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Monday…already

Oh how I love a weekend.  And oh how fast they go by!

This past weekend consisted of the usual house cleaning, farmer’s market shopping, vegetable picking/cooking and yard work.

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My mom and I visited the antique mall that we’ll be renting a booth in beginning mid-week, and spent Sunday afternoon admiring the goodies we have to start the booth up, pricing items, etc.  Add church into that, and that is a full weekend.

We are very excited about opening our little antique booth. We’ll be here, at this awesome place, Generations, on a busy stretch of road in Tennessee about 30 minutes from my house.  I love, love, love it.  It’s a mixture of old and new; wonderfully worn and used antiques, crafty projects, something for everyone. My daughter is quite artistic and crafty, so I expect some really cool contributions from her.

I have a few furniture items that I’ll be putting in the booth, but a bit of work has to happen on some of them first. Like this antique waterfall dresser.  I fell in love at first sight, because it reminded me of one that my grandmother had, but this little guy isn’t in such great shape.  I negotiated from $75 to $35 on it, so I think that was a good deal for the condition it’s in, and I do have big plans for it, but it will take a bit of work.FullSizeRender

This one is ready to go.  This isn’t the best picture, but it’s a large wardrobe, with a built in computer desk that can be removed.  We built it and placed it inside without damaging the wardrobe, so the wardrobe can be used with it, or without.

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My favorite piece is this antique hutch.  I’m going to clean it up, and possibly refinish it.  The photo isn’t the best, it has great glass doors on the top, and little hooks inside the top. It belonged to the great grandmother of the lady I bought it from, and I could tell she was a little sentimental about it.  I want to really freshen it up and make it something that someone will love and enjoy as much as she did. And hopefully I can make myself part with it.

HutchI have another dresser that I don’t have a photo of, that will also get cleaned up and go in, and most other things for now are smaller things.  Hopefully we’ll get set up this week, and have photos by the end of the week.

Add all that in to the normal daily craziness in our lives, and it will be a busy week for sure.

Have a wonderful Monday, enjoy to the fullest wherever you are!

Oh how I’ve missed this little blog.  I know, it’s been three years, and life has overtaken me.  I’ve thought so much about this and how I miss it, but have been struggling with how to resurrect it.  Our lives have evolved SO much, there are so many different aspects to it now, that I just haven’t been sure how to go about this, how to focus and direct it.

That said, I’m going to take a stab at it.  Even if I’m the only one reading this, I so love it.  I get to relive wonderful moments, and I’m so aware of my life when I’m documenting it, if that makes any sense.  It makes me realize my blessings, my failings and my dreams so much more vividly.

Where are we today? We still love country living. We now have a 3 year old grandson.  Hubby lost his job with NASA after 36 years, and has started a new career doing something he’s always had a passion for, and I hope to be able to join him in that venture within the next two  years.  I’m still working toward fit and healthy, working with a coach.  I am opening an antique booth in the next month. I haven’t been biking this year, but want to start back.  We lost our beloved Ozzie dog, so now we are a one dog family.  We have added camping and boating to our list of things we enjoy, and try to fit in as we can.  And I’m sure there’s more that I’m forgetting, which is why I love writing…I will capture it all and relive it thoroughly.

The picture of the day is from a trip to the beach last week.  I’m missing it already!

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Reflections

Wow, what a year 2012 was! My own life changed immensely.

A look back.

The Peanut arrives, and I fall in love.

I fall in love.

 

New hobby

I take up a new hobby

 

There were cookouts and picnics,

There were cookouts and picnics,

 

Trip to Jackson Hole, WY...the Tetons are incredible.

Trip to Jackson Hole, WY…the Tetons are incredible.

 

Biking in Wyoming!

Biking in Wyoming!

 

My sweet daddy turns 80!

My sweet daddy turns 80!

 

Halloween 2012A little Halloween Monkey

Halloween 2012
A little Halloween Monkey

 

Family trip to North Carolina

Family trip to North Carolina

 

Some little Peanut turns 1! My how time flies!

Some little Peanut turns 1! My how time flies!

 

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

 

I can’t wait to see what 2013 holds. I wish you and yours a wonderfully blessed New Year!

Weekend in Review

We had a great Father’s Day weekend in the country. Dad came to spend the day, as well as my sister, her daughter and two boys, one of my brothers, my daughter and the Peanut. We ate, played outside on the porch, ate, played some more, and ate.

And I discovered you CAN wipe out a lot of weight loss progress in a two day weekend. Oh yeah. The weekend started with a potluck lunch at work on Friday and kind of went downhill food-wise from there. But you know what, I got up this morning and got right back to it. I’m NOT about beating myself up over this, sometimes you just have to eat Grandpa’s famous macaroni salad, made with real mayo, and have second or third helpings. You never want to hurt your dad’s feelings on Father’s Day! Seriously, I figure if I do great for 5 or 6 days a week, then go a little astray for a couple of meals, I will just deal with it, and get back on track. That’s life.

I wish I had taken pictures, but I was too busy eating and playing.

I did make a good little treat using those little waffle cone bowls. I filled them up about 2/3 of the way with Cheesecake flavored pudding, and topped them with mixed berries. They were a big hit, and I was thinking that there are a lot of possibilities there, using lowfat ingredients as well.

It was a fun, hot day, and I think we got the ultimate compliment, when my 7 and 10 year old great nephews didn’t want to leave when it was time to go home :-).

Peanut had a great time being outside.

Happy Monday!

Well it’s been a fantastic week on the fitness and healthy eating front.

I had a goal to lose 4 lbs between June 1 and June 15 and have already met that goal. That’s 9 lbs since the second week of May, so I’m pretty happy with that. The next short term goal is to lose 4 more before June 30.

One thing that helps me is to not declare any foods off limits. For me, doing that is sure sabotage. I love Mexican food, so yesterday I went with friends and had a delicious plate lunch consisting of a chicken enchilada, rice and beans. I did try to not eat TOO many chips, and I think I did pretty well. When dinner time rolled around I wasn’t hungry, so I had a glass of wine. I still wasn’t hungry when I went to bed, so all was well. And I had dropped 1 lb this morning when I weighed.

Last Thursday I got my bike out of the shop where it got an annual maintenance checkup, and did my first ride IN A LONG TIME, with friends after work. We work on a military installation which is huge, and you can get many miles in with hardly ever seeing a vehicle. I only did a 10 mile ride my first time out, because my seat couldn’t take much more than that. I plan to up it to 20 this Thursday, and suffer through it a bit. I’m also still getting my 20 minutes on the elliptical trainer, although I’ve only done 1 time this week so far.

Scenery from my ride:

The Tennesse river runs along the edge of our installation, and we ride to the river recreation centers on our ride. LOTS of these guys out there, have to watch out. We also see coyotes, deer, lots of small wildlife and once, a bobcat in the middle of the road. Always an adventure.

So lessons learned this week…don’t deny yourself things you like, just do it in moderation. And MOVE a bit.

This little guy is almost moving…right now he just spins in a circle, but it won’t be long.

Happy Wednesday!

Weekend in Review

Oh how I love the weekend!

This past weekend, although WAY too short, was a just in time break from a crazy work week. We have a new senior level manager at work, and life there is just a bit more crazy and hectic than it’s been in awhile.

The weekend started with daughter and Peanut coming Friday evening for a spend the night visit. They were able to stay until Saturday afternooon, so there was a lot of grandmommy spoiling time.


Saturday night I had a ladies night out with some friends from church. We do a Secret Pal drawing twice a year, and we just finished the first period of the year, so we had a pot luck supper to reveal secret pals. It was great fun, and after the reveal we watched ‘The Help’. I recommend the movie for those of you who like to have a good cry now and then. I’m NOT one of those people and will usually avoid a movie like that, but chose to stay. Yes, the tear ducts got all cleared out. There were ten or so women going between sniffling, sobbing and laughing at ourselves for the entire couple of hours.

I am very pleased to say that even with a grocery shopping trip with my daughter and a potluck with dishes from some fantastic cooks, I’m down a pound this morning from last Friday, so I’m a pretty happy camper. My daughter did head straight for the bakery when we entered the grocery store, then stopped and said ‘oh my gosh, we head straight here every time don’t we?”. We then promptly left the bakery and settled on Mango Italian Ice and celery and peanut butter for snacks. Of which we had neither once we got home. But we were prepared.

I took a less than healthy dish to the potluck myself, but didn’t pig out on it. It was Baked Potato Salad, and, oh my it’s good. I’ll post the recipe for it soon, it’s great to take to a pot luck.

Sunday was a LAZY day, I didn’t lift a finger all day. A real lazy summer Sunday, as it should be.

There’s some landscaping progress at our house, hopefully I’ll have beautiful pictures and an update soon.

Meanwhile, Happy Monday. Every day can’t be a weekend day.

Friday Food Stuff

I’ve always liked trying new and different foods, and although I’m one of those people that CAN eat the same thing every day forever, I like to mix it up and explore new things.

My newest find, and again, I’m lagging behind most of my friends in discovering this, is quinoa.

If you aren’t familiar with quinoa, it is like a little wonder grain.  You can find a lot about it here.

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It can be prepared a lot of different ways, but all I’ve done so far is have it for breakfast.

I found a recipe on a blog that I love, Debby’s Weigh.  You can see her recipe here (scroll to the bottom, past some of her other WONDERFUL looking things):

What I love about this is you can modify it so many ways. For instance, I used dried cherries instead of raisins, left out the cinnamon and allspice (although I think that would be great for wintertime) and used honey rather than maple syrup. It was delicious. But quinoa can also be made as a salad, adding cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, green onions and lemon juice. Or as a tropical side dish, with coconut, mango, pineapple, etc. Or add some curry, and have a totally different side dish. So I’ll be experimenting with different recipes, as well as different types of quinoa (oh yeah…there’s red, white, black, etc.)

So that’s my Friday food find. Have you tried anything new and different lately?

Have a great weekend. Here in the South we’re looking at a wonderful, hot summer weekend, and a little Peanut time.

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