Oh my goodness gracious. Where to begin? It's been a long day y'all!
I have all kinds of random thoughts in my head though I'm pretending to be organized about it all and I don't know of a good way to glue it all together into something sensible.
First, wow. I got quite a few private emails and detailed comments about people's weight loss efforts and how they were inspired by me and that I shouldn't give up!! Well! Okay then! heh I wasn't giving up in the first place. Just taking a moment for a bit of self-analysis. One lady wrote and said that she was so inspired by me and my "coming out" about my weight, etc etc, that she started a diet and exercise routine at the same time I started the WLC and she has lost 25 POUNDS!! Yes. 25. In the time I lost 2. Congratulations to EVERYONE who has been inspired by the Weight Loss Challenge and who has made changes! That's EXACTLY what I hoped would happen. I didn't want a bunch of people all trying to do the same thing. I want a bunch of people to do the best thing for THEM. And they have. And I'm working on it. Thank you for all of your kind words and encouragement and suggestions. Every word is taken to heart and appreciated. I'm TRYING to keep emails and HOPE to reply but people - the emails are backing up. And if I don't get a personal reply sent, please please forgive me.
The current phase of WLC for me is to get RID of the nasty ugly fat five pounds that I gained in the past two weeks. Actually I've already lost 2.5 of them. It's amazing what yard work will do for you.
I have been taking a few "before and after" pictures of a very challenging garden space in our yard. It's very challenging because it is taking a LOT OF WORK to clean out the English ivy, weeds, tree pieces and various other undesirable mess that you don't want in a garden space. And I'm tellin you that English ivy is a PEST. I went out there today when the babies went down for their nap thinking I would work (pull weeds and cut ivy) for 15 minutes then clean up (bag up the weeds and ivy and mess) and eat lunch.
Yard work seems to go about like knitting with hand painted variegated yarn. You can't wait to see what's around the next corner and the more you do the better it looks. I ended up spending an HOUR pulling weeds and cutting ivy and digging up little tree bits and at least twenty minutes bagging up the mess. I just could not stop myself. The soil is GREAT. So wormy and dark and falls apart easily and full of old leaf mulch. Awesome. JUST AWESOME. It was actually easy to pull the weeds. English ivy is never easy to get rid of and I'm sure I will be fighting it until the day I die because I'm never leaving this house. Unless we move to a better house in town with no English ivy and someone else unpacks everything for me. It'll never happen. So I worked. HARD. And I'm only about 1/3 of the way done with the task of cleaning out the garden spot.
When I did that yard work I got quite a work-out. Whew. My. Legs. Are. Killing. Me. Back. Arms. Hands. Breathing. I also got a lot of sun. And I also did some good work in the yard. I think that was an awesome way to spend the babies nap time. Of course then I had to shower, get dressed, and eat lunch.... then go to church after the babies were up and dressed.
All that means that I didn't open my afghan mail until after church tonight. It's way too dark to take pictures now and there are some squares I JUST HAVE to show you. And another fun surprise.... so I'll just say that we did receive 57 squares today!! Pictures and names tomorrow - I promise! That means we have received 881 squares and still need 239 to meet the minimum goal!! Yay!! Keep on sending those squares!!
We're going to blast past the goal I set and really, I'm done setting goals because I don't want to limit ourselves to a certain number! Please - if you are just learning about this project - PLEASE do knit squares!! We want to make as many afghans as possible for Greensburg families. There are a LOT of families wanting to rebuild in Greensburg and our minimum goal was only for 20 afghans. We would be overjoyed to be able to send many more than twenty afghans to Greensburg families.
I am encouraging people to knit as many squares as they would like until August 1st. At that point, finish up what's on your needles and get them in the mail by August 10th. Starting August 15th I will begin sorting squares by size and putting afghan packets together for the Seam Teams! We are having a Seaming Party on Saturday, September 15, 2007 from 10am to 4pm at El Dorado First Baptist Church. I hope that the advance notice of this date and the hours will permit people to drive in from surrounding areas (I know there's a group coming from Kansas City!!) and still get home that evening. My plan is for lunch to be provided. Dunno the details on that yet but if you come we will feed you! We're looking forward to having a LOT of afghans to seam up that day! If you are planning to come please do email me. I know a few have already mentioned it but I hadn't started a list of names and emails until now.
I'll be back Thursday with a FULL Square Report, pictures, and a surprise that came in today's afghan mail! :)