Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Weigh in Wednesday 1/26/11

Hello my peeps! How is everyone doing today? Good I hope!

I feel like I’ve been away forever! It’s really only been a 5 days but I had been posting every day so it seems like ages!

Let’s get right to it… why don’t we?

Weighin’ in! I did a little ricochet over the weekend. Up 2 pounds. I won’t lie, I ate all my bad for me favorites and shared a big ol’ bottle of wine with a friend. :) It was worth it. I had to give that way of eating a proper send off!!!

Starting Weight Jan 3rd: 145  
Ideal Weight: 110-115
Weight at Cinch! Start:
Day 1 beginning weight: 139.6
Day 2 beginning weight: 138.4
Day 3 beginning weight: 137.2

Today is the start of day three! And I’m feeling good!

Actually that’s a complete lie. I feel like crap. But not because of the detox. I am still battling this cold. :( It’s been rough. I’m congested in my head and chest and am hopeful that it lets up soon. I didn’t sleep last night at all. Up and down. Up and down. Hacking up a lung.

Fortunately because of the detox I’m off the gym this week. I wouldn’t have made it anyway, my head is pounding. But for accountable purposes. I went l last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday! No misses even with my cold! (I was not this sick last week though.) And because I knew I would be off this week I even went on Sunday! See, told you I meant this whole healthy thing! ;)

As for Cinch! It’s not that bad. I haven’t been hungry at all. I also have a cold though so that’s helping me overcome. Amanda and Tammy say they are both hungry. But I just haven’t felt it. In fact I’m usually stuffed after just a portion of the meal and I save some for an in between snack until the next meal. It’s really easy to follow the plan. I highly recommend it.

It’s good. I’m happy it’s the one I choose and even happier with my results so far. I can tell you 100% my pants are looser today and I’m in a full belt notch. And that feels good!

I’m hoping to lose another 7 in the next three days. That is a stretch (more likely I will lose 3-4 more) but I’m hoping for 7 because then I would only have 15-20 left to lose. Fingers crossed!!!! It’s not unheard of. A lot of the ladies on this lost 9-10.

So that’s my weekly weigh in! I have other things to post about to but it will have to wait. I’m on lots of cold meds and behind at work so I better get back to it. Just needed to take a little break and enjoy some tea. :)

Until next time…
Carmen and the Primcats

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Better Get to livin'

I absolutely adore Dolly Parton. Everything about that woman inspires me. She is Incredible with a capital I! I thought I'd share one of my favorite songs from her with you. I'm trying hard to live by this song! Maybe it will help you too!

Until next time...

Carmen and the Primcats

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Weigh in Wednesday 1/19/11

Yeah Yeah. I know most of you don’t give a care that I’m trying to be healthy. But I’m going to post about it here on my blog every week anyway to hold myself accountable.

I’m 2 more pounds down!

Go Me! Down 7 pounds total since I started on January 3rd. That’s darn good if you ask me.

I didn’t go to the gym Monday. I was just to tired. I have a cold and I’m not feeling well. Yesterday, being my birthday, and I have a cold… I was going to skip but I didn’t. I made myself go!!!
Then I had a sensible dinner at Red Lobster of Tilapia. Another Go Me! moment!

I’ve stayed consistent with the Gym, Monday through Friday, for an hour after work. I have only missed that one day. And I’ve mostly stayed consistent with the eating plan. Splurged a little over the weekend with a trip to Arby's and a bottle of wine split with my friend Jamie, my birthday shopping partner in crime. Other than that I’ve been good!

Monday we start Cinch! And I am so EXCITED!!!!! I wish it was Monday tomorrow!!!! LOL! I am READY!!!!

Until next time…

Carmen and the Primcats

Repost: A must read for every blogger!

Will all the picture issues I have been having in my own little land of blogger I thought it was a good time to repost this helpful post. This is a repeat blog post and I'm sure it's not the first time I'll repeat it! :)

This is a must read for every blogger!

I'm also testing my own picture issue here with a picture of three of the beautiful mini's when they were babies. Punky, Gizzy and Katrina. Are they not the cutest baby kitties you ahve ever seen???

Hello friends!

I just came across the greatest blog entry at I want to share it with you because it will help make your blogs better and makes them more user friendly for your visitors! 

I know when I started blogging I made the opposite of every choice she talks about. lol! I have since changed my ways and made my blog more user friendly but I so often come across blogs that aren’t and not even because that’s how you, the blogger, wants it. Mostly because that’s just how blogger sets you up and you don’t know any different.

So I want to pass along this great link to Funky Junks entry to help everyone make their blogs more visitor friendly!

Until next time…

Carmen and the Primcats

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Another blog list question... same one really.

Hmmmm. Seems I had to add both words and the pic for it to fix. Strange. Sometimes blogger confounds me... or maybe it's just all the cold meds I'm on trying to kick this colds butt before it kicks mone. lol! Thanks friends!!!!

Edited in blogger to add this pic of my birthday goodies to see if it works...

From the other day
"I have a question. Why do some blogs in the “blogs your following” on your blog have thumbnails and some do not? Look over there to the right. See how in my blog list some blogs don’t have a pic. Why? My own blog is one that doesn't have a pic even when there are multiple pics in my post. I want it to have a pic. Anyone know how to change that? Thanks! Until next time… Carmen and the Primcats

Edited to add:

Thanks ladies! It is because I use Windows Live writter! And I had no idea that's why! I'll edit it in blogger from now on so my pic shows up! THANKS!!!!! "

Reguarding the post above... I thought I had been given the answer. The problem of my pic not showing up is because I was publishing using Live Writer. True. I thought the answer was that I just needed to go back into blogger and make any change to edit and then hit publish and it would show up.

I did that this morning. I published the Bday post from live writer, then went into blogger, added a word and hit publish to edit it. My pic is still not showing. :( And as you can see in my Birthday post there are about 20 pics.

Any suggestions?



Happy Birthday to me!

Today is the big 34! Can’t say I’m standing on either side of the fence on this one. Neither here nor there about it. But I do know one thing. It gave me a reason to spend a day antiquing and shopping! LOL!!!

I spent Saturday at the first Springfield antique show of 2011 with my friend Jamie. And then we hit the 3 HUGE antique malls right here in my town. We bought it all!

Happy birthday to me!

Lets have a look see at my goodies!


An awesome 8 gallon crock. $35.00

A cool enamel ladle. $3.00

An adorable set of herb boxes. $4.00


Look at that cute snowman! 5 bucks!


Look at this adorable pumpkin and crow! $5.00!  STEAL!!!!


Three mashers! I’m starting a collection!


3 strainers…


That I turned into the MOST adorable mini shoofly's ever! I paid $1 or $2 for each of them. YES!!!


This is what I was looking for all day. A pewter cream and sugar set to go with my Christmas teapot. Found it! 3 bucks for the set!


This huge Mason! 4 bucks! A grater for $1 that Jamie ended up buying back from me. lol!


My super find of the day. Two AWESOME mini books to set atop my ginormous Webster dictionary in the dining room! One is actually another Webster dictionary and the other a smaller book written in German. They look cool in there!


3 great wooden spoons. Another collection I’m starting. Disappointingly I paid 5 bucks each for these. They were all marked either 6 or 8 but I talked the dealers down. But I DO really like them and that seemed to be the general consensus price across the board for these. Any way, I don’t feel bad… it’s my BIRTHDAY!!! LOL!


This fantastic sifter. $9 bucks at one of 3 of my hometown antique malls that we hit on the way home. They have a really big one, probably 2.5 feet across, at the expensive mall in town. It's marked $38. Anyone know if that’s a decent price? I’ thinking of going back and getting it.


Here’s Jamie’s Hoard!

3 gallon Crock. $20    Star $5


2 mixers. One was free with the dryer below. A grater.


Cute Little sheep.


A sifter.


The Hugest Dryer rack ever! $5.00


The kitties inspecting! LOL! What is this thing? And can we climb it?


Over all it was a great day! And we got a lot of wonderful treasures!

Tonight Mr. Primcat, Dad, Stepmom, Mom and I are headed to Red Lobster for birthday dinner! YUM! Delish!

Until next time…

Carmen and the Primcats

Monday, January 17, 2011

Fresh and clean Dining room

With the Christmas cleared away I can finally see my dining room. Honestly, I can’t get enough of this room right now. I’d stay in there 24/7 if I could. I love it so.

I hope you aren’t tired of it… because I’m delighted to show it to you un-christma-fied in it’s simplistic glory!

Lets take a look around.

You see that book there on the dresser. It’s the biggest dictionary I have ever seen! I’m on a mission to find either a tiny dictionary or a tiny bible to set on top if it! I think the juxtaposition would be cool!


I can finally see my Pewter again. I think I need a bigger shelf!


I love being able to keep the table set all the time since the cats can’t get in there to push my dishes off!


Below… a fruit filled set of stacking bowls and a small firkin stack. Not really happy with these where they are but for now it’s ok.


The hutch proudly displaying my Pfaltzgraff Folk Art.


My Hallmark Spring Feather tree.





My goodwill redo buffet!


On the buffet my beautiful Christmas gifts from Dad and Stepmom, and Mom. I just LOVE my new pewter and metal cats!!!! So beautiful!!!


I strung up my oranges to finish drying and now I have a happy face in my dining room! LOL! I’ll move these soon.



I think I might replace these curtains with Sturbridge all the way to the floor! With no cats… I can do that! Imagine! LOL!


Just look how big that book is! I must find a teensy tiny book to adorn it!

And of course one last look at the table.


Until next time…
Carmen and the Primcats

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Speaking of blog lists, help?

I have a question. Why do some blogs in the “blogs your following” on your blog have thumbnails and some do not?

Look over there to the right. See how in my blog list some blogs don’t have a pic.


My own blog is one that doesn't have a pic even when there are multiple pics in my post.

I want it to have a pic.

Anyone know how to change that?


Until next time…

Carmen and the Primcats

Edited to add:

Thanks ladies! It is because I use Windows Live writter! And I had no idea that's why! I'll edit it in blogger from now on so my pic shows up! THANKS!!!!!

Linda... I have found every single blog I follow by looking at the lists on other peoples blogs. I'm greatful people share with me what they follow so I can also find other great blogs to read. It's not about "getting followers". If I wanted to do that I would do as others do to intice people to follow me. To me it's about FINDING other great blogs to follow using my friends great blog lists! You might want to consider sharing the blogs you follow so others can find more great blogs to read too. :) Carmen

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Update your blog list! (repost)

I always find new blogs I like by looking at the blogs on your blog list. I realized a while a go that that the blog list doesn’t automatically update when I start following a new blog. I have to go and update it every time I start following a new blog.

So to keep you blog list updated and help your friends find great blogs you follow do the following:

Go to your dashboard.

Click Design.

In your gadgets find your blog list and click to Edit open it.

A new window will open to configure blog list.

Click the Add to list button.

Select Blogs I’m following.

The newest blogs you have selected to follow will appear. These blogs are not currently showing in your blogs list on your Blog.

Select all and the check boxes will check.

Then click add and they will be added to your list.

Click Save and you will go back to your design page.

Click save again and you are done!

Now all of your followed blogs are showing on your Blog and I can find all the best blogs to follow!

Until next time…

Carmen and the Primcats

Friday, January 14, 2011

Shoofly’s are listed …



I got the Shoofly’s listed on my goods for sale page!

Get them while you can!

There are only 6.

First come first serve!

Leave a comment or email me (link on right column) and I’ll get back to you.

I’ll be at the Springfield antique show tomorrow so don’t stress if I don’t get back to you right away. Smile I will get with you as soon as I can! Promise!


Until next time…

Carmen and the Primcats

Shoo Fly for you?

Remember way back here… when I made a bunch of shoofly's? <—Clickity

I had sent Andy one in a swap.
and kept these three for myself. I finally got around to using a them. I hung them on the wall beside the pie safe. I really like them.





The other 6 will be up for sale or swap in my goods area soon so keep an eye out! I’ll let you know when I get them photographed and posted!

Until next time…
Carmen and the Primcats

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Cinch! with me, won’t you?

Ya’ll know I’m on this health kick… right? So… along with exercising daily I decided I really needed to take the whole eating right thing more seriously. But I have Crohns disease which makes “fad” “diets” a absolute no go for me. My food selections already come from a small group and I have to be careful how I use them. After 4 years I have really narrowed it down to what I can and can’t eat. So as I make this trip down Healthy Lane my selections get even smaller.

Unfortunately with Crohn’s the unhealthier and processed a food is… the easier it is on the system of a person with Crohn’s to digest. Fresh food is usually the root of all evil in a person with Crohn’s digestive tract. You can only stay healthy (meaning keep weight on) when you eat crap. It’s an evil double edged sword.

Well enough is enough because Crohns or not I’m finished with crap. Have been for 2 weeks now. Now I’ve decided it’s time to put a “meal plan” into effect. I do best when I have a plan to follow. I started researching menus, diets, nutritionists and so on… I’m obsessive. Trust me… I went over everything out there with a fine tooth comb until I found what I feel is the best plan out there. After 2 weeks of research I have narrowed my decision down to…


By Cynthia Sass


Why you ask? First off she’s a nutritionist. But mostly because her plan appealed most to my list of already “can eats” with Crohn’s. Another reason is that the plan teaches you to eat RIGHT! Her recipes are simple. Only 5 ingredients plus spices. I can’t cook that well so this works or me too!

The plan also starts off with a 5 day jump start detox but you get to eat REAL FOOD. Eggs, Spinach, Raspberries, Almonds and Yogurt. All on my can eat list! 5 days… shoot. I can do that EASY peasy! She provides all your recipes for the 5 day detox AND a 25 day meal plan to follow, again recipes provided.

I love it! It’s a good fit for me!!

Don’t get me wrong… I understand this is going to be a HUGE lifestyle change… But shoot… I’ve already changed hugely for 2 weeks with Salad and chicken breasts everyday and then I added in working out everyday! I can add a little variety to my bland meal plan with her yummy but healthy and fresh recipes and jump start it all with a detox!

I’m excited! I’m starting on January 24th. I was going to start next week but it’s my birthday on the 18th and I don’t want to miss that yummy birthday dinner.  January 24th is also the day I quit smoking 4 years ago (yay me!), the day I got my Crohns diagnosis 4 years ago (boo and yay), and the day that Tracy cat was rescued and returned to me by the grace of God and some kitty angels 3 years ago (Yay me, Yay Tracy!). As you can see January 24th is a special day for me so it just seems appropriate! :)

Joining me in my Cinch! endeavor will be my awesome co-worker, super duper cat sitter and healthy partner in crime… Amanda.

And my BFF for life Tammy.
(Been besties for 30+ years! ♥ her)

Ya better stand back… cuz we are gonna kick some very serious unhealthy butt over the next 30 days!


I’m posting about this now because I’m asking you to join me too! So many have posted and emailed about what they are doing or what they WISH they were doing. Well… I’m challenging you all. Join me in my quest for healthy!  If I can pick my lazy butt up off the couch and join a gym… you can join me in eating right! Go out… grab the book and do this with me on January 24th!!

Cinch! with me! Lets see how well we can do!

This is my challenge to YOU and ME for US!

Until next time…
Carmen and the Primcats