Wednesday Weigh-In WEEK 9

Welcome to our Wednesday Weigh-In Week 9
All are welcome to join us!

Last week the group lost a total of 11 lbs!
That totals 121.2 lbs in 8 weeks!

Here are the results this week: (updated as comments arrive)

Me -0 lbs; -5 lbs total weight loss
Kevin -5 lbs total
Chris -0 lbs;  -5 lbs total
JulieQ - 0 lbs; -4 lbs total
Deanna - 0 lbs; -8 lbs total
Pat -0 lbs; -7 lbs total
Cathy -6.5 lbs total
Helen -8.5 lbs total
Kim D -4.4 total
Barb -1 lb; -11.2 lbs total
Micki -1.5 lbs; -18 lbs total !!!!! See my member spotlight below!
Jamie K -4.5 lbs total
Linda B -5.5 lbs total
Dobco -0 lbs total
Katie Q - 1 lb total
Tonya -6 lbs total
Barb (DD) -1 lb total
Marianne -3.5 lbs; -12.7 lbs total
Diane -6.4 lbs totalJudy -4 lbs total
Linda P  -5 lbs total
Bunny -1 lb; -1 lb total

Let me know your weekly totals and I will update the post with this weeks numbers!
So far we have lost 6.8 lbs this week! That totals 131 lbs in 9 weeks! WOW!


Micki and her husband Joe
Dunfanaghy in County Donegal, Ireland

Welcome to my weekly member spotlight. This week I asked Micki if she would be the first one to be interviewed and she agreed.  I find her story fascinating and she is a talented artist. Here are her answers to my questions.

Tell me about your family (married, kids, pets)
I am honored to be the first one to be interviewed by Stephanie, and I am happy to answer the questions that she sent me. I am married to an Irishman named Joe. We both rescued our two dogs Rufus and Charlie. Rufus is a border collie who was badly abused and Charlie was abandoned and was living on the streets. They have been with us now for 10+ years and we consider them our kids. They both have given us so much!

Where did you grow up and where do live now?

I grew up in Philadelphia, and I graduated from Temple University as an English teacher. I later obtained my Master's Degrees as a Reading Specialist, and then in Clinical Psychology. I then went into counseling for a few years. Primarily I was working with the criminally insane at a mental hospital, but I also later worked with abused children. I eventually went back to teaching and I was so glad that I did. I continued working with the really difficult students in the intercity schools. I was very successful with them and that was very satisfying.

When I was in Camden NJ, I miraculously met Joe. People always ask me how I met Joe when he was thousands of miles away in Ireland. Well, I assigned my students a writing assignment. I found a pen pal agency for them where they could choose a country and a person to write to. They said that they would do it if I would also do it, so I chose Ireland. Joe had once put his name on this site, and that day when I wrote a letter and submitted it into the site, he decided for some unknown reason to go to that site, and he read my letter that day. The rest was history. On New Years' Day we talked to each other for the first time, and then after thousands of emails and several months later, Joe came to Philadelphia and we met. We had fallen in love with each other while we wrote the many letters to each other, and we knew by the time that we had met that we were soul mates. We got married in Philadelphia in 1997 and honeymooned in the PA Dutch Country. I quit my teaching position in Camden and moved to Ireland. My students thought it was a fairy tale story and so did I. That was 13 years ago and we are now residing in a cottage in the lovely seacoast village of Dunfanaghy, in County Donegal Ireland. Joe took me camping when I arrived in Ireland so I could see the whole country. One day we camped in Donegal County and we both fell in love with it and moved here. It is the most beautiful part of Ireland and we are so happy to be living here.

How long have you been blogging and what made you decide to do it?

As far as blogging, I started two years ago. I guess that I began my blog as I was interested in meeting quilters from all over the world. It still amazes me how small the world has become to me because of my blog. I called my blog Irish Muses and you can see it at this link: I have made some good friends over the two years that I have been blogging. It has been a wonderful journey for me. I love writing and so it was only natural that I write about my life here in Donegal and the hobbies that I enjoy. I share all of that with so many incredible bloggers.

What is your crafty talent? When did you start doing your craft?

I love my crafting but I can say that I am a quilter first. I started sewing when I was a little girl. My mom was a dressmaker and she taught me how to sew my own clothes. Later, my parents opened up a fabric store. My dad built the store from the basement of our home and it turned out to be a success. My parents were holocaust survivors and it was amazing what they achieved over the years. I grew up with fabric and sewing and I was hooked with it all. How did I get into quilting? I used to go to my favorite spot in PA to the PA Dutch Country. I was amazed with the quilting in Dutch Country. I knew that one day I wanted to make a quilt. After marrying Joe I was finally retired. I had all the time in the world for the first time in my life so I bought the Eleanor Burns' book called Log Cabin Quilt in a Day. I made my first quilt and I just loved it. I made more and more quilts. I would have to say that I developed a real love for appliqué quilts and paper piecing, but I enjoy the machine piecing, and just loved the whole process of making a quilt. I think that the quilts that I enjoyed doing the most were the Sylvia Bridal Sampler and the Carnival quilt. It took me four months each and every day to complete the Sylvia Bridal Sampler, but it was a wonderful learning journey for me. I had read the Elm Creek books, and that quilt was in one of the books, (which by the way was written by Jennifer Chiaverini), and I then had to make the quilt. Each and every block that I made taught me so much! The Carnival Quilt, which was a pattern by Deb Karasik was all paper pieced and it was a difficult pattern. I was proud that I had finished it. Most of everything that I learned about paper piecing I attribute to Carol Doaks, because I bought each and every one of her books. In retirement, I also got back into painting. I mostly do watercolor painting and then I discovered Tim Holtz and have gotten into making journals. I am in the process of ordering supplies to make a Twilight journal. I also enjoy crocheting and have done a lot of machine embroidery.

Micki's Sylvia Bridal Sampler

Micki's Carnival Quilt

Tell us a little about your weight changes and why you joined the WWI group.

I joined Stephanie's weight club as I had already started to lose weight on my own, but I decided that joining a group would be so much more fun. My goal is to get down to 10 stones, and I am on a low fat, low carb diet, which I have found is working for me. Joe got me into walking when I first married him, so now we walk at least 5 miles a day. I find walking outside with this beautiful scenery as a backdrop is so much easier than getting on a treadmill, which I have always found very tedious. I want to lose the excess weight as my knees are not that good and also just because I want to be healthier. I hope that in a few months, I can accomplish this.

Why do you love Twilight so much and who is your favorite actor/actress in the movies?

As for Twilight, I read Stephanie Meyer’s entire book collection and loved them all. I have always loved fantasy books. The Shannara Series by Terry Porter; The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by Tolkien and Terry Prachett's Discworld. When I read Twilight, I just became mesmerized by the story. I loved reading about vampires but the love story between Bella and Edward really drew me in. I have always loved to read love stories. The love story in Twilight may not have been as good as when I read about Heathcliffe and Catherine in Wuthering Heights, or Edward and Jane in Jane Eyre, but it still kept me enthralled. I was so sad when I finished the last book for the Twilight series called Breaking Dawn, but I always feel that way when I finish any book series that I love. I am a Twilight Addict for sure, thus I am making a Twilight journal using tons of Tim Holtz products....that is I will when all of the rest of the supplies come in which will be by Thursday.

Tell us your favorite, daily blog reads:

"I can't really say which blogs I like the best. I enjoy the ones that talk a lot about quilting and ones that inspire me with wonderful projects that I then want to make. I get very excited to meet all of the talented quilters out there. I also love to see the artists out there who are creating incredible art journals and the people who are making crocheted items. I just love to see all the talent out there in blog land. I love them all!"

Tell us anything else you would like to share!

As for any other info about me, I am also a radio operator and my call sign here in Ireland is EI5JU. Communicating through the radio is just another way to make contact with wonderful people from all over the world. Funny enough, I have been a gamer also since I was a little girl and in America I owned a lot of the gaming systems like Playstation, XBOX and Nintendo. Now in Ireland, I own the Wii and the Nintendo XL which is a handheld system. I guess that I am a kid at heart. I enjoy gardening and sitting in the garden reading wonderful books. Besides fantasy books, I am pretty eclectic with my taste and love mysteries and any good book that I can get a hold of. I enjoy all kinds of music, but really love Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, and I really got into Irish music, and thus also enjoy The Dubliners, The Chieftains, Christy Moore, etc. I most of all love my time with Joe and my life with him in Donegal. I am very lucky in so many ways.

Well, I am happy to feature Micki and share her story so the group can get to know her better.  Her story is a love story in itself.  She is an amazing woman and one I hope to meet someday!  Until next week, take care and loose some weight!  STEPH


Pat said…
What a fun interview to read. I knew a bit about Micki since I follow her blog, but I must have started to follow it after she finished her Sylvia's Bridal I didn't know about that and LOVED seeing that completed quilt!
Terriaw said…
What a wonderful list of accomplishments this group keeps showing! I love reading your feature about Micki! Thanks for sharing.
Deanna said…
Thanks for sharing, Micki.

I have no loss this week, which I kind of expected. So, still at 8 pounds for me. Tough time of the month. But, I'll bet I have another one next week because I keep doing the things that have worked so far: Move more. Eat less.

Thanks for the inspriation and we'll keep losing.
Unknown said…
what a great interview.......i've fell off the weight loss wagon, but i'm still keeping up with everyone, way to go Micki
Dogmom Diva said…
Hi Steph, what a neat interview with Micki, I am heading over to her blog..

No weigh in for me this week, just returned home yesterday from a week long trip to the east coast and due to so much walking and heat my legs and feet are so swollen and I am so bloated no weigh in will be near accurate..But I will return next week!
Looking good Micki! Of course you do have the most adorable little town and countryside to walk that makes the most difference. ;-)

Congrats to everyone on Steph's Wednesday Weigh-In - you're all doing an awesome job!!! I'm also slowly losing weight - have lost about 16 lbs since January. It doesn't sound like much but apparently it was enough to lower my cholesterol and blood pressure to more acceptable numbers.

Keep up the good work everyone, it's so inspiring!
Bunny said…
Oh my goodness what a wonderful love story, and interview. I have always liked blogging with Micki and because I was in Donagal in 1976 I know she lives in a gorgeous place. Loved learning more about her, and am happy to be one of her blogging buddies. I am so happy I found your blog Steph. Love it.
Micki said…
Thanks for interviewing me Steph! I had so much fun doing it and recalling how I came here to Ireland so many years ago. As to the weight loss, Joe keeps me walking each and every day, so that helps for sure. When I injured my leg, I put on the weight, with all the inactivity, and now I have to take it is easier to put it on than take it off. LOL
Anyways, thanks again Steph, and I was so proud to be the first one interveiwed. I do hope that we meet one day, and I can show you around our lovely Donegal.
PS: There are four quilt shops in the area...won't we have fun seeing all of them?
Diane said…
hi, sorry I am late with my numbers. I was in Honduras last week on a mission trip and gained 1.5 lbs. I am thinking this was due to the high carbs (rice, beans, tortillas every meal with a random beef or chicken thrown in)and assiciated water retention that goes with carbs and hope it will come off quickly.
Gene Black said…
Micki is a darling! I dont' know if she found me, or I found her. I do know that I am glad we are friends.

thanks for interviewing Micki!
Thank you for spotlighting Micki! She is a wonderful blogging friend and a talented quilter and paper artist.
Frog Quilter said…
Wonderful early morning reading. Thanks.
So nice to read about Micki! I 'met' her via the One World One Heart blogging event earlier this year and have so enjoyed following her advetures with Joe on her blog.

Wednesday Weigh-In huh? Got room for one more? :)

Hi there...great interview on MIcki...I am getting to know Micki as well through her blog!!! Have a wonderful weekend...Dzintra♥x
Needled Mom said…
Great interview. I learned a lot more about Micki and I have been following her blog for awhile now.
Ivory Spring said…

Great interview. Micki is most deserving to be known by others!

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