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Happy New Year

So it is better late than never to wish you all a Happy New Year, at least it is still January.

How has everyone been? I hope that you all are working hard on your New Year’s resolutions still! I have heard several times on the radio and also read an article recently that said most people that make New Year’s resolutions only stick to them for the first two weeks and then they give up. That is why I don’t make a New Year’s resolution.

Well if you haven’t noticed I have been sort of busy, there are a few new things in the shop, be sure to check out the Valentine’s Day items. I have also started my new Twitch channel that I stream live every day and that keeps me busy and on track with my projects. Be sure to stop by say “hi” and hit the follow button. Once I hit 50 followers on Twitch we are going to have a drawing, and three lucky people will receive something hand made by me.

Still feeding Takara her boiled chicken every two hours, and she is doing great still alive and as ornery as ever. Jackson keeps growing, I think he is going to be the size of a small Bob Cat when he is done. Even with his size he is still afraid of all 13 of the females in his pride. It is funny as soon as Jackson goes out front the female cats start surrounding him and take turns rubbing up against him and talking to him. Poor boy just stands there all confused as to what he is supposed to do and then he takes off for his bush and hides there until my husband gets him out.

The girls outside (Jackson’s pride) are getting so healthy looking, now that we and the neighbor across the street are are feeding them on a regular basis. We feed the girls in the evening and the neighbor feeds them in the morning and believe me those girls know which house to be at at what time.

Yeah my life is so exciting all I have to talk about is cat’s, crafting and weather. LOL….aren’t you so glad you started following me?

Well, one real exciting thing that has happened! The New 2019 Stampin’ Up! Occasions and Celebration Catalogs are out so if you are interested in receiving the set please let me know and I will be happy to send one out to you. If you already have a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator please contact them for a set.

Be sure to check out the three flyers on the Front Page of my site for a sneak peak of the awesome opportunities, offers and options that are being given during this time until March 31, 2019. Please contact me if you have any questions, would like to host a Stampin’ Up! party/workshop/class, if you want to place an order or if you would like to sign up as a Demonstrator.

Alright, it is time for me to go get a couple hours of shut eye before I have to get up and pack “hubbies” lunch and send him off to work. Then I have to do my Friday household chores before I start streaming.

Good morning all!

Namaste

Sheila

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Happy Thanksgiving….

Hello everyone, just wanted to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings to you and your families this Holiday Season.

This year I made the mistake of waiting until today (two days before Thanksgiving) to go get everything for Thanksgiving dinner. It wasn’t too bad this afternoon, but patience isn’t my virtue when I am in a hurry. Good thing my husband was with me to make light of everything, which kept me calm.

My husband and I are going to have a quiet dinner together and then he will probably watch his football. I on the other hand have three different orders I got over the weekend that I need to get started on.

Speaking of last weekend, oh my goodness we had so much fun. This last weekend was the November show at the The Big Tin Cotton Gin, and it was beautiful outside. We had a few repeat customers from last month, last season and even met a few newcomers that plan to come back.

I did really well in sales and only have a few Christmas items left so the next few weeks are going to be crazy busy trying to restock everything and make more new stuff. Plus I have three really big orders that have to be done before the first of Dec.. No pressure! Actually I love having this kind of pressure it makes the blood flow and the brain works faster (when you get my age that is really important, it means your still alive), LOL……

Any who, things on the home front have been busy, fun, hectic, and you know just normal for us. Everyone has their own level of normal, so that is why I say “for us”.

Oh, have to tell you this cute story about Jackson. Well you all know about his little “pride” of female stray cats out front, right? There are 11 females that he has in “pride” and they all love him. He actually fronted off a neighbors lab that was running down the street towards them one day, although my husband was right there to grab him and put him in the house before anything happened. It was funny because Jackson just stood in the middle of the street while all the girls scattered, and the dog just stopped in front of him all surprised that he didn’t run too. It actually looked like the dog wanted to play with Jackson but my husband didn’t want to take the chance.

Jackson actually takes his duties of protecting his “pride” very seriously as well as keeping them in line. One night my husband went out to feed the girls and one of the older ones began to hiss at my husband before he even put the food down, Jackson ran over and got between my husband and her and proceeded to chase her away. So she didn’t get to eat with the rest that night, and that female has never hissed at my husband or I again.

Takara is doing really well with her high protein diet and is almost herself again. She just needs to gain a little more weight, but otherwise she is just as ornery as ever. She knows her eating schedule and she makes sure we don’t forget either, every two hours on the dot.

Well that just about covers everything for now. If you want to chit chat with me while I am crafting the next few weeks come on over to my Twitch Channel and say hi. I would love the company and then you can see what I am working on as well. I stream Monday – Friday 3 pm – 11 pm except holidays. I haven’t made any new You Tube videos recently but I still have the old ones listed and I plan to make a couple new ones soon.

Many, many thanks for reading this post, for following me and for your feedback. I really do appreciate all of you who have stuck with me these last few years and all my new followers. I love you all and wouldn’t be as inspired to continue this site if it weren’t for all of you. Thank You!

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Namaste

Sheila

P.S. Please say an extra prayer this Thanksgiving for all those in California that have lost a loved one, all those that lost their homes, the people that are helping the displaced, all the firefighters, police, and emergency personnel. These fires were devastating and now they are going to have the rains to contend with.

 

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Happy Saturday

Good morning! Well for some of you it may not be starting out so well, after being out all night. For me it has started rather early (4 am) as per every day this week, but last night I got the best nights sleep I have had in a long time and today I feel refreshed.

Last weekend was the opening of the season at The Big Tin Cotton Gin and we had a blast. I met so many new wonderful people, saw a few of my awesome customers from last season, and made some new friends.

We sold quite a bit, at least enough to cover our booth rent and a little bit of the cost for product. I never really make a profit off my crafts at these shows, but that is alright as long as I can make enough to cover my booth rent. My payment is meeting the people that purchase my items and hearing their stories of who they intend to give them to, and why.

I have also gotten many good ideas from customers as to how I can improve items or change them up for different occasions or events. There have been many Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators that I have met and even exchanged ideas with (it is always awesome to meet a fellow Demonstrator).

As you can see it really was a very productive weekend and I am so looking forward to the next show November 16 -18, 2018.

This whole last week has been crazy with my husbands new job hours, so my schedule has been totally thrown off kilter. So the next week and a half I will be working my little fingers to the bones getting ready for the next show.

Please excuse me for not posting very often during show season, but I really am busy working about 18-20 hours a day seven days a week in between shows just prepping and making new items.

I will be steaming me working on stuff over on my twitch channel if you would like to come chat with me or you can watch my YouTube videos as well.

Thank you for your support and I hope that you have a wonderful Saturday doing whatever it is that you have planned for the day.

Namaste

Sheila

P..S. Yes, short but sweet and straight to the point. Thank you for noticing.

 

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Old Fashion Letter From Grandma

Hello and welcome,

I hope you all are ready for an old fashioned letter from grandma! This idea came to me as I started to write this blog, it reminded me of the monthly letter we would get from my paternal grandmother.

My paternal grandparents had six kids and 15 grandchildren, so to save time I think my grandmother spent one afternoon a month typing out the same letter over and over (they didn’t have in home printers or copy machines back then) and then sent them out to all her kids. I guess now days it would be called our monthly family news letter.

For me when I was little I loved when grandma’s letter came. She would always fill it with information about what all her kids and grand-kids were up to, and her own opinion on everything. That part of the letter was fun because all my aunts, uncles and cousins lived in different states, all across the United States, so we rarely ever saw one another. The funny part of the letter was always when she would talk about grandpa, which was only about one sentence. Then she would go into all her ailments, what the doctor said about this or that and normally this part of the letter took up about a quarter of the letter. Then she would always end her letter by saying her and grandpa were doing fine otherwise.

We never lived close to my father’s side of the family, so I never really got to know any of my cousins or aunts and uncles, just what grandma wrote about them. So those letters were a way for my grandmother to keep the family connected. Even through the miles , she brought us all together once a month through her letters.

So, for me to connect with all of you my Ginger Street family, and carry on grandma’s tradition in a more technical way. I have started a You Tube channel and am posting weekly videos. I will be doing a new post on my website every week. And last but not least, I am going to be starting my monthly news letter for subscribers only, more details on that later.

For now lets get started with this months update.

Three weeks ago I took Takara (our Tonkinese cat) to the vet because she has lost so much weight, she started throwing up after eating, she wasn’t sleeping, and then for three nights in a row she just howled all night up and down the stairs. The vet said she has Hyperthyroidism and began her on medication she has to take once a day until we go see the vet again Sept. 13.

The first day was the worst because she threw up like four or five times, and she would go hide because she just wanted to be left alone. She is a very social cat and is always in the same room as me, if she isn’t in my lap, so her isolating herself was very hard to take because it meant she really wasn’t doing well. The next morning she was like a whole new cat. She was right back to her old self (except for still being skinny), she was all up in my face and being lovey, playing with Jackson, and eating without throwing up.

We have had a few days where she was very clingy and all I could do was sit with her and hold her to keep her calm. She has thrown up a few times and had a bit of a fever one day, but all in all the medicine has been working because she has been eating,  and sleeping,  her urine and bowl movements are normal and her coat is nice and silky soft again.

Jackson has gotten so heavy, but not fat just solid. He doesn’t realize how big he is, so when he plops himself down on top of something he actually smashes it now. I really have to be careful when he comes in my work room because he will walk or lay on whatever is in his way. I have tried keeping the door closed but if I do then he sits outside the door and just cries until I open it again. We call him big baby boo when he has his crying fits, but then he gets even louder. You can’t tell me these cat’s don’t understand what we are saying.

My husband loves his job, now that he is past the hardest part – the training. When my husband started his job with this new company he was only supposed to work four consecutive 12 hour days and have three days off. He was one of only four people in the entire facility that knows how to do what he does. This last week my husband found out that there are going to be only three of them doing what he does, because one guy is leaving. So as he says “job security and more overtime”. I love his positive attitude!

On the 28th of August I went to see my Dr. for my three month check up. I had gained a couple pounds, so I need to exercise more. I have the eating routine, portion size and the good for me foods down pat. They did all my blood work and I got the results back on the 5th of September…. I am doing excellent, my A1C is below the diabetic mark which means I am normal, all my liver, kidney, etc., test are normal. He wants me to continue on the oral medication I take twice a day, and still lose the 20 pounds plus the couple pounds I recently gained. I have six months before I see him again, if all goes well I will be medication free and it will be the last visit for my diabetes.

I have loved all the doctors, PA’s, and nurses I have had this last eight months, working with me to reach my goal. It will be a sad but very happy day when this journey of my life is over. But I am looking forward to the next journey and new goal.

Well, hubby should be home from work soon so, I need to sign off and go get dinner started.

Take care and talk to you all soon.

Namaste

Sheila

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Junk Journal’s #3 and #4 Flip Through

Yes, I completed two more Junk Journals and have them listed in my shop. But before you go grab them up be sure so check out this video flip through below, that way you can get a close up look at what all is included in each one.

Well, what are you waiting for? Go grab one of these awesome Junk Journals before they are gone. Don’t forget to take a look at the # 2 “Reader’s Digest Journal” and the #1 mini “Jello-O box Journal” while you are in the shop.

I hope y’all had a great weekend and are rare’n to go the rest of this week, first day down four more to go. Don’t forget “hump day” (Wednesday) at 11 am, Arizona time, I have my YouTube live  so come visit with me while you take a coffee/tea break.

Sorry this is such a short post but I just wanted to get this video out for all of you.

Take care and have a blessed week everyone!

Namaste

Sheila

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Junk Journal #2 Flip Through

A few posts back I had showed you pictures of the second junk journal that I made and told you that I would do a flip through for you. Well I finally got around to taping and editing the video, so here it is very raw, I don’t think I will ever get used to being on camera, sorry.  Anyhoo, I hope that you enjoy the little journal flip through.

So what do you think? Well I have good news then, it is for sale in my shop.

Well, this month is almost over and nothing got done around here. Oh, wait I wasn’t really all myself the beginning of the month, but still I should have more done (as far as project wise). I only have a couple more months to go before The Big Tin Cotton Gin opens and I have to have at least six months worth of stuff made and ready to go.

Speaking of making things, I now have a YouTube channel if you would like to go check that out Sheila gingerstreetboutique . I will be posting me crafting, making cards and sharing the goodies I purchase for my crafting. I am going to try to do at least once a week, maybe twice, live videos. So if you want see how disorganized I really am then turn on the YouTube and check out my channel.

So for other news…..

Well, a while back I told you I would keep you updated on my diabetes and it has been a bit since the last update, so here goes. I was doing good with the yoga and eating my three small meals and two snacks every day then I got sick again. I didn’t want to eat because everything upset my stomach, and yoga was out of the question because I had no energy or strength to even get out of bed for a few days. My blood sugar numbers dropped really low (which is called Hypoglycemia) a couple days and that scared me, because I didn’t want to go into a coma.

My husband kept forcing me to eat and kept me hydrated, but he also had to work so while he was away he told the cats to keep an eye on me. LOL… It worked! Every two hours Takara would come wake me up by standing on my chest or right in front of my face and cry then touch my nose with her paw and repeating this over and over until I got up. They say cats are selfish, maybe sometimes but they are also very generous when they know they are loved.

Everything is back to normal again, thank you Lord for getting us through that!

I read this article a while back on the Diabetic Association website that this Dr. wrote about how beneficial a Vegan diet is to diabetics. So I started cutting out meats and eggs from my diet to start, then I got sick. My husband is not a cook, he is a wonderful husband and has many other talents but his cooking is limited to five things. Two  things he is awesome at are omelette’s and scrambled eggs. Yes, you guessed it, I was “forced” to eat a lot of both because he said that I needed my protein. LOL… there went the vegan diet.

Now that things are back to normal and it is summer time, my favorite time of the “food year”. I love all the vegetables and fruit because they remind me of summer. “Summer food” is not as heavy on the stomach and they are more refreshing. This is the perfect time for me to start really practicing this new way of eating. I have a lot more to learn about food and the vegan way of eating, but I am looking forward to cleansing my body and nourishing it with only the good stuff. If this, along with my yoga, will help me get rid of my diabetes for good, then I am all in.

Ok, speaking of yoga it is time for my after noon session, so I must go now but you can stay and look around the shop and I will catch you later.

Namaste

Sheila

P.S. Here is an exert from a final interview with Comedian Patrice O’Neal. by Carolyn Butler for Diabetes Forecast.

Tell me about that, about how things have changed?

Well, I’m starting to really feel it now—your body feels achy, your feet hurt, you start getting a little retinopathy, the neuropathy. You just start feeling the effects more.

Nowadays, my diabetes is a hell of a thing. It just affects everything—your bowel movements and sex drive and sexual everything, your feet, your eyes. I’ve got to take fiber all the time now, because my body just doesn’t do what it needs to do, so I have to help it. Some days you feel really good, and then others it weighs you down and takes everything you got to just move. But you do.

[Diabetes] just makes you old—it makes you think old—way before you should be. You think about falling and cutting yourself, about getting bit by a bug, you think about those things. When you’re clipping your toenails you got to be careful, even. I cut my foot last year and I was really scared. I could see where it didn’t heal up a little bit. When you’re young, you just heal up.

If I’m eating right and taking my medication and doing what I have to do and walking every day, I feel good. But diabetes is a thing where it can trick you—it makes you feel like you’re OK, if you’re doing the right thing. But you know you got to do the right thing diligently, so the sugar isn’t truly eating away at your body.

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Recovery Update

Yes, I know it has been a while since the last “Recovery” post and that is why I am updating you today.

Eight weeks ago I completed my weekly check in with my after care Dr. for the incisions on my back, from the surgery. It was actually a bitter sweet day because I had gotten to the point where I enjoyed the challenge of the weekly weigh in to see how much I had lost from week to week. Plus all the staff in the office were just great, I really liked all of them and even got to know them all by first name.

So, with that said my back is all healed up and I’m back to “normal” as they say. I am still dealing with the diabetes, but the PA. and I had worked out an eating plan and I designed my strict daily routine (with approval of the PA) in order to achieve my goal of being diabetic free in one year and losing 52 lbs. I will list my daily routine below, if you are interested.

In the following few weeks my husband got a new job and in the process found out he had high blood pressure and had to start taking medication for that. Wow, we really make a pair! I guess all those years of my clients telling me that after 50 everything starts going south and breaking down, they were right.

My husband loves his job and they have been really great to him. They wanted him so badly that they held his position for him for three weeks while he got this blood pressure situation under control. The job is very physical and mentally challenging, but he loves that so he is happy. Another plus for him is that he knows one of the managers here, they used to work together at their previous employment. Only thing is this manager wasn’t a manager over there and my husband had more seniority over him. So you can only imagine what they are like with each other over here, pranks all the time.

Ok, back to me, (you know “I wanna talk about me” like that Toby Keith song) LOL…. Four weeks ago I had my first appointment with my new primary Dr., the one I have to see to monitor my diabetes. All my daily blood sugar tests looked good, we went over my goals,  my daily routine and my eating plan. He said that he agreed I could be off all my meds if I lose 40 lbs and be diabetic free by Jan. 2018, if I truly stayed strict to this daily plan. So talk about incentive…

That same day the Dr. took me off my insulin and gave me this pill called Glimepiride it was supposed to replace the insulin. I was still suppose to take the Metformin, but he also lowered the dosage of that as well. The Dr. also ordered some blood work that day and told me at the next visit in two weeks we would go over them or if there were any discrepancies he would give me a call. So as you can imagine I was so excited I got off the insulin a whole month earlier than I expected/projected and the Metformin dosage was lowered which I didn’t see coming until maybe Oct. or Nov.. Woooohooo! That was a good day.

Well, the news was good and the elation last all through the next day which was Friday. By Saturday mid morning I was so sick it was coming out both ends (sorry if that was too graphic for you), my head felt like a vice was on the inside trying to push out my skull, I was so dizzy I didn’t even want to move and eating was not even happening. I knew this was the side effects of the new pill Glimepiride so I figured I could give it a couple days for my body to adjust. By Monday it hadn’t let up and I didn’t feel like it was getting any better. Tuesday morning I did not take that tiny pill and that day I did not feel nauseous, but still had a little dizziness, headache and diarrhea. It actually took me until that following Saturday to feel “normal” again.

One week ago today I went back for my follow up with the Dr. and told him what happened and what I did to resolve the problem. He looked at my daily blood sugar tests and said that he agreed with my decision and said that he saw no reason for me to take anything other than the Metformin at the same dosage. We went over all my blood tests and guess what? Everything was excellent, my kidneys, my liver, my cholesterol, and my A1C was at 5 (6-7 on the A1C is considered borderline diabetic, anything over 7 on the A1C is considered Diabetic). I still have 40 lbs. to lose to be completely off the Metformin, and my goal of 52 lbs. so I can be happy with myself.

SET BACK #2 – Now for the last week I have been dealing with a tooth ache, which I found out two days ago is being cause by what the dentist thinks is either from a major sinus infection or nerve damage. So currently I am on antibiotics for the next ten days to clear up the infection and then we will go from there. The pain is still there but the energy level is not. If this is what being in my 50’s is going to be like, then just put me to sleep and wake me up when I turn 60.

I am so sorry for ever laughing when my clients used to say they had to schedule their days around their Dr.’s appointments, NOW I get it!

Well, thank you for  sticking with me through all this babble, but now you are caught up.

Oh, yeah my Daily schedule.

  • 4 am – 5 am – make husband breakfast, pack his lunch and see him off to work
  • 5 am – 6 am – meditation
  • 6 am – 7 am – yoga
  • 7 am – 8 am – do a little house work (we have 2,400 sq. ft. so I have something to clean every day)
  • 8 am – 9 am – breakfast, meds, vitamins,
  • 9 am – 10 am – shower and get ready for the day
  • 10 am – 10:30 am – Mid morning snack
  • 10:30 am – 11:30 pm – make phone calls if necessary, check emails, take care of household business.
  • 11:30 am – 12 pm – take a nap
  • 12 pm – 1 pm – lunch
  • 1 pm – 1:30 pm – walk outside or on treadmill
  • 1:30 pm – 2 pm – cool down, stretch, drink water and take a break
  • 2 pm – 2:30 pm – mid afternoon snack
  • 2:30 pm – 4 pm – I work on my blog, crafts, cards, etc..
  • 4 pm – 5 pm – yoga
  • 5 pm – 6 pm – dinner, night meds.
  • 6 pm – 7 pm – shower and get ready for hubby to come home.
  • 7 pm – 8 pm – visit with hubby
  • 8 pm – bed time.

Yes, it seems like a very boring day, but believe me it has been a challenge making sure that I get everything on my schedule done every day. To be honest, this last week since I have had this tooth ache and sinus issue, I haven’t done much but sleep. I am hoping to be back on schedule next week.

Have a great weekend everyone! Be safe…

Namaste

Sheila