Monday, Monday

I’m always happy to see Monday, just like I’m happy when Christmas is over and the new year starts. It’s a fresh start and a new go at new things and a new look at old problems. Last week felt like I was spinning my wheels and felt like I didn’t get anything accomplished. Of course I did, but some things feel like accomplishments while others don’t. I enjoyed the blog hop immensely and learned lots of new things from everyone.

So, what did I accomplish last week. One thing was the blog hop. Another was working on some blocks to help my Mom. I squared some blocks that she made from a Moda Butterfly Fling fabric jelly roll. She’s doing Bonnie Hunter’s strip twist and for whatever reason, the blocks had to be squared down to 7 1/2 inches. They’re done though, and will go in to UPS today.

I also did a rescue on some blocks for her. Because of her stroke, she can’t do any cutting. She had some fabric that had been torn into narrow strips and then cut with scissors and had stitched the strips onto two sides of four patch blocks. It was pretty much a disaster. So, I called her and told her I was going to re-cut the four patch blocks to remove the strips she had sewed and cut some new strips for her. She was not happy because she liked the fabric. I told her they would never go together into a flat top. I used the 3 1/2″ square die on my Accuquilt GO and even cutting only 2 at a time, made quick work of getting the four patch blocks salvaged. Now, I have to cut new strips and get them in the UPS box.

And I exercised a lot last week and did some new workouts. Getting old isn’t for sissies, and it takes twice as much effort to stay in shape as it did 20 years ago. Starting last week I am doing two full workouts a day. Arrrgh! But I have sore muscles which means I’m working something that wasn’t getting done before. Can I keep up with this routine? 

3 Replies to “Monday, Monday”

  1. Marjorie! TWO full workouts a day??!! I’d love to hear you explore your thoughts about maintaining fitness as you age, your experiences along that path, and your goals.

  2. It’s killing me – LOL! I find that as I age I have to work twice as hard to maintain strength for all the activities I enjoy. We have always been a sports minded family, so it’s a lot of work to keep up with my husband, children, and grandchildren. I’m the only swimmer, but the rest enjoy all sorts of physical activities. I have given up roller blading. Because I quilt, which is sedentary, I don’t spend as much time doing physical things during the day, thus the dedicated workouts. My primary goal is to keep the muscles strong around my joints so they don’t ache, to be able to easily get up and down off the floor when playing with the children, and to be able to walk as fast or faster than my husband when hiking.

  3. Yes, I had an epiphany a decade ago when I noted my sisters in law, who are only 10 years older than I am, could no longer get down on or up off the floor unaided, and were choosing chairs with arms because they had to push off to get out of them. They were only 50. For my 50th I trained, in spite of having become rather dreadfully overweight, to hike the 75 km West Coast Trail…not killer but not for sissies either. It was a blast. Since then I have let my fitness slip (we’ve had four incredibly stressful years since then) and I am ready to get back at it. I want to do that hike again when I am 55!

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