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Rhonda's Ramblings - Sunday, December 20th

Sunday, December 20, 2015

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December 20, 2015

I have had a pretty productive day today! The DH is still not walking and letting his leg "rest" so after breakfast I went out for a brisk 3 mile walk. I kept my pace at a 15 min/mile and was pretty surprised how sweaty I was when I got home. Felt good.

Got something crossed off the "to do" list. I should mention that the "to do" list is almost 2 pages long of projects that need to be completed. The majority of the projects are things I can't do... and that falls on DH. I asked if he wanted to hire someone to do some of the projects and mostly he plans on doing them himself. That is what happens when you are handy and have a garage full of tools.

Anyway, I reupholstered our dining room chairs. I went through the calculation and the chairs are between 19-20 years old. The original seats were a cream color and over the years they have accumulated a few stains. For years, we only used the dining room for special occasions, but about 10 years ago we started using the chairs on a daily basis. They did need reupholstered but I didn't like the price of having it professionally done. Since I managed to reupholster the seat cushions in the camper earlier this year, I thought I might as well have a go at the chairs. The staple gun is easy to use and the worst that would happen is I would need to have them re-done. I used the same material as the bottom cushions in the camper as I really liked the fabric and it was easy to work with. I bought the fabric at JoAnnes on sale so bottom line is the project would cost less than $10 per cushion.

Here is the before (white) and the after (black pattern). You really can't see the problems with the original cushions in the photo... but I don't like to have company over when the cushions are so tired.

After the cushion project, I made some candy coated pretzels and some peanut butter cookies. I have had the pretzels in the freezer for awhile as have a brick of chocolate and vanilla candy coating in the pantry. I needed to make a dessert for the work Christmas Party tonight so used up some of what I had on hand. The peanut butter cookie dough has been in the freezer for awhile also. I bought premium cookie dough from a school fundraiser and would just as soon have it out of the house. Of course, while I was making all those goodies I was nibbling. I'll track it as my afternoon snack.

As I mentioned, tonight is the Christmas Party at work. The theme is a Mexican Fiesta and I bought a really cute mariachi dancer dress costume to wear for just over $20 on Amazon. My DH said it is really cute.. but it was on a hanger at the time so putting it on may be different altogether. My plan for tonight is to just have a taco salad and a glass of wine. I'll update the blog and let you know how I did.

emoticon Breakfast
Poached Egg
English Muffin with coconut oil and SF jelly
2 slices bacon
1/2 c grapes

emoticon Morning Snack

emoticon Lunch
Baked Hollowed Sandwich Roll with 4 oz chicken, marinara, onion and 1 oz cheese
Serving of Food Should Taste Good Chips
1/2 c grapes
3/4 c warmed applesauce with 1/4 c berries and whip

emoticon Afternoon Snack
1 peanut butter cookie
handful of candied almonds
handful of candied pretzels

emoticon Dinner
3 corn Tacos
1/2 c Mexican rice
Glass of Red Wine
2 Bites Oreo Cream Cheesecake / 1 Bite Peppermint Bark

emoticon Evening Snack

UPDATE - Well I didn't eat exactly as planned at the Party but I didn't do too bad either. I had 3 tacos with refried beans, black beans, onion, cilantro, either chicken or beef, lettuce and tomato and a dollop of sour cream. I hadn't planned on any dessert but I did have a few bites. Only had one drink and then stuck to water the rest of the evening.

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    Mexican food is the Best!! Love the chairs that is a project I too have done and after I did I realized it wasn't too difficult and wondered why I waited so long. I need to create a "To Do" list. Something I will plan on doing after the 1st of the new year.
    1895 days ago
    Oh, I am glad you did not pay a penny for a professional to upholster your chairs. Pop up cushions are so easy to do with a staple gun, anyone can do it. Your chairs look great by the way.
    1895 days ago
    Well go you, handy lady! I envy the ability to cross off items on the list - regardless of length! There's just something about the accomplishment implied by that cross off that feels so good.

    Have fun tonight! emoticon
    1895 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Great job on the chairs. They turned out great. Have fun at the Mexican themed party tonight!
    1895 days ago
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