Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Some Changes

It has been a while.  I know!!!  I had an emotional meltdown last week and still feeling the effects of it.  My stitchy bug has disappeared and that is bad news for my year of starts. Which are changing but that is in another post.   It has been a year and I have not taken care of myself like I should have.  Does your head ever race and it never stops???  Mine has been doing this for a while.  I was calming it by stitching but here lately that isn't helping either.

 My meltdown...we had some pretty weather last week while I was on Sping break.  I decided to pull out my favorite capris and tee shirt to wear.  I knew I had gained some weight so I thought they might be a little tight...UM.. I couldn't pull them up past my thighs.  OMG!!!  So I pulled out my fat capris...these are the ones that were always too big when I was at my heaviest weight...they didn't fit!!!!  I sat down and cried. It just hit me how much my illness this year, new medicines, not working out, stress from work and snacking has affected me.  I can't fit in my fat pants!!!!!  

I made  decision that I needed to work on ME!  I really don't feel like buying new clothes so I decided to join Weight Watchers online.  Where I live, they only have meetings during the day while I am at work.  I could drive 35 minutes to go to a meeting but it would really take an hour to make it during rush hour traffic.  So the online community is the way to go.  I have started going back to the gym, cut out sodas and sweet tea.  I have found a new drink!!  I go to Sonic in the morning, purchase  Route 44 water with fresh pineapple =  $0.88 , I get a sonic cup, crushed pineapple at the bottom, topped with Sonic ice and water.  Lasts most of the day!!!!

I have also bought some self-help books to read. I pulled out an unused notebook for daily journaling on my thoughts and feelings.

One of the books I bought was:

I am loving this book.  I am reading the chapters and doing the worksheets/journal ideas.  I didn't realize how many areas of my life I was being pulled. It has taught me to start putting myself first and it is ok to say NO!  I have a hard time doing this!

I bought two more books but I haven't started them yet.  I will let you know my opinion later on.... My shopping has gotten a little out of control.  I do this when I feel bad about something or just need a pick me up!  Which this past year, has been all the time.  I seem to always say "me please" to a cross stitch chart or magazine.  My husband showed me exactly how much I spent last month alone..I was shocked!!!  I didn't realize!!! So ....Here are the books I bought (yes, I see the irony)

I will keep you updated on my readings and life changes.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Year of Starts weeks 9 and 10 and Charity Stitching

Do you ever have that day when you say I know I need to do something but No..I just can't???  That was me last Sunday.  Mark went out of town earlier in the week and I had the house to my self.  Sunday, he was supposed to be home but instead he had layover, mechanical issues so he instead of being home at 3:00 pm...he got home at 3:30 am!!!  So I spent my last evening texting him, computer off and watching flosstube!  I find that as I listen to stitchers talk about stitching..I stitch more!!!  

I came home on Friday to this:
Brigen ate my Mill Hill kit...well he ate the pattern!!! OMG!!!!

It has been crazy at work!  I had to proctor the ACT and let me tell you, walking in a circle for 5 hours watching kids take a test is very stimulating!!  All I could think was, why can't I stitch??? This is valuable time!!

It snowed yesterday!!!  Actually the day went: Rain, Sleet, and then snow.  It was all melted by the time I got up.  Bert knows better to stay inside but Tiger Lily wasn't so sure about the snow:

I have to tell you...I am enjoying the year of starts but I am stating to freak out a just a little.  I see all these projects and it does freak me out!  So here is what my stitching looks like:

Faery Tales:  As you know this is the one piece I want to finish!  I have 22 pages complete and 18 to go.  This is like my white whale!  It has to be finished this year....I can't stand the thought of seeing on my TBS list for next year.  I have about 600 stitches from having page 23 finished!!!

Another one I pulled out to stitching on for one of my facebook groups..
Princess Grace:  I stitched more on the pink.

All my new starts for the past 2 weeks...get ready!!!

Mill HIll: Toy Store

Mill Hill:  St. Nichols Cathedral

Teresa Wentzler:   Christmas Sampler

Brookes Book Brides Tree #3 -  I just stitched a lady bug because I was exhausted.

Disney Dreams:  Fantasia

This is a special one!!!  There is a Facebook group called:  Ronald McDonald house charity stitching.   You stitch a special Ursual Michaels design for a Ronald McDonald house.  This is what I got stitched.  I will be working more on it this week.

First Xmas:  I started the box for the letter B

Xmas starts here: I started the #2 design

American Quilt Sampler

Windows #3

Mirabilia My Lady's Garden -

Brookes Books Block 3

Festive  Labs: