Friday, October 4, 2019

Another two weeks gone!

I can't believe how fast the last two weeks have flown! They have been a bit rough and emotional for me. I find myself crying at all of the sad things ... tv shows, Facebook videos, Netflix movies, etc. I'm not sure of the reason, but I just go with it because, obviously, it won't do me any good to hold these sad feelings in! The temperatures are still way too hot and we are setting records here in my neck of the woods, but cooler temps are just around the corner next week ... thank goodness! I always feel better once cooler weather arrives. I love to "hunker down" on a cool, rainy day in my cozy home.

I'm participating in Organized October on Instagram and have set aside 5 projects to try to complete this month. Most require just a few days of dedicated time to finish, so I am hopeful that I will make it through my list. My husband has to work this weekend, so I am going to use that time alone to catch up on my Wrapped in Jamie squares 3 & 4 because #5 comes out soon and I don't want to be that far behind!

I've been working on switching over to a vegan eating plan using a bunch of new cookbooks to help me make a menu. I am going to adopt a 90/10 plan where 10% of the time is the grace I am giving myself for eating out with friends or cooking a meal to eat with my dad. I don't live in an area where alternative eating is readily accepted, so eating out isn't going to be easy. However, we did eat at Longhorn Steakhouse last night and I got a yummy salad and a baked sweet potato side that fit into my plan! I will figure things out. My husband is going to try to jump on this vegan wagon with me. I know it will be harder for him as he loves meat, but he wants to see if he can do it. We will learn so much, I'm sure! I am already less bloated and my cravings for sugary foods is waning ... yea!

Since my husband is working this weekend, I think I'm going to take a little time to treat myself to a movie that only I want to see ... and I want to watch it on the big screen! I loved the Downton Abbey series and the movie will be a nice break in my day of crochet!

I guess that is all for my update. I am planning on updating every Friday ... hopefully, the weeks won't get away from me like they did this time! Until next time, I hope your days are full of whatever makes you happy!


Sunday, September 22, 2019

Woot ... finally FALL!!

I can't believe that my favorite season has finally started! Leaves and acorns have been falling from the trees for about a month now, but this will increase in earnest over the next month. I love walking through the park while the leaves are falling and I definitely love the nip in the air that is beginning to show up a few mornings a week! I'll be spending a little time today dressing up our home in its fall finest!

Last week wasn't a great one. I fell forward while running on a trail and messed up my right hand, dislocating the first joint of the middle finger and abrading the palm of same hand. It's messed with my crochet time and I don't like that at all - LOL! I decided last minute to crochet a wedding gift for a friend's daughter and so am working as fast as I can to get it done so I can give it to her before her October 5th wedding. Of course, this also means that I have had to put aside other projects which I had planned. Oh well, it's all good as I will just catch up on those projects once this blanket is complete. I did manage to make the 2nd square for my Wrapped in Jamie blanket last week before I fell. Can you see the snakes?

I'm changing the way I structure my day. I am not getting things done the way I should and I'm not paying attention to my health either. So, I am allotting my morning time to house cleaning, exercise, errands, and other hobbies. ONLY after lunch, can I sit down to crochet. I am a research paper away from becoming a certified aromatherapist. However, it has been YEARS since I began my studies, so I am going to go back and review all of that information before I start my paper. But I want to finish these studies in 2020, so will start reviewing now.

I am a huge proponent of low-carb eating, including keto (see all of my favorite books here). I have lost weight and changed my lab values through ketogenic eating. However, I fell off the bandwagon about 10 months ago and have gained about 5 lbs back. It's not a lot, but it is the upper limit of where I want to be as I'm already "overweight" according to all of the charts. My GP says I'm ok as long as my lab values are good, but some of them weren't in range last time. I've been looking into a whole-food, plant-based (WFPB) way of eating and am very intrigued. I really missed fruits and veggies on the low-carb diet. So, I am looking to combine lower carb with WFPB adding in salmon and eggs for extra protein. I think I have it figured out and will be using this printable food diary to help me keep track of what I am eating. I am going to pretty much eat the same thing daily for breakfast and lunch to keep things easy at first. I hope I can find that fine line between low-carb and WFPB that keeps weight off and nutrition levels high.

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My crochet plans for this week include finishing the wedding gift blanket, completing square #3 in the Wrapped in Jamie CAL and starting the sweater I am testing for a designer. I am also going to set up a cleaning routine and work on my food diary, fine tuning what I am eating and get back to the gym two days this week. I can't lift weights with my injured finger, but I can get in some treadmill time! I also hope to share a list of books that are good for eating WFPB in case anyone else is interested in that way of eating.

Enjoy the first full week of fall (or spring if you are on the other side of the world!) ... the change of seasons is a great time to make some positive changes in your life, so give it some thought this week!

.... Kris

Friday, September 13, 2019

Lots of crochet this week

I started the week by organizing my yarn and labeling the shelves. You can see those pictures of my craft room here.

I've started a lot of projects in the past few weeks, mostly blankets. We just don't have a lot in our home as I give most of the ones I make away as gifts! So, I'm participating in several crochet-a-longs to help me stay motivated to get some blankets complete before the cooler weather moves in.

I finished my first Wrapped In Jamie block, but made up my own border because the designer's border was just a bit more complicated than I have time for.

I am making four seasonal blankets for our living room. Each one is in a palette reminding me of the seasons. I am using Vibrant Vintage patterns from Cypress Textiles for my summer blanket. So far, I have 1/4 of the blanket complete, one square in each color I'm choosing to use. I just need to make 3 more in each color. I will join/border in cream.

I'm using patterns from books I have here in my home to make up a fall blanket in the colors below. Adding in a bit of Halloween colors to make it a bit more vibrant! This blanket will be a bit of a stashbuster as I will not have the same number of squares in each color. I'm starting with those in the picture and will add more in as needed to make the required amount of squares needed. I will use the dark brown for the join/border as I believe it will make the colors POP!

I'm going to use the Nature's Walk CAL patterns to create a spring blanket using Stylecraft Bambino and Bellissima yarns. The palette is pink and purple flowers, green leaves and grass, plus a beautiful blue sky full of clouds. A nice yellow sunshine border and join will set the colors off nicely, I think!

I will also be joining in the Mediterranean Summer CAL ... I have chosen wintery colors for it, so it may suit as a winter-themed blanket. I will decide once it is finished!

It may seem too much to have several projects going at once, but I get bored easily so this way I can go back and forth between several projects and not get bored. I'm not too worried about when I need to get the blankets completed ... it will all happen eventually!