Saturday, July 16, 2011

My weight loss

I am very happy to say that I have now kept my weight off for three months!! I still keep a food log and weigh everything I eat, but it is so worth it and I feel wonderful. Of course being retired may have a lot to do with my mental health since I have been able to have a garden this year and sew to my hearts content.

I went to Denver a few weeks ago and it was wonderful to be able to go up into the mountains and be able to hike without the breathing problems! I definitely do not have the hip and knee pain I used to get after walking even short distances let alone walking up hill. I probably do need to start a walking routine daily, but I just haven't gotten in the habit of it yet. However, that is definitely on my to do list.

The view up in the mountains was beautiful, but the day we went was rather cool!! Here is a picture of me trying to look like I wasn't freezing.

And here is one of me looking like I'm freezing, which I definitely was!!

I love this picture, here are the three of us on our trip to the moutains. We definitely had an enjoyable mini vacation and it is now only about 70 days until we go on our yearly girls vacation. This year our destination is Anna Maria Island in Florida!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

See my garden grow!!

What a beautiful morning, I just couldn't resist taking some pictures around my gardens. This picture is the trellis my husband built for me. I had trumpet vines and honeysuckle growing up a small dead tree so they ended up in a tangled heap when the tree went down. I love the new trellis much better than the old tree.

One of my little clumps of "hens & chickens" started forming a flower tower and it gets bigger by the day. I've never seen one do this before, so I guess I have it in just the right spot.

I bought this wild flower plant at the Farmer's Market last year. It only had one bloom last year, but this year "WOW" it's really taken off and has several blooms. I'm thinking its called Prairie Fire of something like that. Whatever it is I really like it.

I have one word for my vegetable garden "CUCUMBERS"!!!! I'm getting a ton of cucumbers, I think they're growing over night. I keep watching my cantaloupe and waiting for them to ripen, I love cantaloupe!! I have a few peppers, but they haven't turned red yet and I like the red ones better than the green peppers. I've gotten enough cherry tomatoes daily for a salad and I have lots of green tomatoes getting ready to ripen. For my first veggie garden in several years I quite happy with it, but next year it is definitely going to have to be bigger.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Baby quilt

I was asked to make a baby quilt for a little boys first birthday. His brother has a baby quilt with his name on it, but little Gus doesn't have one. His mother picked out the fabric and I came up with the little animals and made a farm theme quilt. These designs were a learning experience because I finally discovered how to digitize pictures to make my own designs!!

I had some fun finding pictures of the farm animals and digitizing them to make the embroidery pictures. Actually I've become addicted to it and have so many new ideas now that I don't know where to start first!!