Saturday, January 04, 2014

First post

of 2014. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. I hope to get back to blogging regularly this year. No resolutions. I have a few goals I'd like to achieve. More on them later.

Every blogger and their brother/sister is blogging about: Radiant Orchid (Pantone 2014 Color of the Year)



I personally love this color. It is one of my favorites. I'll definitely be making clothes and accessories from fabrics in this beautiful color! In fact I like all of the colors for this year. I would use sand, freesia and celosia orange as accent pieces, or maybe on the lower part of my body. Browns, yellows and oranges aren't my most flattering shades. I need to re-haul my entire wardrobe this year, especially since I've lost almost 50 pounds on Weight Watchers.


Keep on keeping on

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Tag! You're it!

A friend did this and passed it to me:



A) Attached or single: Attached since 1980

B) Best Friend: You silly bitch (a strange name for my bestie, but I've called her this since 1985 and No, she isn't offended.)

C) Cake or Pie: Cake, gotta be cake.

D) Day of Choice: Friday.

E) Essential Item: My laptop, no my phone definitely my phone.

F) Favorite Color: Blue

G) Gummy Bears or Worms: YUCK! neither!

H) Hometown: Dalton, Georgia

I) Favorite Indulgence: Shopping...doesn't matter what for

J) January (my birth month)

K) Kids: Just one. My son became an angel March 2, 2001. He will always be 28.

L) Life isn’t complete without: My hubby

M) Marriage Date: Which time? The last two times have been on Halloween! LOL

N) Number of brothers/sisters: One sister 16 years older than I and one brother 11 years older.

O) Oranges or Apples: Honeycrisp apples

P) Phobias:Not telling that! LOL

Q) Quotes: "When you know better, you do better" paraphrasing Maya Angelou

R) Reason’s to Smile: Too many to list!

S) Season of Choice: Autumn

T) Tag 5 people: Anyone who reads this

U) Unknown fact about me: I have always wanted to live in NYC.

V) Vegetable: Arugula

W) Worst Habit: But I have so many! LOL

X) X ray or ultrasound: x-ray

Y) Your favorite foods: whatever I'm eating

Z) Zodiac sign: Aquarius

Friday, June 14, 2013

I'm no longer even going to

pretend like I'm going to be blogging regularly. LOL Every time I say I will, something happens and the next thing I know it's a month (or more) later. Things at work have been rather chaotic. Everyone is trying to adapt to the changes in their own way. Some aren't dealing with the change in a positive light, and are rather, how shall I say this? bitchy......YES, that is exactly how to describe it. I'm just hoping that things will get better soon. We've been told that more changes are coming. LOL at least we have been served notice.

In the evenings I like to spend some time on the computer, while listening to ID. I particularly like Swamp Murders and Southern Fried Homicide. (I think I just like listening to the "southern" accents of the hosts.) Over and over again I am shocked at the violence that has been perpetrated against the victims. The pain that was inflicted against the victims and, the pain the families endure from their loss, and going through life without their loved ones.

I'm still attending Weight Watchers meetings every Saturday morning. I'm down approximately 23 pounds. Hubby and I still have Weight Watcher Wednesday, where we try a new Weight Watcher recipe. Many of those recipes have been put into the menu rotation. We've had tilapia tacos, sausage with summer veggie skillet, lemon pasta,and the latest dinner was Gruyere grilled cheese sandwich with arugula salad. This is one of my absolute favorites. In the past, I haven't had much luck with Weight Watchers recipes. Most of the just didn't appeal to me. Somewhere along the way I acquired Weight Watchers - Four Ingredient, 10 Minute Recipes Magazine. They nailed it with this book. I have really liked every recipe I have tried so far, and there are a lot more I want to try. I'm really enjoying cooking again. Still don't like the clean-up though. LOL


Keep on keeping on

Monday, April 29, 2013

Making progress

I just LOVE Pinterest and one of the items on my 101 Things list, is to do something I've pinned on Pinterest. Due to DH being ill last year, I missed several months. In fact, I missed almost a year. When I WAS working on my list, some months I did more than one thing. Now that I'm getting back on track I'll probably continue to do more than one thing. You can see my lists on this site posted in Feb. 2013. I'm slowly getting things done when I have the energy.

Ya'll know I love make-up and nail polish. pretty much all things girly. LOL. I've been buying quite a bit of make-up lately, so for the month of May I'm going on a self-imposed moratorium on buying any make-up. That includes nail polishes. Which I also love. My latest acquisition is Bikini so Teeny by Essie. It's currently sold out on the site, but is available in brick and mortar stores. I got mine at a local Walgreens. It's a beautiful cornflower blue. OH. my. goodness. is it a gorgeous shade of blue!

Okay. So. Holy Crap. I just tried to go to Webshots. And it isn't there. I suppose at some point I was sent an email, saying it was going away, but I don't read emails much anymore. Maybe I should. LOL. Now, I've got to try to remember what was there and find all the pictures I had on there. I think I was a paying member, I can't remember. Auto-payment maybe? hmmmmmmm I'm off to check out the new site, I'm sure (I hope!) they didn't just delete all the photos.

Keep on keeping on

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Ramblings and Obsessions


Three things I have been obsessed with this week:

I've been going to Weight Watchers meetings for the past few weeks.  I'm down 16.4 pounds.  I'm really psyched.  I'm under 200.  It has been a while.   LOL  DH and I have Weight Watchers Wednesday where we try a new WW recipe each Wednesday.  Last Wednesday we had lemon pasta. OMG It was so good! We have a 8 points plus salad a couple of times a week.  I'm looking to put more WW recipes into rotation. 

I changed from FeedDemon to Feedly to read blog posts. Issues with FeedDemon. I haven't found a reader I'm completely in love with. I do like that I can use Feedly on my iphone though.

I missed my blogaversary, but oh well.  Wasn't the first time!  Probably won't be the last! LOL



Keep on keeping on.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Still Trying

to get back to blogging on a regular basis. I know, I know "Do or do not, there is no try" LOL Lots of things I have wanted to blog, but just didn't get around to doing it. Just random topics.
My husband is still recovering, the doctors say it could take a year or two. Seems like it's been years since he was in the hospital. That period of time last year still seems so surreal.

I've done a couple of things on my 101 Things list.
25. Re-start Weight Watchers.
33. Install or build a fire pit in the backyard. I've bought one, but won't put it in the backyard until we have some yard work done.

I'm trying to arrange an area where I can take pictures of my projects. This small house just isn't picture taking friendly. And my front and back yard are a mess, because I haven't had time to take care of them. I just don't seem to have enough time. I get tired quickly and it seems to take longer to do tasks than it used to. Just not going to give up though. I know eventually, even if I have to hire help, it will get done.

Lots of stress from my job. Something new to deal with everyday. I am grateful I have one, but I'm part-time with no benefits. Thankful hubby has good insurance.

I try to read blogs for a few minutes each day and comment. I was using Google reader, but since it is "closing" I went back to FeedDemon. I had it on my old computer and liked it. I don't know if bloggers can tell if you are following them if you use it though.

Looking forward to sharing again!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I'm still trying

to get my life back to normal. So many things have happened. Just trying to keep a positive attitude and do what has to be done. The holidays were quiet. I found myself missing my Mom, Dad and son more than usual.

I'm going to try to check in here more often. So many things I want to do just can't find the energy to do them after I do what I have to do. I feel as though my life is slipping away with this fibromyalgia. I just want to feel normal again.

Anyhoo......I'll be back soon, and hope to be able to post about some of the projects I've been planning.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

So many things

have happened since I last posted. My husband was extremely ill and nearly died. He was in the hospital and then a nursing home for a while. He is doing better, but, recovery will be long and difficult. I have taken over every chore that is required to run a household. All he is required to do is to eat, test his blood sugar, take his meds, exercise, rest and get stronger. We have truly been blessed and I give thanks every day.

I hope to be back blogging routinely and doing more of the things I enjoy soon. It's my favorite time of the year, Halloween will be here soon. It is our anniversary too! We have plans to go to Bern's Steakhouse with some long time friends. Not a lot of decorating being done this year. Just a few things placed in the house and I put the Grim Reaper jack-o'-lantern out yesterday.

More soon!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Ramblings

My Mac and my pc both died about the same time. I can't boot up the Mac, and it tells me my disc is contaminated. I have tons of files on it that I was trying to get backed up. I'd hate to loose all of them. (sigh) I was able to back up the pc. Sooooo...now I have a new inexpensive pc. I just need to be able to work on Word and Excel docs and access the Internet. So I don't need a hi tech pc any more.


101 Things:
Some things I will post pictures of, a lot of things I will just post links to.
25. Re-start Weight Watchers
60. Dye my hair red again
102. Make at least one thing per month from Pinterest…





Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Short and Sweet

I haven't been posting, but I have been working on my 101 Things.  I'll post links and pictures about what I've been doing as soon as I can.







Sunday, February 05, 2012

Superbowl Sunday

I'm not going to watch the game this year,  Just not up to it, and I don't really care who wins. Still recovering from my surgery.

I've been working on my 101 Things in 1001 Days list and have finally completed it.  Some things are carried over from my last list.  I didn't complete everything, but I'm not stressing about it.  Somethings I didn't get done didn't get carried over, but might be added to a later 101 Things.  I'll be referencing to it on my other blog, updating as I make progress, and setting up a plan to complete each item.  So.....here is my new list...

 
1. Get my RN license

2. SWAP storyboard/lookbook to fill the gaps in my wardrobe

3. Make a bib, because, even though I’m an adult, apparently I can’t eat food without spilling some on myself.

4. Make at least one thing per month from Pinterest…to be listed later.

5. Decorating the yard for Halloween this year

6. Make Amy Butler’s Bloom quilt

7. Go to Guavaween this year

8. Create an original art self portrait

9. Completely fill a Pandora bracelet

10. Make five soups from scratch

11. Make my own ATC greetings cards

12. Learn to swim

13. Make a travel/protection charm for the car

14. Design a wardrobe for each decade from the 1920s through 2010 for Molly, make patterns, and sew as many pieces as possible.

15. Make a bed for Molly

16. Hook a bath mat from jersey

17. Have a full spa day

18. Go to an opera

19. Start a gratitude journal

20. Listen to 26 bands I’ve never heard of, each starting with a different letter of the alphabet

21. Start a small vegetable/herb garden from seeds, use in recipes

22. Paint the hallway - yellow with purple trim

23. Read the Bible, from beginning to end-in progress

24. Find my signature cupcake recipe

25. Help pay for a rescue animal’s medical bills

26. Organize my photos

27. Read my height in books

28. Go to see Swan Lake

29. Celebrate the spring and autumn equinox

30. Design 4 tattoos & have them done, a vine with flowers and Mike’s name on the blooms, Celtic knot, in emerald green, and two others, I’m not sure of yet

31. Dress form/duct tape double-after weight loss?? date

32. Make at least one altered book

33. Choose 10 countries and read a book by an author from each

34. Build a robot kit

35. Learn how to make Tiramisu

36. Sew 5 scrub tops

37. Buy a new window box and plant wildflowers in it

38. Make quilted piece for hall doorway

39. Buy a fondue pot and use at least once a month

40. Teach myself sign language

41. Learn to salsa dance

42. Grow an herb garden

43. Braid a rug for the kitchen in front of the sink

44. Study and research Buddhism

45. Learn how to do 10 one-armed push-ups in a row

46. Dye my hair red again

47. Go to a crochet/knitting group

48. Be so flexible I can do a split-again

49. Identify 101 things that bring me joy

50. Go through my Photoshop manual and learn 10 cool tricks

51. Build up a 3 month emergency fund in savings

52. Go to see a play/musical/ballet

53. Knit socks

54. Make a bra and panty set

55. Learn Pilates

56. Buy/learn to use portable GPS

57. Geocache/Go geocaching at least 6 times before last 101 Day

58. Get better acquainted with all the bells and whistles on my digital camera

59. Make bears/bear clothes

60. Build a 1/12 scale miniature house, and begin to furnish it

61. Take my vitamins every day for a month

62. Retire the old family decorations and make a collection of handmade ornaments for the Christmas tree

63. Have professional photo taken

64. Build a cigar box purse

65. Re-learn to read music

66. Re-learn to play the keyboard and practice at least one song every day for two weeks

67. Needle point pillow cases

68. Get a spray tan

69. Make a pie on Pi day-3-14-2012

70. Buy a weaving loom

71. Make paper

72. Make new curtains for the dining room

73. Install or build a fire pit in the backyard

74. Paint a scene of the beach under the full moon light

75. Watch the Wizard of Oz while playing Dark Side of the Moon

76. Have a Jell-O shot

77. Get a Nativity Set

78. Add 100 new words to my vocabulary

79. Plant roses in back yard

80. Make bath bombs

81. Re-start Weight Watchers-Lose 5 pounds a month for 15 months

82. Make homemade marshmallows and roast over fire pit, make s’mores
 
83. Become Microsoft Office certified

84. Cook barbecued/smoked ribs on the grill

85. Find a great red dress and a great black dress and buy them (or make them)

86. Take a firearms course

87. Say I love you in 10 languages-in progress (5-10)

88. Make a list of 101 quotes that inspire me

89. Take a photo every day for a month

90. Go to Christmas Mass

91. Make a sweet corn salsa

92. Re-decorate the bathroom

93. Stretch every morning for a month

94. Decorate for Christmas-with the Victorian decorations.

95. Make a no flour chocolate cake

96. Re-learn French and to properly swear, to increase my French vocabulary, learn a new word or phrase each week.

97. Build a pinhole camera

98. Go to Las Vegas

99. Listen to and learn about Cuban music

100. Find a personally inspirational quote and work it into a piece of art or home decor

101. Make 5 pairs of sleep pants or shorts

102. Watch 26 movies I've never seen starting with each letter of the Alphabet

103. Build a piece of furniture

104. Document accomplishing each thing (photo or journaling)

105. On Day 1001, make a new list

As is my custom, there are 105 things on my list of 101 things LOL

Monday, January 30, 2012

Here I am......

saying I'm going to blog more regularly, and then not doing it.  Seven months, this time.  I've thought of numerous things I wanted to blog about, but didn't get around to it.  I didn't have the time, wanted to post pictures, etc.....mostly it's wanting to post pictures.  Let's face it a blog with pictures is more interesting than one without.  I'll just try to wing it without pictures for a few posts though.  Lots of things have happened since last June.  I'll just give a brief explanation of the latest, and move on from there.  Numerous medical issues.   The latest over Christmas was that I had that nasty bug that was going around.  I was so sick I spent most of the week leading up to Christmas and the week after in bed, trying to rest and feel human.  Hubby waited on me, cooked for me and did everything he could to make me feel better.  Then my birthday was the 21st of January.  Hubby got me a beautiful Pandora bracelet. We went to Romano's Macroni Grill, where I had my favorite meal of warm spinach and scallops.  More than made up for Christmas which I can hardly  remember.  Then I had surgery to remove a mass just underneath my right ear on the 24th.  At first it felt like I had been hit with a baseball, now it just feels as though I've been hit by Mohammed Ali a couple of times.  So I'm definitely on the mend.  I'll probably be going back to work later this week, but I'll try to post at least once a week.








Sunday, June 19, 2011

I always have good intentions to blog more regularly, but, alas, I just get caught up in other things and don't get it done.  In my last post I promised a picture of the "raw materials" I was using to make a brush roll for my acrylic nail and nail art brushes.  I've been working on the brush roll and have the construction completed, but need to add a few more embellishments.

This is the "raw materials."  I got another  piece of purple fabric and used the batik fabric in the inside of the roll.  I added a nail covered with glitter to each of the ties, one in purple glitter and one in pink glitter.  There is also a pink embossed lip print on the inside flap on the left side.  I'm going to add some beads, embroider my name, and add a few other embellishments as time allows.






I'm also adding a picture of the nail polish display I made showing some of my nail polish.  I'm going to make a bigger one as soon as I can.  I'll probably use this one as a spice rack.



















Sunday, May 01, 2011

My Week in a Nutshell

Working at least one day this week.  Continuing my search for a full time job.
Reading Flood by Andrew Vachss.
Doing at least one creative thing each day.
Making fish tacos.  I've never had them before, but they look yummy in the picture in my Weight Watchers    book.  I might make a sweet corn salsa too. 
Working out as much as my back will allow.
 
I didn't get the pictures of my materials and supplies for my brush carrier taken.  I spent most of the  day reading my magazines, trying to get caught up.  I have to work tomorrow, but I'll try to get it done tomorrow evening.  I'm going to try to get the pieces cut tomorrow too.

Who doesn't love a wedding??  I certainly do, especially one that has all the pomp and circumstance of a royal wedding.  I DVR'd it and watched it Friday night.   The media kept referring to Cate as a commoner.  I do understand what they mean, but there is nothing "common" about her.  She is an exceptional young woman.  It cannot be easy being scrutinized by not only your fellow countrymen, but, by the entire world.  I wish them a long and happy life together.

The broadcasts on CNN didn't really show a lot of the damage the tornado did in Ringgold.  There are home videos on youtube.  This is one of them.

     

    


Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sewing and Creativity

I finished sewing up McCall's 6287 a couple of days ago, but I didn't get a chance to remove the basting until this evening.  It looks exactly as it does on the pattern cover, although a little uneven hanging on a hanger.   I'll be making a pair of white pants to wear it with.  I have a silver cuff, a silver chain, and white sandals I'll accessorize it with.  The style may be a little young for me, but I don't care.  I love it!



I went to Joann's today and picked up three of the patterns on my list.  McCall's 5972 (view B, I had a dress similar to this when I was younger),  Butterick 5600, and 5357, the webwsite reports this as pattern of the week.  I'm thinking I'll make B5600, view C, in a coral pink linen that I saw on Denver Fabrics.

The days I haven't been sewing I've been working on a simple pattern for a folding carrier for all my nail brushes, including the brushes for acrylic, gel, and all my nail art brushes.  I have about 9 or 10, and I want an altered art/modern quilt type carrier.  I have most of the materials and supplies.  I'll post a pic of the raw materials tomorrow.  I've been doing nail art, too,  and will post pics of those nails when I get a couple more finished.

I am so grateful that all my family that lived in Ringgold, GA survived the tornado.  Some friends have lost all their possessions, including their homes, but they are alive.  That is the most important thing.