Random Tuesday 5 – Cakes, skies, closets and chaos

It’s been a weird summer  season year.  Yes it sure has, and that’s putting it mildly.

I have read your blogs but not been blogging myself.  So here are some of my thoughts on a random Tuesday ~

1 Birthday cake drive-bys- To celebrate Hubbs’ birthday, we had our boys & their girls +our grands over for a get-together this weekend.  After much deliberation – and out of all choices offered – a Texas Sheet Cake is what he chose for the celebration.   I get it, this cake is hard to beat.  See there are 4 sticks of butter and many cups of sugar/powdered sugar in this beauty.  8 or 10 tbsp of cocoa, and all sorts of other goodness.

You don’t get a sheen like that from margarine, no sir-eee-Bob.     Some was devoured, some went home with the kids but the one enjoying it most of all is Hubbs … you see, near what remains is a fork.  His fork.  A drive-by fork.  And I laugh every time I pass it by!

a before shot of the Texas Sheet Cake with overflowing frosting

2 )  September Skies –We’ve been enjoying the most beautiful weather – sunny, warm days, cool nights and, my favorite – BLUE SKIES as far as the eye can see.   Today it’s overcast and cold, but blue skies are coming back, per the forecast.  MY*FAVORITE!   There’s just something about a September sky …

Our Walnut tree and hubby’s head. Oops.

3)  Closet clean-outs.   I’ve been on a health kick for years.  But this year, between intermittent fasting & my daily walks, I’m seeing changes – big changes.   Most of my clothes no longer fit.  I took the advice of the experts and if it didn’t a) fit, b) flatter or c) make me want to wear it RIGHT NOW, it’s gone.   Pictured below is one of 3 piles that went to a) the consignment shoppe, b) donation drop-off or c) garbage bin.    Anything sagging, bagging or dragging is G-O-N-E.  And I was ruthless- tried on everything (that’s a workout, holy smokes!)  and now, a week later, I can only remember 2 of the 100s of items that went.   I kept 3 pairs of jeans, 2 are too big and should have gone, too – and I’m sure I kept them out of a sense of security.  Funny how we think, isn’t it?

every color under the sun & I won’t miss any of it. Never wore that plaid shirt once!

4 ) Fat loss – working on 6 of these, see picture below.  Since 1/1/20 I’ve lost 27lbs & 39.2″ – I’m 5’2″, 39inches is more than half of my height. Yes I am slowly shrinking — inward —  Intermittent Fasting (time-scheduled eating) for the WIN!  for more information visit Gin Stephens – Books on Intermittent Fasting.

5 )  Chaos – I don’t know about you but every time I go out I think, “why did I go out?”    I get it, it’s a trying time. But folks have forgotten their manners, forgotten how to drive, how to park, and what to do.  I think I’m staying in for the foreseeable future.   Coffee up!

So …. what are you up to?

 

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8 thoughts on “Random Tuesday 5 – Cakes, skies, closets and chaos

  1. Yes for #5
    And the suns angle is changing – that and Sept blue skies – ah, energy returning
    (drive-by fork – gotta love that!)

  2. Drive-by fork is something I would do! Congrats on your health changes. I remember that you went gluten free several years ago and that helped too. Success is wonderful! Love the weather. We are also having warm but not hot weather. Humidity is low and my energy has returned.

    • had to laugh. Thank you, yes a few years ago I did the Grain-free detox, removed ALL grains b/c of rampant inflammation. That really helped turn my health around. I still wanted to drop lbs and inches so have picked up IF – I eat what I want in my “eating window” and nothing but black coffee or water outside of it. I do have some grains, but in very limited amounts, comparatively. Feel amazing!

      Love the weather ~~ it’s cloudy and cool today but the sunshine returns tomorrow and mild sunny days, too — enjoy! MJ

  3. My best friend’s mom would make a Texas sheet cake now and then. Sooo good! (I think she left out the nuts). September skies are a favorite of mine too. And today, our September skies are tinged with smoke. Fortunately, not too much. Congratulations on shrinking out of your clothes! Doesn’t it feel great to get rid of so many clothes? Well done!

    Today was our first day of (home)school. My dyslexic, anxious, attention-challenged teen decided he wants to learn Japanese. And programs like Rosetta Stone fulfill the requirement, so he starts learning tomorrow. Just hope he’s able to stick with it. This is his senior year.

    • Hubbs likes the walnuts in the icing, so I went with that – but you can leave them out 🙂 His birthday, his way!

      It feels wonderful to get rid of so many clothes and I am resisting the urge to fill up closets again. Here’s the kicker – I got rid of so much black and grey – apparently I was cloaked in it. Bring on color!

      I hope home school goes well and I cannot believe your little man (not so little anymore) is a SENIOR … how’d that happen? Here’s to learning a new language, that’s great!

      Thanks for weighing in ~ MJ

  4. Love to see you back again. I love blue skies and white clouds but our Colorado skies have been orange and heavy with smoke. It was a blessing to have snow fall yesterday (from 90 to 30 degrees) and back to 80 this weekend. Amen! Bravo on IF and a reduced wardrobe. Who knew weight loss could be so uncomplicated! I bet you feel wonderful for your accomplishment and the knowledge that you are not on a diet and this is truly a lifestyle. Thanks for your post!

    • Thank you – there are many benefits to IF — I have noticed increased focus, skin tags shrank or fell off, my shoes are suddenly too big, rings are spinning, my hair is thicker, my skin just glows. I sleep better than I did before, too and my ability to “deal” is a lot stronger, most days anyways. It’s getting some mainstream attention and companies are trying to find a way to make money off something that is FREE, sigh

      I am sorry to hear of the fires again, and heard about the snow – that’s a blessing for sure!! Thanks for your comments, truly! MJ

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