Tails is a Sonic the Hedgehog character and by far Lou ♥’s favorite! She loves all things fox and for Halloween we contemplated a mask at Walmart, but in the end I just couldn’t pay ten dollars for it. We don’t have the money and she HATES to wear a mask. I thought, “I will make her a fox costume, only I will make it with two tails and she can be Tails.” I set off to find cheap fabric. I found felt. Felt that cost 29 cents a sheet. I bought eight sheets and went home to tell her what I was thinking. She was thrilled as she loves when we make costumes, and it has been mighty successful if I do say so, and I do! lol
When hurricane Katrina hit she took everything, everything. At first the big things left me reeling – jobless for the first time since I was 13 and having lost not only my childhood home but the home I had just bought. I looked at my daughter and was at a total loss. Slowly as life took shape again I started to feel a deeper, almost more grave loss. All of my photos, of my art, all of my poetry, all of my journals. I went into a shock like state of just pushing forward. It took years for me to really start writing and even longer to do any real art. This year has been a huge year for my art to actually emerge, thanks to God and my wife.
This coming month I will be working with my sister on getting my paintings photographed so I can have prints available. I am actively working as a face painter and exploring a new art interest/opportunity! Monday I was all set to sew up the kids costumes and then BANG – painting happened. lol Truly as life is swirling around up and as scary as it is right now, I am sooo blessed I can’t express it.
Last Friday was our church’s first Family Game Night and it was really nice. Raising well mannered kids is a tricky thing. On the one had you want your children to respect others, to be polite and wait their turn, but often in today’s world the child who waits their turn for the swings winds up getting bumped again and again. It’s not just kids, either. Parents will push their kids to the front of the line, or allow their children to act bananas. I mention that because it makes days and evenings spent with the children at church even nicer. To be surrounded by parents who are all working on raising the best little people and who have common goals for their children is a lovely feeling. Knowing that the kids are in a safe environment where they can just have fun enables me to relax and have fun as well.
This last week, man, I just can’t even begin to express this last week. Legit, I have felt better than I could have imagined the last few weeks. Told my wife I was closer to well that I have been since getting sick that original cold that took me out a year ago. Now, I have some sad news. Let’s review the week:
- Monday – 30D ARMS; easy run
- Tuesday – 30D ARMS; 15 minutes of hard core Total Gym
- Wednesday – 30D ARMS
- Thursday – 30D ARMS; running splits – 30 minutes
- Friday – Rest arms; 5K run at Laf park
- Saturday – 30D ARMS; 5K run with my wife
- Sunday – 30D ARMS
You may notice that on Tuesday my workout was NOT Zumba, no I was just feeling awful and so exhausted that I made the choice to do what I could on the Total Gym as long as I could. However, looking back that wasn’t the smart move. I should have just relaxed because I wound up having to anyway the next day. This week also brought a new problem to light, one I have been feeling creep up through the weeks. My toe pain is not from shoes or running – it is directly connected to my hip pain and it is incredible! I think it’s called sciatica and there are a thousand reasons it can happen. I am thinking, hoping and praying mine is simple muscle not back or injury. The biggest thing is resting it, so no Zumba or running or any other impact type workouts. Walking, lots of it…
Food was not good, but not bad. I am still sweets free, no trash or candy or cookies. Though, my calories were higher this week than planned. I lost 1.6 for a total loss of 5.2 – thank God!
A few years ago, sheesh, actually it was like SIX years ago – anyway – my oldest daughter wanted to go to career day as a veterinarian. We went to the local costume shop and bought her a set of scrubs, fixed her up all animal-like and I sent her off to school. Poor thing, when I picked the girls up that afternoon her costume has ripped and she was embarrassed and sad. The next year when it was “Dress Up as Your Favorite Book Character” she was NOT having a store bought costume, she actually didn’t want to dress up at all. I took the kids thrifting (they LOVE thrifting) and we started picking out clothes we could use for her character. I sewed an apron and a hankie head covering – the whole time telling her if she didn’t feel it would stay put she didn’t have to wear it. At the end of the sewing session she was THRILLED to wear her costume and that felt great, but what felt better was her happy face when I picked her up. Everyone had loved her costume, and it had stayed together. Lou ♥ was beaming! That Halloween she asked me if I could make her costume, it was a Pokemon trainer. Again, it was a hit.
Now, let me say that these costumes did NOT include pattern making or big hitting sewing skills. They were easy, cut and paint, fun costumes and the kids loved them. It kind of became a thing to make/embellish their costumes after that. Mavis, darling! has always been my make-up and face paint baby, unafraid to let me fancy her up for an occasion! She’s been a flapper and a spider to name a few, generally with store bought costume elements and a face full of paint! Last year she was a butterfly with a fantastic face paint and store wings. This year Lou ♥ is going as a Tails fox (fox with two tails) and Mavis, darling! will be a mouse. I just drew up their designs and I can’t wait to get into the making!
I read an article today (I read THIS article today) that said that when parents watch movies or TV shows with graphic sex and violence they start to become desensitized and this of course seeps into their children. Here’s a bit of it:
The study explores what it calls “ratings creep,” whereby movies that might have been rated R a few decades ago are actually less violent than movies that are rated PG-13 today. The phenomenon doesn’t apply as much to sex.
“People who rate movies for the MPAA, who are themselves parents, could be subject to the same desensitization and thus more likely to be lenient when it comes to evaluating the appropriateness of such content for children,” the authors said.
An MPAA spokesperson had no comment on the study.
“We were surprised to see the transfer of desensitization,” said Dan Romer, associate director of the APPC. “If the parents saw movie clips with violence, they became more accepting of the sex scenes, and vice-versa.”
“Children are affected by what they see and hear,” the upcoming article in Pediatrics says. “Research supports the connection between viewing violent media and later aggression in individual children.”
Look, it makes sense and I have a little story to tell you to further the point. Admittedly I am a bit more aware and “controlling” with my kids when it comes to what they watch and hear. I am NO WHERE near the way my mother was when my sister and I were young, but I am a lot more involved than many parents. With the introduction of streaming services old movies are available and it is hard not to want to share those memories of my wife and I’s youth with the kids. One day my wife says to me, “We should watch a movie with the kids. They have Look Who’s Talking.”
I answered in the way I always answer, “We need to screen it first.”
We sit down to pre-watch it and were both blown away with how absolutely inappropriate it was for children, and how absolutely innocent it could be considered compared to what is on TV these days! You know a few years ago I started to see that my girls were getting older and closer to “mini adult” status, it made me think of all the thing that I set aside as “grown up” like bad words or shows. I thought to myself, “What is the age where they can say bad words? When will I be okay with them sitting next to me during a movie like this? The answer – never. It dawned on me that while I was regulating them and keeping them “sheltered” I wasn’t living that same way and I started to change myself, making myself more of the adult I wanted them to be.
I don’t say bad words, for the most part. (If I am going to be honest they probably heard me say them more than I would have liked and no it is very rare a word like that comes across my lips and then it is quickly fixed and apologized for.) I do not drink – at all. I am health with food and exercise. All around I am a work in progress, but that is just it. I want them to see that I am always working on being the best me, so that they understand when I ask them to always work towards being the best them.
This last week was good, but rough. As I walk this road back to health I have to remember to roll with it, and I feel like this week has really been a test to my willingness to roll with it. lol This was my workout schedule:
- Monday – 30D ARMS; card workout (indoor due to rain)
- Tuesday – 30D ARMS; Zumba
- Wednesday – 30D ARMS; run, Zumba cardio and repeat four times
- Thursday – 30D ARMS; workout with wife
- Friday – Rest arms; 14K bike ride
- Saturday – 30D ARMS; 4.11K run
- Sunday – 30D ARMS; no official workout (grocery shopping)
I kept my food at or under 1,200 net calories and again managed to avoid sugary sweets and fried/bad food. I weighed in 1.6 pounds less than last week which puts me at an official 3.6 pounds lost for two weeks.
To say the least last week was a great week. I was blessed with God given drive and energy and motivation. I worked out Monday through Saturday, I was flexible when workouts needed to change. I made sure I got my minimum in and I didn’t let anything get in my way. I also stuck to my 30 Day ARM Challenge despite pulling something in my shoulder! This was my workout schedule:
- Monday – 30D ARMS; 330m run – 14 cards – 330m run – 10 cards (repeat that rep 4 times) – 330m run
- Tuesday – 30D ARMS; Zumba
- Wednesday – 30D ARMS; whole deck workout – 20 minute stretching
- Thursday – 30D ARMS; Zumba
- Friday – 30D ARMS; 35 minutes jogging and keeping my HR in zone
- Saturday – Rest arms; whole deck workout – grocery shopping for 2 hours
- Sunday – 30D ARMS; no official workout
I kept my food at or under my 1,200 net calorie goal (no starving myself or eating sugary snacks happened!) I only forgot my vitamins on Sunday, which is kind of typical because with my schedule so drastically different on Sunday things usually get a little whack! lol
Finally, I lost two pounds. This is my first real earned and fought for loss in a long time and I feel really happy about it. I feel like any loss is a great thing, but two pounds was so lovely to see. I am looking forward to continuing. I finally fixed a glitch in my YT account that made vlogging from my phone impossible. So, food vlogs are now going to happen! Any longer talking videos will still be on the laptop as long as she is still working, however!
The painting that I posted on Friday is a painting of what I see/experience when I am in prayer and the Holy Spirit is with me, physically present. When I hear people speak in tongues (NOT all the time, in fact not often) and feel the tongues myself this is what I witness. It is a pillar of colored light – light that has such a presence that it cast a shadow – there are thousands and thousands of colored lights streaming and moving and with them are thousands and thousands of voices in every language. Clear and distinct. Sometimes I hear what is being prayed, sometimes I hear English, usually I only hear the amazing chorus of language and light – but even if I don’t know the words I understand what is being. That may not make much sense. To be honest it doesn’t always make sense to me, but still it is.
I am posting this painting with comment, without explanation and in hopes to get feedback. Not on skill (which is fine if you want to comment on) but on what you see/think/believe this is… I will explain the painting on Monday! Have a great weekend!!! If you want to see the explanation it can be found on this post!