Life is short

Right now, I am telling myself to be strong and quit mulling over the shoulda, coulda, wouldas.
I just found out today, that I lost a friend. She lost her battle with CF (Cystic Fybrosis) and God took her in his arms and carried her home last Thursday when the doctor’s took her off of the ventilator.
Why am I so late in finding out? Well, I guess I just wasn’t being a very good friend. That’s all I can say.
I will miss you, Heather. I know that you no longer have to fight, just to take a breath. I know that you no longer will live in fear of your life b/c you caught a cold. I know that you are happy….
And I know that you don’t want me to beat myself up. That you would tell me to hug my kids and live life to the fullest for you. :*) And I promise you that I will.

Tied in Knots With Cables

Last night I did it! I finished my first cables tutorial (it is posted on the Project Lapghan-Afghan blog), though this one is just for the Kiss Looms. I was gonna add one more set of cables to it (the 6 stitch Right and Left Cross cables) then realized that it was already 25 pages long! Yeah, that is just the one for the Kiss Loom. I still need to do one for the KKs and I haven’t even loomed up the pattern for the cabled afghan block yet to make sure that my design works. 😛
Just a sneak peak:

LOL! And I need to make sure and get the tutorial for the next class together before that starts.
But I am trying not to take on too much this week since I am teaching the Pigtail Hat class for Wanda, who is on a 2 month long vacation! Lucky dog! (Love ya! Have fun! Hope to hear from you soon!) 😛

I posted my ‘Summer Spirals’ hat to the Kiss Loom group and Trudy made it already. And in a gorgeous red. I love it! I will be posting the pattern as a free pattern to my pattern page later today.

Um, let’s see…besides that I have already done my 15 minutes of excercise, made pancakes for breakfast, washed dishes and shined my sink, done my Weekly Home Blessing (spend 10 minutes on each task in your home: sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, cleaning mirrors and windows, purging magazines, and taking out garbage). My kids have been one step behind me the whole morning, messing everything up! And I mean it. I give Lady Tru her little tiny broom to sweep the dining room as I finished up in there and headed for the entrance. I turn around and she has spilled the pup’s water and is smearing it (I am guessing mopping) it into the pile of dirt I left to sweep up when I came back through with the dust pan. As soon as I am done mopping the bathroom (I had done the entry first, dining room second, then the bathroom) I took to vacuuming. I did the living room and hallway, came back through the dining room and there is Lady Tru….coloring with green crayon on the floor! Good thing that baby wipes are magic wipes and cleans crayon right up…..but I was still mad. }:( Sir Thade has been no different. Demanding milk before I sit down with my coffee and breakfast (he already had his breakfast in front of him), then as I am finishing my first pancake, spilling the milk all over the table and into the floor. Refusing to do any of the 15 minute pick-up to get the floor ready for sweeping, mopping, and vacuum cleaning EXCEPT that he wanted to pick up shoes that Lady Tru had thrown out of a box and everytime he picked up one and put it in the box, she threw two back out. 😛 Something tells me that I am locking them up for the afternoon…just jokin’. They will lay down to nap/rest in their own rooms…that is what I mean, by lockin’ them up. Gotta be careful what you say nowadays. 😦
OK, well, I am off to check on my class again.

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Besides this site, I wanted to tell you guys about FlyLady.net!
It is a wonderful site that is gonna help me get rid of the CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome) in my home. It has already helped out immensely and I have only been a member for THREE days! Besides getting your home under control, they teach you to FLY (Finally Love Yourself :D) I don’t think I have felt so good as I have the past couple of days. I haven’t done much looming or anything like that b/c I have been reading up on this FlyLady stuff…and the HouseFairy ….oh and I have also joined an excercise motivation group that works along with all the FlyBabies (I is what I am!)
So, let’s back up: FlyLady.net will help me get my home under control (over a period of time b/c it took longer than a month for it to become a mess, right?), it is full of positive motivation and makes you feel good about yourself. ‘You are not behind.’ 😀 I am in love! Your very first lesson is to ‘Shine your sink!’ This, is supposed to be done before you go to bed (but I do it all day b/c it feels good) and is her way of giving you a hug every morning, ’cause you wake up to a shiny sink and not dirty dishes and mystery water. She breaks down the areas of your home into Zones and you focus your attention on a specific zone each week. This week is Zone 1: Front Porch, Entrance, and Dining Room. Today’s Zone Mission: set timer for 15 minutes and sweep your front porch, shake out your welcome mat, wipe down your door with cleaner and rag…if there is more time then continue on with whatever is around your front door and on your porch. Easy enough, right? And you are also supposed to do a 5 minute Room Rescue every day: go into the worst room in your home and clean it for 5 minutes then leave it. 😀 Today they sent me a message that I needed to do a ‘Hot Spot Fire Drill’ which means to take 5 mintues (set your timer) and rush around throwing away or putting up the things on flat surfaces of every room. They send you the messages through a Yahoo Group that you join from the webpage. It is all pretty cool! 😀 I am gonna use this same system to get my yard under control, too. 😀 Spend 15 minutes a day pulling weeds, trimming bushes, etc. The idea is not to expect instant gratification. It is gonna take a while so do what you can, when you can. No rush! There are also ‘habits’ for every month. Last month they were ‘Blessing their Hearts’ by walking/excercising. This month we are to drink 8 glasses of water a day. They remind you to put your full pitcher of water in the fridge every night with your ‘Before Bedtime Routine’. Ok, I think you get the point that I am gung-ho for this!
HouseFairy.org is gonna help my kids out. ;D This site you have to pay a $13 subscription for the special stuff and get into the special member’s area, but you can go check out the parents’ section and then let your kids watch the videos in the kids’ section. No lie, my son (3) watched the first video and promptly ran to his room and picked up 5 toys. (His room was attrocious before HouseFairy. I mean, you couldn’t make it from his door to the window AT ALL without nearly killing yourself.) After we watched all of the ‘free’ videos she has we went to his atrocious room and an hour later was this:

Granted, we still have a lot to do to get it ALL PERFECT….but there was no floor to walk on before! I am so very proud. Then he went around and said things like, “We need to make the living room happy.” then picked up some toys. If I set the timer for 15 minutes, he runs around and tries to pick up as much as possible in that time before the timer goes off. We call this ‘Beat the Beep’. It is wonderful…and when I get a chance, I will pay the $13-2 year subscription so that I can access the other tools! 😀 This is one happy parent!
Besides all that stuff, I have been working on picture tutorials. 😀 And there is a hat pattern that needs to be typed up…it is for the Kiss Loom, but will have adjustments for the green round KK, so don’t worry. 😀