It’s been a long time since I posted… « Ann Champion’s Blog

I’ve been in bad shape since being diagnosed with Celiac disease, which is a reaction to gluten in wheat, rye, and barley, which affects the immune system.  I went undiagnosed for a very long time and as a result have a small intestine which is severly damaged.
The treatment is to eliminate all gluten, even trace amounts from one’s diet.  I’m very careful about what I eat, but my health has continued to go downhill. I’m still losing weight and feel lousy all of the time.  I’ve started reacting badly to other foods too, like soy and dairy, and anything with MSG.
 I went to a new GI Dr. to see if he could help me work out what’s going on and get on with healing.  He did some tests, but had no answers.  In Jan. I got much worse. I started having irregular heart beats (PVCs) and loss of balance, and confusion.  It was like...

I think I just saw a tumble weed roll through here? « Ann Champion’s Blog

My goodness!  Has it been since Febrary when I last posted?
I’m making slow progress.  After three trips to the Mayo Clinic, there are still questions as to what exactly is going on with my health.  I have Celiac, but maybe something else too?  I’ve had lots of tests.  Data has been entered into a database and I’m enrolled as a participant in a genetic study.  They’ve tested for a lot of rare cancers, but all have come up negative, thankfully!
I developed quite a few food intolerances due to proteins leaking into my bloodstream and affecting my brain and various organs.  I still have a lot of trouble absorbing vitamins, proteins, and minerals from my foods.  My biggest problem is digesting fats and that causes my calcium to bind to it and slip away from my body.  I never knew how many things calcium regulates in the...

Ann Champion’s Blog

I’ve been in bad shape since being diagnosed with Celiac disease, which is a reaction to gluten in wheat, rye, and barley, which affects the immune system.  I went undiagnosed for a very long time and as a result have a small intestine which is severly damaged.
The treatment is to eliminate all gluten, even trace amounts from one’s diet.  I’m very careful about what I eat, but my health has continued to go downhill. I’m still losing weight and feel lousy all of the time.  I’ve started reacting badly to other foods too, like soy and dairy, and anything with MSG.
 I went to a new GI Dr. to see if he could help me work out what’s going on and get on with healing.  He did some tests, but had no answers.  In Jan. I got much worse. I started having irregular heart beats (PVCs) and loss of balance, and confusion.  It was like...

wonky piecing « Ann Champion’s Blog

There hasn’t been a lot of sewing or quilting going on around here, but I did try my hand at some wonky piecing.
I cut curved strips of fabrics with my scissors and chopped and sewed and chopped and sewed to create a runner for the kitchen counter.   Doing this kind of piecing went against my years of trying to perfect precision piecing and it was much harder for me than I thought it would be.
My eye kept editing out curves and tried to make me sew straight lines!  LOL  I’m not thrilled with the result, but it will do.  I’ll play with this free style piecing again in the future for sure because it was fun.
I got a new stand mixer to try my hand at making bread and  some other baking recipes.  I’ve never had a mixer before, but those who have them tell me I’ll love it.  The color I ordered was called Pear.  I thought I’d...

Sewing machine/desk -garage sale goody « Ann Champion’s Blog

Last Summer we went to a town wide celebration and festival in Stoney Ridge Ohio.  They will be having it again this year the last weekend of July. There are yard and garage sales all over the area and a flea market area which has carnival rides, entertainment, and some of the best grilled chicken we ever had! We always go to the garage and yard sales first because that’s where we find the best deals.   Since we are nearing the Festival it brought to mind a garage sale goody.
We saw this “desk” sitting in a yard as we drove to the area where we like to park and start our shopping. It had a large sign that said $50.  I told DH  they must think an awful lot of that desk? (He nodded his usual nod..the one he uses when he didn’t see what I was talking about..or wasn’t listening. ) Sooo..we went our usual route and it was...

Glass Necklace-a garage sale goody « Ann Champion’s Blog

I thought I’d share one of my recent garage sale finds.  It was love at first sight!

The beads are such a pretty combo of teal and Peridot with a couple of Amethyst, the metal beads are silver, the clasp is silver with a pretty Peridot stone set in it, but the thing that I really love is the pendant. It’s blown glass with a flower swirled in it.

We have a “rule of thumb” with garage sale purchases. In general, we like to pay about 10% of what the item probably cost new.  Of course there are certain things like electronics that don’t fit the rule..and items that we. must. have. This is one of those items that breaks the 10% rule.  I paid $5 for the necklace.