Monday, April 25, 2016

Wow!! what an iris.

    This beautiful iris bloomed in my yard this week. It was given to me at the East Tennessee Plant Swap last October. YAY!!!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Plants I bought from Brian, a great gardener

 Spent the weekend planting plants I bought from a man I bought plants from before. He grows healthy, great plants that live for years.

Lilacs, YAY

Friday, April 15, 2016

East Tennessee Plant Swap Coming May 14, New Harvest Park 9:30 until 2 PM

2 quilts I made will be given away in a raffle during potluck lunch on May 14 at East Tennessee Plant Swap. FREE to the public. All plants are traded; no money allowed. come on, even if you don't have plants to trade. Bring magazines, pot holders, potting containers, etc. Fun, fun, fun

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Ketogenic Diet explained.

According to Suzanne at Keto Karma, "The ketogenic diet is a high fat, moderate protein and low carbohydrate lifestyle. Nutritional ketosis is a metabolic state where you burn fats/ketones, instead of glucose. Nutritional ketosis is the result of restricting carbohydrate intake and balancing daily fat and protein. The Ketogenic diet is NOT a high protein diet, so be sure to check the keto calculator to set up your macros. I highly recommend tracking your food with MyFitnessPal, especially if your goal is weight loss."
The best way for me to explain Keto is to tell you to not eat any white food: no sugar, bread, rice, potatoes, pasta, milk or grains; limited fruit to berries. Like all rules, there are a few exceptions: You may eat these white foods: mayonnaise, 2 Tablespoons daily of each of these: sour cream, cream cheese, Ranch dressing, blue cheese dressing or real whipped cream. 
What do you eat? any meats--with fat (the more fat on meat the better), bacon is your friend, eggs-fried in butter, boiled or scrambled in butter,  any fats like avocados, butter, all green vegetables, but stay away from turnips, carrots, and limit tomatoes to a slice or two a day or 5 cherry tomatoes every 2 days. You may eat foods fried in lard or oil so long as there is no breading. You may drink tea and coffee sweetened with Stevia or Splenda or other sweeteners, but limit chemicals. You may drink diet colas in moderation. I limit my use to 2 of 12 ounces a day. 

Typical days' menu for me:
Breakfast: 2 eggs made into an omelet, scrambled in Kerrygold butter with 1 Tablespoon of mushrooms, red bell pepper, green onion and Mozerella cheese. Bulletproof coffee made from decafe coffee, 1 teaspoon of Kerrygold butter, l non-dairy creamer and 1 teaspoon MCT oil. 16 ounces of water.
Lunch: 2 pieces of bacon, Romaine lettuce smeared with mayonnaise, slices of tomato--wrap bacon and tomato into lettuce and enjoy. Diet cola and water
Dinner: 3 to 4 ounces of chicken (chicken thigh or breast) 2 cups lettuce with vegetables served with 2 Tablespoons of Blue Cheese or Ranch dressing; 1 cup of a cooked vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower or Brussel sprouts.

By eating this way, I have lost 54 pounds in 30 weeks. Gone from size 16-18 to size 10. Even lost weight in my feet. YAY

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Pumpkin likes my new boots

KARM Clearance Center also gives 10% discount to anyone over 55

My 2 favorite finds of the day. This green winter coat. It would have cost me over $100 to $150; got it for $2.24.

These boots were also $2.24. They sell for between $79 to $129 a pair. YAY!!! I love them. This size is a little too big for me, but I would have kicked myself if I had not bought them. 

KARM Clearance Center on Asheville Highway in Knoxville, TN

 Spent some fun time today shopping at the Clearance Center for KARM. This used to be a "dig store," but they changed this week and all clothing is on hangers now. No organization into sizes or man/female, but neater and easier to find things. All items are $3, but if you buy 4, the price is $10. All children's clothing is $1 each. Shoes $3 a pair, but can mix with 3 other items and that counts in the 4 for $10; same for purses/bags. Pillow, scarves and neck ties are $1 each. Bedspreads with shams are $3. They also have a nice variety of furniture. Chairs are between $10 and $30. They have some art work and mirrors and all books-adult or children's- are 25 cents each.

They are going to have a sale day once a week when the price will be 8 for $10, but that has not started yet.

Here are some photos of my "finds" for today. I am happy with my great luck.

A big secret about thrift stores is that many of the items are NEW. Area stores donate anything that did not sale in a season and the price tags are still on many items.

They also take donations.

RIP Merle Haggard--one of the greatest of all time.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Bob Arnold's new web site; be sure and visit

Be sure and visit this new web site by Bob Arnold. It is about his new book "Through Orange Colored Glasses: Memories of a Big Orange Fan." It was edited by Tom Mattingly, Vol historian, and me.
You will enjoy reading Arnold's unique writing style as he tells about how he came to be one of the most fanatic fans of the Big Orange. His thoughts and opinions during the games will take you on a roller coaster ride down memory lane.
Great fun for all who love the University of Tennessee football program.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Through Orange Colored Glasses: Memories of a Big Orange Fan by Bob Arnold

This is the most recent book I edited, along with writer, Tom Mattingly. Robert or Bob Arnold was looking for help turning his manuscript into a published book and Tom and I were available to help him. We had a enjoyable experience as Bob had many fold memories of Big Orange football. 
His book will be for sale on www. amazon. com  within the next few days. He will also autograph copies and send in the mail if you want to contact him via e mail
He is a great guy and he tells his story with a Southern charm that makes you want to keep reading. His book is like a walk down memory lane for all fans who have followed UT's games for the last 50 years. Yay for Bob.