Sunday, December 20, 2009

Pics & Pattern Links

Hey y'all! I've been meaning to take some pics and post for y'all & I've finally done it! LOL
No new news on the homefront, except that I made a 100 on my last exam! YaY!
Ok, now that you've been updated on my life, on to the pics....

Remember the scarf & hat set I mentioned in my last post? Just did my own thing on these, no patterned followed. I think the stitch is called a broken rib. I really loved using this stitch, the back side of it is a kind of seed stitch, making the scarf & hat completely reversible...looking equally good on either side, and the fabric turned out very cushy! I'm really rather pleased with how it turned out.

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Here's a close-up of the front & back of the scarf...

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For my roommate's sister, my new friend Millisa's birthday I made her a set of coasters in University of Tennessee colors orange & white...she is such a big UT fan! You can find this extremely easy & quick pattern by Ms. Rachel HERE.


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This darling little doll is for my niece Kylee. She has been on me for a while to make her one, and when I came across THIS PATTERN it was just too cute to pass on making! It was another really easy pattern to follow & I really enjoyed making it. Kylee keeps asking if I'm making her a princess, so I'm gonna whip up a crown for her too. I'll try and remember to post a pic when it's done. For now, here's the doll according to the pattern (colors changed a little for Miss Kylee's taste *wink*)


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Finally, I made my first crochet item using thread instead of yarn! I have always had such a big problem reading crochet patterns and the doily/doily-types are really murder for me! But THIS PATTERN seemed like the perfect opportunity to try again. It took me a bit to figure the whole thing out, but I finally got it! I haven't blocked & stiffened it yet because I don't have any startch, but I couldn't wait to share!

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....and that's all the pics I have for now, so I'm off to see what else I can whip up before Christmas! hehehehe

Hugs, health & happiness to you all,

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Life Update, Blogging & Knitting Mo-Jo and Pattern Links!

Hello, hello!
OMGoodness!!! I cannot believe that it has been almost three months since my last post! I can promise you all that THAT won't happen again! I am so sorry my friends! My life has been in such a whirlwind lately! But, at least it has been going well and things are finally settling down now. Here's a quick overview/rundown of what's been going on the last little bit here.....

Had to stay with the ex for a while because I had no other place to go. Finally got a roommate though! Her name is Sherri & she used to date my younger brother, so I have known her for a few years and we get along great! I am still on the waiting list for assisted housing & God willing will be getting my own place for me and the boys soon....wouldn't THAT be a wonderful Christmas present!?!?!

My mother moved in with someone addicted to painkillers, now guess who's also addicted and supporting both of their habits!?!? She is totally not herself & has turned her back on all of us kids...unless she needs something. So it has come to the point where I have nothing to do with her. I told her that she has to get help first....it's that tough love thing. I hope it works, cause I sure miss my mom!

My younger brother is always in the middle of some sort of drama. Still doing drugs himself & I just want to strangle that boy....uuuggghhh!

My older brother has really been doing well though and finally, at 40, is starting to act like a man. I love it!

My kiddos are doing great! Over the last few months my relationship with each of them has gotten stronger and stronger! I cannot express how much each of them have been a source of strength for me, and them not even realize it. I know I am extremely biased, and no offense to all the other mothers of sons out there, but I truly believe my boys are the best in the world!!!

The ex still wants me to come home & honestly there have been a couple of times that I seriously considered it. Then he would get drunk and go on a half the night rant & remind me all to much why I wasn't able to stay there in the first place.

I have been talking to a few guys here and there but still nothing serious. Then here recently I started talking to this wonderful man & things really appear to be progressing towards something very nice. Still getting to know each other, but so far we are both really like what we are finding.

I have enrolled in a Veterinary Technician course. Yes y'all I am back in school! I am so excited!! I have always had such a heart for animals and wanted to do something where I could help them so being an "animal nurse" seemed to make so much sense & has really been on my heart for quite some time now. Now that I am in the position to make what I want
of myself, I couldn't wait to get started & this is my first step! I have taken my first two exams and made A's on both of them!!! Go me!

And yep, I have my knitting, and I think blogging, mo-jo back!!! I have been a knitting fool (& crocheting---maybe I should say YARN mo-jo!?!? lol) I have made my friend Sam's little boy Jacob a red Power Ranger, using the free Playtime Baby Doll pattern found here & the colors of the specific Power Ranger he wanted and then embroidered the details that I couldn't add while crocheting. It turned out pretty good! I have also been working on a black lion for her oldest son Patrick, per his request, lol. The pattern I am using is great! You can find that free pattern here. I have worked up some dishcloths; two Rope Stitch Dishcloths and one Darrell Waltrip cloth. Both are free patterns & I really did enjoy them alot! They were each very simple to memorize and work up, but not boring in the least...just my kind of patterns! Now I'm working on an order for a matching hat & scarf! Whew! I am one busy knitter! lol

So my friends, that is what has been going on with me!
I sure hope y'all are all doing good & that life is being good to you.
Much love,

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Better Day

Yep, definitely better! I woke up this morning and did some house cleaning. I figured that at the very least I would feel a sense of accomplishment and that always helps the mood! It did. Then I was able to get the money to get my meds refilled & within an hour I already felt more like myself.....aaaahhh....relief!!!! I came back home, turned some music on and whipped up some enchiladas for dinner...YUM-MY!

I've started making a list each morning of things that I'd like to do on a daily basis, as well as things I'd like to accomplish that day. So far I've been able to, at the very least, get motivated to do some things that I have been neglecting. Updating my blog being one. Reading, a long time love of mine which has been sorely neglected, being another. Through all the instability in my life right now I have neglected the one hobby that is my true passion as well; my knitting. *sighs* It is added to my list as well! Now, if I can just make this a habit...

I want to thank all of my wonderful blog-land friends for being so caring and so supportive. I really cannot express how much your friendships mean to me!

Loads of Love,



Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Just One of Those Days....

Y'all this is one of those days that I just am NOT doing well at all and I just need to vent. With that being said, now is the perfect time for you to stop reading if you don't want to read anything negative today! Being bipolar and out of my meds is not a good thing. Thursday, when I will be able to go buy them, is only a couple more days away, but in the meantime I am having a really rough go of it. I don't know what the hell to do with myself! I got up this morning, had my cup of coffee, ate a fairly sensible breakfast & even journaled it! I made the bed, cleaned the bathroom, made a list of stuff I wanted to accomplish (writing in my blog more regularly being one of them) and thought things were going good...then I had to deal with Wayne invading my personal space earlier and that was all she wrote! It was like a light switch....I went into total panic attack, an uncontrollable crying fit & hating that I have no control over my emotions! I feel like I need to do something but I just don't freaking have a clue what!! I am at such a loss, begging for God to help me....please!!! I have so many positive things that I want to tell you all about and just can't right now...why can't I just be normal so that I can focus on those positives and be ok. Logically I know that would be the most effective way to handle my feelings right now, but it just doesn't work like that for me...aaarrrgggghhhh!!!

Ok, end of my crybaby ranting now. To those of you that read it all, thank you my friends, and I am sorry this wasn't a perky post.
I sure do love y'as!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Beginnings of a Hacky-Sack

Hello my friends! Just a little bit of news about my personal situation. Still dating casually, haven't clicked with anyone enough to date consistently yet, but that is really a good thing for right now. I've never just dated; I always went from one relationship to another. This is truly a nice change.

I got approved for help with housing! I am so excited! Now it's just a matter of waiting for availability. Waiting is so hard for me. I am NOT a patient person! LOL

Last night I was up and down throughout the night coughing & with a sore throat; fun-fun. I was told that it was probably because the pollen count is so high here right now. Maybe, who knows. I just hope whatever it is, it's over soon!

Since I didn't get much sleep last night, I'm feeling pretty drug down today, so I'm just taking it easy. I had a request to make a hacky-sack for someone, so I'm crocheting one today. It's about time I got my hands working on something. I've been so preoccupied lately that I haven't taken the time to knit (or crochet) at all. Here's my progress so far....


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I am using the free crochet patter I found HERE on Dorf's Dismal Diary.

So far so good, and I am loving the color! Having my hands in yarn always makes me feel better too!

I think about my bloggy friends alot. I sure hope that you are all doing well. I miss you & love you all bunches!

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Monday, August 10, 2009

It's Been A While...

It has indeed been a while. Life has taken so many crazy twists and turns over the past couple of months! Wayne and I are still separated & I feel very good about my decision to leave. Even Wayne agrees that I did the best thing for us both & we are better friends now and get along better than we ever have our whole relationship. It's crazy! We both confide in each other about everything, including the people that each of us dates.

The boys are doing great! They have really adjusted well. I am so proud of my guys!

I have to say that I haven't lacked attention from the opposite sex at all! What an ego boost! After going for so long being made to feel that I wasn't worth much, I am really enjoying it!

I haven't been knitting quite as much though. I really haven't had a really steady home and moving about doesn't leave me feeling encouraged to start new projects. I have done a few dishcloths and gave them away. I started a blanket and pull it out and knit on it every now and then. I just finished a small bag and now I am working on a soda can cozy.

So, what have y'all been into my friends?

Wishing you all the love, health and happiness you can stand!
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Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Quick Update

Hello my friends!
Since my last post I have been able to move in with my mom.
It has been a very positive thing. Actually, my leaving Wayne has been a very positive thing. I am finally starting to learn to love myself again, and to love life again. It is amazing!!

I don't have internet quite yet, so I've been getting alot of knitting done, lol. I should be connected again by the end of the month though.

Thank you all so much for your well wishes, your thoughts & your prayers.
You guys are the best and I love you all so much.

Huge, huge hugs....
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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Uuuuggghhhh.....

This is going to be a very quick post y'all, but I wanted to drop in and let you know what's going on.

First off, I left Wayne. It was so hard--funny how hard it can be even though things are so bad--but I did it, and I truly feel like I've had a boulder removed from my chest. The boys are even more at ease. Because of the situation, I can't tell y'all anymore about it right now, but I'll fill y'all in when I can.

Secondly, I was told about a week and a half ago that my Uncle Thommy (my Daddy's younger brother, and my favorite living uncle) was put in the hospital and found out he has cancer in his lungs & liver and it's spreading fast. He was in ICU for a while, but once they got his fever down they let him go home because that's what he wanted. Today I got the news that he isn't expected to make it through the day. Y'all I am crushed!

I'm tellin' ya, when it rains, it pours.

I'd appreciate any prayers and any good thoughts you could send our way.

I love y'all!

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

A life rant and some news

My life just seems to be in a total uproar right now y'all. My meds aren't doing that great of a job keeping my moods level and nothing is helping my panic attacks. Even my knitting hasn't been as therapeutic as it usually is. I know my home situation is not doing anything to help at all, and I am ready to make that change.

I have been having such a hard time coping with Wayne's attitude and actions. I have tried talking to him about his drinking, and he makes empty promises that he appears to be keeping for a week, maybe two and then it's right back to "normal". Lately he has even been getting angry when I hang out with my BFF. It has gotten to the point that I can't stand for him to even be nice to me anymore, because (while I know he's sincere when he is) it is always so short-lived and he gets upset over how I do or don't react when he does and then he is hateful for the rest of the day. I have been so "done," so over it, for so long now. I don't even want things to work anymore.

Last night we finally talked (believe it or not, he was sober). He said that I am not home enough (funny, I run errands on Thursdays & on a normal week get out with Sam once, MAYBE twice-and rarely ever more than that, she has a family too!). Now granted, when he's drinking, there are times I will get up and leave, but who can blame me for that? He said that as my husband he should come first in my life above everything, that is what he deserves and he is tired of playing 2nd fiddle to everything else in my life. He said he needs stability. Sitting here typing this it just hit me! He had me feeling so guilty last night...but looking back, I am amazed at how he can point the finger at me like he is the freaking rock of gibraltar! He continued by saying that these times are financially stressful and I am not very supportive, in fact I add to the stress--I don't know how; he gave me $65 this week to go grocery shopping on & I had $4 left over and I'll be darned if he didn't take that back! On average, this is about how much he gives me for groceries every week; some weeks more, some weeks less but $65 is the average. I don't typically get pocket money. This past weekend I did ask for money to get away for the weekend. It was the 1 year anniversary of my Daddy's death & I just needed to go away. He filled up my tank and gave me $10 for the road. Other than that, I don't ask him for money and he rarely ever just hands any over. Yet he always finds money for his cigs & beer, but I'M adding to the financial stress.

He told me he couldn't live like this anymore. I agreed. Y'all, I agreed with damn near everything he said last night. Even when I complained about something that he did that bothered me, I included my faults as well. I did not sit here and let him "have it with both barrells." I took all of the blame. Me, and my bipolar & anxiety disorders. We took it all. I put nothing off on him. But I did tell him that I knew that neither one of us were happy and that this situation was not healthy for either of us and surely not the boys. He doesn't want to be without me (of course, I just don't understand that since I am such an awful and unstable person). He thinks we could be great together. That when I am good (his words y'all!) I am the perfect woman.

Y'all I simply told him that I am bipolar. I am only physically able to be so stable. Try as I might, I have limitations. I am not going to be this perfect wife that never gets depressed, or upset or has a panic/anxiety attack. Lord above knows that I wish I could! But the fact of the matter is, I'm not. Being in this situation is not helping it either. I told him that I felt I should go Monday and apply for housing assistance. I have to stay here until they can get me into a place, because I have no where else to go. He suggested we be kind to each other-I agreed, but then he was not happy that his offer of kindness wasn't enough to make me want to stay. Today is our 15th wedding anniversary, and tomorrow is Monday. Tomorrow I will be trying to find the resources to move on and start to pick up the pieces.

So that's what's been goin' on. That's my rant; my news.
Have a great week guys.
I love y'all!

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Hey Y'all!

Miss me? Of course you did! You love me, right? Hehehe.

Seriously, y'all I just do not know what my deal is lately. I have been staying pretty occupied, but when I am home I do get on the computer. I just do not feel like doing anything productive on here. I know, I know...BAD ME! It's not that I don't love y'all...not by any stretch of the imagination. My attention span just hasn't been long enough for me to focus on any one thing for long. Even my knitting is suffering....or maybe the opposite...I don't know. I have more projects on the needles (and hooks) than I have ever had before at one time, but I can only spend a little time on each at any given point.

I know what it is! I've got it! It's cabin fever! Winter is finally over and the pretty weather is here and when I am not out in it, I am restless. Then there are the Spring showers that are abounding here in my little part of Tennessee lately. I am tellin' ya, this is the wettest Spring I can recall...or maybe I'm just getting old and can't remember from year to year.

I am still working on the same pair of socks I have been working on for weeks now. I tend to lay it down and start on something else after an inch or so. I laid down the Power Ranger once I got to the body done (minus the detail). The poor thing needs a head something fierce! I did crochet a cute amigirumi heart following a free pattern from Tamie Snow of Roxycraft. I love. love. love. her stuff! I also started on an adorable free bunny pattern I found at Rheatheylia.com via Ravelry. I did actually FINISH a cute little knitted kitty from angry t-rex roars...

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...cute, huh? Damon is really into anime and it reminded him of some cat on one of the ones he watches or something so he swiped it, lol.

I also made this free Mother's Day Cloth by KrisKnits for my Mommy for Mother's Day...

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...she wouldn't use it as a cloth, so I framed it for her. She is sentimental like that. I would love to make her an afghan using plain stockinette squares alternated with this cloth pattern throughout. Maybe that would be good for me to get started on for Christmas...in her favorite color.

So that's pretty much it....well, all that AND I have lost a total of 15.6 lbs. now!
hehehe

I hope y'all have a great weekend.
I love yas!

Hugs, health and happiness,

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Out of Sorts

Hey guys, sorry I've been a bit scarce lately. As the title of this post says, I've just been feelin' out of sorts lately.

I have, however, been knitting like crazy!
I am currently working on a pair of socks. I am learning how to knit them toe up and I have to tell you I love, love, love the toe up method! I am using the Houdini Sock Pattern by Cat Bordhi. I am almost to the heel of it now. It has been my traveling project that I keep in my purse/bag so I mostly only knit on it when I'm out and about. For my "at home" project I am designing/knitting a Power Ranger doll for the BFF's youngest, Jacob. Do you know that there is not a single pattern out there anywhere for a knit OR crochet Power Ranger doll!?!? I'll be sure to post pics as soon as I get it done.

I have also made another elephant, this one was for the man. I though he was gonna have a caniption fit when I gave the first one to Jesse! I had to promise that I'd make him one and he asked me every day where his "heffalump" was. Big baby! Actually, I have to admit that I was quite flattered, lol.

Then I got frustrated having to hunt down my darning needles and such in the bottom of my knitting basket all the time so I made me a pin cushion. I made it with a pocket to hold my little dropped-stitch crochet hook and what's that on front? Do you recognise it? It is a sheep made by none other than my knitter friend Patt!

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I also got a set of dishclothes made! I got the idea for the set and the pattern modifications from my knitter friend Mary Anne. I just love Mary Anne. She is definitely one of my knitter heros!
The original patterns are the Feather & Fan Cloth from the Dishcloth Boutique and the Basket Rib Dishcloth from Traci Knits. Both are super easy to make. The patterns are easy to remember and make for great take along projects. I love how these turn out and I will definitely be making loads of these in a variety of different colors.

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I also designed a cute cloth. I need to take a pic of it, and once I do and get it typed up, I promise to share it with y'all!

Oh, and I do want to share with y'all some good news on the topic of my health/weight, I have lost 13.7 lbs now!! I am feeling so good. I have more energy, more stamina and am gaining more self-confidence. This is a lifestyle that I feel comfortable continuing.

....Ok, I am going to go now and get busy around the house.
Y'all have a great weekend!
Hugs, Health & Happiness,
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Jesus said, 'I will never leave you or forsake you' (Hebrews 13:5)

Monday, April 27, 2009

A Review by a Knitting Junkie!

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You’re homeless, living under a pier.
You are living in a loveless marriage and facing divorce.
You feel like you have outlived your welcome on this earth and have nothing left to offer.
You feel like you have nothing left to live for.
You feel like you are at a dead end, but are you?
Or do you just need a new perspective?

The Noticer is a wonderful book of inspirational stories that leaves you thinking about your own situation(s) and looking for a new perspective. This book by Andy Andrews is a series of stories about several people in one small town and is based on a true story. I was totally entranced and didn’t want to put it down for even a minute.

I was so touched by the messages and life lessons in this book that I plan on using it in my family’s home school lessons for our two teenage boys. This will be made even easier by the Reader’s Guide in the back of the book, provided for group discussion or personal reflection.

I really cannot recommend this book enough, no matter what walk you are on in your life, and I will definitely be reading more from Andy Andrews!



*Member of Thomas Nelson’s Book Review Blogger program. For more information, please visit http://brb.thomasnelson.com/

Friday, April 3, 2009

My Baby...

Hey y'all!
Today my baby turned 13.
So to my baby...

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Then (Age 8)
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& Now (Age 13)
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My how my baby has grown!

His best friend Abby and her mom threw him a surprise party today.
I actually got him there without him figuring it out.
He was indeed surprised and absolutely thrilled!

And in knitting news,
I just finished a dishcloth and I thought the pattern turned out really pretty so I wanted to share the link with you and show you the one I worked up today.
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You can find this free pattern by Kimara of Wee Folk Art
HERE.
I am working on using up my cotton stash, so I used the same yarn for this cloth that I did with the Monthly Dishcloth KAL
group.

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I'm gonna pair 'em up and give them to my landlord's wife as a birthday gift. Her birthday is today too, but they are celebrating it tomorrow.

That's enough rambling for me tonight.
I hope y'all have a great weekend!

Hugs, health & happiness,

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Lovin' It...

I started this hat back at the beginning of March. I was "done" the day after I started it, but it was about 1.5 inches shorter than I wanted it, so I had to frog back on it. Because of the pattern, I couldn't find a good stopping point for my frogging, so I ended up going all the way back to the top of the picot edge. *sighs* I do know what a 'lifeline' is, why I always forget to use one is beyond me! This is an awesome pattern, very easy to work up yet not boring. However, doing it the second time, I was frustrated at myself and not as motivated so I didn't work very diligently on it, that's my ADD kicking in. I finally finished it last night and I absolutely LOVE-IT! This was supposed to be for my sister, but my husband & BFF's 17 year old cousin Michelle was in an extremely bad car accident and they had to shave her head. At first they didn't even think she would live, but she is doing good. She has a long way to go as she has some brain damage, but she is a fighter and she is going to do it! They let her see herself in the mirror for the first time this past week. She was so depressed she asked David (her dad) why he didn't just let her die. How heartbreaking is that? She told Sam (my BFF) she wanted a pink hat. So, I am giving her this one. I know it was for Karen Sue, but I know she will understand!

The pattern is found at How Stuff Works and is the Free Gull Stitch Toque Knitting Pattern. I modified it and gave it a picot edge. I worked the rest of it according to the pattern.
I used Berroco Comfort yarn.

Here is the front:
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and here is the top:
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What do y'all think?
I sure hope 'Chelly likes it.

Hugs, health and happiness,
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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Progress

Hello friends!
I thought I would give you an update on my progress and show you how I keep track of it.

First, I have to say that I weigh myself every day. This is not for everyone, but it works for me. I don't pay much attention to the daily number (once upon a time I couldn't do that, I totally obsessed over it!), I just use it as a guide. I know that if the number on the scale spikes one day, I can usually look back on my food journal 2 days and see what was going on. Did I eat out with a friend that day? Did I cut loose and have too many alcoholic drinks? Did I journal that day at all (I've noticed that I don't tend to eat near as healthy, nor as moderately if I don't write it all down!)? The same goes for if the number is holding steady or dropping...I can look back and see what I was doing RIGHT! I also don't use this daily number to track my weight loss. So many things can affect that number. If you eat too much salt for instance, there's a good chance you will be retaining some water. Soda tends to have the same affect. For us women, PMS can have a huge affect. So can whether or not you are 'regular'; if you are have a bout with constipation, it does indeed show up on the scale.

So, how do I judge my weight loss? I have started averaging my weight every Monday. I didn't used to, but I needed to see that amid my ups and downs on my daily weigh-ins I was making some definite progress. Here is a pic of my line graph that I record my weights on. See the green line? That's my average weights...How encouraging is it to see that line going further and further down, and at a steady rate to boot!

**click on the thumbnail to see the full-size pic**

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Have a healthy weekend y'all!
Hugs & happiness,
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Go Me!

I have been a major couch potato. Homeschooling the kiddos, reading my emails and doing my daily computer stuff on my laptop, Knitting....you know what all of these things have in common? They are done with me sitting right here on my couch-where I am currently sitting on my derriere!

Now, keep in mind I am over 300 lbs. AND I have been a major couch potato, so I have to start small and gradually pick it up, but 10 days ago I set a goal for myself to exercise for 10 minutes every day and I have been doing it!

I started out with Leslie Sansone's Walk-kick DVD from her Walk-Fit series and have even purchased two more dance fitness DVDs featuring MaDonna Grimes.

Most days I have to really talk myself into working out, but I have succeeded and so far I have done it every day! That's a 10-day streak!

Go me!
I am so excited!!!
Hugs, Health and Happiness,
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Darlin'! Just Darlin'....



Hope this brought a smile to your face!
Hugs, health and happiness,
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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Totally Awed...

My very dear blogging buddy Patt from Patt's Creations Madness has given me a couple of awards.
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I am in total awe.
Thank you Patt!

There are expectations that come with awards like these and here they are:

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to the person from whom you received your award.

And so...on with the presentation of awards to 10 blogs/bloggers I love (in no particular order)!

  1. Why Patt's Creations Maddness of course!
  2. Winged Expression where you'll find my new friend Sara.
  3. Twilight Knits is a wonderful lady who dies some very pretty yarn!
  4. I love to visit Mary Anne at her blog miss woolly knits... I have worked up more than just one of her patterns!
  5. At Kitt's Krafts, you'll not only find a creative lady, but she frequently shares about her extremely talented son.
  6. Aunt Kathy's Place is home to one very inspirational lady!
  7. Armina's Ami-Nals if full of the creative and generous offerings of a very talented crocheter.
  8. I have mentioned Amy Bayliss, and how much of an inspiration she is.
  9. And a must-visit blog is Brandie's A journey of 1000 stitches begins with just one...
  10. I also always love visiting Theresa over at Kids and Dogs.
I want to thank all of you ladies so much for being such an inspiration to me creatively, spiritually, physically....y'all are great and have made my days so much fuller. I am trully blessed.

Hugs, Health & Happiness,
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Pics As Promised

Here he is, Jesse's Elephant...I think he is so cute!
Of course, I'm biased.

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And this is the hat that I made for his little brother Jacob.
He LOVES hats!
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What do you think????
I can't wait to get your feedback.

Hugs, Health & Happiness,
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Oh Dear!

I so did not realize how long it had been since my last post!
I guess it is time for a catch-up.

Things are still up and down at home, but there hasn't been anymore blow-up's or tirades from Wayne. So that's good! He is still drinking like a fish. Damon informed me that he was really upset because "Dad's always drunk!" What can I say?

I have been working on another knitting project. My BFF's little boy requested an elephant. I found a free pattern and knit it up. It is knit in pieces and then sewn together. There as a few spots in the pattern that wasn't clear, but I got it; at least until the assembly part. Maybe it is just the blonde in me, but they lost me. I put it together the way that I thought and for the most part is was ok, but it was like there were parts missing or something. I really wasn't feeling it at all. So, being the obsessed knitter that I am, I had to come up with my own pattern. It is turning out sooooo cute!!! I finished it up and the only thing that I didn't like was that it appeared that the poor little guy was taking a nose dive, lol. So I am having to make just a bit of a change to the legs. I will do my best to get some pictures up tomorrow.

I have also been working on making some healthy lifestyle changes. I know that is what I need to do. I also know that it wouldn't do me a bit of good to lose weight unless I make the healthy changes needed to keep it off. So I went on an information expedition. Did you know that the nutritional pyramid doesn't have set amounts anymore? And there is so much contradicting information out there. Then I found it! What 'it' did I find, you ask? SparkPeople. What a wonderful FREE site with a wealth of information on healthy living. On SparkPeople I also found an awesome supportive community and so many tools and resources like a nutrition tracker and a fitness tracker. I just cannot say enough about this site! And I am doing it! I am really making lifelong healthy changes! This is the only thing that has clicked with me. And of course, as I suspected, I am losing weight as a result. The last time I told you all what I weighed I was at 308.2 lbs. Believe it or not, I actually gained MORE weight after that! At one point I was up to 312.0 lbs. Well, I am happy to report that I have lost 8.2 lbs since February 16! Wooo-hooo! Not only that, but I feel absolutely wonderful!
I feel so good, and so positive that I don't even mind sharing a 'before' picture with y'all!
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You're more than welcome to visit me on my SparkPeople page too!

And that is what has been going on with me!
What has been going on with you?

I'll catch y'all later!
Hugs, Health and Happiness,
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