Friday, June 17, 2016

My Heart

breaks for: the victims and families of those young men and women who were killed at Pulse in Orlando. Too many deaths, too much hate. Where does someone learn to hate that much? and why do they think they have the right to murder someone because that person isn't living his/her life the way someone else thinks they should be living it?

My hubby, who isn't really mechanically inclined looked at my sewing machine over the weekend and was able to get it to work. He did whatever he did, plugged it back in and it is now working. So, I sewed in the sleeves and the side seams of the kimono I had been working on when it broke. Then I tried it on. What a disaster! I learned the kimono style is not for me. It was not flattering at all!

I am on a quest to find a tee shirt or a tee shirt pattern. (Maybe I should call it a knit top instead.) I have a specific style in mind. A boat neck, slightly fitted, a slight high low shirttail hem. And I want it to be black. I've found several tops and patterns that have come close. I'm leaning toward HP 1133 Plain & Simple Fitted T Redux by HotPatterns. It doesn't have the hemline I want but that is easily remedied.

Discovery channel's shark week starts on June 26th. You still have time to order Stevie the Shark to keep you company while you watch! He is just so cute!

I've already ordered mine!

Keep on keeping on

Thursday, June 09, 2016

OK.....I started sewing

the kimono I mentioned in my last post. When I started to sew the second sleeve, my machine, made a clicking noise and now won't sew. I'm not able to take it to be fixed as I don't have a "full-time income" and don't want to spend the money right now. So, all the sewing plans I had will have to wait a while. :(
I'm no longer working at the geriatric and rehab facility (commonly known as a nursing home) I was working at. The stress was making me physically ill. Hypertension, unable to sleep, GI issues etc.....I just couldn't continue on that path. Small rant here! About a year ago, new management came to the facility, promising there would be positive changes in the workplace. It didn't happen, in fact things had gotten worse over the course of the year. So, one day in April, I decided to give notice and leave all that behind.

On a happier note, I am now an independent Scentsy consultant! If you aren't familiar with Scentsy, it's wickless candle bars and electric warmers. The electric warmers use a low-watt bulb to warm the specially formulated wax. No flames, no smoke and soot free. You simply break off 1-2 cubes from your Scentsy bar and place them in the warmer. Wait a few minutes and your room starts to smell wonderful!

Every month Scentsy introduces a new warmer and a new scent of the month. June's warmer is a beautiful opaque, white "mason jar" type warmer, with a summer fireworks scene. It has small openings that the light from the bulb shines through. You can see it here. I love to use it as a night light. The scent this month is Blue Raspberry Ice. OMGee! It's awesome! It smells like those bomb pops we used to get from the ice-cream man when we were kids. It has sweet cherry, icy white lemon and blue raspberry. It also comes in a scent circle and room spray. If you would like to have an online party and get free and half off items, email me, I will answer any questions, and set it up!

I'm also going to be selling Stella & Dot! I can be found here. This company has some awesome jewelry! I love that Stella & Dot has jewelry that can be worn multiple ways. My favorites (today) are the Freya Fringe necklace and the Sutton. To me, they are both statement necklaces! Be sure and watch the videos that show the different ways these beautiful necklaces can be worn. Currently, Stella & Dot are offering Dot dollars. For every $50 you spend from May 16, 2016 through June 17, 2016 you earn $25 Dot Dollars! If you want more information email me!

I'll be posting more about both these companies in the near future. In the mean time, check them out! You won't be sorry!

My email address is austin dot novell at gmail dot com. Leave out the spaces and add the punctuation :) You may also comment here!

Keep on keeping on

Friday, May 06, 2016

Holy Cow!!!

It's been over a year since I've blogged! What have I been doing? Life. Just life. I always think I will blog regularly, but something always seemed to get in the way. When something happened, I would think I should blog about it, but just never did. In the future, I will try to blog once a month, and if I can do more then I will.

I bought a pattern for a kimono and will try to get it made this weekend and post about it next week.

Okay. This is a start!

Keep on keeping on

Sunday, November 23, 2014

I 've been working

on my list of 101 things. I've completed # 50, 101 things that bring me joy. Seen Here. The list could be longer and it most likely will be changing, but for now it is complete. Check one item off the list. # 97. I have Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance on Scrib'd on my celphone and have started reading it. I've completed some steps on the other things, but not enough to mention here. I'll post on those when I'm closer to completing them. Got to choose my Pinterest item for this month, I don't have much time to complete it. Not sure what to do, maybe make a recipe. I need to try some of the vegetarian recipes I've pinned.

Looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas, but there doesn't seem to be enough time and energy to get everything done I want to do. I'm starting to miss my son and Mom and Dad more than usual. It doesn't get any easier with time either, in fact I think it's getting harder. Christmas was my Mom's favorite holiday and she LOVED decorating the house for it. I just don't know....(shaking head)

Well, off to get things ready for work tomorrow. I'm manager on duty so that means I go in and stay later. Still, I don't like to wait til the morning of, to get things ready.

Keep on keeping on

Tuesday, November 04, 2014's that time again

Yesterday was the last day of 101 Things III. Time to get a new list going. A LOT of items on the list is carried over from the last list. Life interfered in a major way. I'm hoping that I will be able to complete a good many of the things this time. goes with the new list.

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

002. Build a piece of furniture

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

004. Make 5 pairs of sleep pants or shorts, and wear a pair in public

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

006. Listen to and learn about Cuban music

007. Build a pinhole camera

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

009. Make a no flour sugar free chocolate cake

010. Decorate for Christmas-with the Victorian decorations

011. Stretch every morning for a month...make it an ongoing habit

012. Re-decorate the bathroom

013. Make a sweet corn salsa

014. Make a list of 101 quotes that inspire me

015. Take a photo every day for a month

016. Go to Christmas Mass

017. Say I love you in 10 languages

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

019. Cook barbecued/smoked ribs on the grill

020. Make homemade marshmallows and roast over fire pit, make s’mores

021. Make bath bombs

022. Plant roses in back yard

023. Get/build a Nativity Set

024. Have a Jell-O shot

025. Paint a scene of a beach in the full moon light

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

027. Install or build a fire pit in the backyard

028. Make new curtains for the dining room

029. Make paper

030. Buy a weaving loom

031. Make a pie on Pi day-3-14-2015

032. Get a spray tan

033. Crochet edgings for pillow cases

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

035. Re-learn to read music

036. Build a cigar box purse

037. Have professional photo taken

038. Make a collection of handmade ornaments for the Christmas tree

039. Take my vitamins every day for a month...make it an ongoing habit

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

041. Make bears/bear clothes

042. Geocache/Go geocaching at least 6 times before last day

043. Buy/learn to use portable GPS

044. Learn Pilates

045. Make a bra and panty set

046. Knit socks

047. Go to see a play/musical/ballet

048. Build up a 3 month emergency fund in savings

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

050. Identify 101 things that bring me joy - completed 11/23/14

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

052. Go to a crochet/knitting group

053. Bug a red wig

054. Become strong enough to do 10 one-armed push-ups in a row

055. Study and research Buddhism

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

057. Grow an herb garden and a small vegetable garden from seeds, use in recipes

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

059. Learn how to make Tiramisu

060. Build a robot kit

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

062. Make at least one altered book

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

064. Design 4 tattoos and 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

065. Celebrate the spring and autumn equinox

066. Go to see Swan Lake

067. Organize my photos

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

069. Find my signature cupcake recipe

070. Read the Bible, from beginning to end

071. Paint the hallway - yellow with purple trim

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

073. Start a gratitude journal

074. Go to an opera

075. Have a full spa day

076. Hook a bath mat from jersey

077. Make a bed for Molly

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

079. Make a travel/protection charm for the truck

080. Make five soups from scratch

081. Create an original art self portrait

082. Make Amy Butler’s Bloom quilt

083. Decorate for Halloween...go all out

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

085. Make a bib

086. Complete 12 pieces of jewelry

087. Paint a sugar skull mask

088. Make a coffin purse

089. Put $100.00 in savings for each item not completed by the last day

090. Identify 10 native trees and plants, and photograph them

091. Learn basic electronics

092. Complete one 26 Things photography scavenger hunt

093. Bake bread (yeast and kneading)

094. Memorize a poem

095. Sew and review 12 articles of clothing

096. Review 12 books on

097. Read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

098. Make 10 "ethnic" foods

099. Make a pillow

100. Make a clock

101. Make an umbrella

102. Run three 5Ks--on my ifit treadmill

103. Learn to build a fire without matches

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

Keep on keeping on

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Once again......

101 Things in 100 days. I haven't thought about my list in quite some time. The time will end for this list sometime in November, so I need to really get to work doing some of the things on my list. I already know I'm going to have to edit it again. Some things I just am no longer physically capable of doing, due to continuing issues with my back. But, I'll do what I can manage to get done in the little time I have left.

I subscribed to Scribd. It's like Netflix for books. I've found several books that was on my wish list on Amazon so, for 8.99 a month I'm thinking in the long run it will be a little cheaper that buying the books. I can use it on my phone too.

And speaking of phones, I got a Galaxy S5 a few weeks ago. I really like it. It's taken me a while to get used to it. I've had an iphone since 2009 and LOVED it. I just wish the screen was a bit bigger. Maybe next year when I upgrade Apple will have taken Samsung's lead and made the iphone bigger. Of course, by then I might not want to switch! LOL

I can't begin to express how stressful the past five months at work have been at the nursing home I work at. I mean, to the point my blood pressure has been up and I have had chest pains. Fortunately, we have a new administrator and he is taking care of business. A new DON and almost all the nurses are newly hired, along with quite a few CNAs. I no longer dread getting up and going to work in the mornings.

So, I'm off to get things ready for work tomorrow, check on my 101 Things list and peruse Scribd some more.

Keep on keeping on

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


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. 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…