Family, Knitting, Painting

Just a few updates

I (finally) finished the sleeves on my sweater. It seems like it took forever, but as I said, I’m trying to look at it like my weight loss project and just keep plugging away. Next I’ll start on the front, then put it all together, and do the button band. Speaking of weight loss, I have officially passed the 50lbs…

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Family

The Fact Check Mission

Dad has been in the memory care facility for about a month now, so I marked my calendar for a quick day trip down to Lincoln City to meet up with Mom and have a little visit with Dad. Mom and I originally chose today because the Audubon Society of Lincoln City was having a fiend trip, but the excursion…

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Birding, Knitting, Painting

Domestic bliss

I spent today checking off a list of duties, errands, and chores. Nothing too exciting, but adding 7 cans of pickled peaches and another 7 of spicy pickles (cucumbers) to my store gave me an unexpected little burst of pleasure. I also took a couple knitting projects as well as two art pieces to the county fair. I’m not expecting…

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Health

I was afraid of this

I am just entering the extremely busy season at work. This is my second year going through the “year end” process (Multnomah County, like most governments, has a fiscal year calendar that goes from July 1-June 30) and while this year is going more smoothly than last, it’s no walk in the park. Today I was so busy that I…

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Family

Oh Not-So-Happy Day

Today Mom and I moved Dad into a memory care facility. I took the day off work and drove down to Lincoln City first thing to help Mom. I figured if nothing else, I could be a pack mule. On the drive I stopped at a little coffee shop; it had the most beautiful white lavendar in front of it.…

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Health

Macte

macte, int. [‘ Expressing approval, encouragement, or good will: ‘all praise to you!’, ‘well done!’, ‘bravo!’; ‘good luck!’.’] Tonight at Weight Watchers I hit my 10% goal; I have now lost 10% of my total body weight when I started! On one hand, I am thrilled. In my three previous attempts at Weight Watchers, I have never hit this goal.…

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Health

Why I won’t let one up get me down

Today was weigh in day and for the first time since starting my lifestyle change endeavor I was up. Now, last week was not a bad week for me, so this was a little surprising. I didn’t go over my points and I exercised every day. However, it was also not a great week for me. It was a tough…

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Health, Knitting

Remember the knitting when loosing weight

I’ve been a little blue today for no particularly good reason. Today is also weigh-in day, but I was expecting good things and I wasn’t disappointed. Another loss for a total of 29.6 lbs obliterated! Unfortunately, I still have a long ways to go. That distance is very daunting and a little voice starts to discourage me sometimes. In spite…

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Personal

runcation

runcation, n.: The action or an act of weeding. Also occas.: the action of rooting. There are many jokes about Oregon and summer and rain. “Oregonians don’t tan, we rust.” “Oregon summer: the best two weeks of the year.” Question:  “What do you call two straight days of rain in Portland?” Answer:  “A weekend.” “It only rains twice a year…

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Family

Memorial Day & memories

Today I went on a guided hike in Canemah and had a blast, but I’m going to write about that in tomorrow’s post. While in Canemah, the historic cemetery had its gates open to allow Memorial Day traffic, and our group went in to admire the lovely grounds. As I was walking around I got to thinking about Memorial Day,…

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