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.


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…. 


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.


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. 


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*

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*

Running Out of Yarn….

 I don’t know about anyone else, but I love looking at crochet projects. I can spend anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour doing this.

I would save the ones I like the best and go back to see if there are directions. One of the best things about this craft is that more than one person may have done the same project, and you can go through as many as you have too to be able to understand the directions to make that project on your own.

I found a project and I couldn’t wait to get started. It took five to six times before I got it right. Then the sad news came, when I had to put it on hold altogether, because of two unfortunate events:

  1. Walmart no longer carried the yarn.
  2. Micheal had the yarn, but for $5.00 and I knew I would need  at least 6 spools of yarn.

I had started a project that must come first and when Caron chunky cakes yarn was on sale I had to go for it.

I have my fingers crossed that Caron simply soft yarn will be on sale next month, because I really want to finish this project.



I really don’t like to stop working on a project I just learned how to make, because I will forget and I will relearn everything. Oh well hopefully next time it won’t take too long….

Bye IV Now, LD*