Saturday, September 4, 2010

Proud Mama Alert!

My son, Chase, a freshman, at his first high school game, this year.  

I am very proud of him because as a freshman, he placed second chair, top band (out of three bands).

Monday, March 8, 2010

My Perfect Garden

I finally decided to go for it ~ a garden.

A good friend had given me possible placement and dimensions for my garden, along with a layout, explaining about how much work would be needed to tend to each size and type.

Hours spent poring over Home & Garden magazines, dreaming and planning the perfect garden. Time spent at Lowe's, agonizing over seed packets, choosing the right fertilizer, the right plants.

And now... the fruit of my labors:


I must admit that I'm concerned about my parsley.
It just doesn't seem to be as hardy as the others.

Yep. Just the right-size garden for me!


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Here's to Health!

Recently, due to uncomfortable health issues, I decided to re-think my eating habits. The first staple I gave up was the acid and caffeine combination of Coca-Cola Classic

..followed by tea

...and hot chocolate.

Now, for those who don't know, I kept Coke in business
. I have reps who are calling me, begging me to purchase coke again, or if not coke, then to at least get addicted to another Coke product!

If you are in caffeine withdrawal, EAT FRUIT in the mornings. I have used this technique in past efforts and it is amazing how much that cuts down on the no-caffeine headaches.

In additio
n to the removal of these beverages from my lips, I am adhering to a modified 'Fit for Life' philosophy of eating.

Basically, this means anything that is not a f
resh or frozen fruit or vegetable is a 'complex' food. You only have ONE complex food with any meal. It's that simple.

Simple? For a woman raised in Texas, whose favorite type of food is southern, that's a b
it hard to swallow! That means no gravies, no to most sauces, no casseroles, no batters, no good ol' southern breakfasts, no Italian, no Mexican, no beans and cornbread.... well that's not an issue, because I never ate that anyway... but you get the picture.

Oh, yeah. One more thing that's not in the Fit for Life philosphy: Dairy products

Let's take a look at the foods that would be classified as 'dairy':

Milk, BUTTER, sour cream, yogurt, cheeses.... ALL cheeses.

No dairy.

y, I used the Fit for Life plan, years ago, and I know how phenomenal I feel when I eat that well I rest.... how much weight I can lose.

In all m
y years of being overweight, I never had a real desire or will power to diet. I refused to try weight-loss pills or do the fad diets. I always said that if I ever lost weight, I'd do it the 'right' way, by eating healthily. Actually, it's almost amusing how easy it has become to surrender my desired way of eating, now that ingesting those foods causes me extreme physical discomfort, even pain.

So, planning on a healthier, happier, pain-free me... Here's to health!


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

God's Artistry

(click on image to enlarge for better view)

This is a picture taken by a friend who is vacationing in Hawaii.
It's so incredible, it's almost unbelievable.

Just remember, the God who made this.... cares for you.


Sunday, January 3, 2010

My Wedding Designs

Vintage-style veil and fascinator I made

I also made the Bridal bouquet

Beautiful bride - Jessie Hernandez,
friend of my daughter

I like the back view

I made the bridesmaids bouquets

My daughter

My daughter trying to get her husband to kiss her.
From this photo, I'm very fearful of ever getting a grandchild. : (

My son-in-law and daughter
(Thingamabob and Thing 1)

I also made the throw away bouquet.

I enjoyed getting to work with Jessie to create the vintage veil and fascinator and bridal bouquet that she wanted, as well as the bridesmaids and groomsmen bouquets and boutonnieres, mothers/grandmothers corsages and toss bouquet.

It was fun to get to be part of her very special day.