Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Oldest UFO Finished

Color me happy! My oldest UFO, I think...it's the oldest one I've unearthed so far...is finished. I pieced this before I closed the shop and a good friend/customer quilted it for me..then I promptly folded it up and there it stayed...I have no idea why, because I love this quilt...some of my favorite fabrics in it...but now I can joyfully say...It's finished!

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Sunday, January 05, 2014

This Just Sums it ALL Up!

I got an e-mail from Life is Good this morning...nothing unusual about that, get at least one a week and usually look and delete...this morning I looked, stopped and looked again.
I had to have it...you may not be able to see but inside the dog it says "Be the person your dog thinks you are."  Could that be any more perfect...truly a lesson for me...my Howie thinks I'm nice, caring, nonjudgmental, happy, loving, good...everything good that we can think of...so to go back to the line from the Happiness Project that I shared in my Word of 2014 post..."act the way you want to feel"...so I need to make sure to act the way my Howie thinks I am! 

Friday, January 03, 2014

I Went on a Journey...

and I didn't leave home.  Sounds crazy huh...let me start at the beginning...in one of the early months of 2013 I got a call from a friend, she was crying, to tell me that her dear, dear friend had died of a massive heart attack the night before.  I was stunned...she was so young...my friend and I talked for a while and then we hung up.  Now, I didn't know her friend but this hit me like I can't even begin to explain.  All kinds of things went through my head...she didn't get to say good-bye, were there things left unsaid, were there things she wanted to do, how was her husband managing after this shock, and on and on and on. 

Then I started thinking about my life...now don't get me wrong, I am crazy healthy, have no heart problems, virtually perfect blood pressure...but when something like this hits so close to home, it really made this girl stop and think...I thought about the 20 pounds I had put on since I closed the shop 6 1/2 years ago...when I closed the shop I was a lot thinner but I was in terrible shape.  I didn't exercise and my weight was down because I just didn't eat...so that wasn't at all healthy.  I didn't want to go back there, but I knew if I could drop a few pounds I would feel much better. 

For whatever reason it took me a while to get myself in gear...I was going to Pilates twice a week and loving that...I was getting stronger and a lot more balanced, which is a wonderful thing since as we get older the balance seems to go...the last thing I want is to fall and break something.  But I wasn't dropping any weight.  Andy was out of town the end of July and I decided this was it...I was here alone and didn't have any distractions and didn't need to fix any big meals...I thought I would try just modifying what I eat, limit the bread and white carbs and decrease my portions...no more sandwiches and Cheetos for lunch...I substituted a salad with lots of greens, cut up chicken a few dried cranberries and a low calorie, fat free dressing (thank you Judy Cash)...I have a regular breakfast and dinner, just less of it...a protein bar mid morning for a snack and a small handful of raw almonds for a snack in the afternoon.  That's it...simple, easy to live with and I'm never, ever hungry...oh wait I forgot my treat...every night at 8:00 I have 2 Oreo's...my Pilates instructor has tried to get me to move those to a different time of the day, but I've stood firm on this one...it's my treat, I look forward to it all day and I don't cheat during the day because I know it's coming at 8...oh the games we play...but it's worked...since the end of July I have lost 18 pounds and kept it off over the holidays.  I feel fantastic...I have more energy...I'm still doing Pilates but have bumped up the pace and the weight considerably since I feel so much better.  I never feel deprived...it's a whole life transformation...and it was easy!

So long story short, I had talked myself into the idea that since I was 60+ this was just the way it was going to be...the weight had settled in and it wasn't coming off...I couldn't have been more wrong...and I couldn't be happier!  I don't know if this will help me stay around here for 30 or so more years to see my grandkids have kids of their own and to finish the zillion projects I have lined up and to read all the books on my list...but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt I feel a million times better.

If you've read to the end of this epistle thank you...sorry for no pictures...I'll do better next time!

Life is Better than EVER!!!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

A Visitor

While I was cleaning in the kitchen this morning I kept hearing a cardinal chirping...I went to the window and this beautiful fella was just sitting on my bare crepe myrtle singing away...I ran and got the camera and fully expected he would be gone...he waited for me...

 He then flew to the crepe myrtle at the other side of the back deck...he kept sitting there singing, tipping his head and almost moving so I would keep taking his picture...I think he knew he was a star today!
 This beautiful guy sure made my day!  I could have watched him all morning...but then I heard another chirp and off he flew...someone was calling him.
I can't think of a better way to start this new year...enjoying such beauty.  Happy New Year!