Personal Update 9 August, 2021

It’s been trying working with WordPress to correct issues that weren’t allowing me to write posts. It took a while, but it looks like things are back to normal again – just in time for me to update you on what’s going on in my world. I will be posting a Writing Update next week as I hope to have some nice things to share.

First, a Mimi pic!

Mimi and her housemate, Butterscotch

Yes, Mimi does have another furbaby to hang out with. Butterscotch is the proud owner of my son, Joe. He got her from the same “shelter” I got Mimi from, but she allowed him to bring her home month’s later. She’s about a year younger than Mimi and a great deal more vocal in general. Mimi only vocalizes when she wants something – usually to go outside.


I have a part time job at Lowe’s Home Improvement Store here in town. The pay is worth the 25 hours I work, and I even have a set schedule thanks to the Creator. I am one of the few part timers with a set schedule and every weekend off. I am truly blessed as this allows me to continue seeing my gentleman friend on the weekends when he’s free, and I have plenty of time to do other things when he’s not.

I work only mornings as well 5a to 10a and go to bed around 730p. I’m usually worn out by then because I stay busy the entire day. I’m having to rearrange my personal schedule to accommodate these hours, and I’m slowly working out what all I can do in the time I have.

I’m enjoying the work though, five years ago when I was working there, only my feet were sore at the end of the day. Now, even with only five hours of work, both my feet and knees are sore. It didn’t help that weekend before last I got a bit too energetic and pulled the ligaments attaching my right knee to my right thigh muscles. Everything right above my kneecap protested vehemently when I put pressure on it. It no longer hurts, but it’s still sore like my feet and left knee. I just take it a bit easy when I get home.


I’m on my feet most of the time I’m at work, but I make it a point to walk around the perimeter of the right half of the back yard in a rectangle with Mimi when I get home. My job has disturbed her routine too, and I’m trying to make sure she gets outside time because I know she doesn’t go outside with the boys unless she absolutely has to. This is much less stressful on her.

Body Changes

As I’ve changed my eating habits a bit to adopt a more light and healthy menu following mostly Mediterranean recipes, my body has begun changing for the better. I can see my cheekbones beginning to emerge, and my jowls are receding. I didn’t really have double chins, but I was on my way. I’m not now. I have lost about 1 1/2 inches on my waist since I measured on 31 July, 2021. I also weighed myself and was down to 181 pounds. My hips are being stubborn and staying around 47inches which is pretty wide for someone my height. I am confident I can get them down as well with all the walking and squatting and ladder climbing I’m doing now.

First attempt at making flatbread

Using a recipe with no yeast, I made flatbread for the first time ever. I can’t roll a circle to save my life, but it still turned out very good! My son, Joe, and his girlfriend really enjoyed them too. He wants me to make some more when we get more ingredients for it! 🙂

Cross stitch Projects


I’m actually not sure why the image on the right is so zeroed in when the original picture was a long rectangle, but it does give you a good idea what the section for July was. In the picture on the left, you can see what the entire project looks like so far. August is the third block on the left, and I figure Sept – Nov will be the rest of the blocks with Dec being the big space in the bottom middle. We shall see.

Anita from My (mis)adventures in yarn has her own section up as well, and I encourage you to check it out as she’s done some stellar work with variegated thread. I can’t wait to see how she did with the August block since it has a large almost completely round motif in it. We’ll both have to wait to see it!

Frederick the Literate

Since I’m done with the MSAL for the month, I can return to the cross stitch project I’ve been working on for several years now. I work on it and then, life happens, and I have to pack it away again. Each time, I worry I’m going to lose it. This time, it took me a while, but I did find it packed away with some other things. I do try to stay organized when packing but….

Frederick the Literate

This is a kit from Dimensions, and I actually found a puzzle with him as well which I will put together at a later date. There’s a lot of detail in this project so it takes time, but I’m going to do the best I can to get it finished this year.


Dead Among Us alien

I found the pattern for this on Ribblr , but I wasn’t crazy about it as it wasn’t written that well. I did the best I could and while I don’t really like how it turned out, my son, Joe, likes it. That’s what matters since I made it for him. There was a pattern for the Living Among Us alien, but the pattern was written even worse than this one, and I hated how it turned out when I made it so I tossed it. I’ll look around for another pattern and try again.

That’s really about all I have to share with you. I’m making changes in my life that will help me live a happy, healthy long life, and I’m more than happy to share them with you.

Feel free to comment or ask questions – I may have an answer for you!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!


3 thoughts on “Personal Update 9 August, 2021

  1. Lots of crafty updates! Your July section looks amazing, and it’s wonderful that you found your long-running project too – I love how it looks so far, and I assume there isn’t much left now? (I’m impressed that you stitch on black / dark fabric. I’d have to squint way too much if I did.)
    Your flatbread looks fine, it really doesn’t need to be round, anyway, as long as it tastes great. 😉 Hope your healthy living keeps making you feel good.
    By the way, I’m filling up the round motif of August with back-stitches, and I like it much better that way. I’m eager to see your version of it.


  2. Stitching on the dark fabric takes a bright light and some magnifying lens to see properly to be honest. The fabric came in the kit or else I wouldn’t be using it. I much prefer lighter colored fabric. I still have some solid colored areas to do and then, I started on the blended colors. The cat is going to be the biggest part of the blended. Once that’s all done, I have outlining and lettering to do. I’m not a big fan out outlining because it’s so tedious, but it needs to be done to get the details right.

    My healthy living choices are making me happy. As I lose weight and my body changes shape, I’m feeling better and able to do more. I am never going to be “cured” of my back condition, but I can do things to slow down the deterioration so I am.

    Joe and I both liked the flat bread recipe, and I’m wanting to make Korean pancakes when i can find the recipe.

    I can’t wait to see your August block!

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    1. Ah there seems to be quite a bit remaining on the cat project then. What I thought of as completed was just the underlying dark fabric, lol!
      Even a minor improvement in health is big, I agree. Good luck, and keep going!


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