May 25

(46 unread) - basicallybenita - Yahoo MailNot quite there, yet, but looking much better.  The funny thing is, that least active day of Thursday was spent loading the trailer and car, and hitching the trailer up by myself getting ready to leave the next day for Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival.  I did a lot of walking, so it tells you how well I did the rest of the week.

May 23

Shaanti went with Sandy and I to the Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival this past weekend.  She rested quietly in our room on Saturday, but she went with us on Sunday.  I thought I’d show a couple pictures of her day.

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She really enjoyed helping Sandy out at the check-out table and she was such a friendly young dolly.

Shaanti and 20

And she got to meet a celebrity!!  20 of Punkin’s Patch fame.  I don’t think 20 was too sure of such a tiny person giving him a hug, but he dealt with it with his usual aplomb.

There is still a few days to sign up to host Shaanti this summer and fall.  Go and join the Ravelry group and sign up!

May 18

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We are starting the fiber show season off with 64 different colors, types, breeds, etc. of fiber.  Out new, interchangeable sign will hold up to 96 fiber sample cards, but we will use the extra space for other signs and announcements for right now.  This is 95% complete.  Just a few more touches (like hanging brackets on the back) to go.

 

May 16

Fireplace Embers Shawl by DebsDestiny

Never Cast Off Podcast

Undead Yarn

 

May 11

31 years ago today, a certain bride’s dad looked in shock, the groom and bride looked like 16-year-olds, and it was a sunny day.  Also, 31 years ago today a certain pastor lost his place and started a certain wedding all over again from the beginning, didn’t turn on any of the mics so the audience could hear the vows and started the wedding march before any of the pre-arranged music could be played causing a certain bride to scramble through the last preparations in the dressing room far faster than she wanted.

On this day, 31 years ago, a certain car (burgandy 1981 Dodge Aries K) had the messages “Just Married” and “Hot Springs Tonight” written on it in shaving cream, which, with said sunny day, caused the shaving cream to eat through the first layer of paint meaning that car still said those messages even after it had been washed – many times –  and still did when they sold the car a couple of years later.

Also, 31 years ago, the groom had the flu and was about the same creamy color as the church walls, but manfully stood there through the service, the short reception in the basement afterwards and the party at his mom’s house after that.  It might be a fact that their wedding night was spent sleeping the sleep of the exhausted in their apartment before starting out on their honeymoon the next day.  At least, after a good night’s sleep, the groom felt more human and was ready to enjoy their first vacation together as husband and wife.

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While the beginning of their married life, 31 years ago today, was a bit inauspicious, the marriage itself has been a thing of blessings and joy.  Sure there are been some rough points, what marriage doesn’t have them, but working through them just made the marriage stronger.  Today, 31 years later, the couple are each other’s best friend, best lovers and, most important of all, best cheering section.

It seems hard to believe that 31 years have passed as they both only feel about 31 years old, but looking back at the photos from that day long ago and seeing the maturity they have both gained, they know there is no one in this world with whom they would rather grow older.

It has been 31 of the best years and I hope and pray that we have 31 more just as good as the last.  I love you, Scott Story, and I am so glad that we went through that day 31 years ago today.

 

May 10

I mean it.  I’ll see you all next week – maybe.

May 9

May 5

If you haven’t joined the Fiber Pusher Podcast Ravelry group yet, here might be your reason to finally do so.

During the month of May, members of the group will get the opportunity to host Shaanti for a few days sometime between June 1st and November 30th.  Who is Shaanti?

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This is Shaanti.  I knit her from the Mary, Millie and Morgan pattern by Susan B. Anderson.  She is the second doll I knitted from the kit I purchased, the first one being Raksha.

Shaanti is the Hindi word for Peace, and that is what I want to do – send a little Peace around the world.  There is a sign up thread on the podcast Ravelry group for those interested in hosting Shaanti for a few days and posting pictures and such into a Where’s Shaanti thread that will begin on June 1st, the day Shaanti begins her journey.

Already, there are several people here in the US who want to host Shaanti, but also hosts from Canada, England and Norway!  I never thought I’d be jealous of a sweet doll-person, but I am!  I loved England when I was there in 1992, and I would love to visit Norway.

So, where else can we send Shaanti?  If you want to host her for a few days and take her around and show her where you live (and post lots and pictures about the event), please go over the the Fiber Pusher Podcast Ravelry group, join it, and post in the Hosting Shaanti thread that you are in.  The deadline for doing this is Saturday, May 28th, at which time I will lock the thread and get Shaanti’s passport ready.  Also, while you are there, join in on the conversations going on in the other threads because this is a lovely community of creative people in this group and we have tons for fun sharing information, what we are working on and encouragement with one another.

And watch the podcast.  There are several with demonstrations in them, and there are going to be even more in the future as I continue working in my studio.  And as Shaanti travels, I will be able to talk about that as well.

May 3

Except for a few days when I was home working on spring cleaning and the studio reorganization, I really fell off the band-wagon.  The only gain in the averages over the past two weeks was in the number of floors climbed, and this is completely attributable to the studio reorganization.

End of Week 1                                        End of Week 3

4,932 steps/day                                      4,711 steps/day
6.6 floors climbed/day                             7.7 floors climbed/day
1.64 miles walked/day                              1.56 miles walked/day
1,680 calories burned/day                        1,604 calories burned/day

This is a new week.  Let’s see if I can change this back to all steps forward.

Eating is better, and I’m changing things up a bit this week.  Due to the weekly work schedule, I am finding myself eating at a certain time whether I am hungry or not.  I decided to remedy this by not eating until I am hungry.  Yesterday, for example, I didn’t drink my protein shake until nearly 10AM rather that at 7:30AM.  And lunch was a banana and some pistachios around 2:30, which is when I usually have my snack.  I understand the supposed dangers of not eating enough, and there will be days when I am hungrier than I am on others, so I guess, I’m banking those calories for when I really want to eat something.  Seriously, why eat if your body isn’t hungry?

Also, I have discovered that when I eat a full meal, I am hungrier later.  So, I am going to only eat a small amount when I am peckish.  I do this on the weekends, and I don’t eat nearly as much when I am at home as I do at work, which is completely backwards.  I sit at work and I am active at home.  I think eating at work is more the boredom factor than anything, so that needs addressed.  Also, that whole schedule thing.

As to working out, I really need to get my average steps closer to 10,000 per day, which will increase my distance and calories burned automatically.  And I’d like to get my average floors climbed per day up to 10.  So, let’s see how this week goes.

May 2

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