Thursday, December 31, 2009
4 curtain panels for the living room
1 dog coat
1 pajama top (gift for my Dad)
1 pair shorts
4 skirts and 1 under-skirt
3 tote bags (2 were gifts for friends)
3 spa tabi (2 were gifts for a friend)
That's only 23 items sewn this year. I hope to make more next year.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Here's a link to the original recipe: http://www.theslowcook.com/2009/08/31/curried-okra-stew-with-sweet-potato-leaves-and-coconut-milk
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Meanwhile, since DH is the cook at our house, my mere mention of reducing our intake of rice and pasta and bread brings a reaction that means he has closed his ears to me. Even quoting from books doesn't get me anywhere with him. My concern is for our inability to lose weight, much less keep it off - but especially him.
Imagine my surprise when a friend sent him an email with a link to this article and forwarded it to me. My "reply to all" said "I have a book called "Diet Wise" that Paul didn't want to hear what it said - which was pretty much what this article says - so I loaned it to a friend at work." DH told me, "Gee, thanks for embarrassing me in front of my friends!" My inability to tell a straight story with all the facts is what blocks his attention.
Since I had loaned that book to a friend, he asked me how was he supposed to know what it says. I told him to look up "allergy elimination diet," which he did, and he came up with this link and this link. I got the book back the next day because my friend was going to just go buy it at the book store, so he's had a chance to look at it.
The book "Diet Wise" basically says that no one particular diet is good for everybody - not the south beach diet, atkins diet, low-fat, low-carb, raw food, vegetarian, vegan, or even the grapefruit diet. The book says that you have to find out for yourself what foods are good for your own, unique body. Often food allergies or sensitivities block your body's natural health. By taking the most-common allergenic foods out of your system, you are giving your body enough time to really eliminate the effects of these foods. After that, you can start adding foods to your diet, one at a time. Reactions to re-introduced foods let you know what your food sensitivities are. Foods giving no reaction at re-introduction are safe to eat.
The bottom line is that after Thanksgiving we are going to ditch ALL grains, citrus, dairy, chicken, and processed "foods" for at least two weeks, maybe three. Then we will add certain foods back to our diet to see if we have any reaction. I hope we don't have the situation where he can eat a food that I can't, or vice versa. Meanwhile, such "clean" eating will probably become our new habit, especially if we do the intro for at least three weeks.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I dug out a skirt I had started in early 1999 and finished it.
I was looking for a jacket I started at least four years ago. I had cut it out and bought a zipper for it. I must have put it away in a Really Good Place, because I can only find the remnant. Take a look:
Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
My hubby brought me a donut when he came back from a motorcycle ride this morning around 11:30. Since he had not had breakfast this morning, he also bought himself a sandwich at the donut shop. I figured that I might as well fix myself something for lunch.
Whether to atone for my sinful-eating ways or to balance out my so-called meal, I threw some fruit into the VitaMix. What I got was the texture and thickness of pudding, and it was really good. Here's what I put in it:
- 1 apple
- 1/2 banana
- 4 chunks frozen mango
- 1/2 Cup frozen blueberries
- 1/4 Cup iced tea (MY liquid of choice - there's a pitcher of it in the fridge at all times, sweetened with stevia)
Friday, August 28, 2009
A crack was found and Paul tried to repair it. Took the boat out again last weekend on the Silver River. After an hour we turned around because we were feeling a little instability in the boat. Besides, the patch fell off! Oh, and for once the weather-guessers were right: it started to rain at exactly 11 am, or should I say, about ten minutes before we reached the canal to Ray's Landing.
Since then, Paul found me a single sit-upon kayak (with built-in back rest) on Craigs List, which is reviewed as fast and easy. He also took our SUV kayak to the dealer, who repaired the crack with an Ugly patch. We will be taking it to Sanchez Park in Ormond Beach for a little test drive. We may take the new-to-us kayak out there Sunday morning.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
DH is starting a web site business on the side, since his hours were cut back on his day job. He wants me to make him a little zippered tote bag so he can carry his business stuff around - camera, mini-notebook, pen, and receipt pad. Today I rough-sketched the pattern, and cut out the fabric for a mock-up.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Blend until creamy:
- 1 large handful raw walnuts
- 1/2 Cup iced chai tea, sweetened with stevia
- 1/3 head leafy green lettuce, rinsed, vein removed
- 1 Cup blueberries
- 1 Cup raspberries
- 1 Cup strawberries
- 1 large banana
I filled up a salsa jar for my lunch tomorrow, and there was enough left for us to each have a large tumbler of smoothie.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
- 1 large apple
- 1/2 head romaine lettuce (shh, don't tell him)
- 8 frozen strawberries
- lots of powdered cinnamon
- a little bit of stevia powder
Sunday, July 26, 2009
While my kids were here, we ate out too much (but it was So Good!), and I gained some weight. I'm making myself keep up with making smoothies because I need to lose that weight for the wellness fair at work. If I lose one BMI point since last year OR if my BMI is below a certain number, I will not have to pay the insurance increase for this year. I think that's a pretty good incentive to get or keep in shape. I've also been trying to ride my Trikke every evening (unless it's raining).
All in all, I was glad they could come to visit.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
- 1 banana
- 2 Cups frozen papaya chunks (from the freezer section at Winn-Dixie)
- 1/2 Cup shredded coconut
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I don't always eat green smoothies for lunch or drink only water or tea for my beverage. Yes, sometimes I misbehave when eating. It's usually on the weekends.
I think my greatest food problem is quantity. What is your greatest food problem?
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I think that the spinach has the most nutrients of these ingredients. The predominant flavors are the banana and kiwi fruit. I could not taste the spinach in this smoothie, but it was Very Green!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
We are expecting delivery of our VitaMix, which is a super-charged blender. That doesn't begin to describe it, but I will be sharing pictures of it in future days. Keep watching!
A Cuban dish with the ease of a dump cake
Fill a coffee cup half-way with raisins, cover with rum (any booze), and let soak overnight. If you’re in a big hurry, nuke it for a minute or two, instead.
Dump a can of chopped (no salt added) tomatoes and a can of rinsed black beans into a medium-sized crock pot, and turn the heat up.
Chop and rinse half a small jar of green olives, and add to crock pot. Rinse a small can of sliced or chopped black olives, and add to crock pot.
Throw in ¼ to ½ Cup chopped onions (optional).
Throw lots of ground cinnamon into a coffee cup. Throw in some other spices, too, such as cumin, oregano, basil, garlic, and cilantro, then stir together and dump into the crock pot. Just don’t add salt because of the residual salt in the olives.
Dump the soaked raisins into the crock pot, stir, and turn the heat down.
After about an hour, stir in about a cup of frozen veggie crumbles, and turn the heat up. We use MorningStar Meal Starters – Grillers Recipe Crumbles (usually in the grocer’s freezer next to the frozen Indian food).
In about 30 minutes, turn the heat down, and spoon into bowls. Serve over rice (optional). We also top it with sour cream, which is not vegan.
Here is a picture of the type of veggie crumbles we use:
Monday, July 6, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
|From Sewn Shorts|
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
- romaine lettuce
- some parsley
- 2 peaches
- 1 apple
- 1 banana
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Whoever you thought I was going to be
Ain't here now; she got up at three
In the morning before I was born'd
And you got me.
Whoever you thought I was going to be
Lives in your dreams; can't you see?
Maybe someone should have warned
You 'bout me.
Whoever you thought I was going to be
Is nothing like you, only like me.
I'm not someone to be scorned;
I'm just me.
Whoever you thought I was going to be
Lives in your dreams, so set them free.
I am not you; you should have learned -
I am me.
Our first indication of things to come was that getting close to nature was like being married to it. We had to duck under trees and push away branches every minute or two. Often as not, we were alternately pushing away from trees and branches.
Every bend in the run had us going sideways towards the opposite "shore." That was the only sense we made of how the water's current ruled. The current was expert at breaking all the paddling rules; expected results never came.
Hard to believe there was a lull in the stream, and Paul actually got some pictures of a juvenile white ibis.
Oh, about that dead-fall? There was the big one we didn't see ... The river dumped us.
My life vest works great! I think my glasses stayed on because the strings holding my straw hat were tightened around my chin, thus crossing over my glasses' temple pieces. Paul got the boat turned over, and started throwing stuff back into the boat: two flotation cushions, tote bag (with now-wet towel, bananas, and jerkey - aah, lunch!), sun screen, bug spray, the less-full of two plastic water bottles
In a few seconds, two canoes showed up and the people helped by holding the kayak while we flopped back into it. They gave us our paddles and Paul's ball cap, which had been floating.
My cell phone was in a pocket of my life vest, but I knew I could replace the phone itself for under $30. Our small digital camera was in one of Paul's pockets, but we have a better one at home. Paul's wallet and keys got wet, but both of mine were in the car.
Somewhere after that, a low tree took Paul's glasses, but he keeps a spare pair at home. Another tree snagged his hat and the river sucked it in.
We will never do that run again. That's why it was a once-in-a-lifetime journey.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Yep, my lunches at work have been what basically amounts to blenderized salads. Here's the line-up:
leftover salad with cheese and salsa
- yummy with a salsa attitude
red leaf lettuce, cut cross-ways and rinsed
one pear, quartered, cored, and cut up
a few mint leaves
1/2 Cup water
- just OK
6 large romaine leaves, cut cross-ways and rinsed
two bananas, broken up
1/3 Cup shredded coconut
1/3 Cup leftover iced tea
- the best so far
- tasted like a fruit slush
I put the smaller and wetter things into the blender first, greens on top, and liquid poured over. Then I blend on the Liquefy setting until it looks, well, blended. I pour this into a container which I then leave in the freezer overnight. When I take it to work and leave it on a napkin in the back corner of my desk, it thaws to just the right temperature by lunch time.
I thought I was doing this for my general health and for the health of my eyes. There is a nice side side effect of 3.4 lbs of weight shed, and I started just this week! I also don't have that mid-afternoon dragged-down feeling. If this is an experiment, it's not over yet!
I have made it a point to not change any other eating habits, except that two weeks ago we gave up carbonated beverages completely. Oddly enough, that had no effect on my weight.
I recommend any book by Victoria Boutenko, but especially "Green for Life" and "12 Steps to Raw Foods."
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
|From Sewn Tote Bags|
- for each pocket, cut a 6" x 6" square of fabric
- My tote bag pattern - replace those pocket instructions with these instructions below
The pocket pieces are sized to be stitched into the straps. The straps are first stitched onto the tote bag along the outer edges, leaving the inner edges free. Each pocket is placed on the bag so that the raw edges will be enclosed by the straps.
The first pocket is placed about 4" from the top hem edge of the tote bag. It is basted along the sides and stitched firmly across the bottom of the pocket. Do not stitch through the straps at this point.
The next pocket is placed at least 1" below the previous pocket, and basted and stitched in the same way. Additional pockets are attached in the same way. The bottom of the last pocket should be at least 1" above the top edge of the side cutout.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
|Sewn Tote Bags|
- One piece of light-to-mid weight bag fabric 20" x 32" and one piece of woven fusible interfacing 20" x 30". If you use a heavy-weight bag fabric, you may omit the interfacing. The 20" edges of the fabric are the top hem edges, and the 32" edges of the fabric are the side edges.
- One strap of 1" wide woven cotton webbing 94".
- Pocket: One piece of bag fabric 11" x 7" and two pieces of elastic cut to 5".
Steam the wrong side of the interfacing to the wrong side of the bag fabric, leaving 1" bag fabric showing at each end.
Serge finish all edges of the bag fabric, trimming off only excess interfacing.
Fold the bag in half so that the ends of the interfacing align at the sides. The fold forms the bottom center line. To form the bottom corners of the bag, cut out the corners of the bag at the fold 3" into the bag from the sides and 2.5" into the bag from the fold.
Lay out the bag piece, right side up. Place a pin at the center of each top hem edge. Place one pin 2.5" to either side of the center pins, then remove the center pins. The remaining pins are 5" apart.
Place a pin at the center of each cut-out at both sides. To show the bottom center line of the bag, lay a ruler across the bag, from side to side, lined up to one side of the side center pins.
Place a pin at the center of the strap. Without twisting the strap, overlap the cut ends by 1". Pin the cut ends of the strap together, placing the pin 1/2" from both cut ends.
Align the middle of the strap to the outside of the top hem edge pins on one side, aligning the center pin to the bottom center line of the bag. Stretch the strap, and pin in place at each top hem edge. Fasten the strap to the bag with one pin 3" from each top hem edge. Secure with more pins between these two pins.
Without twisting the strap, align the strap to the outside of the end pins on the other side. Align the pin at the strap-end overlap to the bottom center line of the bag. Stretch the strap, and pin in place at each top hem edge. Fasten the strap to the bag with one pin 3" from each top hem edge. Secure with more pins between these two pins.
Remove the pin where the strap ends overlap. For the section of strap that goes under the other end of the strap, edge stitch starting 3" from the top hem edge of the bag, turning twice at the cut end of the strap, and ending 3" from the top hem edge of the bag.
Tuck the upper strap piece's raw edge under so that the raw edge is enclosed, and pin in place. Edge stitch the upper strap section along the outside edge, starting 3" from the strap's fold, turning twice at the fold, and ending about 3" from the top hem edge of the bag.
Edge stitch along the outer edge of the strap on the opposite side, starting 3" from one top hem edge and ending 3" from the other top hem edge.
On the part of the bag where both inner strap edges are free, place the top edge of the pocket 4" from the top hem edge, centering the pocket between the straps, and pin in place. Baste the side edges of the pocket in place, stitching the bottom edge of the pocket securely to the bag.
Stitch all remaining strap edges to the bag, ending 3" from the top hem edges. The inner edges of the strap will encase the raw edges of the pocket.
Stitch the sides by folding the bag right sides together, aligning top edges of interfacing at the top and bottom of each side. Pin in place and stitch a 1/2" seam. Press the side seams flat, then press them open.
Make the bottom corners by aligning the bottom edges of the sides to the bottom center line, and pin in place. Stitch with a 1/2" seam. Serge the raw edges of this seam and thread the serger tails through the seam.
Turn the top hem to the inside 1" and pin in place. Topstitch this hem in place, avoiding the straps.
To secure the straps to the top of the bag in each of four locations, stitch along the inner edge of the strap, overlapping the previous stitching, up to and across the top hem edge, and ending by overlapping the previous stitching on the outer edge of the strap.
Please, if you have any questions or suggestions, let me know!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
I made up the pocket pattern, and I hope to publish its drafting instructions soon.
Please click on the picture:
I also cut the fabric for two tote bags for my DH. It's a start!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
... and here are the towels I made last week from a linen tablecloth I found at a yard sale for $2:
There are six towels, but when I took the picture, one was already in the laundry and another was hanging on the stove handle.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
|From nl 6828|
I had enough left over to make a skirt. I realized that the knit fabric is kind of thin - maybe it's a mesh fabric - and that it would have to have an underskirt to prevent see-through. Since it's a red-and-white print paisley, I found a white knit to go under the skirt. I cut a rectangle of the white for the underskirt and used Simplicity 9265 to cut the overskirt. I will probably stitch the two parts together at the waist, as I do not anticipate any future skirts needing an extra layer. I will have to think about that.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I have been wondering about the early patterns I sewed. All sewing stuff left at my folks' house have been duly donated to worthy causes over the years, but I still remember some of the garments. I've been most curious about that V-yoked skirt I made in hunter green mini-corduroy.
Well, wonder no more! I finally opened an email from Pattern Rescue, started poking around by clicking the "Still Hoping" link because it had been so long since I made it. Oh, my -- there it was! I probably made the short version without the fabric tie or belt carriers.
I don't need it now, of course, but I'm glad to be able to identify it.
Friday, March 27, 2009
I finally decided to change from a "family practice" doctor to an internist who was recommended to me by a friend. My previous doctor really, really, really wanted me to take the statins. Some people cannot tolerate statins (my DH was on them for a while, and had noticable weakening of his muscles). My new doctor advocates natural methods before drugs, and gave me a referral to a nutritionist before I asked her to do so. Since I'm not taking any meds, I don't have to go back for six months.
I went to my class yesterday ("Hi, I'm Mary, and I'm here to educate my cholesterols"). It turns out that I'm already following most of the food guidelines for improving my cholesterol situation. DH and I have been vegetarians - off and on - for several years, but we've recently gone back full-bore to vegetarianism for health reasons. Within the past week, I have increased my evening dog-walk from 10 minutes to 20 minutes, and then to 30 minutes. If I do this at least five times each week, I will have done much to correct my calorie-intake vs. calorie expenditure imbalance. Within the past few months I have been more conscious of what I eat and when I eat it. My weight has started to go back down, but I do have at least 10 lbs to lose, and 20 would be more to my liking.
I have last year's blood numbers, so I guess that's my real base line. I had a blood draw this morning, and I'm looking forward to seeing if the numbers have improved and determining how far I am from my goals.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
1 large tomato, cut up
1/2 apple, cut up
1 Tablespoon frozen, chopped onion
1 Tablespoon Italian dressing
Blend until liquid. Pour into large drink cups (14 oz. with handles, is what we have). Serve with a spoon (for when you get to the bottom). It tasted better than I thought it would, but at least we each "ate" a whole, large salad. I like to eat fresh food for the nutrients and enzymes.
I also pureed the contents of a can of clam chowder, poured into mugs, nuked for 2 minutes, and served with oyster crackers. That was supper!
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
I actually sewed some last week. Aside from mending, I also made two pillowcases. I found two old kitchen towels, and they are being sewn together to create a tote bag. I am in "tote bag" mode, and want to improve my tote bag pattern to make it easier and faster to make.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I also finished the Kwik Sew 2467 undies using fabric left over from DH's Kwik Sew 2417:
|From ks 2417|
|From ks 2467|
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I got hung up when I ran out of elastic. That is about as preposterous as my declaration of a fabric fast - to which my daughter recently said, "Who are you and where is my Real Mom?"
Check out my new "What I'm Reading" section at the top of the right column. The current book shows how we became a toxic species. If you think you know all you need to know about health, think again! This book is a real eye-opener. Reserve your copy at the library now!
Monday, January 26, 2009
I was just given this award by CatSpec who has a blog called "eyelets in the seams." What a surprise! At first I thought, "Oh, no, I have to find seven bloggers who have not yet been awarded. Later I realized that I WANT to pass it on to seven Kreativ bloggers!
I present the Kreativ Blogger Award to:
1. Gwen - "After the Dress" - she sews, teaches sewing, weaves, and is in a musical family
2. Richy villa - "charlie & miguel" - clothing, including costuming
3. SewIKnit2 - Craft Chat with SewIKnit2 - sewing, knitting
4. Comnurse - "Oz-Tralien" - sewing, machine embroidery, photography, quilting, travel, reading
5. Lisa - "Tree by Sea" - hand-made pretties, plus she's my SIL's DIL
6. Dawn - "Two On, Two Off" - a very prolific sewista
7. Trena - "The Slapdash Sewist" - sewing with style and bravery
Here are the rules:
1. Copy the award to your site.
2. Link to the person from whom you received the award.
3. Nominate 7 other bloggers.
4. Link to those on your blog.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you nominated.
Remember to have fun!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Thanks to the cold weather - hey, 30 degrees in Florida IS cold - I am getting better at running around the block while "walking" the dog. I will probably post a message here when I can run around the block without stopping.
By the way, two days in a row with a low temperature of 30 degrees is too much. I am glad a warming trend is predicted.
Friday, January 16, 2009
I am trying to reduce my intake of processed carbohydrates. I gave up statin drugs so I could eat home-grown grapefruits. My husband gave up statins so his muscles would still work. We both try to drink more water for health and weight loss.
Please read this letter to the Wall Street Journal about health care - as compared to disease care.
Please go to this page at change.gov to vote up the importance of health freedom. Here's how to help the future government understand the need for health freedom:
- Click on the Vote Up button
- Sign in (or make a new account, if you don't have one already)
- Search for "health freedom"
- Click on the title "Health Freedom IS Our First Freedom"
- Click on the Vote Up button
Here's to your health!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
- The parking is terrible, so get there early.
- Since it will be at the main county courthouse, the cases won't exactly be tiny. For this reason, I've warned people at work that I might be out for more than just one day.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I happen to love grapefruits. We happen to have a grapefruit tree in our back yard. Last summer we finally culled out all the old grapefruits, leaving the baby ones to grow for this year.
Since the middle of December I have picked two or three grapefruits every two to three days. I juice one every morning, and the average yield is eight ounces.
My usual breakfast is a glass of grapefruit juice, followed by two scrambled eggs. The fruit gives me fresh enzymes to help digest my eggs. The eggs give me enough protein to keep me from being hungry (for anything, including processed carbs) until lunch time.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
I did my data backups today, too. I backed up all the money and taxes information on one CD, and all my web site stuff on another CD. I feel better already!
By the way, I'm not the only sewing person who likes to buy stuff from the thrift store for its fabric value. A long dress ten sizes too big for me might become a skirt and top one day. We call it repurposing.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
I plan to NOT buy more fabric this year. That's easy - I have too much already.
Patterns? Now, that's another story. Here's a pattern that I don't have. I NEED this pattern - Simplicity 2933 - since I discovered that this type of yoke looks good on me:
Friday, January 2, 2009
- Weekly on Mondays - work on sewing documents
- Weekly on Tuesdays - shredding
- Weekly on Thursdays - post on my blog
- Monthly on the 28th - Marco Polo (our dog) gets his pills
- Quarterly on the first Saturday - data backups
Thursday, January 1, 2009
1. Pay off van (automatic payments will have it done by end of September)
2. Ramp up the emergency fund and make it stay there!
3. Save up money to pay taxes (also, need to re-do W-4)
4. Get rid of paper clutter so that all important papers are in one place (includes some much-needed shredding)
5. Start doing quarterly backups of my computer data
6. Finish at least one sewing project each month, starting with UFOs (un-finished objects)
7. Finish at least one sewing document each month (includes lesson plans, instructions, and web pages)
8. Write on my blog at least once each week (which explains why I'm posting today)
9. Drink more water per this site and this site
10. Last - but not least - get the processed carbs out of my life! AAACK!!
Is this not enough?