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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Week 13 YoP



Another week, another blog update, another day to celebrate life with loved ones.  And the best part of this past week.....................Fall.  I so love that season.  Here in the Arizona Desert, fall normally doesn't truly hit for about another 2-4 weeks.  We are still living with the Air Conditioning on, but...........the nights are cooling off where we can sit out back and enjoy the fresh evening air.  Our days are still in the 90's but hopefully, the 100's have gone for the next 6 months.  

I made progress this week.  Last week I was concerned about the size of the Azel I was making.  I continued working on it all day Sunday and finally decided it was too big for the person getting it.  Rip it, rip it, rip it..................................I cast it back on to the next smaller size and am much happier with it.



I am almost done with the first skein of yarn and have 2 more to do before I switch to the back portion.  I have enjoyed learning the way this designer does button holes.  I have already completed 2 sets of them and have 5 more sets to go. I haven't worked on it much since Monday.  I decided I wanted to work on this:



I was so close to doing the heel on the pedicure sock, I just HAD to put everything else aside and do it.  I am so in love with this heel.  Never a hole and so darn easy to do.  Luckily for me, most of the people I make socks for have the same size foot as I do so I don't have to do more than one cardboard cut out for about 4 of us.



This has been my main project this past week.  With all the craziness I needed a mindless knit and this fits the bill.

Hubby's socks are back in time out until after all the Christmas knitting is done.

Ok, if you don't care about my personal life, you can scroll down to the comment section, leave me a comment and go about your day.  

As I told you in my last post, I joined WW a week ago.  I am doing well on it and am pleased with the fact, I have not really had to change the way we eat all that much.  Portion control is the big thing and I am being very careful to measure and track as accurately as I can.  We even went out to dinner last night and I was able to track what was in my wrap. 

I think my favorite line from WW is:  If it goes in your smacker, it goes in your tracker.  Love it.

I was faithful about going to the gym until I injured my hip Friday night at a concert.  There was a deep step (almost 2 feet) that I didn't see and went to step and landed on my foot but jammed my leg into my hip.  (I hope that makes sense).  We had to go through that step twice in the evening and even with me knowing it was there the 2nd time, I did the same thing.  There was nothing to hold onto going down that step and I am not exactly a spring chicken anymore.  My RA has robbed me of quite a bit of muscle tone.  That is the reason of me hitting the gym again.  I want it back!  Anyway..............I am hoping to get back there Monday morning.  Even if I can not walk my normal 30 minutes, I can work out on the machines to increase my muscle strength and tone.  I feel so much better now that I am moving first thing in the morning.

I also told you that Brother and I had looked at some group homes for my mom to move to. It would bring her much closer to my home.  We gave her all the info and she made her decision.  She has decided to stay where she is.  This actually is not a bad idea.  Her primary Doctor owns that facility and that is a big comfort to us.  He is an excellent Doctor too.  She has managed to obtain other specialty Doctors she needs on that side of town too. I figure, if she is happy and comfortable there, than that is where she should stay.  

We had our local Grand Daughter for the weekend.  She has gone home now and boy, is my house quiet, other than the football games going on the TV.  We had so much fun with her.  It is getting to the point in her life where she would rather be with her friends then with the moldy oldy grandparents.  So we cherish each sleepover we have with her.

This coming week looks pretty quiet according to my appointment calendar. Other than my normal routine, Wednesday is my busiest with appointments for me and my puppies that day.  Friday, hubby and I are going to our good friends house for the evening to socialize and chit chat.  This is my good friend with the cancer.  Right now, she is done with radiation and the brain tumor has not grown, nor has it shrunk.  So they are waiting for a couple of months and then will revisit what to do next.

Ok, I think that is about all I have for today.  I have made my menu for the week, done a load of laundry, written out my grocery list, updated my blog and now I am going to head to the grocery store.  After that it will be time to sit and work on projects until it is time to cook dinner.

Until next time....................................Happy Crafting!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Wednesday post on Thursday?

I normally like to update here on Wednesday, but as you see that did not happen this week. This week has been crazy busy but all in a good way.

Monday, my brother arrived in town for a brief visit with our mom and stayed with hubby and I.  He also has a high school friend here in town that he contacted and had dinner with one evening.  He left this morning to head home.  He lives in East Texas, so that is quite a trip and he does it on his motorcycle.  It's a nice bike though and very quite!  He said that 10 hours in the seat is not too bad at all.  Wow, I don't think I could do that.  I have a hard time doing 8 hours in a car!

I started back to the gym on Sunday and was very faithful all week until yesterday.  I needed a day off to let my muscles recoup.  This morning, I was back at the gym working all those rested muscles out again.  My energy level has increased already just from the few days I have been back at it.  I also have noticed my stress level is down too.  Ok, so maybe my Doctor was right and exercise is good for you.  Darn it.................Hate when she knows what she is talking about.

I started on Weight Watcher Sunday also.  My first meeting I was able to get to was last night.  I think I am doing pretty good and once I figure out all the ins and outs of the app on my phone/tablet, it will go much smoother.  Plus, there are some little things that are not in the app that make a big difference on your daily totals.  For instance..........If you blend your fruit into a smoothie, it is 2 points for each 1/2 cup of fruit.  (bananas are 5 points blended) If you eat/chew the fruit it is 0 points!  I had been having a smoothie each morning for the past several month and could not figure out why my weight was not moving.  Now I know.  Your stomach has to work in different ways for solid food vs. blended/liquidfied foods.  Go figure. Anyway, now that I know that, I have changed up my breakfast.  Otherwise, I am doing well on the plan and love the fact I can eat ANY food I want.

Tuesday was kind of a quiet day for us.  I picked up our grand daughter from school and took her to her volleyball game and that was about all I did for the day.  (Other than the gym) So I got some knitting done that day which will be posted about on Sunday.

Wednesday morning, Brother and I went looking at group homes for our mom to move into. She is in an assisted living home now and it is fine other than it is quite a drive for me to go and see her.  We found a couple of very nice homes that are less than 1/2 a mile from my house.  I would feel so much better with her closer to me in case of an emergency.  We gave her all the info on the homes and told her she needs to make the decision if she wants to move or stay where she is.  We won't make it for her.  

The past 24 hours have been tough on me.  I know mom will get great care where she is and also in either of the 2 new places we found.  I worry about her finances, her happiness, her ability to adjust to change, her health, and all sorts of stuff.  Talked to hubby about my concerns this morning and he gave me sound advice...................Turn it over to God.  Dang it..................another great idea.  So that is what I did.  While I was on the treadmill this morning, I turned it all over to Him and told Him not to let me take it back........EVER!

My mind is much more at peace, my stomach is no longer in knots, I feel like a large burden has been lifted off of me.  Can I get an AMEN?

So for the rest of today, I will do laundry, smoke a turkey breast, knit on my WIP's (works in progress) and maybe watch a movie or two that we have recorded.  If my mom calls and says she wants to move, than I will be doing some fast and furious leg work to see if I can get her moved out by the 8th of next month.

So...........until next time......................Happy Crafting

Sunday, September 18, 2016

YoP week 12


Hello everyone.  I missed posting last week.  Hubby and I took a little trip to Las Vegas to visit his mother and we also were in a BINGO tournament.  It was a very busy time as we also visited a couple of dear friends while there too.  It went by very fast, and I am so happy to be back home and in my own bed.

Let's start this blog post with my crafting accomplishments.


Azel is completed...............almost.  I have a couple of ends to weave in and also need to purchase buttons for it.  This is one for a child size 8/10.  The next child one I make will be the 11/12.  One grand daughter is a little bigger than the other.

I started on another Azel right away.

  This is being done in the L/XL and I am not sure I very fond of the size.  The child's size was not as big as it was supposed to be and this one seems to be larger than told.  Same yarn, same needle size but yet different gauges.  Go figure.  I will continue on with this one until the first skein is used and then make my decision as to whether to keep or rip it out and do the next size down.  But here is the funny part................the next size down is only 4 stitches less/ or 1 inch.  Not a huge difference.  I am just trying to make sure there is enough room for them to wear a sweater under it.  Neither of the recipients is a large person but one has broad shoulders and the other is thick through the middle.  Hmmmmm

While I was on the road, this was my companion


Even though I had taken all my WIP's, the pedicure sock is what got my attention the most.  I worked on it for a few hours while in bingo and then for a little bit on the way home.  I have only worked on it a small amount since coming home.  I was kind of upset when I saw the pooling of the colors, but the more I knit on it, the better I like it.

The road trip was so much fun.  I got to try out my new camera.  Hubby was kind enough to  pull out into one of those scenic areas and let me play.

Here are a few shots:

The Colorado river running through a canyon.

Same shot without my 'special' lens on the camera.  I have the sun protector on and it seems to capture the edges of it when on wide angle.


Part of the mountains we are blessed to have in Arizona.


Every time we go to Las Vegas and I see these mountains I think of the song America the Beautiful where it talks about Purple Mountains Majesty.  I so love the state I live in.  If I head up to the mountains straight north of where I live, they are covered with beautiful pine trees.  A big difference from these mountains. Most people don't realize 65% of Arizona is mountains.  In the winter you can drive 1 hour north and go snow skiing and head 1 hour south and go water skiing.  Where else can you do that?

It also looks like I got a hair or something on the lens while shooting the photo.  It was a might bit windy out there.  We were about 2 miles away from the area where the river was running.  I am very happy with the camera and am still learning how to use it.

This week, my brother comes to town to visit mom.  While he is here, we are going to look for a group home for her that is closer to me.  I really don't like driving over 15 miles just to see her for a couple of hours.  Keeping my fingers crossed that we will find something.

I started back to the gym today.  It has been a looooong time since I had been there.  It felt so good to be there and moving again.  I don't know if hubby will be ready to start back again tomorrow, but I plan on trying to go 5-6 times a week anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Not too many people there at 8am on Sunday morning.  It was nice......I was able to get every machine I wanted to work on.

I also signed up for Weight Watchers.  I had done WW before, but only the online version. That was not a good fit for me.  There really was no motivation for me doing it alone on line. This time I signed up for meetings and received the online as a bonus.  I will give it 3 months and see how I do in that time frame. I am not expecting to be at my goal in three months........I will be lucky to be at my goal by my birthday next year.  There is a necessity to get this weight off so my blood pressure will go down, my arthritis will be better and I will be happy to shop for clothes again too.  I am also friends with a family that has been doing WW for about 6 months now and they have done so well.  They have really inspired me.

Not much else to report this week.  I have all my chores for the day done already.  So now I will turn on the TV, watch some football, knit on my WIP's and maybe take a bit of a nap.  I have been awake since 3 this morning!  That is one of the downsides of Arthur.....Insomnia. It usually continues for about 4 days and then I have a night where I will sleep for 10-12 hours.  Growing old is not for sissies!

Until next week...............................Happy Crafting!