Sunday, January 30, 2011


I really had to perk up after the last post. Wow, what a downer I sounded like and I'm usually not that way. Some of you identified with the winter blues and some of you had very positive attitudes. Almost all of you said I should go to Florida. With The Husband doing his 'business' thing from morning until evening...including dinners, I just didn't know what I would do with myself all alone. I'm like that and I wish I were more adventurous. Maybe next year...

After taking The Husband to the airport, I stopped at the grocery store to stock up on provisions. No one to take this little lady out to dinner. I couldn't resist these pretty tulips. Just walking by them cheers me up. They are the first flowers that come up in my garden, so they really remind me of spring.
So far they haven't opened so they may just hang around for awhile. After The Husband was safely carted off to said airport, I cleaned the house from top to bottom. Abby and I then got to work making a few of these...
...veggie pizza's. We used a pre~made crust and some Mario Batali marinara sauce and then just sauteed some veggies in olive oil for the topping. A sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and into the oven for 15 minutes. Emily and her boyfriend came over for this quick and easy dinner, too.
I will definitely keep some of these crusts on hand...It is so much less expensive than ordering out.
We spent most of the evening sitting in front of this, watching a movie. We then played some board games. I lost of course. But it was fun.
This is not what I munched fact I have given up all of this good stuff. I joined Weight Watchers last week and I am really excited and optimistic to be on a program. You have to remember that son Kevin is getting married in August and I really want to look nice. Pictures can be brutal. After following a low carb diet for years, {and having great results for the first three years} it is wonderful to have fruit, bread and pasta again.
So my cupboards and fridge are all stocked up with good things and I have a great focus, something I truly need during these cold, long months. I know a few bloggers that are on the programs and it's fun sharing information and tips with them.
These little babies fill the house with their sunshiny smell every time I peel one. It makes me feel so good about myself. I will keep you informed about my progress. Have any of you tried Weight Watchers? What are you doing to get rid of those holiday pounds?
I haven't started to exercise, but I think I am going to give this DVD a try...I have to start out slow.
So we had a great Saturday night. Milo was a bit confused that The Husband didn't come home from work at his normal time. He is used to sitting here and waiting for the car to pull up.
And when the fire died, it was time for bed. This is the beautiful throw that I got at Ikea last weekend. It is SO soft. I love to take little naps with it. And I feel one coming on. I hope all of you are having a great weekend so far. If you are feeling a little down, like I was last week, make something homemade, throw a log on the fire and have some fun playing games with your kids. It works for me! :-)


Julie Marie said...

Hi Jane, so happy to hear you are over your case of the blues!... your tulips are beautiful, and a real perk me up!... Yes, I did weight watchers years ago, the old program and it still works too!... Both my mama and my sister lost all the weight they wanted on the old one, and my sis goes on the points plan now when she wants to lose a bit... it's great because it is not a DIET it is a lifestyle! and you get to eat alot of yummy things!... your home looks so cozy and inviting... love your fireplace!... Milo looks too cute too!... and your pizzas look YUMMY!... much love to you... xoxo Julie Marie

Theresa said...

Hi there Jane, It is nice to see that smile this morning! Sounds like you ditched the "funk" and have a bright attitude today!

Fruit makes me feel slim, so I keep a bowl filled with fruit on the kitchen counter:)

Hope you have a pleasant Sunday! OH and that pizza looks delicious! HUGS!

Debbiedoos said...

What a difference a day makes! I adore tulips, and pink ones none the less! You sound like you are enjoying some comfortable time at home....that veggie pizza looked DELISH! Happy Sunday Jane! X0


Your plan sounds similiar to mine when my husband travels . . . flowers, movies, clean house, healthy fun snacks!

We should have lunch sometime when both of our guys are away.

Flad you have a happy weekend ahead of you.


White Ironstone Cottage said...

Proud of you Jane
I am glad you are feeling better

Anonymous said...

Good to hear you are feeling better, Jane. Your evening sounds lovely.

Aren't dogs amazing. They certainly know the routine!

Sally said...

Tulips are my very favorites, and were the first flowers brought to me when I was a teenager. I'll have to post on that one day.

Pizza looks so good! :)

Have a blessed day.

Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

Pretty pink flowers sweetie!
I'm down 30 lbs. on W/Watchers...good with the new "Points Plus" even better.
Have a nice time with the hubs gone,
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Low Tide High Style said...

I love this post Jane, and I'm so glad you are feeling more upbeat! I am one of those who get the winter blues too so I can relate. Your evening sounds like it was perfect and I love the tulips, and that gorgeous throw! I need to join Weight Watchers and to exercise more! Best of luck with the program, I used it years ago after my daughter was born with great success!

Kat :)

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

Hi Jane. Glad you are over the blues. For me it is always the weather and here in Northern CA it seems like an eternity since the sun has peaked out. We get a high fog that can settle in for a few weeks at a time and we will have absolutely NO sunshine. I started taking extra Vitamin D a couple of years ago and I swear that it has helped. Love the pink
Tulips. They remind me that Easter is right around the corner which means Spring is not far away.
Big weekend hugs, Sue

Terri Steffes said...

Hi Jane!

I am doing WW too! The new points program is good. Bob and I are doing it together. We are having a great time!

I have been pleased with my results: after 4 weeks I am down 12 pounds!

Linda said...

Glad you are feeling better!!! I exercise (when I am not sick!) to DVD' and Pilates. And we usually walk at the gym for 30 min.a day.
Sounds like a lovely weekend for you and I swear I caught a whiff of those delicious pizzas!!

Rustic and White said...

Hi Jane,

I too have recently joined WW. Although none of my boys are getting married any time soon, I know I am in great need of slimming down. I can already feel the difference in my level of energy!! I love their new program. I had been to WW a few years back and lost 50lbs. But it has creeped back on we go again! Thanks for the pick-me-up with the tulips. I am on my way out the door to pick some up for my house! Thanks for the inspiration.

Maggie said...

Jane, I'm so happy to hear that you are over the blues, those tulips ar enough to brighten any day.
Stay warm & cosy.

Picket said...

Hey the tulips and I think we all get alittle cabin fever in the winter...I always turn on all my lamps and clean house and cook some comfort food! I love weight watchers...or you doing it on line..if so look me up..picket1...I am always making little mini meals and the fruit being free is fantastic!!!! This will be our year girl! Thanks for coming by sweetie..have a great afternoon!

La said...


I can so relate to the winter blues. The days are starting to get longer and spring will be here before we know it...I hope!

I've been on WW for almost a year. I love the new program. My birthday made for a rough week, but
I was happy with last week's results.

Have a fantastic week, Sweetie! La

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

I think we all get a little blue this time of year. It seem to have been a long winter for us.
The tulips are beautiful and your pizza looks yummy.
I do some yoga and the eliptical indoors. Hopefully, I will start to play more tennis!

Lynn said...

Jane your tulips are just beautiful, they'd make me happy too! As for my exercise routine... it seems to be shoveling snow:@)

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Jane I'm so glad your feeling better today..I just hate winter and what it does to gloomy looking out and I'm always so cold..I adore tulips and look forward to mine coming in the spring...look veggie pizza we eat it at once a week of course it's papa murphys but who cares still good ha ha!! Love the throw girl and I also love taking my naps maybe I should do that now been up since 3am...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Fishtail Cottage said...

So glad you are feeling a bit better! Those pretty flowers are sure to brighten anyones day! Sometimes a cozy day under the covers is needed....
Big Hugs to you!

Mumzie said...

Hi Jane, Thanks for the Tulips...I needed those too. Glad you are feeling better. The pizza looks wonderful..all those veggies. I'm going to try making one myself this week... You've inspired me. I've been a little down myself these days, and it's due to the weather I'm sure(fog for days); and the Hub's new shift which leaves me home most evenings by myself. I love WW and have lost 34 pounds. The new Points Plus program is great! Love all the fruit, plus I feel so much better. Hugs, Mumzie

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

The tulips are gorgeous and sounds like the perfect day. Hugs, Marty

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Jane,
I am sorry you were having the blues! I know how that feels during these long, cold winter days.
Your tulips look so very pretty and so does the shot of your fireplace!
I wish I could have gone to Florida with you! Now that would have been a blast! We really need to plan a girl's get-away sometime.
I having been babysitting Addison all week and I love it, but I am having a hard time keeping up with my blogging.
Hugs friend,

Kammy said...

Great cheery post - I adore your fireplace and cozy bedding !

Lori E said...

WW certainly works if you stick with it. The first 2 weeks are always the hardest.
I am not a "meetings" kind of girl I did mine online. I don't even like the little notes there patting me on the back. I like to be left alone and answer to myself. Cranky wasn't I? Probably from the lack of food. Lol.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Those tulips would perk me up too! As far as loosing weight, we bought a treadmill. I can't use it yet, have to wait until my shoulder is better. But I starting a new lifestyle. I am following a program called Healthy for Life. It is not a diet, but a change in eating habits. It sounds like it is something I can stick with.

Natasha in Oz said...

I am so glad you are feeling better now. I can't imagine how it must feel to be snowbound as our winters over here are so mild. Maybe you need to come "Down Under" next Winter and enjoy a nice hot Aussie Summer!

Keep smiling and good luck with WW. I have been thinking about joining too and would love to know what you think of the program.

Best wishes always,

Leslie said...

I am happy to hear that your blues are going away. Tulips will do that. : ) This time of year I love to fill the house with fresh flowers ( they are so expensive this time of year though)

You go girl. WW is great!! I thought about going back but decided that I wanted to try the 17day diet that I've seen on Dr Phil. Giving up the cookies is the hardest thing of all!!!!!

Have a great week.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Jane,
So glad that you are feeling better. And, also that you are enjoying your alone time.
Love that snuggly throw.


xinex said...

The tulips are gorgeous, Janie. Glad you feel happier. Your home looks so cozy and relaxing and i love playing board games especially Scrabble....Christine

xinex said...

Oh also, Good luck on your diet!..Christine

Karen said...

I have done NUTHIN yet to get rid of these extra pounds and I'm a little disgusted with my lack of willpower. Good for you!!

I love that your dog waits for your husband on that chair - how adorable.

Pamela said...

Pink tulips are my favourite!
The photo of your pink tulips just light up my blog roll!! I had to come right over when you posted this photo!
The pizza has made me hungry Jane!!
Pamela xo

Kat said...

So glad that you are coming out of your winter blahs. I feel the same way, usually January or February are the worst. Those tulips certainly will brighten your mood, they are my very favorite flower, but I'm partial to yellow. That pizza looks great, I think that's a great tip to keep some of the crusts on hand. Good luck with Weight Watchers, it is the only program that I ever had success with. Hope you have a wonderful week. Hugs, Kat

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Jane....I love tulips and especially pink ones! Nothing says Spring like tulips! When my husband goes on business trips I feel like cleaning too...I wonder why???? I did WW 6 years ago and was very successful..lost 30 lbs. Now I am doing low carb, just trying to live a healthy lifestyle and keep my sugar down. Good luck on the program..being motivated is a big part of the "battle"!~Hugs, Patti

Heaven's Walk said...

I can't blame you for having the winter blues, Jane. You poor girl! You guys have had a rough winter down there this winter. And get ready for Tuesday! You're supposed to get hit with a blizzard before it hits us! UGH!!!!! Snuggle in and ride it out, sweetie. :) Buy yourself some more flowers, do some shopping online, and try out that cute little video. lol! You've got me curious about the WW Points Plus program, too. I just may have to check it out. Let me know if you decide to go with it!

Hugs ~

xoxo laurie

Signing Out said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers right now. We all get down sometimes. Spending time with the kids playing games, exercise and making healthy homemade pizza are all great pick-me-ups. Love that Ikea throw; I think I need to take a trip over there soon.


Donna said...

I'm on about the same path as you...funk, flowers, diet, dog, but add one more for me diapers!! lol! (grandson). Love having him around...babysit just a couple of hours a day on my days off. He keeps me going for sure!!
Your Ikea throw is just gorgeous...a pick-me-up for sure!!!

The Charm of Home said...

So sorry you have been having the winter doldrums. We had all of those snow days and the kids were home way too much! LOL But, it isn't so bad when we have routines. Your tulips are beautiful! Hope you have a nice week, but I am not liking our weather forecast!! You are a blizzard and we are getting snow and ice! UGH! You can write me if your down, I don't get down too much just annoyed with cabin fever kids!

Tracy said...

Glad you are feeling better Jane! Take care.

Lori said...

Sounds like you have emerged from the deep end of the pool and I am glad! Good for you for joining WW. The fritatta recipe I posted a week or so ago was from the WW website and each little muffin was 3 pts each. I am no longer actively going to meetings or counting points but I still live by everything I learned while I was there last year. Portion control was and still is my biggest fault and exercise ~ oh my. Have fun with it ~ there are so many great recipes out there!

~Country Lady~ said...

Bright colored flowers always do the trick especially Spring bulbs such as tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils. All happy flowers that mark the coming of Springtime-rebirth. I hope happy days stay with you for awhile. Lake time is just around the corner. Blessings sweet lady.

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

So happy to hear that your spirits have lifted! The tulips are beautiful and have a way of making everything look better! Sounds like you had a wonderful evening...the fire and pizza look amazing!

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Your tulips are so colorful, they'd cheer anyone up! They are gorgeous!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Well, it looks like you ended up with the perfect evening, Janie! Love that food, and the flowers are the perfect pop of pink! I wish I had some. I have a loooooong week ahead of me.

That throw is gorgeous! It looks handmade. And the fire in the fireplace just beckons you to curl up and read. Glad you're feeling better, but I still wish you had come to Florida. One day, I'm going to convince you to come down and stay with me for a few days!


Sheila :-)

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Jane, those tulips are beautiful. I love tulips - especially if you can get them while they are closed up and wait for them to open and gracefully droop. Your pizza sure looks delicious, and that throw looks like something I'd love to cuddle with too. Your fireplace looks so cozy and pretty. Congratulations on your venture into WW. I've never tried it, but I should. Maybe you will inspire me. Good luck! laurie

NanaDiana said...

Jane-It is nice to see you feeling more upbeat today. I think everyone gets in a little funk every once in a while.

Congrats on going on WW...I have been thinking seriously about going back. I lost a ton of weight (well, not actually a TON but you know what I mean) on a low carb diet too and I kept it off for several years. The thing is that once you are OFF that it is almost impossible to get back on it...and I do think WW provides a healthier alternative. It is just kinda scary to be eating carbs again, isn't it? I mean..the last time I was on WW I was at a meeting and some gal can I have a FULL tablespoon of MUSTARD with my sandwich..and I thought, Honey..I didn't get this way eating an extra tablesspoon of MUSTARD. I think taking weight off and KEEPING it off has been the hardest thing for me ever.

Have a great night..enjoy your "vacation" while your hubby is gone. Love that you bought tulips just for you...spoil yourself a bit because it is kind of a vacation for you too! Hugs- Diana

Pondside said...

Way to go, Jane - WW is just the greatest.
We all get the blues - but they'll pass, but in the meantime, just gaze at those gorgeous tulips.

Sarah said...

Jane, glad to see you smiling! ;-)
Pink tulips are good for the soul. I brought some home this week too.
Hugs to you ~ sarah

Sharing with Sherri said...

Nothing like some pretty pink tulips to chase away the blues! Glad you're feeling better Jane, dreary weather can be fun for a day or two but then I NEEDs me some sunshine!!
We've been having dreary foggy weather here for about the last 3 or 4 days! But I here sunshine is on the way! Yay!

Take care, have a great week!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Jane, you're posts are so lovely. SO full of *you*! I love reading them.

You sound as though you're really good at pulling yourself up when you're a bit down.

Playing games with my children is one my favourite thing to do....unless they beat me!!!


Amy Chalmers said...

I think winter has that effect, the ups and downs in mood. It really helps to do things special for yourself like getting flowers! I think your day sounded perfect. I have done WW in the past with great results but now am a carb watcher to drop the pounds when they creep on after holidays.

savvycityfarmer said...

I think it was the tulips ...

for me, it was a great big switcheroo yesterday!

p.s. are you coming to the Illinois blogger renuion?

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Awwww, I'm so happy you got yourself perked up! The tulips are lovely, the pizza looks delish, and the fire place is lovely! And feeling empowered, by having a life style eating plan, adds to the perk up. :-)

I'd not want to go along on a business trip, and be on my own either. Especially to FL. When we stayed down there a while, one year, it was so hard to get around. Drive, drive, drive. Ugh.

Plus, I'm one of the few who do not *lust* over FL. Hate the ice up here, but don't want to escape Winter, by going to FL. -grin- Hey it takes all kinds. ,-)

Hugs and ♥'s...
'Cause Valentine Day is coming!

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear you're getting over the winter blues, Jane... I'm sure those beautiful tulips had a lot to do with it! It sounds like you had a great time at home with the kids over the weekend. Your fire looks so cozy. Our fire wood got all wet this winter, and so we haven't been able to enjoy that this winter. It's nice seeing yours. I'd wish you luck, but I know you're going to do great on Weight Watchers! :)
Have a wonderful week!

Debbie said...

Hi Jane....winter does tend to wear on us, doesn't it? Picking up those pretty tulips was a good idea.
I did weight watchers a few years back, and had success. Sounds like you have a good mind-set to make this work for you.
So glad you enjoyed yourself this weekend.

Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

Hi Jane! I loved reading your past couple of posts I missed~ especially your statement about 'It really is hard to have a positive outlook all the time. And this is my journal, so there!' I loved that! I'm glad you're feeling better, I got out yesterday and despite it being 46 degrees we played and hour of tennis. It was pure sunshine for a change and felt sooo good. Hope you're not getting any of the this midwest blizzard that's coming!
big hugs,

SmilingSally said...

Now I love blue...but the color or the music, not THOSE kind of blues!

I do love tulips too, even if they don't last long.

Have a good week, Jane, and stay warm.

April said...

Well, looks like brighter days are on the horizon! So happy to hear it! Boy, does that veggie pizza ever look yummy! I love to eat fruit and I eat as much of it as I can every day. It does make a difference!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Oh Jane, the tulips are beautiful. They would definitely cheer me up too. Winter is such a difficult season because it seems to last so long. I understand you have a big snow storm heading your way. I think you should treat yourself to more spring flowers for your house.
By the way, your house looks lovely and the fireplace so inviting...cozy up with your new throw and Milo and a great book.
Wishing you lots of sunshine and warmer temps. Spring will be here soon.


Hi Jane,

Glad your spirits are lifted. I rather enjoy the slight melancholy of winter when I can hole up in the house and sit in front of the fire with my candles and my wine. I almost think those feelings are part of the natural rhythm of life. Or maybe I just tell myself that so that I can think that everyone has a little bit of the blues this time of year-misery loves company! Anyway, looks like you had a lovely evening.


KimMalk said...

Maybe you should have considered FL... I'm in Tampa in it was in the 70s and sunny today. Nothing like sunshine therapy :). Hugs, Kim

High Street Cottage said...

Hi Jane, oh thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog. I know exactly how you feel, winter makes us all blue. I don't seem to hate it as much as others, but I do remember when I lived in Illinois, I had the blues all winter. I wanted to see green grass sooooo bad. It was hard to get used to being a California girl. I'm glad we moved back. But I also miss the snow, when I see all of your lovely photos in blogland. The pizza looks amazing, and I'm on a diet too. I'm doing the no sugar, no white flour, no white rice, no white potatoes, you get my drift hehe. Your living room looks cozy, and love your tulips. xoxo tami

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Sounds like you and I will dieting together for some weight loss before our children get married this daughters wedding is 7/23 and I so need to lose 30 lbs. WW is a great program...I'm going to follow it...did it last year and had a lot of luck. I wish you the best with your diet...we can support each other:)


Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Too busy to be "down" but it can come on you suddenly! I still remember what it was like when Patrick left. But he would be gone for a year...sometimes a bit more.
I'm glad you feeling better.! I have gained so much weight..sitting at this computer hasn't helped..
:) Sorry, but it's true!
Hugs...glad you are feeling better.

Anita Diaz said...

I'm glad to hear you are feeling better!!! I'm a low-carb person and have been since I was revolutionized by Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution, about 10 years ago, lol. If I'm really following it then I would get to the point where I can add in breads, etc. Problem is, I LOVE bread/pasta/cereal so I go crazy with it. LOVE clementines too!!

Elaine said...

So glad you are feeling perky again.
I totally blame the weather for a case of the blues.

I think I should join WW too. All my clothes are getting a little too snug.

Be careful in the snow! By the way, you asked about Stoneham. Yes, that is exactly where I live.

koralee said...

Now those pink tulips will give anyone JOY! Thank you for visiting me the other day...your comments are always so sweet. xoxoox

bj said...

I picked up a pot of tulips just like these at our store tonight..put them back as they were marked 19.95..not in the budget this month. :(( Yours are o, so pretty.

So glad you are perked up some from your last post. Oh, we all have those times, Blondie.

Good good luck on your diet..I know it's not easy.

Marianne said...

Yes the blues is certainly making its rounds. Good on you for taking such good care of yourself.
I think I have the same Ikea throw! It is indeed so soft and wonderful, enjoy napping under it.

René said...

Those tulips are the perfect pick-me-up Jane. Also, our family loves pizzas, especially home made. I will have to try the sauteed veggies.


Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

I am doing Weight Watchers too and I have done it many times before! I seem to have a problem with the SAME 15 pounds coming back over and over!! I lost 15 last year on Weight Watchers and yes, I gained it back over the months! What is WRONG with me???

We can encourage each other!!
You sound like you are doing great!!

Lou Cinda

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

LOVE the tulips!!

Lou Cinda

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

I love to read about your life Jane. You keep it so real. The tulips are gorgeous. Your evening of a fire, games and snacks is right up my alley.

Blue Creek Home said...

Good morning Jane,
I am just now reading about your temporary mid-winter slump!! So sorry. I had a bit of one earlier but came out on the other side unscathed!!!
I know one thing from reading your last couple of must have the cleanest house in the world.
Spring, with all of it's glory, will be here in no time and we will all feel lighter and brighter.


Kathy@ Gone North said...

Well... Good for you!!!
I am still in that funk... so much to do, no motivation...if the sun would just shine :) & here we are getting all the weather...
Maybe I should go out & buy some pink tulips..: )
Keep us informed on the WW.. I should lose that 10, I've been meaning to for Years...

Lady Katherine said...

Love the pink tulips, reminds me of my Mother. I read back a few post, I adore the new dishes, the new chandy and price! I love this throw, and pizza! Pass me the cookies, lol sorry I know that is bad when you are losing weight. But Doc been trying to get me to gain some. lol Can't wait to see your daughter room, hope you do not have to close the door! Sounds like you had a lovely night even though your husband is gone. Oh, I adore the chickens!!! Always! lol

LuLu Kellogg said...

Those tulips are gorgeous. I am so glad you bought them for deserve them!

Milo is soooo cute and I love your looks so comfy!

Stay warm!


Mary Ann Pickett said...

I just love your quotes and little Layla.
Mary Ann

Karen said...

Winter can be a little depressing, love that you chose not to let it get your down. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers, I don't think I could have resisted those pretty blooms either.