On Purpose

cotton candy bubbleicious hot pink and scale report

I found a great deal on a sweater at Target after Christmas. 

Problem – although I loved the pop of hot pink stripes in it, there was too much gray in the sweater. Made the purchase in optimism.

Answer – find a scarf matching that hot pink stripe. Impossible.

Problem – matching the hot pink color. No scarf found.

Answer – change departments. I spy cotton candy bubbleicious hot pink!

Problem – how to turn this little girl’s shirt into something scarf-able, preferably without having to dig out my dusty sewing machine in the faraway attic.

Answer – with a flick of the wrists and double turn I bring you a shirt makeover!

A scarf that almost looks like it has a little collar with it! Just for fun!! Shall I pinterest it?


In keeping with all things pink and on the subject of scales, ahem……

My taste buds succumbed to these sweet little morsels of delicious sweet Cherry Bread. By day’s end, I had nibbled my way through the entire piece. Thank you, Bob Evans bakery.

While one piece of sweet bread didn’t derail my scales, the mindset shift did. 

Just a matter of time…

Last Monday morning, as my daily habit, I sluggishly stepped onto the scales. I gained 3.6 pounds in just about one day!

Here is my facebook posting one week ago:

“Uh oh. Football game day not good. Gained 3.6 pounds by eating 3 slices pizza, 8 Chip Ahoy cookies, 3 bowls potato chips and cake and more. Just keeping my record and journey honest. Old habits resurrected. Today? Back to one ingredient foods and surrender. If you have a struggle today, you’re not alone.”

I’m on shifting sand here. Shifting emotions, fluctuating scale readings, oft crumbling resolve.

It has taken me all week to “recover” from my day of mindless frantic eating. Today the scale reads down 1.4 pounds.

Curled up in my favorite chair this morning I read some words from the Word that stir within me – overwhelmed and entangled but clinging to the Rock, our Stronghold. (Psalm 18) 

Hope whispers. 

I pray you hear God’s whispers in your story today. I do.


I’ll close with some happenings at my house. Shared nuts and fruit/sweet tray with an “old” friend. Pleasant afternoon hours rehearsing memories and blessings.

Getting favors ready for church Host Party gathering this week. Playing with tablescape, dinner for 16. 

This is the second time I have purchased a pad of scrapbooking paper at Walmart to use as placemats. 50 sheets of maybe a dozen coordinating papers for $10. I tell you, these beautiful papers have changed my life (insert smile!) Though I’m not a “scrapper”, this find has revolutionized my creative juices in setting pretty tables.  

Have a CHERRY-O day, wherever your place is set!

Thank you for visiting!

monkjo@live.com  Always happy to respond to comments/questions!

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