Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Not ready to say Goodbye to Summer

Seems like I was just getting out the spring/summer decorations, and now I am putting them away. I do like fall, I like all the seasons really, just wish they were all longer, well maybe not winter.
This year I have made a conscious effort to spend more time outside, and less bent over my machines crafting. I must say I have gotten pretty much done. I am starting to empty supply boxes, and have a bit more room. Plus the stuff at the markets is selling as well, and soon there will be less of that as well. I always like to downsize the stuff I am selling, to make room for more things I want to make.

When I walked into the back yard this morning I noticed that one of the bird feeders is gone. The birds must have loved it so much they took it with them. No sign of it anywhere. Oh well, I still have one.

Have to move the squirrel feeder, it is not accessible for them. I do like to feed the squirrels, when their feeder is empty, they climb up on the window and tell me about it. So considerate.
This year I decided they needed a water bowl, so I went to the dollar store and bought a nice plastic cereal bowl, and nailed it to the tree, and filled it with water. Did not take them long to find it, and I see they are sharing with the birds.

While taking down summer, I noticed that I forgot a bit of Christmas, so now the dilemma, do I take it down and put it up at Christmas, or do I just leave it there, and say I was thinking of getting an early start on the Christmas decorating. I think I will just leave it there, if no one has noticed it yet, they probably won't now either.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Time To Kick a Long Time Addiction

      I have long wanted to do this.  But just never seemed to get to it. This year after some reading up on the subject I decided that it was time.
      So on Friday July 13, 2018 I stopped eating or drinking anything with sugar in it.
I was starting to lose myself, the excessive sugar I was consuming, was making my brain foggy, and I was way more sleepy than I should have been.  Just had no desire to do much of anything, and had lapsed into watching daytime TV.
   The first 2 weeks, I really did not feel all that different, but little by little the fog started to lift, I had more energy, more things got done.
I really can not say I miss the sugar now. The cravings for it left about 2 weeks ago, I can now walk right past all the gooey deserts, the chocolate, the soda., etc.
I do not use artificial sweeteners, so I am not doing the sugar free stuff either.
   Long ago I had stopped eating fat, and I do not eat processed foods either.  I eat mostly fresh fruits and veggies, and if I feel like something sweet I ear some dates. I do eat meat, and nuts, eggs and milk.
I have also gotten rid of a yeast infection that I have been battling for over a year.
 
   While reading I found this list of ways that sugar can cause serious health risks, and decided I did not want to take those risks anymore.
 
Too much sugar can lead to detrimental effects to your health. I counted at least 76 ways (yes, you read that right!) in which sugar can cause serious health risks for you. These hazards are divided into four categories: Increased Risk of Diseases and Sicknesses, Nutrient Imbalance or Deficiency, Bodily Impairments, and Behavioral Changes.

Nutrient Imbalance or Deficiency

  1. Upsets the mineral relationships in your body
  2. Chromium deficiency
  3. Interferes with the absorption of calcium, magnesium, and protein
  4. Increases total cholesterol, triglycerides, and bad cholesterol levels
  5. Decreases good cholesterol levels
  6. Lowers vitamin E levels
  7. Body changes sugar into two to five times more fat in the bloodstream compared to starch

Behavioral Changes

  1. Addictive and intoxicating, similar to alcohol
  2. Rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, and anxiety
  3. Leads to difficulty in concentration, drowsiness, and crankiness in children
  4. Results in decreased activity in children
  5. Reduces learning capacity and can cause learning disorders that could affect schoolchildren's grades
  6. Increases risk of antisocial behavior
  7. Decrease in emotional stability
  8. Depression
  9. Alcoholism

Increased Risk of Diseases and Sicknesses

  1. Feeds cancer cells
  2. Can induce cell death
  3. Increases fasting levels of glucose
  4. Increases systolic blood pressure
  5. Significant increase in platelet adhesion
  6. Leads to formation of kidney stones and gallstones
  7. Rapid sugar absorption promotes excessive food intake
  8. Obesity
  9. Decreases insulin sensitivity, leading to high insulin levels and eventually diabetes
  10. Reactive hypoglycemia
  11. Headaches, including migraines
  12. Dizziness
  13. Gastrointestinal tract problems
  14. Food allergies
  15. Promotes chronic degenerative diseases
  16. Causes atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases
  17. Causes cataracts and nearsightedness
  18. May lead to autoimmune diseases like arthritis, asthma, and multiple sclerosis
  19. Causes emphysema
  20. Contributes to osteoporosis
  21. Contraction of appendicitis, hemorrhoids, and varicose veins
  22. Parkinson's disease (people with said disease have high sugar intake)
  23. Increases risk of gout and Alzheimer's disease
  24. Acidity in saliva, tooth decay, and periodontal diseases
  25. Gum disease
  26. Greatly promotes uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)
  27. Toxemia in pregnancy
  28. Contributes to eczema in children
  29. Worsens symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  30. Increases risk of polio
  31. May lead to epileptic seizures
  32. Could lead to high blood pressure in obese people
  33. Increased consumption in intensive care units can induce death

Bodily Impairments

  1. Has potential to induce abnormal metabolic processes in a normal healthy individual
  2. Suppression of immune system, increasing risk of contracting infectious diseases
  3. Loss of tissue elasticity and function
  4. Weaker eyesight
  5. Premature aging
  6. Increases advanced glycation end products wherein sugar molecules attach to proteins and end up damaging them
  7. DNA structure impairment
  8. Can cut off oxygen to brain via intravenous feedings
  9. Change in protein structure and causes a permanent alteration of protein acts in your body
  10. Changing of collagen structure
  11. Skin aging
  12. Impairs physiological homeostasis of bodily systems
  13. Lowers ability of enzymes to function
  14. Increases liver size by making liver cells divide, increasing the amount of liver fat
  15. Increase kidney size and producing pathological changes
  16. Pancreatic damage
  17. Increase in body's fluid retention
  18. Affects urinary electrolyte composition
  19. Slows down ability of adrenal glands to function
  20. Compromises lining of capillaries
  21. Brittle tendons
  22. Can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves, which can alter the mind's ability to think clearly
  23. Causes hormonal imbalances
  24. Increases free radicals and oxidative stress
  25. Leads to substantial decrease in gestation, with a twofold increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age infant
  26. Dehydration among newborns
  27. Affects carbon dioxide production when given to premature babies

 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

So This is Spring?

Here it is after Easter and there is more still snow on the ground. Plus it is still cold out. I am wondering when is it ever going to get warm, enough of this winter like weather. Flowers are starting to peek though the ground, and now some of them are covered with snow.
The cat goes from room to room, looking for patches of sunlight to lay in. I guess he too is tired of the winter, and wants it to be warm everywhere, not just in the patches of sunlight on the carpet.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Waiting for Warm Sunshine

I thought it might have been warming up a bit, but no such luck. One day it is somewhat warm, but then it is also damp. So that just makes it feel colder than it is.
Have been sewing with a heater on.
This morning when I got up, it was like a blizzard out there, now it is almost bright out. But still cold!
I would love days when I do not have to scrape my windows to go somewhere, or wait for it to quit raining, just to have that rain freeze overnight and turn everything to a sheet of ice.
I know Spring is not far off, but then it will be "mud" season.
Not sure which is worse tracked in the house, mud or snow.
At least I am getting stuff crossed off my to do sewing list. Since I really do not want to go outside.

Thursday, March 1, 2018



While cleaning and going through stuff I happened upon a box marked baby quilts, I knew the box was there, but had not really paid attention to it in maybe the last 10 years. Just never had time. So when I was going through stuff decided to open the box and see what was really in it.
I found lots of block that are finished but not yet made into quilts. Not sure exactly how I will finish them but am thinking of sashing the blocks, and adding a boarder or two. I have more than enough of the Sunbonnet Sue ones for a baby quilt, but have no desire to make more to make another quilt. So will probably find a home for the extra block
Since I only need one more of the Overall Bill ones, I may make that extra block and get 2 quilts out of that.
I did find enough material for the heart blocks to make the center heart.
I also believe there is enough fabric in there for backing, if I decided to use that fabric. Plus there is a cheater panel. Not sure what I will do with that yet. Maybe just top stitch the blocks to make it look like they were quilted, Or maybe embroider something on them. Who knows with that one.
I was going to finish them now, but have since changed my mind and will now do them this summer in the screen house.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Almost 6 Months!

Where does the time go. It has almost been 6 months since I have been on this blog. It has been an eventful almost 6 months.
First all it did was rain, so could not get done a lot of the things I wanted to. Then the leaves refused to fall off the shrubs, and I never did get to pruning them, so they will look terrible this coming spring. Unless I look really weird to my neighbors and go out there in the snow and cold with the hedge trimmers and do it now.  I am thinking seriously about doing just that. First day it is over 30 degrees. Maybe I will take the hand trimmers, maybe with no noise no one will notice me.

Second problem was, it is never good to finish off a vacation by having your vehicle towed home on a flat bed wrecker, and having the boat towed behind the wrecker. Makes an interesting site for the neighbors.

Third problem, came from second problem...nothing to drive....Vehicle ended up being fixed, but because it has kind of been one thing after another with it, and it had almost 300 thousand miles on it, plus the fact that it would have cost $1000 to fix. We found a buyer for it, and they fixed it. Which still left me with nothing to drive. I did have the craft truck, but, it was loaded to the top, could not even go grocery shopping unless I put the groceries on my lap. So For 3 months I stayed home a lot, or got rides from friends.

Things have gotten a bit better, I have "little truck" now. It is a lot smaller than my nice big Silverado Z71 off road truck.
Hopefully 2018 will be better than 2017.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Garden

Every year, we do a garden, and I say I am going to find the time to weed it. Well who knows where the time goes, but it gets taken up by other things, and the garden ..... Well the weeds look nice, they should they are sucking up all the water, and all the fertilizer I planted along with the garden plants.
This year was different, I started planning well in advance. Got my supplies ready, and as soon as it was time to plant.. Set it all up.. Looks great, does not take a lot of water, and the best thing is if we get an early frost, I can just move the plants into the garage for the night, and then back out in the sunlight. Plus weeding is almost non-existent. I can finish weeding in 5 minutes. The plants seem to like their home.


A friend gave me a long low planter, and I added lettuce to that one. If I find another planter like that, I will plant more lettuce.
Hopefully my friend will use lots more cat litter before next spring so I will have more buckets for more plants.
I put black landscape paper under the buckets, so the cucumbers and squash will have a nice weed free surface to grow on. The water goes right through the paper, so no standing water either.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

TIME---Or The Lack Of It.....

Everyday, we get 24 hours, all days are the same length, none are shorter or longer, it is only how we look at them. If you are on time for the whole day, it seems like a lot is accomplished.

If on the hand you get behind, it seems as if nothing is accomplished.

That is not the “day’s” fault it is ours, we plan to much into one day and do not take the time to enjoy the time we have. So the solution to the problem is up to each individual person...What is important to you in each day? Is it how much work you can get done, or how much interacting you do with other people, or how much time you take for things you enjoy. You can never “re-do” a day. Once it is gone it is gone. All that remains is what you did with your 24 hours and how happy you are with what you did.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March 1

The  weather this year is different, hardly any winter snow or cold. Did manage to go hiking  everyday for almost a week.
 Now it is cold and snowy again, and I am missing my hikes.
I have got a couple books read, and a few more things off my list of stuff I never get time for.
Can't wait for daylight savings time to start, longer days are so nice.
I suppose it is time to put my snowman decorations away, till winter. But it just seems too early yet to get out the Easter decorations.
I don't decorate for St. Patrick's day, so the house will be rather bare till Easter is closer than it is now.
Just looked outside and it looks like a blizzard out there..Good thing is it is supposed to warm up again in a few days, so probably won't need to do any shoveling.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January projects

Well we have gotten almost to the end of January. I surprised myself and got a  lot more done this month than I thought I would. Finished my to do list for the month except for one items, and I still have today yet to start it.
It has been a funny year so far...warmer than most winters started out, not all that much snow as of yet. Had one day where it almost hit 45 degrees....everything melted. Now we have about an inch of snow on the ground.
Since it has been warmer than usual, I have gotten some sewing and embroidering done that I normally would not do until it got warmer. My machines do not like the cold and they are on outside walls, and we do not keep the heat above 62 during the winter.
Spent the last few days, organizing  all the 2016  pictures on my laptop into folders, and then saved them all elsewhere and deleted them all from the computer..it only clutters up the computer to have all them on there.
Did the same thing with the emails, got them down to a nice manageable number under 200.
Now to clean off all the temporary files and clean up other stuff I do not need on the computer.
Got my sewing room reasonably cleaned... well good enough that I can see the floor again and I have room to work on projects.  When I need more space, I will do more cleaning.