TWEETIBEAR's SparkPeople Blog TWEETIBEAR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Making bedding for 14 doll beds (7 bunk beds) for our sale. I've over halfway finished. My passion is working in polymer clay, but my husband makes furniture. He's made 7 bunk beds and I have only 4 sets of bedding finished. <BR> <BR> Each bed includes a mattress, a fitted sheet, a reversible bedspread, a reversible main pillow and two throw pillows. Hurry, Hurry, Hurry! THIS is why I'm not on the blog much. I do check in every day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img ... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 21:52:43 EST Nathan hosted a tea party (with a little help from Grandma). But poor pah! Nathan is 3 and loves tea parties at my house, but today he wanted to be the "server" - I told him it was called "host" and he loved calling himself that. <BR> <BR> He set the table (I made all the dishes except the bowls), put out plastic silverware, and we each had both a plastic tumbler AND a "hot chocolate" mug. We got a towel out and ready, because when her serves our "tea" most of it ends up on the table, LOL. <BR> <BR> Poor pah...he had to sit in that little tiny plastic chair...and... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:56:59 EST Low Carbers, let me tell you a story about this cheesecake! Found this on Pinterest: Low Carb Lemon Cheesecake. <BR> Only 4 ingredients. FAST and easy and YUMMY! <BR> <BR> Story: My 9 year old granddaughter was here with her daddy and brothers. The boys wanted ice cream for dessert, but Hannah had spotted my cheesecake bars in the fridge. She LOVES cheesecake. <BR> <BR> So I gave her a bar and told her if it wasn't to her taste, I would eat it later. Well, of course she loved it. Her daddy warned her it was almost time to leave for her dance ... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:00:15 EST Body Image. What wonderful responses I receved from my last blog. Thank you all. I received some VERY different responses, different support in different ways...and I appreciated every one of them. <BR> <BR> My whole thing simply boiled down to body image. I am now more aware of how overweight my body is (now that I am losing weight) than I was before (I wasn't worried about it, or at best didn't want to even think about it). <BR> <BR> I do know that I cannot give up my life and turn into a hermit. As I lose weight, the body image thing will take care of itself....mea... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 21:11:40 EST Sometimes I don't WANT be rational...and I act on it. My current crisis. I'm going to be a whiney baby here, but if I can't share it here, I can't share it and I'll soon explode. <BR> <BR> I have not been to church but a few times in months (I NEVER missed church). I backed out of some of my volunteer work in nursing homes and at the hospital. I hate going out to go to the dentist or the doctor or even the grocery store. <BR> <BR> Why? Because I have NO clothes that fit me. And I refuse to spend money on clothes, because I'm still so huge, new clothes will n... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 22:40:43 EST ...and today's project is for the dolls. Remember the plastic tumblers from the 50's? ...well, I thought the kids would like to choose which drinks go to their dolls (and my granddaughter "helps" her dolls drink from their tumblers)! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Becca (yes, I have my own dolls, and yes I play with them) drinks 8 full glasses of water a day...she likes to d... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 20:16:04 EST Took pause from other projects to make this birthday gift. Pics. The gift is a "Busy Book" for the one year old neighbor. She's only a year, but really smart, so I think she will enjoy parents interacting with her in this book. Faces are blanked out. <BR> <BR> First is the cover, showing the interaction...Seeing her own photo under the pull-up-felt. <BR> <img src="">. <BR> <BR> Then she can find the missing bird. <BR> <img src=" Wed, 7 Sep 2016 17:00:57 EST Makes no difference...athiest, christian, jewish, muslim....etc.... You don't "have to" be any faith at all...these words in each heart to start each day could change the world! <BR> <BR> We all have something to share! It could be a visit to a nursing home one hour a month. <BR> ...working in a soup kitchen <BR> ...volunteering at a school <BR> ...offering a new mom a few hours' child care so she can take a shower and nap! <BR> ...Craft something for seniors; better yet, teach them to craft somethin for their room. <BR> ...Hold your tongue when someone is... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 11:52:34 EST A recent study. A recent study showed that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it. <BR> <BR> Sorry, couldn't resist...the last couple of days that my sister visited we ate out several times. I was hitting some foods my husband knows I have stayed away from. So when he decided to give a little "uh hmmmm" with one eyebrow raised, I steam-rolled him... Me with my ugly face: "When you quit smoking, then you may judge my eating habits." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:26:57 EST Baked some low-carb banana bread and low carb cookies today....surprisingly yummy! I have really been wanting to just sit and have a cookie sometimes. My fear is not going off track for a little bit...but wanting 2 or 4 cookies instead. Also, eating carbs makes one crave carbs more. But I found a recipe yesterday...right here on Spark Recipes, and it's called: Low Carb Sugar-Free, Gluten Free, Almond Cookies. It makes 12 as the recipe says, but they are nice and BIG. At first it seemed like it would just melt on my tongue, not satisfying my need to chew a cookie...... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 21:04:06 EST TweetiBear to Self: "Hi, how are you?" Self to TweetiBear: "Fine...but I gotta run....bye!" Just got back into town yesterday after being gone for several days. <BR> Cleaned house and did laundry today. <BR> Tomorrow out-of-town guests come in for 4 days. <BR> Will clean house and do laundry Monday. <BR> Tuesday my sister arrives for a week-long visit. <BR> <BR> It is HARD to be out of town for days, at the mercy of hosts and restaurants. But my blood sugar levels are great, and my weight, though not down right not up! <BR> <BR> See you all around the corner (I just don'... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:44:28 EST Ready to go on hiatus from my doll crafts...and onto sewing some donation dolls. It's been a while since I made and shipped some of my donation dolls. They require some hand sewing and my arthritis won't let me do much at a time. I used to send 40 or 50 dolls at a time, but I'll limit myself to between 10 and 20, however my fingers can handle. <BR> <BR> My last project are some American Girl doll cookie jars full of my polymer clay cookies. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here are some of the h... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:18:42 EST Hilarious - saw this today. Here is one diet I've never tried, hahaha! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:03:09 EST Felt great for first time in weeks. Even did a bunch of fun crafts today I can't explain the funk I've been in these past few weeks. Suffice to say when I'm affected physically, my mental state seems to weaken and crash as well. I had some stomach issues, (turned out a UTI)(?!) - then my back and hip were hurting so bad I was walking with a walker, and felt 83 instead of 73....finally, a week ago I was pulling the curling iron out when some hair got hand slipped off and the curling iron landed on my forehead. Not just a burn, but hundreds of tiny bl... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:49:21 EST Relay for Life always breaks me...that's not negative. Annual Relay for Life here was last night. I've only attended these in our home town for many years, and I have no idea how it compares to others. I only know it is a night filled with tears and laughter and fun and passion. <BR> <BR> The first lap to the survivors...some in wheelchairs, some children, some bald, this year a lady on crutches with one missing leg. All walk to show us there IS life after being diagnosed with cancer. There ARE people who win every day. Some walkers are a f... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 13:34:49 EST No longer sick...certainly depressed...and mostly angry. Warning. Post is a downer. You may want to just skip it. <BR> <BR> I can't speak of the horrific tragedies our nation is suffering. <BR> I can't breathe. It is so overwhelming. <BR> So much hate. <BR> Who is guilty? Certainly the shooters, both law enforcement and "cop killers." <BR> <BR> But who else? <BR> Those who show up at rallies with hate signs, spitting in police officers' faces, threatening them on national tv. <BR> <BR> Those griping, threatening and adding fuel to the h... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 21:44:04 EST Can't seem to care too much about anything today. I had been sick for 5 or 6 days, but am doing fine now. But I just couldn't seem to get into any gear today. In fact, I sat in my rocking chair this morning (I pray every morning) and fell back asleep for an hour! <BR> <BR> I worked a little with polymer clay, and did a little sewing, but got tired of that easily. I had no problem staying on plan...not because I was working at it, but even food didn't appeal to me. <BR> <BR> Nothing is wrong! Everything's fine with all my relationships,... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 22:16:01 EST Our donation to our local Relay for Life Auction July 15 Besides walking the Relay and donating funds, we always donate something to the Relay for Life auction. This year it is a "room" for American Girl dolls. <BR> <BR> The 3 walls have a "Frozen" theme (look outside the window)! <BR> My husband built the furniture. <BR> I made the lamp, cushions, throw pillows and bedding, and decorated the "walls." <BR> <BR> I hope this will add well to our team's final total. <BR> <img src=" Tue, 5 Jul 2016 21:50:42 EST The photo on my Facebook page today shows my family's personal heroes. Included are my dad, husband, brothers, nephews. <BR> I put this together because my nephew, injured in the Gulf war, said he's sick of people saying "Make America Great Again." -- He says this country IS great and anyone who doesn't think so should go to Russia or China or Japan or Korea or the Mideast for a week. THEN come back and say this country isn't great. This is for Mikey, who will carry wounds for the rest of his life because he defended this GREAT country, America. Happy Birthda... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 23:28:41 EST My food, weight, health was all over the place this week. I got sick on Thursday morning. <BR> <BR> For almost 4 days I have downed a couple of packages of Ramen Noodles every day. That made double or triple the carbs I usually eat daily, but I drank my water. <BR> <BR> I had my first official weight gain (not quite a pound) on Saturday afternoon, but I am not concerned...I've got this. <BR> <BR> My blood sugar readings have been great and THAT is the main thing. <BR> <BR> I found one of the funniest pages ever about "dieting" and I'll share... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 22:23:37 EST My 3 year old grandson came for a "Tea Party Snack" today. When his daddy picked him up from daycare, he asked if he could go to grandma's house. My son told him they had to get home. But, little Nathan said, I need a snack and grandma Loud has tea party snacks with me. I'm hungry. <BR> <BR> So my son called, and I told him to come on over. I let Nathan "set our places". We each have our own tea pots and cups. We had ice cream (his real, mine carb smart). And he got some sugar sprinkles and sprinkled "a few" onto his ice cream. <BR> <BR> A... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:14:55 EST Not much of a country fan. <img src=""> ...but visited my brother at his American Legion Post last night, and it is all about country there. My brother is VERY country now, and I enjoyed it! Dancing is hard work but fun! Here's my brother: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 22:13:32 EST Going out of town to meet up with some siblings, and bringing one back home. My brother belongs to an American Legion post out of town, so we occasionally like to join him for a meal and some dancing and some karaoke (hahahaha). When I return in a couple of days I'll bring my sister back to stay with us for about a week. Going to get our Netflix money's worth this week...she'll watch movies all night! <BR> <BR> When I return I will fix a batch of cloud bread and some pork rind tortillas, which always help get me through each week...making my food not "have to" but ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:54:27 EST My three thin daughters all relax with yoga. As for me.....Hah! ....this is how I end up! <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 20:52:29 EST All dads have a story! When I was born my dad was serving his country in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in the U.S. Navy. He would not return home until I was almost 4 years old. He sent these tiny white plastic records a couple of times a year, speaking to my sister and me. <BR> <BR> When he returned home I did not like him. Who in the heck was this guy who moved into the house that belonged to my mom, my sister and me? And why did HE get to sleep in mom's bed and we had to sleep in our own beds? I will alw... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 23:27:36 EST I "trick myself" -- do you? I trick myself in many ways. Of course it's no secret, but it helps. Just as one may set their morning alarm 10 minutes that they can sleep 10 more minutes....may work for them, because it "feels" like they got to sleep longer. <BR> <BR> I am on low carb, so I've enjoyed making and finding ways to use Cloud Bread. I take my Atkins candy bars and cut them up into 3 pieces or 4 (depending on size of bar) and, wrapped in aluminum foil, I can go get ONE and enjoy it slowly. The tr... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 22:14:39 EST Hannah's mouth is healing quickly...then it got even better. I went over to swim at my son's house today...a couple of my daughters came in from out of town for my birthday (I'm 73 today. WHAT?!!) and her mouth is healing nicely from her surgery a couple of days ago. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, her basketball camp got cut short and she could not attend the last two days. So a little girl from the camp and her mom showed up at the door, and presented Hannah with her basketball shirt...signed by all her camp-mate members. And she got a large poster sign... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:21:57 EST Granddaughter's surgery went way better than expected! (warning: graphic photo) Thank you, thank you, thank you all for positive thoughts, prayers and caring! <BR> <BR> Hannah was so frightened this morning, but bless her heart, she was being brave. <BR> <BR> The surgeon was very pleased. He said that the growth did NOT have a base or root into the gum. It was attached on the back right side of her gum...but in such a way he was able to cut it out with barely a snip...and NO stitches were required. Of course he is sending the cyst to the labs and we'll wait a week... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:49:29 EST Sick to my stomach with fear. Today my 9 year old granddaughter when to her orthodontist appointment. When examining her mouth, they found a HUGE cyst in the back of her mouth, by her back molars. They showed it to my DIL and she couldn't believe her eyes. After Hannah left to wait in the lobby, my DIL said she couldn't believe Hannah didn't feel that, or that it didn't bother her. The orthodontist said she likely had some pain at some point, then got used to the lump, not realizing how huge it had gotten. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:50:08 EST Just this. If we don't heed this: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We will get this: <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 12 Jun 2016 23:12:55 EST Weigh-In this morning. A slow but solid journey in the right direction! It's not showing yet to people around me...just my hubby and myself. I wear the same clothing, but WE know that my arms are no longer so tight they cut off my circulation. We can see the bagginess of my jeans, which will soon look a bit like a bag lady. I know I can breathe better, sleep better. And I know the hope and confidence I feel. <BR> <BR> I've always before told myself that the 40 lb. mark is when I'd falter and fail and stop. <BR> And it always was. I am not "predicting" that ... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 09:22:13 EST What was that judge thinking? How could ANY halfway decent, intelligent man....a judge, no less, sentence a man to 6 months in jail (not even prison) for raping an unconscious woman? This young lady had been drinking - to excess - could that be the "okay" sign to rape according to the judge? <BR> <BR> And I agree with so many who pointed out a young man (who is black) did the exact same thing and will have to serve FIFTEEN YEARS in PRISON for the same crime. <BR> <BR> The judge's reasoning? Time spent in prison woul... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 00:17:59 EST My two dolls (Abby and Becca) enjoyed their ice cream cones today! ...and I enjoyed my 1/2 cup dish of Carb Smart vanilla ice cream as well! <BR> <BR> (No, I won't show a pic of me stuffing my face, LOL...but here are "my girls") <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 9 Jun 2016 20:40:38 EST It's not Summer without the Ice Cream Truck! (And a special pic for KDYLOSE) So I decided that since kids love the Ice Cream Truck, those American Girl dolls probably want some cold confections as well. So I made these today... <BR> <BR> Ice cream cones, popsicles, fudge bar, ice cream sandwiches and snow cones! <BR> I'm really happy with them and will put them on my Facebook page in the morning. <BR> <BR> Photo #1 - Those treats <BR> Photo #2 - Two ice cream cones in my fingers to show the size. <BR> Photo #3 - KDYLOSE, thanks for the are some peanut-b... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 23:43:07 EST T.V. Show: My Big Fat Happy Life. Oh, how I HATE, LOATHE, DESPISE this type of show. Our society has become so mean spirited, so cruel, so judgmental, that this type of self-degrading, public humiliating show has become the norm. <BR> <BR> I want to cry for these people. I would die of embarrassment. <BR> It doesn't affect my food plan personally, nor does it motivate me. <BR> It just makes me angry and sad and depressed. <BR> No matter how "happy" they claim to be, there has to be so much pain. <BR> <BR> So many of "... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 21:27:31 EST I made a half toasted cheese sandwich (or cheese toasty) to go with tomato soup. Polymer clay for the sandwich, of course! <BR> <BR> So I have an (epoxy/resin) bowl of tomato soup, with special spoon. <BR> <BR> I'll offer half of a "cheese toasty" <BR> or <BR> A small bag of cheesy crackers. <BR> <BR> I did a survey on my Facebook page, and the cheese toasty a landslide. <BR> When we had tomato soup as kids, we always had Cheese-It crackers with it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 21:04:22 EST All 4 of our kids came to town for my hubby's 75th birthday. Sweet. Well, our son does live in our town, the three girls all had to drive in several hours to get here. Two came in a day early. The third is getting her Masters Degree and got here Friday noonish and had to drive back home (leaving at 6 pm for a 4 hour drive). She had some final things to finish for her dissertation (whatever that is). <BR> <BR> My son fixed a fabulous meal as usual, he always keeps carbs low for me, though I did take a small sliver of DQ ice cream cake. Made is last a LONG ... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 20:23:10 EST Feeling a bit cocky today...doing so well on my food plan! <img src=""> Thu, 2 Jun 2016 00:18:55 EST Pah and the grandkids at the Memorial Day Ceremony Great weather, very moving experience today. Took a bit longer than usual...usually 30-45 minutes and today was almost a full hour. <BR> <BR> Grandkids loved saying the Pledge of Allegiance with so many people...the band, the singers, the carrying up of the wreaths, etc. <BR> <BR> This year was wonderful...we had 36 mini flags for the kids to give out to kids...and they even ran out of flags. PEOPLE WERE TAKING THEIR CHILDREN AGAIN! <BR> <BR> Afterwards I told 5 year old Aaron how prou... Mon, 30 May 2016 23:54:06 EST Memorial Day - Remembering the Forgotten as well. My brother John was one of hundreds of thousands of American fighting men and women who came home with a death sentence. Most have died by now, some are still dying slow deaths. My brother had eleven cancer surgeries and treatments before death was final at last. <BR> <BR> What killed them? They were "killed in action" while fighting in the steaming jungles of Vietnam, and were exposed to Agent Orange. <BR> <BR> I've never seen a Memorial Day service that honored these heroes. They foug... Sun, 29 May 2016 22:44:34 EST Vacation - Food Plan report When I returned from a "carb" vacation a week ago, I decided not to weigh in. Because.... <BR> If I'd gained, I didn't want to get discouraged since I'd worked so hard for over 4 months. <BR> If I'd lost, I'd trick myself into believing I could eat like that more often since it didn't hurt. <BR> <BR> Mind games. <BR> <BR> I know missing a week of weigh in is also a mind game, but one I felt comfortable with. <BR> After two weeks (not one as usual), I lost .6 lb. I'm very pleased, because ... Sat, 28 May 2016 21:19:29 EST Picked up our mini U.S. flags today (for Monday). Since our granddaughter, Hannah was 6 months old, she has attended our local Memorial Day Service with my husband (her Pah). She is now 9 years old, and she loves this Pah/Hannah event. Each year she gets some patriotic clothing, and she takes a handful of mini flags and hands them out to any children who attend. SADLY very few people bother to take their children to this emotional, beautiful, respectful event! <BR> <BR> When she has given a flag to each child, she then goes and hands the... Fri, 27 May 2016 22:15:19 EST The winner of my (doll) bowl of fruit salad Giveaway. I was tickled today to find out that the giveaway from my Facebook page was received today, and the mom of that little girl took a photo for me. I'll put it on my Facebook page in the childrens' album...but look at this little girl. I think she likes the bowl of fruit! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 May 2016 22:37:43 EST My Tea Party Date. Had two grandkids today. Aaron just turned 5 and he LOVES my polymer clay foods and dishes. And he LOVES tea parties! When I asked him late afternoon if he would like a snack, he asked for a "tea party snack". And so we had one. <BR> <BR> I had a mini bowl of Carb Smart Ice cream....Aaron had the ice cream and candy "sprinkles" (m&m's)!! We had green tea in our little tea mugs. He gets his own pitcher to pour his own drinks. (pictured) <BR> <BR> One problem: I am not to tell anyone ... Tue, 24 May 2016 23:59:42 EST Moan and Groan! While we were on vacation, new people moved in across the street. The house had been vacant for over a year, so we were happy to have new neighbors. They seem to be very nice, though they are just "kids" - he is 23 and she is 21. <BR> <BR> So last night we found out he loves to work on souped up cars. Engines revving until well past 11:30 pm. 2 or 3 of his friends were out there, and they were having a good (loud) time. No cussing, no fighting, just loud. <BR> <BR> I don't want to ... Mon, 23 May 2016 22:42:19 EST Several people warned me...I KNEW when I'd had too many carbs. Ugh. Those vacation days when I just simply had too many carbs, I got sick. I turned green. I had stomach aches. I went back to the years that I could not sleep a couple of nights because I hurt. It is AMAZING to me that carbs can do that to a body. One good thing from that...the following day or two I'd be more aware of what carbs I was taking in. Home just a couple of days and that pain is gone, I'm sleeping again, and I'm SO thankful for this comfort again! <BR> <BR> Here are a few pics ... Sun, 22 May 2016 20:56:12 EST Great vacation. Food control? Not good. Not bad. But not good! The sibling week vacation was SUCH a wonderful time. I almost got sick from laughing too hard, too often. My sisters are the best! <BR> <BR> I anticipated that I would not be sticking to my program...perhaps if just my hubby and me, but with 4 sisters and a couple of spouses, we did a lot of eating name it...Mexican, Italian, Steak House, etc. My brother in law is a chef (yes, a real one)...he loves to cook, so he fixed from scratch, biscuits and gravy, a gigantic pot of chile, ... Sat, 21 May 2016 22:06:41 EST So long...farewell for now...BUT... I cannot begin to thank all of your Spark friends for your words of encouragement yesterday and this morning as I leave for a week's vacation. <BR> <BR> I got some encouragement, some advice, some recommendations and even a bit of a kick in the rear to wake me up to reality. I thank you all. I feel much stronger now, and I can see some great ways to squeeze some vacation no-no's into my eating plan...and NOT the other way around! <BR> <BR> I may or may not post for a week. But I will b... Thu, 12 May 2016 08:40:53 EST Vacation looms....and my fear is GREAT. Each year some of us siblings get together at the Lake of the Ozarks. We rent a lake home for a week, and everyone comes in for a day, a few days or the entire week. I'm excited to have the sibling time. <BR> <BR> This year we will have 4 of the 5 sisters and 3 of the 5 remaining brothers. Plus a couple of spouses thrown in. We do have a great time, and our main source of nutrition is margaritas! LOL. Just kidding, but we do love our margaritas. <BR> <BR> My problem is I have zero fai... Wed, 11 May 2016 19:23:54 EST Sorry for so many blogs showing my polymer clay's what I do! Here are the two "bowls of food" I completed today. They come with my signature "silverware". I think of all the bowls I make (ice cream, chile, spaghetti, cereal, mac n chese) these two are my favorites. (could be just because they are new and I'm SO pleased with them)! <BR> <BR> First, the bowl of tomato soup. My doll loves tomato soup with Cheez-it crackers. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Tue, 10 May 2016 23:32:22 EST