Monday, February 19, 2018

Goal!

Well, it's still gray, dreary, brown and gray mid February.  The weather has been...interesting.  We had a couple of days where temps were in the low 70's.  Crazy!  We are expecting a couple more of those days this week as well, along with lots of rain.

We got the van repaired.  It WAS a cracked pipe.  The repair guy said most likely from CW not draining everything correctly before winterizing.  Sigh.

How frustrating.  $350 and 2 days later, we have it back home. We took it out to one of the local Mennonite places that sells sandwiches and salads, and bulk food.  We sat in the parking lot and ran the generator, which they say has to be run for 2 hours monthly, with a load on it - meaning that we have to run the heater or AC or oven.  This was one of the 70 degree days, so the AC was on.  About an hour in, the generator quit.  Got it restarted, and ran about another 40 minutes, then quit again - only this time, it wouldn't start up.  We packed up the van, and drove it to the RV repair place....again.  The owner took a quick look at it, and said he thinks it's the fuel line.  Sigh.  Why can't we just get things that work and never need repairs????  Our friend that also has the same van (different year) has had NO issues with hers what-so-ever.  We are never that lucky!  We have to take it tomorrow and drop it off to see what the RV repair place thinks it is - then decide if we want to drive it even further for it to go to an "authorized" Cummins dealer to get work that may - or may not - be covered under warranty.  The Cummins authorized repair place will charge us $290 just to assess it.  That won't be covered under warranty.  It could turn out that's what we'd have to pay the local place just to fix it! 
It was fun to be out in the van though.  We've named it Rbee.  As in Our Bee.  :-)

I started weaving again.  Finally.  I wound this warp and it was a new experience for me because I wound it 6 threads at a time.  Yep - 6 at a time.  The winding was easy enough except for one thread wanting to lag behind and not stay caught up with the others.  Made for some tension issues, till I corrected it.  Then it was fine. 

The lighting isn't great as this takes place in the finished basement but lighting is not natural.....

I got the loom threaded - then the trouble started.  It took me 3 days, working a bit each day, to get this wound onto the loom.  The yarns were sticking like crazy and not cooperating at all.  I did NOT give up and it is turning out really lovely.  Reminds me a bit of some of the Channel weaving I've seen on YouTube.

 Above is the warp on the beam - the colors are most true in this shot. 

 Below you can see I have more than one thread on the bobbin - mostly I've been weaving with 2-3 threads at a time.  This is supposed to be a summer shirt when I'm done and I wanted to make sure there was coverage.
 Below are 2 threads on top of a dark blue and a purple. and below those are 2 threads of light blue and teal.  I was doing clasped weft (photo above) in these 4 colors - 2 threads on each side.
When using more than one thread at a time in the weft, it makes weaving go really fast!  I'm really enjoying the weaving.  Mixing the colors on the bobbin and in clasped weft is really fun and so pretty!

On the weight front, I'm doing well - I have now reached another big goal.  I've lost 30 pounds - and actually, more because I had lost 5 lbs before I started trying to lose weight.  I'm also below a very large number on the scale as I've mentioned before.  So I'm pretty happy at this point.  I hope I can keep it up, but I do know I'll hit plateaus now and then.  I just have to remember that I need to eat differently for a few days to jump start the loss again, as well as keep moving. I  do wish I'd taken a before picture because I can really see a huge change in myself.  I was wearing XXL and 2 X shirts when the cold weather started.  I'm now in a Large.  I have a long way to go still, so there is no cheating!  However, I do hope that one day, I'll be able to enjoy some treats now and then. 

That's about it for me today.  I'll be back again soon, hopefully with the above weaving finished and made into the shirt I hope it was meant to be. 

Take care and thanks for checking in!




Thursday, February 1, 2018

February

Everything outside is gray or brown.  Dead of winter.  This time of year is SO hard!  

January had some very, very cold days where it didn't get above freezing.  Then, there was about a week where we got very spoiled.  50's and 60's for temps. Boy, that was nice, and almost too hot when it got close to 70.  Then WHAM!  The cold and wind came back and it looks like February is going to be a cold, possibly wet, month. 

I finally reached my first major weight loss goals.  I've lost 26 lbs, and I'm below a very large number on the scale.  That happened about a week ago, but of course, now I'm stuck there and no change in the right direction. The up side - there hasn't been a change in the wrong direction either.  

I've been continuing walking at the mall, however, I messed up and I wore the wrong shoes one day.  That has done some damage, and my right leg is pretty out of whack.  My ankle hurts, my knee hurts, and my leg feels like it's twisted.  Not pleasant!  

I haven't ridden the bike because, well, the seat was irritating my "private parts" and in fact, I ended up with a UTI (TMI?).  Yeah.  I've been on antibiotics for almost a week and they make me feel tired and dragged out.  I've been taking my probiotic and eating some yogurt in the evenings to try to keep a yeast infection (a lovely side effect of some antibiotics) away.

I am proud of myself I've reached this goal.  I'm down 26 lbs, but the reality is, to get to the weight I want to ultimately be at, I have about 70 more lbs to go.  I'd be happy with losing another 50. I know, in my brain, it's not going to happen overnight. I also know that it's not smart to lose a lot of weight quickly.  However, when I hit a stand still like today, it's really hard to remember all this takes time and that's okay.  I need encouragement, but it doesn't come from anyone I know.  There isn't anyone like that in my life. 

I like this.  From Pinterest:


I need to remember this and tell myself this often.  Maybe, my new mantra?

Okay, enough of that.



We are taking our new van into a local RV repair place to have them check whether the hose for the Truma Combi was damaged after Camping World did the winterizing.  We are hoping it's not messed up.  We had run the Truma, there was water leaking inside after it had run for a few hours, and the water was running from under the bed where the Truma is located.  After a lot of research on the Travato FB page, phone calls to Truma, and some further inspection, we realized that the valve that is to be left open in winer (when using the Truma heating device), was closed.  Once that was open, the water no longer leaked inside, but came shooting out of the outside valve under the van.  Hubs is afraid that we may have damage since the water had no where else to go with that valve closed.  I think we are fine, but he doesn't so peace of mind is worth the money it'll cost to have the RV place check it out. They will have to de-winterize the van, test it with water, then winterize the van once again. 



We are hoping that March will bring better, warmer weather - warm enough that we can de-winterize and hopefully go to a campground for a couple of days, hook everything up, and make sure we are good to go on a trip in April. 

We got brave, took the top of the bed off over the Truma, cut in 20" from the foot end of the bed, and put the 2 pieces back on.  They aren't screwed on for now, since the repair place will have to have access.  Winnebago doesn't make this accessible when they sell the van.  They offer a small opening that has to be accessed from the side of the bed, which makes winterizing and changing the water filter (also located under this same bed) very, very messy.  We will screw the two sections back on but the smaller section is not going to have any back screws in it, which makes me a bit nervous, but I think it'll be okay.  



None of the Froli springs had to be removed.  We were able to cut in between them, and though it's not pretty, it's accessible, and that's what matters.  I keep thinking that once the van is back, I'll be able to start putting stuff in there. However, the van will once again have to go into the shop (unless Hubs decides he's knowledgeable enough to do it himself) for de-winterizing once we are sure the temps will stay above freezing. 

Well, thanks for checking in if you did. My life is quite boring.  Hopefully, with spring only a month or so away, I will be able to pick this up and have more interesting stuff to talk about. 


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Keep Moving!

It's the dead of winter - it's difficult to want to keep moving.  There are the dog days of summer, when it's way too hot to move or do anything, but what do we call the dead of winter - well, besides the "dead of winter?"

It's cold - it's been cold all across the country - and even Florida has been cold!  A friend posted on Facebook today that they had snow - in Louisiana!  A friend in Maine posted the heavy snow they had last week, then a few days later, the crazy heavy fog, which instantly - in ONE day - melted all the snow.  Problem was, it melted so fast, the ground couldn't absorb it all.  Now they are in for another snowstorm up there.   Crazy - but don't mention Global Warming because hey, it isn't really happening....

Weight - well, I'm down another couple of pounds, with a weight loss of 22 lbs, but still struggling.  It's always a struggle.  Even my husband said that it has ALWAYS been a struggle for me to lose weight.  Other people stop eating bread and instantly lose 10 lbs.  Not me.  I haven't had bread for 2.5 years and I didn't lose anything.  Of course, it doesn't help when you substitute all kinds of other crap for not eating bread........ha!

I've cut out all the other crap now.  I tried just eating really tiny portions, and only 3 meals a day.  That worked for a little bit, but I was SO hungry, even after my stomach shrunk.  Then the weight stood still.  I started exercising, and that helped a little, but now I've had to increase the exercise to get any noticeable change in the weight - to include riding the bike at least 30 minutes and more when I have the energy, and walking at the mall at a fast clip for more than 20 minutes and almost a mile.  Then I notice a weight loss - but the minute I have a day where I'm not doing a lot of moving, then that weight just creeps back up - an ounce here, an ounce there.....

Yesterday was a down day for me. I awoke after a full night of sleep, still tired.  I wanted to stay in bed. It was a struggle to move.  I finally got up, showered, dressed, and made up.  Made the bed, ate some breakfast, and went out to do a bit of shopping.  I had a very small breakfast on the way - a few grapes and a couple of squares of cheese (the already sliced cheese in the grocery store).  I drank water and tea.  We walked around the store, to and from the car, then went a couple of other places, then had lunch out.  I had 2 eggs and home fries at Bob Evans.  They don't use a ton of oil on the fries - they are in fact, very dry.  I had water and tea, and water in the car to and from.

Came home, in the afternoon, I had a half a large mandarin orange, more water.  Dinner was a large salad with lettuce, grapes, pumpkin seeds, lentils, black beans, a few walnuts and pecans, cucumber, and a bit of balsamic vinegar and a drop of olive oil.  I also had steamed broccoli.  More water.

I did make some popcorn. I found some by Newman's Own, microwave popcorn, no oil or salt.  Just plain popcorn.  I ate about a cup and a half.

I gained .2 lbs this morning.  My scale goes like this; 100.0, .2, .4, .6., .8, .0.

It's quite frustrating.  Of course, I didn't move a lot yesterday, but I also didn't eat that much. 

I can't do 100% plant based.  It just doesn't work for me.  My energy wanes, my muscles feel fatigued.  I struggle. 

I have tried the tiny portions - I think my body struggled with that though it was effective, but the doctor told me not to go too far with that because it'll mess up my metabolism.  Well, I think I did that long ago, but okay.

I know I'm impatient.  I guess that's a bad trait I have.  So I'm trying to realize I can't lose 2 lbs a week forever.  (my mind says, why not???)

Today I'm going to start on a high protein diet.  I know there are people that will cringe.  However, I want to see what happens for a few days - so I'm going to give it a go.  High protein, low carb.  I won't go crazy with bacon and butter.  Meat, fish, and low carb veggies like broccoli. 

When I lost weight the last time, it was in 2007.  I think I remember that I had a more balanced diet - it wasn't all one thing or the other.  Chicken breast baked in the oven with veggies for dinner.  A nice salad for lunch.  I think maybe eggs for breakfast..... I also went to the gym several days a week - maybe as much as 5-7 days a week, worked out in the pool and on the machines.  I remember I felt pretty good but could get tired then too.  However, in May of 2007 I ended up having the heart attack and that's when it all fell apart again. My body rebelled against anything that was a challenge to digest, so I went back to eating carbs - bread, potatoes, etc.  I didn't keep up with exercising.  It took me over a year to feel better and fully recover.  From that point on, any time I did anything, I felt exhausted afterward.  I've struggled with that ever since. 
I also went through menopause around that time.  Double whammy.

Then in 2011, I ended up with a hysterectomy - and no replacement hormones because of the heart attack.  Yeah, fun times!  There was cancer found, but it didn't consist of enough to warrant treatments - just five years of follow up to ensure that it hadn't spread. 

I'm working on myself, and I have to find what will work for me.  I don't know if the balanced diet with tiny portions is how I'm going to have to go for the rest of my life, or if high protein will kick start anything, or if mostly fruits and veggies is the way I'll have to go. Maybe I can keep switching it up to keep my body guess.  If I gain a pound over the next day or 2, I won't be doing high protein. 

I'm so very close - only a little over 2 lbs away - from being at my first BIG goal.  When I reach that goal, I will be even more motivated.  It's really difficult to be there - as they say - so close, and yet so far.

Meanwhile, we have made some modifications to the van, and I'm very excited about that.  We have put up the thermometer, we attached a couple of small handles (like drawer pulls) under one of the beds which will be for tethering the dogs with straps so they don't fall if we have to stop fast or something else happens - we don't want them falling off the bed.  We put a small thing on top of the fridge door that will show us if we are level.  We also tried out all the window covers - and OMG - the ones for the front windshield were so difficult that Hubs said - Does everyone struggle with these?  I said, well, some put a curtain rod up there (pointing to the overhead above the cab) and they put a curtain up and that's all they use.  He said, order the curtain rod!  We also purchased a shampoo/body wash dispenser.  We will attach that when it gets warm enough for it to stick.  I will go out - probably on Friday when it's warmer - to measure the size for the curtain I will buy for the rod Hubs put up.  We are getting the itch to take off somewhere - we just don't know where - as I said above, it's cold everywhere!  Going south may not be an option.  Of course, we are still winterized too, which makes it a bit trickier.  No running water, no shower, and really, don't want to use the bathroom as we don't want to have to empty the tanks in this cold. 

Meanwhile, I need to get busy and plan our trip to the first rally we are going to attend.  I am excited but nervous. We'll be going south, and the south isn't really my first love for visiting.  I live too far south as it is  - give me the North!

Thanks for checking in.  I hope you are all accomplishing YOUR goals for 2018 and haven't given up yet!   Hang in there, be strong, be kind, be you.

Always,
Martha

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Follow Up

My  last post was about losing weight.  I just started my ninth week on my MEH - modified eating habits.  I don't like the word "diet."  No matter what we eat, it's all part of our diet - correct?  So MEH works better for me, and being a tad bit sarcastic, I figure it fits. Meh. 

I tried the totally plant based dieting.  I did it for 4 days.  By day four, I felt absolutely awful.  I was full - no doubt in that.  I was eating tons of veggies and some fruits.  I hadn't had meat or cheese at all.  I was still using just the tiniest bit of butter which is prohibited but I did it anyway.  I was eating beans, lentils, lots of cooked veggies, and though I was full, I was NOT feeling well at all. ZERO energy.  I was taking naps.  NOT cool.

Only the week before, I'd been so full of energy that I was going stir crazy if there wasn't anything to do all day.  Let me clarify - I love to have errands to run, driving places, going to stores or whatever.  I just love being out and about.  I hate housework but I was even doing that!  That's energy I haven't had in years.

Not so much the 4 days I was doing the plant based diet.  I was foggy brained, almost dizzy, and staggering some when I walked.  I read on the FB page that some of that was normal in the first few days.  However, I didn't FEEL normal, and I didn't like it at all.

I decided then and there, I have to be in this for the long haul.  I have around 75 more pounds to lose, and it's not going to happen fast.  If it did happen fast, that wouldn't be good for me because I'm hoping that my skin will shrink and I will be able to firm up as I go.

I want to eat a healthy, low calorie, varied diet.  My numbers had already changed as far as cholesterol - a few weeks ago, the doctor said "whatever you're doing, keep it up!"   I'm exercising which I haven't done in  too long. I'm even craving going to a gym.  Staying home and using our equipment is good.  However, I'm soon tiring of the same things...........

It may take me over a year, maybe closer to 2, to reach my goal weight.  Some might say I'll be too thin, but at 5'2" and being called OBESE for so many years now, I want to change all of it.  Change ME.  I want to be the me that I've been drowning down inside with food for so many years. The more weight I lose, the more confident I become. The stronger I become, both physically and mentally.

I want to get rid of that flabby overhanging belly that I hide in my jeans.
I want to be able to travel and eat lightly, go walking through the places we go visit when we go out in our RV.
I want to feel good, breathe easier, and move better.

I know I will never be able to eat like I used to and I've come to terms with that. I also know that once I lose, I will have to be very careful not to gain it back - I can't go back to eating how I used to eat.  I can indulge now and then - maybe a couple of times a year - but I will have to eat less than I used to, and move more, and keep up my own motivation.

I still have to overcome a lot of things. My knees are  a mess.  Both of them need work, but since I'm only turning 62 this year, they won't really do anything about my knees till I'm older.  Replacements only last around 15 years, and they don't want me to be 80 years old and needing another replacement.  I guess I understand but I'm not happy about it - I want to move without pain NOW.

I'm hoping with exercise, I can flatten my belly.  Not sweat during summer, and have irritation where my skin touches.

I want to lose enough weight by this summer that I'm not embarrassed to wear shorts and tank tops again.

I want to lose enough weight in the end, to feel like a fit 60-something year old woman, not a fat, old looking, and sad 60-something year old woman.

I can see and feel the 20 pounds I've lost --- but when I look at myself in the mirror, I still see a lot of fat.  Then I scold myself - WHY did I let myself get THIS bad?  It's so terrible. 

For a long while, I justified - this is who I am; this is who I'm going to be; I enjoy my food, so I'm going to accept myself.  No body shaming.  I get that whole thing - however, it is NOT who I am, or who I want to be.

Many deep seeded feelings I held in for years, caused me to be that fat, out of shape, scared person.  No more.  No more hiding or stuffing.

I'll be honest.  Feeling better, having more energy, breathing better, having to close my bra on the middle loops instead of the end loops, finding my size 8 underwear and feeling comfortable in them, ALL feels better than eating chocolate and bread and ice cream.  Don't get me wrong.  I LOVE my ice cream, chocolate, and other stuff.  However, I do like what's happening (however slowly it's happening) to my body and I want to keep it up.

I just wish I wasn't so danged impatient!

If I can empower just one person, or encourage one person, or help one person with any of this, I hope that they see that all you have to do is make the decision.  From there, it's easy - just move a little more each day, and eat a less each day, cut the crappy food out that's killing you, and hang in there.  And if anyone ever wants someone to talk to, let me know. 

Take care and thanks for reading.

Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 - A New Year, A New Me?

Today is the first day of 2018.  Looking back, I feel like the last year - actually, sadly, the last 15 or so years - has been lost.  I lost myself for a very long time.  I feel like I'm finding myself.  It's difficult to explain, but it boils down to this: I'm working on myself, and I'm working on finding me again.  I've decided to stop stuffing myself with food, drowning my feelings with food, gaining more and more weight.

I started about 8 weeks ago, watching what I eat, cutting way back on my servings, not eating in between meals, and I stopped eating junk food - yep - ALL junk food.  No more ice cream, candy, cake, pie -- get the picture? 

I started with eating much smaller portions, and really cutting out potatoes and rice for the most part.  Of course, I was very hungry, but I dropped weight pretty fast at first.  I do well when I see results. 

Of course, the fast weight loss slowed to a crawl........ 
Once I'd lost about 10 lbs, I started feeling better. I was drinking tons of water, and filling myself up with water before each meal. 

Someone from our flute circle had told me about this documentary, Forks Over Knives.  I didn't watch it the first time she mentioned it, but then it came up again, and I decided last week to watch it.  It made a huge impact on me.  I'm trying to eat plant based, but I'm not 100% - I don't know if I can give up Olive Oil or butter!  I can give up cheese, eggs, meat, and even seafood (boo hoo).  I actually really enjoy eating a large plate of vegetables - freshly steamed broccoli, oven roasted asparagus, fresh steamed green beans, or just plain old mixed veggies. 

I don't feel hungry when I've had a big plate of veggies.  Part of eating this way is also having whole grains, which I'd given up.  I won't eat things like bread, but I can eat potatoes - especially sweet potatoes - and brown rice, wild rice, and quinoa.  Minute Rice makes these individual cups of rice, organic brown rice, and now, quinoa - they are 2 servings in a cup, but it's easy to make and easy to store.  It's also going to be easy to take in the RV.  Since starting to eat this way, I'm still losing weight.  I've only been doing it a week or so, and as I said before, not 100%. 

When I do eat eggs, or bacon, or meat, I find I don't lose any weight, and I am hungrier.  If I eat all veggies and whole grains, I feel fuller longer, and I lose a couple of ounces a day.  So I want to try harder not to slip up and have other things.  It's really hard when going out to eat, and that's something we like to do just about every day - go out to eat.  Finding somewhere that does veggies and fruit or brown or wild rice is really not that easy.  I just have to try harder.

I will keep posting about this because I like to write about my journey.  This journey, hopefully, won't end the same way the last time I lost weight.  That was back in 2007, and after 5 months and 35 lbs, I had a major heart attack and died.  Thank God I was brought back to life, and I survived.  It's always in the back of my mind though, that it's possible it could happen again.

Once I go back to the dr in 5 months and have blood work done, we'll see how I'm doing as far as blood work.  When I went last month, I was told my cholesterol was excellent, and that whatever I was doing, I should keep it up.  That was before I started trying to eat plant based. 

Over all, to date, I've dropped 17 lbs.  I'm excited to get below a large number, and I need to lose 8 more lbs to do that.  Once I've done that, I hope I can work harder and be more physical.  I have to get my knees checked out though, as I'm still having a large issue with one knee - the one I've had 2 previous arthroscopic surgeries on.  I can't walk normally without shooting pain.  I am riding my stationary bike for about 30 minutes every other day with ankle weights on, and I do arm exercises and leg exercises with weights, as well as crunches.  It's not a lot but I do what I can and it's more than I used to do.  My clothes fit better, and I can tell I've lost all over my body, which is how I gain weight. 

I'd be interested to hear if anyone else is trying the plant based diet.  Not vegetarian, not vegan.  Plant based.

Thanks!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

New Things

I have started making dream catchers again.





 

All but the all white ones are 3".  The white one is 5".  They are boho chic and I'm selling them - I just haven't listed them on Etsy yet.  These are photographed up against my wall with my iPhone - not sure the photos are Etsy worthy and have to drag out the big camera and take proper photos. I did sell the blue one on Facebook. 

The dream catchers are fun. I have so much fabric in the basement, I decided to just cut strips and use them for the dream catchers.  FUN!  I have a large container of plastic beads, and bags of feathers I was using for other projects.  I'm hoping to sell these, and other small crafts, at a show in December - IF I can get in.....  I actually am going to teach someone how to make a 19" dream catcher in November.  That'll be fun and give me some teaching experience.  Maybe I'll offer a class at some point.

I need to make more beaded flute wraps.  They were selling well.  I just have to make more designs, and that takes patience and time.

I also am part of a Weave Along where we have a random selector choose the 3 colors.  I have some common colors for me, which makes me feel a bit guilty because some other people got colors totally out of their comfort zone.  Luckily I have the colors (close enough anyway) in my stash.

I will weave on a black background. I may be sticking some fun yarns in there as well.

I also knitted 2 scarves (need to take pics!).  Triangle scarves, because that's what I do. No counting or pattern following. 

Too much running here and there this week with other people.  I need to spend some quality time at home and craft!  We are supposed to get some rain tomorrow, and I plan on staying in and either being lazy (it's Sunday after all) or crafting.  Not sure which.  Maybe both. :-D

Take care and thanks for checking in.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

2017 Trip to Maine

Despite some setbacks, we finally made it to Maine.  My heart is in Maine. I can't really explain it.  If I were all alone in life, not married, I'd certainly move back north of the Mason Dixon line.  I really do NOT enjoy living in the south, in Virginia.  I don't like summer weather here. I feel like I'm trapped.  I hate to sweat, I hate heat and humidity.

Maine is something else. It's colorful. It's miles and miles and miles of untouched land. 
It's huge, beautiful old homes -



Notice how all the houses are connected - one long building.  These homes (and these are not my favorite examples but the ones I was able to snap photos of on our travels), have always intrigued me - ever since I was a child.

There's even a book about them:

I didn't get to read the entire book, but I will bet that having the homes connected, especially to the barns, made work in winter a lot easier.....

Maine is also full of good, fresh seafood.  I ate some lobster, Haddock, and a mixed seafood plate with scallops, clams, shrimp.  Yum.............
Maine is also full of wonderful people.  Indie artists.  People grateful for tourists.  Lots of small, privately owned restaurants.  And family. 

This is my cousin's house.  I LOVE THIS HOUSE!  Its really tiny inside, but it's perfect.  Old, wide plank wooden floors.  Tin roof.  It was built in the 1800's.  It was a mess when they bought it, but David brought this house back to life.  It's very cozy.  Full of old things.  And family.

This is the barn.  Or in Maine, it's the bahhhhn.  On the left where the door is open, are the goats.  There are 2 goats now. Getting on in their years.  They are just happy to have a nice place to live.  Just inside the door, you see another door.  That door leads to a wonderful little studio guest room.  It's quite large really, with a futon, small fridge, windows.  Just downright cozy. I'd move in instantly if I could.  This would make a great studio for any artist.  I could picture my looms, spinning wheel, and sewing machine; fabrics to quilt and quilts I made.  A cozy chair and a big soft bed.  Yep. I'm all moved in, in my mind.

David built a syrup house.  That little tiny shed has a really cool wood stove, from Ireland.  There is a stove in there that David pulls out onto the front porch, and he cooks down the sap from the Maple trees they tap.  Real, home made, Maine maple syrup.  YUM.

I don't desire to live on a farm again.  I know about the dirt, rain mud, snow, snow mud, and bugs.  However, if I DID live on a farm again, this would be what MY farm would look like.  The buildings are amazing.

This is only my first installment of my Maine trip.  I have SO many photos to share.  I will be back.

Meanwhile, I'm still working on my beading, knitting my hand spun yarn into shawls, and I have a warp for my loom all planned in my head.....I just have to get it wound.  The math always holds me off, but I'm just going to DO it.  Tomorrow morning.  I have my head wrapped around what I want, and I AM going to do it!

I'll be back.  Sooner rather than later.  Thanks for stopping in and reading. 

Take care.  Be good to yourself.