I want to rant and rave, but I will not. I will share my situation and express a small bit of my opinion then pose a question for your thoughtful consideration…
I have health issues, and I believe some things have gotten worse while there may be new issues as well. My current care is mostly through an NA that my husband’s whole family uses, and we all love. The doctor that oversees her has seen me maybe four times in the last ten years, and we just don’t have a real connection so I was thinking of asking them for a referral to an internal medicine doctor for further testing/diagnosis because I want some real answers.
Someone at church actually recommended someone in the same office… so I just called…. I asked if I would be able to schedule right away, or would I be treated as a new patient? The answer… shocked me… I will not be ‘permitted’ to see the new doctor without the consent of both doctors because lo and behold my doctor IS an internal medicine doctor. I won’t even get into that, since I never would have guessed it by my treatment and the way I’ve been told Internal Med Drs are so in depth in their treatment. (I am not saying I’ve received poor treatment, but that I was expecting much more from the upcoming referral.) I haven’t settled it yet. I honestly didn’t plan to completely leave my doctor and na at this point. I was expecting a referral and co-operating doctors where needed.
What in the world is going on that in today’s society that you cannot make a health choice because of office politics?
I’ve been holding on to this one in my drafts folder. Little Zie has a birthday in about a week, and we have to wait until the gifts have been given before I can share the pics all over the place. So, I’ll work on getting it all put together, and pictures taken, and let it just keep sitting in my drafts until the coast is clear!
It’s kind of become a thing for Meme to make her outfits, including birthday outfits. Last year, we did the pink/purple tutu along with a cupcake birthday tee and some great striped leggings. This year, I didn’t think I’d do another tutu, but I found a picture of a great one that’s made from fabric strips, not tulle. I just hope mine turns out as well as the picture I saw.
The picture I saw went through a few pages to end up on a dead link, so I’m making this one the same as I showed in the tulle tutu tutorial. (Wow, what a tongue twisting alliteration.) I’m just replacing the tulle strips with fabric strips.
…Yikes! Where has the time gone? I’m down to days until the actual birthday, even though I’ve got a couple of days past it for buffer until we see the birthday girl. Prep work is done. Fabric washed and ironed. I will measure out the strips today, and start assembly. Pics coming soon!
I needed far fewer strips on this one. It doesn’t ‘scrunch’ quite as much as the tulle, so you just can’t fit as many around the waist. I washed all the fabric before tearing and angling the ends of the strips. To tear strips, I just measured my desired length out for a large block of scrap fabric, then cut about a half inch slit every 3 or so inches down the width side. Then I just ripped the fabric the full length of the block.
When you’ve made a pile of strips, just go back and cut angled ends. Now, I intentionally made my angles go different ways… I mean some strips had both ends angled the same and some strips had them angled in opposite directions. I really like the rough look. Most of the strips were around 3.5 inches wide. For fullness, I varied the lengths from 19 to 22 inches. I used several great purple and black fabrics.
We got the cutest pair of purple and black high tops to match. I replaced the laces with a great purple ribbon. It seems a little bulky, but adorable. Once I’ve tried them on her, I’ll finish the ribbon ends at the correct length. I really hope it works out for actually wearing them, because they’re so cute. I expect to carry the ribbon into her top or hair to finish off her look. We’ll see what I come up with.
A side note… I just wish the fabric were a bit stiffer because washing may cause this to unravel more than I want. Before assembling next time I may find a way to treat the fabric to prevent raveling, but for now my mind is just searching for workable ideas. I’ll let you know if I come up with something. If you’re real concerned about it, you could run a line of stitching around each strip… maybe 1/4 inch in from all of the edges. Personally, I just plan on hand washing and hanging it dry, so I don’t think it’s a big issue.
Here are pics going through the process.
You know, one of these days, she’s really going to have to learn how to dance or we’ll all start looking a little silly! Hope you enjoyed! Maybe the next project will be a little more adult… hmmm…
Update… You’ll notice she’s got the regular strings in. I think the ribbon was too much for a 4 year old to deal with in high tops. I’ll try it again one day on regular tennis shoes. I told her Meme would make her some clip on ribbons, though.
Final update… Looks like I won’t have to make the pedestal into a toddler bed, LOL. I think we’ve gotten everything taken care of. Minimal vibrations on spinning start up. We’ve taken it off the sliders in case that was adding to our issues, and made solid sides out of leftover plywood. I think we’ll get rid of the rest of the vibration when we adjust the washer’s feet a bit more. There is NO vibration of the pedestal itself. YAYYYY!
Man that was tough! But I’m back to 30 minutes of biking “in” the Hot Pants. I’m only half a mile short of my 8 miles. Woohoo! Btw the Zagorra site mentions releasing toxins from the body as one of the benefits. It seems to be accurate. I am not wearing them 30 minutes every day yet, but I am wearing them every time I exercise.