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!!