Sunday, June 28, 2009

Rosette Fever!

The Place: West Central Community Center

The Day: June 27th, 2009
The Event: The Spokane Rose Society Annual Rose Show

The Results: THREE, BABY!!!!
The three rosettes were for: 1) my floribuna spray 'Ebb Tide' which is an incredible dusky, deep purply rose and smells heavenly, 2) my corsage of 'Blue Girl' roses and 3) the martini glass arrangement which didn't work out the way I'd planned technically but pleased the judges nonetheless. The flowers were supposed to be the 'onion' on the curly willow swizzle stick and the whole thing was supposed to stay under water to be the alcohol. But when I poured in the water the roses popped out their anchoring and floated. Oh well, it was fun to do anyway and won!

(you gotta trust me on the big martini glass entry, it really did win a blue and white 'best arrangement' rosette in that category but forgot to take a picture of it, I swear!)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Few Before and Afters

A few before and after photos that are on my mind lately:

Early January this year when we thought winter would never end. Note how high the snow berm is and how the roof of the shed on the right has sagged under the snow weight. This doesn't even show how high the snow had had melted and re-snowed a bit before this. And this morning after a big rainstorm last night. Luckily not all the flower petals were knocked off and everything is green and pretty except the huge blue tarp that will prob. be on the still-unpainted shed all summer. (HONEY!)
My sewing room a few weeks ago (and how it normally looks on any given day, sad to say)...

Still very cluttered but so much better! I can even get a quilt loaded in the big frame now if I can find the motivation. Actually, sewing another apron or Kinchaku bag sounds more appealing today.

Spring '06.....

And this May at weight-loss surgery support group and wearing my Bloomsday Run finisher t-shirt.
So maybe I should exercise instead of sewing *OR* gardening! LOL!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Bento 42

Bento 42 from this past Monday...such a busy, stress-y week at work that I am just now getting around to logging it. This was another breakfast/snack/lunch/snack day's worth of food packed in my two blue Hello Kitty Boxes. See the new tag I made? We have to have our lunches labelled at work and this was a fun little project. Anyway, back to the bento: top box was edamame on lettuce, watermelon butterflies, marinated cucumbers under beet flowers and a container of chopped turkey/fat free cream cheese and dill. The lower box was egg beaters mini omelette, two barley hearts, a mini heart of fat free cottage cheese, fresh blueberries and two mini cottage cheese bran muffins. A lot of food for a busy day!

Too busy at work and too much stress at home to even contemplate bento let alone photograph anything but mostly what I took to work the rest of the week was the usual stuff: 0% Fage yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, more chocolate mini muffins and the ever present sugar free protein coffee latte to start the day. Boring, quick, safe and easy. ::shrug::

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Bento 41--Monday

Amy's comments about my bento looking patriotic got me thinking why not just go with it? And now I see there is a big old smudge on my lense...oops. To start the day and give me more energy after the big weekend was a packet of Emergen-C. Then for breakfast Monday morning was my usual old 0% Fage Greek yogurt...the go-withs are a side of Kashi Go Lean, a big stripe of sugar free strawberry rhubarb jam and fresh blueberries. There ya, white and blue!
For lunch was a salad of home-grown baby spinach, grilled chicken strips,strawberries, craisins, sunflower seeds and tomatoes. I packed along a packet of light balsamic vinagraitte dressing but only used a small portion of it. They put way too much in those! Dessert was a sugar free Snack Pack jello in orange.
No bento today...just some leftovers thrown in my bag. Good thing I didn't take extra time because I had a flat tire on the way to work and using the extra time would have made me much later than it ended up being anyway.
Oh...big naughtiness to report: Because I had to wait at the tire shop to get my tire fixed after work I treated myself to two new magazines. But even worse (or better!) later in the day I again splurged on new books when I had to pick up teens at the mall. "Warm Fuzzies" and "Sewing Green" both by Betz White. Can't wait to read them and start planning projects!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Thank you, Amy!

Not only did Amy (my bestest sister) make Saturday a really fun, memorable day at the Farm Chicks show but then today she worked for hours on my blog page. I am so not worthy!!!!

She found a great website with cool backgrounds and tried out endless possibilities for me, cutting and pasting all that code that is totally Greek to me. To someone who is pretty nearly computer clueless this was a huge gift.

Thank you!!!!!

Fun at the Farm Chicks Show

Wow...Saturday was really memorable! My sister Amy and I met there and spent most of the day carefully going through each booth oooh'ing and aah'ing the amazing vintage and crafted merchandise. We took a nice leisurely lunch break and enjoyed some watermelon, mozzarella sticks, tortilla rollups and resting our feet! At our table were some really fun ladies and besides enjoying the break they were great to visit with.

It was so much fun seeing booths from vendors we'd seen the previous year and searching through all the treasures they brought. If we were millionaires we'd have purchased like crazy but even though we didn't haul out as much as a lot of folks we had such a great time making our few purchases that it was just as much fun.

I got so caught up in the shopping experience that I totally forgot to look for Serena and Teri to get my book autographed. Oh doesn't make me enjoy the book any less. Hope you get a chance to read it or get your own copy, it is beautifully photographed and a pleasure to read.

Isn't it cute the way they lined up aprons to decorate the front of this table? We almost bought a treat for our Dad but hesitated too long and by the time we saw that booth again they were sold out and closed. Must have been good! Heavens, I wouldn't even want to consider the calories--everything looked really decadent.

Amy and I also meant to stop and have our picture taken in the 'posing' area but didn't get around to it. Although...we enjoyed a particularly incredible baby posing with her grandma. Gotta say that of all the cute babies there, this one was Miss Personality Plus and adorable to boot. A future little Farm Chick in training! I have to just tease you with how cute she is, I didn't ask for permission to publish her photo but you gotta take my word....cutest baby!

We boldly wore our new aprons and were mistaken for vendors several times. Guess we looked a little silly but who cares, we were having a fun girly day and it was worth it. I even wore my apron around town before and after the show. So there! Have to say that before weight loss surgery I'd never have had the courage to be so conspicuous. Another wonderful life change that is a real blessing.

Here is a picture of me with Arlene, a wonderful blogger who graciously stopped to pose with me. What a beautiful booth and do stop by her blog to is a treat.

So hope you enjoyed a few pictures from the show. Wonderful crafting ideas, incredibly beautifully decorated booths and a lot of nostaligic treasures. I lined up all my goodies from the show as well as thrift store will be cool getting to use all these fun things.

Two of Last Week's Bento's

Before I head back to working on the Farm Chick's entry, I want to get caught up on the last two bentos from last week. Even working shorter hours, it is still very helpful to get the bento made and ready to go so that before I head home from work early in the day or out to run errands there is pre-planned healthy food to keep me going.

These boxes were for a short work day but a long errand day. Breakfast was on the left side with 0% Fage Greek yogurt, blueberries, a tablespoon of sugar-free chocolate chips, fresh strawberries and 1/3 cup Special K Protien Plus cereal. It was hugely filling. Then I ate that lovely salad on the right before shopping and errands. It was baby spinach from the garden, chicken griller strips, strawberries, blueberries, sunflower seeds and half of a mozz stick cut into little flowers. For my afternoon snack was edamame, plain.

The next set was for another short day. It was more of the Greek Yogurt but this time topped with a fresh dollop of homemade sugar-free strawberry/rhubarb jam and accompanied by fresh strawberries. The three little Chik'n Nuggets (Morningstar Farm) were my pre-errand snack and were so filling that it took a long time to eat them. Sorry these are all so boring looking but this time of year is when I love to take advantage of the delicious strawberries as often as I can!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Back to work Bento 38

It was a fun, fun, fun two week's vacation from work. Working at my paying job, that is. But I worked very hard in the yard and loved it! After accomplishing a lot in the yard I sewed a new apron and started a second one. The finished one is very Grandma-ish and soooo ME! The bento for today was the five colors but really a lot of red 'cause the strawberries and watermelon are so delicious this time of year. Luckily I wasn't able to eat everything but a lot of that has to do with the huge amount of coffee consumed today plus one tofu/sugar free cake mix cupcake and fruit that my sweet boss made for my birthday. I work with such nice people!

So, what got packed to eat: some cottage cheeese mini pancakes made into sandwiches with fat free cream cheese, strawberries and also a piece of turkey bacon chopped. More strawberries, red (does this count as purple?) grapes and watermelon. For lunch and then afternoon snack a roll-up made of a Soyful Heart tortilla, one piece of ff lunch meat, low fat lunch cheese, more ff cream cheese and some fresh-from-the-garden baby spinach. Tucked in for filler are baby carrots. In the other container was marinated cucumbers with dill. Also a lf cheese stick tucked in for 'just-in-case'.

Short day tomorrow...probably no bento, just a sugar free muffin.