Monday, August 26, 2013

I know it's been a while since I posted!  I'm new at this blogging thing and am finding I need to designate a special time/day to dedicate to this new hobby.  Some of my retired buddies teased me that I wouldn't get half of my "to-do" list done because I could always put it off until tomorrow.  I am determined to not let this happen!  I'm getting a lot done ... I just need to find time to let you all know about it!!  I'll figure it out, though.  I'm putting THAT on my" to-do" list now!

In the weight loss department, both Wonderful Hubby and I have been pretty successful!!  We both have lost 7 pounds since starting the Weight Watchers 360 program!  After the first week, I figured out some good basic recipes that could be slightly altered to add variety.  Also, being able to eat all the fruits and veggies for little or no points has been great!  I just snack a lot less and make better food choices.  Being busy has really helped, too.

Even though I didn't start school like many of my (former) colleagues this year, I still had to get Precious Daughter and Favorite Son ready!  This included shopping days for each at the new outlet mall that recently opened in our area.  We enjoyed shopping, eating and spending time together!!  They have both started back at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  I hope they both have another great year!!!!  We had a dinner send off and I couldn't resist a little MIZZOU tablescaping.  (Eye roll from Fav Son!) 

Then there are those projects!  We had WONDERFUL weather a few weeks back and with many little jobs to complete, I spend a lot of time outside.  Temperatures in the 70's and 80's in July and August around here are almost unheard of so I didn't want to miss my opportunity.  The garden has been in high-production gear and I've been canning and freezing the bounty!  This is the first time in several years that I have been able to do this.  In the past, school prep has prevented me from doing much with the extra (when there was any).  What a luxury it is to spend time in my garden in the middle of the day!  But that's not the only project keeping me busy.  I've also been so inspired by many of the DIY blogs that I've tried a couple of my own.   I did take pictures and plan to post some on these, too.

Finally, when school started last week, some of my retired buddies decided another teacher friend and I should have a "retired teacher workshop" so we went to the lake for a few days to swim, hike and shop!!  ...and did I say eat????   Even though WW Points went out the window, I still managed a 1 lb. loss last week!  (AMAZING!!!)

I'll try and get some posts ready for a few link parties this week and next.  The summer is sure going by fast but I can honestly say I've enjoyed it so much!!  I hope your summer has been fun!  Let me know what you've been up to!



Art and Sand said...

Thanks for coming by my blog. It seems we have a lot in common. I also just retired from teaching.

I love the framed chalkboard in the photo that reads, "your husband said it's ok".

Lady of the Manor said...

Art and Sand: I loved that sign, too! They actually used chalkboard paint on an old silver tray. I would never have had the nerve to do that!!! Thanks for stopping by!