09/30/10 – Food

Breakfast – toast with peanut butter, grapes


Lunch – Salad (butter lettuce, tomatoes and chicken), a few crackers, Nature Valley granola thin


Supper – leftover crock pot chicken, leftover broccoli, and my mock apple crisp made with half an apple, oat meal and light caramel dip.


Snack – almonds


Steps – 3,541

09/30/10 – Food

Breakfast – toast with peanut butter, grapes


Lunch – Salad (butter lettuce, tomatoes and chicken), a few crackers, Nature Valley granola thin


Supper – leftover crock pot chicken, leftover broccoli, and my mock apple crisp made with half an apple, oat meal and light caramel dip.


Snack – almonds


Steps – 3,541

09/29/10 – Food

Breakfast – toast with peanut butter.


Lunch – out with a friend – had shrimp & veggie lo mien and an almond cookie.


Supper – made a crock pot chicken meal that probably had too many calories as it was made with cream cheese, cream of chicken soup and ranch dressing mix.  I did use the fat-free soup, but still, I’m sure it had a lot of calories.  However, I divided it up into four meals, so my portion was minimal.  Also had some broccoli.


Before I go to bed I will have a glass of skim milk.


Steps – 2,981

09/28/10 – Food

Breakfast – toast with peanut butter and a little orange marmalade


Lunch – I volunteer at church on Tuesdays and usually take a sandwich made with low cal. bread and fat-free meat.  I also bring along a snack size container of applesauce.  Today I had a lot of work to do and the light sandwich just didn’t give me enough energy.  I had a deep need for chocolate.  The pastor usually has candy in  her office so I went investigating and she informed me that there were leftover brownies in the kitchen refrigerator.  Faster than Road Runner, I was down the hallway, into the kitchen and opening the container of brownies.  It was exactly what I needed.  That brownie gave me a boost of energy and put a smile on my face.  Sometimes, nothing but a chocolate will do.


Supper – the leftover steamed veggies from yesterday and some deli chicken.  For dessert I had some Skinny Cow ice cream.


Steps – 2,470



09/26/10 – Food

Breakfast – toast and scrambled egg-beater.


Lunch – Friends & Family Day at church where the menu was hot dogs, chips, and cake.  Not the most nutritious meal, but eating outside with good conversation and laughter makes it a wonderful meal  as far as I’m concerned.


Supper – snacked on popcorn, grapes and cheese.


Steps – 2,062



09/26/10 – Food

Breakfast – toast and scrambled egg-beater.


Lunch – Friends & Family Day at church where the menu was hot dogs, chips, and cake.  Not the most nutritious meal, but eating outside with good conversation and laughter makes it a wonderful meal  as far as I’m concerned.


Supper – snacked on popcorn, grapes and cheese.


Steps – 2,062



‘Tis the Halloween season…….

Is it too early for the Halloween decorations?  Fall is my favorite time of the year and it always seems too short so I thought I would get out the Halloween quilts early and enjoy them a little longer.



These two quilts were made by my friend Melanie.
And this quilt is one I made years ago.
My quilting friends know that I moan and groan about my inability to do machine quilting and yet I look at this old quilt – that I quilted on my machine – and am amazed at how decent my quilting looks.  When did I get so fearful and self deprecating?
Here is a close-up of the spider web I put in the corner.
Not the best spider-web in the world, but acceptable I think. 
 (The spider is plastic.)

09/25/10 – Food

Breakfast – toast with peanut butter, grapes


Lunch – small side salad, small bowl of chili, the bottom of the bag stale Guiltless Gourmet Yellow Corn tortilla chips, piece of sugar-free candy


Supper – last of the leftover casserole, broccoli, Skinny Cow ice cream


Steps – 1,728 – why so low?  Spent the day working on a knitting project AND my treadmill stopped working.  Those are my excuses and I think they are darn good excuses!

Knitting………

This old knitting project (see below), a sweater that I started in 2008 is once again on my project agenda.  I put away the project back in March 2008.  I had finished the back and was working on the front when I had to stop because I did not understand the next instruction.


In quilting, most patterns are for piecing and end up with the instruction, “quilt as desired”.  For the novice quilter that instruction is daunting, impossible and frustrating.


In knitting, the same is true.  I can do a knit stitch and I can do a pearl stitch. Beyond that, I have to look at an instruction book, ask someone, or look it up on the internet.


Determined to figure out the instruction and not waste all that money that I spent on good yarn, I re-read the instructions over and over again until I was pretty sure I understood.  The stitch count was wrong, but I proceeded anyway and finished the front of the sweater.  (I hope it is correct.)


Today I started in on the first sleeve and the instruction said to “increase at the beginning and end of every fourth row.”  The fourth row happened to be a pearl row.  Not one of my three instruction books had help for increasing at the beginning and end of a pearl row.  After looking at several You Tube videos and instructions from various websites, I came up with the method that made the most sense to me and went with that.  So far it is working just fine.



It has taken me years and years of being with other quilters to absorb knowledge, get ideas, and learn good skills.  I belong to the best Bee group in the world.  The women in my Bee group are so helpful and so generous in sharing good techniques, and I have learned volumes from them.


Perhaps I need to find a good knitting group if I plan to continue doing any serious knitting.