MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Necessary, losses and a general mish mash


The 'necessary' part of this post is, of course, the growing pile of face masks that is common to many of our sewing spaces, mine being no exception...


This is a pile that are partially completed.


The 'losses' part - I think I mentioned awhile ago that Resident Chef and I have been attempting to lose some extra poundage.  I'm happy to say I've lost 33 lbs and have reached my goal and, even better, Resident Chef has lost 47 lbs.  Not too shabby!  And, I have to admit it's been easy to do too.  We've made four basic 'changes' to our lives.... we watch our portion sizes more than we used to (but we're not anal about it);  we don't snack after 7 pm at night; we don't eat dessert beyond a small square of fudge on Saturday and Sunday's; and (probably the most significant thing) we've been drinking a small juice glass filled with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and water each morning before breakfast.  That's it.  All this has been happening since the end of September so I think we've done well.  As of now I'm going 'off' the vinegar and will continue to weigh myself weekly and if I see the weight creeping on I will re-instate it.  

BUT - now what to do with the fact that ALL our 
summer clothes no longer fit and we can't go out
to get more.
I HATE doing alterations,

hate it I tell you



- THIS is ingenious!  One more way to help keep people safe.  I'm sure front line workers would really appreciate these. 

- And for those of you making face masks with the elastic, perhaps creating THESE to go along with them might be a good idea.  Or, if you're not making masks, I'm sure there is a need for these and you can no doubt find somewhere to donate them.  

- THIS is a cute little project that could serve a multitude of uses (including using up stash!).

Today's quote..."Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created"

34 comments:

  1. I really think that every moment is the one for which we were created. And that our current suffering is the Earth's relief time. End of heavy thoughts

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    1. I agree. The earth has been able to breathe lately because of the huge reduction in pollution caused by vehicular traffic. I've seen several outer space pictures of the earth and it's amazing how much the smog has been reduced.

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  2. Big CONGRATS to you and your 'significant other'. I know just how hard loosing weight is!! The good thing about your stuff not fitting is..you can't go anywhere anyway! Don't worry by the time we can go outside you will have adjusted your wardrobe to fit!! Happy sewing!!!!LOL

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    1. Thank you Sue - it hasn't been hard, surprisingly. Just a few simple changes have paid off big time. Not so sure about the clothing alterations though....

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  3. Congrats on the weight loss! Feeling good feels good - yay!

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    1. Thank you! Less poundage means a whole lot less stress on my achy joints, that's for sure.

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  4. Oh I also HATE alterations...so fiddley...;((((
    That is a really cute Easter Egg headboard bed pillow--I may begin making a couple for the grandgirls as they are always flopping on their beds to play...

    I sent them Easter cards with funny Easter bunny jokes in a quiz form and answers on the back. We cannot go to post office to deliver any candy so I guess this will have to do this year...And I promised them candy the next time I see them...I miss seeing my family a lot...I guess we are all in this same rocky boat...
    ~ ~ ~ waving from sun-coming-out-a-bit-here Julierose;)))

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    1. Sent Easter cards to our littles too - and the oldest one (5) got a letter in his that he can read himself (provided he can decipher my printing!). Included coloring sheets that I found online so they can have fun with those too. At least it's one way to connect with them and what little kid doesn't like getting their very own mail.

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  5. Love the quote. As I've been saying to my family. Everything happens for a reason.

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    1. It's hard for us to see the reason for what's happening now but I'm sure there is one and it will become apparent eventually. If nothing else it makes us appreciate each other.

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  6. I missed the comma and read it as necessary losses, and thought right away, ah, weight loss? Sounds as if you're taking good care of yourselves. One of the downsides of a cook in the family is that everything is so good, it's hard to hold back.

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    1. Yes, they ARE necessary losses so perhaps you DID read it correctly!!! We both needed to lose some poundage.

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  7. Good for you! I would do well to follow your example and tips!

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    1. We're both rather chuffed I must admit. Even better was how easy it's been. I thought we'd have to fight for every pound but it seemed to pretty much melt off. Now to maintain it.

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  8. Congratulations on the weight loss! We need to follow your rules on eating too.

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    1. Thank you! Resident Chef and I are both pretty happy and wish we had tackled the excess weight we were carting around a whole lot sooner. Kept putting it off thinking it would be a huge issue.

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  9. Well done You and the Resident Chef for attaining your goal. I am sure you'll come up with some clever way to alter clothes without too much bother.

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    1. Altering clothes - definitely not in my wheelhouse. I hate sewing anything having to do with clothes so doing all those shirts will be like torture I know. I won't even so much as LOOK at doing the pants....just put another hole in the belt and hope nobody notices.

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  10. Wow -- congratulations on the weight loss!!

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    1. Thank you Jeanne! We're both amazed at how easy it's been and wish we'd done this a whole lot sooner.

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  11. Congratulations to you Both!
    I'm going to try the apple cider vinegar in the morning, starting with one tablespoon to see how it goes.

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    1. Thank you. If you do try the vinegar thing - the best type to use is the one that has the 'mother' in it (or at least that's what I was told...if you don't have it I wouldn't worry). Just be sure that you either eat or clean your teeth after you drink it because it IS acidic and I don't know what it might do to your tooth enamel if it sat on them too long.

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  12. Well Done!!!

    I have just started with these same routines. ACV before each meal is where I'm at. Cheers stay well!

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    1. Thank you Caroline. Good luck with your venture - I hope you show results quickly.

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  13. Wow, congrats on the weight loss! I knew you were doing the Apple cider vinegar thing, but I didn’t realize you’d been doing it since September. Maybe by the time you need to shop for new summer clothes the quarantines will be lifted!

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    1. Thanks Cathy. Yes, we've been doing this since the end of September. It's been slow and steady losses for both of us which I'm told is the better way to go. I'm not holding my breath that the isolation will be lifted by the time the weather turns warm so I will have to tackle alterations myself. Dreading the thought!

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  14. Loved that soda bottle face mask idea. Aren't people so clever and creative when we have to problem solve. And woo hoo on the weight lose. What a team!

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    1. I thought the bottle mask was more than inspired - very inventive and it will work. (and thank you for the woo hoo!)....hope all is well with you.

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    2. Yes, all good here. Whole country in lock down. We've done 17 days now and some of that quilting that has been waiting a while for its turn is getting a chance to shine. We made some mask too, but our health guys are more big on keeping in your bubble and washings. I have never needed so much hand cream before!

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    3. In lock down here too - there's a severe shortage of masks here hence the push to make them, despite knowing they are not as good as the 'real' ones for protection. At least they're better than nothing. Lots of hand washing here too - and keeping good social distancing. Only one person from a family allowed in a grocery store at a time (at least in theory anyway). Of course there's the faction that blithely ignore all the rules and go their merry way thinking they couldn't possibly be contributing to the length of time this will last. By all reports it could well be fall before the lock downs are lifted.

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  15. Congratulations on your frustrating dilemma! Especially during a time when many won't have clothes to fit when it comes time to walk out the door!

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    1. Thank you Joy. Yes, I suppose we will be in the minority when it comes time to go back into the world and I should be grateful to have to alter our clothes. I am, truly I am, but I don't have to like it!

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  16. Huge Congratulations to both you and Resident Chef! Bless you for sewing masks for those in need. I have sewn them too but not in huge quantities. I am taking care of my health and trying to keep Mr. Antsy from going stir crazy. He is happiest when he is going Mach 5 with his hair on fire! Staying home and staying safe and staying well. Praying for the same for you two.

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    1. Staying home and staying safe are all we can do right now - at least we have enough common sense to listen to our authorities here and do as we're told. Not everyone is, but most are. We haven't set foot outside our door in a week but I do need to deliver the masks to the drop off point so will have to go out either tomorrow or the next day. I suspect that one day next week I will have to go to the grocery store for my 92 year old friend, otherwise we'd be staying inside our own walls. Take care of you!

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