Apr 2

What a change!

Kaala then and now

Apr 1

This past week was very busy, again, and the weekend even busier.  Still there are things to share with you, so here goes!


This is me at 155.5.  I weighed 154 on Friday, but we tried another non-Keto weekend and I gained a pound and a half back.  I will not be trying another non-Keto weekend again for a long while.  The payback today of diarrhea is just not worth it.  Still, I love how thin I am looking.  Here’s to the next 10 pounds (plus the pound and a half I gained back).

Last week we were up in the upper 60’s-low 70’s.  Scott and I took an amble around the yard looking at what needs to be done, and it was so pretty out that neither of us wanted to go back into the house.  Then, Saturday night, we heard sleet on the north window of my room and woke up Sunday morning to this:


Sigh…  There was a layer of ice beneath that snow, too.  And lots of standing water all over the place.  It didn’t stop us, though, and Scott and I got everything ready for friends to come and pick up the 9-foot, stainless steel prep table, and a prep sink that we have been wanting to rehome.  I got to play with a 10-week old baby girl (sorry, I was so enamored that I forgot to take photos) while the guys took apart  part of the big table (took the bottom shelf off) and got the two tables loaded onto their trailer.  My dining room is now all open!  This weekend, we plan to finish replacing the kitchen and dining room lights, clean and set up the dining room table.  I cannot wait!!!


Scott and I watched a documentary of the Gough map (http://www.goughmap.org/) and I ordered a copy of the map for Scott.  We took the map into JoAnne’s on Saturday and picked out the frame and mats for it and it is being framed.  It was expensive, but this is going to be a treasured item for Scott’s portion of the new museum (room at the top of the stairs), so it is worth it.  I cannot wait to get it back and hung in its new spot.


This is for both Scott and me.  I love studying the history of textiles and this will help both my researches and Scott’s Medieval Book of Lists.  I’ll let you know more about this and another book as I read and study them.

Tonight is a Pacers’ game for Sandy and I.  I can’t wait.

Mar 27
Short update and an apology
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First the apology.  Due to the extreme busyness and extra hours worked in March, there will be no April issue of Dye-Anna’s Dye-Gest.  I hate skipping an issue, but there is no time to get one done before April 1st.  Once we get past April 15th, life will ease up a bit.

Now for the short update.

Forty-five days ago I started the Keto diet.  At first is was hard and the “Keto-flu” hit me over a weekend (thank heavens).  Once my system got used to using fat as a fuel instead of glucose, my appetite diminished and the weight slowly started coming off.  Forty-five days ago I weighed 164 with a resting heart rate of 77.  Today I weighed 154.5 with a resting heart rate of 63.  At Thanksgiving, I looked like this:


See how snug those jeans are and how round that face is?  Well, here is today:


My jeans are baggy, my top is loose on me, and my face leaner and less moon-like.  9.5 pounds has equated to several inches lost.  I need to go clothes shopping soon because these jeans can almost be taken off without unbuttoning them.  Not quite, but getting there.  I still want to drop 24.5 pounds.  I know this will take a while, but I am being patient and taking it one day at a time.

Oh yes.  It’s been 86 days since I last had anything with sugar in it.  I know that has helped, but I credit Keto with the loss of the fat and inches.

Doing this during tax season hasn’t been easy because I cook nearly everything I eat from scratch, and that takes time and planning.  Still, it’s been worth every minute of it.

Feb 21
Short update
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This past weekend was hard on me.  For starters, I have started the Keto diet, and, on Thursday, the Keto Flu hit me hard.  Getting through Thursday and Friday at work were difficult and Saturday I was down for the count.  The only thing I accomplished Saturday was working on my embroidery.


I’m still enjoying the work on this and getting to choose which color and section to work on next.  And it is pretty relaxing. which is what I needed on a weekend when I just needed to rest.

Feb 11



Friday night, Sandy, Scott and I got to do something really cool.  First, there was a showing of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, then there was this:




Mr. Shatner told stories and answered questions for about an hour.  He was funny, animated, sardonic, and it was a great evening.

It has been at least 20 years since I last saw this movie, and Sandy had never seen it before.  Makes Scott and I want to watch The Search for Spock again since it’s the sequel to Wrath of Khan.

The work was taxes.  Worked both days this weekend on taxes.  I ended up being pretty brain fried by the time Sunday came to an end, and then the work week begins again.  No rest for the responsible.

I didn’t get much done on the embroidery last week, but here’s where I am so far:


If I can, I’d like to have the black stripes done this week and get a start on the leaves in front of the bugs.  I do love doing this.

Feb 6

Wow!  Central Indiana is having some serious flooding issues – and our sump pump decided to die.  I have no idea how much water is in our crawl space at the moment, but I feel sorry for our plumber when he gets there in the morning to replace the pump.  He may need a wet suit.

I was awakened in the middle of the night by, of all things, thunder.  Seriously?  We had -16F exactly one week ago today, and now we are in the 50’s with thunderstorms?  Hearing thunder in February is so strange, but I remember hearing it in January last year, so maybe this is becoming our new norm.  We are supposed to get between 2 and 3 inches of rain through Thursday night with the temps remaining in the upper 50 to about 60.  Friday, the temps are supposed to be much cooler – highs in the 20’s – but we are to have some sunshine, while will be most welcome.

In the meantime, I have been doing some deep research into the Keto diet, and I will be doing the prep work and cooking this weekend for both of us to start it in earnest.  Getting in that much fat into your diet is hard after all these years of trying to keep it at a minimum.  According to my specifications, I need 105 grams of fat each day while Scott need 175 grams.  Both of us are limited to 30 grams carbs net (total carbs less fiber).  I have both of us calculated at 28 grams carbs per day.  Scott wants to continue having dairy in his diet, which is totally on fine with Keto, but I am finding dairy to be causing me issues, so I am going to do a Whole30 modification and drop 90% of the dairy.  The only dairy I intend to have is the blue cheese dressing on my supper salad.  I need the additional fat and I do love blue cheese.  I am going to look for a recipe and make the dressing myself so as to make sure it is clean.  I have found a Keto Ranch dressing for Scott, but no blue cheese one for me.

We are going to follow Keto for 4 weeks, then do a re-evaluation depending on the results and how we feel at that time.  Keep your fingers crossed.

And, I have cancelled my order with The Woolery for the reed.  Once I have confirmation that it has been canceled, I will place an order with Halcyon Yarn who say they have it in stock and can ship in 1-3 days.  It’s been 4 weeks since I ordered it through The Woolery.


Feb 5

It seems that, due to Instagram, the Fiber Pusher Podcast, Ravelry, and various other social media outlets, I don’t use my blog like I used to.  It has become a holding spot so I can read my favorite comics and a couple of favorite blogs, but not something I use much anymore for talking about what is going on with me.  I have toyed with the idea of just shutting it down, but then I don’t, and I don’t know why.  It could be nostalgia, it could be for all the memories embedded within its archives, or it could just be shear laziness.

So, how many people even know it’s here anymore?  Do I start using it as a place to put show notes for the podcast once again?  Do I use it to monitor my own progress on items that aren’t available on Ravely (such as my embroidery and bobbin lace)?

I keep a journal for more personal subjects, although I do include things in there that I would put on the blog as well.  So, I have some thinking and decision making to do.  In the mean time, here’s where I am with the embroidery:


I love the sweater I knit for Lizzie:

Lizzie's Sweater

And I think Scott looks so cute in his art nook:


I slowly am being sucked back into genealogical research, which I love, but with which I have had little time as of late to do much.  My college roommate Sandy and I went to Ft. Wayne last weekend to the Allen County Library, which houses the second largest genealogical library in the United States.  There, after a 30+ year search, I finally found out what happened to my 3X great-grandfather on my mom’s side.  He walked out of his house one day and was never heard from again, leaving behind a wife and several children.  I finally traced him to a cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.  He lived to the ripe old age of 79 and was buried with military honors since he was in the army beginning in 1829.  I don’t know when he was discharged at this point, but I will find it.

I found lots of other information, but I have to sort through it and organize it before I dare enter any of it into my database.

And, it’s tax season.  All is going smoothly at work, and I have to do Dyed in the Wool’s taxes this weekend, so you now know what my weekend will be like.  I hope to be able to record a short podcast, but cooking and laundry have to come first.

So, that sort of catches things up in a quick synopsis way.  Do I continue doing this, or do I just let this blog go?  I need to figure that one out.

Nov 12

I know I have been quiet, but I have been working on so many things I am slow in getting them all done.  Still, here’s where I am at on a few items.


Let’s start with the embroidery.  Slowly, but surely, I am making progress.  I am enjoying this so much, but it’s hard to find time when the lighting is good to work on it.  I am planning to rectify that by replacing the ceiling fan/light combo in my room because the light just sucks.  Also, I need to replace my bedside light as it is too much a focused spot than giving a good, all-over light.


It needs blocking, snaps and buttons, but I have the base sweater done for Heather’s baby girl to be born this February.  I am really pleased with it as the colorful yarn is my handspun Merino/Silk in the Watermelon Tourmaline color.  I have plenty of the handspun and black yarns, so be expecting more items from them before February.

I have something else done, but I need to take photos of it, so I will show it off later.

Life is just too busy right now.

Oct 17

Almost 50 years ago, my maternal grandmother taught me how to embroider.  She started with a simple line drawing and a simple running stitch, but through this medium, she taught me to make tiny, even stitches that were straight and true.  Of course, she taught me this by making me rip out over and over those stitches that weren’t to her standards, but she had shown me some of her own mother’s, my great-grandmother’s, embroidery and they were works of art to my 8-year-old eyes.  I wanted to be able to make something as beautiful one day.  While I might have resented each time I had to rip some stitches out, I knew I had not been as careful as I could have been, and the experience made me work harder to try to emulate what Vada Ambrosia Cotner Gillum had once done.

About the time I got married, life became very busy and I stopped doing much handwork.  I sewed, made clothes and dolls, but the only embroidery I did was the dolls’ faces, but I haven’t even done that for over 20 years.  Life just got in the way, I ended up working multiple jobs, and going back to college to work on an accounting degree.  But, in the last couple of years, I have been itching to pull out my stash of DMC threads and some cloth.  Not to do cross-stitch as that is too constraining for my current tastes, but to just have fun.  As I cleaned out my sewing closet over the weekend, I came across several items that just struck the right chord, and I went to JoAnn’s Monday night just to look around.  And I bought this:


Now, mind you, the suggested way to embroider this is not how I am going to do it.  While I do want to practice different stitches, I want a filled-in, completely stitched picture that I can frame.

So, here is what I did Monday night when I got home:


So, some satin stitches, some running stitches to fill in an area, and I started couching the blue circle.

And last night, I did this:


I finished the couching, did another section of satin stitches and a chain stitch around another circle.  While I am not up to my grand-mother’s standards again, yet, I have the feeling that, by the time I finish this, I will be well on my way to having my stitching chops back.

I already have my eye on another one at JoAnn’s that I want to stitch.

Sep 24

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