• Uncategorized,  Weight Loss

    My Goal Problem

    So…… things went off the rails fairly quickly this week. I’ve gained 2 pounds back and have been experiencing, what I call, disordered eating. I started off carefully following the plan I’d layed out but when I had a little bump up in weight, I decided to be strict with myself and that’s when things went wrong. I skipped some meals and then ended the week with what I’d call a “mini-binge.” I went to the movies by myself yesterday and ate a small popcorn and an entire package of red licorice. When I came out, I was disgusted with myself and ready to throw in the towel. It was…

  • Weight Loss

    May 18, 2019 Weigh In

    I had a two pound loss this week. I stuck to the plan I made last week by tracking my calories and walking every day. I had committed to exercise 5 of 7 days, but I find it’s easier to stay on track if I just do it every day. There’s no room to backslide that way. My food choices were very boring. I have an Egg Beater breakfast with homemade salsa every single morning and a Trader Joe’s salad for lunch on the days I’m working. I’ve been eating Lean Cuisine for dinner which I realise probably isn’t the best choice nutritionally. I’m okay with that for now, since…

  • Crafts,  Home Projects,  Sewing,  Uncategorized

    Simple Plant Hanger Tutorial

    I created this simple, cloth plant hanger in under a hour. It’s a great way to use up leftover fabric scraps and add a bit of a fresh touch for summer. Here’s what you need: 1 Yard of non-stretch cloth cut into four 3 inch wide strips 1 Brass Ring Matching thread Sewing machine Step 1. Sew together 2 strips width wise creating a 72 inch strip. Repeat for 2nd strap. Step 2. Fold strap in half, right sides together and sew together long wise with ½ inch seam. Repeat with 2nd strap. Step 3. Turn each strap right side out. (I use the safety pin method) Step 4 Cross the…

  • Uncategorized,  Weight Loss

    May 11, 2019 Weigh In

    Ah, the best laid plans! I had what I consider a good week, but haven’t seen the results I’d like. I didn’t binge or really even over-eat, but sadly, made very little progress. I’ve lost 5 ounces.  I’m eating my regular large Egg Beaters breakfast, a Reduced Guilt Chinese chicken salad from Trader Joe’s for lunch and a Lean Cuisine for dinner. I like these things, so the food choices haven’t been painful. I find that a packaged meal is easy for me and helps me with portion control. I have been snacking on some pork rinds in the afternoon, drinking 2 glasses of Rose’ and eating 1 or 2…

  • Uncategorized,  Weight Loss

    Getting Started(Again)

    One of my goals for Sweet Orange Cottage is to use this space to explore issues I have about my weight. I think it’s unpopular these days to focus on weight loss as a specific goal. We should be working to love our bodies as they are. Intuitive eating, body acceptance and fat pride are things I strive for, but I’m just not there. I haven’t been able to let go of my life long hope(goal? wish?) to be thinner. I love seeing large women out and about doing all the things I felt I never could: wearing bikinis, showing skin, playing sports, eating what they like and just in…

  • About Me,  Uncategorized

    About Sweet Orange Cottage

    Welcome to the Sweet Orange Cottage, my blog about life in a 1950’s California bungalow. I love thrifty style, all things sewing, some knitting, Disney-bounding, any excuse to dress up, a bit of gardening, serious holiday decorating, vintage fashion, slow, easy travel and everything kitsch. I struggle with “weighty” issues and strive for body acceptance but rarely achieve it. I’m an emerging feminist trying to understand what it means to be a woman in her fifties. I’m ready to create the life I’ve always imagined was possible. Won’t you come along for the journey?

  • Meditation Mount Ojai
    Santa Barbara,  Uncategorized

    Tasty, Tranquil and Fun Things to do in Ojai, California

    One of our favorite day trips from Santa Barbara is a quick visit to Ojai, California. There is literally something for everyone here. We find the town to be a bit “hipster” and that just seems to add to the enjoyment. We love green smoothies, yoga, renting beach cruisers and quirky used bookstores! With plenty of things to ride on(bikes, trolleys, horses) and many large, open parks, kids are bound to have a good time. By visiting the nearby farms you can stock up on a great variety of produce and enjoy the stunning mountain views. This peaceful little town is a wonderful getaway location all year long. Let’s take…

  • New York City,  Reviews,  Uncategorized

    Titanic, Tile & Sharing Baths. The Jane Hotel, NYC.

    I’d like to say I put hours of thought and research into my New york City hotel choice, but the truth is The Jane Hotel was included in the package deal I booked through Expedia. For just $988 I had 5 nights stay and airfare, so this stay definitely fell into the bargain category. I’m pretty picky when It comes to hotels. I love a comfy bed and cleanliness is pretty vital. Ideally located in the West Village on the Hudson River, this historic hotel elicits strong reactions both negative and positive. The Jane averages 2.5 stars on most reviewing sites and swings wildly between 5 star, loved it and…

  • New York City Cafe
    Budget,  New York City,  Uncategorized

    My New York City Trip Budget

    I’d heard New York City is one of the most expensive places in the world to visit for years, and to be honest that kept me from seriously considering a trip there until I started blogging about travel. As a point of reference it felt important to check it off. I felt pulled to see the 9/11 museum, which I’ll share about in the future and I needed that “New York” experience to put other cities into perspective. When an Expedia deal showed up in my inbox, I decided to just grab on and go for it. I traveled to Manhattan by myself for 5 days. How expensive was it?…

  • Central Park Skyline
    New York City

    On Photo Safari in Central Park

    One of the things I looked forward to most on my trip to New York City was spending long, unhurried hours in Central Park. I’ll always remember sitting in Hyde Park in the early ‘80’s people watching and enjoying the large, verdant open space in the center of bustling London. I imagined myself sitting in Central Park re-creating that lovely experience. On the other hand, I also wanted to improve my travel blogging skills. At the top of the list is photography. It’s an area where I definitely struggle. Often I lack the patience to wait for the right shot or for people to disperse and I usually only grab…