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Diane replied on Thu, Jul 10 2014 3:32 PM

Linny---It's just feeling bad all over.  My UTI is gone.   You do beautiful work without the mighty bright.   Glad to hear that Barbara is doing better.  Prayers for you both.

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Linny Glad Barb is doing better.  Both my friends had their double mastectomies this week.  They begin chemo next week.   

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Jo1030 replied on Fri, Jul 11 2014 3:49 AM

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I got up at 5 this morning

I have been getting up at 5:30 every morning lately.....it seems to be the kittens wake up time.  I think the birds wake her up. We have decided to call her Coko; I am sure she is a girl.   My right hip and back has been hurting real bad for about a week.  I have used ice/heat but it hasn't helped so far.  I am hoping not to have to go to a doctor.

Linny, you and Barb are on my mind a lot.  Hugs, Jo

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Robin replied on Fri, Jul 11 2014 7:14 AM

Good Morning Everyone,

We are home!  Got in about 12 last night.   So I we all slept in this morning.   

San Antonio is a very neat place to visit and the conference went well.   The kids all got Gold medals with score 90 and above.   We had a good time seeing the sites, shopping, learning about some of the local history, eating at local restaurants.  But I'm glad to be home were I can sit around in my pj's and do what I want.  

Linny,   Sorry to learn that Barb fell.   I hope her surgery goes well today. 

Lillie,   I'm glad to learn that your block arrived.

Jo,   I love the new name.

Stephanie,   I understand what you mean about cleaning out the clutter, I re did that several years ago.   Life is so nice after you do that.

Mama G.   Sorry to learn that you've been ill.   Hope your rash has clear up.

Darlene,   Hooray for good sale days.

Diane,  I hope you are feeling better these day.

Have a blessed day.

Robin

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Linny t replied on Fri, Jul 11 2014 10:37 AM

Diane:

Linny---It's just feeling bad all over.  My UTI is gone.   You do beautiful work without the mighty bright.   Glad to hear that Barbara is doing better.  Prayers for you both.

I hope you start getting some of that energy back that you had.  Do you think you're fighting something or is it your fibromyalgia?  

Thanks for the complement on my work.  I use a magnifying visor most of the time and an OTT light.  I'd like to get a light that is a magnifier with lights around it, though.  The Mighty Brite one is probably what I'll get.  They are so expensive at the local stores, though.  I'll find one online cheaper, I'm pretty sure.  Where'd you get yours?

Thanks for the prayers.  It means a lot to me.

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Linny t replied on Fri, Jul 11 2014 10:40 AM

Mamagshouse Donna Gilliam:

Linny Glad Barb is doing better.  Both my friends had their double mastectomies this week.  They begin chemo next week.   

Thanks, Donna.  How awful for your two friends to have to go through that.  It's so hard for a woman to face.  I hope their chemo goes well and it doesn't come back.  Cancer touches everyone's life, you know?

 

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Linny t replied on Fri, Jul 11 2014 10:46 AM

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Linny t:
I got up at 5 this morning

I have been getting up at 5:30 every morning lately.....it seems to be the kittens wake up time.  I think the birds wake her up. We have decided to call her Coko; I am sure she is a girl.   My right hip and back has been hurting real bad for about a week.  I have used ice/heat but it hasn't helped so far.  I am hoping not to have to go to a doctor.

Linny, you and Barb are on my mind a lot.  Hugs, Jo

 Coko is such a cute name for a little girl kitty.  She's an early riser, eh?    I hope you don't have to go back to the doctors for your hip.  You've had so much this year already.  Hope it goes away on its own.

They had Barb up in a chair this morning, so she's doing well after the surgery.  Yesterday she was irritable when I saw her, but I think she was just tired and hurting.  They tell me she had a good night's sleep and was calm today.  Hopefully nothing else will happen before we transition her to rehab.  

 

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Linny t replied on Fri, Jul 11 2014 10:52 AM

Welcome home, Robin.  I've always wanted to go to San Antonio.  I know a few people who have gone and they say it's fun to be a tourist there.  There's no place like home after traveling, though, is there?  Enjoy your PJ day.

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Diane replied on Fri, Jul 11 2014 6:58 PM

Linny---happy to hear that Barbara came through the surgery well and on her way to rehab.  

 

I don't know what's going on.  My system seems to get out of whack easily...  Today I went to the dentist and he found 2 cavities which are fixable.  Also I have decided to get a partial plate for my teeth that are missing in my lower jaw.  You can't see them but they are messing with the structure and causing some wear on my front teeth.  I have a hard fitted thing (can't remember the name) that I've had for a few years to keep me from grinding.  I started wearing it and have gotten used to it.  I am determined to get used to this partial!!!  He's giving me a very good price for 3 teeth.  The saga goes on...

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Diane replied on Fri, Jul 11 2014 7:10 PM

Jo---sorry to hear about your pain.  It's just depressing to have pain day after day.  Hoping it will go away soon.

I love the name coko.  Kittens do like to get you up in the morning.  Eventually they seem to get on your schedule.

 

Robin, glad to hear you had a great trip.  And congrats on the girls doing so well.  You sound refreshed.

 

Donna---I hope your friends recover quickly.  What are the chances that you have 2 friends going through that at the same time.

 

Have a great night everyone.

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Jo, love the new name for the kitten.  It is appropriate for a boy or a girl but sounds like you are sure it is a girl.  Hope that you and Coko get settled into a routine and find a time for rising which suits you both.  Stedman and I took some time but he has settled into climbing into bed with me after Tim gets up and "protecting" me until my alarm goes off.  I have taken to sleeping until around 8:30 or 9.  Tim gets up at 6.  Stedman won't snuggle with me but he is there and once my feet hit the floor he is sure it is time for breakfast.

So sorry to hear about your pain.  I hope that things subside and that you do not need to see the doctor but if it doesn't, please see him so that it doesn't escalate into something more serious.

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Robin, good to hear that you have returned to home safely and with such great reports from all your students.  What a testament to your teaching skills that they all scored so highly. 

San Antonio sounds like a wonderful place to visit and I would like to go there someday.  I appreciate your happiness to be home again.  There is no place like home.

Sales continue to be good for the Market and I really need to do some sewing to replace what I have sold.  Unfortunately, I have commitments to complete custom things and that is taking me away from replacements.  I have sold a total of 5 baby quilts and a throw since the end of June.  I just agreed to make a baby quilt for a friend from the scraps from a quilt she made last year for a grand child.  She is paying me for doing the work but needs it done by July 25th.  Yikes, I should be sewing and not playing on the computer.  LOL!

Been away from home for a sale with a friend.  Not crafty stuff, garage sale to clear out some of the things from my mom's apartment and I didn't get time to go thru my own things.  I sold about 2/3 of what I took to her house and when I packed up the leftovers I was inspired to want to have a sale at my house.  Not sure if or when it will happen but I am itching to clear out some major stuff around my house.  Tim is nervous but I think this needs to happen.  He is not fond of change and does not like to part with things.  I have told him I would not take any of his things without his approval.  He told me that made it easy.  I am not approved to remove and sell any of his belongings.  I am hoping that if I do this, he will become involved and give in for at least some things.

 

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Linny, so sorry to hear of Barb's fall.  What a shame to add that to everything else, but it sounds like she is doing well after surgery and will be on the way to rehab soon.  It is amazing how quickly they get people up and moving after surgery.

I continue to pray for both of you to feel God's peace and love during all this trying time.  Trust that He knows what is best.

I spent a lot of time with a friend from high school this past week getting things situated for a block sale she signed up to do before she injured her back.  She has been unable to do much lifting or standing and was seriously depressed that she had committed to participating in this sale but wasn't going to be able to set up for it.  She agreed to let me bring "some" things if I would help set up and be around for the sale to assist with it.  She lives about 45 minutes away.  I took a load of boxes last Saturday along with a couple of my tables which I wasn't planning to use for market.  When I saw that she hadn't been able to bring anything up from her basement, I told her I would come back Sunday after church to help.  I took another load which I told her did not need to come out of the car until all her things were set up.  Only if we had room.  We spent 6 hours getting things up from the basement, organized and marked and then taking my things out of my car and placing them on tables.

The sale was last night from 5 to 8 and then today from 9 AM to 3 PM.  There were hundreds of people coming up and down the street last night and we sold a good amount of our stuff.  She was sad because I had more sales than she did but then she realized that I had more junk to sell.  Today was a better day for her with sales and she got rid of most of the large items.  I had less than a car load to take back home so Tim is happy.

She has told me that she will come to help me if I do a sale here.  I almost want to not tell her if/when I do because it will almost be easier to do it alone.  The good thing of having her help me is that it would force me to do some much needed cleaning before the sale.  I am ashamed to say that I have neglected some basic housework because of all the crazy business of sewing.  I am trying to get back on track of 15 minutes of decluttering a day and 15 minutes of basic clean up a day.  I try to do one session in the morning before I go anywhere and the other in the evening before bed.  It really works when I stick to it, just can't seem to do the 21 days consecutively to make it a habit.  So silly.

I have two Christmas trees (ours and Mom's), all the decorations (ours and Mom's), Mom's drop leaf table [which I hoped to put in my kitchen but fear it will just be another flat surface which will collect clutter], some of Mom's living room furniture, extra "display" pieces from various periods of crafting which I may or may not ever use again., antique pieces which are from Tim's grandfather's childhood, pieces of furniture that were my grandmother's.  The list goes on.  I missed our church's annual sale so I can't make donations to them and I really don't want to wait another year to let go of these things.

Pray for me to have wisdom when deciding how to proceed with this and then stamina to make it happen.  We have been in our house for 10 years and it is past time to part with some of the treasures which the previous owner left for us.

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Stephanie:
I looked up the ten minute runner video. Easy, quick project.

Stephanie, they are fun and once I got the hang of it, they really are an easy, quick project.  First one took a bit longer because I couldn't wrap my head around the process, even after watching the video and having my friend coach me.  Of course, once I got it figured out, I had to cut out 6 at a time and do mass production.  Never seem to be able to do one thing at a time.  Always mass producing.  And 6 seems to be a magic number for me.

Stephanie:
Hope you're being able to keep your energies up..

I saw the doctor on Monday.  She was happy to tell me that my thyroid is good, my EKG showed no sign of issue, my B12 level is good and she did not believe that this was food related.   Bad news was that I am anemic [hemoglobin and hematocrit are both low] and my platelets are high.  This is not a normal combination and she ordered a repeat on some blood work and some additional tests to confirm that the numbers were all accurate.  This could be a sign of a blood disorder which my mom had and could get serious.  She just wants to be sure and I am thankful that she is checking everything so thoroughly but it was scary to hear that she was concerned that I was following in Mom's foot steps in this regard.  I have had the blood work all done and am waiting to hear whether I need to schedule an appointment with a specialist.  She firmly believes this is why I am so fatigued and why I struggle to catch my breath when I exercise.  Because my platelets are high, my blood is thicker and my heart is working harder to push it through my body.  This can cause a depletion of oxygen saturation and thus all the other symptoms I am experiencing.  I am being stubborn and pushing myself past the point I should at times but I will continue to push until a medical professional tells me to stop.  Just the way this cookie crumbles. At her suggestion,  I have started a chewable baby aspirin daily and vitamin D daily to be proactive.  I am getting a good amount of sleep and have tried to eat a high protein diet while cutting carbs.

Now, off to the dungeon for an hour before bed.  I really need to plan the next baby quilt for market.  I may not get to start it, but I need to decide a theme and dig out fabric so that I am ready when I find time to focus on market replacements.

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Stephanie replied on Sat, Jul 12 2014 4:23 AM

Good morning everyone,

Diane,

Hope you get to feeling better. I guess it takes a while to get used to a partial. I need to have one made too, after  the teeth I had pulled this past year. They don't affect my smile so I've stalled on it. How are Nellie's eggs doing?

Donna,

God Bless your friends as they go through chemo, and you as well.

Jo,

I love the name Coco. It's perfect. Hope your back gets to feeling better and you don't have to have another Doctor visit.

Robin,

Congrat's to all the kids on their medals! Sounds like you had a good time in San Antonio. I'm with you on coming home. No place like home for sure. I'm up for a day of pj's myself. LOL

Linny,

Good to hear that Barb is up already. And that she's been able to get a good nights sleep. Hope her hip continues to heal quickly, and the transition to her new place goes smoothly for her.

Darlene,

Your friend must have been thrilled to have you come and help her so she could sell the stuff she'd been wanting to get rid of. You did a lot of work for her to do this.You're special to do that as busy as you are.  Nice that you had lots of sales and have been able to feel like someone else can get some use out of the things you no longer need. Keeping up with the housework is the hardest thing when you have to spend so many hours in packing, traveling, setting up and bringing home. I know what your mindset is with your Mom's drop leaf being another surface  to attract clutter. Our house is like that too. Come home and drop stuff because were tired. Mike seems to think an empty surface is free reign to go to the grocery and overbuy to fill up that space. LOL. For you, it has to be hard having several households that have been incorporated into one. Trying to decide what to keep, and what to let go can be overwhelming . I will pray for you in making these decisions.

A couple tips I've picked up from watching the shows I do may be helpful. One is to take pictures of the things you hate to let go, but need to for space. The other is sort piles, boxes labeled " Keep", "undecided" and "Let go". I bought some of the file boxes that the office supply store sells. I could stack them neatly until I was able to get them to their perspective places. I can store them unfolded easily, and still use them when I'm going to clean out cabinets, etc. For me, it seemed less overwhelming to sort through a  box than a whole area full of stuff. I've also taken to throwing one thing away here and there. "Purge", "Kaboom", as it hits the garbage can.LOL 

Surprisingly enough, Mike started on his own, went through closets and his garage. It's really hard to keep up with when our business requires so much equipment, and then the extra paint leftovers. We have a shop, but it still ends up here. So,  I basically have no garage to store house stuff like big pots for soups, crock pots, etc Everything has to be in the house. I keep a lot of small tools in here too, just because I can't get to them when I need them. Makes me crazy, but I keep in mind one day we'll be out of this business, and can take the days to go through it and have a normal house again.  

I think the hardest thing for me to come to realize is that Mike and I are both visual people.  We like to be able to see what we need. For instance, he has a tendency to keep some of his clothes stacked on top of the dresser instead of in drawers. One reason is, he doesn't have a dresser with decent sized drawers. He wears shorts daily, and sifts through the stack  to find the most appropriate ones for the day. I need to revamp his closet, so he has open cubbies for folded clothes on one side, and stack the hanging rods so he can have two on the other side. And get him a decent sized dresser. I guess I'm sharing this to give you a perspective on taking one area, and finding a solution.

I pray that you are not going to end up with your Mom's blood disease and that they can treat your anemia and get you back to feeling better. I've been on the aspirin regimen, and have been taking CoQ10. That stuff is the single most amazing "vitamin?" I have ever taken. It has changed my life. My mind is sharper, and I have more energy. I think it helps oxygenate the blood. Mike's doctor told him once you start an aspirin regimen you need to keep doing it for the rest of your life. He said stopping it could bring on a stroke. I don't know if this applies to everyone or because Mike's already had a stroke. Anyway, my prayers are out to you....  

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