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12/15/17 1:15 P

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I am like the lady you talk of. I am uptight when I draw or paint. Of course, I can't do anything unless I am looking at a photo or something. Otherwise everything looks like something a kindergartener would do. If I am looking at a photo I can usually do pretty well. But I have to be able to get the photos and I don't seem able to find things I want to take pictures of.



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12/14/17 11:15 P

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Thanks for your story, Darlene. That's great that your friend enjoyed learning to paint and is good at it!

One thing I'd like to read/learn more about is how to get some of the participants to relax more as they are painting. While the man just went about his painting slowly and rather effortlessly, another woman on Tuesday (who said she had never painted before, either) did well, too, but she seemed to be a nervous wreck about it the whole time. It was like he came with the attitude of "I can," and she came saying "I can't." She wasn't pleased with her painting and she thought she should have done better. It seemed like no amount of encouragement or praise would convince her that she had actually done a good job. I think part of her discouragement might have stemmed from the fact that she was sitting next to a lady who had been painting for quite some time and who was rather accomplished.

I guess what can be learned from this experience is that none of us should compare our work to that of others, and we shouldn't be critical of our own creations. I think sometimes we don't realize how hard we are on ourselves. Seeing this lady fret over her painting made me realize how often I probably do the same thing, and I ought to loosen up more and just have fun.

After the session on Tuesday I talked to the lady I work with, and I suggested that she plan a project next month that is a little easier than that one, and one that can be completed in the short time we have with the residents. (Two ladies finished, and two other people didn't.) I think our job, as facilitators, is to provide something that will not be too simple, but one that ensures their success. I think they all need to leave that session with a feeling of accomplishment and pride. (That may be some lofty goals, there...)

As I write this I just thought of something else: We might need to prepare a couple of different project levels -- one for experienced artists and one for those who have never painted.

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12/14/17 12:16 P

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That sounds really rewarding to volunteer and to get the results like you got with that man.

I have noticed that most of the assisted care facilities here have art classes. A friend of mine lived at a place like that and joined their art class. I think she had never painted before either, and she could do a lot better than I can after I have had years of art classes. They also had an art show and she was excited to show me what she had done.



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12/13/17 11:03 A

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Yesterday I volunteered for the nursing home again with a lady from the local Art League. I am not a member of the league, but I volunteer with them, anyway, because several of my friends are members. I'm to the point that I don't want to be a dues-paying, rules-following member of too much anything these days! I retired from my Master Gardener chapter this year, and so now the only two groups I'm involved in are this volunteer one and my monthly Drink & Draw group, where as you can imagine, has no rules at all except to show up with your pencil and paper!

Back to yesterday's session: I'm paired with a great artist named Nancy, and yesterday she prepared stencil drawings of poinsettias for the residents of the nursing home to paint. Since we have only one hour, we've learned that if we have a drawing roughed in already, it gives them time to just paint (we use acrylics) and not worry about drawing the subject in the first place. We had only four residents yesterday, and for three of them it was the first time they have joined us. One man (I'm guessing in his mid to late 80s) had never painted before but was willing to try. After he finished his painting he was so excited that he had actually done it! Volunteering for this monthly project has been so rewarding for me be able to open others' eyes to art.

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12/12/17 2:58 P

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How nice of you to volunteer for that, Darlene! I'm sure she will appreciate your help.


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12/12/17 12:26 A

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I finally got the scarf done (actually is short, so called a muffler) other than I need to do the little finishing touches. I have now started one in purple and gold.

I answered a request from somebody looking for a crochet teacher on Nextdoor. Her aunt just wants help picking it up again. I told her I was just a beginner intermediate, but might be able to help and I think I was the only one who answered her. If so, I will be helping the lady starting in January. I'm going to see if the library has any books on teaching it. Hope I can help her okay.



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12/11/17 10:18 P

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Now THAT'S the right attitude!

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12/11/17 10:14 P

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Have been too busy to spend the time I want to on painting, drawing or beadwork. Especially Since I Joined A Gym And Discovered Zumba! But I Try To Chill And Remember that I'm Working on A Sculpture that I call my body!

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12/11/17 2:38 P

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I came across this quote today and just love it!

“Who told you that one paints with colors? One makes use of colors, but one paints with emotions.” ~ Jean–Baptiste–Siméon Chardin

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11/25/17 10:55 P

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Teester, I'm sorry you ended up having to start over on your medicine bag. I just hate it when I have to redo things.

This morning I almost had to do the scarf over and I am almost the end of it. When I went to pick it up the needle caught on something (it's in an open-top tote bag) and came all the way out. I think (hope) I got all the stitches picked up okay. This evening I had to get some stuffing for a pillow from Hobby Lobby and got a kit that has "Stitch keepers" in it (really big safety pin like things) so that I can pin all the stitches so I won't drop any. On this scarf it might take two or even all three stitch keepers, but gives me some confidence, anyway.



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11/25/17 12:47 P

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Spent the morning with the neighbors eating pumpkin pie and drinking coffee. Wind made it impossible to chase weeds. So I spent the rest of the day beading a medicine bag. Then I removed most of the work I had done because I put colors in the wrong place. RATS,
! So I will start again today.

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11/24/17 10:36 A

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It is a great feeling to be accepted and loved. I am glad that you have a second family that shares with you! I will bet that they loved the baby blanket!

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11/23/17 11:24 P

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Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving.

I had dinner at a friend's with her family. The baby the blanket was for was there and she was enjoying the blanket when I left. It is wonderful that I can go there for holidays since I have no family around here. I love them and they love me. I did eat a bit too much, though.

I have the scarf I have been working on almost done. I thought I might be skimping on yarn for it because I only got 5 skeins when I thought I was going to need 6. I just started the 4th and I don't think I will need the 5th unless I use it for the fringe. I was thinking a solid color for the fringe would be better, though. I think for the knitting group I started going to I will be able to have a square or two made for charity and work on that Monday. At least if my truck keeps starting.



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11/22/17 8:17 P

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Darlene! That is beautimous! You have prevailed!

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11/17/17 11:01 P

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Thank you.



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11/17/17 7:51 A

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Oh, Darlene, that's such a beautiful baby blanket! I know your friend is going to love it. What a lot of work you've put into it!
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Oh that is so beautiful. Love it.

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11/10/17 9:00 P

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I finally got the blanket I was working on for so long done the other night and got it washed. It has a few problems, but I don't think that will bother Kassie or her baby. I kept having to redo the joining of the squares because they wouldn't go together right and they never did go together the same on all of them. But it's together.




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10/28/17 11:17 P

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I hope that you don't get a bad cold with all your stress. Glad you can relax for a while.

I managed to make it through the day and last night without any more cramps. I am hoping that I can sleep in the bed tonight without getting them. Might take some "Leg Cramps" pills before bed.

Danny came this evening and my truck started right up. So we have no idea why it wouldn't start on Thursday. He will be on call for me tomorrow in case I get stuck somewhere or even just can't go anywhere from here. He is also having to work on his wife's car because it says the engine needs checked (newest car they have) and has to work on his old Blazer. Of course, during the week he has to work his regular job, which is not a mechanic.





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Sounds like you overdid it a wee bit. I've had to call on more than 1 occasion. Thank goodness my husband is a patient man.

We don't know yet what kind of tumor or if it is malignant. Seems the hospital is in no hurry to get him out of there. He is still in a lot of pain and it is just hard to watch.

The shows will be fine with or without my micro managing them. I now have a cold to go along with my other stressors so I'm going to relax and let go of what I can't control. I got the grant written and it isn't great but maybe it will do.

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10/27/17 12:00 A

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I do hope they can do something to get rid of the tumor on your friend's back. Do they have cyber knife there? It's actually a laser thing. I don't know if that way works to get that type of tumor.

Hope that you can get your shows set up okay if you don't need to be with your friend and can find help with them if necessary.

I did a lot of walking today trying to get to a meeting, then over to the clinic to pick up a prescription and then to a bus to get home after my truck wouldn't start. To get to the clinic the insurance called me a taxi since I didn't have the right change for the bus. I didn't quite make it to the bus to get home. too long of a walk and I couldn't make it across the busy streets to the bus stop, so I had to call a friend. I am still hurting from that one and have had cramps. Hoping that Danny can fix the truck this weekend. Poor man is always on call it seems.




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10/26/17 7:53 P

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I've missed your comments.
Sending healing energy toward your friend.
The shows will have to wait.


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Sorry I've been MIA for awhile. I have 3 shows coming up and I am so not ready. Quilt show on Saturday, (I'm one of the organizers), Photo show Nov. 8, and a mixed media Veteran's show that is to be hung on the 7th and 8th. I'm really not ready for any of these.

Top that off with the fact that our very good friend broke his hip. Should have been out of the hospital in a day, a week later he was still in a great deal of pain. Yesterday, they found his back pain is being caused by a massive tumor resting on his spine. More tests today but it doesn't look good.

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10/25/17 11:46 P

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Oh, thanks. A fake one of those would be great for one of my friends. She loves turtles. They rescued one when they were in Florida and she has had another one that is over 30 years old that had stayed home in Colorado while she was in her residency in Florida. Myrtle actually got out one time during a snow storm and my friend's husband thought she was dead since she was frozen stiff. When he went back out to bury her she was moving around and is now just as happy as can be.



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10/25/17 10:42 P

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one of my friends beaded a turtle shell. I will ask how she did it


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Those sound nice. Since you do beading, I saw something on public TV today that was interesting and I was wondering if you know anything about doing it. It was a Mexican beading and they were doing it on things like fake skulls and such (things that were solid like the plastic skulls, not material). They said it starts with putting wax on the base, then pushing the beads into the wax. I know that one of the ladies had thread, so I don't know if they start by pushing the beads into the wax, then thread them together or what. I would like to find out the whole process, even if I never do something like that.



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10/25/17 3:41 P

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Darlene! That project has certainly abused you! I am glad to hear that you can see the light at the end of the tunnel!
I finished four medicine bags for a friend and her family, I only need to borrow Brie's Dremel Tool to drill holes in the bone slivers that I use for closures, and the(artificial) bear claw which will grace one of those bags, Pictures tomorrow.

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10/24/17 10:36 P

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Hope you stay feeling better after getting rid of that tooth pain. Always time to get back to the construction after the bad weather is going.

I have the baby blanket I am doing almost to the finishing. It took about two weeks to find out how to get the motifs together into squares. I am to the 2nd to the last square putting the squares together. That's not the greatest since they aren't always turning up going together evenly. The directions for that are a bit iffy, too, but I am able to get them together. Then just the border of two colors. If I don't get that done soon I won't be able to get anything done for Christmas.



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The dentist extracted my sore tooth yesterday. She was hauling it back and forth until she finally pried it loose it from my head. There it sat on the tray in all its bloody glory, one of three roots was definitely rotten, which explains the pain I experienced all weekend. It was amazing that this monstrosity came out of my body. It reminded me of a space creature, Alien.
Dentist advised me not to disturb the forming blood clot and to avoid:
1)swishing water in my mouth
2)sucking liquid through a straw
3)bending and lifting for two days.
Fortunately, the weather sucks so we cancelled construction plans. And even with her bad back, Brie fetched up the 35 pound jug of drinking water. I have been doing most of the lifting since her sciatica attack in August. So I really appreciated her ability today.
I am feeling no pain, even without medication. I am taking Amoxicillin to prevent infection which will affect my intestinal tract in negative ways. I will need to fortify my guts with probiotics. Otherwise, I feel fine!

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9/30/17 8:08 P

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Yes, if it's not too fatty.




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Can you do meat?

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9/29/17 10:20 P

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Yeah, I understand on the A1c. Of course, my sweet addiction keeps mine out there, too. I have to get past that somehow. I was bad today because I saw that the Walmart by me has Gooey Butter Cake, which I haven't had in about 20+ years so I thought I'd try it. It was actually better than the last I had in St. Louis, which totally surprised me.

I had finally gotten to where I liked broccoli and I can't even eat a teaspoon of it or I feel like I am having a heart attack. Same with cole slaw, but I can eat a little more of that. I tried the cauliflower rice and mashed potatoes and that was fine for about 4 times. Now I can't eat that. It is frustrating when I find something I like and suddenly can't eat it. Besides that, it is all the stuff that helps fight cancer.



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Fancyqtr the metformin is awful. Hot flashes, diarrhea, upset stomach, and general feeling of malaise. I hate it. I also hate that my A1c keeps going in the wrong direction so I keep taking it. So far the low carb is working.

So sad that the veggies are something you can't eat. That is just so hard.

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9/25/17 9:57 P

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I keep trying to go low carb so that I can control my blood sugar without meds, especially since I end up with the bad side effects. I am too much of a carbaholic, though, and am always having to have just a little bit of sweets. It's hard for me to do some of the things that would be good since I have the IBS, too. Low carb usually has a lot of vegetables and I can't eat most of them.



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I'm not doing low carb. Sounds interesting, though. I'm eating far more carbs that I want to be eating, but with my restricted diet, that's just the way it's got to be for the foreseeable future.

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Teester! Good work.

Question? Is anyone doing low carb? I read a fascinating article on carboholics and am really intrigued.

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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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Good news!
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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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Did your internet guy get there and fix your connection?



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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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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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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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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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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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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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