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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Monday, September 24, 2012


I'm almost at my 10 year mark of my breast cancer survival and because mine was estrogen receptive, I'm not supposed to eat flax seeds and soy products as they have lots of estrogen in them.  I'm taking estrogen blockers to prevent the cancer from coming back but after I'm off the estrogen blockers, I'm on my own and want to be around for a while.

Lately I've been reading food labels and was absolutely flabbergasted at the numerous food that has soybean or soybean byproducts listed as ingredients. Bread, Becel margarine, cones, chocolate, some pasta, even in my chewable calcium supplements, spaghetti sauce and the list goes on and on and on I'm trying to check labels but it's very time consuming when I shop and the letters are so small and squished that they are almost impossible to read sometimes.

Since there is a by product of soy in my favorite store bought bread I decided , what the heck, I'll make my own in the bread maker. I made a perfect loaf last week and it was so good.  This morning I put the ingredients in the machine and started it and after about three hours it beeped and I could smell the aroma of fresh bread.

I opened the machine anticipating seeing a nice golden loaf and saw that the dough was cooked on the bottom but the top was still white with flour. Apparently I didn't pushed the pan down  far enough.
I'll try again tomorrow.

So I dumped the content in my compost bucket. I guess I won't get too many calories from that loaf, hahaha. This is just the beginning of the week. I hope that it's not an indication on how the rest of the week will go.

Early this morning, I got a Courier delivery. My Cannon zoom lens arrived. Now I feel intimidated by the thing,  just like I felt with my Canon Rebel camera when I first got it. I have to read up on how to use it. I'm the kind who reads directions even if I don't understand them.

My daughter Christine sent me some photos of James a while ago and since there as a lot I thought that I'll post this one for now.

Here he is in his Halloween costume. I think that he such a cute little lion.

I've managed to hook a tiny bit on my Childhood Memories rug in the last two evening but I'm having difficulty seeing the wool colors at night and it gets dark right after supper. I need better lighting.

  After barn chores  I mowed most of the lawn in the front and back but had to leave the section on the other side of the street by the river bank for tomorrow as it was getting dark and the long grass was getting wet with dew.   I ate left over spaghetti supper at the computer checking blogs. I'm pathetic, I know... eating at the computer.

Thanks for visiting.   JB


  1. Precious lion! Where else are you suppose to eat? So sorry about the bread. It must have been torture to smell that wonderful fresh baked bread smell and then not be able to eat it! :(

  2. Hi Julia, I hope things around the farm are beginning to slow down for you. James is such a sweet little boy, those eyes of his get me every time! He is so handsome...Love the lion costume...I am so happy that bread making weather has arrived, I gave my bread machine a whorl last weekend...it was so nice so have that yeasty fragrance in the house once again...Have a lovely evening, I'm playing blog catch up...Julie.

  3. You little lion is soo sweet. Soy is in everything. why do you have to go off the blocker? It is good to make as much of your own as you can I guess.

    1. Cathy, Tamoxphen was good for five years and after that time they became ineffective and then they came up with another pill called Letrozole and that one too is supposed to become ineffective after 5 years. Lets hope that they will come up with another pill. I agree that making our own is much better. JB

  4. Julia ~
    The little lion is just too precious!
    You need to invest in an OTT lite. I couldn't hook without one. I even use it when it's daylight.
    Hugs :)

  5. Thanks Lauren, I just might do that. JB

  6. Hooray for you...ten years!! My Mom is 24 years out, my sister eight years, and I've been dancing a jig with the precancerous stuff for several years myself. Way to go Julia! I had no idea about the soy...guess I've got a lot to learn!
    What an adorable little Lion! :)

  7. I wish I was on my laptop and not this little too tiny iPhone keyboard... So happy For your 10 years!

    And again!!! I tell you your little ol James? Is the cat's meow ... My goodness what a pretty baby boy!

    Your bread turned put about how all my cooking endeavors do ... But oh the smell!

    And so it was the raccoons that ate your melons! You're right! The little bandits! I can just see them! They are sooo cute but if they'd eaten my pie... I might not think so

  8. Wow Julia. I wasn't aware of your situation...10 years! Congratulations on that! I had no idea about soy either. I learn so much from you! The bread had to be frustrating. It makes me want to get my bread maker out! We do more in cold weather. I admire your camera endeavour, I just use a little digital. I have no patience for cameras, settings, lenses...I admire you. Hugs.

  9. I always eat at the computer when I am here alone. I eat with my friends. :) I love your new lens! That lion is the cutest lion I have ever seen. He just looks adorable.
    You know I had more bread flop when I had my bread machine than I ever had by making it by hand. Good for you making your own bread. Congrats too on being 10 years cancer free.
    I hope you get to work a bit more on your rug, I would like to see a picture again.
    I hope you have a nice day.

  10. Your Grandson is adorable in his costume! Now you need to dress up as Dorothy! I knew soy was not good for some people and yet it's pushed as the next best thing to diamonds...congrats on 10yr survival! Those are milestones worth celebrating. I would celebrate with a wonderful piece of warm bread! That pic made me smile because I've done it myself..I even screwed up a crockpot recipe once. Eating at the computer is OK..you're so busy I would think you should eat whenever you get a free moment. Have a good rest of this week. P.S..I'm jealous of your lovely new lens!