These are random musings of my life journey, the people, animals, places, and events which have woven, and continue to weave, a tapestry that is me. We all know there is no real destination, only the ongoing experiences which blend together, creating the trail. Each step gives a glimpse of what is to come, without allowing me to see the end result. It is exciting. I have a home base that is mine, that gives me a place to rest. This is it. This is where my heart is, no matter where I journey...................

Friday, November 27, 2009

Skinny(er) jeans, a party, and a Christmas ornament for the tree.

HOT DAMN!!! I've lost enough weight to drop a size in jeans!!

As I was getting ready to go out tonight, I realized that the slacks I wore to dinner yesterday were a nice fit, but they were snug on me a couple or three weeks ago, although that fact didn't really hit me till today. I was thinking about what my friends said about my weight loss being visible. So I wondered. Might it be more than just "a look"? I had a pair of jeans worn only a couple times because they were miserably tight. I pulled them on and hot-diggedy-damn-dog! They fit me!!

That means I can pull all those jeans of that size from the back of the closet and get busy in them!! Woo hoo!! And there is yet another size down from that waiting in the closet, too. I also wore a beautiful sweater that I haven't worn much because it is long, and didn't look good glued to my chubby butt. Today it fit just perfectly over my hips, and looked really sharp. I'm psyched to keep this trend going. I was doing well with exercising to tone my body while the weight is slowly slipping away, but I got away from it with the trip to Tucson. I need to get back on it. Like tomorrow! The elasticity of my skin at 65 is not as good as it was a few years back, so I need to do everything I can to keep from having saggy skin left over. Nothing is uglier than saggy folds of skin, even if the body is trim.

OK, now back to the subject at hand. The party at the gallery. It was quite nice. The gallery and studio, Ran La Roca Glass, is mostly glass works from jewelry to large wall or table pieces, but also includes paintings. It is a husband (Randy)/wife (Ronda) team (note: there are two links there so you can see their separate works). I really like their art, but most of it is a bit too modern for my decor. One day I'll find something that will work, but till then, I made do with a little Christmas ornament for my tree. I'm going to put several snaps of it here, because it is really hard to photograph. I tried several different backgrounds, lighting and flash/no flash. Nothing seemed to work well. Perhaps between the several photos I've uploaded, you can get the idea of what it looks like. (click to enlarge, if you wish)

It is a ball of looped thin threads of glass. It's really pretty, a pale pink glass, and I think it will be really pretty on the tree.

It is delicate, but it doesn't seem to be overly-fragile. It certainly won't withstand a drop to the floor (note to self: hang it high enough in the tree that The Kids can't reach it and secure it well!), but I didn't feel as if would break with regular handling.

I guess I'm getting the Christmas decorations out tomorrow!

It will go well with my other "girly" ornaments.

I had my dinner at the party. They always have a delicious spread.... several meats, about a dozen cheeses/cheese balls/cheese spreads, many kinds of olives, hummus and pita bread, chips, dips, salsas, pickles, shrimp, etc. There was a second table of sweets, tiny cakes, chocolate covered pretzels, and a fruit torte that was amazing. Isn't it rather pathetic that I can go to this kind of event and eat a whole dinner? Yeah, but it was yummy! And I didn't eat all that much, really. Really!

I visited with friends for quite a while, then shopped and chatted some more. I love going to these things and seeing friends, meeting new ones. This is a small community and the artists' segment is pretty close. I enjoy it being like that, because at events such as this are never stuffy. Everyone knows everyone, or will before the evening is over. Fun!

I think I'll be heading to bed fairly early tonight. I'm yawning like crazy, and I really want to be caught up on sleep! I hate being this tired!

MaƱana, y'all!


  1. Yippee!!! Nothing like a) fitting into something that didn't fit and b) something that was too tight fitting right! All of my jeans are getting so baggy i'm going to HAVE to get some new ones but I don't mind at bit!
    Keep it up!!!!
    Your spread sounds fabulous!

  2. I always like reading your menus for these events because they sounds so southwestern in flavor. I did have breakfast burrito this morning, but it was Bob Evans, not homemade.

  3. WOOHOO!!! Congratulations on the weight loss and fitting into skinnier jeans!!!!

    Have a great day!!

  4. Wow, down a size, good for you! It gets harder and harder as we get older and older. The party sounded like fun and the ornament is very pretty. I love buying ornaments that remind me of places I've been or things I've done. Makes the tree all the more special. Hope you're feeling more rested today!

  5. Patti, it was especially sweet since I kinda snuck up on me! Thanks!

    Dave, living where I do, it will almost always have the southwestern flavor. Of course, even when I lived in KC, it was the same! It's not a question of if it has chili in it, but red or green, and how hot!!!

    Daisy, thank you!!! I'll jazzed!

    Deb, you said a mouthful, sister! Every year is more difficult. It is especially challenging for me, because I was a skinny girl most of my life. I began gaining weight after 45(and largely because I was unhappy), and it is very difficult for me to look into the mirror. This is a HUGE leap for me! And a very happy one!

    And the ornaments.... yes, I agree. The ones I have are special because I "revamped" the decorations to fit ME following my husband's death, so each one added is something special, something I chose for a specific reason. :)

  6. Congratulations on the weight loss! That is really wonderful and it must feel great when you can fit into your clothes. I love that feeling.

    I love the ornaments, they are really beautiful, special actually. They will make your tree twinkle extra bright and make you smile brighter because YOU picked them out, just for you. LOVE THEM.

    If you are still feeling so tired, maybe you should go to the doctor for a blood test. I could be a million different things or nothing at all, but I would check it out. You've been saying that for a while not.

    It seems like your not getting enough of the good sleep, since your waking up in the middle of the night. That can make for a very sleepy day.

    Just a thought, cause I care.

    Have a good day!


  7. Cheryl, I'm sleeping well. It was just the one night that was bizarre and made me tired for a couple days. But thanks for the concern! :)

  8. Congrats on losing some weight...I need to get on that bandwagon.


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