Monday, February 27, 2012


Yesterday was busy for me and the hubby.  We woke up early, loaded up the car, headed out for breakfast, then rolled down the road towards my sister's house.  We stopped at the bank, got some cash, and met my sister in the parking lot.  We followed her to Hallettsville, Texas for the Down Syndrome Foundation of South Texas Buddy Walk. 

Unbeknownst to me, I had forgotten my test strips at home, I swear I had put them in my zippy pouch.  Nope.  So, I had to stop off at wally world and purchase some.  Still pricey even though they are out of town. 

Then we headed to the city park where the walk was being held.  It was fun.  We did the 1/2 mile route and then we went to get some weiners for the weinie roast we were invited to.  I stopped off at the cemetery to put flowers on my parents' graves, my Aunt Melie's grave, and my great Grand parents' graves.  I need to buy more flowers, make another trip down there and put flowers on several more graves.  I just didn't have the time yesterday or the flowers. 

We made it to my sister's place and we waited around for everyone to get back to the house from the walk and the grocery store. 

We had fun at the weinie roast and we came home with fresh bacon, a huge fresh head of cauliflower, and two heads of fresh cabbage out of their garden.  They wanted us to take broccoli home with us but, we have that market cornered over here.  No more is needed.  We left them some clementines that I had taken with us.  I figure it was a nice exchange. 

Then we left and headed home.  I drove while Gary slept in the passenger seat.  He sleeps most of the time when I am driving long distances in my little car. We hit Katy with the gas gauge below a 1/4 tank and so, I stopped to fill the car up...$40.81 later and my car was filled up.  He has a 13 gallon tank so, you do the math and I put in 10 gallons. 

Tonight we are having brisket with fresh coleslaw.  It should be tasty.  I will have to get it in the oven early so, it will be ready by the time 5 pm rolls around. 

I am washing clothes since it is Monday and I really want to finish them so, I can go sit on my butt and knit an ear flap hat.  My niece, Kelly needed a hat yesterday so, I left the one I was wearing with her.  She thought it was cute.  It is so nice to have my work appreciated.  :) 

I have yarn to wind out for the shop and more items to list.  Be patient with me as I am trying to get it all painted and ready for listing. 

I have no idea what we are having for lunch.  I just know that refried beans are evil and caused a major sugar spike for me yesterday morning.  It was a weird day for me where food was concerned.  Everything was late and I didn't get to test my blood sugar since I was out in an open field by a creek.  My purse was in my car, and I had to get a ride on a trailer to get down to the creek.  My car would have never made it back there since it is so low to the ground. 

After we made it home, I was dragging.  I crawled into bed and it didn't take long before I was out.  I didn't even care that I had cats sleeping at my feet. 

Friday, February 24, 2012

A Change of Pace

Today I was painting the new yarns that arrived.  I have one that is a super wash merino/silk/stellina blend that is just fabulous to work with.  I love it.  It is a lace weight.  I ordered in only lace for the time being.  It is fun to work with and I don't have time right now to knit with anything so, I figure lace is safe for me to paint, I won't be wanting to pull it out of the shop. 

 Purple Piggie is my newest yarn that I painted out of Peruvian Highland wool.  I love the colors in this yarn and I can't wait to use it.  I also painted it in the new yarns and it is drying right now on the back porch, the pot rack and the bathroom.  I am spreading them all out to see where they will dry best since it is now cold outside once again.  I have to put the heater back on.  I have had the a/c on for the past couple of days. 
 My view tonight out of my back door.  Isn't that sky just gorgeous? 
One of the star gazer lillies left in the arrangement from Valentine's Day.  I have such a great hubby.  :)  The roses are no more, they shattered. 

The yarn with the stellina is sparkly.  I have had several ladies tell me they are ordering in beads to go with their lace weight yarns they purchased from me.  Makes me wonder if beads are back in style.  I guess they are. 

Today Melinda and Maribeth came over to work on scrapbooking.  Maribeth had to create a page for a contest. I hope she wins, her page was awesome.  :) 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Painting Helps

Today I broke out the dyes and painted some yarns.  I used the last of my lace weight yarn until the new stuff gets here on Friday.  I looked in my box to see what yarns I could paint and my box was almost empty.  Oh dang!  So, I was forced to make a huge purchase from the wholesaler. 

I was looking on line tonight at a sale that was sent to me.  I am trying to reform my old ways of shopping without regard to price...believe me, this was no sale to my way of hubby would shoot me if I actually dropped $2000 on a purse.  That was the sale price.  Who in their right mind will pay for something that expensive?  I can't see it.  I could use $2000 for something else, like paying a bill or two with that kind of cash.  It would help us pay off the roof.  We are still paying on the new roof.  Roofs are not cheap. 

I have some yarn drying in the downstairs half bath right now.  I want to paint more tomorrow but, I will see if the weather will cooperate.  My forecast on my weather station said rain is in the forecast.  I guess we will see if it is true or not. 

I will be doing sock yarn if the weather holds.  If not, I will take a break and wash clothes.  I haven't done that chore yet.  Today I washed sheets and blankets.  No clothes...I am lazy on that account. 

I did find the time to work on my afghan.  It is coming along quite nicely and yes, one of these days I will take pictures of it.  I will say this about it, it is going to be a beast since it will be so heavy from all of the wool involved in it.  Who cares about that since it is going to be snuggly warm.  It might take me a whole year to get it finished. 

Friday, February 17, 2012

You Want Me to Do What?

I went and took care of my visit to the dietitian today and my numbers are looking fabulous.  I am so upbeat and perky these days because I feel so wonderful.  It is the most amazing thing how my life has changed for the better.  I was a miserable wreck for so long and now, it has changed. 

I know, I can get really preachy now about food.  Sorry if I happen to do this to you when I chat with you about how well everything is going for me. 

I was talking to my dietitian and she asked me to start a dibetics group for them.  What?  Me?  The one person who does not join anything in the world and you are asking me to head one up for people who are having issues with their diabetes.  My number one supporter is my husband, he makes sure I stick to my diet and he knows how dang mean I can get when I don't get my way.  Especially when it comes to food. 

I have no time for it right now with my current commitments.  I have to get through three more months and then I can take a breather.  Yep, a much needed breather. 

I will be adding strength training to my work out since as I lose weight, I will have a chance to get flabby and she doesn't want to see that happen to me. 

If you need to lose weight and you have no idea how to go about it, please go see a dietitian, they are so incredibly helpful.  To date, I have dropped 23 pounds since December 27th, 2011 when I was diagnosed.  I am still going and trying to get down to a very much smaller size than what I am at right now. 

I have several people waiting on me to start painting again since they are in need of yarns, I have the best customers in the whole world.  Thank you to all of my customers, I wouldn't be where I am today without you.  :) 

I have one color combo just screaming to be painting and it is going to be a lace weight.  I hope it turns out because it is so summery and springy rolled into one.  I need to write it down and paint it. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

What in the World is Going On?

My day started absolutely wonderful and has slid into a pit of misery already.  I hope it gets better.  I woke up to the phone ringing, I was having a weird dream so, that didn't bother me too much.  I get up and get myself ready to face the day, the blood sugar was fabulous.  I love those mornings when my body is cooperating with me. 

I heard from a customer who wanted a custom painted skein of Witch Hazel, the yarn I hate already since I have painted so many skeins of it.  I am sick of the colors.  I decided to go ahead and rewind her skein.  The damn skein had a mind of it's own and I was forced to cut it.  So, I had to repaint the damn yarn.  I have a new skein sitting on my back porch hoping it will dry even though, we are expecting more rain in the forecast.  Oh lovely.  So, I am hoping she will love the yarn. 

I kept dropping everything within my grasp so, I am not happy about that.  I have a meeting tonight and several people have let me know they won't be there.  Well, okay.  One of them is my sister but, she has a great excuse, she is the one who just had surgery.  I didn't expect her to come tonight. 

She is doing well by the way, thank you to everyone who said a prayer for her.  :) 

One of my nieces is turning 20 this weekend and we are headed to her party.  I have already given her her gift.  She has a new purse, shoes, and clothes as her gift.  She loved it all.  I also want to make her something but, since I have had the flu, nothing has been happening over here.  I am still dealing with the last bit of it. 

I just listed some of my hand painted Peruvian Highland wool yarn.  I love this yarn, it is my go to yarn for hats and mittens and it holds up quite nicely.  It knits up very well. 

I just want to come home after this meeting and kick back with my honey.  He gave me my flowers last night for Valentine's day, they are just gorgeous and the huge vase of roses and star gazer lilies came with a teddy bear.  It is a massive flower arrangement.  He did well.  I even let him know how well he did.  He is a great and wonderful husband.  I will have to take pictures of it so, I can show it off.

I have my candy and I eat one piece a day.  I don't want to get back on the sugar wagon because it is so hard to kick that habit. 

I need a nap and it is almost time to get myself ready for my meeting.  I wish I had more time in a day to take care of it all.  Oh well, this will be the last meeting until April's wonderful meeting with two different speakers.  I am doing women's issues for April and we have two fabulous ladies speaking to the chapter.  One of them is one of our Junior's and the other is originally from Africa and she is speaking to the ladies about empowerment.  I can't wait because it is going to be so fabulous. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Rawhide Wars

The boys are fighting over their rawhides.  It goes on constantly around here, think teenagers and one car and it is pretty much what is happening over here.  The youngest thinks he can do what he wants and the two older boys put him in his place.  He needs it.  He is cute but, such a little brat. 

I am waiting to hear how my sister is doing, she had to have surgery today.  So far no word.  We are all waiting to hear how she is doing.  We will miss her on Thursday night.  I am used to having my Vice Regent sitting next to me making sure I bring up everything that needs taking care of. 

Gary took me out for lunch today.  It was good.  Then we hit the store for some chocolates.  He gave me a card and some chocolates with caramel and nuts.  He knows what I like.  :) 

Today I did some beading and I am still taking it easy since my lungs are still full of mucus.  It is coming around.  I hate getting sick, it takes me longer now to heal than it did before. 

I will say this, my blood sugar is coming down.  Woohoo! 

I washed clothes yesterday and that took me all day.  I hadn't washed in two weeks so, I had to finish it this time around.  I was folding clothes until 10:45 pm last night. 

Saturday is my niece, Kate's birthday party, she is going to be 20.  I bought her some chocolates for Valentine's day.  She let me know she hates Valentine's day, only because she is without a boyfriend right now.  I told her that she is beautiful and won't have a problem being found by another guy.  Now he has to treat her as well as Gary treats me and it will be cool.  If she is like me, she will be in for a lot of heart ache since I liked the bad boys.  I married a nice guy.  I wised up, it just took me a while to figure it out.  :) 

I am waiting for Gary's present to hit the door, or at least part of his Valentine's present.  I have to get the other half tomorrow.  He knows what that item is so, he is happy about it. 

Monday, February 13, 2012


I know it has been a while since I have posted.  Many things are happening in my life right now.  I have the flu or what remains of this viscious crap.  I can't believe how draining it truly is  I haven't felt this bad in a long time.  I picked it up at a amusement center.  I came home feeling truly drained and lousy.  I woke up the next day with a sore throat and it went downhill from there. 

Today I woke up feeling better but, still dealing with it.  I am washing clothes right now and after watching a show on tattoos, I decided you know what, my life is a whole lot better than these people with their petty bickering.  Then I saw that my shoe of the month club charged me for shoes I did not buy, that was the be all end all of my day.  I got on the phone and let them know they better refund it or I was sicking the bank on them.  I cancelled my membership. 

I don't know how you do business but, I don't do business that way. 

My Psycho cat actually let me pet her.  Oh boy.  She normally hisses and runs away, maybe she thinks with me sick, she will have a chance to eat me if I happen to keel over and I am a big chunk of change so, she can eat for a couple of weeks. 

Speaking of weight, I have lost 21 pounds!  Woohoo!  Time to go celebrate with some sugar free ice cream.  It tastes pretty good.  When you can't have much of anything, it tastes damn good.  I am so excited because Gary bought me some pancake mix for diabetics.  You have no idea how much it has been killing me not to have pancakes.  I have also been wanting a doughnut so badly.  I need to lose more weight and then I am going to have that damn doughnut.  I need to become a prediabetic so, I can have some regular junk food in the future.  Nothing too major all of the time, just little treats for myself that are normal.  I do have to say that I don't want to get back on the major sugar was such a bitch getting off of it. 

I saw the Dunkin Doughnuts commercial and nearly fell over...that damn chocolate covered creme filled doughnut with the nuts on top....I was almost in a coma when I saw it.  Hey, I could use one of those about now.  What a thing to show a diabetic.  I know they weren't marketing it directly at just me but the whole nation but, you know, it felt like I was the target individual and it was just killing me.  I wanted to go run up to the tv screen and lick that sucker!  Can you just imagine lick-o-vision!  My tv would be looking pretty raunchy after that little invention. 

I am working on crocheting a stash-ghan.  What is that you ask?  A stash afghan.  I am trying to use up my stash yarns on something warm.  This thing is freaking huge.  I decided since I have no energy for anything, I would go ahead and make something to keep me warm.  Our downstairs is so damn cold, courtesy of the fireplace that doesn't work so great, it is just a sucking hole in the wall, the gas logs pretty much suck.  The heat goes straight up the chimney.  It doesn't warm the room, it just eats natural gas and our bill is through the roof with the damn thing. 

We stopped using it.  It is completely awful. 

So, that is all that is happening with me.  I still don't want to work, no energy for it.  Tonight I am making tacos.  I thought it would be a nice change of pace.  :)  It should be rather tasty.  Gary is sick since I gave him my germs, I told him I would go sleep in the guest bedroom but, he said no.  He doesn't have the flu, he has something else entirely.  We are a pair.