Thursday, December 30, 2010

This and That

We had a wonderful Christmas.  Hope you all did too.  I took some great pictures of Madison opening her 3 new toys/gifts and then the software froze and I lost all the pic's - I was so sad.  I had wanted to post them because she was so cute this year and so into it.  Well perhaps next year.

I made a bunch of coasters this year for friends and family as part of their gifts.  I really liked how they turned out so I made some for us as well.

Then after Christmas, CR surprised me with a new Jim Shore Angel (I collect them).  I just love her so I thought I'd share her with y'all.

Santa (CR) spoiled me again this year and I got lots of very nice gifts.  I spoiled him as well and we had a lovely day, just the two of us.  Our traditional Christmas dinner is spaghetti - CR makes an amazing sauce.  We are looking forward to the New Year and new adventures.  For New Years day we are going to be enjoying a lobster and prime rib, yummo.  Another quiet day at home after a new years eve where we will probably be in bed before the clock strikes 12 - yeah, we're not very exciting in our old age. 

Happy New Year to you and yours, I hope it's a fabulous year for all of us!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

To all my wonderful friends and visitors in blogland - I wish you a very Merry Christmas filled with family and love and laughter and joy.  A table to gather and food to share and many blessings for the year to come!


Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Christmas Quilt

I finally made up a Christmas Quilt kit I bought a couple of years ago.  It's fabric by Clothworks and I just loved it so when it went half off at my favorite LQS after Christmas that year I bought it and then it sat - till now that is.  I have also knitted a dishcloth - something simple, but I love knitted dishclothes.  So here are my finishes:

Are you ready - with Christmas just 6 days away, there isn't much time left.  I am ready, the packages are wrapped and under the tree, groceries are purchased and the week will be relaxing and enjoyable.

Merry Christmas!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

6 Months Ago............

Six short months ago I had RNY - Gastric Bypass Surgery, and nearly a year ago (it'll be a year on Feb 9th) I started my journey to lose weight and get healthy.  I feel very blessed and very lucky to say that it's been an amazing few months and I have learned a lot about some of my many food issues and I've learned some patience and acceptance of myself, sprinkled with a lot of humor which is a requirement of mine - if you can't laugh about it then you might have to cry - I choose to laugh.  For instance - my hiney sort of resembles a Sharpei dog at the moment, I think it's comical, and truly at 50, I'm not gonna parade around in a bikini so who cares, you know.  Plus they tell me that I have to give my skin some time to bounce back and I have to say I don't have much loose skin amazingly enough, so I'm very fortunate.  All of my health issue have resolved themselves and I think I'm healthier now than I've been in probably 15 years.  I feel fantastic and have the energy of a 30 year old, whoohoo!!

So the total weight loss at my 6 month appt. today - 110 pounds.  I lost 50 pounds before surgery on my own and the rest since surgery.  I recently experienced a 5 week stall where my weight did not budge and while I freaked out a little about it, my doc's office helped me to see that since Feb 9th, that is the first stall of no weight loss - that's damn good.  So I chilled and allowed my body to take a rest and hey - it's back to losing again.  Two more pounds and I'll weight less than my hubby - now that will make me feel like a million.  He has lost 35 pounds himself this year and even told me he was glad I wasn't baking for Christmas as I have in years past (what a relief).  I do make a few goodies here and there but they are bariatric friendly and low cal/low fat/low sugar, so life is still very enjoyable.

So in honor of my 6 month anniversary of sorts, CR took some pictures of me for my photo journal of this journey.  Hope you don't mind my sharing them, for the first time in many, many years I actually don't mind seeing a camera pointed my way.

Me by our small tree - much easier to "re-decorate" when Skeezic's knocks it down - ugh.

Maddie - doing her best to french kiss me, I've learned to be very quick - she's sneaky!!
Ah, what a cutie pie - Maddie that is!!
One more of Maddie and I - she's over 2 years old and these are our first pictures together.
Me and my boys:  ChanceMan on the left, Skeezic's - the Christmas Tree Climber on the right.  Why won't cat's pose? haha
ChanceMan and Maddie on the back of the couch - geez, another boring day at home with nothin to do.
She's just so photogenic, and she's my spoiled little princess too!!

While they refused to pose with me, catch them napping on a chair together and they're always so picture perfect and cute - but don't let that fool you, they're little devils too.

Oh yeah Dad, that's the spot!!

Hey wait a minute, I didn't say you could stop - and I don't care if your hand got tired!!

Skeezic's the little bed hog, enjoying his guilt free nap after knocking down the Christmas tree for the 3rd or 4th time - no guilt, no shame, Mom'll fix it (and it's good to be sleeping so you don't have to hear her cussing).

Hope you're enjoying this Holiday Season!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010


While we were in Cannon Beach for Thanksgiving I completed my first knitting project.  Then I kind of forgot about it while I got busy with other things and Christmas decorations, etc.  So yesterday I soaked it and took pictures while it was laid out to dry.  I think I did a pretty good job for a first time.

I have two more projects started and am really loving it!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

A little Holiday Home Cheer

It's been busy around here since we got home from our trip to the beach for Thanksgiving.  We were delayed in getting home because right after we left, we got a bunch of snow here at home and all the way to the coast - even some at the coast.  Most of it cleared up by the time we wanted to head home except in the Columbia River Gorge area of Oregon, so we waited it out and got home a couple days later than planned.  Once home we had to shovel heavy snow and ice from the driveway area to get our 5th wheel backed in - can you say major backache, oy vey.  After unpacking and doing major laundry, I finally got to cleaning and dusting and decorating for Christmas.  Here are a few pictures of the decorations out this year.  I really like how festive the whole house looks and except for Skeezics - our orange cat, knocking the tree down a couple of times (he thinks I put it up for him to play in and with) life is good, shopping is done, presents that needed to be shipped left this week, cards are sent and I am ready.  Enjoy and Happy Holidays - hope you all are feeling as festive as I am this year!!

I was lucky to inherit my Grandma's beautiful Santa collection - the one in front she got at the 88 cent store when I was just a baby and I remember it being out every Christmas as a kid - it's the cheapest of all the Santa's, but it is my favorite!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

An Apron, Let It Snow and My Espresso Machine

Today's been a rough day, actually the last week has been odd - little did I know I was getting a urinary tract infection.  Late yesterday afternoon I started having blood in my urine and I freaked out.  I have never had bladder or urinary problems in my life, so I freaked - that is the only way to describe it.  But I'm not one to rush to the ER - maybe I should, but I figure it's a long wait and probably best to wait and see my regular doc - who I didn't see, they sent me to the Lab place to have the tests done on my urine and just my luck the lab didn't get the test results to the doc by close of business, so here I sit waiting and miserable.  Oh well, it won't kill me from what I can read about it online.  So what's a girl to do when she's uncomfortable and a tad miserable.  SEW!!  Here is my new Apron:

The Pattern is called "Sassy Little Apron" by Barbara Brandeburg (#154-SLA).  I got it at our local Craft Warehouse.  It's a super easy pattern and fun to make in an afternoon.  She also makes this same pattern in a kids size and in a plus size - lots of great options.  If you're looking for a fun thing to make someone for Christmas - this would be excellent!!

I also finished the binding on my "Let it Snow" wall hanging.  I got the pattern - actually a kit from Connecting ThreadsThey have very nice fabric at really good prices.  I've made a few kits from them as well as just ordered fabric and I've never been disappointed.

And finally - my 8 year old Espresso machine started having problems with the steamer a year ago.  We took it to Spokane (a 2&1/2 drive up north) to an authorized dealer that could fix it - well they fixed it, but didn't really do a good job and a few weeks ago the steamer kicked the bucket.  So my wonderful hubby CR took it apart, got the schematic for it and figured out what needed to be replaced, called the company, got the parts and fixed it himself and it purrs and makes a latte that is perfection.  I couldn't afford to replace this wonderful machine today, so CR being able to fix it and fix it like new was fantastic.  Of course he does benefit with a latte every day.  Here is my beautiful machine:

I tell everyone it does it all and darn near gives me a kiss when I turn it on!!

We are getting ready to leave for the beach for our annual Thanksgiving trip.  I think this is our favorite holiday and we have been going to Cannon Beach Oregon for 27 years now - only missing one Thanksgiving when CR was waiting for his second knee replacement a few years ago.

That's all from our neck of the woods.  Hope all is going well where you are.  Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving with your families!!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010


My knitting is coming along nicely.  I've started my scarf and so far so good, although I keep adding an extra stitch and I'm not sure how I do this.  I'm guessing that in time I'll figure it out and how to stop from doing it.  I really enjoy knitting and I think it's so relaxing to do while I watch TV in the evenings - if I could just keep Chanceman (the cat) from trying to play with my yarn.  Here is my scarf in progress....

I've also been busy in my sewing room.  I recently made a table runner for Christmas for S - she doesn't read my blog, so it's safe to post a picture.......

And another work in progress - a wall hanging for me.  Just a small one, but I think when it's done it will be really cute.

As you can see I'm keeping busy - how about you? 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


It's not much to show, but here is a picture of my knitting so far.  I learned to cast on and the knit stitch last Wednesday at class.  When I say class I mean me and the shop owner/teacher - I'm a class of one and it's great to have personalized instruction.  I must say that I had quite a bit done and decided to take it all out and try casting on by myself last night and seeing how far I could get, so this is my second attempt and done all with out the benefit of a teacher around.  I really like knitting so far and today at class I'll learn the purl stitch and then begin my scarf.  I choose a wool yarn, because like fabric I wanted a nice yarn to work with and I love purple.  In fact my winter coat is an eggplant color, so my scarf will look good with it.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My Scarecrow

I meant to post this several days ago, but time has gotten away from me.  Mostly because of a darn cold and feeling like I was run over by a truck.  Feeling a bit better today, but with it still in my chest I still feel like a truck hit me.  So here is my scarecrow:

I just love him.  I got the pattern from one of my quilt magazines a couple of years ago.  Wish I could tell you which one, but I tear the patterns out, put them in sheet protectors and then in a binder.

I also took my first knitting class today and I absolutely LOVED it.  I took to it quickly and feel like I'll be making socks in no time - well once I learn to make a scarf and perhaps a shawl or two.  My local yarn shop of choice is Sheep's Clothing. Fine Yarns and Accessories - Owned by a lovely lady by the name of Marcia MacDonald who is also my teacher.

Once I have something to show, I'll be sure to post it.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Exciting News............

Well I've gone and done it - I signed up for my first knitting class today.  Every Wednesday for 7 weeks I'm gonna do my best to learn to knit.  I hope I can do it and I hope I like it because I really want to learn to knit socks.  In the meantime I've almost got my scarecrow wall hanging done and hope to post it this weekend.  Wish me luck, I'm sure I'll blog about how it's going!!  Have a great weekend Everyone!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fabulous Fifty

This past Tuesday I turned 50 and who knew it could be so much fun.  My new lease on life makes me feel more like 30 and my friends and family made me feel very special on my Birthday this year.  I was so spoiled with well wishes, wonderful gifts, beautiful cards, just spoiled.

I received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from my friend Laura.  So to add some beauty to your day - here are the flowers:

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Birthday's are for Celebrating

This weekend we went to see our Grandson Ben and celebrate his 8th birthday a few days late and celebrate Grandma's 50th birthday a few days early.  It was a fabulous weekend of Tae Kwon Do and a soccer game and time spent with Ben - oh and his parents too!!  Ben is a busy boy and really enjoys his activities and it's so fun to watch him participate.  Saturday afternoon Ben had his birthday party at Wild Wall, a rock climbing place at the old armory in Spokane.  So, since I've lost 104 pound and since I'm about to turn 50 on the 19th, I decided that rock climbing was something this Grandma should try.  I didn't exactly scamper up and down the wall many times like the boys, but I climbed the wall twice and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I totally get why the boys were so excited to do it.  And just in case you need proof, here are a few pictures of Grandma scaling the wall.

I will definitely do this again!!