F Simple and Serene Living: TWO COMPLETED PROJECTS AND WHAT TO EAT 09 10
Saturday, March 10, 2018


You might think from the title of this post that I know what to eat. Apparently I don't because eating like this caused me to gain back two pounds last week.

Who knew that a gluten free chicken tender and roasted veggies could wreak such havoc.


I know that the Gabapentin I have to take for neuropathy causes weight gain, but I didn't realize just how hard it is to lose weight. I need to lose 15 pounds, but oh boy I think I am going to have to go outside and graze on grass to get it off. 

I am searching for solutions, so let me know if you have any.

Now on to something more fun. I wrote in a previous post that I was working on a couple of things to sell in my booth and I finished them a couple of days ago.

Of course I forgot to take any actual before photos, but I did think to take this one after I started. 

I found this vintage Syroco  plaque at Goodwill for $2.99. It was a plain ugly brown with two screws on the front where apparently something had originally hung. 

I took it home and painted it with some chalk paint I had left over from some earlier projects and added some French writing. I love how it turned out. 

I really wanted to keep it, but I made myself take it to the booth yesterday.

A couple of weeks ago I purchased five vintage suitcases from an estate sale. Four of them were great as is to put in the booth and I already sold two. The fifth had a big patch torn off the outside vinyl and so it needed to be rehabbed. 

Like I said, no before photos, but I used the same paint and wording on it that I did on the plaque.

I'm happy with my projects and found that it was more fun than I thought it would be. 

Now, about that weight loss effort, I guess today will be the day that I get back to my mall walking. 

I aggravated my knee walking through a field and so it hasn't been super comfortable to walk the last couple of weeks. 

No more excuses. I will get these pesky pounds off one way or another, and I can window shop while I do it. That's always fun.

Have a great day and if you have snow I hope it melts super fast.


  1. You did a great job on those projects, Laura. They are beautiful! I hate trying to get the weight off and, even worse, I hate trying to keep it off. xo Diana

    1. Thanks, Diana. While I'm getting it off I can't keep it off :)

  2. Getting weight off is a real struggle for me too. I have thyroid disease So I have zero metabolism which makes getting weight off so hard. So I feel for you. Totally get the frustration. I love your re loves. Very pretty.


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