Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Yarn Along

It is Wednesday again and that means it is time for the weekly yarn along.  I'm joining with Ginny and everyone to share yarn and books.  I seem to be spending a lot of time on my braided scarf and my two-at-a-time-toe-up-magic-loop socks.  I thought I was at a halfway point on the scarf, but realized that I had to complete six 90" cords and not five cords.  Ugh.  At least it is mindless knitting and I can pretty much do it anywhere.  Because of my self imposed deadline of mid November to complete this project, it has pretty much taken the forefront in my knitting these days.  I have also worked on my socks.  I'm now knitting the leg and will knit until I think I'm close the end of yarn and then will knit a ribbed cuff to finish them off.
I have been on vacation and I haven't picked up a book in weeks.  What?  I know.  Crazy.

Happy Yarn Along Wednesday.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Debt Snowball: An Update

We had just save our $1000 baby emergency fund when Murphy showed up.  (which I'm learning is always the case).  My car needed a $600 repair.  Which we didn't stress over since we had cash to fix it.  But then I screwed up.  I had a rather large medical bill coming due (from my shoulder surgery last summer) but it came sooner than I realized so there went the other $400.  Now I need new tires, new brakes and the timing belt on my car is coming due.  Hello overtime!

While I was feeling incredibly stressed out over the amount of money I was going to need in a short amount of time, I decided that I needed a refresher course of Financial Peace University.  On the Dave Ramsey website I found a church right down the street with a class starting the next week.  I emailed the facilitator and she signed me up.  The beauty of FPU is that once you've paid for the kit, you can attend class again and again.  There is an option to buy an updated kit for a fraction of the price and this includes a log in for the website.  I used my kit and I don't need the website since I have a log in at www.mytotalmoneymakeover.com.

While it is hard for me to work as many hours as I used to and still see my husband and not have my parents watch C more than retired grandparents should (without feeling they are raising her), I am feeling a little less stressed.  The reason... I signed up to be an ambassador for Plexus Worldwide.  What?  Never heard of Plexus?  Neither had I.  But I had seen posts on friends Facebook pages about this pink drink they were drinking.  And they were losing weight and they felt great.  I watched for a while then finally bit the bullet and inquired what it was all about.

Plexus Slim is a powdered drink that is mixed in water.  It was originally developed for Type 2 diabetics as a way to help control blood glucose and lipid levels.  But it had an unexpected side effect in that it also helped them lose weight!  It is gluten free, vegan and vegetarian.  It is all natural and it tastes good!  Other benefits of Slim are better sleep and more energy.

I had decided to try Slim because I had been feeling run down.  I was at the doctor in July for a diabetes exam.  I thought I was feeling run down because my thyroid medication was off.  I was a little disappointed when she told me that it was fine.  I just couldn't figure out why I wanted a nap every day by 10AM.  That's when I decided that I should follow up on all of the FB posts I had been reading.  I ordered a 3 day trial pack.  And while I didn't feel any better after three days I didn't hate the way the drink tastes so I ordered a months supply.  Within a week it was a night and day difference in the way I felt.  I actually slept all night (with the exception of the nightly trip to the restroom) and didn't have any trouble falling asleep if I did wake up.  I have more energy every day.  I didn't try it to lose weight, that was never my intention, but it has helped maintain where I am at weight wise without longer & harder workouts, which I don't have time for.   It has also helped me reduce food (sugar) craving, which as a diabetic I shouldn't eat that much sugar!

There are a whole combination of products that Plexus sells.  There is a weight loss line, a detox line and a pain relief line.  For more information please see my website.* www.plexusslim.com/jenfeymiller

I go back to the doctor mid November.  I am anxious to find out what my blood sugar numbers are as well as what my cholesterol is.

*Disclaimer- I am a Independent Ambassador for Plexus.  I get paid a commission each month from Plexus Worldwide.  While I do get paid, I am not pushing Plexus...my intention is to inform the benefits of Plexus.  And what better way than my own testimony.  



Friday, October 17, 2014

Fall Hiking

Fall hiking in Colorado is crap shoot at best.  Is it going to be hot?  Cold?  Windy?  Raining?  Snowing?  We were in Keystone at a friends condo (quick before the sale goes through) these past few days.  We spent one day hiking in the snow!  There are no fall colors this high- we were at almost 12,000 feet!  

The hike we did was Mayflower Gulch to Boston Mine Camp.  Boston is a ghost town that is at the base of these beautiful mountains.  

Boston was a mining camp that was set up in the early 1900's to mine gold.   
 This was an ore chute.  The miners used gravity to move the heavy materials down the mountain.  The ruins are covered in snow.


 This was what was left of the boardinghouse.
 This was the only cabin that was completely intact.
 Some random animal tracks in the snow.

 The cabin.
A very heavy (cast iron maybe?) drill that was left in the camp.
 All that remains of one of the buildings.

 The view from the parking lot.
 Buffett was one tired puppy dog after our hike.  The hike was a short one, only about four miles.  But you know how dogs are...they walk double our miles wandering about.
 It turned out to be a gorgeous day.  The wind in the camp was chilly, but once back a the car it was warm enough to shed our jackets.   The old wagon road we hiked on was snowy and icy to start but turned slick and slushy.   I think this is a hike we'd do again.  The out and back to the mine camp was easy enough that C could walk or ride in the back pack.  But there is also a loop that goes higher and comes back around to the parking lot.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Knitting This Week

It's Wednesday again and it is time to share yarn and books.  I'm joining with Ginny and every one to share what we've been reading and working on.  Rather than share yet one more post on my socks, sweater, and scarf, this week I'm sharing a finished project!
Last week we had a parent meeting at C's school.  We found out that the school is cooperating with Children's Hospital for the holidays.  One of the items we need is hats for the kids in the oncology department.  So I came home and whipped up this cute little hat!  It was a free pattern on Ravelry and I used stash yarn.  Considering I've been working on the same projects for seems like forever, it was nice to accomplish something!  

If anyone is has some spare knitting time and some stash they'd like to use up consider knitting a hat for charity!  You'll be glad you did! 


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Knitting this Week

It's Wednesday again and that means it is once again time for the weekly yarn along.  I'm joining with Ginny and everyone to share yarn and books.  It's been forever since I've played along.  I've been busy with work and just haven't been knitting.

I have worked so sporadically on my Sylvi that it always takes me a few minutes to figure where I am in the pattern.  I make notations on the pattern, but I still have to review.  I just finished the right front and while I lost track of the number of rows, I think it will all work out in the end.  I am know ready to begin the back of this sweater and I'm kind of freaking out about that.  Mostly because of the intricacy of the cables, I will have to really pay attention to what I am doing.  That means I will not be working on sweater at crafting or at home.  This is strictly a go sit a quiet spot and create project.
I have just finished Storm Front by John Sanford.  It is a suspense novel in the Virgil Flowers series.  I had been listening to it on audio CD in my car on the way to work.  I couldn't get disc 5 to play so I took it back to the library and ordered another copy.  I think they gave me back the same copy!  Disc 5 didn't play.  So I checked out the ebook and finished it.  The person who read the audio book did a wonderful job and I wish I could have finished it that way.  His tone of voice and the way he read Virgil had me laughing like a crazy woman in my car.

Happy Yarn Along Wednesday!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Random Thoughts on Thursday

*  I am never, ever going to plant cantaloupe again.  I have not ever had one ripen enough to eat.  I started this years plants in the house and transplanted them with care.   Since cantaloupe likes warm weather I waited to plant it outside.  Good thing too, since it snowed on Mother's Day.  It was 33 degrees last Friday morning.  The leaves got frosted.  I'm going to leave the plant in the ground and hope that they might ripen.  Although I'm not holding out much hope.   We just don't have a long enough growing season here.


* This week is Yarn Along The Rockies.  Twenty-Four yarn shops along the front range from Colorado Springs to just north of Denver.  If you visit all 24 and get a "passport stamp" then you are qualified for a grand prize .  Each shop has it's own basket as a prize.  I was able to visit two shops... Tea for Ewe on Tuesday and The Lamb Shoppe on Wednesday.  Tea for Ewe is in the 'hood and while I don't frequent it, I have been there a couple of times.  The Lamb Shoppe is a new to me shop and one that I really like and will go there again!  A couple of people I know were able to make a two day trip out of it and hit all 24 shops!  Damn the work thing for getting in the way of a good yarn crawl!

Happy Thursday my friends.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Knitting This Week

It's Wednesday again and that means it is time for the weekly yarn along.  I'm joining with Ginny and everyone to share yarn and books.  Last week I started my Hitofude and joined Karen and Steph in their KAL.  I counted and counted and counted some more, each stitch.  I did the two set up rows.  I knit the first row of pattern.  And was off FOUR stitches.  What?  How can that be?  I counted and counted.  I debated just making it work to the end.  But I was only three rows in, so I ripped it all out and started over.  UGH.   So I have worked on my two at a time-toe up-magic loop socks, Hitofude, and the woven scarf.  It doesn't feel like I've made any progress on any of my projects.

I have been reading Home Front by Kristin Hannah.  A good friend gives me all of her books when she is done reading them.  In fact, I've got quite a nice stack of "to be read" books.  She also puts a little post it with her thoughts on the book.  This note on this book says "I cried through the whole book."  Great.  Home Front is about a female army helicopter pilot who is in the national guard and gets called up for a year long tour of duty in Iraq (not too long after September 11th).  She and her husband haven't been getting along too well and just before she leaves he tells her that he doesn't love her anymore.  I have teared up a little bit, but since I'm reading it at work on my downtime I am really trying not to cry in public.  (Not that there is anything wrong with that).

Happy Yarn Along Wednesday!