Photo: Great grandparents at their farm in Blandinsville, IL, with five of their six children .. my grandpa was yet a twinkle in grandma's eye. Stable boy and governess also pictured. Hodges farm, circa 1903-4

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Slimmer Pickings

Twenty months ago I joined Weight Watchers (WW) with a friend.  I had wanted to join for a long time but was reluctant and tried not to focus on the extra baggage gained in my 40s and 50s.  A year ago June I met my goal weight (actually ten pounds below goal) and have kept off 40 pounds going from a  size 12 to a size 6 (USA size).  Believe me .. this is a 'feel good' size and in my younger days would probably have been about a size 9 back in the 70s.  The fashion industry has padded the egos of American women by adjusting the bigger sizes down a notch or two in number only.

To aid in the slimming process AND develop strength during/after the weight loss I began exercising to the PBS show Classical Stretch; doing the 22 minute routine five days a week.  This is a gentle workout to help with balance, toning, and aging. 

Today is weigh in day for July to keep my free 'lifetime' membership with WW.    Free WW and free exercise show ... both good things! 
Mr. & Mrs. Mac

Guide to keeping weight off:

  • Use a smaller size plate
  • Don't take seconds
  • Eliminate sugary drinks
  • Limit snacks
  • Eat more vegetables & fruit
  • Limit starchy foods
I have not tracked my food through the WW app on my phone for two months; will probably be up two pounds so will be back to tracking this coming week.  

Feeling better in my 60s ~ priceless!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Hello Summer!

Don't let the green grass fool you in the picture taken this morning at sunrise.  Smoky skies have been hanging around for a few weeks.  Things are drying up around here and elsewhere in the west.  Devastating fires covering many western states have turned into infernos.  Oldest son has been fighting fires for several months.  First in Arizona .. and now a little closer to home in Southern Idaho.

I've been filling up the hummingbird feeders almost daily ... poor little birds are swarming looking for a drink.

A trip to Sandpoint to pick up our annual chicken order for the freezer.  I don't think there is a bird under 7 pounds and many of them are close to 10 pounds.  We ordered from a different farm this year and I was so surprised to see how BIG these birds are!  Good thing I have a dedicated freezer just for chicken.  
Filling up the winter pantry.
Chicken Stock
Our sour cherry tree produced quite a bit of fruit this year and we picked it before the birds devoured our treasure!  Pie filling in the freezer ... and brandied cherries 'maturing' in the basement pantry ..oh, YUM!
Brandied Cherries

The ever labor intensive homemade Boston Baked Beans ... it's a once a year endeavor that I'm always happy to have completed.  
Boston Baked Beans

What's up in your neck of the woods?

My Other Name ...


Wee One arrived on his due date.  This grammy is in love all over again.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Reclaiming My Passion

Home-keeper at heart. The past few years I've been preoccupied with other stuff.  Getting back to my passion for all things of hearth and home is rejuvenating.  Like rediscovering a favorite comfy sweater tucked away for years in the bottom dresser drawer.

Today's goals: 

  • Putter in the garden purposely, not rushed
  • Make an awesome braised pork shoulder roast for dinner
  • Be attentive to the Mr.  Hang with him in the garage.  Conversing.
  • Read three chapters from a book mom gave me for Christmas in 2012, with her hand written inscription, " Merry Christmas, 2012, when I saw a little clip of this story, I knew it was meant for you.  Enjoy, Love and Hugs, Mom and Pops."  After reading the first few chapters of the book, A Dog Named Christmas, it is clear how much thought she put into the gift selection. 
  • Long soak in the tub tonight
  • Church service online.  
Today's inspiration comes from Tasha Tudor. 

"Life isn't long enough to do all you could accomplish. And what a privilege even to be alive. In spite of all the pollutions and horrors, how beautiful this world is. Supposing you only saw the stars once every year. Think what you would think. The wonder of it!"  Tasha Tudor

Friday, July 20, 2018

Preserving History

Image may contain: indoorBeing a member of the DAR, preserving history is a great past time.  Once a week I head to town to volunteer giving tours at our local museum.  It's a lovely place to hang out and meet new people.  In between patrons, I put on my apron and dust away cobwebs, mop the floor and spritz clean the glass display cases.  It's rewarding and sorta fun studying about the town's founding fathers/mothers and looking at all of the gadgets.  Many museums are struggling to stay open - I encourage you to support and take an interest in your area's history. 

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Expecting and Soon!

Mrs. Mac here.

Hello old blog and anyone still following the Thrifty Garden Home?
I'm thinking of resurrecting this site!

Social media, politics and the news have driven me to my wits end.  I know there is civility somewhere, so this will be my place to ponder.

If you are reading this and recall our past visits, please leave a short note.

We are expecting our fourth grandson!   Our youngest daughter, Ann, and her husband are due with their first child next week!  Image may contain: one or more people and indoor
TTFN (ta-ta-for-now),

Mrs. Mac