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As I mentioned on Monday, I was able to get back to stitching on Baby Garden. I am close to finishing this row, and then I have one row left. Woohoo!! I will be so glad to finish this one. The little squirrels, their heart balloons and the birds are over one. I had hoped to get some more stitching in on this last night, but I didn’t get home until 8:30, and it was almost 9 before we had dinner because of that. So, I was pretty worn out. This afternoon I am going to have my eyes checked (just routine), and they’ll probably dilate my eyes, so I may not be able to stitch tonight – we’ll see how long it takes to wear off.

Last night was a lesson in not having an attachment to an outcome in a situation. I had my two-month fitness evaluation at the gym. Well, the person that I had the appointment with, the one who did my last two evals, was busy and so someone else did the eval. The problem I saw with this was that he probably wouldn’t measure me in exactly the same place as the other guy. Well, then we discovered that the measuring tape they had been using was stretched out, so the readings were wrong. So, my measurements last night showed me having added like 1-2 inches from all of my last measurements. I was so frustrated and disappointed by the time I got home. Buy Eric reminded me that the best gauge of the progress I’m making is how I feel and how my clothes are fitting. He said that those two things are more important than what the scale says or what the tape measure reads. So, I am trying to let go of my attachment to the numbers and my frustration because of it. Good lesson to learn. Funny, that this sort of thing is what we discussed in my class on Monday – not being attached to the outcome. Timely.

Anyway, I am glad to be back on track with Baby Garden, back on track with working out again after being sick, and back on track with blogging. I haven’t mailed out Kathy’s RR yet, because I want to make sure I know who I’m supposed to mail to. We had a person drop out and then another join, so I want to make sure I know what I’m doing. I’m also in the midst of getting caught up on reading blogs. So, continue to bear with me…I’ll get there!

Quiltorstitch tagged me on her blog for the following crafty meme:

1. When did you start to create and make craft? I think I have probably always created and crafted – at least as long as I can remember. My grandmother (also a Leo) was very crafty and creative. I remember making jewelry and thumbprint animal drawings with her when I was very little. I believe she taught me to cross-stitch and my first projects were pre-stamped tea towels. No idea where those are now. I also learned how to iron on those tea towels (which would explain my issue with ironing anything other than a flat piece of fabric).

2. Why did you start creating? I think it just has always been a part of me – that drive to create. I feel it in crafting, writing, dancing, etc.

3. Why do you create? It’s what I do.

4. What do you create? Cross-stitching, knitting, quilting, beading, painting, drawing, sewing (home decor, not clothing), bath products, poetry, short stories, dancing, scrapbooking, punch needle – did I forget anything?

5. Has this changed since you began crafting? I tend to get excited about new crafts all the time – so I am constantly increasing my reportoire. I really want to learn rug hooking, and get better at my knitting so that I can make socks. I want to learn how to sew clothing. I’d love to do some crazy quilting. I’d like to write a book. I’d love to make jewelry and combine it with my painting. I’d like to try my hand at quilling too and making ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). So much I want to do!

I am supposed to tag five other people for this – I’ll let you tag yourself if you would like to answer this. Also, thank you so much to all the people that have given me the You Make Me Smile Award. I really appreciate it, and I’ve tried to thank each of you when I stumble across it on my “great blog catchupathon”. Thank you!!

And finally, here are some photos at Valley Forge from our Philadelphia trip.

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I am grateful for a lesson learned.

38 thoughts on “Back to Baby Garden”

  1. I think Baby Garden is looking fabulous 🙂
    And Michelle, no matter what…look what your slide rule says at the bottom of your blog…you’ve lost a lot of weight! It’s a struggle and I’m in the same boat as you and it is a hard lesson to learn and I’ve not learned it yet either 🙂 Stay positive, you’ve done exceptional things!!

  2. I think Baby Garden is looking fabulous 🙂
    And Michelle, no matter what…look what your slide rule says at the bottom of your blog…you’ve lost a lot of weight! It’s a struggle and I’m in the same boat as you and it is a hard lesson to learn and I’ve not learned it yet either 🙂 Stay positive, you’ve done exceptional things!!

  3. Those squirrels are pretty adorable! Nice progress! You’re almost there!! And I agree with Eric and with Vonna. Don’t let the numbers get you down, and try to stay positive. You’ll get there!

  4. Those squirrels are pretty adorable! Nice progress! You’re almost there!! And I agree with Eric and with Vonna. Don’t let the numbers get you down, and try to stay positive. You’ll get there!

  5. Michelle, you’re right, and Eric’s right, numbers don’t mean a thing. What matters is how you feel.
    Beautiful pictures, again. Thank you for sharing such beauty with us!

  6. Michelle, you’re right, and Eric’s right, numbers don’t mean a thing. What matters is how you feel.
    Beautiful pictures, again. Thank you for sharing such beauty with us!

  7. I actually opted out of having measurements done at my gym because I was afraid something like that would happen and that I wouldn’t take it well. Eric is 100% right – you are the true measurement of how successful the gym time has been.

  8. I actually opted out of having measurements done at my gym because I was afraid something like that would happen and that I wouldn’t take it well. Eric is 100% right – you are the true measurement of how successful the gym time has been.

  9. Oh wow, oh wow – I love Baby Garden!

    And congrats on losing weight – I agree with everyone else in that it’s how you feel and not the numbers that matter – and on that line, got any good tips? 🙂

  10. Oh wow, oh wow – I love Baby Garden!

    And congrats on losing weight – I agree with everyone else in that it’s how you feel and not the numbers that matter – and on that line, got any good tips? 🙂

  11. Baby Garden is looking good. I see a finish in your future. Thank you for the job you have done on my RR. It is lovely and I love the little red crab. He is the cutest. You have made amazing progress in your weight loss. No measuring tape can change that.

  12. Baby Garden is looking good. I see a finish in your future. Thank you for the job you have done on my RR. It is lovely and I love the little red crab. He is the cutest. You have made amazing progress in your weight loss. No measuring tape can change that.

  13. Your Baby Garden looks great!

    Don’t focus on the numbers. I know it’s hard not to. Try to stay positive. I know, easier said than done.

    Love all the travel pictures.

  14. Your Baby Garden looks great!

    Don’t focus on the numbers. I know it’s hard not to. Try to stay positive. I know, easier said than done.

    Love all the travel pictures.

  15. Great post, Michelle! Baby Garden is really lovely ~ those squirrels are too much ~ and the Valley Forge photos are great. I’m adding it to my list of ‘Places to See,’ which include all things George. So thank you for that!

  16. Great post, Michelle! Baby Garden is really lovely ~ those squirrels are too much ~ and the Valley Forge photos are great. I’m adding it to my list of ‘Places to See,’ which include all things George. So thank you for that!

  17. Baby Garden is looking fabulous!! I enjoyed learning a bit about you and why you craft. I know what you mean about wanting to try new crafts … I’m like that too and my list is constantly growing! I loved your pics from Philadelphia ~ it looks like a gorgeous city! ~ hugs, Lynda ♥

  18. Baby Garden is looking fabulous!! I enjoyed learning a bit about you and why you craft. I know what you mean about wanting to try new crafts … I’m like that too and my list is constantly growing! I loved your pics from Philadelphia ~ it looks like a gorgeous city! ~ hugs, Lynda ♥

  19. Your Baby Garden looks fabulous. Your over one squirrels looks so cute! I love the whole piece.

    Your pictures of Valley Forge are great!

  20. Your Baby Garden looks fabulous. Your over one squirrels looks so cute! I love the whole piece.

    Your pictures of Valley Forge are great!

  21. Baby garden is looking wonderful Michelle! As for your weight loss-you have did wonderfully well with that too-don’t get frustrated you will continue to progress!

  22. Baby garden is looking wonderful Michelle! As for your weight loss-you have did wonderfully well with that too-don’t get frustrated you will continue to progress!

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