Wednesday, April 27, 2016

iFit adventure

Mike and I just celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary.  We usually don't do much to celebrate.  Go out to dinner, usually.  Well, we did go out to dinner.  And then he told me he got me something.  What?!  I had asked for an iFit Vue for Mother's Day/Birthday this year.  But he found it on sale and had a friend order it with her Amazon Prime account so no now I have one!  What a sweet guy.  Really, I didn't expect this.

What is it? It's one of those wrist bands that keeps track of your fitness efforts.  This will also sync with my treadmill.  There are apps involved and a HUGE learning curve but that's ok.  I'll figure it out.  Here's what it looks like:
You can also set it up to nag you.  You buzzes when you've been not moving for 30 minutes or so and that translates to "get off your lazy butt and walk around a bit, girl!" Might be a good thing.  My hip (oh, God, that makes me sound old) has been sore from sitting too much.  Now, before you start clicking your collective tongues...I sit while I knit.  So I'm doing SOMETHING!  I guess I just need to work on more movement in all that knitting.  I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ten on Tuesday

Ten on Tuesday:  10 movies I have to stop and watch while I'm channel surfing.

Ok...I'm gonna do this...but I'm making it for Mike.  Truthfully, I'm more likely to stop on a TV show than a movie (unless it's a good musical...but they rarely show up).  He has certain movies he ALWAYS stops on while surfing.

1.  National Treasure
2.  National Treasure 2 (I can't remember the exact name.)
3.  First Blood
4.  Jurassic Park
5.  Die Hard
6.  Ground Hog Day
7.  Singing in the Rain
8.  Raiders of the Lost Ark
9.  Ghostbusters
10.  Legally Blonde (He loves Reese Witherspoon...who doesn't?)

And truth be told, I'd watch them all too.  Well, except First Blood.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Ten on Tuesday

Ten on Tuesday:  10 Albums I love

1.  The Great Unknown by Rob Thomas
2.  Gold Motel by Gold Motel
3.  Summer House by Gold Motel
4.  Songs About Jane by Maroon 5
5.  Supernatural by Santana
6.  X by Ed Sheeran
7.  Greatest Hits by The Bee Gees
8.  Gordon by Barenaked Ladies
9.  Medusa by Annie Lennox
10.  Night Visions by Imagine Dragons

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Ten On Tuesday

Ten On Tuesday:  10 Things You Do to Calm Down.

1.  Knit.  Knitting is repetitive.  You need to calm down to retain consistent gauge throughout a project.  I don't think I could get through the day without knitting.  Not that I need all that calming down but the repetitive movement and pretty yarn is what my soul needs everyday.

2.  Deep breathing.  5 in, 5 out. It works to slow the heart rate and focus attention.

3.  Picking up the clutter.  I work on putting away all the paper work and stuff that accumulates around the house.  Then the cleaner surfaces help me stay calm.

4.  I work on a Zentangle drawing. It's very repetitive and relaxing.

5.  Taking a walk...outside or on the treadmill.  Exercise will always help (I'm finding out).

6.  Looking at my phone...reading all the FB stuff and photos on IG help to distract me and calms me down.  Some of the pictures and stories are really lovely.  

7.  In reference to #6...I find if I read some comments that are pretty outrageous, troll quality, then I feel calmer.  Weird, huh?  If I witness people more upset than me, it calms me down.  I think it makes me push the emotion to the side and look at something more logically instead (cuz I don't want to be like them!).

8.  A nice cup of coffee or hot cocoa will help calm me down.

9.  Organization calms me down.  Looking at something organized or actually organizing something really helps.  Something simple like organizing my knitting bag or my knitting "nest" in the house works wonders.

10.  Looking at water.  I love to look at water, especially when I'm in need of calming down.  When we lived in Florida we had a pool, and even looking at a swimming pool had a calming effect on me.

Friday, April 1, 2016


Happy April Fool's Day.  Ok, that sounds weird.  Good luck surviving today...don't believe anything you hear on the radio, TV or Internet.  That's my advice.  A couple years ago Justine pranked me on 4/1.  She taped up this picture of Nicolas Cage's face:
ALL OVER THE PLACE!  And I mean all over. There were the biggest one was 1" x 1". They were on lamps, inside the fridge, inside kitchen cabinets, and a bunch of other places. This was two years ago.  We were still pulling off little taped faces when we moved this past Fall.  I can see one taped to this very monitor while I type this...I can't believe it's lasted this long.  I even found one in the little box that holds my stitch markers for knitting (pretty sure it's still there, too)! 

So pretty good one, Justine.  I'm still enjoying it today.  haha

Anyway, hope you have a great day.  That's NO April Fool's!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Old and New

Cotton multi-colorway.
 Blue Raspberry...and old favorite.
 Arizona of my most popular colorways.

Mineral...think crystals, new multi-colorway.  Purples and peachy-pinks.

 Vampire Toes...oldie but a goodie.  
Rocky Coast...always popular and never lasts too long in the shop.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Ten for Tuesday

Ten on Tuesday

10 things I like to do outside:

1.  I love to sit outside and watch the neighborhood.  I listen and watch...nothing much happens, but the birds sound nice and neighbors who walk by wave hello.

2.  I love to walk outside.  I usually don't plug-in while walking.  I like to hear the sounds of the world while out in it.  I like the sunshine (although I always wear a hat these days).

3.  Gracie and I enjoy our daily walk around lunch time.  When the weather warms up (if it ever does), we may change it to morning.  Either way, it's fun to watch her.  She's a dog so lots of sniffing and marking, of course.  She'll notice a squirrel every now and again, not as much as she used to though...she's getting older.  She's so much better at greeting other dogs in this neighborhood than our old one.  We still stay away from the big dogs though...she's not too fond of them.

4.  I love riding my bike.  As soon as the weather warms, I'm going to make riding a routine.  There are plenty of neighborhoods to explore and I think, a short cut to the Baltimore-Annapolis Rail to Trail, too.  A nice way to enjoy the sunshine and get a work out too.

5.  I have working in the garden to look forward to this year.  Mike built three garden boxes this past weekend and I've ordered some stuff from Burpee.  We'll get some starter veggie plants from the local nursery (in a few weeks) and the garden should be on it's way.  Another frost still coming, so we'll be planting closer to Mother's Day, I think.  The "dirt" is coming this weekend so I'll be outside filling the boxes.  We also have work out front we're doing too.  Pics will be posted, don't worry.

6.  I love walking down the street to our neighborhood beach, sitting on the bench and watching the water.  I can't wait to do that this summer, wine spritzer in hand, husband by my side.

7.  One the coldest days of winter, Mike and I love to go to historic Annapolis, get a hot drink from Starbucks and walk the old neighborhoods.  I have plenty of woolies to keep us warm so we really don't get too cold (plus we're walking not strolling).  We have to streets to ourselves because of the cold so it's kinda nice.

8.  I love to enjoy a glass of wine sitting in the yard with Mike...enjoying the last of the sun before it goes down.

9.  Although I rarely do it, sitting and knitting outside is something I enjoy, too.  Not sure why it doesn't happen more often.  I should remedy this.

10.  I love to hike too.  A nice trail in the woods or mountains is my kinda hike.