I’m home!

I arrived in California on Thursday about 4:00pm.  It will take some time to get settled, but for now, I’m enjoying spending some time with my son.  I need to get some work going, so today, I’ll be working on setting up my sewing studio.

The week before moving here, the temperature was dropping down into the 40’s in S.C. while it was boiling at 100+ degrees in SoCal.  But since arriving in SoCal, It’s been cool! such a welcome surprise!

Moving here is a new beginning is so many ways.  One of the things I wanted to get started on is my diet.  I’ve been looking into the Ketogenic diet.  I don’t know much yet, but I’m going to start with what little knowledge I do have. The one thing I have to address is sugar! I am addicted to it!  I don’t know that I can go off cold turkey, but I’m cutting back.

My breakfast this morning was:

Bacon, 1 egg cooked in the bacon grease, on a bed of fresh spinach and a couple thin slices of Mozzarella cheese. Coffee with half and half and a teaspoon of honey. I drink water all throughout the day.

I know the keto diet is high fat, moderate protein, and low carb.  I have no idea if my protein intake was too much or not.  I was focusing on no sugar. I’ll have to look into it for my next meal.

I started cutting the sugar back yesterday and I woke up with a lot of pain.  I often confuse sinus pain with the aches and pains of sleeping on a mattress that should have been replaced ages ago.  From a week before I moved to now, I’ve been sleeping on the floor, so that might be an issue too.

Here’s to new beginnings!

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Sewing With Knit Fabric

There are many different types of knits, but I’m just going to go over 2 of them in my video.  Please scroll down below the video to read more about the knits in the video.

  • Jersey Knit
  • Interlock knit

 

To purchase ballpoint needles and twin needles for your machine, click the pictures below.


Jersey knit is a single knit fabric. One side of a jersey knit will be the knit stitches and on the back, you’ll see the purl stitches.  Jersey is an ideal fabric for maxi dresses and skirts

Ribbed knit is the fabric that is typically used on the neckline of t-shirts and has a great amount of elasticity.

Interlock knit is made up of two layers of knitting.  It looks the same on both sides.  It’s thicker than jersey and is more stable, which means it doesn’t stretch out as easily and doesn’t curl at the edges.  Interlock knit fabric is great for bottoms, such as leggings.  This is an ideal knit fabric for beginners to use.

 

What a difficult day! A walkthrough.

Yesterday was rough.  Throughout the night before, I woke up several times and I’d feel the pain at the base of my neck and I knew it would be a difficult day.  It always started like this.  I knew I should have gotten up and taken something for the pain, but it was too cold.  I just wanted to find a comfortable position and go back to sleep.

When I woke up, the pain had moved into my eyes, shoulders and down my back. I went through a mental checklist: was it because of my old bed? my sinuses? tension?  It could have been any of those things. When I got out of bed, I noticed my heartburn started acting up and my body felt “off” I just wasn’t feeling good.  It seems everything causes heartburn these days so I decided not to eat breakfast.

I got my stuff together so I could work on my blog.  I had recorded some tutorials for the blog and was trying to upload them to my computer, but even my equipment wasn’t being cooperative!  I didn’t have a problem uploading my videos the first time, but it hasn’t worked since. I worked on this for several hours and I couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working. I felt a meltdown coming on.  It could have easily ended in either tears and self-pity or rage at how God is against me, but I chose to accept the challenge to find a way to overcome this issue.  Doesn’t the saying go, “That which doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger?” Well, I choose to be stronger! Besides, I Googled it and there were plenty of people having the same problem, so I kept my cool and tried to figure out another way to get around this. If only the headache would go away!!

As the day wore on and I still hadn’t made any progress, I began to feel a heaviness in my chest.  Not sadness, not anger, I don’t think I felt anything except anxiousness and my mood was tanking! I’ve been down this path before.  I couldn’t sit still.  I am on a deadline and sitting around wasn’t being productive, but nothing was working out.

Being new in a small town, away from family wasn’t helping and what is that ache in my stomach?  I was trying to figure out how to pull myself out of this funk! to push off this heaviness while chasing the negative thoughts away.  Normally, I loved the solitude. But this feeling was creeping up on my more and more.  I know it’s not good to be isolated for long periods of time, but I need to get this work done.  I only have 6 weeks left!

I decided to take my dog down to the mailbox to check the mail.  Thunder Paws drug me down to the mail box and drug me back to the house.  Hmmm!  What was that feeling?  Was the dark cloud breaking up? Could it have been the minuscule workout with the dog, resisting her as she sought to drag me all over the property? being outside among the tall evergreen trees, or the walk down the dirt path, that made that small difference?

When I got back to the house, I ate lunch and noticed the pain in my stomach was easing up, as well as the heartburn.  Wow! I was beginning to feel better!  The heaviness in my chest was easing too, so I put on a comedy show and kind of listened to it as I did research for a blog post.

Finally, I just stopped.  I gave in.  I’m not feeling myself, so I need to let my mind and body just rest for the day.  As much as I read and listen to people talk about self-care, it never occurs to me that I need to take time to let my body and mind rest, since I require so much from both.

As I write this blog, I’m listening to classical music which always keep the anxiety away as I work.  I have committed to myself to self-care.  As soon as I sign off here, I’m going outside to look up at the starry sky!

Readers, have you felt the same? If you can relate, Please leave a comment.

Thinking Vs Doing

It seems silly to say, but thinking is not doing. Who would ever confuse the two?  Or busy vs being productive? Without giving it some thought, it’s easy to do one and think you’re doing the other! I’ve caught myself doing this over and over again.  Even after recognizing it, you’d think that you’d change, but it’s not that easy. Your brain falls back into the pattern that busy is being productive.

I know I have to generate income for this move.  It’s not enough that I just work my day job, but I have to figure out how to generate income from home or get another job.

I get up and go to work.  I get off at 4:30pm, run to the grocery store(15 min drive), spend about 45 min there, then drive 30 min home.  Put the groceries away and start cleaning the house, get dinner on the stove, throw some laundry in the washer. After dinner, I take the clothes out of the dryer and put them away, do a little sewing, take a shower and go to bed.

I had a full day’s work, but did I make a financial dent in my efforts to get back home? ugh! No! I ran through an entire day without being productive.  I sold 7 hours of my time, doing alterations, to my boss for less than my skills are worth.  I took care of things I needed to take care of, but without a plan in place, I will not be able to generate that extra income.

During my day, I’ll listen to podcasts about being productive and about the side work I can do and the income I can generate online.  I’m thinking about this stuff all day.  My mind gets exhausted with all that it’s taking on, but when I get home, I jump into my “home” routine and never put the information I received during the day, into action. I feel good that I now have the information, but I have to remember that thinking and doing are two different things.  I need to sign up for that program, or get that website set up, collect those emails,  or write that blog.

Yes, I know there are a lot of fears to contend with.

  1. Is my writing good enough to have a blog?
    1. There is a spelling and grammar check and search engines to research and check for anything you need.
  2. Will people read what I write?
    1. YES! If you use the right tags and search words and if your content is what people are wanting,
  3. Will they buy what I’m selling?
    1. Yes, If it’s quality content or a great product. so, do your research and work hard!
  4. What will they think of me?
    1. That’s none of your business.  Be who you are and your tribe will find you!

By failing to prepare, you’re preparing to fail – Benjamin Franklin

Now,  go plan your day!

Angie

Going Home update

I have continued looking for a second job, pulling in side work (alterations) and praying that more men would come into the shop to buy, buy, buy!

I actually got to work a full 4 days! It made my check look a little better, but it won’t pull me out of this rut any time soon, much less get me back home. So, I continue to look for work.

My older son called me last night and told me that he bought me a late B’day gift. After playing phone tag throughout the day, I guessed what it was.  My kids can’t keep their own secrets! ❤ It’s a MacBook!!

I am excited and relieved to have a computer again! It makes working online so much easier!  Thanks Nick!