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My Sweater – Part 3

So, I did it. I finally finished my sweater. I love this cardigan! I’m very pleased with how it turned out. I did use different types of yarn, which is usually a big no no. However, it turned out nicely.

So what do you think? Want the link to the last part? Okay. Just go here: https://makeanddocrew.com/the-campfire-cardigan-part-3-easy-crochet-sweater-pattern/

I really hope that you’ve enjoyed this as much as I have. I’m ready for some cooler weather so I can wear it more.

Until next time,

Keep Chasing The Dream!

My Sweater – Part 2

Okay, I’ve been working on the sweater some more. I have some of part 2 done. I still need to do some more. I’ve got the length added. I haven’t added the rest of the sleeves yet. I’m kind of unsure at this point. It looks so nice like it is but I think that to make it more versatile I’m going to need to go ahead and add the rest of the length to the sleeves to make it a long sleeve. But, this gives me an idea for making another one that has the shorter sleeves and no hood. So just from this one pattern I have come up with at least three more ideas for more sweaters. I love this pattern and how easy it is to make into other sweaters just by changing up some things.

Part 2 Front

Part 2 Back

 

Again, if you want to find the second part to this pattern visit https://makeanddocrew.com/campfire-cardigan-free-crochet-sweater-pattern-part-2/. She has been so gracious to allow us to use this pattern free of charge. I haven’t explored the rest of her site yet (I’m afraid I’ll find too many things to start on and never finish a single one of them), but I’m sure there’s plenty to keep me occupied.

So, I’ve finished adding the length to the arms. What do you think? I like them. But I’m cold natured. I finished while at the Farmer’s Market.

My Sweater – Part 1

So, I’ve been working on a new sweater for myself. It’s actually a cardigan. I’m a very cold natured person. I have finally found a pattern that is easy enough to not intimidate me. I know that I’m better than a beginner but I psych myself out when it comes to making clothing. I feel more comfortable making hats. But this pattern was so appealing I had to try it. And I learned how to do a new seam in the process.

So, here’s a look at how far I’ve gotten:


So far I love how it’s turning out. I had even considered stopping at this point but I think instead I will make another one with some different yard. I want to change up the color scheme a little bit on the next one. I was working with yarn that I had smaller amounts of this time. It’s a bit of a throw together but the colors are actually coming out nicely I think. Purple is my favorite color of course so the next one may be done in shades of purple. I’m still thinking on that. No real rush right now as I’m still in the process of working on this one.

If you want the pattern,  it’s posted at the following website in three parts. This is from the first part. Just go here: https://makeanddocrew.com/free-crochet-hexagon-sweater-pattern-part-1/ and you can find the links to the other two parts as well as the link to the seeming technique she recommends you use. It’s such an easy pattern that you don’t need to get intimidated. I will admit that sometimes I didn’t pay attention to where my corners were and missed one then had to frog it back to my mistake. But it was still so easy and fun to do.

I will post a picture of the results of my part 2 once I can. I’m about to start working on it. I will try to remember and take some in progress pictures too but don’t beat me if I just get the end of step 2. I get carried away when I crochet and forget to take pictures sometimes. Anyway, here’s hoping you have a great weekend!

And don’t forget,

Keep Chasing The Dream!

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day.

Today is a day to remember those who have sacrificed for our freedoms. Please take a few moments today to stop and think about what those brave men and women gave and those they left behind.

From the History Channel website:
Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

EARLY OBSERVANCES OF MEMORIAL DAY
The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries.

By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.

Did You Know?
Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.

It is unclear where exactly this tradition originated; numerous different communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day.

Waterloo—which first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866—was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.

DECORATION DAY
On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.

The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

Many Northern states held similar commemorative events and reprised the tradition in subsequent years; by 1890 each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Southern states, on the other hand, continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I.

HISTORY OF MEMORIAL DAY
Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.

For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

Memorial Day 2017 occurs on May 29; Memorial Day 2018 falls on May 28.

MEMORIAL DAY TRADITIONS
Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.

Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. On a less somber note, many people take weekend trips or throw parties and barbecues on the holiday, perhaps because it unofficially marks the beginning of summer.

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day!

I have spent my day doing what all mom’s do – laundry & housekeeping. It’s another day just like all the rest.  I am so very tired right now. I know that tonight before bedtime I am going to scrub the tub and then take a nice hot bath. Yep, that’s what’s planned for tonight. After the smoked meat that my hubby’s been smoking all day… YUM!!!

Now, if anyone tries to tell you that housework isn’t exercise they’re lying! Just in walking inside my house and out in my yard a little bit I have walked 3.49 miles today. And the day isn’t over with yet! It’s 4:34 PM my time as I’m typing this.

Now, I did get what I wanted for Mother’s Day. I got my bedroom re-arranged yesterday the way I have wanted it for years now. And, I got to talk to my daughter and grandchildren on Facebook Messenger. That made my day. Made me cry but it made my day. They live over 6 hours away from me so I don’t get to see them everyday like I would like.

I am enjoying my Mother’s Day. My husband also bought me a Virtual Reality headset Friday night. He was the first to use it as we came home from Wal-Mart. I died laughing hearing him because he said it was really weird watching a VR video where he was driving and to feel our van moving at the same time. That was payback enough for me driving while he tried it out. We got it on clearance for $7.00!

Words of Wisdom

So, since it’s Mother’s Day I thought I would share a few words of wisdom with you. I figure that since my daughter is grown I’ve learned at least a little bit about raising kids. Now I’m getting to play grandma too.

One thing I have to say that I have found to be very helpful is to not try to be super quiet when putting a baby or toddler down for a nap. I am so thankful that I always just went about my normal activities. My daughter never had an issue with taking a nap no matter where we were. I didn’t have to stress out trying to make other people be quiet either. I actually ran a vacuum cleaner right by her head once and she slept right through it! I was actually trying to wake her up because it had been about 2 hours that she had been napping in the floor and I didn’t want her to sleep too long.

 

So, in closing, I hope you had a wonderful day today!

Until next time

Keep Chasing the Dream!

MoreFit

Okay,

So, I have this new little gadget: MoreFit Waterproof Heart Rate Monitor Watch, HR Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, Purple. I bought it off of Amazon. I like it. It’s WAY more affordable than a Fitbit but for me it does the job great. AND, it’s WATERPROOF! It tracks my heart rate, my steps, and my sleep. And, I can get my text messages on it and my notifications from several social media apps too. It vibrates to tell me when I am getting a call, which is awesome because my ringer has quit working (looks like a trip to the phone store). I can set alarms and it will vibrate for those too. My alarms on my phone are also not sounding. And yes, I made sure all the notification sounds were up, I’m not in DND or Airplane mode, and I have my ringer and all notifications at max volume. But the sound on my games and other stuff plays! But I digress….

Anyway, this little gadget is becoming my new favorite thing. Now I can see how much sleep I get and how it breaks down. I have only had it for one day but last night I had 3 hours and 55 minutes of deep sleep and 3 hours and 9 minutes of shallow sleep and 15 minutes of waking sleep. I look forward to seeing what kind of sleep I get tonight. Last night I had Mark and the two dogs in the bed with me. Mark likes to hog the covers and the dogs like to sleep on either side of my legs, thus trapping me. They’re just Chihuahuas but they are effective. I don’t want to squash the little girls!

I have set a very low step goal for each day of the week since I spend most of my day in front of a computer. A measly 2000 steps. I may raise that. I did manage to get that goal plus some today. I had 460 steps yesterday for a half a day. I had 2234 steps so far today so I may want to up my goal. If I sit for too long the MoreFit will alert me that I’ve been too sedentary. It reminds me that I need to get up and move at least a little bit during the day.

If you want to get one here’s a handy link to the item:

 

This has been one of my better buys. We bought one for Mark first and he’s found out that he’s not getting very much deep sleep. Thus, part of the reason he’s waking up tired. Another part is because a sleep test his doctor had him do showed that while he sleeps he’s only getting 85% oxygen saturation. He is now able to see from night to night how much deep sleep he’s getting and how much shallow sleep he’s getting. So far his deep sleep has been anywhere from 40 minutes to a little over 2 hours. He’s not feeling well tonight so I’m curious to see what he gets for the night.

Well, it’s late and I need to get to bed. I have to work tomorrow and I need some rest so that I can do my Thursday Thoughts post.

Until next time…

Keep Chasing The Dream!

 

 

Tired

I am so tired. I took myself to the ER to see about my foot and knee. I checked in around 10:45 PM (hubby was very late coming home after I told him I wanted to go have my foot and knee checked out). I was called back to a room at 1:45 AM. I have had an x-ray and am waiting on the doctor to come in. I will still have to drive myself home when this is done. I’ve been cat napping in a very full waiting room. I’m hoping that they will have some answers for me in regards to why my foot and knee are hurting so bad. I do hope that I don’t have a stress fracture in my foot. Not sure how I would have gotten one as I haven’t had any accidents. I certainly don’t know what’s up with my knee either.

If I get too sleepy I may just sleep on this bed until the doctor comes in. That does sound pretty nice. I think I will do that and then update the rest of this post before I leave while I’m waiting to be discharged.

Well, the x-rays didn’t show any fractures. They’re not sure what is wrong. They’re going to refer me to a podiatrist. Said it could be back related or even gout. No swelling or redness so I have stumped the ER doctor. Well, I am getting a shot for pain today and a prescription for anti-inflammatories and pain pills to start in the morning. Wait, it is morning. Guess tomorrow afternoon will have to do.

 Until next time…

Keep Chasing The Dream!

 

 

I’m On Pinterest

So, I did it. I gave over and created a Pinterest for my business. You can use the icon at the bottom of the post to follow me. I’m adding pins periodically. It’s a little slow going but I will get more pins saved. I’m hoping that between this website and all of my Social Media sites people will be able to find the things that they need to help them on their journey.

Tomorrow is Wednesday. My long day helping the people of the Creek Nation. It’s okay, I’m helping provide a much needed service. Everyone has needs and I do love to help people. That’s why this site is here.

I may need to add a new membership level. One for those wanting/needing free content. I need suggestions for a clever name for that membership. There will always be an option to upgrade the account to the paid accouns if you find later that you need access to the paid content.

So, here’s your chance to help me out. Submit your suggestions in the comments.

Until next time…

Keep Chasing The Dream!

 

 

Facing Our Fears

Are you afraid to let people know what you really want to do? Are you afraid of what they might think of you, or what they’ll say? Then you need to face those fears. Get it over with. So what if they say something you don’t like or don’t want to hear? That’s a part of life and a part of going for what you want. NO ONE who’s successful has gotten there without hearing hurtful things.

None of us like hearing those things. We fear having to deal with what is said or thought about us. The longer we put it off the larger it looms. By putting it off we give that fear dominion over us. We are supposed to be in charge of our own lives not fear. We need to face our fears and get it over with. Release ourselves to move forward and prosper.

If you want to read  more on this sign up for the Success Coaching. Then, visit the Face Your Fears page under the Success Coaching. I go into more detail on how you can face that biggest fear – quitting your job to do what you want in life.

Until next time…

Keep Chasing The Dream!

 

 

Palm Sunday

Today is Palm Sunday. The day that we remember that Christ rode into Jerusalem just prior to His capture and crucifixion. We can read about this in Mark 11:1-11. Then we can go to Matthew 26:1-16 to see what happened while He was in Bethany. Sometimes this portion is left out. However, if we read verse 13, this is supposed to be talked about. If you do not have a Bible I will place the scriptures below for you to be able to read.

Mark 11:1-11

1 And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples,

2 And saith until them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.

3 And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? Say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.

4 And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him.

5 And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt?

6 And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.

7 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.

8 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.

9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:

10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.

11 And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.

 

Matthew 26:1-16

1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples,

2 Ye know that after two days is the feast of the Passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified,

3 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,

4 And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him.

5  But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.

6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

7 There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.

8 But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?

9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

10 When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? For she had wrought a good work upon me.

11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.

12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.

13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.

14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,

15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.

 

So, Palm Sunday is the day that we remember His entry into Jerusalem as if He were the King. People were throwing the leaves from the trees (Palm Trees) into the road before Him. Kind of like the red carpet treatment. Everyone was happy to see Him that day and they were rejoicing that He had arrived in Jerusalem. That would soon change.

On the evening of His arrival in Jerusalem He went to Bethany. And there is where H had His burial ritual done in advance. His disciples didn’t understand this. They just saw this as wasteful. Jesus knew otherwise. He knew that He would be crucified on the Sabbath and that they would not be able to do anything for Him. Remember the woman who followed her heart and came to Him to pour the ointment over Him. Be brave like Her and follow your Heart.

So, today, remember that Jesus rode into Jerusalem knowing that He was about to be crucified. He rode in anyway. So, if He can face death, we can face whatever it is that lies in front of us. Be bold. Be fearless. Take the next step today towards whatever lies in front of you. There is a light on the other side of that mountain, it’s just hidden right now.