Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sunshine All Around

It was a totally sunny day yesterday both weather
 and lifestyle wise. With a high of 20C or 69F, we enjoyed every minute of our sunny day.

Lifestyle

The day started off with the Spousal Unit having his final IV therapy session. He is done getting his immune booster for the time being. He is looking and doing so much better than in May.
At noon, I got a phone call that I needed my thyroid medication changed and I got to see the doctor when the Spousal Unit did in the afternoon. He got his prescription for his gastro issue renewed. He is down to taking them only when necessary.
My visit was a big one. I thought I needed a higher dose of thyroid medication but it wasn't the case. My dose was dropped by 12 mcg due to weight loss. Then I asked about my A1C (glucose in blood for the past 3 months) and it was down to 5.5 from 5.8 in the spring and from 6.3 in 2014. I am in the normal range and couldn't be happier. Cholesterol levels are in the normal range and blood pressure where it should be using a normal sized cuff. I usually have to use a large cuff. I was Snoopy dancing out the door.
My goal is to continue eating well, walking lots at work, and loosing weight. My foremost goal when I started this journey was to become healthy and I am doing that.
I did a quick survey of the house yesterday and need to get some boxes from work that I can fill and drop off at the thrift stores. We still have too much stuff in our space and we both know we need to get rid of the excess. One would think we would have very little but we don't. It seems we brought too much with us and with last winter being a bad one, we didn't get rid of much due to the circumstances.

Sewing

I had thought I would be cutting out my project yesterday afternoon but that didn't happen. Instead, I started to purge my sewing stuff. The journey started with quilting cottons and I purged a box and 5 small containers of cottons into the box. The box isn't full. I didn't touch 3 containers as one has a quilt that needs to go on the long arm, one has pieces of linen in it (I will probably give those away), and the third one has some of my parents items in it. The last container I didn't get to has patterns in it that I need to purge.
I feel I did a great job of letting go of fabrics I love but won't use. What I kept I will use over time. What is sitting on the couch needs to be given to a co-worker so her daughter can take it to her quilting group and a few scraps need to go into the garbage.

Today

I work the early shift and tonight I will sort a few more containers and box/bag up the excess.
Until the next time.



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Halloween Outfit #1 Completed

We had a lovely spell of sunny weather and then some rain with high winds and it has turned into fall. The leaves are coming off the trees though we haven't had a frost. There are low clouds in the morning which burn off to sunshine or remain and it is gloomy with light rain showers.

Lifestyle

The Spousal Unit has mowed the lawn several times this fall and it is looking lusher and greener than it did during the summer. He is also getting the garden pulled so we will be going to the composting center next week. Our garden has been over the top this summer and we have to freeze carrots and use up onions and potatoes.
Son will be moving to Nova Scotia at the end of October. They put their house up for sale at the end of September and Daughter-in-law will move when it sells. It is final they will be on the other side of Canada from us.
I have decided to start cleaning up our stuff in this house. We have too much and it needs to be thinned downed a whole pile. I will start with my sewing room and working out from that. It needs to be done during the next year.
The weight is still coming off me and I am down 33.7 pounds to date with a 3.5 pound in the last week. I am eating healthy but find I am not as hungry as I was before. The journey continues until it is completed.

Sewing

I finished up one of the doll's Halloween costumes. The leggings and t-shirt are really cute but my machine didn't like the fabric. I put in the right needle and set it for knits but there were some small issues. Re-sewing seams was done in a couple of places.
I found a pair of shoes for her to wear until the sneakers are ordered and arrive. It allows me to take her to work today.
I bought two more dolls yesterday (two for the price of one). They will be put into rotation also.
The umbrella for Raine is really cute.
I see a spring outfit using the umbrella. I also looked at their clothes and am going to make red nylon jackets to go with the soccer outfits. That was the only inspiration I had while going through the outfits.
I have decided to clean up and purge my sewing room once again. I need to look at everything and make huge decisions. I want our house to have less in it and I must start in that room.

Knitting

I worked on the doll's sock and realized something was wrong. I had too many stitches on the needles so I ravelled it all out. During that process I lost a needle in the couch so need to buy a new package of needles to knit doll clothes on. I wouldn't have to buy them but Elliott bit the end of one of the needles.

Today

I work a full shift and close the store. I would love to figure out what I could knit tonight but don't want to start another project. Maybe I will sort through some sewing tubs I have stored in the living room.
Until the next time..............................

Friday, September 16, 2016

Three Strikes But We Aren't Out

Yesterday was beautiful with a lot of sunshine and a high of 28C or 82F. Today is suppose to be cloudy, almost as warm but showers are moving in for the weekend.

Lifestyle

We were busy most of yesterday. I went to have blood tests done and found out I needed to fast this time. So, I try again next week.
The Spousal Unit went to see the plastic surgeon for the results of the brown spot on his back and the biopsy showed cancer cells. He has surgery on Oct. 4 to have it removed. He was one upset man about this. When he settled down, he did say it is best to have it done so it won't head to his organs. This cancer is very aggressive if left alone.
Elliot went in for his weigh in. No weight lost. He is still the same weight as last month. We are removing 1/8 cup of food from his daily intake to see if it will jump start a loss for next month. He isn't an active cat which doesn't help him loose weight.
Son and Daughter-in-Law texted us saying they now own a house in Nova Scotia. They will update us on when and who moves first.
I have been loosing weight and am now down 33.5 pounds. This is the lightest I have weight in 6 years. I am feeling so much better and am still very focused on my journey.

Sewing

I started the first of the Halloween outfits for the dolls.
This is a fitting picture and I do love how it looks. The pattern is a Liberty Jane pattern found at Pixie Faire. The only change I made was to interface the cotton pumpkin for a bit more shape.
I fooled around with the neck piece and added green crystals to it.
The hat will have three crystals on each section.
The t-shirt and leggings are now pinned onto the fabric ready to cut out.
Winter outfits are going through my head right now but I am remaining focussed on Halloween at the moment. I have two more outfits to make both are more labour intensive than this one.

Knitting

The first sock has had the heel turned, the gusset stitches picked up and the first couple of rows of the gusset knit. We are making progress though I am not rushing through this project.

Today

I work all day and hope to knit on the socks tonight.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

An Update On The Dolls

The dolls are in Calgary at our Head Office (Fabricland). They arrived safely on Monday.
They have been admired and one lady has taken them under her wing.
She is personally driving them to Banff on Sunday or Monday.
At the end of each day, they will be locked in her room.
It is amazing what special treatment these dolls are being given.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Triangle Pocket Bag #2

It as a really sunny day yesterday and is suppose to be like that for the rest of the week. The mornings are cool which reminds us of Indian summer. How I love this kind of weather.

Lifestyle

We did a bit of running around today as I was off work. We are planning our renovations -- new exterior doors. We also talked about painting the stucco on the house and adding a faux rock trim to the front. Ideas are flowing.


Sewing

Daughter got a new lunch bag. She provided the print and I provided the light weight denim and cotton lining. Part of her birthday present.
The pattern is the Triangle Pocket Bag and it went together well.
I love the print and it was perfect for the pocket. After the pocket was done, the bag went together fairly well. I made sure all the pieces were the same size.
The handles are 30" long so Daughter can put it on her shoulder when going upstairs to work.
I also got the sewing room ready to have the valance taken down. Not cleaned out as I wanted. I put the next few projects out so I can grab them to sew. A few others are in the closet and can be grabbed easily. I can live with that until the room is done.
I am taking stock of what I have piled in the house and realize that I need to either sew faster or get rid of more fabric. I am hoping to sew faster. Next on the list is the trick or treat bag for Grandson. It should be easy as it is just my regular reusable grocery bag pattern.
Knitting
I set up the first doll sock and it is nice to be knitting again. Elliot had to have a look at it also.
I have knit it to ankle length and will be knitting it to be knee high.

Today

I work a full shift. I hope to knit on the doll sock tonight. I am not rushing it, just enjoying it.
Until the next time......................

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Random Thoughts

  • The doll went to work yesterday, was packed and shipped with the other two dolls to Calgary.
  • The staff did not get to see the dolls they were packed so quickly.
  • Head Office staff await their arrival and they get to see them on Monday.
  • Then they head to Banff for a week for the manager's meeting.
  • The wall hanging didn't come home with me as it got hung up in the store.
  • They have it for a month and then it gets shipped to Edmonton.
  • I have lost 30 pounds as of today.
  • Found out that my smaller jeans verge on being too big.
  • But I can do squats while wearing them.
  • Haven't done that for a few years. The last time was in running capris.
Another day at work.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Halloween Wall Hanging Completed

Though we had a bit of rain in the morning, sunshine shone for most of yesterday. Except for a short period of time mid afternoon when it poured rain. It came down in sheets. Then the sun shone for the rest of the afternoon. This morning is cool at 7C or 44F but we are to see sunshine for the next few days.

Lifestyle

Though we haven't complained about the road construction, yesterday was the worst we have had. The equipment ran in front of our house all day and we felt the vibration of the packer under our feet, heard the beeping of trucks and excavator, and had to walk a long ways around to cross the street. The guys worked hard and put in long days to get our street fire truck and ambulance accessible each night.
We spent a bit of time in the shed yesterday afternoon and sorted through some jars. Some will go to Daughter and the rest will go to another person who does a lot of canning. It will be nice to have them gone as I won't be canning again. I enjoyed my years of canning when in Ashcroft and we do miss parts of that life.

Sewing

I spent every minute I could working on the wall hanging and got it finished.
The binding is only pinned in place in this picture and I sewed it down by hand last night. I will take it to work today to see if I can find any buttons to put on it. If not, I will be sending it to its owners my next day off.
Next will be Daughter's lunch bag. Can't wait to work on it.

Knitting

The afghan got finished last night and is in the washing machine ready for its second laundering. Elliott urinated on the yarn during the summer. Not his thing to be dirty like that. I don't know why he did it when this project has been in the house for 8 months. When cleaned, it will go to its rightful owner next week.
I am hoping to set up a pair of doll socks this weekend. Then on to socks for Grandson.

Today

I work the afternoon/evening shift. I am hoping to pull a few more things out of the sewing room. I am trying to get it closer to being ready for renovations.
Until the next time.................