Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
A little grouping on top of my bookcase. The little bear on the far right I made out of a coat of my grandmothers. The rest I purchased.
A view of one corner of my mantle. A couple of firkins that I picked up at an antique mall, then repainted them. Two of my favorite santas.
Part of my collection of paper mache santas. We used to make these for our wholesale line at the shop I work at. Molded with paper mache and using chocolate molds.
Just a few pictures I thought I would share. I would really like to try to do better next year with my posting. But I try not to make any resolutions!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
How did I get here? When I go to the Weight Watchers meetings, I hear lots of stories. Most of them are from women who have been heavy their entire life. As a child and then growing into a woman. Not me. I was skinny as a teenager. Tiny. Of course, I didn't see it that way as a teenager. I weighed 115 pounds when I got married.
So when did I get fat? You don't just wake up one day and you are fat. I can't put my finger on exactly when it happened. Clothes get tighter and you just go buy more. Slowly, you don't want to look in the mirror. You don't want your picture taken. You just don't look.
I have cheated myself out of so much the past 28 years. I can say that now. I wish I would have had someone to tell me that then. I look at my scrapbooks. There are pictures of everyone else but me. I mean someone had to take the pictures, right? Fact is, I didn't want to see myself. It might have made me do something about it. But, I have been unfair to my family. Someday, when I am gone, my girls are going to ask why there are no pictures of mom.
So, I don't know when I decided to open my eyes and look. Look at myself and decide it was time to do something. My journey is far from over. I have worked hard for over a year to reach my goal weight. Only to find that it is scary. Really, scarier than losing weight. Everyday is a struggle. I hope I continue to have the strength to keep it off!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
My baby girl, Megan, graduated with her degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant on Saturday. Can't believe it. Both my girls grown up and graduated from college.
It seems like yesterday, when we sold our house in Greenfield, Indiana packed up our life and moved to Newburgh, Indiana. Megan was 10 days old when we moved. To say that I love my girls more than life itself would be an understatement. Them, and my pups, are what gets me out of bed everyday!
Congrats to my Doodlebug!
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Weight Watchers is having a challenge right now. They are donating $1.00 for every pound that is lost during the period September 5th - October 23rd and they are asking that you donate a non-perishable item for every pound that you have lost. So over the past several weeks I have been purchasing canned goods to donate. Soooo, since I have lost 64 pounds now, I bought 60 canned goods, 2 pounds of pasta, 1 pound of rice and 1 pound of dried beans. Now I get to carry all that in to the meeting tomorrow. Of course, I should have no problem carrying that in, since I was carrying it on my body, right? Good thing I carpool! I can recruit them to help me!!!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Here is my Halloween purse. I first posted about here. Crazy, I know. All I had to do was put the button on and hand sew up the lining. While we were on our weekly trip to Michaels and Joann's, I decided I was going to finish it this year and use it!
Something else that has been bothering me forever, this ugly piece of plywood under my cabinets in the kitchen. So, I found some scrapbook paper that looks like crackled paint. Put double stick tape on the back to put it up. Cost was .75 cents. So when I get tired of it, I can just change it again.
These B-O-O letters have been a project in the works for a while too. Painted them black and used scrapbook paper on them too.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Good news everyone! My foster Bluto is getting a home! I absolutely adore this dog and wish I could keep him myself. But with 2 seniors and my heart dog Sadie, I just don't want to strap the budget. But tonight, he is going to his new home (hopefully his last). I will miss you buddy!
P.S. Leaving in the morning for Tennessee to visit with a good friend. I know I will have lots of bloggin' to catch up on when I return.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
It is chocked full of stuff. By the time I walk 50 feet to the shed, I usually toss it in and go back to the house.
Something is inhabiting the shed. Any guesses on who left this present for me?
My friend Teresa of PlumWater Cottage wants to help me move it. Dear husband isn't so inclined to help out right now. Do you think we are crazy?
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Plus, I didn't realize how long my arms were! I continue to beat myself up about EVERYTHING. I am constantly angry. I can't seem to get anything accomplished. Not to mention, I am seriously lacking motivation these days. I have been visiting my favorite blogs every day. But still no inspiration.
Anyway, I do appreciate my followers. I am not sure which direction my bloggin' will go, but hopefully I will soon find something to motivate me.
I pulled this picture out of the archives. It is a rock formation on the Ohio River down by Rockport. I think it looks like noses.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Here are the cousins. From left to right: My oldest daughter and the mother of my future grandchild, Jennifer. The bride, my neice, Crystle. My youngest daughter, Megan. Then the baby of the cousins, Sierra. It was great to get to catch up and enjoy the wedding. I said when we took this picture, I wish I had the money that is invested in orthodontics so these girls could have such beautiful smiles!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Crock Pot Taco Soup
3 Chicken Breasts
1 small onion, diced
1 package taco seasoning mix
1 package dry Ranch dressing mix
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 can vegetarian baked beans
1 can northern beans
1 can corn
Place chicken in bottom of crock pot. Add remaining ingredients, see * below. Don't stir. Cook all day on low temperature. Take the chicken out and shred with 2 forks. Put back in pot, stir and serve.
*When adding all canned ingredients, do not drain. They do however, drain the black beans and kidney beans then fill the can back up with water.
Points value=1 per 1 cup serving.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
I have been running in and checking out the thrift stores on the way to my mom's house. I hadn't been very lucky until I found this little goodie at the Salvation Army Store. I was thinking I had lost out again, and I found this tucked away on the bottom shelf, almost out of sight. The bargain price, $3.99! Well, at least I thought it was a bargain. It holds recipe books and then the little drawers will be used for some kind of storage. Then, off to Target to purchase the new Hungry Girl cookbook last Tuesday. This is a must have. There are some really good recipes in there!
Oh my goodness, I almost forgot to tell you! I am going to be a grandma. My oldest daughter is expecting. She goes to the doctor the 23rd so I guess more info to follow!