Monthly Archives: June 2013

Week In Review~June 17

It’s Sunday, the day when I find myself scrambling to write my Week In Review post to link up with Meghan at Clean Eats, Fast Feets and all the other fun people who hang out there every Monday.  My promises to myself to write things down so I wouldn’t forget them, dissolved in mist but, I’m here and I think I have a handle on it. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I remember.  I won’t make any useless promises to write it down this week…maybe if I don’t Promise it, I’ll actually do it.  Here Goes…

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Ralph and I were up and out early on Monday morning because he was scheduled for a stress test.  He does the chemical kind because he won’t walk on the treadmill.  He’s not a fan of exercise which makes me a little crazy, but at least there is an alternative so that he can still get the test. Everything looked good, we just have to wait for the results.


Tuesday was possibly the most fun day of the week.  For months…Ok, since Christmas, I’ve been trying to get together with Kristen for a tutorial on my wonderful new Canon Rebel T3 that Ralph got me for Christmas.  I was, in truth, afraid to touch it.  I didn’t want to break it. Ok, I’m a grown up, I can touch things without breaking them, but you know how it is when you’ve really wanted something.  I’m clumsy and things can go wrong.

So I put her together (my camera) and headed to Dunkin’ Donuts to meet up with Kristen.  Of course, the clumsy person would decide to have the camera tutorial in the place where I could spill brown liquid all over it.  Fortunately, that did not happen.  Kristen is great in oh so many ways, so she even came armed with some instructions and website links to help me.  Her most important piece of advise was, “When in doubt, turn the dial back to Manual.”  I can handle that.  I tried a few things while there.





Kristen looking like a professional.



Kristen looking cute…she’s good at that!  With my other camera, I never would have gotten this…it was too slow.



We figured out how to do black and white…I love it!

Fran at DD with Kristen


This is me with my new beauty, portrait by Kristen.  I love it and it’s better than any self-portrait I could do.  So as you can see, I was pretty happy about the whole camera thing.  I’m going to be using it more and more for my photos.  In fact all of the photos in Friday’s Strange But Good post were with my new camera.  I’m still learning, but that’s a good thing!


I was scheduled to have a dexascan which checks out my bones.  This is an easy test compared with say a mammogram.  Still get a little nervous when I have to do things like that.  Haven’t gotten any results yet, they always take a few days.  I’m still standing so something must be Ok in there!


I had the opportunity to have breakfast with my daughter in law, Heather.  Our chances to get together alone are sort of few and far between.  We met at Denny’s and I was surprised that I could get a breakfast that was only 8 Points.  Thank goodness for the Restaurants & Nutrition app that I have on my phone.  That’s a great one for any of you following the Weight Watchers program.  Very helpful!


Headed to my Weight Watchers meeting as usual on Saturday morning.  I had been feeling a little bit off track all week, but when I went for my test on Wednesday, I had to get on the scale and that made me think I was doing better than I thought.  But I had different clothes on and that can make a difference. Anyway, I got on the scale and I lost half a pound which put me UNDER my Original Weight Watchers goal!!! I was pretty excited.  As I said to Frank, our weigher…amazing what happens when you actually follow the program!!

The real excitement, tinged with just a little disappointment was that my friend Alice had a good loss this week and reached 99.8 pounds lost…just shy of 100.  She was disappointed only because she wanted to reach the 100 in our class here in NJ before she leaves for Maine. But she’ll still be here next week and we’re going to go to another class with our leader Mary Lou so that she’ll at least know the leader and the weigher.  I’m going so that she won’t be along when it happens.  It will be properly documented because I’ll be taking my camera with me.  That way, Gail, who is already in Maine, can share the excitement.


So it’s Sunday and it’s Father’s Day.  Not sure what we’ll be doing today to celebrate.  I’m going to let Ralph decide what he’d like to do.  I’m sure there’ll be food involved and probably a visit to Ice Cream Kids, which will all be documented on Wednesday!

That’s Week In Review for this week. Hope everyone’s Dad had a wonderful Father’s Day!!  Remember to hug your Dad if you can.  You’ll be glad you did!

Happy Monday!


Snapshot Saturday~June 15

While I’m at my Weight Watchers meeting bright and early on this fine Saturday morning (fine, if the rain Ever goes away!) you can all enjoy the weekly fun of Snapshot Saturday, hosted by Melinda at West Metro Mommy.  This is the place to be to see and be seen if you like taking and sharing your photos.  If you’re inclined, link up…we’d love to see your photos, too!

I have just a few photos left from my day at the local nursery.  I almost forgot about this one because it’s not flowers, but it did catch my eye and the more I look at it the better I like it.



I’m not completely sure if it is the sun or the moon.  I’m a moon fan so I like to think it’s the moon.  It probably is when you look closely and see all of the craters.  I just realized that if you look closely (again), you can see my reflection in the pot on the left.  How funny.  I don’t know how many times I’ve looked at this and I never noticed it.  Does that count as a self-portrait?!  I think it should!

Be sure to check out the other wonderful photos at West Metro Mommy and be sure to leave some comments!

Happy Saturday!!

Strange But Good~June14

What do you do when you have no fresh food in the house, a freezer that is only really good for making REALLY cold water and you’re starving??  Well, you put your thinking cap on, rummage in the pantry cabinet and come up with dinner!  It also sounds like a perfect excuse to hang out at Strange But Good, sponsored by Laura at Sprint 2 The Table!

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Searching the pantry can be a challenge and I won’t lie, there are some things in there that are a bit “older” than they should be, but are still usable.  I’ve had my share of disasters with things past their prime (expiration date) in previous posts.  Case in point…very old beans and a very old cake mix.  If I could remember where they are on the blog, I’d link to them but I’d rather let you have the fun of searching around to find them yourselves!!   😉

The ingredients…


Sliced stewed tomatoes (expiration said Feb. 2013-that’s only 4 months ago and hey…they’re canned!), chili garlic sauce from the folks that bring you sriracha sauce (spicy!) and black beans.  Also some pasta that if I read the label is probably past it’s date also.  I really didn’t want to look.

I set the pasta to cooking and mixed the tomatoes, beans and spicy sauce together.  I initially thought I might have added too much (two teaspoons) of the chili sauce but in the end it worked well.


I let this cook down so that it wasn’t so juicy and became more sauce-y.  Basically, until the pasta was ready!!  Actually, now that I think about it, this probably qualifies for Couldn’t Be Quicker.


Topped it with some grated romano cheese…well a Lot of cheese.  This is all of the pasta (I actually made Too much…) and part of the bean/tomato mix.  I ate some of it, then added the rest of the mix to my bowl.  Only after did I figure out that the Points were Very high.  Turns out I was only a few Points over for the day and VERY full.  I didn’t want a single thing later in the evening.  Oh, and how did it taste?  Delicious!!  I’d make it again in a minute which is good because I have what I need to make it again right there in my pantry.  The old things are still as old (the beans are new) but I’ll be making it again soon, so I’m not going to worry.

It seems that many times my Strange But True entries come from making do with what I have.  I guess that’s a good thing!

Be sure to stop by at Sprint 2 The Table to check out what the other “strange” people are posting.

Happy Friday!!!

WIAW~Can You Say,Veggie?

I’m feeling good about the fact that for the last few weeks I have actually had food photos to share when it comes time for What I Ate Wednesday.  Jenn’s link up at Peas & Crayons is great fun and I love seeing what everyone else is eating.  I get so many ideas this way.  Our topic for June is supposed to be Sensible Snacking, but it seems that since I’ve gotten myself really on track with Weight Watchers, I rarely eat snacks except for fruit or veggies.  I always forget to take photos of those.  I’ll have to concentrate on getting a few shots of my snacks in the coming week!    😉

Peas and Crayons


An apple topped with cinnamon, micro-ed for 1 minute and topped with 1/3 cup of fat-free vanilla yogurt and granola.  Great breakfast!


A veggie burger at our favorite diner. I’ve never had one there before and with the provolone cheese added…Delicious!

We went to the Golden Corral before everyone went off to Maine for the summer.  I confess that I had TWO plates from the salad bar, but No dessert so I was pretty proud of myself!



I like to make different combos and when I go back for my second serving it rarely looks like the first.  These photos prove my point!


Saturday brought two splurges.  This was the first-eggplant parmesan sandwich at our favorite pizzeria.  This was so good.  I had been thinking about this and knew that when Ralph asked where we should go for lunch on Saturday that this would be my choice. I’ve never had it here before and it lived up to my expectations!


Don’t get excited…only the one on the right is mine! Butter almond and caramel apple combo. So good.  Ralph’s cherry water ice was such a pretty color I decided it needed to be in the photo also.  Ok…Splurge over!


Sunday found us at the Other pizzeria in town. I’ve had this before and I really enjoy it.  The veggies are what they offer as a side with meals.  I ask for it over penne pasta and it’s so good.  I always get a second meal out of it, too.  You’ll see that in a minute.


Simple and good…two eggs scrambled, sliced tomatoes and dry rye toast which eventually gets some jelly on it.  This is a great breakfast because it’s easy for me to count on Weight Watchers and it’s Good!


Take Two for my pasta dinner from Sunday.  I had three Roma tomatoes left that needed to be used up.  Chopped them, added garlic powder, ground black pepper and dried basil.  Cooked them in the micro for a minute and 30 seconds.  Then added the leftovers cooked for about another minute and 30. I topped with romano cheese and called it dinner…Couldn’t Be Quicker! I love when a small amount of left overs can be stretched into a meal.  This was so good and just right!

That’s WIAW for me for today. Be sure to stop by Peas & Crayons to visit,  look around at all of the great food being offered and of course, leave some comments!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

Week In Review~June 10

To show just how confused I am lately, I just typed “May 10” at the top of this post and didn’t realize my mistake for a while.  But things are getting better and it is of course time for Week In Review, the fun link up started by Meghan at Clean Eats, Fast Feets. Spell check always wants me to correct “feets.” Someone make it stop!  😉

On to the Review!

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As I was going through this week, it seemed disjointed and in many ways it was, but now as I think back on it, it was better.  I don’t really enjoy being in this confused state, but all will work out in the end, I’m confident.

Tuesday, I accompanied Ralph to do something that he really enjoys. I think this is the fourth year he has done this. He was invited by the art teacher of our local school to give a drawing class to the sixth grade class.  He loves teaching children to draw and he truly lights up when he’s doing it. This is the second year that I’ve been with him and I think this class was especially attentive.  I think I was right about that because he stayed probably 20 minutes after their class time answering questions by students that came up to him and wanted to ask how to do specific things.



It’s a little blurry, but that’s him at work.  Yes, he wears that shirt a lot, it’s one of his favorites!  The interesting thing to me about this class is that the art teacher used to be the mayor of our town and she performed our marriage ceremony.  Pretty cool!

Wednesday had us taking care of some important business.  So happy to have things underway.  Can’t talk about them here, but suffice it to say, it is a very good thing.

Thursday we realized that it was close to departure time for Gail to go to Maine.  Her brother Ray has been wanting to take us to the Golden Corral for lunch to pay back all the breakfasts that Ralph has bought and we thought this would be a good day.  Gail and Ray are leaving for Maine on Saturday, Alice will still be here for another week and a half to attend a graduation.  Thank goodness everyone isn’t leaving me at once! We had a great time at lunch and I was proud of myself for only eating from the salad bar…no desserts for me!

Friday we had our last lunch with all of us together at Taco Bell.  We have the best time when we go there.  We sit and talk for a long time.  Best $1.27 you’ll spend anywhere!

Saturday Gail and her brother headed off to Maine.  Alice and I headed to Weight Watchers.  I was happy…I lost a half pound and I’m hovering around my original WW goal weight.  I’m shocked at that.  Alice reached 95 pounds lost and of course, was pretty happy herself!  She’s hoping to reach 100 pounds off before she leaves for Maine…she’d like to reach it here with our regular leader.  Fingers crossed…she’s got almost two weeks to do it!

Sunday found me sleeping in until 7am! That’s because Ralph and I were up most of the night watching a Perry Mason marathon.  Ok…crazy, I know but we both Love the old show.  So much fun to see who shows up in bit parts…last night it was Robert Redford!

This afternoon I will be going with Ele to our regular spiritual Gathering.  We both really enjoy it.  Tonight will be the big deal, though…The Tony Awards!  Over the years, I’ve become less inclined to watch this, but this year I have a great reason…one of my college professors is nominated!  I had the good fortune and (I don’t use this word lightly) honor to have Dr. Joe Robinette as one of my professors.  He was well-known at Glassboro State College, later Rowan University for the many children’s musicals which he wrote.  He is nominated for the book of the musical, A Christmas Story.  The show is also nominated for Best Musical.  I am so excited for him.  He is just the nicest man and deserves all the success in the world.  Some day I’ll tell the story of running into him in Tijuana…but that ‘s a story for another day.  Good Luck, Dr. Joe!!

That’s Week In Review for me.  Wordier than I initially thought it would be.  Be sure to stop by at Clean Eats, Fast Feets to see what fun everyone else is having!

Happy Monday!


Snapshot Saturday~June 8

It’s Saturday and that of course means Snapshot Saturday sponsored by Melinda at West Metro Mommy.  When you’re finished here, be sure to visit the rest of the Saturday Snappers over there!

I haven’t been taking a lot of photos lately, no particular reason why, I just haven’t.  Luckily for me I have plenty left from the day I went to the local nursery to pick out flowers with my friends.

I’m not sure, but I think these are petunias…I don’t have much of a green thumb, I rely on my sister, Ele for that!!





I love the intense color of these and since I was in a greenhouse, the sun was very bright, but the color held its vibrance.  I had almost forgotten I had these photos.  Glad  dug around on my memory card to find them.

Happy Snapshot Saturday!

Just Me And The Voices In My Head

Good Morning! It’s been a while since I posted on my own, removed from one of the link-ups that I love so much.  Friday is usually Strange But Good hosted by Laura at Sprint 2 The Table. I’m posting this as if it’s part of Strange But Good in case I decide to throw caution to the wind and link up regardless of the fact that there is no food involved.  Laura likes me…I think she’ll understand!   😉

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Life is Strange on it’s own…there doesn’t necessarily have to be food involved.  The Good is there wherever you find it.

Life has been full of frustrations lately.   I’ve been cranky as I try to work on a myriad of issues and still keep myself on track and my head above water.  Working hard to stay positive.

I found this on-line this week and it made me smile.  I should print this out and hang it above my desk.  I like the positive thought it promotes.

But things are actually moving in a very positive direction.  Most of these things I can’t talk about here, but they are happening and that’s a big plus.  I am very grateful to have supportive and positive people in my life: my sister, Ele, my friends Gail and Alice and of course, Ralph.  Without them, what would I do?

Life is a learning process, an ongoing process if we’re lucky.  I’m very lucky to have these people in my life, giving support and feedback. I’m lucky to have You, all of my readers, in my life.  The comments and support you give me are more than I could have ever expected.  When life gets crazy, it’s wonderful to know there are people right behind you, whether they’re in the next room, around the corner, down the street or somewhere else across the country.  Love and Friendship can span the miles. Thank you all for being a part of my craziness.

Life is Strange…But it is also Good.

Happy Friday!!