Three Posts in a Row

October 3, 2008 at 5:34 pm (Weight) (, , )

Work has been ridiculously busy lately and I’ve barely gotten a break to do anything, let alone find time to write a post. So I’ve innondated the blog with three posts today. In theory, I wanted to publish Gradma’s Fabric on Tuesday, but my computer didn’t save automatically and I lost over half of what I had written (I hope my re-write was somewhat close to the original). And of course, October is Here was ment to post on Wednesday, but I was busy bustin’ my ass on the treadmill and getting ready for my weigh in. Yesterday was a fantastic 13 hour work day that involved four ferry rides and three hours of driving. So now I’m here, Friday at last and not a whole lot to do this weekend (at least nothing I have to get up super early for).

I have now updated my weigh in page. I had a not so great week two weeks ago, a friendly get together with lots of food and fun followed by a really late dinner where I overate did not help. Last week was very good though, despite eating at my favourite breakfast restaurant on Sunday when I knowingly had a Turkey dinner get together that night (there were tons and tons of warm veggie side dishes that I piled up beside my small portion of turkey then avoided all the pies and tarts and opted for a fruit dessert. Just proves that I can splurge and have fun as long as I plan and stick to it.

This week discovered the Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches and I will never look back. Those things are freaking delicious!!! And so filling, for only 2 points each!!! I refuse to leave any less than two packages of those in my freezer 🙂 I also went on the treadmill for 45 minutes on Monday and Wednesday, so I’m hoping to do it again tonight and then keep it up next week. It’s really fairly easy to do while watching an episode of Babylon 5 (I’ve got another 2.6 seasons to go and then there’s always House, Heroes, and Doctor Who if I get bored). I haven’t been running, but I’ve been doing hills at a fast walking pace that leaves my legs feeling a bit like jelly and my shirt wet, so I think it’s good enough. I discovered that I shuffle my feet some while I’m walking, which doesn’t really affect me when using a motorized treadmill (like the one at my boyfriend’s house) but I’ll have to learn to pick up my feet when going on the manual tradmill at home. I’m looking forward to another good loss this week, got to keep on that schedule for my goal!

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October is Here!!

October 3, 2008 at 5:13 pm (Undefined) (, , )

It is finally October, I love this time of year! I am such a fall fanatic. I love the colours of the trees as they change from spring green to reds and oranges and browns. I really should break out the camera again and go for a walk in the neighbourhood before all the leaves fall and it starts to rain continously. I love the rain and the cold weather. Call me crazy but bundling up in a warm blanket and reading a good book on the couch or just sitting and watching the rain fall with a cup of warm tea or apple cider is one of my favourite things to do. I love that I can finally start wearing cozy sweaters and long sleeve shirts and jackets and hoodies and scarfs and hats without people thinking that I’m crazy. Fall is wonderful!

But my most favourite thing about fall is the food. I love all the fresh apples and pumpkins and butternut squashes. It means that I can make fresh apple pie, pumpking pie (a specialty of mine I’m told), apple-cranberry cider, chai tea, beef stew with biscuits, oatmeal with raisins and apples, gingerbread cake, pumpkin loaf, chili, chicken and mushroom casserole, mushroom soup, butternut squash soup, all the yummy “stick to your ribs and warm you from the inside” foods. I think my project for this weekend is going to be to make slow-cooker beef stew and a soup of some kind (bring on the ReBar cookbook!) It is so nice to be able to heat up a bowl of soup when you’re tired and cold and hungry. I’m also going to have to make something yummy to bring to work for treats on Monday. Hmmm, baking weekend, can’t wait to find recipes and share!

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Grandma’s Fabric

October 3, 2008 at 4:58 pm (Undefined) (, , )

Last Saturday I went home to visit my mom and help her clean out her parents house. My grandmother passed away almost 2 years ago and Mom, her siblings, and Granddad have all been cleaning and sorting and chucking and donating piles and piles and piles of stuff from the house since then. How did they collect so much stuff? I vow never to collect that much, I will only aquire things if I need them or if I could use them in the forseeable future.

My grandmother was the most amazing person, she was fabulously active and creative (but you’d have to be with 4 kids and job as an elementary school teacher!) I will always remember Grandma sewing, she would make just about anything and everything you could possibly need. She sewed shirts, nighties, skating costumes, dresses, pants, gloves, hats, jackets, etc. for all of her kids and grandkids. She would also take just about every quilting class available and started some fabulous quilts (she had my knack for starting things and not quite finishing them.) So needless to say, her fabric stash was monumental. I kid you not, if you put all the fabric she had together, it would fill a bedroom, wall to wall and floor to ceiling! Not to mention a small rainbow of threads to match. She had every kind of fabric imaginable, from terry cloth to batiks, fleece to flannel, cottons to silks.

Saturday though was all about going through her newest aquisitions, which was my personal favourite fabric time period, because Grandma had started to do free stitching workshops (which required many texture coloured fabrics in similar colours to create landscapes and underwater fish quilts), Japanese style quilts (with such beautiful prints!) and she’d started liking the bright coloured batik patterned fabric that I adore. Mom and I found some absolutely perfect fabrics (yes, I do have a purpose for these fabrics!) and we even found some of Grandma’s finished wall hangings that Mom had been looking for, including a Grand Canyon, the Tea House, a rainbow rocket ship to the stars (I think it was called Reach for the Stars) and another Japanese inspired blue quilt. I can not wait to have time to start making quilts again, it is really something I’d like to do to remember my grandma by.

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