A New Challenge….

I don’t know why I thought I could wear this slim belt all day? I was thinking I could burn some extra calories while I stand for two or three hours as I greet customers as they come and leave the store.

An hour to get to work, an hour to relax before I actually start working, (I work on clearing my mind as I crochet listening to gospel music or just reading a book) and an hour and  half later this belt came off.

I decided to wear it on my day off, but since that day I spent working on my writing. The belt was wasted. Today’s challenge was and I am still working on this….

  1. Drink a lot of water, because I cannot drink it while I am at work. I have gotten 3 full cups of 20 ounces of water as of 10:47am.
  2. I had planned on going for a walk, but that isn’t going to happen. Then I remembered Misty Tripoli   who created “Body Groove”. https://www.bodygroove.com

Today I lasted a little over 30 minutes of dancing and moving my feet. My back started hurting twenty minutes into the DVD. I DID NOT STOP! I am proud of myself and the next time I push that play button. I will last longer…..

I was told I should drink a gallon of water every day. I don’t like drinking water in the first place, but one cannot drink that much each day if you are working each day.

11:06am I just finished a half a cup of water, which equaled a pitcher of water, and that is a first for me. It normally takes me two days, but today is a great day.

I plan on drinking as much water as I can each day. I walk at least two hours (I am counting steps as I walk while I am at work. Working retail keeps one on their feet and constantly moving) four to five days a week.

On the road to a better me…….

Bye IV Now, LEE*

Part 1: One Piece….

I cannot believe it will be thirty years since One Piece first aired back one on October 20, 1999 and there have been more than 9000 episodes and still counting.

One Piece is an anime series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda, a weekly Shonen Jump manga magazine since July 22, 1997. One could read about Luffy and his friends in collections from Tankobon volumes (books) by Shueisa since December 24, 1997. 

Toei Animation produces an anime television series based on the One Piece manga. One Piece premiered in Japan on Fuji Television on October 20, 1999.

www.toei-animation-usa.com

Toei Animation Co., Ltd. is a Japanese animation studio primarily controlled by its namesake Toei Company. It has produced numerous series, including Sally the Witch, Gegege no Kitaro, Mazinger Z, Galaxy

Although, it’s sad to know it will come to an end within 5 years, but it’s time. Then who knows what the next stage this series will actually take.

I was thinking about going over different parts as I have started from the beginning, because I kind of got upset after Ace died. Yes, I stopped watching, and that might just be a me or a girl thing.

Image result for Ace from One PiecePortgas D. Ace is better known as “Fire Fist” Ace, because of his ability to fight with fire. He ate the “flame flame fruit,” and although he isn’t blood related to Luffy, they are brothers just the same. He is also Gol D. Rogers’ son.

Gol D. Rogers was a powerful and dangerous pirate Captain  who had collected more gold then anyone and his travels were known everywhere. It was said he gave himself up to the marines after learning of his illness. His last words left millions looking for the gold he had collected through his travels.  He said, “If you want my gold you can have it. I left it all in one place”.

Those last words of Gol D. Rogers left every person who was a pirate and who became a pirate looking for the gold and to be known as “The King of the Pirates”.

Which brings us to Monkey D. Luffy  also known as “Straw Hat Luffy” he is the Captain of The Straw Hat Pirates, and has calmed he was going to be King of the pirates since he was a child along with his brothers.

“Sanbo Socho,” Sabo also known as “Lucy” was childhood friends with Ace and Luffy and that’s how they became brothers. He is in the Revolutionary Army as the chief. Like his brothers he ate devil fruit called Mera Mera no Mi, and he can use fire.

I can and will add on to this thought. There are a lot of stories within this series and I can’t wait to talk about them all..

Bye IV Now, LD*

Last Time Frogging….

A fun yarn to work with...

I lost count how many times I walked past this yarn, while walking towards the brands I normally use. I liked the many colors, but I couldn’t imagine what a blanket would look like someone else’s color choices.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized I had to change my way of thinking, and I bought Yarnspirations Caron Chunky Cakes yarn. After all I have worked a few of its cousin brand ex: Red Heart, Caron Simply Soft,and so on…. 

https://www.yarnspirations.com/

Then again a friend had asked if I could make a blanket for her granddaughter and I told her I would, “if she got the yarn,” and brought me the very yarn I had been walking past for years.

https://youtu.be/Na7FMK2a1Vk

Jayda InStitches Learn how to crochet this beautiful sunburst baby blanket.  This complete blanket tutorial includes blocking instructions at the end of the video.

Okay, since that blanket turned out well. I decided to try it again for myself. It took me a few tries, but I finally found the right pattern. 

https://youtu.be/UiDB5E5Tpoc
https://youtu.be/UiDB5E5Tpoc

Hooked by Robin

How to Crochet a baby blanket using Caron Big Cakes yarn! This blanket uses 2 balls of the Caron Big Cakes yarn and a 5mm hook. In this video I show you how to make the blanket itself (a one row repeat and a pretty shell pattern – what’s not to love?!) as well as how to straighten the final edge before adding the border. All 3 steps are shown in this video 😀 Keep scrolling for the written pattern and the all important time stamps! 👇

I have been working on this for about two weeks, because of a missed count. I lost count of the first row and it was downhill from there and I had to take out two rows a few times before I got it right.

I am making a sad face, because I just realized I do not have enough yarn to continue for the size I wanted. I already used two full rolls and a half of another and only have one roll left.

This particular yarn cost $10.00 a roll. I was thinking about just continuing to work on it and putting it up until I can get some extra money? Then I realized, I am NEVER being this yarn again, (unless it’s a paying requested item) and I am going to start frogging (taking out) this project asap and get this project over with. 

My next project will be looked at with the amount of yarn I have and not at what I want to make out of that yarn. This will be my last time frogging a project…..

Bye IV Now, LD*

Talking about Anime….

I want to talk about anime. When people find out I watch anime, the first thing that comes out of their mount is, “You must be watching it, because of your son?”

I am actually laughing as I type, because who says nike is just for the young. I am  52 years blessed and getting better every day. I will admit I did  start watching anime years ago, because of my son, but we all have to start somewhere.

How will you know if you like something, if you don’t try something new? What was new is now learned and then you can choose if you like it or not.

I was looking for more anime shows I could watch and made a list. As I was going through past notes, I noticed that list, and then I thought I could write about the world of Anime. Not a new idea, but it’s new to me.

Where do I begin? Do I go back 15 years when my son started watching it or do I go back 25 years when I watched it with my brother. Then again maybe what I was watching back in the 80’s was called cartoons, but still animation just wasn’t as good as it is today.

I am going to take a look at that list and go from there. I had wanted to watch something that didn’t have any violence in it and these are a few that I got from google…..

K-ON!

K-ON! is an example of the slice-of-life genre, and there’s nothing violent about it. When amateur guitarist Yui Hirasawa joins the Light Music Club, she has no musical skill. Her fellow club members aren’t thrilled, but if they want to keep the club from being disbanded, they’ll have to show their new member the ropes. While creating music, the club members form meaningful friendships and learn to express themselves through art. 

I didn’t watch this one, because I didn’t think I would like it…..

**Hyouka

Not every mystery needs to be a blood-soaked murder case. Sometimes, as is the case with the mysteries solved by the Classics Club in Hyouka, the mysteries can be low key but still entertaining. They investigate a ghost haunting a hot spring, the reason why a student gets called to the office, and other subjects that are charming enough to drive the plot. But the true power behind Hyouka lies in its characters. Houtarou Oreki is passive, lazy, and largely indifferent to the world around him, but Eru Chitanda’s infectious enthusiasm forces him to re-evaluate his approach to life.

I did like Hyouka. Each person in the club is different, but once they became friends they all helped each other be better than what they thought they were.

Bunny Drop

When 30-year-old Daikichi Kawachi’s grandfather dies, the whole family is shocked to find out he left behind a six-year-old daughter, Rin Kaga. No one else in the family is willing to step up and care for the now orphaned girl, except for Daikichi, who must adjust to life as a single dad. Issues like finding affordable childcare, trying to maintain a dating life in a society that expects dads to have wives, and soothing a six-year-old through nightmares make for a compelling story that doesn’t require gratuitous violence to carry it.

I didn’t watch this one, because I didn’t think I would like it…..

Laid-Back Camp

If you want to go camping, but don’t want to deal with the inconvenience or the weather, then watching Laid-Back Camp might be your best option. This is an anime about a group of girls who take to the great outdoors, enjoying each other’s company, eating delicious fire-cooked meals, and learning valuable survival skills.

Tripping and falling is a common occurrence in this anime, especially for Nadeshiko, but no one gets seriously hurt, and no one intentionally tries to hurt anyone else. This is a feel-good, educational anime that will leave you contemplating your own future camping trip. 

I didn’t watch this one, because I didn’t think I would like it…..

*Flying Witch

Joined by her black cat familiar Chito, 15-year-old Makoto Kowata embarks on a journey to learn about and master witchcraft. What follows is a combination of ordinary school life and whimsical magical adventures, including run-ins with fortune-telling dogs and screaming mandrakes. While some events are potentially dangerous (mandrakes are poisonous and can kill with their screams) nothing violent actually happens on this warm-hearted show. 

I had started not to look at this, because of the word “witch,” but I changed my mind. It was a good show.

Asatir: Mirai no Mukashibanashi

 SCREENSHOTS

In 2050 Riyadh, Asma transports her grandchildren to the past through retellings of beloved Arabian fables. With the help of their robotic cat, the children learn that their modern problems are no match for the wisdom in Asma’s fascinating stories

I didn’t watch this one, because I didn’t think I would like it…..

Binbou Shimai Monogatari  – Asu and Kyo are two orphaned sisters; their mother passed away some time ago, while their father abandoned them due to gambling issues. Asu and Kyo now live in a rundown apartment complex. Asu, the younger sister, is responsible for all of the housework while Kyo is in charge of living expenses; and together, the two sisters work hard to live a comfortable and enjoyable life. Looking to one another for support, Asu and Kyo experience the hardships of daily living, but are still able to welcome each day with a smile. 
I wanted to watch this, but it wasn’t in English. I am not good at reading as I watch TV. So, I couldn’t watch this one…

SCREENSHOTS

While visiting her uncle for the summer, six year old Hotaru gets lost in the woods outside the village. Scared, the crying girl is eventually rescued by a gentle youkai named Gin, who is burdened with a curse that will cause him to disappear if ever touched by a human. Though they are barred from physical contact, the two become close friends. But after a few short years it becomes apparent that Gin ages more slowly than humans, so while Hotaru is growing up and changing, Gin remains in stasis. How will Hotaru adapt to the complicated emotions she develops as her and Gin’s ages gradually

 I like this show, but it has been a while and I cannot recall what it’s about. I want to click on it, but I am afraid I am going to want to watch it again. If I wasn’t already watching three shows now I would do it, but I am not.

I know I shouldn’t be watching one of my favorite shows from the beginning, instead of picking up where I left off at, because it was no longer in English. Anyway, I am enjoying myself, and watching…

Roronoa Zoro, nicknamed “ The Pirate Hunter” Zoro, is a fictional character in the One Piece franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. 

I am going to end this short take on a few anime shows and I will get more into this area and one of the GREATEST ANIMES in print and on screen…  

One Piece ~ created by Eiichiro Oda.

Bye IV Now, LD*

Jokes on You….

I know I am overweight 

and have to lose these extra pounds. 

I am working on a better me. 

I don’t need a person 

who is a size 10 to point that out. 

I don’t need anyone else 

 to tell me what I already know.

I don’t need you 

to point out the pain in my back 

 as well as my knees is,

 because I am standing all day 

and being overweight isn’t  good.

I was  trying NOT to be 

as rude as you.

You spent the first half of the morning 

Complaining  how I clean 

and then insulting me

 and you wonder why

 I stopped talking to you?

People make me shake my head 

and pray they start 

thinking before they talk 

and ask themselves,

 “how would I feel if someone said that to me?”

I am laughing, 

because my feelings weren’t hurt. 

I knew she didn’t get the response

 she was looking for, 

 because of her surprised expression on her face.

hahaha ~ hahaha

Bye IV Now, LD*