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Rain!!!!

Mixing ethnicity in my food with excellent results. I sliced up a piece of leftover steak added it to some herbed chèvre and manchego and then topped it with sweet chili sauce and made it into a quesadilla

All three of Saturday's skirts are completely finished and ready to wear next weekend. I also have two more that just need hand finishing.

These are short because I was really productive, not lacking positives.
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Good afternoon my friends. I've been busy and forgot to post my positives this morning. It occurred to me this morning that this sewing mess is not normal to many people. This is the left over fabric from cutting out a skirt. There are three notable things here. 1) the pattern is too small for me so I had to size up six inches over all. 2) the pattern is missing a piece which means I had to recreate it to make the skirt. 3) according to the pattern, I did not have enough fabric for its sizes, let alone mine, and I had a fabric pattern to match. I have enough leftovers that I could probably make a dress for Lilly. Many people cannot do these things and many more can't sew at all. I learned to sew when I was 7 and it's been a staple in my life since. Knowing how to sew is not necessarily the simple thing it is to me. My mom sews, if she has to, but it frustrates her and is often confusing. It's a blessing that sewing is really quite intuitive to me.


This is the first skirt I completed this morning (except for hand finishing). I have mad skills and did not use a pattern at all. This is a sheer fabric with lace panels over a white heavy weight cotton. Please admire how the lines line up on the seam because that took more time than anything else. More positives. Did you ever notice that store bought clothes rarely have lines that match? Also bespoke clothing (even though you are the maker) almost always fits better than store bought mass market clothing.




 







 






















It's awfully nice to feel good in clothing once in a while again. Skirt two down to just hand sewing.


Skirt three but it has lots of hand sewing. Hawaii fabric.


I lost the light so the pictures aren't the best quality. This is Capala the Ukrainian dance company. Their costumes were so beautiful and the dances very energetic.







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Whoo Hoo! It's Friday! I have lunch plans with a coworker. I'm wearing a new silk wrap skirt that floats around me like a cloud. I plan to spend the weekend sewing with occasional breaks to go to Scandi fest. Today is my Cousin Andrea's birthday. Yesterday was Lilly's birthday. All good days! Today should be quiet since it's Friday and most of the administration is out.

I got to have lunch with not one but two coworkers and it was great fun. My boss came up this morning to see how I was doing in the new space and when I said I really hated people coming to sit behind me, she made some suggestions about how we could change the configuration to prevent that from happening. Very supportive (she's confusing). Everyone I've shown my new skirt to has been excited either by the skirt or the humanitarian story behind it (See Darn Good Yarn https://www.darngoodyarn.com for that story) and it's been a joy to wear today. The day is half over and the weekend is just around the corner!

I'm going to bed early tonight and it feels good. I got my menu planned for Saginaw. I have a game plan for sewing tomorrow. I have some extra time on Sunday to see or make cards- whichever needs doing. Positive things!

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I fell asleep before posting my positives last night, so hopefully I'll get double duty this morning. I'm so very thankful for probiotics that have regulated my system and help make me a lot more comfortable. Also a comfortable bed is quite lovely. A freezer full of food allowed me to just grab something for lunch instead of stressing about what I was going to make this morning or if I needed to go out to lunch. I'm also thankful for the friends that have helped me stock my freezer from time to time by having cooking nights at my house. This weekend is Scandinavian festival, it will be crazy in Junction City but my house is out of the line of fire and yet still an easy walk if I want to take part in the festivities, or eat my way through them. There will be dancing. 8:00 pm every night the Ukrainian dance group will perform. I do want to catch that at least once. They are very colorful. A coworker lost her dad this morning which makes me ever so thankful that I still have my parents around. There are clouds in the forecast and temperatures in the 70s! Hurray!

Positives this afternoon: Figured out the Thorsberg pants with paper and I think the measurements for the current pair are recorded in some of the documentation I received. Chats with friends in down time. Sympathy from coworkers over the situations happening at work.


Positives tonight: easily accessible notions to buy when needed. I have a pretty awesome eye for matching color. Silk wrap skirts arrived today! Project sent off to artisan, who isn't me, to complete. Instructions for Durin and Ceridwen's patterns mostly written out.
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Positives this morning: Honey nut Chex as a snack- satisfies the crunchy craving! Left overs make packing a lunch easier. It seems a little cooler this morning.

Afternoon positives: Seeing an old friend unexpectedly and getting a warm hug (both literally and figuratively). Lots of yahtzee games to play at lunch. Tasty leftovers. A nice little nap!
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Positives this morning: Pretty summer dress from Hawaii. All of my friends on facebook that are encouraging me in so many ways. Lunch plans with a coworker. A little covert glee that it's taking four people to figure out how to do the HR hiring that I was doing before my time switched over to the database management (they don't want to ask me because they're convinced I didn't know what I was doing.) Lemonade and tonic water (yes again) for early morning hydration.

Positives at noon: It's very quiet at work. I am not having to deal with people who disquiet me. And I've still managed to do some productive work. Talking with a coworker at lunch and she agrees with my assessment of a particular situation so I'm feeling less like I'm being paranoid. Hansen's soda for afternoon thirst quenching.

Positives this evening: After comparing aches and pains with my girlfriends, I feel positively healthy. Probiotics that seem to be helping with some GI issues. Friends who know what you need before you do. Friends who help encourage each other to do the healthy things (and occasionally not so healthy but tasty or fun things). Talented friends who are willing to take on something extra just because it's me that asked.
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Positives this morning: Cold water dispenser at work--it's a beautiful thing in the heat. A few minutes of time spent tidying this morning helps a little bit. New drier balls instead of drier sheets are noisy but seem to do the same job. Fresh fluttery laundry on the line. There is a lot of chiffon out there fluttering in the breezes and it makes me smile. I have a new decorative plate that is displayed on my hutch. It's really pretty. Good conversation this morning with a coworker who is usually really condescending and difficult.

I'm a little late on my noon time positives. New dress that makes me feel sexy. Fun conversation with a seldom seen coworker who called to ask how Hawaii was. Productive work today on Taskstream.

Positives tonight: I'm an adult, I can have ice cream for dinner if I want to. Cuddle kitties braved my lap at the same time to get loves. All the pretty fabric at Joanne's (I just went in for thread but four bolts of fabric jumped into my cart!). Amazon came through on something I haven't been able to find locally. I also must have been the match of the day on Yahtzee because I got a lot of game requests today.
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So many positives today. I've been offline so although I've thought about them all day, you'll see them all at once. I was able to exchange baby clothes for a larger size today and, in spite of the ad change, the clerk made sure I got the lowest price. My cousin Sharon Brown Shuster was here for a visit so we got the whole day with her. Lunch at Sizzler's was tasty. I got a short Sunday nap. So many people greeted me by name and with big smiles tonight at meeting. It's so precious to me. I got to see Jayme Martin and visit for a few minutes. Tony Nelson always makes me smile. All the kids are so dear even when they feel stubborn and quarrelsome and I didn't have to take any home with me. I finished Durin's tunica.
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Morning positives: Fresh purple potatoes! Dahlias! Clean cool morning air to work in the garden. Fresh blueberries.

Noon
Enjoying pad se mao at Sabai for lunch. Yum! I'm having a great day! I got up before 7 to get out in the garden for an hour before it got too hot. Deadheaded the dahlias and roses and I feel connected to my flower garden again. I made cards for this week's birthdays and I love them. Now I'm running a couple months worth of errands. I'm keeping my eyes pealed for storage solutions for my stamp sets. I had an idea but haven't found the right thing yet. But it's been so much fun looking. Once the errands are done I'm headed home to do some sewing.

Evening
Positives in the wee hours: I had money to get new bras and panties. I had fun looking at toddler clothes for Lilly. I figured out how to store my stamp sets in baskets on the wall. I have Durin's tunica done except the hem. I am tired from a great day and 14752 steps (although I think I knitted some of those)
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Morning
I love the peaceful quiet of my house. I'm thankful for internet and wireless access that allows me to connect with the world and, today, work without going into what has been dubbed Furnace hall (Furman). My little Anna's hummingbird is patrolling his patch today- he's quite the little general.

Noon
I sure appreciate the coworkers who suffer with me through the heat and are accommodating so that we can work from home or other cooler spaces. Some have been working in the library this week. Also thankful for delivery drivers who bring me fun packages! I love unpacking my monthly Stampin' Up! order. I can't wait to have some time to play with my new toys. I also love my silly cats. I folded up a tunic and tucked it into an open suitcase. Helix came upon it and thought it was going to attack him so he pounced and swatted at it until I told him to stop. Silly kitty! Simon has wanted to be tucked under my arms or cleaning my face all day.


Evening
Positives tonight: the fire dept got the fire next to the RR tracks on the north end of town contained.
I'm loving this complicated bit of knitting. It's really been fairly simple so far but ultimately it's 11 charts to make a large shawl with peacock feathers.
I made some pretty cards tonight. I love my hobbies!



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Morning
Have you ever stopped to consider how amazing Ice packs are? Not until you need to carry food around all day in 100 degree heat! Thankful for those! Lemonade and Tonic water on ice is lovely in the heat. I have fresh strawberries and cherries for a snack. They are in the cooler so they should be a nice cool snack too. There isn't a ton of work to do right now so the fact that my brain doesn't work well in the heat isn't too big of a deal.

Noon
Yeay, not only does North Porch have great Bahn Mi sandwiches but they also have the coolest air conditioning on campus! Score big for lunch! I'm wearing the loosest caftan I own, I love the way it swirls and moves as I walk. It doesn't bind, in any way, in this heat. Simple clothing is the best! I get to see the chiropractor tonight. I'm hopeful that she will help me get rid of this 5 day headache.

Evening
It's wonderful to have access to chiropractic care! Hopefully, my headache will be gone now. I got to try on a whole bunch of things at Dress Barn and I didn't have to buy anything. I remember exchange students being astounded by this. In their stores if they took it off the rack they had to purchase it. I found a washi tape organizer that holds 160 rolls. I didn't quite fill it up ;>) I had sushi and Ben and Jerry's dairy-free ice cream. That's about a perfect meal!
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Positives this morning: There is plenty of water this year to water the plants. The cats, who decided to investigate the outdoors this morning, were easily rounded up and in fact, Simon skittered right back in when I told him to. In spite of the heat, everything is growing and blooming. I got to spend a few minutes in the garden and picked my first ripe tomato.

Positives a little afternoon: Friends who recommend lunch at an air conditioned restaurant and then offer to pay. Ice water! Neck coolers. Pictures from Hawaii to remember the beauty. Beautiful blue hydrangeas.


Positives this evening: I'm sooooooo thankful for AC at home. After working in an 86 degree office all day my house felt heavenly. We had two visiting workers in meeting tonight and two additional visitors who helped to make the singing so beautiful. All had wisdom to share. Some of it was just what I needed. All of my plants are still alive in the back yard even though I haven't run the sprinklers back there for a while. I guess the hose waterings have been just frequent enough. I was able to pick up the sun dried basil tonight and it smells lovely. Also the elephant garlic that has been curing on the patio table is very fragrant when manipulated.

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It's been a rough day with limited computer access. Hopefully I'll be back on track tomorrow. This morning I enjoyed my toast and bananas, the feel and smell of laundry off the line, and a clean kitchen sink.
At noon I was glad to be able to go home, take a two hour nap and make a fresh smoothie.
Tonight I'm thankful for friends who communicate, paying off the credit card, paying the bills with enough left over, and this stinky, droolly face.


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I've been sick and away from digital services but even so there have been positive things. My totally reliable car got me to the event and even though I was tired and a bit grumpy there was a smiling face to greet me. Good friends (Durin and Ceridwen) let me set up my cot in their tent so I didn't have to set up in the dark and they let me stay all weekend. They helped me unpack my car and repacked and moved it when it was apparent I was down for the count. The land owners (David and Janet) brought me meds and checked on me daily. Other people I barely knew came by to check on me. It was amazing! People picked up the duties I was unable to attend to quite cheerfully and willingly. Ceridwen brought me home. Durin drove by himself so she could. My bed and a/c felt wonderful. I have vacation time I took for today and I think the fever broke overnight so I'll probably be able to go to work tomorrow. Washing machine and drier made loads of laundry and all the sweat soaked laundry easy to deal with. Mom brought me bananas, Gatorade, and smoothie makings. My Ninja blender is awesome. It almost makes soft serve ice cream. Strawberry, mango, and coconut smoothies are quite the thing. I think I discovered my hot weather food for next week. Oh, food is tasting better and I've actually had some- toast, banana, cheese, and a smoothie. Getting better day by day, I think.


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Well, I haven't been that sick in quite a while. I'm so thankful for everyone at the event who tried to keep me hydrated and as comfortable as I could be. So many good caretakers in our crew. I basically slept when I wasn't running for the bathroom. Food hasn't really happened for two days but I've gotten a few bites down today- literally five or six bites of eggs, four cheese-it's and four bites of ice cream. I have been trying to down Gatorade too. I was totally worthless for retinue. I don't know if I got food poisoning, a GI bug or if something in my system got stirred up by something but it was miserable. My tummy is settling a bit now but that may have something to do with the lack of food.
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Morning
I found a new game to play that is fun: Gardenscapes. I've also been playing Yahtzee with friends and that's fun too. it also has a mode where in I can play a game with a computer opponent or compare my score to other players. These little games add a little amusement to my life. I'm thankful this morning for friends who saw a need and stepped in to help. I'm glad I'm at a place where I can accept help without feeling my ego throwing a fit and feeling threatened. It's another beautiful day.

Noon
Slightly post lunch positives. I got the go ahead and registered for Dreamforce in San Francisco in November. I also registered to take my admin test then, even if I have to pay for it myself. I'm thankful for the central IT person (with whom I've been working) who confirmed everything I had said about Salesforce and the data systems as well as my ability to do the job at a meeting with the Admin. His confidence in my ability is a confidence boost. Thai food for lunch today, yeay! Also wafer cookies as a snack. My car is packed for the event and I should be able to leave around 5:30.
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Morning
Oooh, today is a struggle. However, that doesn't mean there aren't positive things. This morning I processed a few basil leaves so they could dry in the sun and heat. They smelled heavenly. I was reminded of the sticky glory that is Eucerin hand lotion because it's fragrance free and effective at moisturizing (and I'm still pealing from my sunburn). I had some very concentrated kitty cuddles and quite the bath this morning because I woke up before the alarm. I love my Bar-Maids brand lotion bar. It smells lovely and does a good job of oiling up my hands and then absorbs fairly quickly.

Noon
Positives at noon: I have cute baby fish that are growing really fast. All the fish were actively seeking food this morning which is good, I'm not overfeeding them. The pretty house finches were one the feeder again this morning. My chimes have a really pretty sound and there is enough breeze to hear them most of the time when I'm home. Books! Books are a lovely escape for a while and I try to choose ones that make me smile.

Evening
Homemade dairy-free (cow dairy anyway) cheese-its for snacks makes me happy. The shrub turned out nicely. I love my audible subscription and the books I enjoy with it.
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Morning
Today is my study day for Salesforce. I really like this program and I'm glad I have a chance to study it and get my certification. It's a nice challenge and I believe it will be a great asset to the College. It also gives me other opportunities that I might not otherwise have. It has also introduced me to a new group of people and a really collaborative team. It is also making me push myself to try new things and to put myself out there in a new environment with different people.

Noon
Bahn mi for lunch!!! It really is a lovely day. Sitting outside in the shade is quite comfortable. I took a practice test for my certificate and got 66%, which is passing. So I'm making progress. It was a productive study session. The library is a sensory rest spot. It's quiet, well lit, and well appointed for study.

Evening
I was super happy to have my trouble shooting skills confirmed by the heat pump repairman and even more pleased to have him make the repair without cost to me. I'm pleased that I drug myself out of the house for meeting when all I wanted to do was go to bed. And now I'm very glad to be in bed and ready to go to sleep now.
Ooh I'm also really excited about the new Stampin up! products in the new holiday catalog. So many cool new things!
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I have before and after blocking pictures of my Fiori di Sole.
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After:


I also started a little shawlette just before we left for Hawaii and finished it the day I got home.  I'm calling it my little bit of Hawaiian sunshine.
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After:


I've cast on the Pretty as a Peacock shawl in Malabrigo sock in the Solis color way.  I've been rather busy with other things so it's really not getting much attention.  However, I think I'll take it as my knitting to convention and maybe events, but I have sewing to do there.




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Morning
Another lovely day. I love the little hummingbirds that come to the feeder on the back porch. I have a ton of grapes on my grapevines this year which I see every time I look out the back door or window. I also have a ton of lemon balm which we intend to harvest tonight and make into various yummy things. I love my Tuesday nights with Marian Harris and Trudi Trudchen Stuber. We get to be productive and creative, when we want to, and otherwise encourage and support each other.

Noon
I forgot my positive things at lunch so while I'm waiting for the car to cool here are a few. I had this really awesome talk about the SCA with one of our doc students who has only done Ren faires. He's really interested and may bring friends. He really tapped into my passion for this hobby.
I wrote a blog post about our trip to Hawaii and it was fun to relive the good memories and look back at pictures. I had yummy left overs for lunch today! Someone asked me for help with a furniture issue and I didn't have the right tools but just offering and trying helped me to start establishing a relationship with a new coworker. I had a nice chat with one of my coworkers today.

Evening
Tonight's positives double as progress reports. Tonight I picked a bunch of weeds (lemon balm)... enough to almost bale. Then Marian Harris, Trudi Trudchen Stuber, and I stripped the leaves off, washed them, and threw some in a jar with sugar and apple cider vinegar and the rest into a boiling pot of water. Both steeped-one while boiling. We strained the leaves out of the tea (boiling water plus leaves=tea, right?), added lemon juice, sugar, and pectin to make jelly and canned 30 1/4 pints and 7 half pints. So from weeds we made a lot of tasty jelly and shrub concentrate. While we did so, we planned out ideas for Christmas and marked additional preserve recipes to try, many with ingredients that we already have. And thankfully, before they left, the kitchen was put back in order. When I walked out to say goodbye I watched a family of nutria go skittering back down into the canal. And for entertainment, the cats are now chasing a fly with purposeful concentration which is to say with no regard to property, life, or limb.





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