Workout…Day Two

(Note from me…for some reason I didn’t publish this yesterday. I thought I hit the button!)

Did I want to get up this morning? No. Not at all. Doesn’t your bed feel the best ever when you’re supposed to get off of it? Man, mine sure does. Thank you Kelly for getting my butt out of our bed!

Did I want to exercise this morning? Not really. I did a chore when I got up instead of starting my workout. The house needs cleaning…okay! You know it’s bad when you want to clean house to avoid doing something else. But my inner voice reigned supreme and I worked out. What did that voice say that got me moving?
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Exercising and Weight Loss….Ugh!

I have several blog entries that I wrote last year about exercising. In fact, what motivated me to start a blog in the first place was to chart weight loss in the menopausal years with a sense of humor. Those entries are full of excitement and are really funny…a pep talk to myself. But they were never posted because I didn’t continue past a week in any of my attempts. Being 55 and in full blown menopause for several years now, weight loss is not easy to master. But too….it’s not easy to master at any age as I’ve been on this road for 20 years.
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The Best Tool Ever …

So I had started on my molehill-to-mountain project of decorating and organizing my craft room last week. After a weekend spent doing outside chores, the plan was to get back in that room this past Monday. But we had a fire at another house we own early Monday morning. Wow, that is a time-consuming event to handle. With this week is nearing its end I just now have time to get back to it. Which brings me to: The Best Tool Ever!

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A Week In Pictures….

It’s been an interesting and full week in my neck of the woods.

It began like this:
week start
Made a mad dash to the craft store. Forgot I was in my slippers until I got out of the car. Pajama bottoms and no bra would have put me in full blown Oklahoma podunk territory.

My mad dash was for supplies for a custom order luggage cover:
lad
I just love it and I hope my customer does too! (please forgive the flower bed)

Then I started on a new item that will be in my Etsy shop very soon:
bins
I’m venturing into home storage products. VERY EXCITING!! These fabric bins are not quite complete. I haven’t put the finishing touches on them that will make them stand out from the crowd. That’s the thing about having a shop on Etsy…or any place you sell your handmade things…you may or may not be reinventing the wheel. You look to see how you can make things from your vision. Wait until you see what I do with these babies!!

So I declared my New Year Resolution this past week and put my resolve to the test the following day:
plants
I resolved to plant everything I buy. I didn’t resolve that I had to plant everything I buy on the same day…or the next day…or the next day. Nothing here is going to die.

While on that shopping trip another impulse buy was made:
luck charms
It was a toss up between Lucky Charms and Capn’ Crunch.

The ‘Charms won out because I felt it would go better with:
breakfast
Breakfast of Champions…..:-)

By Friday I had more fabric bins sewn up:
bin sets
I’m using fabrics you cannot find at your local stores. The owls are so cute. The middle big bin is called Tree Party. I love it! My plan is to buy yardage of several designs from a designer’s theme so they can be mixed-and-matched. What do you think? Good idea? Another type of bin is in the works that I don’t think you’ll be finding on Etsy. I’m super excited about it!! Again…this is not the final product. They will ROCK!

On Friday we found our boat trailer had a serious safety problem:
trailer
This is called a square U-bolt. We’re not sure what happened but what I can tell you is the boat is secured to the part of the trailer that is about to come off the main frame. I spent Friday night going from place to place to find a replacement bolt. Never even heard of a square u-bolt until then. Learn something new every day…..

Saturday was spent with my honey on a local river fishing for sand bass:
sandbass
Sand bass are spunky fish. They flop and jerk all over the place. Every Spring when the sand bass “run” you just have to cast your lure into the water and these suckers bang into it. It’s fun fishing! Don’t ask me what’s up with my thighs being two different sizes or why I’m holding this fish with my pinky out….I dunno…

The week ended like this:
week end
White socks bulging out from leather slip-ons.

I promise….I typically think about footwear a bit more than I did this week. Notice at the beginning of the week I was in capris and at the end of the week I was layered up. That’s because Spring left us for a few days….as I knew it would.

Thanks for reading!! I so appreciate it. Please let me know if you have something to say!

cin

 

I Resolve To……….

Yes, I know we’re on the brink of April but I still need to decide my 2016 New Year Resolution. Actually I’m ahead of schedule…considering my history of this momentous declaration. I have issues resolving my resolve.

History:
The only three that matter are the two I’ve succeeded with and the one I almost did. The others…nah…you don’t need to know and I don’t need to remember.

  • 2001: I resolved to change out my toothbrush every month. I decided on this one during the summer. Success! But at some point in 2003 things got crazy and I stopped. I suppose I should finally buy a new one. (just kidding)
  • 2014: I resolved to change out the empty roll of toilet paper with a new one and throw the empty roll away. This one came to me in May. Success! I am 342-0. Not one full roll of paper has sat on the back of the toilet, nor has one empty roll been left to collect dust. Also…because I was so serious in my resolve…NO t-p roll has escaped me. Not at work, movie theaters, or friends and family homes. I rock!! And I’m still going strong.
  • 2015: Riding on the heels of my 2014 success I shot higher. I resolved to not let my gas tank go below 1/4 and I was to wash and vac my Camaro once a month. That’s what a big head will do. Set you up for failure. Wash and vac quickly was removed from this resolution. I would say I’m 60-40 with the gas. Not a success. And I was stupid enough to create a set of NYR’s during the summer: a big F on all of them.

While I’ve been thinking about my 2016 NYR since last Fall its the onset of Spring that has forced me to declare. Some choices pondered:

  • Call on the phone a real person, friend or family, once a week to TALK.
  • Eat all the fresh veggies and fruits I buy.
  • Wash and beautify my face and neck every night. I used to do this without fail.
  • Plant everything I buy. Case in point:resolve resolved
  • Along the lines of beautifying…moisturize my body when I get out of the shower. I can’t speak for everyone like me (poor you) but when you stay home (no office attire), or change into scrubs as soon as you get to work (no office attire), or you just wear jeans most of the time, you can get a little lazy. My skin is showing that laziness. But here’s the thing, whenever I start to moisturize I hear Buffalo Bill say, “It puts the lotion on it’s skin..” and it creeps me out. (The Silence of the Lambs) Perhaps I should speak with someone about that.

There were a few more contenders but these are the ones that have stayed in my head. I guess the winner ought to be the one that has prompted me to write this post:

!!!!!    PLANT EVERYTHING THAT I BUY    !!!!!

It’s officially Spring. We are about to go on a plant buying spree like we always to. I resolve to plant every single plant that Kelly or I buy.

Take away:
My opinion is to keep your NYR a bit on the light side. I mean, if you have the resolve and history to tackle more serious wishes then go for it. If not, keep it silly and simple. I tell you what, every time I change out that roll of toilet paper I do an air fist pump. It makes me feel really good that I’ve succeeded in this resolution for so long. I don’t care how minor it is. I’m doing it.

Thanks for reading!!
Cin

The Tale of Luggage Covers

The original post date for this entry was December 01, 2015. My bright idea to switch from WordPress.com to WordPress.org resulted in my most recent posts not transferring. After hours of thinking I could wear a programmer hat produced nothing but cuss words and the realization the high tech world is passing me by, I was forced to go old school and re-post manually. Without further adieu…here is The Tale of Luggage Covers, republished.

Ever hear of one? I mean, who slides a cover over their carry-on? Me. Who has a banged up cover but a brand new looking carry-on? That would be me too.

I have yet to travel through an airport without being asked, “Where did you get that cover?” On a trip to Houston last summer, after five fellow flyers asked me this question, the light bulb finally lit up. All this time….I felt like so many people were staring at me and I didn’t know why. I’m not Cindy Crawford. Just naming this supermodel must show my age. Do I have tissue stuck to my shoe? Why are you looking at me?? Ah ha!!! My luggage cover! Mystery solved.

Being a very detail-oriented person this blog post could be pretty dang long telling you the tale of luggage covers. I mean, I left no stone unturned.
• Fabric: It had to be sturdy but lightweight; the cover can’t take up a lot of space when not used.
• Airline luggage size requirements: Googled it; got them all.
• Different luggage sizes and styles: Googled it; head spinned.
• Construction: I can top the cover for my suitcase by a long shot.
• Sourcing materials: I’m a small fish in a big pond who wants big fish pricing. But I can’t do a 5,000 minimum order. Sourcing materials is always a challenge.
• Prototypes: Many.
• Manufacturing: How can I Henry Ford them?
• Quality: Always in the front of my mind and the top of my list.
• Offer monogramming: Need a new sewing machine. My husband might argue this is why I chose to make luggage covers.

Here is the tale is pictures:

Trying my cover on luggage at Kohl's. See the black spots at the lower right corner? They are tiny rips from rough handling. And the seam is about to rip out

Trying my cover on luggage at Kohl’s. See the black spots at the lower right corner? They are tiny rips from rough handling. And the seam is about to rip out.

Another view, Check out that skid mark. On my cover but not my case! Trying out my cover on other luggage showed the modifications needed for a universal cover fit.

Another view, Check out that skid mark. On my cover but not my case! Trying out my cover on other luggage showed the modifications needed for a universal cover fit.

First prototype. Tried it on my husband's suitcase. Long and baggy. That's my pristine case in the rear.

First prototype. Tried it on my husband’s suitcase. Long and baggy. That’s my pristine case in the rear.

Back at Kohl's. Much better fit.

Back at Kohl’s. Much better fit. I promise, my legs are shaved even though it appears there’s a little Grizzly Adams action going on.

Another view. Kohl's security cameras know me by now. Although I liked the fit on top I didn't like the front. Another prototype was made. It took a few more modifications before I was happy.

Another view. Kohl’s security cameras know me well by now. Although I liked the fit on top I didn’t like the front. Another prototype was made. It took a few more modifications before I was happy.

I braved Walmart. Thought for sure I'd get busted. This suitcase is smaller than the most common size of 22x14x9 inches. That's why its so baggy.

I braved Walmart. Thought for sure I’d get busted. This suitcase is smaller than the most common size of 22x14x9 inches. That’s why its so baggy. But by rolling up the bottom elastic I saw that it would still work just fine.

Have you ever tried to sew inside mitered corners using double seam binding? Don't. Trust me on this. I racked my brain for another way to enclose the nylon fabric edges because it frays really bad. Nothing met my standards. I spent SO MUCH time on this part. After several days I just walked away from it with a few choice words. When I was ready to tackle it again...the craziest thing happened....I started sewing them like a pro and using only one pin at each corner.

Have you ever tried to sew inside mitered corners using double seam binding? Don’t. You must trust me on this. I racked my brain for another way to enclose the nylon fabric edges because it frays really bad. Nothing met my standards. I spent SO MUCH time on this part. After several days I just walked away from it with a few choice words. When I was ready to tackle it again…the craziest thing happened….I started sewing them like a pro and using only one pin at each corner.

!!!!! SCORE !!!!!

!!!!! SCORE !!!!!

Photo shoot. I couldn't think of a backdrop that really worked. So I used a white tablecloth draped on my fold-up cutting board. Then I edited the photos removing all the background and laying the luggage image on top of another background. I hope it works. Photography is hard and time consuming.

Photo shoot. I couldn’t think of a backdrop that really worked. So I used a white tablecloth draped on my fold-up cutting board. Then I edited the photos removing all the background and laying the luggage image on top of another background. I hope it works. Photography is hard and time consuming.

Big Time Sangria. This has nothing to do with my luggage covers except that it reminded me the times when a happy hour cocktail did me good will sewing inside mitered corners. We made this for Thanksgiving and already have it on our Christmas and New Year's Eve menus. Love my fellow Okie and fairly close neighbor Ree Drummond...aka the Pioneer Woman. Here's the link:

Big Time Sangria. This has nothing to do with my luggage covers except that it reminded me the times when a happy hour cocktail did me good while sewing inside mitered corners. We made this for Thanksgiving and already have it on our Christmas and New Year’s Eve menus. Love my fellow Okie and fairly close neighbor Ree Drummond…aka the Pioneer Woman. Here’s the link:  P-Dubs Sangria. If you looked beyond the sangria you might notice that I have a thing for knives.

Now to get them posted. All pics are ready except for my monogram color and font options. Tomorrow. Although tomorrow is in one minute. 11:59pm.

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