I subscribe to a blog that sends daily color-theme photos right to my reader. This one from last week really struck my fancy! :) Oh to manage to produce such beauty myself. :)
I had better get more timely with my posting or I will be forgetting things right and left. It's funny, my daily life right now seems pretty boring to me ... but when I look back at a week, there's too much to tell. Grin. My 'blog' photo folder is full this time (some weeks I have to really scratch around for color to share:).
I lost another pound this week (YEAH!) - Tuesday is my usual weigh-in with the nutritionist. I'm really grateful for the last three week's losses as I had pretty much given up hope - been on a 'plateau' for more than six months. :P What made the change? I think that I have given myself permission to be more flexible with what I eat (after a year and a half, any kind of rountine foods get boring) as long as I can manage the daily caloric balance (not too little as that will send my body into 'starvation' mode, not too much) of about 1200 calories. That doesn't sound like much, I'm sure. I have to say that at least one day a week I eat less than that (how do I know? I keep a food journal) and don't feel hungry. Shrug.
My physical state is improving as I work along with the therapist. I'm down to two visits a week as of this week. My knee is still achy at a low level and not quite recovered fully (still can't bear my weight going up stairs) - but it gets better every day. I can walk for at least five minutes on the treadmill now and do the cross trainer for 15 minutes. I usually go about 900 steps on the latter - remember when I could only manage 200, in absolute extremis? I feel much better than I have in ages - more energy, more stamina. A really long day of being 'out' or two days in a row of short errands still makes me tired...but it is getting better. :)
What have I been doing? Hmmm ... good question! The 15th was my friend Patty S's birthday. I hand made a candle mat for her with English Paper Piecing and hand embroidery/quilting:
I'm not sure what made the photo so overexposed - I didn't use flash, just natural light. Shrug. I bought a nice smelling 'post' candle in 'Summer Meadow' scent and soft green color to go with this mat ... and wrapped it all in a pretty floral print fat quarter. She seemed to like it, too. :)
There are two other birthdays (belated) that I still need to deal with. My dear friend Patty R in Wisconsin had her day on June 27th (I owe her a letter, at least:) and my sister, Dodi, had a big one on July 9th (again, a letter and small gift are trying to get away into the mail:). I like sending birthday notes - I quit giving Christmas gifts (except to children) many years ago (too much mid-winter stress added onto my season affective disorder blues), so I try to remember birthdays. Not always successful, of course - terrible memory and time flows over me like a rushing torrent. :P
My son and I have decided to spend Fridays together. This generally means going out for lunch and then a short jaunt to something local. This past week we went to Panera Bread (yummy!) and then took a visit to the 'new' (three years old) Robinson Nature Center for Howard County (where I live). I visited there on a day that the place was closed last fall - remember this fountain?
I am passionate about such places and wished all the years that my kids were young that we had such a resource in Howard Co. Used to drive my kids 45 minutes (each way) to the Piney Run Nature Center in Carroll County - summer camps, programs and volunteering. :)
While we were at the Robinson, I bought a family annual membership so we can go back whenever we like. There are lots of nature walking trails - when I get my knee up to snuff, I intend to explore them. :) Hugh even enjoyed the visit (he always humors me when I want to go somewhere, but doesn't always really enjoy it:).
Here's a photo of my son (for size reference, he's about six feet tall) beside a nifty art installation right beside the nature center - it's made from small slabs of tree (Oak?) stacked together (didn't see any mortar, glue or reinforcing metals) into a sort of kiva-like structure. Has a front and back door and the top is open to the sky:
I actually managed to win something nifty from an online drawing last week (shock!:) - three good books from Quilter's Newsletter Magazine's blog. I am actually pretty excited about these as I have a nice small stash (hmm, maybe three or four quilts worth:) of Japanese neutrals (Daiwabo prints, and similar things). They are calling louder to me recently and want to be made into something. :) Here are the books I won:
My treasures pile is overflowing with new books right now! I have several that I'd like to read and review - might have to actually do some work here. :)
On Thursday, Skip and I went out to lunch at a local village center (we went to the pharmacy to get prescription refills). There was a tasty Hunan something restuarant there with pretty good food. I had Kung Po shrimp. Yum!
Notice the brown rice? I actually had to pay an extra 50 cents for that - can't understand why better nutrition costs more. :)
Sunday was the monthly meeting of my sewing circle, Sew & Tell. We are meeting at the Normandy Sew & Vac shop now (used to meet at my store:). It was fun to wander around the store and see what was new. They have already run out of their supply of printed quilt-y liscense plates (theirs says 'Fabric Junkie':). I did get a copy of their free pattern for the summer shop hop, with lots of summer designs. :)
I spent my time at the meeting sorting, ironing and trimming to size all the beautiful feather blocks I've received from the Baltimore Modern guild folks. We played with possible layouts for the quilt, too:
I am _really_ excited about making this quilt! I love the bright colors and energy ... gotta get my machine up and running so I can sew. :)
I think this week _might_ be a bit calmer than last. I'm still struggling with what to do with myself. I don't have the stamina, yet, to go hog wild with house cleaning/painting/rearranging (which so badly needs doing) ... so I do my three-times-a-day knee exercises, eat every 2.5 hours ... and try to do at least one chore each day. Some days I manage more. Shrug.
PS I almost forgot! The prescription refill reason was pretty interesting. I have fallen down four times since January - pretty strange for someone as sturdy on their feet as I usually am. I've also been having dizzy 'flashes' - not long enough to call spells, but very real. When I get up from exercise equipment, I feel unsteady the way you might after being on a boat for hours and stepping onto dry land.
My blood pressure has been jumping around again, too. So I went to see my regular doctor - he thinks it is all being caused by the Carvedilol I take to regulate my b.p. I am in the process of cutting off the C (commonly called coreg) and starting a newer drug with many fewer side effects (don't remember the name right now). I _never_ thought about the dizzy stuff being a drug side effect! I'm so grateful it can be avoided - I haven't been hurt (other than bruised) in any of the falls, but that has got to stop at some point. Grr.