Monday, November 13, 2017

I Lost 2 Pounds in 10 Seconds!!

It's my scale.

Or scales. I have three.

Warning: This post may seem obsessive to some, funny to others, and may be relatable to most women. If you don't even own a scale, or care how much you weigh, you may want to sign off now.

If you do and you do, read on. I have not been diagnosed with OCD.  This is mostly tongue in cheek.

Or is it?

So I have three scales. The first is the one I used 10 years ago when I lost 10 pounds on Weight Watchers. I was so proud of myself then. Of course to dash my victory over weight, the scale would always be at least 2 pounds higher at the doctors.

Can I get an Amen?

It is a well known fact that doctors scales weigh higher, even after I deducted for my clothes and whatever I ate that day. I actually weighed my clothes once before I went to the doctor, in the winter, and it was almost 2 pounds.

I started thinking that my trusty old school scale wasn't very accurate anymore. I bought a new digital light-up scale. I weigh myself every morning so I need to see in the dark.

Here's where the OCD starts and where my title comes from. I always weigh myself first thing, before coffee. If I use my old scale in my bedroom under the light of the window where the floors may or may not be even, I weigh one weight.

If I take my new digital scale into the kitchen where the floors are even, I weigh 2 pounds more. The time it takes me to lose 2 pounds is the time it takes me to walk from the high weight (ie. the kitchen)  back to the better weight (the bedroom)....about 10 seconds.

Yup, I timed it. Just for this post.

So I started using the new light-up scale every morning.

I just couldn't keep lying to myself anymore.

And there's more.

There is a third scale.

I have been wanting an official Weight Watchers scale for awhile. I was starting to lose trust some mornings in my digital light-up, wondering if it was really telling me the truth about my weight. I found myself getting on and off  3-4 times because it was giving me 3-4 different numbers.

I believe in checking at least twice. The same number twice is the truth.

That relationship has to be trustworthy or it is just not worth getting up in the morning :-)

So back to my third scale. The Weight Watchers scale. I got it at a church rummage sale for half price. I paid $2.50.

The price does not make it less trustworthy but it weighs me the same as my untrustworthy digital light-up scale.

And it doesn't even light up!

At this point you may be wondering why I keep all three scales. And why I weigh myself every morning. I know so many woman who are flabbergasted at this and a few who get me.

The old school scale is there for nostalgic reasons. It was my friend while I was suffering through Weight Watchers.

The digital light-up scale is there because it is a digital light-up scale.

The Weight Watchers is there because it's name alone gives it credibility and worthy of more chances at weighing me correctly.

I weigh myself every morning because it has become a discipline and helps me stay disciplined throughout the day.

This is very important to a woman's well being. Or maybe just mine.

If I am at a good weight one morning, I may have the option of a peanut encrusted donut at Wegmans while I am grocery shopping.

If I am on the high side, it is a boring day of light eating, no sneaking M & M's and certainly no donuts. I know if I do this, within a few days my weight will again be where it should be.

It's the three day rule. Every three days, if you are eating healthy, your body will reset and maintain itself in keeping a healthy weight.

For example, if I eat 3 pieces of pizza and some brownies and oatmeal cookies one night, obviously my weight will be higher the next morning than if I ate a salad. If I eat light the next few days, my weight will return to it's normal weight on the third day.

If you overeat or indulge for three days straight, guess where your weight will be the fourth day??

Not pretty.

That's what vacations are made of.

I am scared of vacation eating. That's a whole other post.

Speaking of scary, this is the scariest time of the day....

weighing myself in the the dark
Just to clarify.....this is MY routine to maintain my weight. It has worked so far. To lose weight is another set of OCD practices that I will spare you from.

I haven't even talked about exercise.

And I won't.

In closing, here's a tip for you that will work great with disciplining yourself throughout the day.....

All silliness aside, this discipline and weighing myself every morning stuff does work for me. I do indulge in all my favorite foods regularly and then lighten up the next few days.

I can't list what they are because then I would have to get up from this computer and go have some.

Why go through all of this, you ask?

I just HAVE to do it this way because I have a fear of waking up one day and getting on the scale only to find out I gained 10 pounds. That really happened to a girlfriend.

I kinda like my clothes right now and don't want to buy bigger ones.

At 60 I am within 4 pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight at age 25.

That has to count for something!

Bottom line, it is how you feel and how you look for YOURSELF. If you like where you are at, great!

I will love you no matter what size you are!!

AnnMarie xoxo

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Goodbye October

I wanted to share some pictures of my most favorite month of the year.....October.
This is not my usual one day at a time post, just random pictures of this and that.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of these pictures.
If you don't follow me yet, click on the sidebar camera icon and join in the fun!

My month started out by moving into my new booth space
at the Geneva Antique Co-Op on Seneca Lake
in the Finger Lakes of Upstate New York. I can't believe 
I have been there a month already!


We have had some wild and crazy weather this month....very warm and misty

and a microburst storm just as we got into a restaurant!

The warm weather has helped to keep my
Sweet Potato vines thriving on 
the front porch....

but delayed the burning bush from burning!


My favorite barn sale of the year is in October and 
this year I found what I have been
looking for for a long time!
A vintage bicycle for my AQUA!
Can't wait to style it in the Spring.


I am always happy when Panera brings back their
Pumpkin Pie bagel for October. 
Soooo good!


One of my most favorite things about October is the way
the light is different throughout the day 
and especially late afternoon. I captured
the Autumn light coming into
two rooms of my house.

The dining room

and the parlor


I made a new wreath for my front door out of Rye Wheat....

and pumpkin cookies for my grandchildren to decorate.

my 3 year old grandson decorated these

We took grandchildren Chloe and JC to our church event, Trunk or Treat.
They got to dress up early for Halloween and get buckets of candy, 
go in a bounce house, drink cider and eat donuts and popcorn.
We had pizza and pumpkin cookies for
dinner and then off to home.

Isn't that what grandparents are supposed to do? ;-)

a buff policeman and a hippie

My sweet "sisters" and I drove to the beautiful town of Skaneateles
on Lake Skaneateles, also one of the Finger Lakes,
to celebrate Colleen's birthday. We had lunch 
at her favorite restaurant and this was my choice....

The Lobster Napoleon
Layers of English cucumber, mango salsa, fresh avocado, and micro greens topped with Maine lobster and drizzled with Thai chili mayonnaise, Balsamic syrup and toasted sesame seeds.....

oh my oh my

But it wasn't all about what I ate! It was about being in a gorgeous
place to celebrate a beautiful woman whose favorite
line is "is my lipstick still on?"
Throughout the day we saw so many cute things in the
gift shops having to do with lipstick.
This was one of her gifts.


I am excited to meet some goals I set for myself for the end of October

600 items listed in my Etsy shop
1700 sales!

I actually accomplished these goals early on the 28th :-)

I have been adding vintage Christmas items as well
as other items in all sections of my Etsy shop. Just click to see.

Come by for a visit!

Here is a sample of some vintage Christmas goodies....

oops, dust is a sign of a productive woman....just not in housework!

One last picture for the last day of the
two daughters and their daughters....
a ladybug, a cave woman, a dinosaur and a hippe.
I am a proud Mom and NaNa!

I am sorry to see October go. But with it goes the overeating
of candy corn, glazed donuts and pumpkin cookies.
Time to get back to eating right and geared up for
the sweet potatoes, candied carrots and
pumpkin pie with whipped cream!

Happy November!

AnnMarie xoxo

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Musings From My Couch

Looking back over this first week of October, I started musing about all the different things that have occurred so far in my most favorite month of the year.

I have had an international sales week in my Etsy shop. I have shipped items this past week to Switzerland, Japan, Israel, Norway and Taiwan. That is a first for the six years I have been selling!


The highlight of the week so far is the opening of my new booth. On October 1st, my husband, son and I moved my stuff into Geneva Antique Co-Op in Geneva, New York.

It is a bittersweet move because the store my current booth is in is closing by the end of this year. The move was not by choice, so the day was sad and exciting all at the same time. I loved selling at Rustiques!

I am downsizing, so to speak, moving a huge room full of stuff into an 8 x 10 space. It's all that was available. The upside to my new spot is that the co-op is located in Downtown Geneva, a very cute small town situated right on Seneca Lake, one of the five Finger Lakes of  Upstate New York. Hobart and William Smith colleges are nearby, the Finger Lakes Wine Trail runs through the area and there are many shops and restaurants along the route.

I was able to set it all up within a few hours and I am happy with how it looks. I have lots of stuff to fill in when things sell.


The weather has been gorgeous this past week. Sunny and near 80 without any humidity. My garden is looking very sad, trying to go to sleep for the winter, and very confused with the warmth.

Although it is all fading away, my neighbor tells me all the time how she loves to look out of her bathroom window (the one to the right of the birdhouse) every morning while brushing her teeth to see what new flower is blooming.

The succulents are looking fine in their Fall colors...

The Zinnias, although they had a rough start, are still blooming....

And the birdies left me a nice surprise in my Forsythia bush.....a pumpkin vine...

There are lots of buds and blooms and one tiny pumpkin starting to ripen. How fun is that?!


I have gone a little lighter than in past years on my Fall décor. It is all concentrated in my dining room that is decorated in Fall colors year round. It is all about the golds and browns and oranges here....I just can't do the neutral Fall décor although I love it!

A centerpiece on my dining room table....

My new hand knit pumpkin from an Etsy seller....

Some velvet pumpkins and a pillow in this corner of my dining room...

....and  my new Blessings banner on my big cupboard.

With an Etsy shop, two booths, two kitties, two men in the house and lots of Fall baking to do, that is all I can manage for now!

I hope your first week of October was filled with crisp mornings,  Autumn light through the windows and pumpkins on the vine.

AnnMarie xoxo

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