It's cold but the full moon is just gorgeous. It was so bright this morning, I thought they'd installed a new street light until I looked out.
I did spend some time quilting yesterday and just love my new machine and its fancy stitches. It's an Elna 7200 (http://www.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://www.best-sewing-machines-reviewed.com/images/elna-7200.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.best-sewing-machines-reviewed.com/elna-7200.html&h=204&w=250&sz=17&tbnid=ltwckmrVFqL3OM:&tbnh=91&tbnw=111&prev=/images%3Fq%3DElna%2B7200%2Bimage&zoom=1&q=Elna+7200+image&usg=__iwV8EhT8QzQNC7CqHrANSGWvVqo=&sa=X&ei=pGPBTKPEDdH8nAfCz42JCg&ved=0CBkQ9QEwAA) and even sews letters. I'm having lots of fun with it. I still haven't dealt with all the apples in my kitchen - maybe today.
I hate to admit it but my houseplants are still out on the porch. I am a bad plant mother! I'll rescue them this morning and see if they have survived last night's freezing temperatures. Too bad I didn't smarten up earlier as I have a couple of orchids that are probably compost now. :(
Time for another coffee and a smoothie with mango chunks, my new favourite fruit.
10-22-2010, 06:31 AM
I'm pouring us all a cup of nice, hot coffee. How do you take yours? :cofdate:
Ruth, I dried a big batch of Honey Crisp apples a few weeks ago, and they're just fabulous! I really should do up another batch while they're still in season. I'm glad you're having fun with your new sewing machine. Does your new dishwasher come today?
I promised my mother to take her to shop for a new cell phone this morning. That should be fun, as she still can't figure out all the features on her old one. :dizzy: But she needs to replace the battery and is eligible for a free upgrade, so it's better to get a new one. I'll just let the rest of the day unfold as it will. :)
I should have brought in my African violets from the sunporch last night, and I'd better check to see if they survived last night's temperatures.
10-22-2010, 06:39 AM
The DW was originally scheduled for today but I called and changed the order from a black front to a white one. The delivery is now scheduled for NEXT Friday. Donna's Ted says he'll install it for me which is a mixed blessing. He's slow and talks and talks, mainly gloom and doom.
10-22-2010, 06:54 AM
Ruth, Is it bad that I take comfort in knowing I'm not the only bad plant mother around? :lol: I hope most of your plants survived. Your new sewing machine looks great! What a lot of great features. Happy sewing!
Speaking of great features - good luck with the cell phone shopping Cottage. My mom just got a Jitterbug in September, mainly because of the large screen and 24 hour operator (her vision isn't good). She's really happy with it and uses it. As opposed to the old phone that she rarely even turned on. It may be a family thing - I only know how to use about half the features on my own phone.
Not much going on here today. I'm not sure if we'll be able to get the kids outside at noon recess - always lovely to have inside recess on a Friday afternoon ;) - but other than that today looks to be an uneventful one. That's just the way I like them these days. LOL
Enjoy your Friday friends!
10-22-2010, 07:25 AM
Good morning! Another week sped by. I am hoping the rain holds off long enough to bike later today. First I have my weekly workout with my mom. And another trip to the grocery store. Not sure what else but nothing exciting. Lots of social eating coming this weekend.
Off to get a cup of tea. Have a wonderful day everyone!
10-22-2010, 08:49 AM
I'm cleaning my big bookcase and sticking with general chores this morning. I may zip to Denver a little later on. I just wish this cleaning were done so I could focus on something else. I need to plan some time for work starting Monday :fr:, so the time is ticking down.
I need to sit down and plan our meals for the day. We have lots of fish from Alaska in this freezer so I'm taking advantage of it.
Have a great OP day everyone!
10-22-2010, 10:38 AM
Remember me??? I still lurk around here. Y'all are the best support, even if you don't know it. :) We are doing a modified Atkins at my house -- Kind of SBD Ph.1 without beans. Tuesday will be 3 months! Hubby has lost 35 pounds; I've lost 13. Oh, well... Hey, I'm lower than my ticker says! :lol:
Next Thursday, I'm having surgery -- a hysterectomy. I'm excited for the obvious reason, but I'm nervous, too. I keep telling myself it HAS to be easier recovery than the c-section. Hopefully, being off the birth control pill will help in my weigh loss endeavors, too.
Ruth, I think that you are a great plant mom for starting the plants in the first place! ;) After Sparkit the Wonderdog dug up all my spring planting, I quit!
Cottage, My mom got a new cell phone. She hangs up on me at least 1/2 the time. :)
Heidi, Auston would rather play outside in his coat and cap than stay in the building.
Karen, Enjoy your weekend!
Lexxis, What kind of fish? When I think of Alaska, I think of salmon.
Hope you all have a great Friday!
10-22-2010, 11:41 AM
:wave: Chelby! It's nice to see you here! I've been following you on Facebook and applaud you and your DH's progress! Darned men always lose weight faster and easier than women. It's not fair!!!!! Why aren't you eating beans? Just curious. I hope your hysterectomy goes well and will be keeping you in my prayers.
Debbie, your house must be spotless with all your cleaning! I have plenty for you to do here if you're interested. ;) I hope you get through it fast so you'll have some time for more pleasurable activities!
Karen, have a great workout! Did your hubby get home OK?
Heidi, Mom called and cancelled out this morning. She decided to hold on to her phone a while longer, but I'm going to suggest a Jitterbug for her and Dad. Cindy's inlaws have them, and I think it's just perfect for Mom & Dad. I hope it's warm enough to let the little ones go outside for recess to burn off that excess energy! Can you imagine what next Friday's going to be like, with Halloween that weekend? :eek:
I just got back from Walmart and a quick stop at Kohl's. Now I think I'm in for the rest of the day, unless Jake gets home early and decides he wants to do something. ;)
I'm going to have some Taco Bake for lunch, then curl up on the couch under my quilt and read all afternoon. Maybe a nap will happen, too. :cloud9:
10-22-2010, 12:57 PM
Sounds like everyone's prepping for winter around here, and rescuing plants from outside. I guess that means its time that I trim back my roses for winter. This will be the first test of me as a plant mother. The new house has beautiful rose bushes, let's see if I can keep them alive through the winter!
So last night I went to see a movie, and all of us going decided to get Mexican food beforehand a place with next to no good options! So I got 2 chicken tacos and ate the chicken, tomatoes and lettuce from inside and then ate a side order of pinto beans. So overall, I was hungry after, but survived til I got home and could eat something that wasn't a bad idea!
I went into Old navy last night, they are having some amazing clearance sales right now. I got a sweater, 2 tank tops, 2 pairs of sandals, a pair of earrings and a bracelet for $21. Definetly, check out your local one if you like their stuff at all! There is a LOT on sale! I think they are also having a huge sale tomorrow on fleece stuff.
10-22-2010, 01:38 PM
Wow, everyone's busy as a bee and I got nothing! Good afternoon everybody! I just wanted to check in and tell you all that I will be starting school on January 24! I will be taking 2 classes in Early childhood or special education for early childhood! There are more options with getting a certificate with special education included. Money from my check will be spent on these courses and on getting me to and from school so let's pray they don't lower my check further! Have a nice weekend all!
Arctic Stamp Queen
10-22-2010, 04:02 PM
Good morning...checking in too...Had a slight (okay, more than slight) de-rail this morning, but I immediately made up my mind to get right back on so here I am for support.
A co-worker of mine, who studied with Julia Childs (seriously) brought me in some roses and a kahlua brownie this morning to thank me for the good job that I do.
I haven't shared that I am making these changes yet, because I wanted to make sure that I could do it and didn't have egg on my face. You can bet on Monday that I will be voicing it loud and proud for all to know so they don't inadvertantly tempt me again.
Not his fault at all, but that poor brownie didn't have a chance. It was good, but man the headache....oy vey the headache. I went and ate some protein to help with that. Not good. Disappointed in myself. BUT, I am not letting it be my excuse for bad food choices the rest of today. I had a girlfriend surprise me, flew in from out of state and want to take me to dinner...the place she suggested is not safe for me...so I suggested somewhere that is. Yay me!
Chelby29...good luck on your umpcoming surgery. I had mine 5 years ago...the.best.decision.EVER!!! for me. There is a wonderful support forum for that as well called hystersisters...google it, there's lots of GREAT information there.
Have a great day ladies!!!
10-22-2010, 04:41 PM
Whew! We're back from the whirlwind Denver trip. Mom went with. I got hungry and was determined to get home for my usual super salad. I did and it was worth it.
Linda, I'm not even close to being finished and it's not even close to being clean. I don't especially enjoy it, either. If I could ever get your way I would certainly help you....it would have to be more fun than this. lol
Okie, I'm glad to hear you'll be returning to school! Yay! Do you have a library nearby? I love looking through books that are health oriented when I have extra time.
ArcticStampQueen, great job hopping right back on plan and checking in here! Don't let thoughts of disappointment occupy your head for long...they can be very sabotaging and lead to off plan eating, too. Super-suggesting something better suited for a dinner choice. Enjoy!
Chelby :wave: Best wishes on your surgery. I'm glad that your household has found a plan that works for everyone since you were having such a hard time with that.
:wave: I've gotta get back to this bookcase. It has to be finished by 4 pm. I'm setting my own deadline....oh, here comes DH....that should slow things down.
10-22-2010, 05:16 PM
I buy health magazines and Chicken soup for the soul weight loss books Debbie. Thanks!
10-22-2010, 06:33 PM
I like the chix soup books. I have the one for pet lovers. I got to thinking and I have pulled several books off my shelf for after dinner.(last night I had a hard time falling asleep) They are;
Living a Beautiful Life, by Alexandra Stoddard
Choose to be Healthy, by Susan Smith Jones and
Kitchen Table Wisdom, by Rachel Naomi Remen.
10-22-2010, 07:56 PM
Cottage, Jeff thinks that Beans are a little carb-rich -- and I'm on Team Jeff. :) I do add them to soups and chilis. He will eat a few.
ArcticQueen, I'll check out the hystersisters. Thanks!
10-22-2010, 08:36 PM
Okie, I wish you lived near me, I'm always looking for classroom volunteers! Have you considered volunteering in an elementary school while you're waiting for your classes to start? You'd be doing something you enjoy, it would keep you busy and if you're working with young kids I bet you'll be sneaking more exercise into your day whether you want to or not! :lol: Seriously, it's something to think about. You'd be helping out kids and getting some good experience.
Chelby, how good to see you back again! :) I'll be praying that all goes well with your surgery and that your recover quickly.
Chubbybunny, thanks for the tip about Old Navy. I've got several "tweens" on my Christmas list this year so if I can make time tomorrow I'll take a ride to the city and do some shopping.
10-22-2010, 08:37 PM
Ruth, I tried quilting once, I didn't have any equipment or anything I remember enjoying it and wanting to get into it more. It feels good to look back on your work, doesn't it?
btw, I am a bad plant mom, I used to be the best plant mom, and had lots of lush 'babies', but now I barely remember to water them.
Lexxiss, it sounds like you needed 'Thing One' and 'Thing Two' to clean for you so you could be off to other things, haha. Good for you that you resisted, stay strong!
Chubbybunny, thanks, lol, now I am going tio Old Navy tomorrow. I made my way through a Mexican restaurant Thursday night, a fajita without the tortilla, it was good, and now I have a strategy for those times. Of course it was high in sodium, but you can't have it all when you are out to eat.
Stamp Queen, don't feel too bad about the brownie, that would be hard for anyone to resist. Sounds like you're on the right track :)
Chelby, good luck with your surgery, hugs.
I navigated a restaurant again. DH likes to go out to eat. I had a hummus platter with feta and olives and onions.Instead of pita I asked to have extra cucumbers.
I worked all day, and then we went to try to look for a car, nothing worked out yet.
I guess tomorrow will be a day of car shopping (after work.)
Wish me luck.
I'm a little (a lot) upset about my 9th grade son, his dad called and he got in trouble at school for texting in class, but that is not a big deal compared with his interim. He is getting Ds and Fs :( :?: His dad basically lets him do whatever he wants and being a divorced family, I have no control over it,. It is messed up, but Monday I am taking charge of it at the school. and on MY time, he is doing nothing with his friends , not until his grades are pulled up.