This is Aunt Beth's kitchen. Over the past few posts and more to come, I will be highlighting my Aunt's wonderfully decorated home. She has just retired as a teacher and is thinking about becoming a part-time decorator. I told her there will be lots of people who would love her style! What do you think?
This is her kitchen. She loves yellow, can you tell? The island is by Ikea and the green cabinet I found at an antique mall and bought it. I was using it and she just had to have it. I will have to get her to decorate for me sometime. I love the use of stained glass throughout the home. Now that she is retired, she should do some decorating? Right?
Let me know your weekly totals and I will update the post with this weeks numbers.
So far we have lost a total of 6.5 lbs this week and 299 lbs in 19 weeks!
This week I worked way too much and not enough food planning. I worked everyday. I have got to get more organized. Kevin helps out with cleaning and laundry and cooks for me on the weekends but not during the week. He is usually at work still when I wake up. When I am organized I can make things on the days I have off and enjoy leftovers on the days I work. When I work overtime and everyday, there is no time to plan well. Hopefully things will change soon because it is very busy lately and no time for myself. Hope everyone has a great week and keeps losing.
from Perth in Western Australia
WWI member (without a blog)
she has lost 22.5 pounds so far!!!
Johnny and Marianne on the left
with sister in law and Johnny’s brother December 2009
Tell me about your family (married, kids and pets)
I have been married to my childhood sweetheart for 37years on the 15th September this year. Yes ,we were told at the time it would not last, but we are soul mates even though we are so different in our ways of thinking. Our daughter Carine now 35 and son John now 34. Carine married Tienie and they have 4 children, John married Karen and they have two children. We have been truly blessed with our family.
We have two mix breed dogs, same mother Tinkels only weighs 1.25kg boss of all Peppa about 11kgs, our cat Bear we adopted when we moved into our home in Perth.
Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and when my parents divorced, we moved to Vereeniging not too far from Johannesburg, it was here I met Johnny at a Sunday school when I was in year 4 at school. We finished our schooling and he went off to Army training and I went to business college. We married and lived in Vereeniging, until 2003 when we decided to come to Perth, Western Australia to try for a better way of life. We were still in two minds because of our nearing pensionable age, and also because our daughter had got married and was no longer on our Visa to immigrate, then one day I was high jacked and Johnny decided then and there it was time to make a move. Our son and his wife came with us, my son-in-law refused as he had his whole family to leave behind, I think he regrets his decision now, but is still too proud to admit it, our door will always be open if he does change his mind. We try to go back as much as possible, but with expense and Johnny’s work in Perth it is not always as easy as we would like it to be. Fortunately with technology we are in close contact at all times.
How long have you been blogging and what made you decide to do it?
I unfortunately do not have a blog, I have no clue as to where to begin, and also fear I would not have much to put on the blog, also it would mean getting a camera, as well as having limited internet connection time.
What if your crafty talent? When did you start doing your craft?
I started at a very early age, one memory I have is sitting on the back step while mom was baking, she had given me a piece of red gingham cloth and yellow embroidery thread and I was to make crosses, only thing is it was stitched to my dress as well. Mom used to make our dresses being four girls , I would spend hours on the floor next to her machine cutting and making dolls dresses from all the scaps, at the age of 12 I felt so happy, mom gave me some material and tulle left over from a wedding dress she made, and I made my first doll wedding dress, I just loved it. Mom bought me an Irish linen table cloth with lace between the blocks the pattern was the Chinese willow pattern all in blue, for my bottom drawer, other than that I made the odd dress for my daughter when she was tiny, then helped her with her sewing at school, we used to get good marks. It was only after my children finished high school, I was at a loose end with them going off to friends and not wanting want mom hanging around that I went to an embroidery exhibition and got hooked, I got my two sisters to join with me and we made that our monthly sister get together as we stayed quite far apart. I loved doing ribbon, stumpwork , crewel and Jacobean embroidery. When I moved to Perth, my cousin who only quilted gave me a little kit as a going away present, so I have her to thank for starting to do Patchwork. I recall walking into the first shop here in Perth and thinking, WOW where do you start, I enrolled for a sampler , learning to cut and use rulers, and slowly progressed to make each of my three sisters a lap quilt, one sister got a queen size quilt, my sister in law got a queen size quilt, my 4 grandchildren each got a quillow, and my daughter has had numerous table tops and also two queen size quilts, my friends are always moaning at me for giving my quilts away, but I have more pleasure in that than having it folded on a shelf, I am presently doing a drunkards path and English paper piecing of hexagons, one for the sewing machine and one for watching telly at night. I also love stationery, as a child I would always drawer pictures of animals on my school book covers to pretty the brown paper cover, I once got a prize for a picture at our trade show. I do not use all my talents these days, but I still do have my own little set of stationery, as well as the Derwent crayons my mother gave me when I turned 16, 41 years ago, my daughter has her eye on them as they were only allowed to use them when she and her brother was ill in bed. I have pretty much tried my hand at every craft, Pergamano, knitting, crochet, decoupage, folk painting, scrapbooking, I love doing all of them, but don’t get to them that often anymore.
Tell us about your weight changes and why you joined the WWI group
My weight has been an ongoing battle, I was always a bigger boned and taller child than most at school, it did not worry me too much then as kids were not as cruel at school those days. It was after I had children I just got bigger and bigger and got too comfortable with it. One day I met a lady who would become a part of my life because she was my husbands business partners wife, she was into all these crash diets, drinking laxatives etc to lose weight, It was only then I started thinking, is she trying to tell me I am fat, that I asked myself the question I had to admit, yes, I was very over weight. I joined Weight Watchers who had just come to South Africa, I lost 14kgs and was feeling and looking great, thought it would stay that way, slowly but surely I put it all back on again, I then went to Weigh Less, same thing, then Sure Slim, same thing, I lose it all and just put it all back on again. In 1997 I went in for a day operation to check on my ovaries, I came out with horrendous cramps and was re admitted to hospital, the gynae, who did the day operation gave me laxatives and pain injections to take away the cramps, I was sent home, 2 days later I was admitted to hospital again and it was found the large intestine had been perforated, I had an op straightaway, but septicemia developed over the following week and I was operated on once again, coming out with a colostomy bag etc, this was one hell of a nightmare and gave me the shock of my life, or so I thought at the time. I fully recovered and had the bag removed after three months. Since then it has been a trial and error to find what I can eat and what not, more often than not I always eat the wrong stuff, because its nicer than the good stuff, also I think I was trying to prove to myself that I was normal again and able to eat what I liked, pretty soon I was back to square one, lost some, gained it again. Since coming to Perth I was inclined to think no one knew me, so I did not worry too much, then another scare, I had tests done and I have cholesterol of 8, danger zone, it was at this time that I was going from blog to blog and discovered the WWI group, I asked if I could join, and here I am telling the story. I have to admit joining WWI has given me new pen pals, and also the incentive to work harder and it makes it so much easier knowing there are so many lovely ladies who are in the boat with me, all trying just as hard as me., and even if it’s an up and down thing, we are all there for one another, because we can sympathize and have a better understanding of what everyone is going through.
I love them all, patchwork mostly, knitting, baking, gardening, a big thank you ladies for having them so that lonesome people like me can share your lives and crafts with you.
Anything else to tell...
I think I have bored you enough. You have my email if you would like to ask me anything, please feel free to do so...
Thanks for opening up Marianne! Even though she does not have a blog, I was able to talk her into finally sharing a bit more about herself. I love her picture, but since she sent in a word document, I could not save it and load it on the page. Until next week, be losers!
Some of you have emailed me wondering "where have I been"? Others were asking why I haven't posted anything in a couple of days. I have been working and doing overtime. Right now our NICU is overflowing with babies! We have been working on a full census of 45 babies for weeks now. They say it's because of the blizzard in February. So I decided to come up with an interesting post about my Aunt Beth since I working way too much to be creative on my own.
My Aunt Beth (my mom's sister) lives in my neighborhood. She is only 9 years older than me and retired from teaching school just last summer. Her kids are grown and she has two grandchildren. She loves photography and decorating. I have been encouraging her to go into decorating. Her best friend ML does all her slipcovers and window treatments.
This is her grandchildren and her photography!
When visiting my granddad at her house last week, I decided to take some pictures of her home and share them with you. Over the next few days I will post all of them but for now I am going to start with the front of the house and hallway. I would like everyone to look at these pictures and comment on your thoughts....
Should my Aunt Beth do decorating and photography? I am sure with the proper encouragment from all of you, she may be motivated to use her talents for others. She isn't sure others will like her style. She prides herself on finding things cheaply and making them new and she loves Home Goods. Please let her know what you think. I will be sharing the post and comments with her.
Tomorrow I will be doing my weekly 'Wednesday Weigh-In' post so on Thursday I will show more of her home. It is just wonderful. Stay tuned!
My son Paul is a student at MICA...Maryland Institute College of Art. He is studying photography and is currently a Sophmore. I am proud of my Deans List young man! He is working on black and white themed photos of abandoned buildings in Baltimore. Don't ask me how he is managing to get inside these buildings, I don't want to know!
Mechanical Warehouse home to the homeless
coathangers...he said there were thousands of them!