"Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong.
The amount of work is the same." ~Francesca Reigler

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Yesterday started like every other day, I woke up, rushed to get my boot on before I peed the bed, and walked to the bathroom with stiff joints and bent over like Fred Sanford. I kid you not. I decided to spend yesterday taking it easy because of my allergies kicking up my asthma. Tree pollen is out, and I'm going to be best friends with my inhaler for a while.

I went about my day just taking care of small things.

In the afternoon I was getting ready to stand up to head to the bathroom, when I was struck down with incredible pain in my upper shin and all over my thigh. I'm talking 5-7/10 kind of pain. (My perceived tolerance is pretty high). I couldn't get my "good" leg to work so I made an attempt to walk back to the chair.  Poor Jamie, I was doubled over and I think I scared her. About 5-10 minutes later, the pain mysteriously went away.

As I was getting ready for bed last night, I got up and walked to go to the bathroom. I didn't have to stand and steady myself like I usually do, nor did I have any pain or stiffness. Same today. No pain, no stiffness. Nothing. Walking normally.

Whatever the hell it was, it was well worth those moments of pain. I'm walking like a normal person with a cam boot on. I can't explain it out. Maybe an injured nerve came back to life or something. I'm calling it a small miracle.

Ya know, during all this I didn't pray for the pain to go away, as I knew it was part of the healing. So if it was one of y'all, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

As a result, I'm upping my Fitbit goal, and getting out there. This woman is on fire!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Still grumpy

I'm still grumpy. Will just say that if you want something done you do it yourself. And people wonder why I am so gosh darn independent.

I feel the chest crud coming on again. Not happy about that. At all! Trying to stave it off. If I have to do prednisone, it may undo my bone healing process going forward. So today is declared a day of rest to avoid that. No cleaning, and probably no cooking. (Tuesday's are usually "fend for yourself" nights). I cancelled going to my usual Tuesday group. If it is the crud, I don't want to spread the love.

I'm going to sit and rest with my inhalers to stave off the cough, squeaks, and rattles.

Just finished a good little book, Mrs. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I'll be honest, it's an odd little book, but good nonetheless. Very imaginative. Lots of unique characters and creatures. Not my typical genre either. Will read book #2 today.

I have a studio tour planned on Saturday. I've been blessed to be included with a group heading to Whidbey Island to visit with one of my favorite fabric designers. I've visited her studio in Ohio before, now she lives up here. Very small world! I'm sure I'll come home with something. Lol! That's another reason to get better. I don't want to miss it.

All is quiet here. Been loving my Fitbit activity monitor. While it won't get much action today, I've learned a lot about my activity level.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Stuff

This is try #2 at writing a post. Today is one of those up/down days. Good news and not so good news day. Trying to be positive.

I hate being an empath sometimes. I have a tendency to know when things are going on... I feel them and absorb those feelings of those who surround me near and far. Today is one of those days that I'm getting bombarded by mixed messages from all over. Lots of prayer going on.

Enough of that. I'm plugging along on getting this house whipped back to shape from the great furniture upheaval. I've started work on Operation Purge 2015.

Yesterday I spent the morning moving furniture. I have one piece that needs to be placed. My body is feeling it today. Especially in my wrists. I'll try to move the last piece today with Jamie's help. Jamie introduced me to Bio Freeze roll on. It's helped a bit on my wrist pain. It's basically a roll on homeopathic lineament.

My fitbit ("NannieJ") says I only got 1616 steps in, but I know those 1,616 were really like 3,000, in that they were hard steps -- me moving furniture and lifting stuff. While I physically didn't meet my 3.000 step goal literally, I'm satisfied I hit it physically/figuratively. I got cheered on by a friend! (Thank you! It meant a lot to me!) I'm really liking this monitor.

Rumor has it that tonight might be a good aurora borealis night. There has been significant solar activity. It's supposed to be cloudy here. We may be able to head west to get a good look, and perhaps beat the clouds. Will try to find the forecast for some western places.  For once in my life, I'd really love to see it. I'll keep y'all posted.

Not feeling like doing much. I placed a book on hold at the library and it was available for download today -- Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. May just do laundry and read. We'll see.

This morning I made some "beaten coffee" One of my Italian Facebook buddies posted about it a month ago and I finally got around to trying it. Another name for it is Indian Cappuccino (as in India, not Native American).

You take some sugar and instant coffee and put it in your mug. Add a tiny bit of water, and whip it until it's fluffy liked whipped cream. Then you pour in boiling milk. I found one recipe a tad too sweet. Next time I'll use more coffee powder. It does yield a foamy cup of cappuccino without having to froth the milk.

Have a wonderful day y'all! Stay warm, dry, and happy.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Friday Eve

Yesterday was one of those days that didn't go as planned. My plans were to do some cleaning, laundry, and purging. Despite the interruptions, it was a good day. Just a lot of stuff in between.

I forgot about about a meeting. Then we went to lunch afterward I'm always thankful for time with friends. The meeting was inspiring. It was with my small modern quilting discussion group. We try to get together every month or so to share inspirations and resources. One of the members just came back from the big modern convention last week and talked about her experience. Lots of excitement.

Heading home I was hoping to start my list. But I got an email that stopped that short. Guess what? I sold the sofa! Woo hoo! I was so excited! Two nice young guys picked it up. Right now the living room is a pig's sty until I figure out how to proceed with furniture arrangement. That's probably more a task for the weekend maybe. I really need to think on this one.

So despite the schedule upheaval, all is good. Yesterday's tasks are moved to today.

I am really loving my fitness tracker. While I fell short of my goal yesterday, I gave it a good try. It really is helping me pace my walking recovery. I'm not at the level of most of my friends, but then I shouldn't be just yet. Things take time.

Both the kids got snow yesterday. Allie in Alabama at the monastery got nine inches, and it looks like Casey at the farm got about six inches. Since Allie is a chef, she calls the shots in the monastery kitchen. Allie made snow cream with the dorm/boarding kids at school. I love how she's making memories with the kids at the school. She is one special lady like her momma Tesh. And she posted a cute pic of a snow monk on her FB page (above). I'm sure that was made by one of the monks at the Abbey.

So life is good despite hiccups.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tuesday Talk

Good Morning!

It's a chilly but sunny morning.

Today I'm heading out to sew with the ladies. I'll hit Starbucks for my latte treat (grande triple shot latte) and then we'll go out to lunch for a gyro salad. In between I "might" get some sewing done. Hahahaha! We'll see.

It's been a busy couple of days. Well, yesterday was not so busy but the weekend was. I was at the firehouse sewing with the guild. I sneaked a peek at the firemen on duty. Lawdy, I wish I were 25 again. Hahahaha... Who am I kidding? Oh well. I got my cute hottie at home and I love him more. (Insert sappy kissy face here)

This week starts this year's campaign. I told hubby that this year will be the great purge of 2015. Anything that hasn't been used is getting pitched. Period. the caveats for keeping something is if it brings you joy. Hope I'm still here after the purge. Bwahahahahaahahaha!

After spending that year in our Airstream I get nervous when we start accumulating stuff. It makes me feel less agile or mobile. Now I know that if I lost everything in a fire, flood or earthquake (God forbid), I'd be just fine. I know it's stuff, and it doesn't have any sentimentality to it.

Stuff? We has it. by the end of the year, we'll have less of it.

I'm still getting around okay. I'm getting more limber as the days go. But I feel my legs stiffen up at night. I gotta fix that. My tracker is noting my progress and I think I'm doing well getting used to two feet upright and dealing with the "telephone pole" boot. I had to add a piece of foam so my arch hits the right spot. I still can't stand for long periods of time, but that should improve as I go.

Been making preliminary plans to head to my brother's family weekend at school. I'm trying to work it out so I can see the grandkids either before or after. I'm waiting to hear from my oldest brother as to whether he'll pick me up from the airport in Nashville or if I'm on my own in Lexington.

So far I've been good with my Lenten resolution. No chocolate.

Friday, February 20, 2015


I'm finding that more I walk, the better my legs feel. So I'm making it a point to get up and around. I fell just short of yesterday's 1000 step goal. I've been out and bout this morning while my fitbit charged, so it missed a lot of today's activity. Oh well. Win some and lose some.

This morning I returned the knee cart. With pleasure. That thing out black marks all over our hard floors and gave me goose-egg bruises on my opposite ankle. It was a real piece of Sh*t. But I'm glad I had it to get around.


This morning I finally made it into the studio. It's a mess. There are some things I need to clean from the girls (houseguest and friends) using the place. Picky things for me.  

It's the Lenten season, so today is a meatless day. Lunch is some Kimchi fried rice  with an egg using brown rice. Not bad. I need to adjust my timing on my rice cooker. The rice is a bit chewy. I got to use the little butane stove burner that I love so much. It works so well with my wok. And the kimchi
is good and spicy. Yum! Next time I'll go lighter on the oyster sauce, too! I have enough left to make some lunch for tomorrow. Yay! I think I'll add some frozen mixed veggies into the leftovers. Needs more veggies. For today, I'll chase this with a V8.

Not much else is going on. Wish I had more fun stuff going on.