One comment was around which styles of clothing make me look slimmer. That's a REALLY hard thing to assess by yourself. I know that I can be biased by preconceptions and perhaps be thinking about the body I used to have and not the one I'm actually wearing so please let me know which garments you think look great on me and which ones are not so friendly - especially if I have it the opposite way around. I definitely want to know when I have lipstick on my teeth, my fly is undone, and I'm being totally delusional BUT... sometimes I'll wear something less than best just for the fun of it. Our best look - lines - can get old at times.
The second comment - sent privately - was about a way to lose weight. I'm researching all kinds of possibilities to find the one that I think will work with the how I move through life. I don't want a lot of restricting rules, to weigh and measure foods, or to have to eat a certain number of meals a certain number of hours apart, or a whole host of other things that haven't worked for me previously. I want something doable - a life style as "they" say. Currently, I'm researching Secrets of 5-HTP. If you have any experience with that supplement, I'd love to hear about it.
One of my very creative friends - who I never even thought could possibly have slumps - told me that when she's not feeling at all creative she organizes something in her studio. I've been wanting to move the work island for quite a while so on Saturday, I asked my oldest son to help me and we moved it from over by the window to the foreground of the picture above. Previously, I've had the couch in front of the window and the sewing desks to the left. This time, I reversed them and I like seeing the view while sewing and if I can figure out an attractive way to make the couch higher, I'll have a better view from there as well.
To move the island, I have to empty it which makes quite a mess. It's amazing how much stuff is stored in there. Yesterday, everything was back in order and I started on Burda 8157 in a non-stretch denim. For fun, I used a silver and black striped fabric to line the pockets and to create the fly extension. Again, on the advice of some friends, I slowed down, took care at every step, made careful decisions, and practiced practicing joy at every step of the process. It was a fun day. I have fitting the side seams, the waistband, and the hem to go.
Sunday was absolutely gorgeous. When I talked to my daughter, they had 2-3 centimeters of snow on the ground and it was gloomy. We had blue sky and sun warm enough to wear just a sweater... on the 2nd of November... SO not normal and SO wonderful.
Up above our complex, the city is building a new park. This past week, they paved a two kilometer meandering circular path. The orange cones cover the base of pending lights. I'm not sure when they're going to put those in but eventually the entire walkway will be lit.
It's a climb from our house up to the path and then the path is up, down, an d around. It's lovely. Miss Chloe, our drama queen dog, and I walked it every day last week and on Saturday and Sunday Howard joined us. Hopefully, he'll come again today. He says it hurts but everything hurts so he may as well enjoy the walk - a positive change. Chloe has certainly been good for getting both of us out more. LOL - she's losing weight.
As you can see, the views are spectacular. The roofs in the foreground are not our condo complex but the one next door. From here, we continue walking to the left the distance of six or seven houses along a city block and then down five levels of condo units to ours. This morning, when I get back from journal writing, we're having breakfast with our youngest son and then we'll walk the walk and after that, my plan is to finish the jeans and think about my next project.
Talk soon - Myrna
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Tenacity is when you follow your heart - when the whole world is screaming to get back into your head.
- Sonia Choquette