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Comment by Elizabeth Phillips yesterday

I am ready to press the binding I just sewed for the Easter Egg Quilt.  I am going to find another motif for machine quilting the sashing of my Kitty Quilt.

Comment by Mary Moore yesterday

Weight is getting to be concern here since I fell in July.  It seems like I'm just moving more wobbily and slowly.  Scared of another fall.  Tried getting on my stationary bike on Wed. but that brought on a back hitch.  I want my swimming pool back (had one 20 years ago when we lived in S. Calif.).

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips yesterday

Zoe, I eat a small portion of cereal in the morning - Kashi Lean, Blue Menu Protein etc. all with chocolate in them and I use a little skim milk in the cereal and in my coffee.  I eat cut up honeydew melon, watermelon, strawberries or blueberries for "dessert".  We buy the fruit all cut up and ready for eating at Farm Boy.  I may have another coffee mid-morning or just water.  For lunch I eat 1/2 bagel toasted with butter (left-over from Hubby's Timmy's mid-morning snack) and either hummus, tuna or salmon salad or roast beef or smoked meat from Farm Boy.  If no half bagel I use 1 slice of bread cut in half.  For dessert I eat 5 cal. jello or 35 cal. yogurt.  with water.  I get terribly hungry at 4:00 P.M. so I eat either another dessert from lunch or some fruit.  For dinner, Hubby makes skinless chicken thighs or a frozen dinner from M&M or a hot meal from Farm Boy consisting of a grilled salmon, a pasta, a small portion of a meat dish and 2 vegetables - bloccoli or zucchini or a potato.  I buy a big "dog's breakfast" salad usually with about 10 different ingredients from Farm Boy and we eat 1 good helping. No dessert. Water to drink. For snack at 7:30 P.M. I eat 7 to 12 grapes, raspberries etc. depending on the size of the fruit.  I don't feel deprived ever and we eat good quality fresh food from Farm Boy because neither of us enjoy cooking, supplemented with some frozen food. Hubby still goes to Timmy's every day but he is almost under-weight.  We rarely go to restaurants except for social times with our son or other family members.  I prefer Farm Boy food to restaurant food.  I live  1 block and across the street from the store.  Of course we live 1 or 2 blocks from every store and restaurant imaginable.

Yesterday, my first day off from physio I did 20 min. on the bicycle and 15 min. exercise and lots of quilting.  I finished machine quilting the Easter Egg Quilt.  I am ready to prepare the binding today and sew pieced scrap backing squares.  We went to the Heart Institute in the morning to the pace maker clinic. Hubby is 99% good and only had a 7 min a-fib episode in the last 6 months.  We are so happy!

Riana, you eat very well.  Much more conventional than us.  We watch a lot of news stations - both American and Canadian and it seems that in the hour before dinner they have so many food commercials.  I just sit there mouth watering at the Applebee's commercials on CNN.

Comment by Riana Noyes yesterday

Zoe, l'd alway been pretty slim until menopause when l gradually gained ( but remained fit) an extra 18 lb. that just wouldn't budge. Hubby also a bit we tried a diet or two, but they never " stuck", and extra exersize/ activity just drove up appetite!  We decided we like our menu just fine as was...but made an adjustment on portions. I used smaller plates, and cooked less amounts, ie: sharing one chicken breast instead of one each, and cut out white ltalian loaf, repacing with smaller whole wheat buns. Lots more veggies, raw and cooked were added to fill the " gap". No more potatoe or corn chips for hubby's snacks...he's happy with popcorn ( no butter...a few drips of olive oil to hold lite salt). Donuts etc. now a once/ week treat. And l substituted the no cal. sweetener for hubby's tea, as he likes it sweet. I take coffee with just whitener , but now use the low cal variety. Pounds came off during the next 3 or 4 change in our activity. Restaurant meals are rare now...but when we eat out, it's " senior's" portions, and if we have dessert, it's one with 2 forks and shared. The best about this need to take away lasagnia and other favourites...just freeze the part you don't use! I do miss my ltalian white bread loaves...but other faves, like icecream have been subbed by frozen low cal yogurt...just as good!

Comment by Zoetc49 on Saturday

Elizabeth,  what type of diet/ foods are you learning to enjoy?

I want you all to know I sent the old treadmill away, and bougth a new one, very happy I did this. My pain is mostly gone now and I did get on the treadmill to "feel" it, I will love this one !

Comment by Ginny Andersen on Friday

Kudos to you, Riana! Any retiree looking for a worthwhile cause to support &/or volunteer at should look at Meals on Wheels in your area. I work at the main office of our county-wide branch and I am ever amazed and in awe of the people who step up and do so much for our seniors who need our services. We have been active for 45 years and we also have a group of ladies who do placemats for different holidays. When the gal brought in the last batch, she said that over the years they had made over 10,000 placemats for us. 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on Friday

I've been feeling quite good so I decided to take a break from physio and see how I do on my own.  I went down 2 sizes in pants but my top is still the same.  I hope I can still do my exercises and eat healthy by myself.

Still machine quilting the Easter Egg quilt but the end is in site.  I've cut out strips for the binding already.

Comment by Gail Brown on Thursday

What a great idea for placemats, holiday one side everyday the other.  Wonderful idea for Meals on Wheels, think I'll contact them in my area and offer to make some.

I have a craft fair coming up next week, Sept 21, another on Oct. 12 and yet another on No. 2.  I have been busy, busy, busy at the sewing machine all day and doing the hand stuff in the evenings while watching TV.  I have been going out about once a week to Joann's  when I need a few things.  I have been making use of my coupons, daughters coupons and anyone else who is willing to give them to me.  Hubby is afraid someone will accuse him of running  a "sweat shop."

Comment by Riana Noyes on Thursday

I still have more of tge Christmas fa rics that someone donated to use. Our once/ mo. library quilting group is committed to 28. I'll bet tbere'll be more done , they are addictive!

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on Wednesday

Riana, those placemats look good!  They are fun to make.  I'm going to make some too for Christmas.


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