I am setting new goals for myself, in several different areas. The first is health - I have a weight loss goal - not for looks, but for health. I would like to lose another 20 pounds by the end of February 2014. I'm giving myself plenty of time, because I want it to stick! It will be a little easier because D is also losing weight - again, health reasons. So we're shooting for eating less, eating the right things, and doing more.
I am also setting new goals in the sewing and quilting arena. I am setting a couple of goals here. The first one - finish Boston Molasses by the end of September. Once that is done, start working on Crazy Diamonds. Finish that one by the end of January 2014. (They are being quilted by hand, and neither is a wee thing, so I am giving myself time). If I manage to quilt the smaller ones as well, all the much better.
The second quilting goal - blog about what I am doing every day in the month of August. Even if it's just a little, I am going to try to have something up EVERY DAY. Hooray! (And it's cheating if I post things I did several days ago. It's got to be do something and post every day.). Quilting and sewing related, obviously.
In order to make that second goal, I am going to have a bit of a run-up. I will post (hopefully) more often henceforth. I have ideas, and goals, and stuff! I have things to say! And by golly, I intend to say them! (That almost got typed out as By Gollum. Can you tell I'm a LotR fan?)
I got a lot of inspiration this past weekend. D and I took a trip to San Antonio. It was my mother's birthday, and I thought it would be fun to surprise her. (Which I did, and it was fun!). We did a lot of running around as a family, which was nice. We haven't really done that in a while. One of the side trips we took was to Las Colchas - which is a FABULOUS quilt shop in San Antonio. If you get a chance, oh quilters, you should go! They have a wide array of fabrics in a converted house, and it's just stuffed to the gills. If I had unlimited funds, I could spend all day in there getting fabrics cut.
They also had a lot of fabrics that I haven't seen up here in Fort Worth. So... needless to say, I did some buying. I don't have an immediate use for the things I bought, but still.... I know I will use them!
D and I also went to the zoo and to the Japanese Tea Garden. Both were amazing! Both are built in an old quarry (as are a lot of things in San Antonio). but neither of them resemble quarries. They are gorgeous! The zoo has made a LOT of improvements since I was there last. We were among the first people in the Tea Garden when we went, and so we got to meander around without lots of people barring the way.
The flowers were in full bloom, and butterflies flitted about. Again, because we were early, the lizards were scurrying around doing their thing. The koi and turtles were happily swimming around the Tea Garden. It was a very pleasant morning, and afterwards, we got to meet my parents for lunch before heading out.
In a lot of ways, this trip was a little hard. We went on a trip last year for a long weeked, and while it was a great deal of fun, the day we got back my cat died. So I was a little leery this time. Nothing seemed wrong last time, so that didn't give me much encouragement about THIS time. But all was well when we got home. Joji jumped off of her perch and came charging to meet me, and didn't hold any kind of grudge over our absence. (Although she's been eating my toes every morning since).
At any rate, we are home and all is well now. Still catching up on sleep - the weirdly cool weather (for July in Texas, rain and 80's is cool!) is helping, though. And in the meantime, I am still working away in the forge getting things made. I will post about them later today, when I have better pictures. And maybe a few more pics of San Antonio, too.
And I have gained more inspiration from the San Antonio trip as far as quilts than I expected. That's a nice thing - it feels like a long dry season that's finally coming to an end.
See you later, superfriends!