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Stepping way outside my comfort zone!

Monday, September 15, 2014

My husband has been told he MUST quit smoking (he's had many health issues because of smoking). And I know that I MUST lose weight (I'm back to where I cannot reach my shoes to tie, and it's a huge effort to walk my granddaughter to the bus, only one house away!

So we start our "healthier us" kick tomorrow which time I shall swallow my pride and step on the scale for is important that he sees that I am truly working at this. I've never given him a "number" so he will be shocked out of his socks, hahaha.

I need to give some time each day to Spark...There are so many projects and responsibilities I am facing right now...I'm overwhelmed. I need to do this...for myself first, and to encourage my husband. He has committed to the same. Here we go!

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GRANJERRY1 9/16/2014 10:56AM

    Good luck my dear child....good to see you back and posting Susannah emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RASPBERRY56 9/16/2014 5:10AM

    I wish you both all the best!

Yes, this will be a challenge, and even more so if you're working along with others, but...... emoticon

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ALICIA214 9/16/2014 12:16AM


I wish you both the very best of luck..

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(pics) Valentine's Friends w/Dolls Sleepover party.

Monday, February 17, 2014

I am so tired. I could handle this much better 40 years ago, haha! But the girls had a great time, though they did not finally go to sleep until 1:20 a.m. AND one wanted mommy to pick her up at midnight, but she was satisfied if I would stay in the living room with all the girls for the I "slept" in my rocking chair. I got up once around 3:00 a.m. to go to the bathroom, and the child who'd wanted to go home was standing outside of the bathroom door when I came out!

I have to say, I better have lost some weight, because I didn't have time to eat anything, we were busy with (doll) crafts, setting tables for meals for both girls AND dolls, doing the dance party thing (LOUD LOUD LOUD), refereeing on occasion, and fixing meals. The payoff? Hannah coming to me 6 or 7 times just to give me a hug and say "thank you, Grandma, this is the BEST American Girl party EVER!"

Here are my six little friends. They LOOK quiet, don't they?

Here are the dolls at their table. Some chose pizza like their "mommies", while others chose spaghetti. They all have icy cold drinks.

These are the breakfast and lunch food choices. We made these out of polymer clay. We have pancakes, waffles, donut, bacon and fried eggs. Then we have spaghetti, pizzas, hot dogs, sandwich, cheese squares w/toothpicks, and grapes (red and purple). (for perspective, the pancakes are quarter size, the drinks about 1.5" high).

Finally, we had beverages and desserts! (No calories, no fats). A fancy rainbow cake, variety of cookies, and pie slices: apple, blueberry, lemon meringue, chocolate cream. (There was also cherry, but my granddaughter "borrowed" it to take home). Pictured are the "icy" drinks which were a favorite (clear glue, food coloring and clear beads).

This party took weeks of planning and making the foods. I'm glad they had a good time, but it's time to get my (Spark) life back!

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GRANJERRY1 3/11/2014 7:02AM


Don't know how I missed this…. this is simply so cute….

My daughter threw a similar party for her 6 year old great-grand-daughter's birthday with a barbie theme and "big granny" as she is called by the kids ended up sleeping on her rocker in the playroom. The little moppet had invited me too to come over (she calls me her best friend) and all her friends were so excited to meet me their friends grandma's grandma….. I felt like a child with them….

These are moments which become memories as our little ones grow.

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IMREITE 2/17/2014 9:32PM

    My mom gets exhausted from having 1 grandchild sleepover. my 5 year old niece has a lit of energy. The party looks like fun.

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Can anyone help me with a doll beanie?

Sunday, February 09, 2014

I'm definitely an amateur when it comes to sewing. My sewing is all simple things, mostly for my doll-making ministry...AND, if course, things for my granddaughter's dolls.

She is a Daisy Scout and I made her a "sort-of" uniform, but I can't find a single pattern to follow for a beanie for her. Everything that pops up is for how to crochet a hat.

The beanie I tried to make I got from an infant hat pattern, and tried to make it into a beanie. Doesn't work.

So if any of you crafty people can help me out, I'd appreciate it. I have sewn 4 different "guess-and-make-patterns" and this is the best one. I'd love a pattern I could print out with sections to sew together (I'm obviously really bad at trying to make my own pattern here)!

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ALIHIKES 2/9/2014 12:42PM

    What a DARLING outfit for your GD's doll! I love it! (sorry can't help with the beanie. I sort of remember mine looked like a pie from the top view -- round and the stitches looked like pie slices, but I am certain they have changed after 50+ years! And I don't know how it was gathered to fit around the skull)

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One of the tricks I play on myself.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

I will eat lots of salad if I enjoy the dressing. And when I have a larger salad, I don't usually eat it all when the "flavor runs out."

So I've taken to dividing up my dressing into two containers, and adding water in equal amounts of the dressing. I use Light Parmesan Peppercorn Ranch, and I love it. The water does NOT water down the taste one bit. I have 4 TBL of dressing for the price of two!

It works for me. I'd love to hear some of the tricks others "play" on themselves, because if it works, it's all good!

Sending just a bit of a giggle, though I gotta admit this HAS indeed been me on occasion!

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KDYLOSE 2/12/2014 7:21AM

    I've been adding plain greek yogurt to extend dressings and sauces. It has the texture of sour cream, not yogurt. I make my own dressing out of mayo, yogurt and onion salt.

Also, I treated myself to a bottle of balsamic vinegar aged 20 years in an oak barrel. It's divine! I sprinkle a few drops on hard-boiled eggs.

Chocolate soda: unsweetened cocoa powder, a little half&half or plain unsweetened soy milk to mix it up into a thin paste, then add club soda and Stevia.

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MCJULIEO 2/9/2014 12:45PM

    Instead of butter on my baked potato, I uses chicken broth... it even LOOKS yellow!

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TAICHIDANCER 2/9/2014 11:50AM

    I've been trying to eat out less in order to eat healthier. One trick I use is to really boost the other spices, including adding lots of spices that aren't in the original recipes, to give the food lots of flavor without lots of fat, sugar and salt.

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GARDENQE2 2/9/2014 11:43AM

    I do the same thing with my morning glass of juice.
I buy 100% organic fruit juice, then pour a half cup serving and stir in 2 oz of water. It still tastes good!

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CATLADY52 2/9/2014 10:37AM

    I like your 'trick'.

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LOUISE979 2/8/2014 11:00PM

    Great trick. I may try it. Thank you.

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My nursing home craft group (Picture)

Friday, February 07, 2014

Here is my nursing home craft group. This group will do no crafts unless it is some kind of community service. This is our 4th batch of dolls.
I sew the dolls, they glitter the shoes and make necklaces for each girl doll.
The final step before shipping the dolls will be hair bows and hair flowers.
This batch of dolls will go to orphans in Haiti.
Aren't they wonderful? They have the best time on doll projects!

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