Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The End

Mama and Dad say that today is the last day for the "bibi". Maybe.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Exciting! Sssshhhh

At the jewelry store. Sisters have plenty of helpful advice and suggestions for brother. I'm just beyond happy to see this moment. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014


Glo-Lee is going to be celebrating her 80th birthday next month.  Peggy posted this darling picture of her on FB:

These twin travel beds look so much like her (maybe not obvious in these photos, but trust me, that nose, those eyes and those lips are exactly the same)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

My Boring Life

It's been a couple of weeks since I blogged.  That's mostly because I don't have anything interesting to say, but here's a little update.

Miss Colie keeps me entertained Monday through Friday mornings.  She's a pistol :-)  Right this moment, she has discovered the scoop for the dog food and is "doing her chore", very carefully carrying out 3 kibbles at a time for Wally.  He now considers her his bestie.

"Plaura", as we have dubbed Tony/Laura, are our little lovebirds.  She's a great gal, and of course it makes me happy in the extreme to see my son so happy!  They are starting the house shopping process, and we have found that it's a LOT more fun to look at houses in the 2 incomes price range than just 1 income lol.  They are off to Mexico next week for a little vacation -- maybe an engagement ring is forthcoming?  Fingers crossed!  I keep reminding them I'm not getting any younger, and my prime grandparenting days may be numbered...

The DIET!  It has been nearly 1 whole year since we embarked on our TQI diet.  I can't believe it!  I will do a big update in a couple of weeks when we get to that one year anniversary, hopefully with some "before and after" pix of the gang.  Today, I'm 47 pounds lighter and feeling much more healthy!  I'm very proud of all of us for sticking with the healthier eating and exercising plan for a year. This time last year we were stuffing our faces with pizza, candy, booze and chips.  RIP to that (though there are days when that diet sounds rather nice lol)

Work:  I now juggle 3 jobs: Grammy to Moochie in the mornings, my Vintage Knits store whenever I have a spare few minutes, and my yarn store job at Paradise Fibers.  I've been working every weekend, plus adding in afternoon shifts Tues-Friday.  Which doesn't leave a lot of free time, but I'm enjoying all of it.  It's fun to be the resident "expert knitter", and I'm trying not to add new yarn to the stash every week.  Moderately successful at that.

Fun Things About Getting Old: it kind of sucks :-)  My arthritis is ever-present but I'm trying to keep it at bay with the weight loss, exercise (though I'm a bit limited.  I can't bend my left wrist much or put any weight on it, so yoga poses and weight lifting are out.  My recumbent bike riding is my main exercise, plus water aerobics from time to time) and anti-inflammatories.

The other really stupid thing about getting old is that my hair has gotten really thin up front.  It was never super-thick but this is ridiculous.  So I've started Rogaine applications.  God.  I'm seeing some results.  We'll see if I have to resort to wearing turbans on a daily basis or not.

Reading: Sorry Zaide, we couldn't get past the first paragraphs of "Painted" ;-)  I have a number of books lined up to read.  Just finished the latest John Grisham, "Gray Mountain".  Eh, it was okay, not his best. Wait for it to come out in paperback.  I've just started Jodi Piccoult's latest "Leaving Time" and it's pretty good.  Also enjoyed "Big Little Lies" by Liane Moriarty.  I seem to be reading lots of fiction, not my usual thing.  In non-fiction, I have "The Romanov Sisters", "How to be a Victorian" and "One Summer: America 1927" by my fave Bill Bryson (thanks for the birthday gift, Katie!) in my queue.

Monday, October 27, 2014

We Hate Mondays

Miss Colie hates Mondays.  They require a hot bottsy and multiple episodes of Bubble Guppies to survive.

Fun Weekend

No pix of course, because I don't ever remember to take them (and when I do, they are terrible)

Pia and I headed out to Camp Lutherhaven on the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene last weekend to meet up with Susna and the Knorthside Knitters for the annual knitting retreat.  And we had a great time.

This is a great group of ladies, of course Peeps was the youngest knitter (but not by much, you're no longer a teenager, P lol)  They meet every year for a weekend of knitting, eating, laughing and more knitting.  Susna is the queen of fixing everyone's projects and providing help.  She evidently owns Mary Poppins' carpetbag, because every time we needed something (from extension cords to iPod speakers, a rocking chair to extra knitting needles), she had it in her bag.  Amazing.  Plus she brought along show and tell projects that dazzled one and all.

I just brought myself and my various projects, but that was enough.  Everyone made me feel very welcome (and helped me overcome my phobia of social occasions) and had lots of compliments about my weight loss.  I finished Laura's Christmas stocking and started on a lovely sweater for ME.

Pia and I packed sensible snacks, and managed to eat pretty reasonably over the weekend.  A few handfuls of M&M's might have been consumed, but I resisted all the other goodies, including the Bundtinis Susna had me pick up from my nemesis, Nothing Bundt Cakes.  That's twice now I've had to buy cake there, despite my insistence it's the stupidest franchise ever and I was NEVER going to go there.  Must admit, they are good.  But still stupid.

I also managed to unload a bunch of yarn from my stash that I was never going to use.  Oddly enough, the stash wall doesn't look any less stuffed with yarn.  And I managed to come home with a new skein of yarn, how did that happen :-)

Looking forward to next year!