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We are ready!

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Movers will be here around 10am and hopefully done in 3-4 hours.  The only packing they’re doing Is the glassware I’m taking and a few pictures.  Somehow I thought I’d cut this cup collection down by more but there are lots of memories and the ones I would have left are ones that Keith wanted. Luckily when we remodeled the Tampa kitchen they took the cabinets all the way to the ceiling so there are empty shelves that will hold these. 

My annual accounting

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2017 year end summary

  • 43 tops quilted or tied
  • 15 were my tops for donation
  • 15 were HeartStrings tops pieced by others
  • 9 were tops quilted for my Mom or Aunt Nancy
  • 4 were my tops that were gifted 

36 quilts were donated
9 scarves/shawls and 5 washcloths were also donated

13 UFOs were finished

  • 18 UFOs not finished will carry over into 2018

21 New Starts (13  of these are UFO’s carrying into 2018)

  • 7 completed quilts
  • 1 set of HS blocks to Sue
  • 11 finished tops
  • 2 in progress

Total UFO’s carrying over into 2018 = 31

Mom’s tops waiting for quilting = 2

Knitting/Crochet Completed projects

  • 4 hats
  • 2 scarves
  • 1 baby Afghan

13 Knitting UFO’s carrying over into 2018

Walking – 2017

  • Distance – 1650.72 miles
  • Average steps per day – 10,430


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Like most things in my life, I like to keep track of my activity and over the years have tried a number of trackers but have been completely happy with my Apple Watch since getting it last year. 

I was explaining to Chris earlier that there are 3 basic apps I use on my phone along with the watch. First, there’s a Watch app which lets me set things up, choose watch faces and which apps and notifications I want to go between the watch and the phone. 

The Health app tracks my heart rate and activity (and other health data) That’s the one that created the graph of my steps over the course of the year and calculated my average steps per day for 2017. 

The Activity app is the one I use most – it shows my “rings” and progress toward closing them each day. Here’s an overview of August

The outer red ring is calories

The green ring is workout minutes – that can be walking, biking, hiking, kayaking, whatever 

The blue is for standing and moving each hour. The goal is 12 hours per day. 

When I track a workout, I get a summary with all my stats – that was a particularly slow pace for me!! I try to keep my pace between 16 and 17 minutes per mile. 

And if it’s a walking or biking activity, I get a graph of where I’ve gone. 

And to start off the year right, we went for a short hike today even though we were both tired and ready to relax when we got home. Finn likes walking the Lake Trail too. 

2017 activity

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Right up front I’ll tell you that December was a terrible month for me from a walking/activity standpoint but with all the travel and getting ready for a move, I’m not surprised. When I get overwhelmed, the first thing that goes is my “exercise” time. 

Overall I’m pleased with my numbers for 2017 – my total miles for the 2017 Challenge was 1650.72 miles and that translated into steps per day/month as shown in the graph below. 

We’ve all signed up for the challenge again next year … me, Keith, Chris, and Adam …. and Becky is going to join us too. It’s a great way to interact as a family while we all try to be more active. 

A box of bad memories

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I had no idea how many bad memories were contained in these papers. As I struggled with them tonight and searched for some words of comfort, I remembered the simple prayer Valerie shared with me when I talked about forgiveness weeks ago. It helped me then and it helped me tonight. 

Be Healed

Be healed of all that harms you. Be healed of sorrow and grief, of anger and guilt, of envy and pride. Be healed in your mind, body and spirit. Be healed of illness, of fatigue, of pain. Be healed of worry and of fear. Be healed of broken relationships, doubts and suspicions, betrayal and separation. Be healed by being made whole, by acceptance, understanding, release and forgiveness. Be healed from deep within your soul. Be healed by the Spirit who loves you. Be healed.

—Bishop Steve Charleston


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No move seems complete without a pile of shedding … these documents are mostly from the 1990’s but some go back to the late 80’s. I’d hoped we’d be able to take these and have them shredded today but of course, my bad luck held out and they have no bulk trash/shredding here this month because of the holidays. My goal will be to get it done before the movers come Thursday but we’ll be gone tomorrow and part of New Year’s Day too so we’ll see – I can only shred for about 10 minutes at a time before the machine shuts itself off. 


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Keith seems not so thrilled ….

Finn decided he’d try to chew the boxes which got him put in time out ….

And Ann let me know I’d found the “wrong” Jelly Sandwich. I have to admit I like this one better!!

More packing tomorrow UGH … but the end is in sight. Just one week before we leave to go home and I can’t wait!

More Jelly Roll ideas

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Ann comment that she might make a Jelly Sandwich so of course I had to look that up. 

If you’re looking for Jelly Roll options, maybe one of my boxed squares will inspire you – I finished this top in November.

Maybe I should finally get those butterflies appliquéd on this little top I made after one of my Maine trips … it’s been waiting for them for a couple years now. The butterflies are all fused and cut so it wouldn’t take long to finish it up. 

I think have might make another rectangle quilt too … these were quick and easy. My bright rectangles was made from scraps but this one was from leftover strips from a Jelly Roll combined with a single background fabric. 

I need to stop looking at quilts and go pack up my bookcases!