Friday, April 9, 2010

Fat Fighting Friday Week 7! Another Pillowcase Dress!

I've decided that I should add another "F" to my Friday title!! Don't worry, it's not what you are thinking! It should be :
Frustrating Fat Fighting Friday!
The beginning of this week was great! I started a walking routine and worked in the yard. But, I aggravated my sciatica, so now I'm reevaluating things. The scales didn't move in either direction, but that doesn't bother me too much! It just bothers me that when I do exercise, I mess up my back, hip, leg, and hip!! I am not going to give up on walking or doing yard work, though. I realize that I need to do my stretches before I walk, and when I work in my yard, I need to get down on my knees rather than bend over!!!! I also need to use ice on my lower back!
We had a big Spring time storm on Wednesday, so there was no walking that day, but I needed to rest the sciatic nerve anyway. Yesterday and today have been rather cool, so I stretched and exercised indoors.
The following pictures are of the small lake (It's really more of a large pond) that is in a park near my house. It has a walking trail that is a mile long, and there are some very pretty views.
I will continue walking here.
This first one shows a spot where we took our oldest grand daughters fishing when they were visiting once.

There are lots of ducks and geese on this pond. That can present a problem sometimes. The geese, especially, can get very aggressive. One pooped on my husband's shoe when we were picnicking there once. LOL! At least I thought it was funny, but my husband didn't!! I love this little family of ducks that crossed the path in front of me. Up on the hillside to the right is a great playground and picnic area where we have taken the grands a few times. Also on the right, but not in the picture is a baseball field where the little league teams play ball.

A squirrel ran across my path here, and then up a tree , too quickly for me to get its picture, though.

Remember the flag reflection from my post the other day? This is the flag from a distance. That white building is a concession stand for a little league football field. There's a soccer field at this park, too. It is a great park for our little town. The 4th of July celebration here is a lot of fun!

This duck was not happy that I took her picture. She really fussed right after I took it!

I love willow trees.

Some more ducks! They were very playful!

I love this little wooden bridge. The ducks above had just swum under it.

The dock that you see in the distance is another favorite place for fishing with our grands when they visit. The fountain is to keep the water aerated, I think. This is a man made lake. There are lots of fish in here, but they are small and not for eating. Look at the reflection of the Bradford Pear Trees. Isn't that pretty?

As you can tell, on the day I took these pictures, I didn't walk very quickly. I kept stopping to get good shots.

Earlier today, I took the pillowcase dress that I posted about yesterday, and the one below, to my friend. I made them for her niece. It was fun to see some of my teacher friends. I have only been to my old school twice this whole year! I wish I could have seen all of my friends, but they were busy teaching! I need to go down and stay in the lounge where most of the teachers eat from the first lunch period through the last one. That way I would see most everyone. I may just do that one day the week after next. They are on Spring Break next week.
The only part of this dress that was actually part of the pillowcase my friend brought me is the hem border. It was connected to the actual pillowcase with entredeaux. I saved that and sewed it to this seersucker. The original pillowcase was very stained. There is nothing easier to make than this style sundress!


KID, MD said...

Beautiful walk and beautiful dress!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Julia, have you ever done any of the walking videos? Ever since I sprained my foot last summer I have not been able to walk because of foot pain. But I find that I can do the Leslie Sansone 1 Mile or 2 Mile walk at home and my foot does not hurt. I've had trouble with sciatica too, but this does not seem to aggrevate it. Just a suggestion.

Kim said...

oh, what a beautiful place to walk Julia! My path that I walk on is not quite as lovely- right next to a busy road. I better look for a new one, huh? I hope that you feel better soon- it's frustrating to want to do things but not have the body agree. Sounds like you have some good ideas for some solutions though- especially the stretching. I hope you have a lovely weekend my friend!

Jan said...

What a lovely place to walk!

gwensews said...

Cute little pillowcase dress! I live on water and there are ducks, geese and swans. They sometimes have bad temperments. Once, a huge goose chased me right into the house!

Marydon Ford said...

How peaceful & beautiful a park ... love the serenity of it.

Ouch! I know your pain ... hope it gets better for you quickly.

Have a lovely weekend.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

beangirl said...

Julia, definitely do try stretching beforehand, especially long stretches for the back. Yoga helps too, if you can find a few different yoga DVDs to borrow (Netflix or the library), you can try different styles out to see if one fits for you. I'm not good about the yoga thing at all, even though my whole flippin' family is under orders to do it (for arthritis). Hmm... perhaps I will get more motivated this week.

Jackie said...

What a beautiful place to walk! I wish I had something like that here that I could get to without needing to drive there.

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Cathy {Tinniegirl} said...

Wow. What a gorgeous park. No wonder you kept stopping to take photos. It's such a lovely place.

sunshine said...

What a lovely area to walk in. :) Lucky you.

I'm so sorry that you are having so much trouble in the exercise area. Just take it easy, you can only do what you can.
Not losing can be frustrating for sure. How is your portion control going? Sometimes that is the biggest factor!

Good luck for next week. :)


jorth said...

Wow - such a sweet dress. Loves it!

Sher said...

wish they made a pillowcase big enough for me ;D

I'm happy you stopped and took those beautiful pictures during your walk. With painting, I need some ice myself lol!

Donna said...

Wow--great photos and I love your sewing! I'm so glad I dropped by to visit!

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