Pasta Carbonara ~

Head over to Mennonite Girls Can Cook for the recipe.

I’m happy to report my son got Katie and me off the couch last night and we walked over to the local high school and had some exercise. Mostly I walked while Katie and Josh did some jogging and running around the track. After the football squads ended their practices we played a little soccer. I managed to record 7245 steps.

 I hope to get walking back into my normal routine. I have already changed up the way I eat and since June 12th I’ve manged to drop 13 pounds and boy does my body appreciate it. I’ve got another 10 pounds to lose before I shop for a Mother of the Bride dress.

Mosaics With Blue Confessions…


It’s the time of year for scenes like these. Confession #1: All these scenes are from last October.


These shots are from this year, this past Saturday. Getting closer to Blue here. Confession #2: I’ve started a weight/exercise regimen. I wasn’t going to share this at all because every time in the last year I’ve “tried” something and shared it I end up gaining weight and I’m a little embarrassed about that. So the program I’m trying gives me one day a week to eat whatever I want. That day was Saturday so Dear and I were up early as usual and decided to make a 3 mile roundtrip walk to a donut shop. I sense some skeptics out there shaking their heads and thinking poor ellen b. she’s doomed to failure again. I’ll try to keep you posted on how good or bad I do.  :0)


Finally I’ve gotten to the blue for Blue Monday. These shots are from Saturday also and this was a great new Mexican spot we enjoyed in Ventura, California called Taqueria Tepatitlan. Remember this is my eat anything day and I didn’t take photos to show you what I had for dinner! Look real hard at the window and Corona sign and you’ll see the blue. Confession #3: Since there was so little actual blue in my shots I added the blue background to trick you into thinking this qualifies as a Blue Monday Post.

Now make sure and visit Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday and visit Sally at Smiling Sally for Blue Monday!

Photobucket is holding all my photos that I stored on their site from 2007-2015 hostage replacing them with ugly grey and black boxes and asking for a large ransom to retrieve them. It is a slow process to go through all my posts deleting the ugly boxes.

Brown Plate Special ~ Week 11

Well I’m happy to say that I was able to increase my activitiy this past week as my back got better day by day. When I stepped on the scale this morning I was down 1.4 pounds. Yippee! Overall for the 11 weeks I am down 6.2 pounds. I’m hoping to get my steps over 10,000 a day this week, Lord willing. I’m going to say again that for me besides the walking, not eating after 6:00 in the evening is key in this sensible plan. Have a wonderful week.

Brown Plate Special ~ Week 10

For the last 2 weeks I have been living a very non-active life due to my back issues. Well if I needed any proof that activity is vital in my life to keep weight off this was the proof. Over these 2 weeks I have gained 4.1 pounds. Yikes! The positive side of this is that from my beginning point I am still down 4.8 pounds.

I am finally able to walk with little pain so I have a good outlook for this week. Today I’m going to the Getty Villa with Willow and Sara another bloggy friend that I get to meet face to face for the first time. I’ll be taking lots of photos as usual so I hope to share them soon.

So I’m putting my pedometer back on and getting serious again. No more pampering myself because of my pain! Have a great day y’all…