Quick! Quick! I want to make this as quick as possible because I have had a crazy busy day and I need to sit down and knit a stitch before going to bed.
Today was the first day of VBS at El Dorado First Baptist Church and y'all... they have a huge VBS. We had 250 kids on the first day. Whew! It's a fun theme (ranch/cowhand kind of thing) and I'm helping keep the 3rd grade kids corralled. The babies and I were up at the church by 8:30 (they go to the nursery) and got home around 12:30 - long busy morning for all of us!
I hurried home and made them some lunch and read a few emails and then... my gosh it was suddenly 2pm. Where had the day gone??
I started to panic because I've been hoping to reach Gina Bonomo, the First Lady of Afgan Projects, out in Blacksburg, VA, and I needed to call her before 2pm central time! After a tiny bit of telephone tag I got Gina on the phone and we had a very pleasant chat. We apparently think a lot alike because my plans have progressed very much like hers did. The big difference between our projects is the ultimate SIZE. The number of squares received!! I hope and PRAY we do not get 8000 squares. Y'all, please do not send me 6,000 more squares than we really need, okay? Pleeeeeeeease?? :)
So that was helpful and nice to feel like I've made another knitting friend - we had such a fun chat about all the things knitters like to talk about - yarn companies, socks, what we knit and why we don't knit other things, etc. You know how it is. And we did discuss the afghan projects and compare notes about a few things. They didn't wash every block but did steam/block some that needed it. I might modify my plans to do that same thing. Overall it was a good information session that will help me to go forward better prepared and with an experienced brain to pick if any other questions come up.
On Sunday I visited with a nice lady from church who is our main piano player and also writes a column for the local newspaper and also seems to be the go-to lady in town for a LOT of community activities, etc etc etc. We chatted about the project and she gave me some VERY VERY GOOD suggestions for where we could get yarn for seaming and other needs we will have for the seaming event. She's also going to be writing about the project in her column and assured me that everything I'm hoping to accomplish is do-able - especially getting the people to come help. She gave me an example of an occasion when she was needing about 100 people to help with a project and over 1000 people showed up!! heh I don't think we'll need 1000 people to help with the seaming party!
Everybody has GREAT IDEAS for seaming yarn and wish list, etc. If you have yarn needles to spare and wish to send them, please do not hesitate!!!! I have begun inviting a lot of people to this seaming event and I do not expect very many of them to come with a chibi and scissors! Soooooo... we definitely do need the yarn needles. I think we probably won't need a crazy number of scissors, but that will be addressed very soon - hopefully together with the yarn issue.
I will keep you updated about the project and hope to be making decisions within the week about whether we need to post a wish list for yarn or not. I'm hoping not! Stick with me - I promise to let you know what I need. Right now it's a YES on the yarn needles.
What ELSE is going on around here?? Oh, I've been gardening - and now watching the garden grow. I'm thinking of putting a growth chart next to the morning glory vines because it's fascinating how much they grow up the climbing strings in just one day! This evening I took pictures of my first hollyhock flower shortly before a rain storm came through. What an amazing joy it is. Surely there is a book called the Joy of Gardening?? Hollyhocks are one of those flowers I have always dreamed of growing and having just the right place for it. Last year I planted some from seeds and over the winter only one plant survived. Just one! It's the type of flower that only makes leaves the first year and then flowers the next. I was happy to see it growing this spring but Overjoyed to see flower buds. I didn't know what color they would be until yesterday becuse it was a mixed color seed packet! Here's what luck gave us:
More happiness from the garden... First squash blossom: you might remember my horrible disappointment last year when the squash were attacked by squash vine borers. This year I have rebutted with Ferti-Lome pesticide. It appears to have worked. Keep your fingers crossed for me. First red cherry tomato: last year the ones I planted didn't produce much and only made one. at. a. time. Not the way to enjoy them on a salad, really. I think this plant is going to give me more than one at a time. First two leaves that you see on my favorite flower: I've always been so amazed at how different the first two leaves look from the "regular" leaves of any plant when they grow from a seed. For those who don't know, this is what the first two leaves look like on a Morning Glory. I have planted a BUNCH of morning glories this year and even got adventurous and planted a 2nd variety with a different color of flower! Way to step outside the box, huh? heh
This afternoon I was helping Lila Pearl use the potty. Neither of the girls is enthused about potty training - only about the candy treat (a single Skittle) they get for sitting on the potty. Apparently chocolate (three M&M's) is not enough incentive to actually DO anything in the potty. As I'm encouraging Lila to sit there long enough to finish the candy in her mouth and wiping drool from her chin, Emeline comes around the corner exactly like this (photos below) and says "Whatcha doin' Mama?" I looked at her and thought I should be asking HER that question! Instead I did as any good blogging mother would and said "Do Not Move.... lemme find the camera," as Lila Pearl chomped on her Skittle and continued drooling.
Yes. She has removed her shirt, her sandals and her socks.... and is wearing one Hufflepuff sock (2nd sock is about to turn the heel) and swinging my new nostepinde around like a baton! No Margene, she didn't hurt it. :) Obviously you can see where Emeline spends her time when my attention is diverted.... trying to roll around semi-naked in sock yarn and winding new yarn into balls for me... right? Riiiiiiiiight. (oh the unwanted google hits from that sentence will be awful)
Anybody still wanna hear about the Weight Loss Challenge?? A funny thing happened. I am still weighing and all that, but last Monday I woke up and thought "should I mention anything about WLC today on the blog?" I weighed 210.5 that morning. I told Jeff I wasn't sure if I wanted to keep up the public humiliation about my lack of progress on the blog. He suggested that we do a diet together for a week: the frozen dinner diet. We have breakfast on our own and then eat frozen Lean Cuisine or Healthy Choice or SmartOnes, etc, for lunch and dinner. The holiday kinda messed us up in the middle of the week, but anyway I said Okay. THEN I went to the computer and there was an email from a lady named Nancy stating that she is joining me on the WLC! WELL! I guess that was a good reason to keep doing it. Problem is, I never wrote Nancy back - and I have no clue if she has a blog, so I can't link to her and say that you should go tell her Way To Go!! So, Nancy, I hope you are having satisfying success and continue to follow your heart with the Weight Loss Challenge!!
I think the point of Weight Loss Challenge is that we should challenge ourself. To lose weight. To eat healthier. To listen to the things our body is telling us and visit the doctor if we need to rather than putting anything and everything else first. To get exercise. To simply live and eat in a way that is kinder and healthier for our bodies. I'm not sure what the trick will be for me - but I'm still not doing the MAJOR things that I should. There are two MAJOR things that I really want to strive to do - and it's a challenge!! Eating healthy is not a challenge - it's one of the easier things for me to do, as funny as that sounds. Two big things for me are: 1) drink more water and 2) get in bed before midnight. Getting enough sleep is HUGE for me and I rarely do it. I do not consistently get as much sleep as I need and it causes me to be run down - who wants to exercise when they're already tired?? SO.... guess what... this morning I was 208.5. I lost two pounds in the past week.
Losing two pounds this week is a sweet little incentive to set a tiny goal. The tiny goal is to do my two big things this week: Drink More Water and Get More Sleep. I hope I can do that for myself. :)
If you're looking for a square report... I'll hopefully have one tomorrow after we get home from VBS. I haven't opened today's mail yet and there probably won't be a lot tomorrow. I'm teaching a knitting class tomorrow night so it'll be another crazy day!!
Everybody take care and do good things for yourself. XOXOX