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Does Ethel Mertz look fat to you? How about Ralph Cramden?

Thursday, November 29, 2012      13 comments

This is related to my blog entry yesterday. I love the old TV shows, the ones that remind me of my youth. Today I woke up at 5 am, a bit too early for me. While I drank my coffee, I turned on the TV to find an episode of “I Love Lucy.” R... Read more

An exception to vanity sizing. Simplicity patterns tells it like it is (or was)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012      18 comments

This blog began as a description of my unsuccessful search for a long holiday skirt. I decided I could make one inexpensively like I used to do long ago. On the Simplicity website I found this post from a frustrated customer. ”I got a ... Read more

Challenges of a spur-of-the-moment vacation

Tuesday, November 27, 2012      17 comments

After posting daily since Sept 17th (my first ever), I was ready to skip this morning. I’ve just got too much to do. Yesterday I wrote about DH’s great idea to spend 2 weeks on a river cruise in Europe. When you’re retired, you are able to ta... Read more

The ultimate test of maintenance? How about a CRUISE?

Monday, November 26, 2012      15 comments

For those who have read my history of unfortunate wedding anniversaries, we’re doing it again – for my maintenance anniversary. DH got this great last minute deal that he couldn’t refuse. So on Dec 7th off we go for 2 weeks on the Rhine. ... Read more

Facts - Knowledge – Wisdom

Sunday, November 25, 2012      7 comments

We know they’re not all the same thing. We have more “facts” available at our fingertips than at any time in history. There are so many facts that we need help to sort them out to gain any real knowledge. So we subscribe to media to help anal... Read more

I hate milk – all types of milk

Saturday, November 24, 2012      13 comments

I hate whole, 2%, 1%, skim, almond milk, soy milk – all of them. I hate how they taste, how they feel in my mouth and going down my throat. I hate how it feels when it lands in my stomach. Because the “hate” ends at that point in my body, I d... Read more

Where I will/will not economize

Friday, November 23, 2012      10 comments

I used to tell my children not to spend their money on things that weren’t really important to them and then they would have enough to buy the stuff they really cared about. I’ve been called “Frugal Fannie” (Frugal Fannie’s was a discount... Read more

There’s room for all of us at this Thanksgiving table

Thursday, November 22, 2012      15 comments

I have much for which to be grateful on this Thanksgiving Day. The health of my family and seeing my grandchildren regularly top the list. I should clarify that this year I can see only 5 of the 6 grandkids easily. The oldest is spending a year... Read more

What will your kids remember about you? Mine still talk about the day I ate the whole pie.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012      11 comments

Well, not the whole pie. As they remember, I left one little sliver for someone else. I taught high school math and computer science and was also technology coordinator for grades 6-12. I took my job very seriously and I came home each da... Read more

800 calories of ice cream? - Looks like I’m not infallible.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012      25 comments

The “bottomless pit” is alive and well. I’ve been writing regularly about my upcoming 3 year maintenance anniversary and how my healthy habits are finally becoming automatic. So it’s only right that I record and report one colossal failure... Read more

Surprise! Dr Oz agrees with my Grandma!

Monday, November 19, 2012      13 comments

Not about everything obviously. She would cringe at some of his advice. I don’t usually watch TV during the day, but on Friday the 16th I found myself watching yet another easy fix for weight loss. I was about to switch channels when the ... Read more

An old lady’s advice – the view from the far side

Sunday, November 18, 2012      22 comments

My grandmother was 65 when I was born. She seemed old to me from my earliest memory. Now I’m 65 and I have 6 grandchildren ages 11-18. I wonder if I look old to them. She arrived in the USA in 1900 alone at age 17 on a ship that still ... Read more

Waiting for that outside push – in health, weight and a clean house

Saturday, November 17, 2012      13 comments

“No one knows our house is messy ‘cause when somebody’s coming we clean it up.” That was my son’s observation many years ago as I mobilized the “troops” for a marathon effort to get our house “ship-shape.” Company was coming and not just a... Read more

I used to be a hermit

Friday, November 16, 2012      18 comments

Retirement can do that to you, although what I really mean is that I was an online hermit. I was online everyday and until recently very few people knew about it. I would read and learn in all areas of life including SparkPeople. After nearly... Read more

Diet as a “part of speech"

Thursday, November 15, 2012      14 comments

I dislike the word diet when it’s used as a verb. “I’m dieting” brings to my mind images of deprivation. I imagine myself sitting at a banquet with everyone enjoying wonderful food while I turn down all the options with “No thank you, I’m diet... Read more


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