Awesome: From Poison Ivy to Sewing

Lazies, Let’s celebrate Awesome, shall we? It’s all around us and worth noting. A while back I heard about Neil Pasricha’s ‘1,000 Awesome Things’ blog and had to check it out. During a rocky stretch in his life, Neil started the blog to ensure savoring one positive thing in life each day. One awesome thing. I just got my copy of his recently released book ‘The Book of Awesome’.


The Book of Awesome.
Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket and Other Simple,
Brilliant Things. By Neil Pasricha in April 2010
from AEB/Putnam, a division of Penguin Publishing.

Neil got me to thinking that I could use a little awesome lately since my last few weeks have been a series of challenges. So, from poison ivy to sewing, here’s my short list of recent awesome.

Lazy Awesome
It is absolutely awesome when you share pics of your Lazy Girl creations. It makes my day to see your successes and hear about your enjoyment of my designs. Post pics online at our Yahoo group, Facebook page or your blog. Show and tell is one of my favorite sewing awesomes listed below.

Poison Ivy Awesome
Oh boy, poison ivy – vile weed. Wow, it’s been four years since my last poison ivy adventure. Since then, I’ve hired the guy next door to do the weeding because of the vile weed. Apparently, I’m quite allergic. He’s much less sensitive to it and is a real dear to help this old pathetic soul out.

Well, I lost sight of my own reality, decided the yard was free of poison ivy and set about to do some weeding. This was nearly two weeks ago when our weather was hot and humid and we had pop-up showers most days, so I did a little at a time. No surprise – I have two bouts of poison ivy that started a few days apart. Worse still, I didn’t realize it was poison ivy. It started at my waist and I thought it was heat rash from being caught in the steamy miserable rain a few times. I was naively surprised a week later when my dermatologist proclaimed it poison ivy and gave me a prescription. This is awesome because of what it wasn’t. It wasn’t MRSA, staph, or shingles. My mind had time to latch onto the possibility of worse issues. It’s only poison ivy and I hope to never pick weeds again.

Early Wisdom Awesome
Here’s a dandy little blog post you might enjoy from Mighty Girl (wonder if she’s a Lazy Girl, too). 20 Things I wish I knew at 20.

Around The House Awesome
A light switch blew and I installed a new one. My first time ever. I felt invincible. It only took three calls to Dad, two trips to Home Depot, two online videos and three hours. I know what to do, what not to do and how to do it.

Kitchen sink backed-up and flooded the dishwasher, causing it to stop working – don’t ask. Roto Rooter was here right away and took care of the sink – awesome. The appliance guy came the next day and fixed the dishwasher. He gave me a few insider tips and now I’m a pro on the dishwasher. Rinse aid – for streaks, use less; for spots, use more. To clean the dishwasher, run an empty cycle using lemonade mix in the soap dispenser and throw a little inside the dishwasher, too. Awesome sparkly clean.

Computer Awesome
New Lazy Girl computers and network – ack! It was a battle to get everything in place and running, but with the help of my awesome tech guys, we did.

Dad Awesome
Dad is doing great since oral-cancer surgery 5 months ago. Good follow-up visit with the surgeon yesterday and a CT scan showed no signs of cancer. Atta boy Dad!

Sewing Awesome
This is an easy list and I bet you can add to it.
– When there is just enough thread on the bobbin to finish. Sweet!
– Threading a needle on the first try. Yes! I can still see!
– Finding the perfect fabric in your stash. Oh baby!
– An all-day marathon of your fav TV show or movies to keep you company.
– Always having your scissors at hand. Always!
– Visiting your fav quilt shop, any time, any where.
– Finding a cool new notion.
– Friend’s show and tell. They do the work, you get to enjoy the eye candy!

Neil, in honor of your awesome inspiration, we are making you a Lazy Girl. Welcome to the club!

What’s on your awesome list? Post a comment and tell me about the awesome in your life.

Enjoy!
Joan

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29 Responses to “Awesome: From Poison Ivy to Sewing”

  1. Regina — June 22, 2010 @ 9:11 am

    Having my 5 year old son pick out just the right fabrics for a gift for his teacher, and having complete confidence that “Mommy, you can make it just right!” – of course all the Lazy techniques I have learned (plus a Lazy Girl pattern) helped me do just that – AWESOME!

  2. OSU Mary — June 22, 2010 @ 9:45 am

    Oh, my dear…I can so relate to the poison ivy awesome! I got it last year around the waist and down the left hip area…ugliness!!! Pure ugliness! And the worse part is I don’t know how I got it! I do no weeding…I pick flowers and put them in bouquests!!!! LOL!
    So glad to hear about your dad and his good news! Now that is awesome!!!

    Awesome is having Lazy Girl for a friend, mentor and spectacular designer!

  3. Brenda — June 22, 2010 @ 9:47 am

    A husband who supports my sewing/quilting habit 100% and is proud of everything I make, whether its good or bad. Hes awesome!

  4. Judy — June 22, 2010 @ 9:49 am

    I love Lazy because than I can do what I want without the difficult pattern to follow. I have several of your patterns and have made all except Chloe. Need more time to lazily make Chloe. My life lately has been rush rush rush! Some days rush is awesome because than something is done and I can check it off the list!

    Have an AWESOME day!

  5. Jay — June 22, 2010 @ 10:01 am

    Awesome is hearing my 5-year-old grandson say, Nana, Im so glad you came to live with us. I was wishing you would.

  6. Jeannie — June 22, 2010 @ 10:13 am

    I love the word AWESOME!! will have to get that book.hehehehe….
    Truly all your patterns are awesome and fun to do!!

  7. Kiki — June 22, 2010 @ 10:28 am

    Grandma-cure awesome: it just so happens to be for poison ivy! Whenever I work in the yard, I always wash up afterward with an old-fashioned Fels Naptha brown laundry soap bar. Because of its awesome grease-cutting abilities, it removes the oils from the poison ivy that irritate your skin and keeps you from breaking out if you’ve been exposed. Also, if you make a thin paste of it and let it dry on your skin, it will alleviate the itch from bug bites and helps if you do happen to get a small patch of poison ivy.

    Use regular soap or body wash after washing with the laundry bar, otherwise your skin will feel like cracked leather.

  8. Judy — June 22, 2010 @ 10:33 am

    Awesome is having this wonderful uplifting post to read today. On top of the half a Xanax and two aspirin, I should be feeling better very soon.
    Awesome is also knowing that I finally washed my new blackandwhite fat quarters this morning so I can start another purse when I get home from the dermatologists.
    Thanks, LG!

  9. Susan in La Paz — June 22, 2010 @ 10:34 am

    My link to a webinar critiquing my new website was broken. Webinar leader sent me the replay at once! Awesome.
    The critique was constructive and affirmative…awesome

    Needed photos of a Singer salesman for a story on my new website.
    Did a Google search, found a guy, he sent photos…awesome
    Just had coffee and fresh half grapefruit with my beloved on the terrace…awesome
    Margo finally arrived…awesome

  10. Nancy McHenry — June 22, 2010 @ 11:31 am

    Thanks for the update on your Dad, Joan! So glad he’s doing well…

    Nancy

  11. Oceanpeg/Peggy — June 22, 2010 @ 11:52 am

    Sorry to hear about your Poision Ivy experiences. That definitely isn’t an awsome weed, just the opposite.

    On each one of their clusters of 3 leaves, the center vain is off center on one of the 3 leaves in the cluster, which is one thing to keep in mind for everyone for future reference for helping to identifying the poision ivy plants.

  12. Oceanpeg/Peggy — June 22, 2010 @ 11:56 am

    One thing that is awsome about my Brother sewing/embroidery machine is that it has a self threading device on it, which I definitely love, and don’t have to keep on trying to do same on it as I have to do on my older model Singer sewing machine, which mainly does straight and zig zag sewing..

  13. Lynn — June 22, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

    Totally agree with all the sewing awesome comments. Also had a bout with poison ivy. Felt fine in a mere six weeks after 2 visits to the dr., alergist and 3 prescriptions. NEVER again will I approach that nasty weed!

  14. Sally Heydt — June 22, 2010 @ 12:52 pm

    My awesome is having four beautiful children God brought to my husband and me from South Korea. Although three are grown, one of which is still in college, and our youngest is still at home, I feel blessed every day by the joy of being a mother to these precious children. God has also blessed us with two grandchildren! It is truly awesome to see God’s work in our lives!

  15. Eleanor — June 22, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

    I heard a great new name for our ‘stash’ at the quilt shop; it is also a FFC (Fine Fabric Collection) to be admired and fondly played with at times. I feel it should be CFFC (Cherished Fine Fabric Collection.
    Have fun and DO NOT WEED!

  16. Rosemary — June 22, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

    Awesome is seeing the huge smile on my 7 year old grandaughter’s face after making her first pillowcase! The fact that she wants to sew is awesome enough :)

    Poison Ivy is not awesome :( Been there, done that too many times- can’t trust myself to identify it anymore! Just got over it again this spring. I will never weed again-but am going out to see if I can get a bar of that Fels Naptha soap – just in case! Thanks for the hint, Kiki

  17. Ophelia — June 22, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

    Watching pre-teen girls play with and cherish all the Halloween costumes I’ve ever made for them, even the ones that came out…other than intended.

  18. Maria Peagler — June 22, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

    Hi Joan – You have no idea how much I needed to read your post today. It’s been a rough week, and it made me think of how much I have to be thankful for – all those awesome things. Like Scout & Boo, the two parakeets I got for my birthday, sewing summer camp with 5 little girls who come to my studio on Friday, and my boys reading all summer long!

  19. leli — June 22, 2010 @ 4:39 pm

    I Got mi fisrt grandchild yesterday Its a BOY Thats also awesome

  20. Sandra Davidson — June 22, 2010 @ 8:38 pm

    two awesome things in my life, my two grandsons age three and I just reached five years cancer free after a double mastectomy . Ain’t life wonderful

  21. Carol — June 22, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

    I have completed a Margo. How do I post photos?

  22. candicelouise — June 23, 2010 @ 7:45 am

    Awesome is having the ability to sew, when others around you complain they can’t even sew on a button! It is a gift and a lost art, and we who sew are all very blessed!

  23. Kathy Stevens — June 23, 2010 @ 9:01 am

    Today I am officially eligible for social Security and have so much to be grateful for including a self threading Janome, a stash of fabric and a day to imagine. One bout of poisen ivy in my past that was self limiting. Mostly I have a wonderful daughter and son and four grandboys who keep me limber. I love all the Lazy Girls both patterns andon line!!

  24. Delia — June 23, 2010 @ 9:12 am

    fell off my horse, fractured my C-1 vertebrae, can walk , no skull damage; awesome. My thirty-year-old horse is doing well in 100 drgree weather simply awesom; I helped a friend who was beside herself more than I realized. NOw that’s awesome.

  25. Elaine Bewley — June 23, 2010 @ 11:25 pm

    Awesome is the God that knows where each of us are, what we need and is able to supply that need and has never yet looked down and said “Whoops, I didn’t know that was going to happen” Awesome is His comfort after the death of a son June 11,2009, and then granson June 9 this year. And awesome is the being able to sit at my sewing machine and make baby quilts for our hosp. and prayer quilts for friends with cancer. Really, life is awesome.

  26. Kay Hendricks — July 13, 2010 @ 1:58 am

    About the Poison Ivy: Years ago, when visiting my brother in Oregon, we walked through his forest property. Later when I returned to AZ. I found I had oozing itching spots on the calfs of my legs. The Dr. said I had poison oak. Later I discovered that it got on my leg from the botton of my sandals when I wore the sandals, and spread when I crossed my legs and bumped the sandals on the back of the bare legs. TALK about delayed reactions!
    I didn’t know what to do, as those blue sandals were my favorites.
    That was the first time I ever got Poison oak. It’s nasty and it can spread.

  27. June McFadden — July 27, 2010 @ 3:57 pm

    The wonderful thing about all plants and trees, even yucky poison ivy, is that they give us oxygen. It is a wonderful thing. We couldn’t survive without it.

  28. Sewing Smarts — July 29, 2010 @ 8:30 am

    I’m looking for an “awesome” lazy pattern for a smartphone holder…. I was hoping you might have one! I need something that does not require a belt to clip on to, but can clip on to the waistband of a pair of pants.

  29. Surety722 — July 30, 2010 @ 9:17 am

    Wow! I am just getting over poison oak, never have had it before. Will do my best not to have it again… I am looking forward to a day of sewing in my wonderful little building my dad & husband created for me!