…thoughts from my heart on my love for God, family and the care and decorating of our home

Saturday, February 25, 2012


Today was the day for the monthly Antique Street Fair in Arcadia.  The weather was beautiful, and after the disappointment of last month I just had to go.  I am so blessed that my hubby is willing to go antiquing with me – he is my favorite shopping buddy.

There were a lot of vendors and a great crowd.  I didn’t find a lot today, but with the treasures I did find I was ready to call it a day early and go to lunch with my DH.

My goodies were: the Spring issue of A Simple Life magazine, a child size rolling pin, a stoneware jug, and a wonderful old trunk. 


The trunk was purchased from Karen, a vendor of awesome primitives, who sets up in front of Maddy’s.  I always find A Simple Life magazine and other great goodies at
Maddy’s, the best primitive antique shop in Central Florida.

A Bit of This & That

On Valentine’s Day I had a doctor’s appointment in the afternoon.  I usually go by myself, but Adolph said he planned to go with me and we would do something afterwards.  So after the appointment he took me to my favorite boutique and bought me a Brighton charm necklace and several beads for it.  I love it when he lets me pick out my gifts.  Then after shopping we went to Abuello’s for dinner – my last unrestricted meal (see paragraph below).

Back to my doctor’s appointment.  My doctor said I need to lose some weight to help with a couple of health issues.  I thought about keeping this to myself, but decided to be vulnerable and make this public.  Maybe I will be more consistent and accountable knowing that it is out here in blogland.  What my doctor asked me to do is to write down every BLT - bite, lick, & taste –that goes into my mouth.  I had no idea what I was actually eating.  I thought I was eating low fat and low carb, but with eating out a lot and snacking with Caleb and not really knowing the fat and carb counts of what I was eating it added up – a lot!  I downloaded a calorie counter on my phone and look up every BLT and it is really helping.  I started the day after Valentine’s and I have already lost 10 pounds - I have 15 more to go to reach my goal.  I know the rest of the pounds won’t go as fast, but the fast start has been very encouraging.  Ok, now I feel accountable, because I will have to share whether I stick with it or not.

A Little Bit More

On Thursday I was babysitting our 4 youngest grandchildren.  We went outside to play and made a wonderful discovery.  We found a Monarch butterfly that had just emerged from its chrysalis. Its wings had not opened yet, so we kept watch for a good while and as I looked away the kids saw it take its first flight.  It landed on my husband’s nose and sat there and fluttered for several seconds, but the kids excitement scared it away.  It landed again on a nearby bush and I was able to get a picture.


What a fun learning experience.  While we watched and waited I read the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and we talked about the life cycle of butterflies.  Later in the day we found two small caterpillars eating on a plant, and we hope to see them complete their life cycle and become butterflies.  Two of our grandchildren are home schooled, so they were able to count this as a science lesson.

If you stayed with me to the end – thanks for visiting today.  I am always blessed by your visits and comments.

Blessings to you,


~Sara said...

Sounds like a successful adventure. Always fun ti find new things. I love when we have our grandchildren here. It sure keeps you young. lol Blessings ~Sara

Civil Folks said...

Sue, good buys at the market! I must lose some weight too and I have found that when you write it down it is startling!

Aren't grandchildren wonderful? I had all 8 of mine here today for lunch and it was a grand time (pun intebded)!

God luck on the diet.


Civil Folks said...

'Good luck' on the diet, but God helps, too!


bettyj said...

Sue I love your blanket chest. It is beautiful. I read ASL at the Hen, as Sharon is selling them now. It is a good magazine. I can't wait until we visit again. Got to get read for church.

Angela said...

Love the baby rolling pin. Good luck on the eating. I have terrible eating habits and it is always such a chore when I have to "eat right" I would be super scared to write down everything I eat.

Angie Berry said...

I'm so glad you were able to go this month after last month! My hubby is my favorite shopping buddy too, glad you were able to go and enjoy each other. Love the goodies you brought home, especially that beautiful trunk!

I can see why you would want to "hide" that about your health but we are here to support and encourage you and yes, even hold you accountable! I'm sure I'd be scared if I counted my BLT's! I really should start doing that myself. How awesome that you lost that much weight already!! See how inspiring you can be for others, Sue that is wonderful!!

What a grand experience that you and hubby experienced with your grandchildren! That's what life is all about... slowing down and enjoying the little things that God puts in front of our eyes every single day. What a sweet time together! I'm glad you shared that, it was a neat little story, thank you!

Have a wonderful week, my sweet friend~

My Primitive Creations by Tonya said...

Hi Sue...I so totally loved your story and picture of the Butterfly..I think that is one of my most favorite things to see is a butterfly..I posted a pic in my header picture in my last post..of a beautiful butterfly in my clients Garden last summer. What an exceptionally cool thing for the kids to see..Thanks for sharing that with all of us!!

Loved your treasures sounds like you and DH had a great time..

AS for our health issues and weight issues.. I don't know how anyone esle feels but I have come to find the best support has come from my friends here in BlogLand. Everyone has been so encouraging, helpful and supportive.
I think being honest and open with our friends here gives us a little added strength in accomplishing our goals and feeling good about ourselves. Congrats on the 10 lb loss what a great start to reaching your goal..!

Have a Great Week!


Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Hi Sue,
What a fun post.
I think a lot of us can relate to your health issue...I know I can for sure.
I try so hard to control my 'sweet needs' (one of my downfalls) but it doesn't always work.
Your weight loss is fantastic....wishing you the best of luck and that it won't be a hard challenge.

What a sweet, sweet husband buying that bracelet. Are you going to show a picture of it???

How fun the kids got to see the birth of a Butterfly...something I've never seen.

LOOOOVE the trunk...the patina on it is just beautiful.


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Hi Sue!
WOW you got more than just a few things! I love them all... but I must say, that trunk is just amazing!
I know what you mean about loosing weight... ugh! i used to be so very thin... what happened!
It is always a challenge. I pray that God bless you with good health.