Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I gave away another quilt this year. This went to a little boy whom we met in AWANA. He and his mom started coming to church with us. He is such a nice little boy and his mom is really sweet.

Monday, November 16, 2009


No Crust Pumpkin Pie (2 points for 1/8 pie)

2 t grated orange peel
15 oz. cooked pumpkin (fresh or canned)
1 can evaporated milk
3 egg whites
¼ cup Splenda
¼ cup sugar
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ t cinnamon
½ t ground nutmeg
½ t ground ginger
¾ t baking powder
⅛ t salt

Brown Sugar Topping
⅛ c packed brown sugar
⅛ c oats
2T wheat bran

Heat oven to 350ยบ F.
Spray pie plate with cooking spray.
Blend all ingredients in blender.
Pour into pie plate.
Mix topping and add to top of pie during baking.
Bake until solid (about an hour).
Serve cold.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

So how did Halloween go? Did you eat enough candy to make you sick? Did you stick with your plan? Did you even have a plan?

There are about eight weeks to Christmas and this is the season for Holiday Parties and usually weight gain. Now that one holiday is over, make a new plan for the next one. Let's see, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. One down, three to go.

So for November, are you going to say, "what the heck, the holidays are upon us!" And eat, eat, eat? Or are you going to say "Thanksgiving is just one day, and I will eat whatever I like on that day"? Or are you going to have one piece of pumpkin pie with whipped cream after a sensible portion of turkey and stuffing and give thanks for all your blessings. You decide. Don't forget to plan something to do with all the leftovers. Maybe go so far as to not have any!

So, October stats for me. I did great with my goal to eat no Halloween candy. Not one piece. I went to a party and had a sandwich and one oatmeal raisin cookie. I really wanted some candy today though, but I passed. I took the left over candy and donated it to the senior center, better them eat it than me. So, there is no candy in my house now.

Weight 9/27 220.4
Weight 11/1 220

Loss for October .4

However, my weight was not steady for October. I had three weeks of gain, 1 lb, 1 lb, and 3.6 pounds. And two weeks of loss 2.8 pounds and 3.2 pounds. So in October I gained 5.6 pounds and lost 6 pounds.

I just really don't understand. I eat well, exercise, drink water, and gain. I eat well, exercise and drink water and I lose.

I can't control the number on the scale. But I can control what and how much I eat, when and how much I exercise, and how much water I drink.

Monday, October 26, 2009


Look at my beautiful lunch! It was just so pretty I had to take a photo. It is kale, spinach, purple cabbage, ham and onion, sauteed in a little olive oil, sprinkled with salt. It was fabulous! My body is loving me, it was so healthy.

Monday, October 19, 2009


How is your "diet" coming along? Are you stuffing yourself on free Halloween candy? Are you just eating too much? Are you getting the exercise your body needs?

I did an official WI yesterday and was down 2.8! Finally less than 220! Yippeee! I added an extra workout to my schedule, a small 15 minutes in the morning right after the kids go to school. I was really diligent about not eating sweets this week and I have still not eaten any Halloween candy!

What are you going to do on Halloween night? A plan will help you stay on top of your eating. No plan will get you eating everything in sight.
I have been quilting, really I have. Just not much. I am making these flower blocks (design by Mary Ellen Hopkins) slowly as I sew with friends. I have about 30 flowers done, and it takes four flowers to make a block. I think I need about 30 blocks, so it is slow going. I am going to put the blocks together on point with green sashing and red cornerstones. All the flowers are different material, with the flower center being red and the leaves green. The greens are used many times but the flowers will all be unique. These are such cute little blocks.

This is our quilting club that met last Tuesday night. There were about eight people there. We all love to quilt! The group was working on a project, but I was helping someone with a previous project, so I didn't get to sew.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

We have been eating homemade bread for about two years, and I make it about once a week. I always use some whole wheat flour, and then add some oatmeal, rolled oats, wheat germ, flax seed, maltomeal, or some other whole grain product.

I have been experimenting in the kitchen. This week I made some bagels!


Then I made some more bagel dough and filled it with leftover steak, peppers and shredded cheese and made portable sandwiches.


And the outcome of the taste tests? Outstanding! The kids loved it! Begged for more! And that is a sure sign of success!
I had a great weekend, in spite of eating out five times in two days! Friday night we went to a friend's house for a lasagna dinner. I brought and ate a lot of salad. Declined Halloween candy for dessert. On Saturday, we attended a memorial service and potluck and skipped out on the potluck. Then we went to a harvest party and I was sure there would be veggies so I would be ok. No such luck. There were two pound steaks, baked potatoes, lots of pasta salads and desserts galore. I had a piece of a steak, some bean salad, and a few bites of dessert. Then we had an Oktoberfest party. I was sitting at a table with a nut bowl, but I switched with the veggie platter at another table! I ate a part of a bratwurst, some sauerkraut, some potatoes and no dessert. Sunday, we ate one of the steaks from the harvest party we took home for lunch along with quinoa and salad. Then a friend invited us over for dinner. It was moose soup, tea, and crackers. Whew!

Friday, October 02, 2009

Diet Challenge 2009


Do you realize that it is only a couple of months until Christmas? 13 weeks more or less.


Do you have a plan for this Holiday Season? Is it going to be like last year? Or are you going to make healthier decisions? Are you going to throw in the towel or go out with a bang?

We are already starting our round of holiday parties. This weekend we are going to a friend's house for dinner, a potluck memorial service, a Harvest party and an Octoberfest. Is this a recipe for disaster? Or is this a chance to make good choices and enjoy my friends?

Here is my plan. Bring a salad to dinner tonight (the hostess is serving lasagna) and eat lots of it. Eat lunch prior to the memorial service and not stay for the potluck. Go to the Harvest party and enjoy lots of garden vegetables and fresh beef. Eat one plate of food at the Octoberfest, and enjoy every bite. Stay away from desserts and nuts, and stick to drinking water.

I will have to let you know how it goes. At least with a plan, I have a map of what to do. Without a plan, I would just eat a bunch of stuff and say, oh well, so much for the healthy eating today. And I really don't want to do that. I want to be in control of the food, not let the food control me.

I have found a blog I really like. Lyn is very open and honest and is a great writer. Click here to read about a real person struggling just like the rest of us.

Monday, September 21, 2009

I have taken over Diet Challenge 2009 and will be the host until the end of the year and maybe start a new challenge in 2010!

How is everyone doing? Are you still in it for the long haul? Are you meeting your goals?

I have a spread sheet with charts and stuff to let me know how I am doing. I did a sheet makeover today and really looked at my numbers.

In 2008, I tracked for 41 weeks and I lost 39 % of the weeks and gained 58% of the weeks. There was one week with no change in weight. I lost a total of 22.8 pounds, an average of .57 pounds per week.


In 2009, I have tracked 38 weeks and I lost 59 % of the weeks, and gained 23% of the weeks. There were six weeks with no change in weight (no weigh in due to vacation and such). I have lost a total of 15.6 pounds, an average of .4 pounds per week. I have 14 weeks left in this year!

I have been feeling very discouraged and unmotivated (although that has not changed my actions!) and looking for something to get me going again mentally. I think this has done it. I am doing a great job! It doesn't get much better than losing 59% of the time!

So, if you are feeling discouraged, look back at your progress and celebrate your victories!

I would like to share two websites with you that have helped me. Check these sites out and let me know if they have motivated you too. PeerTrainer and Flylady.
Autumn is definitely here and not only that, almost over! Many of the trees are already bare and leafless. Yesterday morning when I went out to walk the doggie early in the morning it was 32.7 degrees! There was frost on the grass and on the car windshield. It should snow in about a month I guess. Brrr!

My kids and I got to go on the Alaska Railroad to Denali Park last weekend and this is the best picture! Doesn't my dd look happy?!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009


Here is a picture of me from July.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

These are the beautiful yellow leaves on my red porch. They are falling more each day.

Marilyn quilted these quilts for me to give away. Thank you so much! I have finished the binding and washed three of the four she did for me.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Quilt For Sale!

This beautiful handquilted and handappliqued quilt is for sale. It was given to a fellow missionary to sell in order to raise support. The maker did not have money to support them but made this quilt hoping to raise some money for the missionaries.

I looked closely at this quilt and the handapplique is really almost invisible! The quilt is quilted at about 22 stitches per inch, no lie. It is the smallest quilting I have ever seen. Many of the applique blocks are designed by the maker of the quilt.

Please let me know if you would like more info and I will put you in touch with the seller.




Monday, August 24, 2009

Diet Challenge 2009 Update


I have lost a total of 35.4 pounds since March of 2008. I lost 20 of those in 2008, so that means I've lost 15.4 pounds in 2009.

I have had an up and down summer, not losing much but at least the numbers are mostly going down. Two weeks ago I reached one of those "memorable" numbers, 222. In 2003, I had lost down to 200 pounds and then my husband got sick and was in the hospital. I started gaining the weight back, and in October was up to 222. I laid on the bed and just bawled. I was so unhappy. You would think I would have used that misery to inspire me to lose the weight then. But no, over the next five years I gained another 40 pounds. So 222 represents a time when I was totally miserable, and I happy to report, I am miserable once again.

Last week, I gained 1.2 pounds. However, it was an unusual week. Tuesday, I ate lunch at a meeting, then dinner was at a potlatch (like a potluck). Wednesday was dh's birthday celebrated with a cookout and cake. Thursday was a dinner meeting. Friday was lunch out with a friend and dinner at someone else's house. Saturday night was another potluck. Sunday was dd's birthday, celebrated with cake. How could I possible lose weight with a schedule like that?

This week, I will eat healthier than I could last week. I will continue to drink water, and I will get some good exercise in.
My friend Harriett brought me back a present from her vacation. She made me a bag and it touched me so, I had tears in my eyes. Thank you so much, Harriett.I know this is a quilt blog, and I haven't posted because I haven't been quilting. This is summer in Alaska, and I spend time riding the bike, walking the dog, playing with the kids, that I don't have time for quilting. However, the leaves are turning yellow and the days are getting colder so I know fall is coming and soon it will be cold outside and inside activities will be calling my name.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009



This is my friend Harriett and her quilt. I put the feathers in the border for her. She had quilted all the rest of the quilt.

Diet Challenge on Vacation

I got to go on a ten day Alaska roadtrip! We left from Nenana, went to Glennallen, Valdez, Tok and Anchorage. Although I did eat out five times, twice at Fast Eddy's in Tok, Fu Kung in Valdez, Bombay Deluxe in Anchorage and Golden Corral, I also got some great exercise!

I climbed up a moutain beside a glacier!

I went out in a paddle boat for about 40 minutes!

I hiked another hill!

WOW! I even worked out at a gym five times!

Weight update: Lost .5 pounds.

Total loss 2009: 18.6 pounds.

Sunday, July 05, 2009


Since summer has rolled around, I haven't been doing much sewing or quilting. But my daughter and I made this bear for her. She might call it Polar.


I also quilted some feathery borders on a quilt for a friend. I might get a photo of that and post it later.

Diet Challenge Update

This is the mid year update.

My goal was to lose 40 pounds this year, 20 pounds every six months.

I have lost 18.2 pounds for the first six months of 2009!

Yippeeeeeee for me!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

An excerpt from
The Power of Discipline
By Brian Tracy

Why are some people more successful than others? Why do some people make more money, live happier lives and accomplish much more in the same number of years than the great majority?

I started out in life with few advantages. I did not graduate from high school. I worked at menial jobs. I had limited education, limited skills and a limited future.

And then I began asking, "Why are some people more successful than others?" This question changed my life.

Over the years, I have read thousands of books and articles on the subjects of success and achievement. It seems that the reasons for these accomplishments have been discussed and written about for more than two thousand years, in every conceivable way. One quality that most philosophers, teachers and experts agree on is the importance of self-discipline. As Al Tomsik summarized it years ago, "Success is tons of discipline."

Some years ago, I attended a conference in Washington. It was the lunch break and I was eating at a nearby food fair. The area was crowded and I sat down at the last open table by myself, even though it was a table for four.

A few minutes later, an older gentleman and a younger woman who was his assistant came along carrying trays of food, obviously looking for a place to sit.

With plenty of room at my table, I immediately arose and invited the older gentleman to join me. He was hesitant, but I insisted. Finally, thanking me as he sat down, we began to chat over lunch.

It turned out that his name was Kop Kopmeyer. As it happened, I immediately knew who he was. He was a legend in the field of success and achievement. Kop Kopmeyer had written four large books, each of which contained 250 success principles that he had derived from more than fifty years of research and study. I had read all four books from cover to cover, more than once.

After we had chatted for awhile, I asked him the question that many people in this situation would ask, "Of all the one thousand success principles that you have discovered, which do you think is the most important?"

He smiled at me with a twinkle in his eye, as if he had been asked this question many times, and replied, without hesitating, "The most important success principle of all was stated by Thomas Huxley many years ago. He said, 'Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.'"

He went on to say, "There are 999 other success principles that I have found in my reading and experience, but without self-discipline, none of them work."

Self-discipline is the key to personal greatness. It is the magic quality that opens all doors for you, and makes everything else possible. With self-discipline, the average person can rise as far and as fast as his talents and intelligence can take him. But without self-discipline, a person with every blessing of background, education and opportunity will seldom rise above mediocrity.

In the pages ahead I will describe seven areas of your life where the practice of self-discipline will be key to your success. These areas include goals, character, time management, personal health, money, courage and responsibility. It is my hope that you'll find a few "nuggets" that will help make your dreams come true.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Diet Challenge Update


I have lost 15 pounds so far this year. Whoooo-hooooo! Last year I lost 20 pounds from March until December and I wanted to double that this year and lose 40. So I am doing really well! I don't think I can lose another 5 pounds in just a week and a half but I am really trying!

I started out last year not being able to wear a pair of 26/28 jeans. I could get them on, but not wear them. This skort is a 16W. My shirt has gone from a 26 to a XL(16).

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Non Scale Victory

At 9 p.m. I asked Aerin if she would like to go on a bike ride with me. Of course, she said yes. We went by a round about way to the city park, which has new swings. I went to the city council meeting and asked for them! Anyway, we were swinging and playing, twirling to get dizzy and I decided to go down the slide. First of all, I fit up the ladder and in the top part of the slide! I was kind of worried about that! Then I remembered that last summer I was with the kids in the same park and sat on the bottom of the slide. I couldn't fit! The end of the slide was too narrow! This year guess what!!!!!????? I could sit on the end of the slide with room to spare!!!!!!! YEEEEE-HAWWWW!!!!!

Friday, June 12, 2009



Look what I did today! I am so proud of myself!

I did not sleep well last night, there was a mosquito in our room and by 4 a.m. I couldn't take it anymore and got up. I read for awhile, and then napped on the couch. Therefore, I was tired this afternoon when my son wanted to go to the playground and play tennis. I didn't want to go, I wanted to take a nap. But I decided to ride bikes to the playground and play with the balls and raquets. We went to the store on the way home for ice cream (I got a diet soda) and while I was there I saw they had rope by the foot for sale. My kids have been wanting me to put up a rope swing in this tree. There have been other swings there before we moved in, but the ropes were broken. I bought some rope and went across the street and borrowed a ladder. I CLIMBED the ladder and cut off the old ropes, and put up the new one. I cut a length of tree for the seat and tied that on. I learned how to tie the knot from the man I bought the rope from.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

***Marilyn***

I don't have an email address for you. Please contact me again!!

I am looking for someone to quilt some tops for me. I am looking for someone to do this as charity work, or for very little cost. I give quilts away to kids in my small town, and if you would like more info on what we do, click here. I need 10 couch size tops quilted, nothing fancy. Please comment or email if you could do this for me, or know someone who could.

These are some of the tops I need quilted.





Sunday, May 31, 2009



I finished this wallhanging and it is up on the wall. It is so beautiful! I need to add bead eyes to the hummingbirds.

I have so few finishes this year, I have been reading instead of quilting.




Saturday, May 30, 2009

Diet Challenge Update

I had to do some rethinking and get back on the wagon. All that ice cream caught up with me! I was up six pounds from the lowest this year and was very distressed. But I have now lost those six pounds and am ready to continue losing this summer.

I made a list of favorite healthy dishes and went shopping for ingredients. I made oatmeal bread today, a good bread with lots of fiber.

I discovered I now weigh 10 pounds less than what is listed on my drivers license!

Total loss: 32 pounds!


Saturday, May 23, 2009




Here are my quilt designs from my red white and blue sampler.  Which do you like?  These blocks have been made with the Friday Block Party group.



And a new photo of our family.