Monday, March 14, 2011

I'm still alive

I'm still alive, but unfortunately, not sewing. The only thing I've sewn since Christmas is a cover for my Kindle. I didn't even take a picture of it before I gave it away (since I ended up getting the cover that I ordered originally that was on back order forever.)

Thanks so much to a few of you who have asked if everything is OK. It's good to know that someone notices when you're not around. Everything is fine, just way too busy.
I feel like school is really running over my life this year. I'm not spending tons of extra time there, but more than I want to. Hopefully I'll be in third grade again next year and not have to do everything brand new again.

On the home front, everything is good. God has blessed us this year, as always, and I'm thankful even in some of the "less than desirable" situations that come our way. DH has been working tons of hours, and is also training for more events with Team in Training this year. I'll post a link once I get his website up and running.

I really do want to get some sewing done, and always have great plans, but it seems like the weekends get swept away. Ever since I had knee surgery last summer, I feel like I just am not back to full strength. In fact, In the last 10 years I have had knee surgery on both knees (ALC reconstructions both times), neck surgery, and surgery on both feet. I DO NOT want to have another surgery and I want to get stronger. I finally made the big leap and started going back to the gym. That is one of the things that has been taking up my time in the last few weeks, but is also a good stress buster. I am excited because I am working with a personal trainer once a week, so I'm really planning on seeing some results. I am also going to Pilates 2 times/ week and working out a couple of times on my own. I have been trying to lose 15 pounds since last fall and have only succeeded in losing 5. I am still working on it though.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to Beverly Hills on just an overnight, but I did get to visit 2 fabric stores that I really like. One is International Silks and Woolens, and the other, F&S fabrics. Any of you PRers who went to PR weekend in LA a few years ago, you may remember there were a handful of us that went to F&S with Birgitte that Sunday. I tried to meet up with Birgitta this time, but they are off in NY with their play. (If you have the opportunity to see it, you should. It's well-done. Baby it's You is the name.)

What else is new? Well, I think our dog is retarded. No, I'm not kidding. The poor guy barks at shadows. In the middle of the night. Whenever someone goes to the sink, or any time light goes across the ceiling. Poor Dobby, he leaps to the bed from half way across the room, and about 25% of the time, he misses the bed. LOL.

I do have some big sewing plans though that WILL be executed. I am going to Uganda again this year, but this time in June as opposed to April. We will be getting a couple of women set up in their own sewing business. We will be working with women in the city of Kampala for about a week, and then in the villages of Busanna and Kasana for the second week. I will be giving more information about that as our plans start to unfold. I do know we are planning on leaving June 12.

My sewing room is an absolute disaster. I have burned through the water hose on 2 gravity feed irons in the past year, (actually, I did one and my daughter did the other)so we finally ended up getting Sunbeam or something and it works just fine. I can't seem to find anyone who can fix/replace the water hose. I have bought a little fabric, but not lots since my cabinet is more than full. I better get busy and start sewing something!! Here are some of the fabrics I picked up in LA. These are all rayon crepes.