Sunday, July 29, 2007

Weekend update

I haven't stitched in well over a week. Family business and a new volunteer op has come up.

But, tonight I did stitch some of my PM. I can only stitch for about an hour before my count is off. So in the hour that I stitched tonight I only managed to get about 2 or 3 rows done. Is that not sick or what? I would really like to accomplish more. Perhaps, since it is 2 am here at home and since I cannot sleep because I am worrying so much, I think I will go work on that some more and perhaps try to sleep a little. Sound like a plan?

It is very frustrating. If for people who don't know that may be peeking at my work, I have bipolar disorder. Things were going relatively easy for a bit untill Wed of last week. It was hell for almost 3 days. Today is the first day I feel like a human being. However, there is much work I need to do to be able to communicate with others so as not to cause problems. I CAN DO IT! I learned that I can do it. It is so cool to know that I CAN rise above the challenges of this disease. However, in cases like the last few days it was sheer hell to work out of it. I stayed in bed for forever. I didn't want to get out into the real world so as not to damage myself or other people. I just wanted to control my emotions by hiding them away. I wanted to protect my family and the rest of the world from the monster within me.

Anyway, I am a little better. I just cannot sleep. I have to seriously review my previous year's therapy treatment. I need to set up a plan to use. Some people call it WRAP wellness recovery action plan. My goal is to use WRAP, DBT and CBT customized to my own needs and challenges to come up with an overall plan to work with. That takes work. I need to investigate each to figure out what works best. Then, I will have to use paper documentation to keep track of everything. Maybe I can use this computer for it. We shall see. I know I will need Excel to track mood charting. I will need Word to set up templates. I will start there.

Sorry I rambled on about other issues. I will try to stick to stitching only next time. Maybe I can post pics of the 3 rows I did. Wowee. Whatever.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Check this out

I have been keeping up with some yahoo groups I am in. Most of them are of some kind of needlework. But, in two I heard of two cool things to motivate me to stitch.

1. The 3 strand stitch a day. That works at least to get me started.

2. The 15 minute stitching challenge! It is just what it says. Stitch for 15 minutes a day and see what happens. You get a long way.

For now, due to health issues, I have to hold off on stitching. Perhaps in a few days or so I can pick up the needle again.

Happy Stitching to all the stitchers.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Update with pix

Here is a visual update on what I am trying to do.

Below is the finished picture of the Live, Learn and Love kit. I showed it earlier but I wanted to add it again just for clarity.

I worked on this part of it during jury duty today while I waited all morning. I also sent text messages on my phone and worked on a puzzle. But, I did start it.

Here is a picture of the finished product for the PM. It says, "Thank you Lord for special friends". The picture quality is not that great, but it is the best I could do with the camera.

Here is the beginning of what I am doing with this one in particular. I started the first row or two yesterday and had to stop because I got really uncomfortable.

I hope to continue to work on these. Posting online in this blog will hopefully motivate me to get really moving. As I said in another posting, working 3 strands a day hopefully will help. I am going to rotate between each one.

Happy stitching, as stitchers say

Jury Duty

Today's jury service was the most boring thing this summer next to going to my TIPS training class to serve booze at Rockies games!

It was about 3 1/2 hours long. To occupy myself, I took the Live, Love and Learn cross stitch kit. I took a number puzzle book. I had my cell phone. I slept. I did a little of each. But, I was not chosen to serve on a jury. It is over. I am no longer threatened with a possible warrant for my arrest for not showing up. Phew.

It was hot too. Over 100 for sure. I had to go to "work" too. I was just going to take the 15 bus home and call it a day, but I had to go answer phones at the office. I made it home a while ago. Now, I am enjoying a tall glass of iced tea! I love iced tea in the middle of the hot summer! Nothing better.

I will post pictures of my stitching later. They won't be much but they will motivate me to get to work so I can keep posting!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Cross stitching insanity!!!!! Yikes

I have too many needles in the hoops. I am trying to work on a couple of projects. But, the problem is the number of projects is growing.

So what I am doing:

1. The Precious Moments Thank God for friends (or something like that)

2. The teddy bears which need to be done by Thanksgiving and time is flying as it is nearly August. That only leaves me the fall! Oh dear.

3. This new one I added today called Live, Love and Learn with real pretty flowers on it. It's picture is above.

4. I want to take the very first pillowcase and rip it out. I want to start all over to see if I can make it come out a little neater.

So there are too many things for me to pinpoint goals! What I think I will do is this:

Try a 3 strand a day routine. 3 Needles. I will rotate as my mind chooses. But, I am having trouble with the teddy bears. I want to keep this simple. My mind wanders very very very easily. So I am going to take it slowly.

Another dilemma here is the fact I am getting over a nasty chest cold. I was sick for a whole month. Dreadful evil thing. Now as I am recovering I pulled a muscle and it is hard for me to stitch because it hurts my side. Yes, whah whah whah call me the whah-m-bulance.

One of these days I will get something accomplished. Tomorrow I have jury duty. I plan on taking a small kit of things to do while waiting. I hate waiting because I get so bored so easily and it just kills me. So in my package I am taking the Live, Love and Learn cross stitch kit and a book or two of puzzles.

For about 3 to 4 weeks I was obsessed with puzzles. I kept buying different puzzle books. But, I got bored with that and now stitching has caught my attention. It is late summer so that is when I get the itch to stitch too.

Anyhoo, I hope to get some work done in the coming days and weeks.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Stitching Update

Today I have motivation to stitch. However, whether or not I actually do it is another story. I have a good friend from an online stitching group who sent me a care package in the mail not too long ago. She sent me a set of pillowcases with a Christmas theme. Very Pretty. Thanks.