eat anything that is green. Am I up for this task?
It is too windy to go outside. I doubled my time with dumb bell exercises. Maybe jump on the recumbent bike for ten minutes.

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My spouse is a veteran. When she is around other veterans, she is calm and focused. So I became involved with shooting partly for her benefit. And the cowboy competitions are fun because of the costumes and the inventive scenarios the guys think-up for the competitions.
Sometimes we have to incorporate props, like kighting a fuse and running with money bags before engaging your targets. (Steel plates) Now I am addicted and I can't wait to get my Mexican Revolutionary costume together!

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I used to be a pretty good shot with a rifle. Not much interest in shooting once I started shooting photos. LOL

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Teester, that sounds like a wonderful birthday and day of shooting. Chocolate cake is my favorite. Didn't have that kind on my birthday, but they had it for my friends' yesterday.

I was going to work in the yard today since they said there was 0% chance of rain. Don't think the Weather Channel knows what they are talking about either. I was sitting on the porch when it started pouring, then thundering. After Cassie and I came in it started hailing, though just small hail. They say 80% the next two days and 60% chance Wednesday and Thursday. I knew the rain was expected the rest of the week except Friday, so I am sure they can't help with the yard Friday. Oh, well, I will do what little I can manage each day that it can be worked on out there. Can't afford to water again this year, so will just do my container gardening and my friends will do the rest of the vegetable garden. Mark can get things to grow a lot better than I can, so that will actually be an advantage for me. I was just going to give them the plants that I had ordered that are coming in this week.



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Some of you know that Brie and I compete in cowboy shooting events. Last week Brie and I built a target stand of steel angle-iron, chains and a plank of wood. We even picked up that 80 pound target and hung it from its chains. Today we loaded everything onto the trailor and towed it to the Rod and Gun Club. After we unloaded it (one of the guys lifted the target) I volunteered to rake up extraneous brass, the empty shell casings which litter the ground. Most of the fellows reload their ammo, so they like to find and save their brass to re-use. I didn't tote around steel targets like I did last month. But I've been doing exercises for upper body strength for the past two weeks. So I am READY, WILLING, AND ABLE TO HELP.
There were strong winds from every direction, making the contest a bit more difficult, but
everyone enjoyed shooting at the target, it makes an impressive KABONG when struck by the bullets. The Club president was delighted because they had been talking ABOUT doing a long range shoot out for years. But Brie made it happen, and I helped. The guys gave us a round of applause and toasted us. They will help us do this tournament four times a year.
I only managed to hit the target once. I did much better at practice yesterday! (Some guys didn't hit the target at all!) But I had a blast, anyway.

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Have fun with it. I rarely draw any more. I need to pull out a sketch day each day.

I turned the big six oh today! History has it that I appeared after the late show, after torturing my Mother for sixteen hours. And I was born on the guerney in the maternity ward waiting room.
AND I was a breech birth baby. I could barely breathe. The doctor had to dunk me alternately in warm and cold water. Mom says I let out a pathetic little mewl that broke her heart. But I had a head full of hair. My first baby picture at one day old reveals the top knot on my head.
At Sixty years I am still backwards and stubborn and I still have a head full of hair. And for some reason, I still can't rest until 2am!
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P.S. the waittress at the local diner brought me a huge slab of chocolate birthday cake, and I enjoyed every bit of it! This week I will return to chicken soup for lunches and get back down in my calorie range.


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I am not sure what you mean by contour drawing. She has talked about timed drawing some. Mainly what she has told me is to use the circles and ovals, then connect them. I have never had that work for me, but maybe that way makes itgo faster for timed drawing. She said that the timed drawing is done a lot in figure drawing.



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I do understand the frustration. I have let my painting go for 25 years and it is like just starting over. My oils are really bad but.... I am enjoying the process so I will keep it up. Hugs

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Sounds like she might be teaching contour drawing. You will need to keep your eye on the object, instead of the deawing. Do your lessons, nut remember that drawing should be FUN. so don't be too critical of yourself.

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