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7/2/15 2:25 P

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Congrats on "aging well"! Can't ask for more than that...and at a good weight for such a little bit as you are, too! emoticon That's wonderful.

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Meant to share: My doctor told me this morning that I am "aging well." Wow!! Very happy with that evaluation from him. I expected him to crab at me for losing weight this year. Instead he asked if I've been sick, or did this on purpose. I reminded him his nurse called after my last check-up to let me know I had high blood sugar. And that changing my diet to eliminate as much sugar as possible resulted in this dramatic weight loss. He was happy with that. BUT he said I am not to lose any more. I can live with that.

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Jean from Texas
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Bad dilemma. I have a little 1945 Singer Featherweight for emergencies like that. It's old, but tuned up and works just fine. DIL bought a little 11 pound Jenome (I think) for emergencies, and to take to sewing gatherings. She hauls her Quilting Bernina for special classes. I gave my older Bernina to DIL before she bought her Bernina. Don't know where that is now. She had the old one at their lake house for a while, but since they are living there for weeks at a time, her good machine is at the lake house.

DIL started knitting and crocheting now. She took her first knitting class yesterday and loved it (one on one) and started a small throw with six different colored yarns. That should be pretty. I taught her to knit a dishcloth after she crocheted a dozen or more.

Jean from Texas
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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
it's about learning how to dance in the rain!"
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7/1/15 12:40 P

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Dripping here now. Got 6000 plus steps in this morning, then went to grocery hoping I could mow when I got home, but grass is just wet enough that it would not be good for grass or mower.

I keep thinking I am going to get my sewing machine back in for tune up, thus don't want to unpack it etc, but I DO want to be sewing. This is not a good arrangement. lol I need new elastic in a ton of things...from slips to skirts...just can't give up some of my favorite clothing when I think I can help them fit..at least for a while longer. Have my slip held with safety pins to keep it on...must redo the elastic!!! Soon!


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7/1/15 12:33 P

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I am busily knitting on my THIRD Bermuda shawl. This one is the right weight for sure. It's wool, silk, mohair and some polyester. Not sure if I'll keep it but wanted to try the silk blended yarn for the shawl. Going smoothly.

We are getting unusual rains also. Things growing like mad.

Jean from Texas
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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
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6/30/15 2:54 P

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I love that you get all these wonderful projects done, Jean. Right now all my stuff is on hold...wanted to take sewing machine in for tune up..but shop was closed (I didn't know!) the Monday I took my car in for it's check up. Then DH brought the machine all the way back upstairs. I need to make another jaunt out to the area where my Bernina dealer is...usually I wait till I have a reason to drive that far in addition to dropping off the machine.

Our weather was SO hot and humid last week...now it is milder and I am so glad. Grass is growing at a rate..I had planned to mow today but it rained just before we got home, so now everything is wet...thus, no mowing for now. Hope it doesn't get away from me..poor lawn mower when the grass gets too tall!

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Today my Joe and I are getting our wills notarized. The final step. Our lawyer spent time with us getting things sorted out the way we want. Now they'll be ready to put in the safety deposit box. We plan to give each of our four children a copy of the will since they'll get everything anyway. For us it's just peace of mind to have that little chore done.

The yard looks fresh and inviting. Now it's just keeping it tended. Things got away from me for a few years, but I think I'm mostly caught up.

I finished my DIL's shawl through the 3rd skein. A fourth skein is on its way. What a conundrum. The yarn was mislabeled "sport" when it is actually "aran," a much heavier thicker yarn. So instead of taking 2 skeins to complete, it's four. I feel dumb about not realizing the yarn was just too darn thick, but the pattern said "sock or sport" so I thought it must be OK. The shawl is lovely, but certainly will be much heavier and bigger than needed in Texas summers. The DIL loves it anyway and will use it when she travels to northern Michigan, and on cruises where the temperatures dip drastically.

Have a marvelous week. Keep smiling and giving the world your very best.

Special hugs for you

Jean from Texas
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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

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6/29/15 10:12 P

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Our weather stayed breezy all day...I had thought I would mow this afternoon, but got enough steps in that I decided to just walk the last two laps on the driveway and skip the mowing. I'll be sorry if we get enough rain to prevent mowing in the next few days. emoticon I didn't sleep all that well last night either..and no naps today, so hopefully tonight will be better. I am looking forward to heading in that direction! emoticon

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6/29/15 10:05 P

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Best to walk early for me, too. I head for the mall after breakfast, and try for 3 miles minimum. That works well for me to get my steps going. Tonight I have 7.15 miles, and that is probably all I'll get. Kiwi has had his evening walk already.

I'm tired, but didn't sleep well, so that is to be expected.

Jean from Texas
Co-Team Leader 50's 60's 70's and Older Team

I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
it's about learning how to dance in the rain!"
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6/29/15 9:00 A

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New week. Today started out with my reg. routine but it started to rain lightly as I walked first round of the driveway...so I came in and checked the weatherbug radar...looked like more coming so I waited...all we got was a tiny bit of light drizzle. So, now breakfast is done, I did another "lap" and picked up the paper...and in a few min. I will get back on track. I try to get at least half my walking in during the early morning..and right now, the weather is cool and breezy...good time to walk!

Hope everyone is feeling well and will enjoy these last two days of June. Make good choices! emoticon

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6/29/15 8:05 A

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Morning
More hard rain this weekend, but all is well here.

The plants love it.

Jean from Texas
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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

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it's about learning how to dance in the rain!"
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6/24/15 2:28 P

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We are zone 6. Can sometimes get some of the in-ground things through the winter, but not always. Our large pots are on wheels now so I can move them (most of the time). Our winters have mostly been milder but we get streaks of really cold for a week or so...or a very, very late hard frost that totally upsets everything.

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6/24/15 12:24 P

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If you have to take things inside to protect them, then Yes, you do have harsher winters than SE Texas. We are supposedly in the "tropical" region, but with our long drought, it didn't seem very tropical. The rain has changed things for us this year. For decades we hauled plants into our garage by the side door that has pebbled glass. But not for two years now. The pots are so enormous and heavy, we just can't move them anymore. We have an excellent neighbor that could help move things if we ask him.

I am not working in the yard today. Still sore, so I'm listening to my body. I did walk, but will have a mostly knitting day, I think.



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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

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We probably get a bit of a harder winter here than you do. But I do bring in everything I can fit into the house...I just don't have as much room where I can protect things from freezing and still have enough light for survival. Most years, though, we do pretty well...I have some very large palms and ferns now...and pots of flowers. As the plants..and pots...keep getting bigger, it is getting harder to fit things in. Had to move a comfy chair out of my dining area..had a reading nook in there but needed the space this year.

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6/23/15 7:56 P

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Yes, the point is down the back. The long part is for shoulders. Thanks.

I don't take any spider plants in. They have done remarkably well outdoors for years. My leaf and pine needle blanket covers up the tender parts, and the established plants just keep on going.

Glad you use them around for contrasts, too They are good accent pieces.

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6/23/15 4:19 P

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Pretty shawl...do you wear it with the point down your back? I assume so.

I plant spider plants in my pots for the summers, too, keeping the "mother" plant from year to year. They make a nice filler and/or contrast to other plantings.

Hot and humid here, too.No relief coming any time soon, either! I am glad I can get out to walk early...some days getting nearly all my steps in. Just did 8 flights of stairs to get that part of my effort done for today. I will probably mow this evening..on the late side..to complete my walking. I don't want the lawn to get so high my mower can't handle it...and with first an inch of rain..and then heat, it is growing rapidly. I finished out steps yesterday hauling water...lots and lots of water!

Hope everyone is managing with the summer heat...and making good choices! emoticon


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6/23/15 3:47 P

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Completed and blocked Bermuda Shawl. Love the wavy shape and color changes. This is my new favorite.

Hot and humid here. Worked for 90 minutes again in back privacy area. Not done, nor ready for photos. Today I clawed through seedlings, and weeds before getting down and pulling them out. Killer chore. I had to quit from soreness. I moved a few variegated spider plants as a border around one area. That house plant does wonderfully well in mild winters. They really took off these past few years.

Jean from Texas
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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
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6/22/15 9:49 P

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Hot and humid here.
Bought begonias and coleus (sp) at Home Depot this morning after my walk. Dug holes through the roots (of trees,) and planted the new pretties. . They are in the back privacy area, just for us to enjoy. We can see them out the big shower window and from the bedroom. Very happy with the new color out there now. Had to use a strong serrated knife to get through some of the roots. They are everywhere back there.

Had a productive busy day. Laundry is done and put away. Walked 6 miles all together. Yeah!
I'm working on a Bermuda shawl for my DIL now. She picked out the yarn. Turns out it is sport yarn instead of sock yarn. Much thicker, but I changed the needle size to a 9 instead of 7 and am hoping the end result will be gratifying.

Joe can't walk much bc of his knees. What a shame to have our athletic guys shut down with their knees.

Jean from Texas
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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
it's about learning how to dance in the rain!"
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6/21/15 5:23 P

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Jean, glad you had nice get-away weekend. All the knitting, crocheting and shopping sound like fun . Your DIL is so fortunate to have you to help her learn all these skills!

Anita, how fun to watch your son compete in the ballroom dancing! Our eldest daughter competes...and loves dancing every chance she gets. DH and I took lessons for a couple of years but his work interfered and now he says his knees just can't take it. I loved it. We did not compete...just wanted to learn so we could enjoy it. It is great exercise!

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We're home again.

Had a marvelous get-a-way with DIL and son at their lake house. We traveled to a lovely quilt shop in Kerrville, TX. Shopped and were inspired. She and I both bought rayon fabric to make lovely loose over blouses.

Visited my favorite of all time Yarn shop, Ewe Knit, in Gruene, TX. Such inspiration there. Love that shop.

DIL taught herself to crochet with her Mom's crochet hooks this past week and made 15 dish cloths. She wanted me to teach her to knit them. We worked hard, and she caught on. Beautiful!! I left her with every size of metal Addi-Turbo circular knitting needles, and the complete set of Denise Interchangeable circular needles. She knit one dishcloth with a metal Addi-Turbo circular, but will try the Denise Interchangeables, too. She'll decide which kind works best for her. The interchangeables are plastic, but I prefer the metal ones. I bought myself the metal Addi-Clik interchangeables, and just don't need all those needles.

Jean from Texas
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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
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6/21/15 1:07 P

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Enjoying a nice relaxing Father's Day with DH. Kids are making late lunch. Good thing because we are not moving to quickly. Watched second son do wonderful ballroom dancing in competition yesterday. Loved the costumes!
Down to quilting next week!

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6/16/15 10:38 P

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Here in Southeastern Ontario the weather has been alternating cloudy and sunny, with spurts of rain. The temperature is warm but it cools off at night.
Jean I am glad you were safe from the storm.
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Jean, I am glad to hear that you met your walking goal and are able to be home. Interesting to hear of the planning for water run off in your area. I am glad it works! Hopefully, the advance warning will help folks stay safe even if there is flooding etc. We are HOT and dry here. TS Bill may change our forecast and finally bring us a chance of rain later in the week. I am getting some of my walking done by hauling gallons of water out to my flowers. It takes about 14 gallons minimum to water the things the hose can't reach.

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Lots of rain. Some wind so far. Tolerable. Expect downpour overnight and flooding near us, BUT not in The Woodlands. We are engineered to handle the rains. Does not flood here. Multiple golf courses handle much of the rain and the drainage system is quite remarkable. So far we've been protected. Tornadoes, and wind storms cannot be helped, but so far so good.

I returned to the mall to complete my 10,000 steps tonight. Many stores were closing at 5PM bc of the storm which is expected to come on later. I passed my personal goal of five miles, and we left, too.

Jean from Texas
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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

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Just wondering, Jean or others, if you are being affected by T.S. Bill. Hot and humid..and dry here in TN. Hope everyone is safe whatever the weather.

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Jean, congratulations! That is a wonderful achievement!
We have gone from a funeral yesterday to celebrating DH's birthday today. It has been quite a weekend and a lot of food and food preparation. I am looking forward to some healthier choices tomorrow.


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Congrats on the success. emoticon

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Whew! Yard work, window cleaning, floor scrubbing, and all the extras have paid off. Yes, I do core exercises these days, track my food, watch the sugar consumption, and do my best to live healthy.

I actually weighed in at 115 for the first time in years this morning. Now I'll have to find maintenance for that plateau. I will. I know I may zig zag a bit around it, but I hit it this morning. I am beyond thrilled and could run up a flag.

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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

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Sorry you lost a dear friend.

Take time to smell the flowers, they say. More than that, appreciate what we have as Asta said. Grateful hearts are positive folks who live longer and with more joy.

Hugs for you.

Jean from Texas
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Anita, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend.

You are right that we need to be mindful of our circumstances, appreciate what we DO have and work to protect our health. Being on SparkPeople is part of that effort to care for our physical and mental health.

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Asta, congratulations on your improved physical condition and stamina. That is a real accomplishment. Jean, I love the table runner. I could use that in my B n B. Sorry, I have been off track for a while. Health issues etc. etc. Just attended a funeral for a dear friend who succumbed to her latest cancer attack. It kind of makes you think how we should be grateful for the days we have and make sure we make the most of the time we have. Have a good weekend.


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Like, like, like!!

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Yes, when we push, other great things happen in our bodies.
I made seven new pairs of earrings for myself from the crystals I bought in Michigan last year and in Old Towne Spring this month. Just had to force myself to get at them and do something with those sparkly new beads. They turned to nice.

Now I'll show you the table topper I ripped from the shawl that just did not work. The table runner is done and in place. The yarn is mercerized cotton with other novelty threads or yarns twisted in. It changes from red to yellow gradually.







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Thanks for the kind words. Glad to hear you aren't floating away! I am trying to clear things up in my work areas...want to get going again. Think I mentioned that I carted my machine in for service check-up..only to find the store is now closed on Mondays.

Weather here has turned sultry. We've had 3 inches of rain in the last few days...but nothing like Texas and Oklahoma! Still working at getting my walking in...doing 3-4 or more treks early while it is still cool. Now the grass is shooting up so weill be mowing in the late afternoons again.

I noticed something interesting to me recently. When we first moved out here over 30 yrs ago...I could not do very large chunks of mowing at a time. When we returned from our few yrs of living with my Mother in the US Virgin Islands, I again was working at getting myself moving. (A Sparkpeople challenge got me going!). For a very long time, I mowed the yard in quadrants..about an hour at a time. It takes about 4 1/2 hrs to do the whole thing. Now I am doing it in 3 sessions! And, I am older than when I couldn't do much at a time! Pleased with THOSE observations!

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Thanks, Lady. You do also. Such a lovely variety of children's quilts. Like you I do things that bring me pleasure either for myself or others.

We're still having rain. The Woodlands was designed for water shed, so flooding is not an issue here at this time. Standing water in ditches, and construction sites, but the roadways are doing well.

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You make the neatest stuff...and work on projects of such variety Enjoy your neat new bag, Jean!


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Finished my purse/knitting bag. It has one long adjustable strap instead of two fabric handles. The exterior fabric shows sheep knitting.


Shows interior with the inside pockets. I used knit related fabrics for the interior also.


Besides the interior pockets, there are two full pockets ( one along each side) that are zippered. One is for my iPad, and the other could be used for knitting patterns.



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Drenching rain again. Yeah for the new trees. They are thriving now and sending out new extensions on their branches. Looking good.

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We have gotten a little bit of rain at last. The ground and plants and critters were thirsty. I had been worried about the cattle, not enough grass and we have a number of calves who need Mama to eat well so they can! We have gotten 3/4 inch of rain in the last couple of days. Hoping for more.

Jean, glad you had fun with your class today!

Took my car in for it's scheduled checkup...and then took sewing machine for it's overdue cleaning...only to arrive and find that the store is now closed on Mondays. ACK! Now it willo mean another trip out there X2. Phooey.


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Evening

Did you get some of this drenching rain that has been sitting over Texas?

School was awesome again. This morning it rained so hard the skies were black for over an hour. A bit unnerving. Then after lunch, the sun came out, and we took the afternoon classes to the garden to harvest their 2' x 3' plots. Very excited kids. Their veggies included peas, chives, grape tomatoes, regular tomatoes, radishes, and carrots. Different kids planted different seeds or little plants in the fall, and all year have checked for produce or flowers. Some had only flowers today, but all found something worthwhile in their garden plot.

All day long in the classroom the kids made "coral" with a lesson on the barrier reefs. First they colored a picture of a coral polyp sitting on limestone. Our coral was made with fun stuff. A paper plate and popsicle stick was given. Then each child received: (1st) frosting to cement the cookie in place, (2nd) a cookie (for the lime stone needed to grow on), (3rd) more icing to smear over the cookie, (4th) large marshmallow (mother coral polyp), (5th) small marshmallow baby polyps to place next to the mother polyp, (6th) Red Liquorice to strip into tentacles to catch food,( 7th) more icing to attach "algae," (8th) 3 M&M candies to put o top of tentacles representing algae, (9th) sprinkles to rain on everything like food floating in the ocean. Last they had to eat it or throw their creation in the trash before leaving the science room. Most gobbled the sweet mess up, but a few picked off only what they liked, and one trashed the entire creation. Not all kids are keen on sweets. None of them are diabetic, just some don't like sticky desserts.
The only thing they took home was the colored coral picture.

A very active day for me passing out the necessary parts for them to build their coral, and then supervising their hand washing and clean-up. The teacher really needed four hands today for this project, and I had a ball helping.

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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

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I've done the pattern-into-sleeves-into-binders with my quilting stuff. I have saved a ridiculous number of patterns and articles...and my tastes have changed since I started. Wonder if I will ever even catch up with what I have started!

19th day of no rain. errand running in my morning ahead...but only got 6 hrs of sleep last night so am not highly energized for the things needing doing today. Oh well. Nap will call me this afternoon I guess. am at 4279 steps so far this morning.

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I am with you on getting parts of my creativity organized.

I found some protector sheets in a box near my computer, so now a new project for me is to get my knitting patterns into protector sheets and separate the latest patterns into an additional 3 ring binder. My knitting patterns are so crowded into one 3 ring binder. Sorting them out will bring happy memories, and allow me to toss ones I no longer need. I have patterns in the pockets of the binder, bunched multiple patterns into single protector sheets, and others loose in the binder. Quite a mess. It is time to organize.

Today again I am concentrating on the knitting bag/purse I am sewing. I made stupendous progress yesterday, but need to sort out the handle, magnetic closure, and getting the parts synchronized. I love the one I gave away, but this one will be more personalized for my use. Very satisfying.

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Little by little I am getting things sorted out and hopefully cleaned up in my work areas. Finishing that little quilt seems to have broken the dam of backed up everything!

Early morning walking has been so nice with the cool temperatures. Today is our 19th day of no rain.

HOpe everyone is having a good week. Make good choices! emoticon

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So encouraged to see you adding steps every day. I keep going, too.

After walking an hour solo this morning in the mall, I headed to the sewing room. It's been a great day with visible progress on the knitting bag/purse. So happy to see it come together.

Our rain cooled thing down a bit for us, but hatched vicious mosquitoes. Hungry buggers. Yesterday I put a vegetable soup together for us. Looks like enough for 3 days. Made a tasty quick supper tonight.

I ordered the Interactive National Geographic magazine through "Zinio" for my iPad. Looks really great. The video of the dolphin is quite interesting. Getting that subscription was on my "to-do" list.

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Wonderful story.


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Laura/Mimi still has the first quilt I made..for her first daughter Vanessa. Randy worked for the Baltimore Colts, so I designed and machine appliqued a horseshoe onto a baby quilt size quilt using the team colors but in floral fabrics for a little girl. Edged it with eyelet lace. I STILL don't have a photograph of it. I had NO idea what I was doing, but those first quilts with no help, no instruction etc, have stood the test of time. The recipients are all adults now, some with their own children! (Back when I made that first one, I didn't even know the word applique! lol.) I think Vanessa is about 38 now.Will have to check on that. Mandi is the next daughter and she is the mother of Mia. [That family has Meemaw, Mimi, Mandi and now Mia...four generations for a tongue twisting list!!!] Laura owns Over The Rainbow...hence the gift of fabric. overrainbow.com/

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Wonderful quilt of pig and cow fabric. I love your dedication panel on the back, too. I sometimes do that when giving a quilt away. Such a treasure for a little gal. My 21 year old Megan still has the baby quilts I made for her. Her Mom put them away. My21 year old grandson Frankie used his up. I wanted the kids to love them and wear them out, but Megan's Mom protected hers.

It feels so good to finish a project. Now you'll get to see the little gal's reaction to her own quilt. That will be precious.

Hope the storms bring good rain and no destruction to you.

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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

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I started a little scrap quilt as a gift for my SI'sL granddaughter...made from scraps from the quilt I made in a class...with fabric Laura had given me. At that time, I thought I would probably give the larger quilt to Laura (aka Mimi) so she and Mia could match. Hubby was going to visit so I raced to put together the little quilt...missed the flight time, still thought I could mail it while he was there and was flying along. Got nearly done and made a BIG mistake...and just deflated. It never got there. Today, at last, I picked it up, corrected the error and finished the quilt..in less than an hour.





Mia is now 3 1/2 and this will be delivered to her in September when WE visit.

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Happy Mother's Day!

Hope your day brought smiles and laughter

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I'm so pleased you didn't give up and got yourself a new Fitbit One. Ours are now practically the same age as mine is quite new, too.

Thanks for understanding about my shawl. I do love the yarn, but I know I will never wear the creation the way it is. So getting good advice from two other expert knitters who work in the shop was very encouraging for me. I modeled the shawl for them to show why I didn't like it.

Happy Mother's Day. Hope your day is peaceful and pleasing. I've been pampered by my Texas family already, so tomorrow will be just a quiet day.

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Sorry for the unsuccessful shawl effort, but glad you got to get some consultation with someone with expertise to help you decide what to do next.

Your outing sounds like fun. Wish I had someone who liked to do that kind of outing now and then.

My 3 yr old Fitbit finally died this morning...and I set up the new ONE. I had a terrible time getting it onto the computer..but finally figured out what to do...and was delighted to get it to sync...so now I have a brand new Fitbit that I hope will give me good service as did the last one.

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DIL MaryAnn and I spent the day together, but the Market Place was a bust. Instead of the 80 vendors advertised, there were 28. Not much was handmade, but rather many companies pushing their line of oils, jewelry, clothing products. She did buy some outdoor solar lights in a pint mason jar with clear and opaque flat beads glued on. She really liked those. I didn't purchase anything.

I drove us to Old Towne Spring where Joe and I had an art gallery many years ago. That was fun. We visited three quilt shops, one bead shop, one yarn shop, one art gallery, one cupcake bakery, one candy shoppe, and lots of interesting shops with unique things. She was very pleased with her purchases. She won $1,500 at bingo last week, and wanted to shop.

I bought some stabilizer for the purse interior, yarn, a fused glass pendant, and some crystal beads.

I took in the disappointing shawl I just finished, and got some good advice at the yarn shoppe. I'm planning on ripping the shawl out and starting again. I'm fine with that.

It was a good day. Old Towne Spring was my plan "B" after I scoped out the Market Place on the internet. The day would've been very sad without a back-up plan.

Hope your weekend is bringing you joy.


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Photos of the disappointing shawl. I'll re-do it at a later time. I plan to rip it, let the yarn rest, and use a different pattern that increases the edges faster. I'll change the color gradients to go from light yellow to mustard, and then follow what's there. I have more yarn of each solid color to extend the shawl within the color gradient changes. This is not blocked and won't be.

The finished shawl is too small; both tip to tip, and top to bottom. Plus the yarn is too thick for the needle size.





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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

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I LIKE it. I don't use table runners but they are pretty for sure!






























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Yes, the table runner was made over a year ago. I bring it out before the 4th of July and just enjoy it for a few months. Thanks for noticing.

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Lovely! And I notice the quilted table runner under the bouquet!


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Mother's Day came early for me today. Daughter Pam and her Megan sent this beautiful rose bouquet in a creamer.


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Warming up here, mostly sunny though clouds are developing. I am about half way through my walking/stair climbing effort for today. Hope to mow, but plan to wait till closer to evening.

Hope everyone is having a good day. Make good choices! emoticon

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Another gorgeous day here. Hope yours entices you outside.

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Quiet. I DO appreciate it! Enjoy yours!

good night everyone. emoticon

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Our girls are home safe and sound. We fed them, and sent their little darlings home with them. Quiet house now. Yeah!!!

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You are so industrious, Jean! Happy your doggies helped you get your steps!

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