So, I know we are a week into September, but as some of you know, if you comment on my blog, if I have time, and remember, I love to give Spark Goodies to those of you who encourage me and help keep me going!! I discovered that I'm running out!! (that is why I've been giving a lot of the less expensive ones) So, one of my September goals is to get at least 100 Spark points a day!! With the wonderful daily water challenges and such that I have joined, that has made it possible. Plus I make sure to do Spark Coach every day now, I've started over at the very beginning, I think I need it!! And the challenges I'm a part of keep me accountable! I love it. The fitness challenge shows how I've not been working out, but I have planned out a workout and stretched on some days.
Hope is going back into partial service dog training. She tasked yesterday, alerting me to an oncoming migraine, in time for me to take meds and stop it!! I'm going to either start up her old youtube channel, or start a whole new one. I'm hoping to start a blog and link it there. I had one, but we let it lapse so all that info is gone. Just as well. But the training will be in the garage. The first few days will be after hubby leaves, with the door closed, just to get her where she isn't jumpy in there. Then, I'll open the door before taking her in and take her (so the noise doesn't scare her) and take her favorite treats (all beef hot dogs) and we will work with just being comfy with the door open. Then we'll progress to making it closer and closer to the outside. I'm going to find sounds that scare her (surprisingly the vacuum and shampooer do not) and make them more frequently or find the app one person was talking about that makes loud noises meant to work with dogs that have anxiety. You just play the app and work with your dog, ignoring the sounds yourself and keep going like it is nothing, using lots of treats or clicker training. She is VERY treat oriented, so we will stick with treats while we are working with fear and anxiety, and maybe move to clicker training once she has gotten past that. Picture is of Hope when she was still actively a SDiT and going to therapy with me:
At the very least, she can be my 'at home SD' and and we can get her out of this fear enough that she can go hiking with us!!
Another goal is to start and finish (hopefully) a scoodie for my YDD. She picked aqua as her color and among the choices I showed her was this beach theme color changing yarn, that she loved, so that is what I bought. They are tiny skeins of bulky yarn, so, gonna have to buy more later, but will work with what I have. We are basically having a no spend two weeks, because we were behind and that is what we have left. And to start on the afghan for my bff, I've been meaning to for two months now, but have avoided it for some reason... no more! I will start it after I get the scoodie done, or on days when I don't feel like working on the scoodie. I just want to have it done by Christmas if possible, absolute latest would be April (our birthdays)
And after years of wanting to make the above boots, I have finally given in and bought the pattern!!! I'm going to make some for me and both of my BFF's. I just need their shoe sizes. They both like the color they are in (as do I) which will make getting yarn easier and cheaper, because I can use what is left from one project onto the next!! I can't wait for cold days to wear these babies around the house!! I wish I could buy some leather soles and make them with that, so I could go on the deck or porch without worrying about snagging the yarn!
Yay! Today has been dubbed a lazy day! No going anywhere! Oh, we are still going to do things, but will try to have them done before lunch-ish. I'm in my workout clothes, because I still plan on getting in some stretching and a little cardio (after I make absolutely sure the treadmill is clean!). And I've told the kids they can stay in jammies, as long as they wear pants or shorts around the house. Funny how I still find myself reminding them of these things!! ODD will have the hardest time. I just woke her up at 0915 and I can't see ANY of the floor to her room, there was barely room to open her door - to me that is a fire hazard and unacceptable. I give them time to clean their rooms every day, so no excuses!! And I did my end of the bargain, my side of my room is clean and DH is working on his.
Anyway, I hope you have a great Saturday, whether it is a jammy day or a busy day, lots of good cheer!! If I could go anywhere today, it would be to Starbucks to get a pumpkin spice latte and pretend it was already Fall and curl up with one of my fiction books!!!