Archive for November, 2012

November 28, 2012

I wanted to write a blog post that questioned crafting, all the things we make in our homes in a world that is over abundant with stuff. I lost my courage as soon as I went on-line. I still want to make everything I see. I think I was feeling guilty for having so much, and not using it wisely.

I didn’t have the will power to control my spending on one of the Black Friday sales either. I ordered some embroidery designs which were like 60% off. They will be here on Friday. Hopefully I will have something to show you all next week.

This change thing I have been doing for the past 2 1/2 years has been very difficult at times. I am keeping the weight off, and my Lupus symptoms are pretty much gone. From what I have read about changing habits, I have about 18 more months to be diligent. Actually I think I have to be diligent for the rest of my life. Exercise has taken a lot of time from my crafting. On the plus side my dowager’s hump is mostly gone. I didn’t think that was possible, but doing the spine straightening exercises daily worked. It took over a year though. Being slumped over craft work messes with the lungs too, by compressing them. So many ladies in my knitting group suffer from health problems that could be related to crafting too much, like I did. Maybe that is one reason I am questioning my devotion to crafting and blogging about it. Both require so much sitting time, plus I tend to snack more when I am involved in either. There is all the time, all the skills I have developed, all the supplies I have yet to use that would be wasted if I don’t figure out a way to exercise and craft. Does any of this make any sense, or have I truly lost it? Am I worrying needlessly?

On to other things. Below is another photo from our Disneyland vacation. Rick has a photographer’s eye and he pointed out this spot as we were walking through a Pirate’s Lair cave on Tom Sawyer’s Island. I asked if I could take the photo. I think he would have taken a better photo, but you all can get an idea of what type of places to look for. One where the light is coming into the surrounding darkness. I was just walking trough the caves not looking, just thinking. I think I live in my head too much of the time and miss things that are right before my eyes.


This has been a really whiney post. I am going to blame it on the rain. It always makes me a little moody, and I wanted to post today rain or shine.


Happy Thanksgiving
November 21, 2012

I am so thankful to live in the United States. I often take the abundance around me for granted, sometimes wishing there were not so many choices because I get easily overwhelmed. I need to remember this is an amazing time to be alive. I am wishing everyone joy in the warmth of family and friends today and throughout the holiday season.

Here are a couple of photos of the Disneyland rose. I want to add some of these to my garden. One of many projects on my never ending list of possibilities.



The View
November 14, 2012

I think I will start with photos of the view from our 11th floor room at the Paradise Pier Hotel at Disneyland California.  We stayed the first night there, then moved to the Grand Californian for the next two nights.  I added this first night at a later date and the room rates had gone up, so we decided it would be best to save a little money while trying out two of the hotels.  Both hotels were fabulous in their own way.  I was awed by the view of California Adventure Park at the Paradise Pier, especially the ever changing colors all night long.


This nighttime photo was difficult to shoot because we didn’t have a tripod, so I had to hold the camera very steady. A flash would have bounced off the glass. This is the clearest one, but the others capture the changing colors. It is nice just taking photos sometimes, even if they do not all turn out well.


We had beautiful weather for our entire stay. The skies were so blue and clear. Rick took this photo of the castle reflection in the water. We played around and took lots of these photos. This was the best one. I didn’t have the right lens on my camera, so the ones I thought looked good didn’t in actuality.


I am still in the midst of a major life overhaul. I am doing better in relation to exercising daily, mostly, and eating an anti-inflammatory diet. It has taken a long time to adjust. I am finding the cues that trigger my bad habits, and trying out new cues to encourage the habits I want to keep. That is one reason I haven’t been blogging. It just takes so much time and thought to change.

I am going to get back into craft blogging.  I love sewing on Belle, the Bernina 830 I named after the Disney Princess.  I really need to share some of things possible on a sewing computer.  It is an amazing machine, almost as magical as Disneyland.

November 7, 2012

I am going to put some effort into blogging every Wednesday and see how I do. Right now I have a ton of Disneyland photos from our recent extravagance. I had the best time ever. I don’t know if I was celebrating my 55th birthday, or my 5th.

Vanellope and I are wearing matching sweatshirts. Rick and I saw the movie,”Wreck It Ralph”, the night before.  I did the Sugar Rush cheer, and Vanellope went into a driving pose.

Vanellope-Sweatshirt ,

In the evening on the weekends there is the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. It is so much fun, but hard to describe in a few words. They put out these fun plastic chairs and serve frozen slushy drinks in tea cups. There is a live band featuring the Mad Hatter and Alice, and also a DJ Rabbit. Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee are announcers. It is a really fun way to end a day at the Parks.