Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer is Going Too Fast

I have been so busy after dark.  I added some instant download patterns and charts to Etsy and Craftsy.  I updated the website again and added more $3 patterns.  I have been cleaning my "warehouse" and tossing a lot of older patterns.  I guess you can say I am still in a spring cleaning mood with the pattern business and my home.  

We are wanting to downsize one of these days and I don't want to wait too late to start clearing out the old stuff.  I have 40 years of collecting in my house alone.  As they say:

You spend the first 40 years collecting stuff
and the last 40 years getting rid of it all!

I'm well into those last 40 years.  I have been a cleaning fool.  I listed some fabric on Ebay and I have a lot more to start listing this weekend.

My daughter and family have been here visiting.  Her girls are growing up so fast, they are 7 and 2 years old already.   Two year old Lily sings Old McDonald's Farm almost perfectly.  It's a joy to hear her sing.  My grandsons are 4 and 6 years old already and expecting a new baby brother or sister around Christmas.  I am hoping for a girl personally.  Every mom needs a daughter, right?

I lost some weight lately so I cleaned out the closet.  I took piles of stuff to Good Will.  I didn't wear most of it anyway even when it did fit.  I did it mostly by walking and adding two protein drinks to my diet each day. I am forever adding new protein recipes to my menu.  I'll share some of my favorite protein drink recipes below.

This week my list includes a new dishwasher, probably a Kenmore, and ordering a new vanity top for the master bathroom.  We have the original dishwasher in the home and I am wanting a new energy efficient quiet one.  One of these days we plan to sell the house and want to get it ready sooner rather than later.  I don't know where we'll go but possibly move into town.  We've been living in different houses in the country for about 25 years.  I'd love to have a neighbor again some day.

Every time I photograph my garden, I forget to post the pictures.  I'm getting really bad about blogging even.  It must be the summer.  There's just so much to do!

Here's some of my favorite protein drinks-

My low fat Orange Julius: 
8 oz low fat milk
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
1 indv. packet of sunrise orange  Crystal Light (you can use the Energy kind also)
Put it in a Magic Bullet and fluff it up

My version of the Steak N Shake Lime Freeze:
8 oz low fat milk
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
1-2 tsp of the Margarita Lime Crystal Light mix (it only comes in larger pkgs for 2 qts.)
Put it in a Magic Bullet and fluff it up

My version of Starbucks Iced Coffee:
1 cup of cold coffee
add a scoop or chocolate protein powder
1 tbsp dark chocolate cocoa 
1 tsp Truvia  
Mix it up and serve on crushed ice.  

Anybody have any other recipes to try?