Monday, July 7, 2008

Where does the time go?

I just can't believe it's been a whole week since I last posted. Where did this last week go? What did I get done? I'm not even sure. So I'm digging back through my memory starting with last Tuesday, to see what I can find.

Tuesday . . . Hmmm . . . I know I babysat Joseph and went to quilt group. I finished a very small amount of appliqué on one of the Heirloom Stitches border. I did some reading. A pretty uneventful day, wouldn't you say?

Wednesday morning I did something that was a first for me. I attended a Weight Watchers meeting. After trying on clothes and looking in the mirror for two hours in Lincoln City the first day of our beach trip I decided I had to do something. No more kidding myself that I was just a wee bit overweight. What a shocking, eye opening experience. I tried WW online the last 2-3 years, as it worked for me once before, but I just couldn't stick with it this time. I just couldn't find the proper motivation. So I went to the website, found a meeting, and went for the first time. I found it very motivating, I learned several new food and recipe tricks, I met some great people, and saw many success stories all around me. At the end of an hour I left with a new mind set and a determination to succeed. I really enjoyed the meeting, and loved all the resources they provided. Since then I've been shopping for food - our cupboards were bare anyway - and brought home many things I've not bought before. I bought the monthly pass so I have access to the online tools also, and haven't missed a day tracking points. I'm feeling great and feeling like this is going to work. I'll keep you posted on my progress!

Thursday was another great day with Joseph. It was also a great day because I got to meet Lucy from Quilting With the Past. Lucy and her family have rented an RV and are spending three weeks seeing the sights in Washington and Oregon. She's going to meet up with Bonnie at towards the end of this week so they can attend the Sisters Quilt Show together. We've been emailing back and forth for a couple weeks - Lucy with questions and me with suggestions as to what they should see. Of course I told them they should spend July 4th here in Vancouver - Fort Vancouver has the largest fireworks show west of the Mississippi. That's exactly what they did, camping in an RV park just five minutes from my house! How fun to meet her and spend some time together! She brought me some beautiful Dutch fabric and delicious Dutch cookies - Yum!

Friday we spent July 4th with Jeremy, Chelsea and Sophie. Sophie's new little sister now has a name - Lily Abigail - what a pretty name! Jeremy and Chelsea have picked out her baby quilt, so now I must get sewing on that. Mid-October will be here in no time at all!

Saturday and Sunday was spent shopping, cooking, reading, ironing and sewing. I tried some new WW recipes that we really liked. The refrigerator is absolutely stuffed with fresh fruits and vegetables, including sliced fresh strawberries that I've been enjoying twice a day. I finished some exchange blocks so I could send them off today. I also took advantage of the cooler weather to prewash and iron my fabric purchases from the last several months. Each time I do this I realize all over again how much fabric I have and now much I need to stop shopping. There is no room on my shelves for what I have now. Couldn't believe it - when I finished the ironing and counted up the yards the total was 100!!!! I took the fabric diet badge off my sidebar - who am I kidding? I need to find the equivalent of WW for fabric addicts!

Today I got out another machine sewing UFO - Bonnie's Carolina Crossroads. I finished step 4 and am close to being done with step 5. Hopefully that will be a finished top by the end of the week. Almost all of it came from my strip drawers, though they don't seem any emptier!

Tomorrow will be a fun day with Joseph. On Friday he suddenly decided that he could walk on his own - something he's been threatening to do for several months. Rebecca said he just stood up, let go of the chair and started walking across the room. I've not really had a chance to see him demonstrate his new skill, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow.

Oh, I almost forgot! The missing has been found. You may remember when I mentioned losing a quilt top? It was a small one I wanted to hand quilt. I looked everywhere I could think of, but it was just nowhere to be found. Today I was pulling strips out of the 1 1/2" drawer and there it was. How it got tucked into that drawer I will never know. Now I just need to spray baste it together and I'll have a hand quilting project for quilt group tomorrow.

I think I'm now up to date with everything. I do know I've been spending very little time on the computer, so once again I'm behind on blog reading - though not nearly as far behind as I was. When the choice is sew or sit at the computer, I've been choosing sewing every time.

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Gratitudes:
1. A safe holiday with no accidents for everyone.
2. Fresh strawberries with fat free half and half
3. The lost has been found
4. Cooler weather with showers the last few days
5. My new determination to lose weight

23 comments:

Carol said...

Andy and I were just talking about where the time goes yesterday morning when we were walking. It is amazing...it's Monday and then it's Friday...in a blur...but I love...how did I ever work. Joseph is getting so big...and now he's walking...the fun really begins. Love Sophie's sister's name...so old fashioned...just beautiful...can't wait to see the quilt you're going to be doing.

nicolette said...

How wonderful to see Lucy in a picture on your blog! I’m sure she brought you some fabulous fabrics!

And Joseph making his first steps looks so cute!

Good luck on the weight loss...!

Caron said...

Congratulations on joining Weight Watchers! I'm also a member, and have now lost around 20 pounds.Keep up the good work!!!

Weeks fly by. Get out your net and snag some of it! :)

Carolyn said...

Good luck with Weight Watchers! I joined over a year ago and became Lifetime last month. It's a great program...and now I work for them! Let me know if I can help you with anything...

Dorothy said...

With Joseph walking, soon running, I'm sure he'll be helping you with
your weight loss. lol

Andrea said...

What a great post - so much going on. Good luck with the slimming - I have to watch my weight too. Pain in the bum - lol ! Love that little quilt - will look lovely hand-quilted.

Libby said...

Joseph is walking! Time really does get away from us doesn't it *s* I'd say from the picture that he looks ready to take off for parts unknown . . . what fun.
How fun that you got to spend time with Lucy. When she says she's 'taking vacation' she means it *s*

Darcie said...

How fun was that...for you and Lucy to meet!!! Thanks for taking time out to share a kodak moment.

OMG...she didn't bring you those Dutch stroopwafels, did she?!? They are sinful!!! ;-) lol

Lily Boot said...

well I can't think of nicer ways to spend your time! Joseph looks such a dear - and aren't they lovely when they start working - their determination and funny little stompy steps are so cute! Yay! for finding the missing quilt top - honestly, I'd be able to breathe better after searching for it for so long. And I'm so glad to hear Weight Watchers is going well - it is a very powerful resource. Hope your next week is as great!

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Elaine Adair said...

Regarding losing things -- I once 'found' my iron in the freezer. What more can I can? I wasn't even a Senior Citizen at the time!

I am grinning here, looking at that little guy strutting his stuff.

Karen said...

Go, Joseph! Isn't he a honey. This summer has gone so fast I think it can't really be happening.

Karen said...

Oh, meant to say, what a pleasant surprise to see a pic of Lucy, and you got to visit with her, that is so neat!

Teresa said...

Enjoyed reading yoru blog today. I wish you much success with WW and that is something I think I am going to have to try again. I have done well with them in the past. I did not know you could do it on-line an I may try that first. So glad you found your quilt top, its a cute one.

Candace said...

I so enjoy your blog! Congratulations on beginning WW again. Four years ago at age 54 I decided I could no longer carry an extra 25-30 lbs around (since my 20's). I bit the bullet and did my own version of WW - lost a total of 45 pounds and will never go back. It takes a lot of fortitude to be good every single day, but the payoff has been terrific and I have maintained my loss for over 3 years! Good luck and best wishes from a WA state quilter!

paula, the quilter said...

I considered using the 505 Basting Spray on my 4SQS but I didn't know how it would needle when hand quilting. Is this what you use? Does it needle well?

Chocolate Cat said...

My goodness you have been busy! How lovely to spend time with Joseph and Sophie. Good luck with Weight Watchers, sounds like you are in the right frame of mind to do it. I don't think you should go on a fabric diet at the same time as a food diet!!

cher said...

how fun to meet Lucy! good for you to decide WW in person was the way to go-good luck but I know you will do well. Love seeing Joseph taking steps-running after him will help you too-and nice to finally find your missing top. yes, in a wink, a week is gone.

swooze said...

So glad you found the top!

Karol-Ann said...

Good luck with the WW. Fantastic that Joseph is walking, that will definitely knock a few pounds off running after him LOL
So pleased you found the top too.

Judy said...

Oh what fun and super exciting happenings around your house!

Cascade Lily said...

What a busy week Patti! I've been choosing sewing over computer too :)

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh he is walking! You can just picture him going, going, gone in that pic! And isn't Lucy just the sweetest person! I"m so jealous of how much of the US she has seen - way more than me!