Sunday, March 18, 2007

What's new? Not much.

Diet update - I haven't lost any more weight since I posted last, but I am happily hanging on to the 11.5 pound loss. :o) I haven't been strict on my diet, but I have been trying to make good choices for the most part. Totally raw is just too hard, but I am sticking with a vegetarian diet. Now it is time to get some exercise back into my daily routing.

My Japanese class ended last Monday. For our last class we met at Tashiro-Sensei's house for a tea ceremony. It was and is a beautiful ceremony. Her husband acted as the Tea Master, and he explained the meaning behind everything that encompasses the tea ceremony. To sit so still and quiet, to concentrate on the simple beauty of the movements and the tea cup, and to say the simple words of appreciation, brings peace to my mind. It is a form of meditation. Tashiro-Sensei also teaches Ikebana, which is Japanese flower arranging. I signed up for it too. Ikebana is like the tea ceremony, in that the process is designed to slow down the mind and bring it to a place of stillness. Every placement of the flower has a meaning.

I received a scholarship from the Embroidery Guild to further my study of Japanese Embroidery. I am just thrilled! I am going in July to start Phase 2. Of course that means I have to get off my butt and finish Phase 1. LOL My intention is to finish Phase 2 by the end of the year, start Phase 3 in January, and be able to take the Gold Leaf class next March.

I received my Crewel Confidence piece back from Judy Jeroy. She said she tried to find some things to critique because I told her I was enrolled in the Master Craftsman program, but she couldn't find any. She said I did a wonderful job, which of course makes me feel soooooooooooo good. :o) I am taking a color course from the American Needlepoint Guild. I am trying to learn more about color, and color choices, because that is what seems to have flunked my Master Craftsman project. And I have to admit, I didn't put any thought into my color choices or placement. I just went with my instinct, and what appealed to me.

Looking out my window, trying to remember if anything else of note has happened to me in the past couple of weeks, I noticed my little fig tree (really a little fig stick) has some tiny green leaves on it. Every year it has a few figs on it, and every year I fight the birds for them. I usually lose. I must not have planted it right, because it hasn't grown any since we got it several years ago. I must work on being a better plant mother.

My girl-child got her tongue pierced (this is me, rolling my eyes). I just can't imagine even wanting to do that. You know, when I accidentally bite my tongue, it is sore for days! And it is like the back, you can't keep it still, so when it is sore it hurts all the time. I can't imagine having something stuck all the way through! OUCH! She has always said she wanted it done. Crazy girl-child. :o) She got a job at UPS and is making more money now. She bought a new car a couple of weeks ago, so now she has reliable transportation. She is working towards going back to college. For a 19 year old, she seems to have her head on fairly straight. Although there is the tongue-piercing thing. And the boyfriend who won't work. But overall she is doing really good on her own, and I am very proud of her.


Rissa said...

Woo hoo, you finally posted. Killer on the comments from Judy! You will be a crewel master craftsman yet!!! I am glad that your are moving ahead with the Japanese Emrboidery classes. It seems like a natural fit for you.

Cyn said...

Oh, goodie! Tres posts from you to read. :) I'm SO proud of your GCC report and for pursuing the color course. You will find it fascinating, I bet.