Thanks everyone for your words of encouragement. It is amazing what a destructive force alcohol can be at times--I had a long-standing friendship finally end a couple years ago because of my friend's drinking, and while I miss how the friendship once was, it has never been anything but a relief to be away from her behavior while drinking. And that's a really sad thing to realize.
After all the party prepping over the last couple weeks, I have been unwinding this week, and doing a LOT of exercising. After 70 minutes of walking yesterday, I've been a bit sore today so postponed my trip to the gym until tomorrow. There has, however, been a new bowl,
Thanks to the extra exercising this week, there has also been extra time on the heating pad, so
Speaking of being a grown up,
Three inches is a bit of a problem, because even my smallest hoop,
I decided to use a cut-away stabilizer in case any of the design went beyond the hem into the actual pillow,