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Emerging from denial and getting back into accountability

Sunday, January 10, 2016      16 comments

So now it is double-down time - following the holiday overeating - and also following a year of being too casual about my weight. The first order of business, here in Arizona, was to replace an inexpensive full length mirror that was way to... Read more

Beginning The New Year

Tuesday, January 05, 2016      7 comments

We had a wonderful New Year party. All of the Native American activities were done with the children in the afternoon - and then just after dark around the fire pit. They were excited about it - and had a great time. (I decided to just do th... Read more

Borrowing from Native Americans to celebrate the New Year

Tuesday, December 22, 2015      14 comments

This year our family will be all together to ring in the New Year, so I am working on creating a celebration that will be meaningful and fun for the adults as well as the grandkids (a boy and girl age 4, and a boy age 7). My sons and their ... Read more

Pre-party jitters

Monday, December 14, 2015      14 comments

Yesterday we had our annual Holiday Open House. Usually we invite all the neighbors on our street (it is a circular street 1/2 mile long) with their kids. Last year, though, there were more and more kids, and it didn't feel like the kind of pa... Read more

Inspiration from Google Images

Wednesday, November 18, 2015      13 comments

Today, as I updated my Spark Page, reflecting my regained weight and new commitment to losing and maintaining, I looked at Google Images for some inspiration for achieving my goals once again. As always, I found it - and thought I would share s... Read more

Breakfasts

Friday, November 06, 2015      13 comments

Breakfast must contain either a fat or a protein - and not a lot of carbs - if it is going to set me up properly for the day. (No fruit smoothies or pancakes for me!) Most egg dishes don't really appeal to me very much. The only way I ea... Read more

Vegetables: Focus for the week

Monday, November 02, 2015      12 comments

Yesterday, it was cod for dinner, so I made some heartier vegetables to go alongside the fish: cauliflower gratin, mushrooms, and butternut squash. The cauliflower gratin recipe, though, wound up tasting not quite as good as just plain old ro... Read more

Photos of fall

Thursday, October 22, 2015      13 comments

I really love taking photos of those bursts of color - a few leaves that shine among all the others. So you will see I don't take many photos of whole trees. Read more

A Good Plan for the Day

Thursday, October 22, 2015      9 comments

This morning, after breakfast, I put together a chicken dinner in the slow cooker, so it will be all ready for us this evening. The recipe was online - and I had all the ingredients in the house: www.myrecipes.com/recipe
/chicken-... Read more

Cooking and Cleaning

Tuesday, October 20, 2015      16 comments

Today I am cooking and cleaning. There are two soups simmering on the stove: split pea soup - and a vegetable soup. I even found a tiny cured ham that had no nitrates or nitrites, and I added some pieces to the pea soup. My husband will... Read more

I am back.

Saturday, October 17, 2015      16 comments

Hello to my Spark Friends. I am happy to say that my life since the summer has been very rich and full of visits with family, photography seminars and workshops, a new writing workshop, and lots of day trips with my husband. My emphasis ha... Read more

In the interest of full disclosure...

Wednesday, July 15, 2015      9 comments

I wrote a blog yesterday about how I am relying more on the mirror instead of the scale. And I think it is only right to be completely honest here and say that these days I am not happy with what I see in the mirror. And I am working on... Read more

Scale gives way to Mirror

Tuesday, July 14, 2015      13 comments

My scale has been declawed and defanged. It sits on the floor of my closet, an old sleeping lion. Gone are its earlier days of growling threats, roaring punishments -- or purring hard-won rewards. It has lost its power. I am no longer in... Read more

A delicious ratatouille

Saturday, June 27, 2015      8 comments

After several years of unsuccessful attempts to make a ratatouille that looks good and tastes good, I have found a really good recipe. You can ... Read more

Pre-Fourth Barbecue Tomorrow

Thursday, June 25, 2015      12 comments

There will be ten of us at our house for a barbecue tomorrow. It's a pre-July Fourth celebration among good friends. Most of us will be spending the actual Fourth of July with family members. (One of the benefits of being senior citizens ... Read more


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