Monday, April 18, 2016

Zen Log Cabin

I'm so so happy with this quilt! I think that is what it's called. I didn't get the pattern but it looked easy and I just put it together. I'm very please with how it turned out.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

What I've been working on....

This is me lately. I just want to read and read. I've found some really great books. It's keep my quilting at bay.

This was the New Year's Mystery quilt I did. I really like it a lot.

An X and O's quilt I did finish the top, I'll have to see if I have a picture somewhere of the finished piece.

I started a new Block of the Month quilt. It's been fun, I've done 4 blocks so far. Have to upload some pictures off my camera.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Baby Quilts

Two cousins gave birth in December and January. We had a baby shower for them a couple of weekends ago and I made them these quilts. Top one was for a girl and the second was for a boy.

I've made many mistakes in my life. Sometimes there are those things that haunt me. I walked away from a friend. I didn't talk to her again, I didn't explain. I just stopped. I was angry for many years. I think that she was fallout from my depression and  immaturity. How can one be immature when they are a mother of three and 35 years old. Well it can happen. I've had an easy life and things have always gone my way until then. I had a different view of the world and it's been a tough transition.

Right now I would apologize and tell her I'm sorry. I'm sorry for hurting you, I'm sorry for just walking away and not talking to you. I'm sorry that rumours were spread, that was not my intention. I did not gossip, I talked to 5 or 6 people who I thought were my friends and I think that 2 of them were not. Yes more acquaintances and I should have known better. So I'm sorry for that. I was not thinking properly nor was I aware that what I was doing would hurt you. or maybe I wanted to hurt you but I don't know.

Here we are over five years later and I have become aware of my mistakes, aware and horrified that I acted as I did and feel like it was out of my character. I have to own it though, it was me and I'm sorry.  I have to learn to forgive myself because I know I can never ask you to.

As I become mentally healthy again, as I thought I was 1 year ago but I was not. Only the last 3 months have I realized how I'm finally back to my normal self, keeping the depression at bay and finding myself again and this is the one thing on my mind, the one thing that finally hurts so much. What a terrible mistake to have made. I'm sorry.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Well I'm jumping in with both feet and see how I do. I started Saturday and today is Tuesday, I've had meat 3 times.

I decided I would start Saturday and well then Marcel made sausages for breakfast. I'm learning to say now or I'm just avoiding talking about food. It's going to be hard I think it getting everyone in the same frame of mind or on the right track. I did good for the rest of the weekend. The boys didn't want to try some food and Mickey always the adventurous one, ate the black bean burgers we had one night. I thought it was very good, same with the oven potatoes. We didn't have any kids at home on Monday night for dinner and Marcel wanted Salisbury steak, so we had that. It was very tasty and good but after I felt so heavy and bloated and to be frank, it had me running to the bathroom. So that was a no brainer. This morning, was a rush to work, I ended up getting a breakfast sandwich and it had bacon it, I mean come on who says no to bacon? LOL! So I have some areas to work on.

But I've been doing good, feeling good, my blood sugars are dropping, I don't feel heavy and bloated all the time, I have a lot of energy. I just feel so good and I'm eating good food with potatoes, rice, beans, lentils and lots of fruits and veggies.

I feel like it's a good start and I'll keep improving.

I made this salad, there was a version of samsuta orange salad going around facebook and it looked good. So I made my own version with what I Had on hand

Romain lettuce,
hemp seeds
chick peas
oranges and topping with lemon juice.

I found it very good but Marcel tried one chickpea and wouldn't have any more. LOL.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Disappearing Hourglass

I finished this up with green binding and it went to live with a friend of mine over Christmas.

Almost there. Ham strings are not so bad any more, I still get some tightness in my back when I walk. I went on a hike finally on Monday and it felt great, I was definitely feeling it later in my back. So it will just take some conditioning.

Walking again feels so good but may have to work my way up to longer walks again. Oh well such is life.

And another week passes. Almost back to normal. So happy. I'm definitely not as flexible as I used to be, so pilates/yoga/stretching, a basic combination of all three that I do daily. It may take awhile but I'm back on track with the walking now. Feeling stronger everyday!

I'm so very happy that our gym is opening up again on Tuesday. I can't wait to get some muscle back on this body. Okay bigger muscle. I miss feeling strong.

Diet, I'm not on a diet, I'm have a diet. I'm still slowly transitioning to a whole food plant based diet, so that means no meat, no dairy, no oil, no processed food or sugar. What will I eat? I'm sure I will tell you over the next while. Right now I make sure I have oatmeal every morning with fruit. Lunch is still a work in progress. Same with dinner. I do a lot of experimenting, sometimes I'm only having potatoes and veggies for dinner, sometimes it's a great salad and other times it's a soup of some sort. My favorite is lentil soup right now.

When I say slow, I mean really slow. This is a really hard transition. It is something that I want to do for health reasons and I feel over all if it doesn't do as all these experts say at least it will make me feel better. And there can be nothing wrong with that. I'm not expecting miracles, but I'm expecting health.

I've been devouring books on this lifestyle. Right now I'm reading Whole by T. Colin Campbell,
My Beef with Meat by Rip Esselstyn and Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes by Dr. Neal Barnard. So there is some interesting and lets face it,  boring reading at times.

It just helps keep me on track and focused.