Tuesday, December 26, 2017

What's In A Name

Hmmm, what's in a name?  Well, for our 01 Jeep Cherokee, it's a more positive spin on things.  We decided to change it's name from RUSTY (who wants to be rusty, am I right) to CHERRY-OKEE.

She does look sort of like a Bing Cherry, too.

Just thought I'd drop in a few pics of the birds that have visited me today.

Thanks for stopping by.  I wish you a beautiful day.

This Is Junior

Meet Junior (we named him yesterday). He is a little bird, I think a Junco, that has a broken left leg and often struggles to hang on to the feeder. He has to flap his wings a lot to maintain balance but keeps on feeding. I don't know if his leg will heal but do hope it does. If he survives this winter he should be ok.

Fending off other birds is not easy ....

But, he does ok most of the time....

If he survives this winter he should be mature enough to go on.  Maybe his leg will heal if it's not a birth injury.   

I'll be keeping an eye on Junior........
Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Weekly Ketchup (in Pictures)

Today's visitor.

I always let my Hubby know which hard boiled egg is the oldest so he can eat that one first.  
Do you think he'll get the hint?

Listening to Abraham-Hicks videos on YouTube while basking in the sun in my recliner.  I dozed off 
and when I woke up this was on the TV screen.  I guess some friends stopped by to join me.  LOL

Had a Partridge in our not-pear tree (burning bush).  They love these red berries. 

The secret is out!
Thanks for sharing these moments in my life.
Enjoy your day and be blessed.

Friday, December 15, 2017

My New Favorite Treat

Snack time......my new favorite treat, sugar free Snack Pack jello cups with 2 Tbsp. Reddi Wip topping. Calories 20, fat grams 1, protein grams 0, carb grams 1. And, it's just the right size to satisfy that sweet tooth...........this one is Cherry.

This is the first time trying the Cherry flavor and it's delicious.  Other flavors are orange and strawberry which are also quite tasty.

I do hope you are having a wonderful day!

Maintenance Never Tasted So Good and Birds of a Feather

Good morning!  It is great to be here and to share with you all just how easy it has been to maintain the weight loss I have accomplished over the last 8 months and show you some of the wonderful things I have been enjoying.  Like the wonderful birds that have been visiting me lately.

Current weight -

Since reaching my goal of 122 about a month ago I had gone an extra step down to 120.3  just before Thanksgiving so as to be able to partake of the feast we had and stay within my goal range.  It seemed to work just find and I now fluctuate between 120.3 and 122.6..........    I am lovin' it!

Today's first meal of the day after 15 hr. overnight fasting is this wonderful salad of 1/2 bag Spring Mix, 6 slices of Bacon, 8 black Olives, 2 tablespoons Caesar dressing and 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese.  Macros for this salad are 338 calories, 34 grams fat, 22 grams protein, and 6 grams net carbs.

Daily I have been eating 10 to 20 net carbs.  Occasionally I've indulged and had about 40  net carbs with no adverse effects. 

Other things I've enjoyed lately are - Salmon Patties over wilted spinach with Parmesan cheese and Diet Coke.

Apple Pork with onions (cinnamon and ginger sauce) with Caesar salad.

Taco bowls -

And, of course lots of bacon and eggs..... with black or buttered coffee.

Oh, and I've also been enjoying all the birds that have been stopping by since we moved the bird feeder to the tree just outside my kitchen window, too....

Thank you for stopping by, too!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tiny Visitor

We had a tiny visitor on the porch this morning.  I wish I had known he was there.

Aren't those tiny tracks adorable!
Enjoy your day, no matter what the weather. 
We are getting 6 or more inches of this stuff today, changing to freezing rain maybe later tonight, then lots of ice in the morning. 

How does that song go...."oh what fun...."  ???

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Norway, Maine 2017 Christmas Parade of Fire Engines

Sunny with a bit of a chill in the air.....a beautiful day for the Norway, Maine 2017 Annual Christmas Parade sponsored by the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce. Here is the parade of fire engines from Norway and the surrounding towns. Cover your ears! Please share with anyone who has children because they are sure to love it.......

And, no Christmas Parade is complete until Santa and Mrs. Claus make their appearance.

And, Mrs. Claus was sure to read that note that she was just handed so she could follow up on the little girl's Christmas wish as soon as she got back to the North Pole.

Thanks for visiting.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Thankful My Husband Listens and Respects My Opinion

It is wonderful to have a spouse who really listens to you and respects your opinion.  He also has respect for my intuition and insightfullness, my way of reframing tthoughts and speech to accentuate the positive and seek clarity. 

My 97 Jeep was making some really evil sounding noises (like growling and gnashing of teeth) so I spent some time online listening to Jeep sounds.  Jeep owners will understand that there is this game we play called "What's that noise?"  Jeeps are very good at letting you know when they are not happy.

I found a video about "flex plate bolts coming loose" and knew, that I knew, that I knew.....let's just say I was pretty sure I knew this was our problem. 

Well, my brother told him it was probably a bearing.  Mike hadn't discounted my suggestion about the flex plate altogether but then yesterday (yes, on Thanksgiving Day) seeing it was a sunny and not so windy day he decided to follow up on my flex plate idea.

Here's the video Mike made showing he had 3 loose bolts on the flex plate.  He came in afterwards and said "thanks."   We took the Jeep for a test drive and all was fine until we were on our way home 
and began hearing another noise.  "What's that noise?"  See, I told you.......

When we got back and Mike shut off the Jeep we heard the noise wind down.....tssh tssh tssh, tssh tssh, tssh........  We immediately knew this was nothing to do with the flex plate and got under the hood as quickly as we could. There it was.....the protective cover over the fan blades has broken off on one end and was hitting the fan blades.  Hence, the winding down noise.  He fixed that lickety-split and now our awesome Jeep with over 277,000 miles on her has a new lease on life and will get to see many more rock crawls and adventures.

It also means we can stop actively looking for a replacement for her and keep saving instead.  That's always a good thing.  

This is Mike's video, just in case you are interested.  He does make a few witty remarks and I just love hearing his voice.

Thanks for visiting me today.  It's a good day to read blogs and digest all that Thanksgiving Day food.  Yes, I indulged (it was a calorie-free day, wasn't it).  Back on track today.   

Monday, November 20, 2017

Comfort Zone and Irish Prayer

Comfort zone............... even in my pajamas!  My lowest weight since I started eating Keto in May 2017 at 154 pounds.   I'm speechless.......

I have no idea why this Irish Prayer came to mind but here it is anyway.  Maybe it will make someone laugh today or they will pray it and it will come true like it did for me one day when I was a visiting nurse in Massachusetts.  My supervisor was a lady of many talents, one of which was bullshitting her staff into thinking she was their friend when all along stabbing some of us in the back.  I was wise to her though....and during a staff meeting I silently said this little Irish Prayer and when she got up to leave the meeting she twisted her ankle and limped out of the room.  Then, I silently laughed and said, "thank you Lord you've made my day."

An Irish Prayer

May those that love us
Love us.
And, them that don't
May God turn their hearts.
And, if He can't
Turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles
So we'll know them 
By their limping.

Thinking about this always makes me laugh.......Thanks for stopping by.  I wish you a beautiful new week.  Spread joy.....it's infectious.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

New Restaurant In Town - The 290 Maine Street Restaurant & Pub

Mike and I were on our way over to Market Square for a bite to eat and saw that 290 Main Street Restaurant & Pub wasn't very busy.  Having wanted to try the food there for some time, we decided to pull the car over and do it NOW.....

A great little place with that sports pub atmosphere yet not too intimidating for the older crowd just there for a good meal.  As the evening progressed there was a good mix of all ages and lots of laughter.

My meal tonight was a Mushroom, Swiss Burger with no bun; lettuce, tomato, dill pickles and onion, with a side Caesar Salad (I did not eat the croutons) and some nice hot tea.

Mike had Beef Tips with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus, with a nice hot cup of tea, too. 

It was a most pleasurable dining experience and one we are likely to do again soon; there are so many wonderful new choices on the menu.  

Thanks for visiting my blog.  The new week is right around the corner.  I hope yours is wonderful.

The Creative Ketoite - Favorite Things To Eat (weight 122.2)

I like to store pictures of what I eat in a file called "The Creative Ketoite."  I thought if I ever wanted to do a totally food blog it would be a great title, unless someone else grabs it first.  No plans for that just yet but I thought I'd share some pics of some of my favorite things to eat that keep the pounds coming off "tenths" at a time.


Classic breakfast - bacon, eggs, spinach and mushrooms all cooked in butter or sometimes coconut oil.

Bacon, plain omelet style eggs, with spinach and Feta cheese.

Steakumm and onions with fried egg, done in olive oil or butter. With hot buttered coffee. 

Canadian bacon, scrambled eggs over spinach and topped with Feta cheese and Salsa.

Lunch or Dinner

Taco Bowl - romaine lettuce, ground beef (no Taco seasoning), Mexican 4 cheese, salsa, sour cream and bacon.

Beef tips in brown gravy with lettuce, Italian dressing and lemon water.

Chicken thigh with pork rind crust, mixed salad. 

Egg salad stuffed Avocado....so filling. 

Shrimp cooked in butter with wilted spinach and yes, that is a diet Coke.  Don't often have diet Coke but used to drink Coke quite frequently and wanted the taste again.  I don't tolerate Aspartame very well so it's not one of my usual drinks while on Keto. 


Pepperoni, Monterey Jack and Guacamole......

Low carb Pizza made with Joseph's low carb Pita, with sliced meatballs and mozzarella cheese.  When that pizza fix is needed these are also great with some sauce, cheese and pepperoni.  One small pita pizza is very filling and only averages 4 carbs, if I remember correctly. Haven't had one of these in a while. 

Celery with bacon and peanut butter for dipping them "both." 

Of course, then there is the 
almonds, peacans, walnuts, turkey bites, beef sticks and crunchy cheese whisps.  Snacks are certainly not lacking in my house.  

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  I do hope you are having a great weekend.  Now I think I need to get something to eat.  Today's weight is 122.2 -

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Learning to Play - "Grow Old With Me" by John Lennon

Just a sample of how slow going this is for me but, I will "carry on."  So much more to add and perfect (this isn't the half of it).........

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Breaking Free From The Weight Loss Carousel

Finally, have a break through and have dropped those few pounds I was fluctuating between.  I'm off that carousel......

and down to 123.2 lb. this morning.

I can't stress enough how important it is to write down what you eat because when your weight stalls you can look back and review what you were eating when you were losing and revisit some of those foods.  For me it always seems to stall when I don't get enough avocado in my diet.  I ate one avocado a day for the passed two days and "bingo" my weight loss is back in motion (in the right direction this time).  

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  I wish you a wonderful day.