Friday, January 23, 2015

so far so good

So far, the month has been good as far as the weight loss goal.....we will see.  I do feel good with less bread, that has been a good change.

This morn, we are in Reno,  Will head out soon....lots to do in the next couple of days.  A workout, need to figure out an invitation for dad's baby shower.   Most have been invited thru facebook, but do have some non-facebookers.

Planning a baby shower is.......fun.....luckily, my dil is also involved.
But I cannot reveal anything here as we are trying to keep the "theme" a secret.   We will see how if we can pull this off.

Also working on a months  book for granddaughter....used Prima paper doll stamps.

And of course plan Sunday School lesson and craft.

And laundry......and tonight going to attempt my first creme brulee, wish me luck.



Friday, January 9, 2015

resolutions or goals

After so many broken resolutions, I have learned to make goals instead.  This year,in the hopes of finally losing weight, I will set a series of  manageable short term goals..  for these two weeks it is no bread, eat Jenny lunches and MOVE.   Have I been 100 percent? No, but it sure makes me more mindful.   Esp since at the end of the day I am logging my progress.  Something about writing it down makes you more accountable.  And tomorrow is weigh in, we'll see how it translates.

I've also set some personal goals.  Signed up to read 35 books this year with Goodreads.  Hoping to include 12 spiritual growth books this year.  Even piled them up as a visual reminder.  My "problem" they take longer, as I want to read a chapter at a time to really savor what I am reading.  This month I started "The Way of the Master" by Ray Comfort.  Wow, talk about a convicting read.  It's like he tears apart what we are taught about Christianity here in America...Esp the seeker sensitive movement and compromises made.

Also reading "The Doctor's Diet" by Travis Storm, MD.  I went in knowing I wasn't going to do a restrictive diet...but am enjoying the in depth reminders of basic lifestyle change principles that worked for me when I did lose 50 lbs.  Let's not go into my regain......Siiiiiiiiiiiigh

I am typing this on my kindle in a Reno hotel room.  The French hostage situation is over, now they are going over the details of the raid.  I dont know if that is a good idea... like giving the opposing team your playbook.

Sometimes I think these 24 hour news stations are a part of the problem, it gives the terrorists a platform,maybe  less air time would be better.  Just thinking out loud.

So, on a lighter note went to see Through the Woods last night an LOVED it.  When the Prince said "I was born to be charming not sincere"  I wanted to punch him as I was melting.  Yeah, Merle is not much of a vocalist...when she sang thought, man Indina or Kristen would have been better.  But, wow, Emily  can sing!!!  Liked Anna except a couple of her high notes got a li'll too nasally....and that Agony number by the boys, the highlight of  the movie.  But overall, the not so good did not overshadow the overall experience, so thumbs up from me.




Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year, Japanese style, kinda



So, I spent yesterday doing the Japanese tradition of cleaning and prepping.   I'm sure I don't do it at the level my mom would do.  But the house is done, not spit and polish, but a nice start to the New Year.  Of course I wake up this morn seeing what I missed, but that will have to wait until tomorrow.
Because today is the day we Japanese even half Japanese don't do any work, or try not to,  (or shopping, if you are my mom).  Because the tradition is that what you do today, you will be doing all year.   So, I have set it apart for sleeping in (check), scrapbooking, reading, shopping (cuz I like it) and seeing the grandbabies.

We were supposed to have a surf and turf dinner here.  But, someone who has declared her hatred for us may/or may not be coming.  I have asked dh to not let this person come into our home.  (that tradition, I don't want to be entertaining enemies throughout the year). Any other day, I might be open to her attending...but not today.

 So we are working on a compromise.   If that person plans to come, we have the dinner elsewhere.   If she doesn't, we will have it here.

Another tradition I was taught was giving money on New Year's day, in a red envelope.  I've adjusted it for our family to giving a book for the New Year, wrapped in red paper.   So, each  family member gets a new book. Even Kyleigh.

One that we don't do is making sukiyaki.  Oh, that was a good NY tradition. But I don't know how.  Maybe a goal would be to learn, and to learn how to make sushi...ha!  I can already see the mess I'd make trying to roll sushi.


So, Happy New Year's ya'll..  Or as  the Japanese would say...Akemashite omedeto gozaimasu (I looked that up) ha!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

a 'mousy' day...

Yesterday we woke up to find a dead mouse on our door's mat.  Apparently Winston did his 'job' again.  We live in the country...in what could be called a sea of mice, so I do appreciate that if/when one does get into our home, we do have a cat who does not let them stay.  I hate all things 'mouse'.
well, except the cute ones on stamps and Mickey.  Luckily, this is only the 3rd or 4th mouse that we know of.

I went into the bathroom and found the 'scene of the crime'...our master bathtub.  See, I don't think Winston goes into it to kill , I think he plays with them...he likes to play 'mouse hockey' in the bathtub.  So I make Michael clean the tub.  (He used 'windex' because as he says 'windex' cleans 99% of all germs) guess he got that from the Big Fat Greek Wedding movie.. Oh, Michael's cat, and anything dead animal related is Michael's job to clean.

I spend the morning cleaning out the bathroom...and did extra wiping with clorox wipes and rinsing...in the tub.  @10 am I go to the  bathroom..and I hear an odd 'Winston' noise.  Winston rarely meows, but makes a motor rumble...I think, 'that sounds close, where is he?'   As I go to peek into the tub, Winston flings a mouse like a frisbee out of it...I scream...the mouse hits the wall next to the shower and runs and hides under Michael's sink.

Freak out, close the door that adjoins the bedroom...run to the phone to call Michael.  Of course, Michael says that's his good boy and I should give him (Winston) a treat.  OOOOOh my..

I end up putting a towel in the crack of the bathroom door, as I do not want the mouse running into my bedroom.  And  check on W and Mouse throughout the day.   I see it a couple of times, and move items to make it easier for W to get it.   Did this all day...till about 3:30.

My son calls. " would I like to babysit a while so he and dil can go on a 'dessert date'?"  "Yes!!,  would love to, but have not showered yet as W has a mouse and I'm afraid to go in my bathroom."

So I go in there and notice W is real interested in the robes I have hanging off a hook.  So I go and take down the top robe, and see Mouse hiding in the folds of the 2nd robe.  I start to show W the exposed mouse then thought..."this Mouse sure is enterprising and has a strong will to live.  I cannot be a part of his demise."

I went and got an old rubbermaid container, praying all the way to the bathroom.  "Lord, you know what I am going to do, please don't let the mouse touch me or run on my hand"  I was able to get mouse from robe to container without touching...oooooh my....and yes, I took it outside and set it free.   Now, I did tell it, "you are very intelligent with a strong will to live, I cannot guarantee you will do much better out here as we have owls and hawks, but here is your chance'

Now it was not injured, there were no blood smears...and it did run off when I opened the container.
a container that went directly into the trash.

after a couple of hours babysitting, I went home and cleaned the bathroom again (clorox wipes are my best friend) ...and threw away the robes and the towel on the hook next to it.

But I tell ya, I did not sleep well.   Whenever I heard W stirring, I startled.  At one point I thought I felt something run across my legs....why do we do that?

this is a pic of Winston, our troublemaker...his nicknames are "Kracken", "Tyranosauris Rex"...you get the idea.  Good thing he is so handsome.  and can be such a love.


I tell myself  this is part of the price of living in the country...but ooooh sooo creeped out, still.


Friday, September 26, 2014

a new project....and news I've been waiting to say...


My poor room...this is what is is looking like at this moment.  I was traveling last week and took a project, so I need to finish unpacking and putting away.   I will be traveling again this week, so I need to pack up that project as well.   siiiiiiiigh





This is what dgd and I are 'working' on right now.  I am making a month book using Prima doll stamps, she likes faces on them, so I bought a Peachy Keen stampset while in Reno last week...Scrapbook Paradise!!   Honestly, when dh said we were moving to Reno ...not any time soon, the Scrapbook Paradise store was a big reason to be excited.  

Monday, dgd came over and choose some backgrounds ...this is the one she chose for June...it is in progress....she chose a tiger stamp to be June's 'pet'..
 This is January, well, duh...she liked it, but said "I don't like the word"...I told her, We have to keep the word, that is what makes it 'educational'.   I am hoping to find  poems or something related to each month...or write something...
So, that is what is splayed all over my room right now...though the first pile in the corner is some of the project life album I am doing for dgd#2...Adriana's li'l sister.  So, guess I had better go in there and do some straightening...and playing.


oooooh, I can now make it official...as dd and son in law just posted it on their social media sites...grandbaby #3 is on his/her way!!
Li'l peanut!!!  happy, happy, happy dance!!!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

attempt at project life

Been trying to do project life for dgd#2's baby scrapbook.  I did 3 albums for dgd #1's so I thought maybe pl would help me keep it to one book...get more pics per page type of thing.

I like it , but it is harder for me...just not used to thinking project life way...and because I am a li'l ocd, it still ends up being like a 2 page layout...  gotta coordinate somewhat.

this is my very first page of the baby shower, used a half page on the left...


Still struggling...as you can see with the fairly blank row on the right side
 And this one, still have to think of what to do with the blank cards...
 And a couple are one side a regular scrapbook page the other side project life....this page took forever...trying to keep it themed and color coordintaed...somewhat.  Those 'chalkboard' cards were the 'tie' saver.
 The flip side of the previous page..still having blank pockets.  And did use touches of Kiwi Lane...
So I've been 'stalking' inspiration boards, blogs and youtube.   I'm excited to get back in there and try some things out.  (esp like the idea of turning a pocket into a 'shaker')

Of course, I've been 'shopping'   Amazon's sale is a bit too tempting.  Most of my cards have been from the FSOT board at the former 2 peas in a bucket.Where core kits are split...  Last week, I bought my first core kit, holy moly...there are a LOT of cards in a core kit.

Gotta get ready for Sunday School, after a 6 week break we are back to class.  Today, I'm taking it easy...not a huge lesson...and a game.  


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

do you ever feel....

scattered?

that is how I am feeling now.

I don't know why...things are going good in my life, but I feel ....hmmm, like I am not focusing on what I need to be doing.  Does that make sense?

I've been reading "Made to Crave" by Lysa TerKeaurst.  Very good book.  But it does make you think.

There has been a LOT of travel the past month or so...a 10 day trip to Texas, this past weekend in Oregon...and tomorrow I leave for  a couple of days in Reno with dh.  The 'good' thing about Reno is I do nothing while dh works.  So, that will give me a day to reflect.  And maybe lose some of this scattered feeling.



What has me unsettled?  The news is bad...it seems like things are just falling apart...on all levels

Should I be doing anything?  Should I get involved?  What? How?


Work is okay for me...but a lot going on...

The family is okay... I sure do love those grandkids.  I have no complaints.  Just read some stuff my 'crazy' sister put on FB...that probably has a lot to do with this feeling.  I just don't understand her and the accusations she makes and puts out in public.

Church is a li'l weird too.  We just took 6 weeks off from Sunday school...just no volunteers to keep it going.  Supposed to start up on Sunday.  I think I'm going to take it 'easy'...let the kids catch up on their art journals..play a game.  

I do miss the animals we 'rescued' over the summer.  6 kittens, all found homes.  and one small dog, Molly, and thank God she also has a new home.  But, boy do I miss them.  There is a sadness for me that I cannot be a part of their forever lives.  Though I do get to see pics of one of the kittens, thru facebook and of Molly...as a coworker adopted her.






My health, got a fairly high fasting glucose reading...so trying to cut down the sugars/carbs and work out more.   It is hard.  I'm good in that I still don't have the obsessive thoughts about food.  And pretty much just eat when hungry.   Just wanna make sure I make the good choices.  So thankful I did the caffeine purge, as I did add a lot of sugar to my teas.

Well, looking forward to some time 'off' in Reno.  Am bringing a couple of projects, not scrapbooking, but tags for an exchange and my Prima doll stamps.