Archive | February, 2014

One project done

27 Feb

Well I finally got my dads holiday gift finished before it got too warm to work with this particular yarn.  On the upside it will hopefully help my dad to stay warm next winter.  I hope he likes it.  ImageAs you might be able to tell I used two different colors of wool for an interesting contrast.  I hope to make another one for my mom for next year along with finishing at some point in time the bag I started for my dad.  

Product review

25 Feb

I ordered recently another jacket from Scottevest.  This one is more appropriate for warmer weather.  It is their Sterling Jacket for women.  It has 23 pockets, the sleeves can be unzipped and you can wear it as a vest. There is an RFID pocket so that way you can store your id or credit cards in this pocket.  I got it in black and it looks great on me.  I was wanting a jacket for spring/fall weather for me and I might take it with me when we go to see my dad.  This is a great jacket and I love having all the pockets plus the fact that you can add a bottle of water and store it inside your jacket.  I was needing a light weight jacket because my other one has been feeling a bit tight in the arm pit area. 

This weekend was ok. I had insomnia really bad Saturday night and was unable to get to sleep until after 1 am Sunday and then of course slept in until after 10 to try and feel like I got enough sleep. My husband did take me out to lunch Sunday for some Indian food sooo yummy and good. 

What do you do to help you get to sleep when you have insomnia?  

Ho Hum

22 Feb

Today is a ho hum day why because I got out of bed in a cranky mood.  Oops.   Now I am just going to stop trying to get my husband up in the mornings because frankly it makes me cranky and puts me in a bad mood.  He Never gets up when his alarm clock goes off.  Yes I know most of us are guilty of hitting the snooze button a few times but, for more than an hour well lets just say I cry FOUL and since it puts me in a foul mood.  I am going to leave him alone for at least a month and hope I can keep doing this until he just gets up on his own no matter how late he gets to work or comes home.  I have been trying to get him up early because our daughter tends to get in a foul mood whenever she thinks that her dad should be home from work and then her mood just spirals downhill into tantrums and my personal favorite screaming.  

 I also did not sleep that well last night because we had severe weather and just as I was about to nod off I heard a siren which basically meant we were under the threat of having a tornado.  So much fun.  So I told my daughter she needed to get downstairs Now and tried to get Sin my other cat who was sleeping on top of me to go downstairs as well. Then of course I forgot my phone so had to go back up to get it so I could warn my mom and friends.  See an exciting night but, does nothing for getting decent sleep.  I really hope we do not get any more of this until spring which “starts” March 20th is the first “official” day of spring.  Until then I can wait for the possible excitement to begin.  

Spring is here?

21 Feb

Well looking at this you might think it is here a month or so early but, our weather even though the predicted high is 70.  By Friday we might be down to the upper 40s and going down ugh.  

 

Image Yup once again my lovely cat Bri decided to photo bomb this one as well.  Crazy cat and normally when I am taking a picture of her I get a drop dead look.  Gotta love cats. 

Slow steps

19 Feb

Well today is the first day that I actually set my alarm and got up almost as soon as it went off but, I am taking small steps to get back on my schedule of getting up before dawn, and do some yoga.  I have unfortunately been not doing any of the above partly due to the suffering from the ick and the extreme cold weather.  So this week I will be “getting up” at 7:30 am our time and keep going back a half hour each week until I am back to my usual time.  As for the yoga I will try to get back into it next week and hope that even though we will be getting back into the low 50s we will not dip back down to the balmy 20s next week.  I really hate the yo yo ride of winter and spring.  I know it is necessary to get used to the higher temperatures but, this weather right now makes me want to go and get my hair cut for spring but, I also know that it is not quite time for it.  Guess I am getting spring fever early or something.  Plus I am really wanting to declutter more of my stuff and get started on my DVD and CD collection and get rid of most of that.  

Take care and remember Ghost Pepper arrgh I did it again. 

 

Two words

18 Feb

Ghost Pepper.  Wow even typing it I am already starting to drool.  Let me explain.  My husband decided to buy a bottle of Ghost pepper with another pepper added and garlic for good measure.   In my attempt to get rid of this ick that I have been suffering from I decided to go to our favorite tex-mex restaurant and order a burrito and then add the above.  Unfortunately I did not put a drop nope I added a full splash.  Lets just say the cartoon where Rodger Rabbit is running around in circles after drinking Tabasco sauce with his mouth on fire and smoke coming out of his ears just makes me want to laugh because I honestly felt like the same was happening to me except for the fact that the restaurant was too crowded for me to be running around in circles.  I seriously would have done it if I thought it would have helped me.  I was also wishing I had a sopaipilla with a lot of honey or something on it.  So instead I was picturing myself going out into a clean snow bank and sticking my head in and having steam coming off me still could not do.  So to put the extreme fire out in my mouth I ate tortilla chips and had some of my husbands coke since I was drinking water and the fire finally stopped.  

 The next day it was worth it because I got rid of a lot of ick in my system.  The initial pain and agony was not too much fun but, I am feeling a lot better.  I just need to take it easier on the Ghost Pepper and add a drop at a time and make sure I have something high in sugar to drink or near by.   

This weekend I did get rid of a lot of things off to Goodwill finally and I donated a coat that was too small for my daughter so feeling good.  

Monday my husband had the day off so that was nice we all got to spend a lot of time together with each other and my daughter got prime dad time which, she has been needing or just wanting.  This week I might actually make it to the bank without it being a holiday because we will be having warmer weather and my husband can start taking his motorcycle to work.  I am really thrilled.    

Valentines day!

14 Feb

Happy Valentines day or Single Awareness Day!  

Valentines day came early at my house.  My husband got me a lot of chocolate bars and two new plants.  A miniature rose bush with pink flowers and some red tulips.  The tulips are just in time for spring if it ever gets here grrr.  Sorry still sick of winter. 

Here are a couple of links for folks 2 with videos and another with a link for a few cruelty free date night ideas.  I personally love the animal sanctuary one but, also want to throw in going to a Botanical Garden as well you get to see some really great plants and learn a few things.  If you are extra lucky it might even have a butterfly exhibit.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yccID-2jlfM&utm_source=1402jackiechan&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=fy14cultivation

http://www.onlyorganic.org/naturaleffect/

http://www.peta.org/living/entertainment/date-ideas-cruelty-free-fun/?utm_campaign=021214&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Living%20E-News

ImageI also managed to get a picture of my curious cat Bri.  Ah well she cant resist greenery no matter how hard I try.  

Sharing some love in time for Valentines Day

13 Feb

Here are 51 quotes that I got in an email on love.  

 

 

51 Inspiring Love Quotes

 

 

There are only a few more days until Valentine’s Day.

So today I would like to share thoughts about love from the people who have walked this earth before us (and from a few who are still here).

Timeless thoughts written down and spread throughout the decades, centuries and, yes, even millenias.

Thoughts not only about happy, romantic love but of love in other forms and stages too.

This is 51 of the most inspiring, touching and helpful quotes on love.

 

  1. “Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” 
     James Baldwin
  2. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” 
    —  Lucille Ball
  3. “Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.” 
     Rainer Maria Rilke
  4. “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” 
     Morrie Schwartz
  5. “If I know what love is, it is because of you.” 
    — Herman Hesse
  6. “I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you.” 
    — Roy Croft
  7. “Love is a friendship set to music.” 
    —  Joseph Campbell
  8. “We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.” 
    — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  9. “When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before.” 
    — Blaise Pascal
  10. “The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.” 
    — Gilbert K. Chesterton
  11. “It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.” 
    — Eleanor Roosevelt
  12. “Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.” 
    — Leo Buscaglia
  13. “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” 
    — Rumi
  14. “Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.” 
    — Lao Tzu
  15. “You know it’s love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you’re not part of their happiness.” 
    — Julia Roberts
  16. “At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” 
    — Plato
  17. “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever.” 
    — Alfred Tennyson
  18. “The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.”  
    — Helen Keller
  19. “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” 
    — Oscar Wilde
  20. “The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love.” 
    — Henry Miller
  21. “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” 
    — Oprah Winfrey
  22. “You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” 

    — Dr. Seuss

    23.  “Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.”— Khalil Gibran

    “’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” 

    — Alfred Lord Tennyson

    “Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.” 

    1. — Vincent Van Gogh
    2. “The art of love is largely the art of persistence.” 
      — Albert Ellis
    3. “If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.” 
      — Benjamin Franklin
    4. “Love does not dominate; it cultivates.” 
      — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    5. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” 
      — Martin Luther King, Jr.
    6. “We are most alive when we’re in love.” 
      — John Updike
    7. “The love we give away is the only love we keep.” 
      — Elbert Hubbard
    8. “The giving of love is an education in itself.” 
      — Eleanor Roosevelt
    9. “The more one judges, the less one loves.” 
      — Honore de Balzac
    10. “A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.” 
      — Ingrid Bergman
    11. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” 
      — Lao Tzu

       

      1. “The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives? When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see in truth that you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” 
        — Kahlil Gibran
      2. “Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself.” 
        — Andre Breton
      3. “Love is a better teacher than duty.” 
        — Albert Einstein
      4. “True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.” 
        — Erich Segal
      5. “Every person has to love at least one bad partner in their lives to be truly thankful for the right one.” 
        — Unknown
      6. “Love is what you’ve been through with somebody.” 
        — James Thurber
      7. “The best proof of love is trust.” 
        — Joyce Brothers
      8. “A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.” 
        — Honore de Balzac
      9. “For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.” 
        — Carl Sagan
      10. “Fortune and love favor the brave.” 
        — Ovid
      11. “Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do.” 
        — David Wilkerson
      12. “Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.” 
        — Wayne Dyer
      13. “Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.” 
        — Anaïs Nin
      14. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” 
        — Martin Luther King Jr.
      15. “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” 
        — A. A. Milne
      16. “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” 
        — Charles Schultz

        Not sure what happen to the numbers which somehow turned into Letters to roman numerals ah well.  I would fix but that would probably take close to forever.  Enjoy and hope they help you with your valentine.  

Makin a dent

12 Feb

Still feeling a bit under but, it is a slow process.  My appetite which had been down in the dumps mainly because I could not smell very well due to a stuffed up nose.  

Last week I made a huge dent into getting rid of a lot of my daughters toys that she was no longer playing with or that were plastic goodness that I wanted gone for the most part.  It was a lot of fun for me at least.  I did this without my daughters consent mainly because she would never would have agreed and plus to avoid the drama.  Plus I got rid of a blouse that no longer fits me the way I would like for it to and it is a bit tight.  I got rid of a jacket that my daughter said was too tight for her.  That will be donated to a place that collects coats for people in need.  

The items have not left the house yet but, as soon as I can get the car and not have my daughter around it will be out of the house.  It feels very liberating to get rid of a lot of things.

I did have to add a few things to my collection of stuff.  I had to buy a new coffee cup.  No I did not really need to do this because we have “plenty” but, not one that I wanted to “call my own or even that fits me”.   Plus I have plenty at my moms but, did not want to “bless” her with this lovely illness.  What can I say I need a coffee cup with a bit of personality.  I needed one because my old one was chipped in a few places and had a hairline crack forming on both sides of the handle.  Trust me really hot coffee in your lap is no fun because your handle breaks.  So I decided to avoid this fun and drama.  

I also got a small note pad with a pencil attached to put in my purse and just carry along in my pocket if needed.  The reason was because I was so hoarse that I was fully expecting to loose my voice so having a small pad and pencil to write down and communicate with people would be great.  I do know some ASL but, I do not know every word.  So I felt that this was an ok expense and pickup to get.  Plus I had a great excuse to go to a coffee shop and get another honey flavored latte.  

One side note with the astragalus if you are on any medications please consult your doctor before you take this for possible drug interactions.  

Here are pics of my new mug.  

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Still ill but getting back into the swing

11 Feb

Wow has this thing kicked my backside but good.  The daughter is still feeling lousy as well but, is starting to feel a bit better.  

I am at least getting more sleep and am sounding less like Roz from Monsters Inc. the elderly lady in Beetlejuice.  

This weekend we ran a few errands, stopped at the library, stopped by the store to get a few items that my husband failed to get.   I got some cough syrup that is an expectorant to get rid of this and some astragalus an herb that is THE herb to get rid of anything that ails ya.  It is better than echinacea because it only helps if you arent already sick.  Astragalus will burn in a way whatever is bothering you sick or not or if you want to just stay well.  

Here is a bit of our weather last week 

Image we got not only ice but, also snow.  Gotta love winter weather and all it weirdness.  I just hope that this spring we do not have what we had last year.