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Miss Molly's blanket

Friday, January 25, 2013



It is not all that fancy but just a basic purple blanket made from Minkee fabric on one side and flannel on the other. I sew it right sides together leaving an opening. Then clip corners and turn inside out and then stitch around the edge to strengthen it. Then I tie it about 8-10inches apart with embroide3ry floss and that kind of holds it in place. I do not use batting like you would in a quilt..these are so simple to make and are washable and the little ones just love it as the minkee fabric is soft and cuddly. I did find out while in the fabric department that minkee is considered fleece..and I got it on sale for 30%off and the flannel for 40% off so didn't cost that much.

Tomorrow is Miss Molly's party at a place called Jump City..Hubby and I are driving over early to attend a gun and knife show in the convention center..then we plan to eat out which will be a treat as we rarely eat out anymore..I'm feeling a Reuben sandwich crave..

I went way over my calorie count today..I ate a whole avocado with my dinner today..know now why I don't keep them in the house. I know they are a good food for you to eat but not when you eat a complete meal..maybe if I substituted it for my meal and ate just it instead. o well one day one be too bad..tomorrow will probably go over too eating a Reuben..but we rarely eat out so will justify that one.

Only got 15 minutes walk in too today..colder than it looked outside..and guess you could call bending over and stretching to tie Miss Molly's quilt could be considered gentle exercises...sure got my back twisted up..

Well tomorrow is another better day.

  
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MAZACK 2/1/2013 4:44AM

    I was wondering what Minkee was- a fabric or a design. Thanks for update. Sounds very cuddly for a little one or even a big one.

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OLIVIANIGHT 1/26/2013 11:29AM

    It looks lovely. I wish I were better at making my own things like that.

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DOROTHYBERO 1/26/2013 7:52AM

    Love here blanket and you are right - at least it was a healthy over indulgance - I love reubons!

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MINNA72 1/26/2013 4:23AM

    Aww, Miss Molly will LOVE her blanket! I bet it's cuddly!

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MISSY455 1/26/2013 3:00AM

    The blanket sounds wonderful! I hope you have an awesome day and enjoy your meal out.

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TEALHAWK 1/25/2013 8:32PM

  Blanket looked beautiful!

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HOLLYM48 1/25/2013 5:28PM

    Beautiful blankets. How lucky you are to be so crafty!

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Choices we make

Thursday, January 24, 2013



My motto most of my life is almost the same as this posted above. We have choices in life and I choose to be happy..only we are in charge of our own happiness or our own healthy..sure things happen and illness comes but we still have a choice to accept what occurs and still be happy and go on living life as full as we can. It is likely that if we live long enough that we will age and get wrinkles and grey hair and achy joints..but the only alternative is being dead..I prefer to live my life to the fullest. And Sparkpeople and my friends here are helping me to live as healthy as I can..So just choose to be happy!!!

  
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DOROTHYBERO 1/25/2013 8:05AM

    I am with you - if you are going to be alive you may as well be happy! Spark on!

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TEALHAWK 1/24/2013 9:31PM

  me too, I choose to be happy!

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French Food Rules

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


I found this and thought it could fit adults as well as children..So here are my changes.
1. YOU are in charge of your food preparation...whether you eat at home, at work or dine out...You have control of what goes into your mouth at all times.
2. Avoid emotional eating...boy this can be a hard one..but when emotions get the better of us, sometimes it is better to step away from the table and go take a little walk or something...do not bring your emotions to the dinner table.
3. Plan scheduled meals..even if you have to get up earlier to prepare a lunch for work or if you think it will take too much time from your already tight schedule to sit down and plan your meals for the day everyday or plan for a weeks worth. Plan those fruit and veggies into your meals..don't always look to fast food or boxed mixes to get you by.
4. Sit down and eat together as a family. Hubby and I still sit down for our planned meals together. We only eat breakfast and a late lunch but these are done at our breakfast table and we do not allow interruptions..it is away from the tv and if phone rings we either ignore it or will excuse ourselves..our planned meals are just that..nothing else..Even when our son's were still at home, we had planned meal times..breakfast and supper..and they were expected to sit down and eat without interruptions..Just a family thing we always did.
5. Eat your veggies..In season, veggies and fruit seem easier to eat but you must plan more veggies even in winter.. Our lunch always has a meat, a bean (not green) for our starch and at least one green veggie like cabbage, broccoli or tossed salad..we have sides like pickles, pickled beets, pickled okra, 5 bean salad, etc as well..so get those green veggies into your diet.
6. Unlike my mother who would make us eat everything on our plate whether we liked it or not, we always had our boys to take a small bite of everything at least once and if they did not like it then they did not have to eat it..we never forced it on them..but then if they didn't like any of the food on the table they could not snack on junk food between meals either..they could snack on raw veggies or fruit but nothing else..surprising how as adults we have foods we think we hate and won't touch but sometimes when you prepare it a different way then you wind up liking it..Hubby is an example..he hated any kind of green veggie when we married but with steaming the veggies instead of cooking the nutrients out of it, he found out he liked them..now he expects a green veggie at every meal...(hate to say it but we still both draw the line on eating liver)
7.No snacking is the hardest I think for both of us...Hubby really doesn't have to worry as much on weight gain as I do as he stays so active that he never gains but I've found that I cannot do active mindless snacking. I have to figure my snacks in ahead of time and SP calorie counter helps..so I just prepare the amount I can eat for the calories but my snacking has changed from chips and cookies to nuts and fruit..but still I count those calories. I also find that chewing a sugarfree gum and drinking more water helps..Don't have to worry about drinking pop as neither of us like or dink it..water and tea are my mainstays
8. Slow food...this I think is the hardest for me to do and that is slow down and really chew my food. Growing up super thin and not liking to eat, I would hurriedly eat so I could get on to more fun things..then when I was in my teaching years, we may have 10 minutes to eat so learned over a period of time to eat way too fast. For last few years I've been trying to learn to slow down and really chew and taste my food and give my body time to tell me it is full..it really does make a difference.
9. Eat real food..All the boxed mixes and things that make it so easy and quick to prepare a meal should not even be in our pantries..it takes maybe 15minutes longer to make a dish from scratch than from a box..Learn to cook and eat with natural foods. Try to eat more veggies and fruit raw..Find an appliance you can use to make the prep time quicker..we grill a lot of our meats and I steam my veggies. We use the microwave to bake a potato and then throw it on the grill to crisp the skin. Preparing rice takes the longest for me as we prefer brown rice and it must be cooked longer. Soak your dry beans overnight in water or use your slow cooker for many meals..I will put in a whole frozen chicken at night and by morning it is done to debone..I may do this on a weekend and after deboning and skinning the cooked chicken I save the broth (fat skims off after being in refrigerator in one piece) and divide the chicken into 2 or more meals. It may take a little more effort to plan to eat healthier.
10. Relax!!Don't let preparing meals become a major chore..there will be times you will have to do something quick like fast food, etc..then choose something from a fast food place that is much healthier..Surprising some places offer healthier choices..find out ahead of time those healthier choices and then go for them in a pinch.

  
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DOROTHYBERO 1/24/2013 9:10AM

    Awesome - thanks for sharing!

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READYBETTY 1/24/2013 7:35AM

    Great list of good ideas to incorporate daily.

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STITCHINGNAN 1/24/2013 1:51AM

    I love the list, we all need reminders , I do plan main meals ahead, it's the lighter meal I struggle with, I try to avoid bread which rules out a lot of snacks. Agree on use of steamer for veg and slow cooker/crock pot. I think I will use mine today for soup making , then they will help with my lighter meals dilemma.
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MISSY455 1/23/2013 7:43PM

    emoticon list! Thanks so much for these wonderful reminders/gems!

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TEALHAWK 1/23/2013 5:53PM

  Thank you for your blogs

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/23/2013 4:49PM

    I saw the title and said, "Yeah, French food RULES!" But now I realize you have posted rules for French food, LOL...which are also excellent!

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BARB4HEALTH 1/23/2013 2:09PM

    This is a great list. I especially like the idea of having a meal with no interruptions. When we get together for family meals, I usually have to tell/ask my SIL to turn the TV off. He and my husband are avid watchers of football and we usually get together on Sundays. However, my DH rarely has lunch with me w/o the TV on. He watches METV -- a lot of old westerns. He watches and rewatches. This is a great enjoyment to him.
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Older than dirt

Tuesday, January 22, 2013



You have heard the expression "older than dirt"..well how old is dirt? Think about that one!!!!Some is really pretty new in the stuff that has just been composted from food trimmings and leaves..and then some that is crumbled and crushed from rocks..well that might be pretty old..and then when things die, they return to dirt and dust..so how old is dirt?...ok now that I've given you something to think about..

Do you creak and groan and moan about the stiff joints..well think we all will eventually suffer from this malady at some point in our lives..but the more we keep moving the less stiffness and aching will occur. Having RA I've learned if I give into my pains and sit still, I get worse so I have to keep moving..so my preferred exercise is walking. I really need to do other body exercises but partly it is more painful and mostly I'm lazy..yep I said it...I'm lazy..I found out how bad my hands had become and had not realized it until the other day but can not open jars and things anymore. I know they make the lids and all tamper proof but then there are some jars that are my own canned goods and I used to pop those lids right off..not anymore. I now have a trusty church key...you do know what that is or is that showing my age..back in my days the guys always had a church key on their key chains..to pop off the lids of a lady's soda pop..or their beer bottle which ever they happened to have..so now you know another thing today..what a church key is..

So let's all get MOVING!!!

  
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TEALHAWK 1/23/2013 12:05PM

  Good one! Thank you!

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DOROTHYBERO 1/23/2013 11:41AM

    Amen!

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MISSY455 1/23/2013 2:45AM

    You are so right....we all need to move more. Thanks for the reminder!

My MIL had problems with her hands too. She used this hand exerciser that looked like an inverted V that had a large spring in the bottom of the v. She swore by it. Unfortunately, I don't know where she purchased it.

I did know what a church key was :-)

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Rug Hooking Demo

Monday, January 21, 2013



Well I did my rug hooking demo today for the art guild. We had several people from the community to show up and was so surprised at the turn out. I managed to make the demo for an hour and seems they had lots of questions..one lady is really wanting to start hooking so may offer her a private lesson or 2. But was pleased how it turned out.

Finally got my phone call from the pulmonary clinic reminding me of my yearly check up..so now they get to hear my hacky winter cough..air outside has been so dry that it causes the coughing to get worse..also sinus drainage doesn't help. But over all felt so good today. Only problem is that food has no taste due probably to the sinus issues..but that is a good thing as I don't want to eat as much. In fact I was way way low in my calorie count today so going to eat some cheese (baby bel lights) and almonds to bring it back to barely 1200 calories. I also got 20 minutes of walking in today so hope my back allows me to do that much or more each day now. Sunlight sure helps in the "feel good" department and air wasn't as chilly and wind wasn't blowing..so felt warmer today.

So all and all had a good Monday.

  
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TEALHAWK 1/23/2013 12:05PM

  How cool!

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REALCAROL 1/23/2013 10:08AM

    Way to go on the rug hooking.

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ADARKARA 1/22/2013 7:50AM

    Love that rug! My step-mom adores roosters and that would have fit perfectly into the kitchen at my dad's old house. Well done!

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READYBETTY 1/21/2013 11:21PM

    Sounds like you had a great day! WTG!

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