Well, I’m going to be a little bit punny and say that the Earth has made quite a few revolutions since I got back here last.

Hopefully your revolutions are going well.  Mine is not so much. I guess I didn’t take myself seriously when I made my original statements so I have been holding steady instead of making progress.  At least I haven’t given ground right?  Blanche, on the other hand, has been kicking some butt!  Plus she has really been getting into the world of Zentangling.  Have you tried this yet?  We had talked about doing this at retreat, and I’m wondering if we shouldn’t get it going this time around.  She has done some amazing stuff and was kind enough to write a post about it.  (Don’t worry Blanche, I do still have it!)  Stay tuned because she also included some of her work.  I’m certain that you will be impressed or at the very least inspired to try it on your own.

I think most of the monkeys have had quite a bit Life happening this summer.  At least that’s what I’ve been gathering from what I’ve heard so far this summer.  I think the biggest news I’ll share today is that over the summer Inez suffered a heart attack. Yeah, big stuff.  She is doing well and recovering nicely. We are thankful that it wasn’t a large one.  I won’t go into lots of details about her medical information, except to say it’s been 6-8 weeks now since the episode and she really is doing well (and of course looking forward to retreat!). She has started cardiac therapy and looking forward to continuing with it to increase her strength and stamina. So, don’t anyone panic if you hadn’t heard the news. It does really make you stop and think when something like that happens to one of your own.  If someone close to you has gone through this, you know how it makes you really stop and look at your own lifestyle and what changes you could make.  Sandra Dee has been making some lifestyle changes of her own and I look forward to talking with her more about that. In the meantime I’ll be working on trying to get my revolutions started up once again. After all, holding steady is not the same as losing ground or giving up the war.

Actually, speaking about lifestyle changes, I had an interesting conversation with a dear friend of mine concerning essential oils.  Do you have any experience with them?  Drop a comment, I would love to chat.  I admit my curiosity has been aroused.  Don’t worry, I don’t plan on wearing tie-dye and joining a commune.  Although that would make for some interesting photo opportunities…..

My dear husband and I have started using UP24 by Jawbone. It’s an activity tracker. So far it shows me how lazy I am on a regular basis. Sometimes that feels motivating, that I want to have my tracker show more. Other days, I kinda shrug and think I’ll do better tomorrow. That won’t get my Revolutions going. So, if you use an activity tracker like UP, drop a comment and let me know how it’s going for you. Maybe we can inspire each other! Or you can inspire me….

Small Blonde has started all day Kindergarten!  Yahoo!  He is so very excited and is starting to read which makes me very excited.  Now that Little Red is getting bigger I can start to work on my sewing room to get it back in order and maybe actually get some sewing done!  I know, amazing right?

Where’s the quilting information??!!  Well, I don’t have much today.  With the small people and not being able to really dedicate some time to my sewing room, I’ve been doing more crochet.  I know, you already know that.  Lately I’ve been delving into a new crochet, amigurumi.  Have you seen them?  They are totes adorbs.  (I hope I have my slang correct…).

Here are some examples of what I’m talking about.

    This last one is from Planet June.  She has a great shop and tutorials and blog.  I’ve been enjoying visiting her site.  Maybe you will too.

I apologize for my stream of consciousness writing today and my almost total lack of cafting information.  Next time will be totes better.  (haha, I can’t go all the way to totes my goats….)  Okay, I promise I won’t stay away so long and next time we’ll have a totally inspiring post from Blanch about Zentangle and you will have a peek at her amazing-ness.