Monday, September 30, 2019

9-30-2019 Monday-11:30am

Good Morning!
I know it's hard to see but the top of the tree to the right is turning brown.
I know it's silly but every year I have watched each tree turn color in order from right to left.  Just cracks me up.  Yes, I am easily entertained.  
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When I was out and about on Monday with Leah and Liam to go to the clinic for my BP check I saw tree tops turning all over the place.  These three are slower, I guess.
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The blood pressure check went uneventfully as I had thought it would.  136/80--same as on the other BP medication.  :)
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Leah was over Thursday night and we started on figuring out how to print my bullet pages.  Got the first two pages with the calendar spread.
Getting the spacing takes time because we need extra spacing on the side that needs to be punched...
 ...so they will fit into this TUL disc notebook.
Which means they have to be printed opposite as you might think, of course.  Note that when printed the calendar starts on the Thursday side so they can be trimmed exactly in half, punched, and switched so that they end up on the correct sides.  Sounds confusing, but it works. 
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This week we'll be working on making the rest of the sheets and maybe get started on trying to see what page goes behind what other page--LOL!  And then getting them to line up back to front.  Whew!  I am absolutely thrilled we are working on the bullet!  :)
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Okay--I have to share at how totally impressed I am with how the Keto diet has been working for Leah!  She's lost 50 pounds, her from-childhood asthma seems to be gone, and her knees still creak but don't hurt on the stairs anymore!  She switched from the Keto over to the full Carnivore diet a month ago.  I understand it's an elimination diet.  You go Carnivore for six weeks and then add foods slowly to see what doesn't work for you.  Her results are just amazing in only around 8 months.  Blows me away!
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Me.  I am still on a "dirty-Keto" diet where I do have probably a little more carbs than you're supposed to on Keto.  I eat low carb tortillas, for example, and I don't count carbs at all.  But I am consuming WAY less carbs than I ever thought even possible!  All day I maybe consume as many or less carbs than in half a cup of pasta (42--and that's with no sauce)!  Body shock!  I am amazed that, with the fat bombs and tortillas, I am not craving my sweets, pasta, potatoes, rice, or bread.  Hurray!
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  I do think that the diet is helping to keep down the inflammation in the KT situation (knuckle-toe), too.  In fact, it may be gradually helping more than I realize since, when I think about it, I am able to use my hand more than I could a few weeks ago without it getting as bad afterwards.  So, I am sticking with my dirty-Keto for now.  Wouldn't be able to afford to do Keto if it weren't for Dagan and Leah helping me out.  And Leah makes me foods I would have a harder time trying to make with the KT situation still an issue.  (For example, she just brought me Keto pizza again!)  I am sooooo grateful!!
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On Saturday Ian came over for Gramma Day. 
He decided that he wanted to do punches. 
There ended up being even more punches and more paper on the floor as the afternoon went on--LOL! 
We discovered that these three older punches that are so difficult to punch that we haven't been able to use them...
...punched very well when a five year old stands on them.  Sometims he even had to bounce--LOL!  Ian loves cats and made a lot of Annie cats in black paper.  :)
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 We set up Ian's very own crafter satchels!  One for the things that are done and ready for crafting and card-making...
...and another one to hold all his paper scraps...just like Mama and Gramma have.  He was pretty excited to be thought of as a "real" crafter.  
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They went up on top of his bookcase.
He decorated one with washi tape and some punched out butterflies. 
You can't see it but I wrote his name on the biggest butterfly.  Next week we are planning on making some  for-no-reason-at-all-just-because cards for Mama, Daddy, and Liam.  ;)  After we finished with punches and cleaned up it was already only an hour before Leah was coming to pick him up!  The afternoon had flown by.  So we watched a Mighty Machines episode on rescue vehicles and a few Marru The Cat videos.  A perfect day!
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This morning when I woke up I had an email from Leah.  They are getting ready to do the IKEA order!!!!  Now that is all I can think of!  Whoohoo!!  I'm not sure if they are going to order all the furniture I want for the studio, but it's possible they might!  Won't be too long--a week or two maybe--before they order.  We'll do some re-measuring to be sure.  
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So here's a quick scan of "before" pictures.  
(Ignore the mess.)
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The right side wall...
...the window wall... 
...and the left side wall. 
Big changes will be here on the right side where we will have a new big table to hold the Vagabond die cutter.  That cherry cabinet and the smaller taboret will be moving to the garage and three new Alex cabinets will be living underneath the new tall table.  :) 
I think they are going to also order the new Alex tall, skinny cabinet that will live right here next to the door where this tall cherry one is now.  This beloved cherry one has been filled with rubber stamps for over 20 years and will have a new home... 
...in the hallway next to the bathroom.  It will become a member of the hallway bookcases filled with craft supplies and books.  
Can't part with it!  ;)
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If they also order the final item there will be a wooden gatefold table right here against this short wall in the living room.  
We can always use temporary additional table space for many of our projects.  And I could flip up an end to make an instant small work table for a creative little boy if he wanted his very own crafting or playing space when he visits Gramma.  Or open both ends if I ever happen to have two little boys at once visiting.  You never know.  ;)
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This coming week I (finally!) have the rheumatologist on Wednesday.  Whether Dr. Blom can give me any answers or a cure or possible alleviation assistance--who knows?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  A diagnosis would be nice.  Time will tell.  I've heard such good things about her.  Looking forward to meeting her.
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Caroline will be bringiing my groceries on Thursday.  Leah and I will be working on bullet pages that evening.  Fairly busy week.  Keeps me out of trouble.  ;)
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  Today--dark and chilly--51 degrees with a low tonight of 41.  Raining lightly off and on.  Already finished and put away a load of clothes.  I thought I had a cold but I think it is allergies since I am sneezing and scaring the daylights out of Annie with regularity.  Am not, shall we say, a gentle feminine sneezer.  My dad had these violent eruption sneezes and so does Dagan--LOL!  Even when Annie is fast asleep between my legs on the footrest of my big comfy chair she bolts up and away in one fluid, gravity-defying, startled movement where she somehow ends up over near the hallway--frozen--looking back over her shoulder--waiting to see if another sneeze will force her to leave the room until it is safe again--LOL!  Sadly, sneezes often come in clusters.  Sorry, Annie Girl.
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 Anyways, that's about it from here.  Oh, Leah went wild at Tuesday Morning this week!  Stamps and dies!!  Great prices there.  Leah sends me pictures in texts...next best thing to shopping together.  And then I used my charge card (naughty me) to order stamps and dies, too, from Amazon.  I'll try to remember to take pictures to show you our huge dual haul next week.  But right now--time for a very late lunch and then do the banking for the month.  
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Annie is snoozing in her chair next to me at the table.  It's almost 3pm.  I'm a bit slower with more frequent breaks but I've still been here on Mondays--LOL!  See you next week, my friends!!  :) :)
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"I have sometimees been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable...but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing."
Agatha Christie

16 comments:

  1. My comment to get your comments in my inbox. ;)

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  2. Your physical condition seems to be improving, and that's great news! This seems to be a "sneezy" time of year. Me and my cat Bosco have been sneezing a lot lately (can cats be allergic to weeds? Probably....)

    I remember your three neighboring trees from last year. Here in TN the trees all look tired - and a few leaves are falling - but the beautiful foliage colors won't fully ignite until late October.

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  3. That is an amazing amount of weight to lose! Congratulations to Leah for her progress. I too notice every single pound I carry around on my knees, and know how nice it is when I weigh less. I look forward to seeing the new stuff move into your already busy home, Rita! :-)

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  4. I would enjoy watching the trees change, too. Anything that's brown is here is dry and dying. I'm sure all sorts of keto info is online, but I'd love to know exactly what Leah is doing for you. Letter on the way.

    Love,
    Janie

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  5. I just sneezed one of my let-it-all-hang-out sneezes and it reminded me to add that I'm an explosive sneezer, too.

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  6. Hi Rita
    A much better week for you - Annie has great reaction time when startled. You have such a loving family. Your changes in what you eat seem to have calmed down your hand swelling/pain. I hope you write more as you think about what is working for you.
    Having his 'own' art work storage containers and then soon a new table that could be Ian's own work area - this is important stuff.
    Have a great week, feel better every day. Looking forward to your new furniture/storage changes when they happen.
    Hugs.
    Joy

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  7. Glad to hear the diet seems to be working!

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  8. What a wonderful post! Lots of happy and exciting things are happening. I am glad to hear your rheumatologist appointment is finally coming up and I hope she will be able to be a big help to you. The leaves are not yet changing here but I'm looking forward to when they do change. We've had a lot of rain this summer and that can lead to many beautiful Fall colors. I started physical therapy last week and now I'm worn out all the time but my knee is slowly improving. I'm behind on everything but I will get that email too you soon I hope!

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  9. Watching the trees would berelaxing, you always seem so organised maybe because I am not...........'

    I have been referred to a rheumatologist no idea when the appointment will be though

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  10. Hope you have some answers and solutions tomorrow at the new Doctor! Yeah for Leah on the Keto diet, she did great! You have big changes planned for your apartment! :)

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  11. SO happy for Leah and it sounds like you are improving on your own, too. That diet may be worth looking into.

    If I had those shelves in your craft room, I'd be in heaven. You already have a beautiful setup. I can only imagine what the new craft room would look like.

    I don't know what software program you are using, but I use WordPerfect. There is a printing option for printing pages that face each other. Then your pages come out so you can punch the holes you need. Perhaps your printing options are similar.

    Good luck at the new doctor's visit. I hope you get some decent answers.

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  12. Hello, Rita, I'm visiting after quite a long absence from Blogland so I will be checking up on past posts too. that keto diet sounds amazing, and well done to Leah for sticking with it. And what fantastic news that it seems to be helping your health too. Sometimes I wonder at the junk we absent mindedly put into our bodies, and a diet helps to be mindful. I love the way little Ian is turning into a proper crafter, he's going to get a lot of fun from this when he is older too. Being creative is a gift that goes on and on.

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  13. Dear Rita, you are a fantastic grandmother! Peace.

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  14. We're not getting much in the way of Autumn leaf color, either. The cooler weather is beginning to come, at least, with a high predicted today of only 88F.

    I read that a low-carb diet might help my sinus problems and related seasonal cough, so I'm about a week into what I initially thought would be an attempt at a keto diet. I just can't eat that much fat, though, so it's turned into just a low-carb plan. I do count the carbs and am staying under 40 a day without difficulty. I'm eating a lot more protein. I do miss sweet things, which I didn't expect. I look forward to hearing more about how you do with it. I'm re-discovering chicken salad lol

    Gramma Day sounds delightful. What a great idea for him to have his own dedicated supplies and materials and such an attractive storage idea :) I hope the rheumatology visit went well. A diagnosis would be helpful in deciding on treatment options, I would think.

    My computer issues are affecting my blog time, but I hope to have that sorted in the next day or so.

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  15. Ian certainly looks to be enjoying himself! We had a trip to IKEA for all sorts of things but came back with two more (smaller) craft trolleys so that they will fit in front go my window and I can move them easily to get in my cupboard! We still have to go back for what we went for!! Hugs, Chrisx

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  16. Your crafting supplies and the organizational system you have is really quite impressive! That would be like a dream come true to have such a variety of supplies so beautifully organized. That's so nice that Ian has his own system too.

    Congratulations to Leah for doing so well on the KETO diet, and to you for noticing improvement in your hands by modifying your diet. I need to get back to incorporating more of the Whole 30 meals into my diet again. I felt much better when I was eating like that. It's amazing how food can affect your body and what it can do.

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