Tuesday, January 23, 2018

How I survive on a Low Carb Diet

I have noticeable weight gain; I don’t even want to stand on the scale to see just how bad it is.

Today I am starting back on my low carb diet. My goal is to cut out all obvious carbohydrates. I will still enjoy milk in my coffee as often as I want.

For breakfast, I ate two fried eggs with butter and cheese. I thought that I would start by allowing myself plenty to satisfy me so that coming off carbohydrates would not be so painful. Guess what. I was not a bit satisfied. I find that I am never truly satisfied without carbs. I believe that is why people lose weight on high fat/ protein diets. One does not even want to eat more because without carbs, there is no desire for more.

Instead of looking for satisfaction in meals, I have found, as in the past, that I can only satisfy hunger. To do that, when I am hungry, I will eat something such as one of the following: a small bit of meat, a piece of cheese, a few nuts, a boiled egg, or a slice of sandwich meat with mayonnaise or mustard on a leaf of lettuce, or just mayonnaise on a leaf of lettuce. I then wait 15 minutes, and if I am still hungry, I eat a small something again. And that is how I survive on a low carb diet.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Winter Mornings and My Running Journey

I love foggy mornings.
Although we have not had technically freezing weather,
many mornings have dipped into the 30s this past month.

The cold weather is refreshing, especially when jogging.

For years, I have wanted to run. (I found that Life Is N-o-t Like a Dream.) Every time I attempted running, I set out at a runners pace - leaving me breathless and sure that I would never be able to run. I finally discovered that all runners start slowly - meaning jogging, tiny steps. I learned that I need to develop distance to strengthen my heart and breathing capacity, and then incrementally increase my pace.

On December 20, I began my running journey. I have been jogging with a friend (a two times Boston Marathon runner). We meet at 5:30 a.m. three to four mornings a week. It is one month now, and we are jogging four miles. By the way, it is technically not run until the pace is six mile per hour - 10 minute miles. We are jogging at a pace of 5.5 mph.

I look forward to reaching the day when I can RUN that four miles.

Celebrating with Cinnamon Rolls

 I love cinnamon rolls, and so did my sister.
Today I celebrate her birthday with these delicious rolls.
For the frosting, I used less sugar, more cream cheese, less butter, more vanilla: 

about 1 cup powdered sugar instead of 1 1/2 cups
1/2 cup cream cheese instead of 1/4 cup
4 Tablespoons butter instead of 6 Tablespoons
1 teaspoon vanilla instead of 1/2 teaspoon

I left a few unfrosted for my husband. But even he liked the frosting on these.

Friday, December 29, 2017

For the Love of Christmas Cards

Over last week, just in time for Christmas,
my sister showered me with the loveliest bunch of
 homemade Christmas cards.
Eight cards in one week!

She knows how much I love to get Christmas cards to hang on my wall.
Since most people no longer send old fashioned traditional cards,
for years I have been saving cards to decorate my home.

A grand gift of love.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, lovely sister of mine!
Christmas Card Collection from Christmases Past


 {Pine Branch Frame}

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Most Puzzling Christmas Holiday

 My daughter created a tradition, years ago: building a Christmas Eve puzzle.
This year we started before Christmas Eve with this 500 piece snowmen puzzle. 
Although there were 500 pieces, 
you might have noticed that one piece on the upper right window is missing,
while we had a duplicate of another piece.

 Next we began this winter scene.
We first put this 1000 piece puzzle together during A Puzzling Weekend last Christmas.
This extremely challenging puzzle took us about as long to build this year as it did in 2016.

 Finally, we got around to our 2017 Christmas Eve project: Churchyard Christmas.
In one delightful evening we had this 1000 piece puzzle together.

Now I am ready for another puzzle.

Happy winter days to you and yours!
{Pine Branch Frame}

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Little Bit of Christmas

 Hammond's Retro Radio Peanut Brittle Tin

 My sister sent this cute red radio tin to my daughter this month.
I looked for it online, but apparently it is no longer available for sale.
I did find one currently available on eBay. (It has 2 days and 19 hours left on it.)
I think it is too adorable, and I am happy to have it.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Old Sacramento Lighted Boat Parade

We had a pleasant view of the boat parade from the deck of the Delta King.
It was difficult getting clear photos.
 But you can get an idea of how pretty the lighted boats are.
This one is the 007 (an automobile boat) - not a great photo; I know.
 Hope you are enjoying a wonderful holiday season.
 {Pine Branch Frame}

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Decorating the Chrismas Tree

This year, I put the tree up with lights on it a couple of days before Thanksgiving Day. On another evening, I watched White Christmas and strung popcorn. I wanted it ready to decorate as soon as people were available.

Usually, I try to get it up and ready to decorate the day after Thanksgiving, but often I am so tired that I don't get it done until two to three days after Thanksgiving Day.

As it turned out, with everyone growing up and having different schedules, we only had the two oldest children home today to help decorate, and although we missed the other three, it was a delightful morning.
 {Pine Branch Frame}

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Thanksgiving Day Morning
Desserts are always for breakfast in our house on Thanksgiving Day.
I also set out some sausage cracker stuffing to balance out the sweetness.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thankful Eve: A Baking Day

Always the day before Thanksgiving Day, I bake.
It was a very happy, lovely day indeed.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day!

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