Friday, June 21, 2013

French bread on Friday! served with a little random me, and.... belts... and...bling!

when i was 17 i spent the Summer in Europe.  i departed  the USA

weighing 113 pounds. when i returned, i weighed 132.  at my 

school physical, my family physician said, "Lynne, did you eat

your way through Europe?"  (those were the days when a doctor

supervised weight loss, not hyped companies.) 

The BEST ice cream in the world!
...and they gave us gelato! 
Grazie Italia!

...and just between you and me,

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Vive la France! 

who doesn't eat their way through Europe?

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Dr. G. gave me a little food diary and told be to bring it back in two weeks. 

he gave me simple advise. "eat half of what you have been eating."


 "reward yourself with one thing that you love to eat, once a week."

 at that time, i chose pizza,  as it was a tradition to hit Shakey's Pizza Parlour

after Friday night football games.

 as i was leaving the exam room, he said,"one slice!"

 the weight came off and pretty much stayed off, until my early 40's, when Dr G

retired.  up until then, i knew... if the scale at his office neared the 130 mark

 at my yearly physical, he would right the word FAT on my chart in

CAPITAL LETTERS!  he was Dr. Tough Love, and was NOT always

 politically correct when it came to the health and well being of his patients.

( his retirement is not meant to be an excuse for my gain...i  know, it's

 ME...all ME...literally!!!)

when i read Mireille's French Woman Don't Get Fat, i noticed that she

had a caring family doctor that addressed her weight issue. (i loved her book, 

and her Dr's advice as well.) here is my inspiration,

 an original (when they were true"outfitters"), Abercrombie and Fitch belt

that was given to me in the early 80's by my baby brother, Jay. 

he had impeccable taste.

 i attempted to wrap it around my waist the other morning...

... of course, i could not buckle it!

i had entertained the idea of giving up and wrapping it around a basket...

(aren't these ideas cute?)

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...but i decided that his gift was only meant to be wrapped around me!

so...i bit the bullet!

i went all week without opening the stress chocolate drawer at work!

( has been week filled with numerous moments of wall hitting challenges!)

i'm back on track!

for awhile, my once a week treat will be

French bread on Friday!

this morning's French bread was drizzled with honey, sprinkled with

cinnamon, and served with a side of chartreuse! 

why chartreuse?

i immediately went up to my jewel box and retrieved the pretty

bling that was given to me by my dearest Chrislyn, when...

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... i spied this awesome "pin" by Sande Chase at A Gift Wrapped Life!

perfect with my crisp white blouse on this first day of Summertime!

yes, i wear sparkle to work!

patients love sparkle and cheer!

thanks to all who have visited this week...old friends and new!

happy Summer!


Thursday, June 20, 2013

this morning, from the farm table...grandpa and grandpa speak to me, and you too!

my Mom handed me this worn and torn cigar box the other day.

i immediately said..."that was Grandpa Herb's!" yes, Grandpa Herb was a cigar 

smoker. when Grandma Hazel got older,  i used to go over to their place on 

Vashon Island on my Spring break to clean the cigar film off of the big picture

 windows!   it's a wonderful memory, because  once the Spring cleaning was 

finished Grandpa would take me for ice cream, and Grandma and i would 

bake, craft and sew.

Grandpa Herb is where my French blood came from.

i was is only granddaughter. he called me "Sugar".

does the word Pandora come to mind?

there was a bit of an untangling project to do!

my Grandmother was an amazing, seamstress, re-weaver, knitter, painter and 

crafter extraordinaire!  there wasn't a medium that she did not work with.

just look what i untangled!

i took the images at five am this morning, i apologize for the quality...but

i know you are getting the picture!

un bouquet complet!  

i think that she was trying her hand at orchids...she adored orchids!

i found a tiny beginning...mon petit trésor!

beneath the tangles...more tangles! 

caviar, gold, and snowflakes!

i felt a little vintage gold rush to my heart!

more fun stuff! (i think my Mom tucked in the ribbon rosette!)

there was the sweetest charm at the very bottom of the box!

today's feed the spirit gift!  

do you see it?

the (bakelite) winged stallion that gives one the energy to climb mountains!

 ( wow! i remember this from ninth grade mythology!)

hey Pegasus!

how's that for a little
 energy blast from the past?

happy Thursday!

it's going to be a great day!