Monthly Archives: April 2012

I’m ready to move on

Published / by Mary / 13 Comments on I’m ready to move on

I’d¬†originally¬†planned to add borders to this quilt although I’d worked up both a version with and without borders in EQ but I’ve got a lot to accomplish in the next few weeks. It’s a good size for donation now so I’m calling this top done as of now. I know not everyone likes quilts without borders but I do and the original antique quilt that inspired this one had no borders either.

You can find a brief description on how I made this quilt on my website along with a couple other options… including one with borders.

 

Weight challenged

Published / by Mary / 18 Comments on Weight challenged

I’m sure I’m not alone here – my weight has always been a bit of a challenge. With regular, vigorous exercise I’m successful at losing weight but always unable to keep up the pace for a prolonged period of time. I guess I’ve come to view my current weight as OK but I don’t like being too sedentary so a couple weeks ago I decided to track my steps knowing that if I was tracking them, I’m just competitive enough to try and increase them.

I bought the new iPad nano – I clip it to my bra strap each morning. In addition to the Nike app that allows me to track steps, I can listen to music or the radio when I’m on longer walks or hikes.

The first few days or so is not really an accurate baseline because I was away from home and dealing with Chesty’s allergies ( he sits quietly when he can sit with me) but I did better the 2nd week. Personally I think it will be easier here at home because I walk a lot of places. I’ll just need to “step it up” a bit.

Not really ready for the 10,000 steps per day thing I did a little research and found these classifications from NIH and am setting my daily goal at >5000

Based on currently available evidence, we propose the following preliminary indices be used to classify pedometer-determined physical activity in healthy adults: (i). <5000 steps/day may be used as a 'sedentary lifestyle index'; (ii). 5000-7499 steps/day is typical of daily activity excluding sports/exercise and might be considered 'low active'; (iii). 7500-9999 likely includes some volitional activities (and/or elevated occupational activity demands) and might be considered 'somewhat active'; and (iv). >or=10000 steps/day indicates the point that should be used to classify individuals as ‘active’. Individuals who take >12500 steps/day are likely to be classified as ‘highly active’.

This is how I’ve done since starting and it will be interesting to see how being home effects the numbers.

20120429-125947.jpg

Does anyone else use a pedometer to monitor/increase their activity? I’m loving the Nano for this!

20120429-130139.jpg

Knitting

Published / by Mary / 5 Comments on Knitting

It took me a little bit to figure out where I was with these socks … Started quite a while ago but perfect for working on while I sit here with Chesty. I have missed my knitting – not sure why I haven’t worked on anything in a while. Probably because of my focus on the embroidery. Seems I can only focus on one other activity at a time along with my quilting.

20120426-160523.jpg

Craftsy – I like the idea but….

Published / by Mary / 10 Comments on Craftsy – I like the idea but….

I should have known better but the Craftsy site is very well put together and I decided to take a couple classes on Art Quilting. Unfortunately, I just cannot sit through the videos. I need to stick to my “book learning”. The pace of the videos is much too slow for me and I don’t have the patience to get through them for the nugget or two that I walk away with.

We all learn differently so I want to be clear there’s nothing wrong with the content and I’ve never been one to take a class to learn something I can teach myself by reading a book so I shouldn’t be surprised that the online classes don’t suit me.

Poor Chesty

Published / by Mary / 12 Comments on Poor Chesty

Thank you for all your concern and suggestions. Unfortunately, Chesty has always had allergy problems.

He’s gone through testing and treatment, is on meds routinely, and a strict diet. Even with those precautions, there are times like this where his allergies flareup and we have a difficult time controlling them. We use the cone, increase his meds, and I spend more time trying to keep him from biting and scratching.

When he was tested his vet told me that he was basically allergic to life so I guess we’re lucky that they’re under control for the most part.

Just hoping we can get this episode under control without a round of steroids. We avoid them whenever possible and they are a last resort but there are times they are just unavoidable.

Simple quilts

Published / by Mary / 9 Comments on Simple quilts

I’ve mentioned before that I love simple scrap quilts. Another eBay quilt inspired this RWB Hourglass – of course I’ll make it scrappy when I eventually get around to it.

20120423-120132.jpg

And in case you’re wondering why I’m spending so much time looking at quilts on eBay, Chesty’s allergies are giving him a fit and I’m having to spend time sitting with him to keep him from scratching himself to death. At least the cone stops the biting.

20120423-120333.jpg