Sadie and I were out early this morning –we beat the sunrise before it crested over a ridge to shine on this beautiful day.
And a beautiful day it is. There is only the faint haze of cloud with a blue sky plainly present behind it, and I bet anything that thin layer of cloud will be gone by mind morning.
This is the kind of December that I love –yes it is colder, but it is clear and dry and I can still get out and about and not have to deal with ice or snow – not quite yet.
That usually happens here in the Blue Ridge further into January and February.
Here is Sadie, patiently waiting for me to take her morning photo:
I asked her to sit!
She didn’t WANT to!
By the time she did, she was confused and thought she was in trouble. Either that or “Mom, this ground is really cold, why do you want me to sit on it?!”
I sure enjoy the time I get to spend with her by my side. She’s the best companion, and when she looks at me with her soulful brown eyes, I know she understands all of my joys, all of my heartbreaks, and she’s got my back!
Yesterday’s dentist visit --
# 3 in 2 weeks!
The permanent crown is now in place. I will spare you photos of that, but as it’s a back molar, bottom right side – we went with yellow gold instead of porcelain because the last porcelain one didn’t last long enough. No one can see back there anyway.
Besides, every girl deserves a little gold bling for Christmas, don’t you think?
This is the little purse I bought at the chachkie market at Machu Picchu, Peru. I love it! See the Llama? It;s got 3 outside zippers (one on the back side) and a big compartment inside that is perfect for me. I don't like a big purse, just need my wallet, a chapstick, a hotel sized hand lotion, a comb, and a place for my phone and I'm good to go! This is a fun momento of that trip.
Don't you love the colors?
Do you see what it says in that red heart?
Results of last week’s blood work: While I have greatly cut carbs by going gluten free, I’ve been focusing on protein sources from meat and dairy in my diet along with fruits and veggies, nuts and beans. Being on the road all the time, I often went straight to the eggs and bacon, bypassing the waffles, pancakes, sweet rolls, donuts, bagels and other “empty carb” breakfast items.
In Peru it was eggs, meat, cheeses –and fruit.
My cholesterol has SKYROCKETED! I have got to change the way I eat.
No junk meat (sausage, bacon, hot dogs, fatty burger)
Limit dairy to low fat (bye bye mid afternoon cheese snack!)
Bye bye real butter.
Milk needs to be 1% or less. (Not a big milk drinker anyway)
Caution with avocados and olives – things I love!
Shrimp – I love shrimp, and thought I was doing this healthy thing with shrimp as my protein in stirfry. Better stick with chicken.
ICE CREAM!?? Bye Bye. I can replace with sorbet or non fat frozen yogurt instead. I finished up the last of my savored Talenti gelato last night and had a ceremonial throwing away of the container.
Bye Bye Culvers, which I so dearly loved!
I have another appointment to go back and check my cholesterol again in 6 months. If it is not down I may have to start medication, which I do not want.
While I don’t plan on going vegan, I am making some big changes if I am to continue doing what I am doing and living this crazy traveling quilter life.
This might be more than YOU find interesting in this blog, but please remember that this is my journal and I journal EVERYTHING. Including life changes.
And there you have it. New changes –and a new year soon to start. What changes will YOU be making in the next year?
Last night’s treadling!
I produced enough setting triangles for this:
One corner close up!
Just need to piece the 4 corner triangles and I can start setting this together.
I’m thinking of a very NARROW sashing to add a pop of interest – thinking 1’’ cut to finish at 1/2’’. I am undecided on color, so stay tuned for that!
Update on the Monday Link-Up for our Allietare mystery! All entries have included links back to the page and are good to go! I want to thank you for your understanding why things need to be linked and for persevering to complete the circle back to me! You can view the more than 120 entries HERE!
I have also added my CraftU online workshop button back to the upper left side bar along with the click through to the registration page! Remember to enter the code BHSCRAP at check out to receive $30.00 off!
I think I’ll go wrestle up those steel cut oats now and pray that these numbers go down!
Have a happy Wednesday, everyone!