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Crocheted angels and weight loss

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I haven’t been feeling well for a while.  Mostly I’ve been really tired and have very low energy but I keep trying to make my goals for losing weight.  I started using my stationary bike again and even though my goal is to make 10 minutes I sometimes don’t make it.  I still do what I can and once or twice I made it to 15 minutes without too much pain.  I have lost 6 lbs so far!  Last year I was stuck at this one place and I am now past it!  That right there makes me happy!  I weigh less than I ever did last year.  Not a lot less but any less is great!

I have to work really hard to watch my diet.  I’ve found that cutting back on carbs really helps but I also use a little protein supplement to make sure I get enough.  That is one thing I usually run low on.  I’m keeping my calories at 1200 and taking vitamins.  I’m using myfitnesspal.com along with the app for the iphone to track what I eat.

I also made a gift for a friend who is pregnant.  She lost her first baby at birth and I can’t imagine going through that.  My stomach was in knots just thinking about it.

Well in my dishcloth group we were learning about intarsia, which is a method of adding colors.  There was a knit pattern and a crochet pattern.  I did the knit cloth and I wanted to learn the technique for crochet as well.  I wasn’t loving the pattern though.   It just wasn’t something that I wanted for my kitchen so I thought I’d just have to make it for someone else.  Well, after I looked at the pattern I saw something else in it and decided to change the pattern.  The pattern was on graph paper so I changed the design by omitting some squares and embroidery designs and adding my own until it looked like a baby carriage.  I also got a piece of graph paper and scribbled in squares until I had a decent angel.  I made it a long rectangle with one design at each end and backed it with pre-shrunk flannel for a baby burp cloth.  It is made out of materials that are easy to wash and dry.  I was able to give it to my friend last night and she loved it.

 

Finished baby burp cloth with flannel lining

Finished baby burp cloth with flannel lining

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I’m such a “Great” Aunt

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This is my niece and her two babies.  Little Justice Riley was born early this morning.  Here he is being held by his big brother.  My heart is so full right now.  I just want to hug this whole group.  They are so special to me.  

Bad things happen in this world but good things also happen.  A new soul just entered and I pray he only sees beauty and not pain.  May my angel mother protect these beautiful children in this world of pain.  

I am still so sad thinking of what has happened recently and I will never ever forget those children and those who died protecting them.  Nor will I forget those little ones in China who were attacked on the same day.  Right now though, I need to try to get my mind off of that and focus on the joy in front of me now.  My heart can’t handle the pain anymore.  There can be no justice for this horrible crime but there is Justice in this baby that was just born which is that there is still innocence here untouched by tragedy and grief.  

The last of Life, for which the first was made

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WordPress Daily Prompt: If there were a real Fountain of Youth, would you drink the water?

Only if there was enough for my Chris too.

I love my husband Chris with all of my heart and want to live just as long as he does and no longer.  My soul will die when his does, whether my body does or not.

When I look in the mirror these days I frown at the blemishes and gray hair.  I have gained a lot of weight and I don’t even feel like myself anymore.  It is hard to exercise with chronic pain but I try.  I wish I could look and feel like I once did BUT my husband is also gray, heavier and…. well he is just as lovable as ever.  He has mellowed with age actually.  He reminds me so much of his dad.  Actually, the more I think about it…..

No.  I am happy with the way things are.  My husband doesn’t seem to mind that I have aged and I love him more every single day.

I am looking forward to living out the rest of my days with my husband.  My kids are mostly grown and at some point I will (hopefully) have some grandchildren to love and spoil.  And when I die, I am looking forward to seeing my mom and all of my other friends and relatives again.  Heaven’s garden is being looked after by my angel mother.

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in His hand
Who saith “A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!”
                                               — Robert Browning (from the poem Rabbi Ben Ezra)
This was taken many moons ago on our anniversary.  Now we have been married for 21 years.

This was taken many moons ago on our anniversary. Now we have been married for 21 years.

                                  –

Peace

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I took some pictures of my latest journal pages for my Soar journal.  This was for lesson 3.  It asked what the definition for peace was and then asked what my peace was.  I thought about that for several days and kept going back to add additional thoughts.  There was a lot going on during the time (Valentine’s Day) so I didn’t do it all in one sitting.

I decided I wanted to use a stencil of an angel that I had.  I just didn’t put enough thought into it.  I grabbed a silver ink pad and used that to go over the stencil on blue patterned paper.  Blue and silver go well together but silver ink doesn’t show up well on busy patterned paper.  I really didn’t like the result so I grabbed my inktense watercolor pencils and went over the silver ink.  The effect was really neat.  The color mixed with the silver ink and cause the color to have a pearl look to it.  Since the blue paper overpowered the stencil design so much I used my prismacolor pencils to color in the face.  I used white to tone down the blue.  I added eyelashes, blush and red lips and then realized it was a boy!  I didn’t notice at first but the short hair and the curls in the front screamed BOY.  So I filled in the hair and made it longer.  I ended up putting way more work into that little angel then I had planned!

On the back of the last page I just added a prayer but as you can see the page got pretty wrinkled. My dog suddenly decided she needed some attention and jumped into my lap.  She landed right on top of my journal and almost ripped the right side page out off the book.  I was trying to hold it to keep it from pulling out.

I used my new butterfly hole punch that I got.  I just LOVE that thing.  Its by Martha Stewart and the top opens up and has butterfly stamps inside.  They are 3 different designs that are made to go with the shape of the butterfly punch outs.  I had so much fun with that and I’m sure I will keep having fun with it until it falls apart.  I love butterflies.  They are like little works of art.


There you can see the hole punch on my Martha Steward butterfly Album!   It still has a protective plastic cover on it so that caught the light.  I’ll post another picture of it later when I have more time.  I’m getting so tired and need to get my beauty sleep.  I hope everyone has a great Friday and a beautiful weekend.