I remember now….I do have a blog!

Hello blogosphere!!  I’ve missed you.  Have you missed me?

This is going to be a really short post, with no pictures, because I can’t get Java to install, and that means I can’t use all the bells and whistles on WordPress.  Sigh.  Wouldn’t you know, after months of not writing, not blogging, I get the urge and…..stymied.

That pretty much sums up what I had been dealing with for most of the winter.  I hit a plateau on Weight Watchers.  Bounced around within a 6 lb. range, never going below a certain number.  Can you say Set Point?  Yeah, I knew you could.  That was after losing 36 lbs in 20 weeks.  

Needless to say, it was frustrating as hell.  Finally, got some things moving, and the scale has started a downward trend.  Hopefully that dam has broken.

House renovation had also come to a screaming halt.  Not sure why, but both Tim and I were burnt out by the flurry of renovation and moving.  We landed, and basically camped for a few months.  Neither of us had the motivation to do much more than watch football.  Believe me when I say it was a bad year to be a NY Giants fan.  A long, slow, agonizing season.  

We have gotten moving on the reno front.  The bedroom is painted, as is the furniture and (almost) all the boxes have been unpacked.  I’ve started working on drapery and linens and, now that my study has been painted, I have set up the sewing station.  

I forgot how much I love to sew.  It speaks to the part of me that needs to be creating.  Sometimes knitting (and spinning) isn’t enough, and I need to do something that has faster, visible benefits.  Sewing does that. 

I can’t wait to show you guys pictures.

A couple of weeks ago, my brother and sister-in-law came up and helped Tim frame out the new closet for the upstairs laundry.  That was a huge help, and a huge win in terms of seeing forward progress on the house.

So, here’s where we stand:

The kitchen is pretty much where I left it, last time I posted.  I think.  Did I take you through that part of the reno?  I have to check earlier posts.  I might have to start from scratch, and that’s okay, as soon as I can upload pictures.  

My study is painted, and mostly unpacked.  Still have a bit of sewing to do.

The bedroom is painted and I still have a lot of sewing to do.

The living room wall (where we removed the brick) needs to be sanded and, and the entire living room, dining room and hallway need to be primed and painted.  

The downstairs (treatment area & entry) needs help.

Somehow it doesn’t seem as daunting as it was before.  Maybe it’s Spring, which has finally started to arrive here in the Northeast.  No green in the backyard yet, but the grass is starting to green up, a little.  The azaleas have buds (I can’t wait).  The creeping sedum is growing (and crept a lot over the winter.  I love how it does that!).  I go out and look for the first of the daffodils to poke up, but so far I’ve been disappointed.  Next fall I’m planting crocuses, and maybe snowdrops.  I need a really early spring bloomer.

I’ve been spending some time online researching rose bushes.  I want a fragrant, continuous blooming, rose by the front door.  I’m thinking about Julia Child.  Do any of my readers have any other suggestions?

That’s it for now.  On to make a Weight Watcher friendly dinner for the knitters.  

More later…

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1 comment to I remember now….I do have a blog!

  • Jenn Levy

    I’ve never done Weight Watchers myself, but I recently had to both lose weight and lower my blood sugar, so I went to a kind of freestyle low-carb diet. I’m also a volume eater so I’ve increased my vegetables madly. In the morning, I eat either very high fiber five-grain hot cereal or egg whites scrambled with veg. Lunch might be a salad with tuna or chick peas. Dinner is a smallish bit of chicken or fish and piles of veg. I’m very into roasted veg these days so it could be two or three of the following: brussels sprouts, broccoli, onion or shallot, summer squash (I’m trying cauliflower tonight). For snacks, it might be plain non-fat Greek yogurt (less carbs that regular yogurt) mixed with some blueberries or blackberries. I happen to like Greek yogurt with no sweeteners. I eat some nuts and cook most things with olive oil unless they’re stewed or poached. I occasionally use a little grated cheese – I don’t like the non-fat stuff. And 2% milk with coffee. Pretty much avoiding all white carbs. I sometimes eat a little brown rice or quinoa.

    I’ve dropped four pounds over about six weeks, and my blood sugar is normal again. I gave myself a very generous goal of losing 50 lbs by the beginning of summer 2015. That could happen sooner if I actually start exercising. (I’ve joined a gym but haven’t started yet, due to another health issue.)

    Losing 36 pounds is great! It’s a pretty amazing start.

    And kudos on the reno…I don’t know how to do a single one of those things.