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Friday, September 15, 2017

Great Start to the Day!

Today, as I am busy trying to get packed for my road trip tomorrow, I am going to have lunch with my granddaughter at school, before I go get groceries. Needless to say, I am busy!  When I am this busy, I am also stressed.  One of the best ways I have found to deal with my stress, is to run. I have enjoyed this so much this summer, even though it has been very hard for me.

Today, I did my best run ever! And by run, I really mean intervals. I downloaded a couch to 5k program, and i have followed it, kind of. I want to run more than what the program is ready for me to do, so sometimes I cheat. Today, I cheated. And it was awesome!  I ran more than one full mile, without any walking breaks, and ran more on the way home than I have done yet this summer.  My first mile was less than 9 minutes which is amazing for only 3 months of work.  I use a free app to track my runs, and I love the way it analyzes everything for me afterwards.  This is how I looked today

Not that I am going to win any competitions like this, but my biggest competition is me. I struggled in a slight rain for less distance and longer time on Wednesday, so I am happy with this.

Well, gotta go pack my lunch, I don't want to be late to meet Nova! 

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Stitching Update

It has been such a long time since I have written a decent blog post, I'm not too sure I can pull this all together! I know that when I look at blogger, to get to my reading list, I see that things have been updated. Like so many other things, I am going to just wing it here, and hope for the best!

It has been over three months now since I have been unemployed. I have to admit, it was exciting at first, then it was really really hard. Once I developed a routine, things got easier. I have eased back into running, and I am so proud of the progress I have made with that. I had to start out slowly, because walking up the 13 stairs from my laundry room caused me to be out of breath. After months of diligence, I can happily say that I can now run at least one full mile without walking! My goal is to be able to run a full 5k, so I will stick with it.

Now for the fun stuff, I have been able to stitch so much since I haven't been working! I really should be doing other things, but I have missed my hobbies so much.  I have had a couple of pieces that I have really focused on, and one that has the most progress so far is a kit by Design Works

I started this piece this year, and until this month, I worked on it only on the weekends. I was so excited to see the progress, so I have been stitching this, instead of doing my schoolwork. Since this picture, I have outlined more of the letters, and started adding in the sunburst below.  Knowing that I usually stop working on a piece when I reach the backstitching, I have completed that as I go. It has really made a difference. I expect I will finish this piece this year. I allow myself to turn on a floss tube video, and binge watch while I stitch and have my coffee in the mornings. It has been so enjoyable. I have to be careful, that floss tube is addicting! Speaking of addicting, I cleaned up my stash of magazines yesterday, yikes!!!! I didn't know I had collected so many magazines. I think I want to get rid of some, and then I realize that my tastes have changed so much since I bought that first issue in the late '80's, so maybe I should hold them and see if tastes change again. I know I will never ever stitch everything I own. I have made some big purchases this summer from 123 stitch and from House of Stitches, so I need to get a little control of myself.

I am leaving this weekend for a road trip. I am driving to Texas to visit my mom. She spends a lot of time watching TV at night, and I usually get a lot of stitching done when I am at her house. I hope to post an update of this piece by the end of the month!

Thanks for stopping by

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Dangerous Discovery

Dear Hubby and I returned home from a Niagara Falls trip Monday night. He had to go back to work Tuesday morning, so cleaning out the RV was left to me. And then, because I get distracted easily, I started surfing the internet. And I looked at youtube. And I found a couple of regulars on floss tube that I really like watching.
So, the RV still needs to be cleaned out and prepared for our trip next weekend. At least I can say I have the fridge emptied and the linens washed and put back!
I am now hooked on videos, to a procrastinator like me, that is dangerous!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Finding Balance

What a beautiful morning already! As I sit in my comfy stitching chair, with our snuggly puppy beside me, I am listening to the birds singing, and thinking how lucky I am right now!

I have been struggling, for a couple of years now, to find balance in my life. I have worked hard to become a good nurse. And I have had a desire to advance, one step at a time from an LPN, to my Associates Level RN, and pushing on for my Bachelor's.  Through all of this, I have had my husband, my three boys, and our extended family that I need to spend time with.  Somewhere in there I had to maintain a home which consists of ten acres.  And I have friends, and hobbies I would like to enjoy as well.  How do we do it all?

Until recently, I didn't realize just how much I struggle balancing all of this.  I guess I tend to focus everything I have on one thing at a time.  My job has been my priority for a while now.  I truly loved, loved being a hospice nurse, but I knew it was consuming my life, and I gave up that job to become a Director of Nursing. I thought changing jobs would make the difference, what an eye opening experience!  As I jumped into learning about my new endeavor, my classes moved to the back burner, as did everything else. My successful business as a scrapbook consultant no longer exists, I have at least 30 stitching pieces that are started, and neglected, and my poor family and friends! I hate to look at the condition of my home right now.

As of two weeks ago, I am no longer employed.  I did not deal very well with the inequities in my life, and began to feel very stressed. I am sad to say that I allowed my stress to change the person I was, and it was not turning out well at work.  At first, I was ecstatic, and then I realized not having a job has made me depressed! I feel that I should be using the knowledge I have struggled so hard to gain, yet there is peace knowing that I have one less obligation at the moment. So many emotions every single day.

This week, I have studied, a LOT! I am trying to make up for lost time. And last night, when my husband came home from work, and had to cut grass, because I couldn't find any time in my busy day to do any part of it, I felt guilty. I am struggling to create a new routine in my day. I have exercised faithfully, and kept a couple of extra pounds at bay. I have returned to stitching, even finished a work in progress! But, my struggle continues, find some time every day, to do a little bit of this, a little of that, not an all or nothing.

Today, the new routine I am trying to pull together, gets all out of sorts! My 7 year old granddaughter will be here in an hour. I will have her for 24 hours. It has been a long time since i have spent this much time with an energetic child, and I am afraid, and excited!  We are going to pack up, and head down to the beach, so I hope it gets a little warmer outside! And I think we'll have a campfire and teach her to make s'mores tonite. Is there a chance I'll focus all of my attention on just her today, nothing else? Quite possibly. I'll work on that finding a perfect balance later this week...........