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If you enjoy finding a lot of different outlets for your creativity, then we may just be kindred spirits.
This blog is an outlet for my interest in miniatures, crochet, plastic canvas, and many other various arts and crafts.

I also love walking, taking digital photos, and most recently, have rediscovered an old love...bike riding! I purchased an amazing new bike, a comfy Townie by Electra this summer, and have been having a grand time exploring the area as though for the first time. It's like being a kid again!

If you enjoy any of these things too, pour a cup of coffee and tea, sit down, and join me.

Take care!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

My 53rd Birthday, Car Show and Walk, 90 Lbs down now

Hi guys,

I turned 53 yesterday; where does the time go?  53!!!  Wow.

I started celebrating a few days ago.  My friend Nancy and I went for a walk to the local car show, then did some shopping.  It was fun going into regular stores; I don't need plus size any more.  Nancy had RNY surgery 9 years ago so knows what I've been going through and is very supportive.  We're almost the same size now, too.

Here are a few photos of Nancy and I at the car show:
Nancy and Betty Boop

Nancy and "gangster" car.  

Me and pretty car

Me and blue car

Me with my favorite car

Nancy with antique car
We had a blast, even though we were sad because Nancy had to put her beloved dog, Simara, down a few days before due to illness and old age.

Yesterday was my actual birthday, and my parents took me out to dinner.  I chose Swiss Chalet because my tummy can handle moist chicken, and Swiss Chalet posts their stats online so I could see the calories/protein/carb content before ordering and make healthy choices.  I chose the quarter chicken, dark meat because I process dark better than white now, and a side garden salad with super low cal raspberry vinaigrette. I gave my Dad my bread roll and half of my salad, which made him happy.  He and Mom both had the chicken dinner with fries, and although I wanted fries, I was able to resist temptation and was more than happy with my chicken and salad.  I also ordered my first diet coke in over 6 months, but only had a few sips of it.

Mom and Dad at Swiss Chalet.  They are wearing matching shirts, lol,

My first sip of diet coke in over 6 months...delish!

After dinner, we dropped of a take out meal for my elderly uncle Buck, who wasn't feeling up to going out,and then I went for a walk at Whitefish Island with my friend, Albert. We walked for over 2 hours and had a lovely time.

Whitefish Island

Al at Whitefish Island

Me at Whitefish Island
I had to wear a sweater for the walk because I felt cold, but when I got home I changed back into my pink top for the photos, lol.

I made my own birthday "cake" by cutting a mini seedless watermelon into a cake shape, then "icing" it with low calorie cool whip.  I decorated with berries.  It was a very small watermelon so I only used a few berries. I had planned on using blueberries and raspberries but we were out so I used strawberries.  It tasted wonderful.
My watermelon "cake"
We didn't get around to "cake" and coffee until after 10 pm, because Al and I walked for so long, but it was a nice way to end the day.  My parents and uncle gave me money to buy new clothes, which was really nice.  My brother was on the phone long distance, in the photo below.
My 53rd birthday

Me with my cake

Me and Mom

Lucy, me and Dad

All that was left of my "cake" 
It was a nice birthday!

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