Sunday, June 4, 2017

Learning To Lean

The past months have been chaotic.  In our house that is nothing new.

Hubby started working in nursing again, which has dramatically increased our food budget and is paying down debt fast.  It is even gaining insurance for now.  The insurance has been helpful, in that I have been able to find what has been wrong with joints and causing pain.

Back in October I hurt my left knee.  It was just a simple thing, twisting it while weight bearing.  It went untreated for nearly nine months before we got private insurance and being able to get xrays or potential MRI.  It has become painful and to the point I had to use a cane in the past weeks.  I suspected a cartilage tear but had no proof either way.

This past week I finally had opportunity to go to an orthopedic surgeon.  I had high hopes, that maybe I would find out what is wrong in the joint and options on how to deal with it.

Oh no.  It couldn't be that easy.

As soon as the doctor saw my weight, he laid into me about it while saying "I'm not judging you.". Now, when folks say that, what are they doing?  He showed me the knees on xray and told me all the bad things I have done to them due to weight.  He treated and talked to me as a subhuman instead of simply telling me he couldn't help until I lost weight.  Insults and demeaning someone doesn't make a situation better.

I did learn both knees are bad, both have spurs.  The one that hurts has lots of spurs, new bone growth under the knee cap that isn't supposed to be there, next to no cartilage left, and what I have is torn.  The right knee had surgery 13 years ago and the cartilage repair took hold then.  It has arthritis but nothing like the left.  Hearing that part makes sense why pain was significant and weight bearing was very hard.

The doctor mocked me about my pain relief....I use naproxen to help with swelling.  I guess I was supposed to use controlled meds or something.  I do not ask for pain meds.  He also told me to lose 100 pounds.  I asked him what are my options after I lose that 100, and he just walked away.

So, after tears of frustration, I gathered up resolve and thought some very un-Christ like thoughts, and decided to meet the challenge.  The goal now is to lose 100 or more and send pictures to the doctor before/after and show him I could do it, and get the knee fixed elsewhere.

Since I want to do this in a healthy manner, I saw my primary office and got the OK to start a pre-bariatric surgery type diet, with high protein, low carbs, low low fat, and low calories.  I was also given a medicine to try to work on the on/off switch in the brain where appetite reigns.  It is a combination drug called Contrave.

I am 4 days in to the med and diet, and I am grateful the Lord has allowed the med.  It has taken the desire to eat and the switch for "full" goes off fast.  Protein shakes made at home is the main course, and have been using Trim Healthy Mama recipes.  Their shakes and sippers are tasty!  I have allowed an apple, a salad, and that's about it for solid foods.

Slow and easy is not the goal now, it is "get it off so knee can get fixed".

On advise of my dear friend, I started a page on Facebook called " You Can Do It".  It is supposed to be encouragement for myself and others who are losing weight too.  It can be found here:  You Can Do It  .

So, that's just a small part of the world here at the Abella house.  How are you doing?



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Friday, February 10, 2017

Walking in Prayer





Lately our women's Sunday School class has been learning more on prayer, like what it is, what we should do, etc.  This has been a good lesson, and definitely something to think on

I hadn't given it a lot of thought til then.  I  mean, throughout the day it's nothing to have a talk with God about things that go on.  If I waited til the end of the day, I'd forget a ton of stuff to talk to God about.  So, while doing housework or quilting or whatever, I talk to God.  Sometimes it is little trivial things, like "Lord, what do ya want me to do about supper?", "Lord, help me find such and such", and then sometimes it's about the kids or hubby or other family/friends.  But, it still pretty well goes along with 1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray without ceasing.

George Mueller has come to mind a bit this week.  For those who don't know who he was, he was a German immigrant to England in the early 1800's, educated in Wittenburg, and began orphanages in England.  He relied on God to provide everything from lodging to meals.  He had a giant faith and a prayer life that I'd love to have.  


This has made me think...do we really pray for everything?  Do we trust in God for everything?  If not...we should.  


Years ago, I learned a lesson on faith and trusting the Lord in taking care of needs.  As a baby Christian then, I had no clue how to pray much beyond "help me!", and yet the Lord took care of legal matters, food, shelter, health, job, etc.  I know how it feels to be homeless, penniless, jobless, etc and have a child in tow.  I know how it feels to have a home but nothing in the cupboard as well.  But...I also know how it feels to have faith in the Lord and know that He will provide, all we have to do is ask.  



Philippians 4:6 - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.


John 15:7 - If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.


Did this happen all overnight, learning to trust and pray?  No.  It took, at least for me anyway, 13 years of the Lord showing Himself in answering prayers in ways that I least expected.  He still shows Himself in the prayers asking how I will take care of the needs of the family when money is non-existant after bills are paid, how we will handle situations with special needs, how we'll handle this or that.

Don't get me wrong, I've had my share of freak out sessions when it's been a reaction to information or situation that comes up from what seems as nowhere.  Sometimes it takes a reminder from Pastor or Ms, Jane, or from my long time friend Susan, or from an online friend, or even a hymn heard on the radio...to put the focus back where it belongs and quit freaking out over things, that God is still in control.  It's so natural to worry...we women do that rather well...but He is still in control.

I look up to people like Mueller and Elizabeth Elliott (see quotes on the side) who have a long time testimony of faith.  One day I would like to be among their midst.

Have you prayed today and talked with the Lord and asked Him for your daily needs?


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Latest Obsession

It took me a while to figure out I hadn't been here in a long time.

OOOPS!

I've been working on quilting.  It has become an obsession of sorts.  It's been growing into a monster, that has me working at increasing skill and accuracy, as well as trying to learn designing.

In the past few months I've completed a few quilts by hand, and just this week completed 4 quilt tops for a ministry, with a couple more to go and then quilt them (most likely machined).

I also even completed a log cabin cross quilt by hand that I'd started last spring, and it is hubby's lap quilt now.  Then, out came the hexagon quilt I started 4 years ago and put away last spring when it got too hot to work under while hand quilting.  It's been getting a few stitches a day lately to work at getting it completed this year.

Last summer I was blessed beyond all measure with a half of a room full of fabric, as well as lots of cotton shirts and linens and so on that were given to be used in quilts for missions and charity.  I'm trying to make good and make plenty, as well as learn more along the way.

That's the fun part--the learning new techniques and designs and blocks and so on!

Right now I'm in the middle of learning how to reduce patterns, from full sized blocks down to mini blocks to make little quilts.  We're talking baby sized and below.  I love working with tiny pieces--yes, I'm odd lol.

You can see all the work that's been going on while away from here on my Instagram account at the top of the page.  You'll even see a cute cat or two that helps me.

I only wish there were more hours in the day so I could do quilting/piecing on a full time basis.  I have so many ideas to put on paper and make to designs that it's like an adhd moment with them all running around willy nilly.

What have you been up to lately?  I've missed you all!!!!




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Monday, January 2, 2017

Quiltville's Quips & Snips!!: Star Struck!

Quiltville's Quips & Snips!!: Star Struck!: Stitch a "Star-Struck" Quilt! (Click HERE for printer-friendly .pdf file) This quilt is Sew ...



I've been busy making quilts, and planning on doing at least 6 to 10 this year, minimum of 6 new ones.  I've fallen in love with the scrappy looks from Bonnie Hunter, Thimbleberries, and Little Quilts designs.  


Most of my time has been spent with the needle and thread working on hand quilted quilts.  The current one is to go to a raffle, and the next is one I finished the top to and started quilting on but put aside to work on another project...this year it will get finished!  There is a 3rd one to finish, one I started as a Grandmother's Flower Garden back in September of 2013.  It's still pinned and partially quilted.

This has become an obsession, creating soft comforts from fabrics of all kinds, from the brand new quilter's cottons to the recycled shirt and everything in between.  I've recycled battings, pieced new batting from scraps, used fleece, etc as well.

This year my goal is to work more precise, take my time and make sure all is done well, and to use inspirational embroideries in my work.  There are some Australian pattern designers, such as Elefantz Designs on Craftsy, that have sweet patterns that are economical and take you back to your bible.  I like that!

To see my work, look through my Instagram account, with the name Sunny Patch Cottage. I don't use the big camera much anymore, just the little one on my cheap phone.

Happy New Year!  May it be a good one!


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