Thursday, July 17, 2014

Two + Years A Widow

I wanted to write a post about something that I've been thinking about recently...widowhood. Maybe it's because technically, by definition, I am no longer a widow but a piece of my heart will always be Ryan's and therefore, that makes me a widow. <-- In case you were wondering what my stance was on this situation.

There are some people out there who will judge me publicly and silently for moving on and remarrying sooner than whatever made-up acceptable timeline they have created in their head and then there are those that are my true supporters and advocates who stand by my no matter what decision I choose to make. 

Before this turns into a rant, I want to thank those people in my life who have stood by me at my best and my worst. I appreciate you far more than you can imagine. I've had some really, really dark days and the people who called me at 7am to make sure I was up in time for work and the people who spent time or listened to me even though I acted like a bigger you know what than I'd care to admit. <-- It's not lady-like to swear. Even those who were worried about my behaviors and helped me to pick up the pieces enough to make myself presentable during my darkest days. 

Today I send a big hug and a thank you to my friends and family. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Blog Slacker...

That would be me. I definitely missed out on posting my Hopes and Plans this week and I'm ok with it. You know why? Something that I learned from grief...I believe that you need to cut yourself some slack sometimes and that one should be patient with oneself. <-- is that even a sentence? And after all, this is my blog right? It's my little space to be me, do as I please and say what I want. 

I will tell you that I exercised 4 times last week, decided what to do with Mr B's pants and got two projects completed for my Sewing with Knits class. In fact, I should catch you up with some of my latest projects. 

The three images above are of a hoodie that I made last week. It was super easy, my intent was to dye it a coral color but I might just keep it natural color.  

  This is a v-neck shirt. The image that I have, I'll have to share an image with me wearing it next time. 

I can't remember if I shared this image before but I made this shirt about a month ago and have been proudly wearing it. :-) 

 This is a fabric that I purchased for a surprise new quilt :-) 

Had to throw in a selfie from this weekend.  

Flowers from the yard. 

Consider this your update on all things Megan for the past week. 

Today, I am Thankful For: To have been Ryan's wife and to be Mr. B's wife. 

Skin cancer fact of the day: Skin cancer can occur anywhere on the body, but it is most common in skin that is often exposed to sunlight, such as the face, neck, hands, and arms.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

What I'm Reading Now

I'm realizing that I'm flying though books this month. You might be wondering how much my book budget is... well I will say that i'm usually an amazon shopper but occasionally i'll get an e-book from the library. Recently, I have failed with the library attempts lately. One thing I try to do to cut back on book costs is use the Lending Library as one of the perks of the Amazon Prime membership. 

What Am I'm Reading Now?

What Is This Book About? 
The official book description: A shy girl with no family, Maria knows she's lucky to have landed in the sewing room of the royal household. Before World War I casts its shadow, she catches the eye of the Prince of Wales, a glamorous and intense gentleman. But her life takes a far darker turn, and soon all she has left is a fantastical story about her time at Buckingham Palace.

Decades later, Caroline Meadows discovers a beautiful quilt in her mother's attic. When she can't figure out the meaning of the message embroidered into its lining, she embarks on a quest to reveal its mystery, a puzzle that only seems to grow more important to her own heart. As Caroline pieces together the secret history of the quilt, she comes closer and closer to the truth about Maria.

How Far Am I?
I'm about 25% through.

Do I Like The Book?
Yep, it's shaping up to be a good story.

Will I Recommend This Book?
Not sure yet, probably.

What's Next?
Last time I mentioned that I was excited for the new JK Rowling book. I decided against it after reading a sample. I just couldn't get into the swing of things. I might reattempt it at a later date but for now it's on the back burner.

Today, I Am Thankful For: My Kindle of course.

Skin Cancer Fact: This year, it is estimated that Melanoma will be just 1.7% of all cancer deaths. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hopes & Plans

Does it seem like it's always Monday to anyone else? It feels this way to me :-) So here we go again with a new week. 

Marry Mint

Last Week: Week 3
One: Exercise at least 5 times. (Maybe this week will be the week)
Ok, so I was able to exercise 4 time last week and I have to admit that i'm pretty proud of myself. Some people might think this is a breeze but for me, right now, this is a struggle. Bonus: I even got a long run in this week, which was about 6 miles. I have to laugh at this because there was a time in my life where I would say.. oh i'm just running 10 miles today. Hopefully i'll be back at this stage sometime. 

Two: Finish writing various Thank You note cards 

Three: Start working on my sewing with knits class

Four: Finish my current quilt project top.
Yes, finished this one. I will add sometime else in that I was able to also fix one of Mr B's shirts. It was too big so I ghetto-fied it and took it in on the sides and in the arms a bit. 

This Week: Week 4
One: Exercise at least 5 times. (This will always be a repeat)
Two: Finish writing various Thank You note cards 
Three: Start working on my sewing with knits class
Four: Work on mending Mr. B's old pants before we send them off to the donation box
Five: Go to the ew.

Today, I Am Thankful For: A new week :-) 

Skin Cancer Fact Of The Day:  In 2014, there will be an estimated 76,100 new cases of Melanoma. In 2014, there will be an estimated 9,710 deaths from Melanoma. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Quilts, Quilts and More Quilts

On Wednesday I had the honor of attending the June meeting of the Heart and Home Quilters Guild. I have to admit, I was a little nervous to attend. I never have considered myself by any means a real quilter- I just happen to make baby quilts every now and again.. right?  This just happens to be my little hobby. Anyway, I'm really thankful for Cindy, who invited me to tag along with her last night. 

I will tell you that attending a meeting with this group was really inspirational. Last night, they hosted a guest speaker, Pat, Pat is with Quilt In A Day. She showed us a ton of their quilts and explained how they were made. I was sitting in the back, so I didn't really get a chance to take any great pictures. I did however pick up a new pattern, Geese In The Garden. The image on their website doesn't look all that great but the quilt that Pat showed us was gorgeous! 

In my opinion, the best part of the meeting was saved for the end, Show and Tell. The members who have recently completed project or who are close to completing project bring their quilts to present to the group. These ladies are so talented, it's awesome to think about how much I might be able to learn by spending time with them. 

I'm looking forward to attending next month's meeting and getting to know the ladies better. 

 Pat is on the right.

A sample quilt that she brought along. 

A few more that she brought, the top two quilts are the pattern that I picked up. I just couldn't resist the flowers. She eve had little buttons in the center. 

Today, I am Thankful For: A weekend, hopefully filled with lots of free time to relax, enjoy hubs and get some sewing done of course!

Skin Cancer Fact of the Day: In almost all cases, melanoma arises from a previously existing mole, and it may spread to other locations if not treated.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

What I'm Reading Now

The next stop on my reading journey has arrived. Time to post a new book! 

What Am I'm Reading Now?

What Is This Book About? 
A lot of my friends are currently and have recently been pregnant so I thought that I would read this book. I do not have any children and have never been pregnant but it's still a pretty funny book. Especially if you've spent time with pregnant women. 

Jenny McCarthy talks about the good, the bad, and the plain of yucky aspects of her pregnancy however she adds humor, which I enjoy. 

How Far Am I?
I'm about 70% through.

Do I Like The Book?
Yes, it makes me laugh. It's a really quick read! 

Will I Recommend This Book?
Sure, why not? Probably not a good read for a man though. 

What's Next?
Well, JK Rowling just came out with another mystery book, called The Silkworm (A Cormoran Strike Novel), under her pen name Robert Galbraith that I will probably check out. I have read her other books and they have been ok. I just feel a sense of obligation because it's JK. Anyone else know my struggle? 

Today, I Am Thankful For: It being Thursday! I need a weekend. 

Skin Cancer Fact: The incidence of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, is rising faster than that of any other cancer.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Hopes and Plans

Marry Mint

Last Week: Week 2
One: Spend at least 2 hours this week learning about my new serger!
YAY- I actually completed one of my items. I am working on practicing my serging on a new quilt project that i'm doing for my bestie. I have to admit that I was super nervous about this but it's starting to come together. 

Two: Exercise at least 5 times. (I laugh as I type this.)
HMMM... A new week is a fresh start right? I think I got maybe 2 workouts in last week. I'm already ahead for this week though, did a lunchtime run. 

Three: Finish writing various Thank You note cards 
Nope.. not there yet. 

Four: Start working on my sewing with knits class
Does thinking about this count? I have my materials ready, just haven't started the class. Woops... Although i'm super excited to attend to a local quilters guild meeting this week! 

This Week: Week 3
One: Exercise at least 5 times. (Maybe this week will be the week)
Two: Finish writing various Thank You note cards 
Three: Start working on my sewing with knits class
Four: Finish my current quilt project top.

Today, I Am Thankful For: The sunshine- protected of course. 

Skin Cancer Fact Of The Day:  June Sun Exposure Bracelet  I think this is a really cool product, would you buy one?