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Maria7 - Thursday Jan 27, 2011
(Maintaining Goal Weight)
Weight: 140.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

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Trust in the Lord.  He is the One Who takes care of you.

 

 

 

Hello, Friends!

It's been pretty, sunny, and almost warm (50's F) here today.  My Friend and I went out to lunch together.  We went to Red Lobster in a nearby town and we each ordered seafood.  The food was so good.  I ate half of mine and brought the other home for my lunch tomorrow.  I've learned portion control in maintaining my weight.  You 'learn' to feel full on less.  Used to be I could have easily eaten all of my food I was served at lunch today at one sitting, and even more, when I was overweight before I got to goal weight.  But I've learned 'mindful eating'.  It's okay to enjoy my food and have pretty much anything I want to eat, but just not so much of it, especially at one sitting.  After lunch, we went to a thrift store and she bought a nice overstuffed blue recliner for her Hubby for only about $25 and also a few clothes for herself and I found a nice skirt and matching jacket to wear to church and I got that.  We had a nice outing.  After taking her home, I visited Mom at the nursing home, who was in bed.  I sat with her an hour and we talked and watched Paula Deen on the tv in Mom's room, and Paula Deen was baking a green tomatoes with raisins pie, among other foods she was cooking on her tv show, and Mom and I were laughing and talking about that while watching the show together and I gave Mom a pretty poster with a Bible verse and a kitten on it (Mom LOVES cats) that my Friend sent to Mom, which Mom was happy over and I put it up near Mom's bed where Mom asked me to put it so she could see it well. 

Hubby was home from work when I got home and I had stopped and bought him some supper on my way home after visiting Mom.

I hope you have had/are having a good day.

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

nita51 on 01/27/2011:
The peace that our Lord Jesus gives, is what keeps me holding on. Your gif pictures are very inspirational. God uses us in many ways. How beautiful it is, to see one of the ways that he uses you. Hugs and Thanks for your visit.


moogy on 01/27/2011:
Sounds like you had a lovely day Maria. I am so grateful for your handy hints on maintaining weight, I find them useful in losing weight, mindful eating, portion control. Have a good evening:)


V on 01/28/2011:
Sounds like you are maintaining really well!! I am so happy your mom is doing great! Oh my power was out for almost 24 hrs...So glad to have it back! Have a wonderful day, love you :)


Umpqua on 01/28/2011:
Great job enjoying foods you love and practicing portion control! That's what hubby and I did for our Mexican dinner date last week. There was a time when we would have devoured everything on the table plus more, and we were full after 1/2 of it. I hope you have a great weekend!


moogy on 02/01/2011:
Hi Maria, How are you doing? I am hoping that everything in your world is OK. I hope to hear from you soon.:)



Maria7 - Wednesday Jan 26, 2011
(Maintaining Goal Weight)
Weight: 140.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

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Trust in the Lord.  He is the One Who takes care of you.

 

Hello, Friends!

Hubby is at work and I am at home.  I hope you are doing well.  I sat with Mom at the nursing home a while yesterday, who was not feeling well.  I peeled 3 fresh peaches and put them into little pieces and took to her, which she ate.

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I just want to say, regarding the animated gif picture above that sometimes it is so easy to feel overwhelmed if we let ourselves, but God is in control of every situation, no matter what, so try to hold on to the peace that Jesus gives.  Don't allow it to be taken from you.

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/26/2011:
I love that picture. Have a good one!


geevee on 01/26/2011:
Ditto! It's so upbeat.


chidogs on 01/26/2011:
Beautiful picture, Maria. Thank you for the uplift! You take care as well.


panda22 on 01/26/2011:
Your words are so true, love your entry. Your mom is lucky to have such a wonderful daughter =). Hope you have a nice rest of your day!


moogy on 01/26/2011:
It is a good reminder Maria. All will be well, we don't stop getting challenges and difficulties but they are made easier through faith and trust in the Lord.


moogy on 01/26/2011:
No Maria I didn't receive an e-mail from you. Could you send it again? I feel as if I have missed out on something important now!!


just42day on 01/26/2011:
Love the pic and its message. A much needed reminder. Hope your mom is feeling better. :)


moogy on 01/26/2011:
Are you writing about the one where I was 'up in my perch' overlooking the school. Your advice was to get out and about. If that was the comment, I obviously got it!! LOL I appreciate your wonderful suggestions and the intentions of love behind them. However, since I have now had two seizures it is no longer safe for me to be let out alone, wandering the neighbourhood. I used to walk in the mornings regularly and enjoyed it. I am afraid that I only get to drive 10 mins from home, just enough to get to the shops. My daughter has to go with me anywhere else I need go. I hate being dependent and confined forcibly, fortunately I am a bit of a hermit and enjoy my own company. I suppose that is why I love DD's so much. Thank you for your love and support, it is going to be a little cooler tomorrow and I am going to get on the treadmill. Promise!!


moogy on 01/26/2011:
I am sorry I missed it Maria. If you would like to e-mail me my address is sheronejoy@hotmail.com. I would love to hear from you.


V on 01/27/2011:
I just wanted to say i am thinking of you and i will catch you later when my power is restored! Love you


V on 01/27/2011:
She's baaaccK ;) I missed you and your beautiful posts!



Maria7 - Saturday Jan 22, 2011
(Maintaining Goal Weight)
Weight: 140.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

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Good morning, Friends!

Hubby is off work today and we are planning, Lord willing, on going to the next larger town over and doing a little shopping, maybe go to the flea market, and eat lunch at a restaurant together.  He's been working Saturdays for a good while, so this will really be a treat for us to spend some time together today.

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My back is much improved and I thank those of you who have asked about me or checked on me and left comments while I was away.  It really means a lot to know others care and that they think about you when you are away!    It's been a very busy, nice week (in spite of back pain).  I've been visiting Mom every day, sitting with her, taking her food and/or magazines, etc. to cheer her up, talking to her.  She's still been grieving a lot over losing her 3rd roommate in a row, as well as her favorite nephew recently.  She wants to just stay in her bed and be left alone and the workers there at the nursing home are not allowing her to do so, so she complains about their getting her up and putting her into her wheelchair and making her sit for hours in the dining room each day (where there are other residents also). 

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Yesterday, one of my Friends and I went out and ate lunch together, her treat.  We ate at a local seafood place and we each ordered a whole fried flounder fish with the trimmings of a sweet potato, hushpuppies, and slaw.  We also had a piece of pie each.  I disciplined myself to only eat half of my food and brought the rest home with me to eat for my supper tonite, except for the piece of pie, which I ate half of and left the rest there.  It was all very good.  My Friend and I visited Mom after we ate lunch and she showed Mom lots of photos of her family and Mom, who had refused her lunch and appeared to have stayed in bed all day because she had on her gown in her bed instead of daytime clothes on, soon was acting happier and requested that I go get her a banana, a pb/jelly s/w, and an apple juice, which I did and brought to her and she was eating that when we left after we'd stayed with Mom for a good while, talking to her. 

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Thursday nite, Hubby's Sister and her Friend, who we'd called and invited to supper, came over and had supper with Hubby and me.  I fixed roast beef with potatoes and onions, also corn, slaw, sweet potatoes, and yellow rice.  I heated up yeast rolls and for desert we had store-bought german chocolate cake and 3 flavors (neapolitan) ice cream.  We had a really nice visit together and after eating, we all sat around the fireplace with the fire going in it, talking.  I sent the leftovers (minus the ice cream) home with SIL. 

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Hope you're having a nice Saturday!

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

shadetree on 01/22/2011:
Good to hear your back is doing better! I hope you and the hubby have a nice day today!


V on 01/22/2011:
Thank goodness your back is better! To answer your question I am not trying to lose any more weight however I am not going back to alot of the not so healthier fares ever, I am doing a very slow introduction to grains and rices and such...I never had a problem with binge eating/comfort eating so no problems there...For me I liked the planned out pre made meals on a weekly basis it makes life a little easier you know, alot easier for me when I have structure and a solid plan...It looks like you are doing great maintaining as well! have a good one!


Umpqua on 01/22/2011:
I'm glad your back is feeling better. Great job eating half your lunch, that's basically what hubby and I did at dinner last night. Have a good one!


chidogs on 01/22/2011:
Nice to see you back, and also I am very happy to hear your back is better. I have back issues to so I know how painful it can be! Sounds like you had some very nice days there, and great visits with your Mom. That must make you feel good. Take care.


V on 01/24/2011:
:) Fun Fun indeed! I think I enjoyed it more than they did LOL Love you have a great evening!



Maria7 - Monday Jan 17, 2011
(Maintaining Goal Weight)
Weight: 140.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

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Good morning, Friends!

Been having my morning coffee! 

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I have been keeping on track with calories pretty good and I am finding that maintaining goal weight is very much akin to getting to goal weight.  The only difference is you've attained your goal weight and you are the size you want to be and can wear the clothes you want to wear in the size you like best.  But THE WORK CONTINUES to stay at goal weight and for me, this is to not give in to emotional stresses to comfort myself with food.  So many times in my life I have allowed others' self-created problems to dominate my mind to the extent that I worried so much about others that I nelected myself and didn't take care of Maria because I stayed on the run trying to take care of everyone else but Maria.  I've been at my goal weight before and let it get away.  I told myself I HAD to eat more for strength and energy (to deal with others' problems they created for themselves).  I HAD to be there to help bail them out of their own-fault troubles.  (WHAT A CO-DEPENDANT!!!)  Now, even though it is not my nature to ignore their frequent distress phone calls, I am MAKING myself do it!  No more co-dependant!  No more emotional eating from worrying over them.  They sure don't concern themselves about Maria's well-being!  They don't come by to visit Maria but they sure know how to HOLLER for help to Maria.  I have had it!    Sometimes they (some of the family) make me feel like SCREAMING and I guess I do silently.  Never do they help me with Mom's care which is all on me.  And they expect and take it for granted that I will also be their caregiver, too!  (NOT!) 

 Hubby is doing well.  He and I had a nice day when he was off work yesterday, which he is back to work again today and I am working on us getting our other vehicle refinanced to lower a monthly payment.  We've already got his truck refinanced, thank the good Lord.

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Afternoon update:  I went and sat with Mom a long time this afternoon at the nursing home, trying to cheer her up.  I took her a baked sweet potato and peaches sprinkled with a little margerine, sugar, and cinnamon.  We were having a nice talkative visit after I hung up a new calendar for her to look at where she said she wanted it put on the wall, when Mom felt cold and complained of being put to bed on top of her cover after lunch instead of under it.  I covered her with a blanket and went and requested that her CNA be found and come put Mom under her bed covers as she was cold.  CNA came and rolled Mom from side to side, getting the cover out from under her.  I assisted CNA on the other side of Mom's bed after CNA asked me to move Mom's tray out of the way.  I pulled the cover out from under Mom on the side I was standing on after the CNA had Mom to roll towards her, on the other side of the bed.  No problem.  Then the CNA asked me to grab the sheet that was folded under Mom and pull it sideways with Mom on it to drag Mom up in her bed a couple of feet.  I protested slightly, telling the CNA I didn't have any business to do that as I hurt my back in a car accident a few years ago.  Her silent response was to grab her side of the sheet under Mom and hold it up in anticipation for me to do the same on my side.  So, did Maria stand up for herself?  Of course not.  I grabbed the sheet on my side and together we dragged Mom up in her bed with the folded sheet under Mom being pulled sideways.  I immediately sensed I'd injured myself.  You know that scary freaky feeling you get when you do that?  When you know something is definitely not right and you body immediately tells you you shouldn't have done whatever you did?  Then the CNA said she had been in the middle of taking care of someone else in another room and needed to get back to them (they are very short-staffed there) and said she'd be back later and hurried out of Mom's room.  After making sure Mom was warm with her blankets in order on her, I sat back down in a chair by Mom's bed again that I'd been sitting in before going to request the CNA come help Mom.  All of a sudden, SEVERE cutting-like lower back pain on the right side hit so hard I had to get up from sitting down very quickly.  (I had pulled Mom from right to left on my side of Mom's bed.)  Mom looked at me like she didn't know what to think at my standing up so quickly and when I said my back was hurting bad, she told me to sit back down and I'd be all right, which I did and had to get up very quickly again because of the painful spasms, which radiated down my right leg with tingling pain in it. I told Mom what caused it and she said, "Well, you will know not to do that again".  It was so bad and kept coming and going til I told her I had to go home and take an aspirin.  (I take tylenol if it isn't severe pain and aspirin for the 'I'm not playing' kind of pain.)  Came home and took aspirin and here I am keying to you and still having spasms of pain in my lower right side of my back going down my right leg.  Don't want to go to ER.  Hubby will not be pleased. 

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Nitetime update:  Hubby came home from work and after hearing my story about hurting the right side of my back, he said he is NOT taking me to ER (I didn't want to go anyway but I wouldn't have minded a little sympathy from him).  He checked my back and compared both sides and said the right side of my back "isn't swollen much"...then he got very tickled at my grunting in pain...then he walked around, copying me.  Why aren't men more sympathetic?  His words to me were the usual "You'll be all right".  Gotta love the guy, sympathy or not! 

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Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

V on 01/17/2011:
It is nice to go back to the diaries :) I love the positive changes this site has to offer :) I am happy that your focus has been shifted from answering those calls to more Maria, Hubby and Mom time :) Have a wonderful day! Love you!


V on 01/17/2011:
I am 3 hrs north in Pinellas County


just42day on 01/17/2011:
Have a good day and keep ignoring those phone calls. I'm guessing that your family all lives the area? I know I feel guilty about my mom's needs but she's 2 hours away. I do try to get up there every few weeks to take some of load off my brother. She doesn't need daily care but I know running of errands, laundry, etc. is definitely time consuming. (my brother doesn't do laundry. Annoying but his wife hasn't offered to anything. Very frustrating considering she and brother live just 15 minutes from mom vs. my 2+ hours. Oh well, I do the best I can. If nothing else, I know my daily calls to mom provide a comfort that my brother can't (or won't). Hope your day is a great "MARIA" day! :)


chidogs on 01/17/2011:
You will have no regrets about how you cared for your Mom, Maria. You will be guilt free. And keep on saying no, ignoring those who would drag you down with their demands. Good for you. They are not your responsibility. Take care.


Umpqua on 01/17/2011:
Good for you for focusing on Maria! I hope you have a great day!


lifestylechange on 01/17/2011:
Hope you have an awesome day!! :) loves!


moogy on 01/17/2011:
It is draining being an enabler and you don't do the people screaming for help any favours in the long run. Sounds like it is time for Maria to choose who she wants to be of service to and when!! It is a big step in the direction of a emotionally stronger Maria. Good for you.:)


moogy on 01/17/2011:
Oh Maria, I am so sorry you have hurt yourself. This really is a case of not standing up for what you know is right for you. I hope that a night's sleep will help settle your back down. Back's are tricky things and can take ages to repair themselves, I am sending out best wishes that this will turn out alright. I suppose it is lesson learned, that you listen to your own feelings and not what other people demand or expect of you. Get well Maria.


V on 01/17/2011:
Oh I just read your update and I hope you are okay :( Try a heating pad if you are still in pain...Please take care :)


hopingforhealth on 01/17/2011:
Ha. Thanks for the support last night. I don't feel laughed out... I feel glad to know I am not alone! I know I will get to your point where I am "maintaining" eventually too.

I hope your back feels better soon!

PS:didn't you used to be "Maria" not "Maria7" or am I going crazy?


moogy on 01/17/2011:
It is funny that you should add the extra entry today. You are right, I don't believe I will ever get to my real goalweight, somewhere in the 120's, my aim is to be around 160, still overweight but i believe it is something I can achieve with determination. I guess that with my physical and mental difficulties I aim for what would be less than someone else, but for me would be a real accomplishment. Thank you for caring and supporting me, I appreciate it more than I can say.:)


moogy on 01/17/2011:
Don't worry, I understand where you are coming from. My daughter tells me often that the fact that I only have an eating problem is a sign that I have coped well with all that I have had piled on me since childhood. So not gaining IS progress. I am proud of my small accomplishments, just getting through each day is a win for me.:)


chidogs on 01/17/2011:
Maria, I'm so sorry you hurt your back, but you know, given the circumstances, I think most of us would have tried to help, thinking mainly of wanting to get Mom situated right. It was something you just didn't think through. Plus those bloody nurses can be so bossy! I don't know if the place has a director, but I would lodge a complaint. You are not the nursing staff and should not be moving a patient. Take care, hope the pain goes very soon.


chidogs on 01/17/2011:
SoCal can get really hot in the summer, depending on where you are. Big state. We are near Los Angeles, and we do get into the 100s during the mid summer months at times. In the desert, where I grew up, we hit 120 at times. As soon as my daughter graduates from University, and gets a job (crosses fingers),we are moving to the coast, San Diego. Much cooler summers there. 80s mostly. Plus, there is the beach! :) Now if I can lose the weight so they don't think one of the killer whales escaped from Sea World......


getmebackto150 on 01/17/2011:
ooh... I really hope you wake up tomorrow and your back feels better!!!!! Hope you feel better!


KathyBlue on 01/18/2011:
ahhh all men are the same!!!!!!!!!! Mine, when he catches flu he wants to die and requires 24-hour-a-day vigilance and caring, if I get down with fever etc. he goes out with friends and wonders around in the shopping mall til night... Empathy, Sympathy - not on their lists for sure!


biscottibody59 on 01/18/2011:
A lot to respond to here, but I'll just leave it at this: if you're truly injured and have problems with your back beyond yesterday then the nursing home is liable. At the least contact the director/director's office or assistant personally and let them know what happened to you so that there is a paper trail. I'm sure the personnel is directed to NOT ask families of residents to help them for liability reasons.

Please don't suffer and fume if you're still hurting today--otherwise, take care of yourself!


legcramps on 01/18/2011:
Oh gosh, not funny. I agree with biscottibody, if you are injured you need to act on it. No way should that aide have asked you to help out in that way - not your job!


westNDNbeauty on 01/18/2011:
Aww Maria sorry about your back and i know exactly what u mean about man sympathy. My husband is the same way but If he gets even a minor cold well then he turns into the biggest baby and demands everyone in the house cater to him. When he feels better 2 days later he denies it all lol


biscottibody59 on 01/19/2011:
Was hoping to see an update today--hope you're feeling better there!


moogy on 01/19/2011:
I am just dropping by to check on you. I hope that you are doing OK and that your back is improving. I always look for your entries and comments and miss you when I wake up and you are not here. I am sending love and support. I hope to see you back soon. Love you.:)


moogy on 01/21/2011:
It is Saturday morning now and I am worrying about you. Please check in so we know you are still with us. Love you:)


chidogs on 01/21/2011:
I'm glad I saw your entry on Moogy's diary, I was getting worried about you! Glad you are on the mend. Hugs.


V on 01/21/2011:
:)


Umpqua on 01/21/2011:
I didn't realize you'd hurt yourself Maria. I hope your back is feeling better by now!



Maria7 - Sunday Jan 16, 2011
(Maintaining Goal Weight)
Weight: 140.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

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  Good afternoon to you.

Went to church this morning, and the Pastor preached another outstanding message, then we left after church service was over and went straight to the nursing home and visited Mom for a while.  She was in bed, all alone in her room that a couple of days ago was occupied with others, including her roommate that passed away, and her roommate's round the clock CNA's that watched over Mom's roommate and kept Mom company to talk to.  Now they're gone and Mom is alone.  I tried to console Mom, who has lost 3 roommates in a row over the past few months by telling her that maybe soon she'd get another roommate and all she replied was that she hoped that if she got a new roommate that the new one wouldn't pass away, too, as the others have.    Mom's also still grieving over her favorite nephew passing recently, as the rest us in the family are as well. 

Hubby and I are back home now and resting a little, he on the bed in the bedroom with the remote control in his hand, watching tv, and me back here on the opposite side of the house in the study.  He likes to hear noise (tv) to relax and I like to hear quiet to relax, so I'm back here.  Lots could be done to improve the decor in here but at least after working on it this week, the Christmas presents' wrapping-clutter is gone.  And it looks BARE in here but nice and peaceful.

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The phone keeps ringing with different ones in the family having plenty of ideas of things I can do for them and I am ignoring it.  One, I will have to call back as I promised I would this afternoon and the others I am not answering.  They do what they want to and go where they want to go and don't care to come by and visit me but when they want something done, it's call Maria!    So, Maria is not answering the phone!  Maria is resting, drinking coffee  and reading DD entries! 

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Hope you're having a nice day!

 Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/16/2011:
Good job not answering the phone haha! I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing day!


moogy on 01/16/2011:
Good for you Maria. Sometimes No is the best answer. People who want something done will always find someone else to do their work. I am glad that you enjoyed church. I hope that your mom get a new room mate soon, a nice pretty healthy chatty one. Maybe that would help with her understandable funk!! Hope you enjoy the rest of your day Maria.:)


just42day on 01/16/2011:
So sorry about all your mom's roommates. That must be very hard for her. I'm sure your visit brightened her day as always. Enjoy and relax the rest of your day and avoid answering the phone! You deserve time to yourself! :0)


V on 01/16/2011:
Wonderful job on screening your calls today Maria :) I pray that your mom will get a healthy roommate this time, it has to be devastating fer her to keep losing her friends :( i hope you have a relaxing evening!


chidogs on 01/16/2011:
Keep those calls away. And as good as that is, you will need to eventually give those people a flat "no", otherwise they will keep thinking they can wear you down. Sorry your Mom is still down, but oh how upsetting that must be for her. I hope she can get out of the room and socialize some. Take care. (I love peace and quiet too, and my husband likes noise. Go figure, huh? :) )



Maria7 - Saturday Jan 15, 2011
(Maintaining Goal Weight)
Weight: 140.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

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Good morning, Friends!

It's not as cold this morning and when I got up earlier, I heard BIRDS SINGING outside! 

I am having a cup of coffee this morning.  Won't you join me?

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I want to specially thank our DD Webmaster for all his hard work and time and all that he does concerning this site to make our experience here at DD a very happy one.  Thank you, DD Webmaster!    I've been a member of DD since December 2000 and I began with Maria7 nickname (my name really is Maria).  If you are used to writing to *~Maria~*, I am the same one!    I am now going by my original DD name, Maria7 and plan to STAY with Maria7.

 

 Hubby is working today.  He and I visited Mom at the nursing home yesterday after he got home from work.  She was very, very sad and in her bed.  Her roommate (3rd one to pass within a few months) had just passed away and been taken out of the room before we got there.  Please be praying for the family as well as for Mom.  Not only did Mom lose her 3rd roommate that she loved, she also lost the company of the 24 hours a day different CNA's that sat with her roommate and kept Mom company to talk to as well.

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The snow and ice is still melting here.  My vehicle hasn't been driven since Sunday.  It will be good to be 'out and about' again and I may drive it today, as the roads (main ones, not secondary ones) are in mostly drivable condition now.

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Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 01/15/2011:
sorry to hear about ur mom's roommate, thats gotta be hard on her :( hope she can cheer up a lil somehow soon, hope u have a great day!


Umpqua on 01/15/2011:
Welcome back Maria7 LOL ;) I'm sorry to hear about your Mom's roommate, that's terrible. I'm glad you will be able to drive today!


chidogs on 01/15/2011:
Hi Maria7. That is sad about Mom's roommate. One of those unavoidable things in a facility like that, but difficult for the residents. You be careful on those roads today! :)


moogy on 01/15/2011:
I am sorry that your mom seems to be having the misfortune of losing her roommates. It is no wonder she feels sad. I hope that you are doing OK, sounds as if your roads will be free enough to let you get out and about. That will give you a chance to go shopping and lunching. Enjoy the rest of the weekend Maria.:)


moogy on 01/15/2011:
I am sorry that your mom seems to be having the misfortune of losing her roommates. It is no wonder she feels sad. I hope that you are doing OK, sounds as if your roads will be free enough to let you get out and about. That will give you a chance to go shopping and lunching. Enjoy the rest of the weekend Maria.:)



Maria7 - Friday Jan 14, 2011
(Goal Weight Maintenance)
Weight: 140.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

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 Good morning, Friends!

Been snowed and ICED in since Sunday nite.  Still lots of snow and ice but with each day with the sun shining, it is very slowly melting (only to refreeze at nite) and some of the snow is going away.  It's been cold here this morning, 18 degrees F.

 

I've got lots accomplished in the house during this time.  Also, my Aunt, Mom's Sister, came and stayed 2 nites and days with us and we had a really  nice visit.

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I've been eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies!

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While here at the house, I downloaded some free ebooks and saved them to the desktop should the power go out and with it, the internet, so I'd have something interesting to read.  I've come across some very old, very interesting diaries dating back to the 1800's to early 1900. 

For example, one of the diaries was written in 1912.  It is entitled 'The Fun Of Getting Thin'.  Here are a few exerpts from it:

'It always makes me laugh to hear people talk about losing flesh—unless, of course, the decrease in weight is due to illness. No healthy person, predisposed to fat, ever lost any flesh. If that person gets rid of any weight, or girth, or fat, it isn't lost—it is fought off, beaten off. The victim struggles with it, goes to the mat with it, and does not debonairly drop it. He eliminates it with stern effort and much travail of the spirit. It is a job of work, a grueling combat to the finish, a task that appalls and usually repels.'

'In writing about this successful experiment of mine in reducing weight I have no theories to advance except one, and no instructions to give. I don't know whether my method would take an ounce off any other person in the world, and I don't care. I only know it took more than fifty pounds off me. I am not advancing any argument, medicinal or otherwise, for my plan. I never talked to a doctor about it, and never shall. If there are fat men and fat women who are fat for the same reasons I was fat I suppose they can get thin the way I got thin. If they are fat for other reasons I suppose they cannot. I don't know about either proposition.'

'So far as the medicinal or drug method of fat reduction is concerned, any fat man or woman who takes drugs to reduce flesh, or to help, deserves all that he or she will get—and that will be plenty. There's no need of saying anything further on that subject. Then there remains the dietary method—the old familiar friend, diet.'

'Basically, however, the antiflesh diets are about the same. You are told to cut out everything you want to eat and exist on triply toasted bread and the white meat of a chicken, or string beans and sawdust, or any other combination the sharps say will not produce fat, but will sustain life in a lingering form.'

'When I woke up to the fact that I was getting fat I found I weighed two hundred and twenty pounds. That extra thirty-five pounds was mostly fat—excess baggage. Still, it didn't bother me any. I had the strength to tote it round and had the shoulders and the chest to conceal it. I didn't show any bay window, as most fat men do. As they used to say: "You're big all over. You carry it all right."'

'Things ran along until the first of January, 1911. I knew I was getting fatter, for my tailor told me so and my belts and old clothes all proved it. Still, I didn't bother much. I thought I was lingering round about two hundred and thirty-five—too much, of course; but I got away with it pretty well, except in hot weather and when I went up in the high mountains, and I was reasonably content. I was fat, all right. My waist was only two inches smaller than my chest and that meant my waist was forty-four inches in girth. As a matter of fact, being scant five feet ten and a half, I was bigger than a house; but I deluded myself with that stuff about my broad shoulders and my deep chest, and thought it didn't show. It did show, of course. I was a fat man—a big fat man—carrying forty pounds or more of excess weight.'

'I had dieted and quit; exercised and quit; gone on the waterwagon and fallen off; had fussed round a good deal, spending a lot of money in the attempt, and I was getting fatter all the time. I hated to admit that fact. I tried to fool myself into the conviction that I wasn't getting any larger—and all the time I knew I was. I even went so far as to stop getting on the scales; and when anybody—as almost everybody did—said, "Why, you're getting bigger, ain't you?" I always replied: "No, I think not. I stick along about two hundred and thirty-five pounds."'

'On New Year's Day, 1911, I weighed myself. I don't know why, for I hadn't been on a scale for two or three years. I set the weight at two hundred and thirty-five and it bounded up like a rubber ball; so I shoved it along to two hundred and forty and it still stayed up in the air. When I got a balance I found I weighed two hundred and forty-seven pounds. I was amazed! Also, I was scared; for it instantly occurred to me that if I had gone up to two hundred and forty-seven in two or three years from two hundred and thirty-five I should keep on going up if my manner of living didn't change—and that presently I should weigh three hundred!'

'That two hundred and forty-seven pounds was a facer. I was forced to admit to myself that I was fat, disgustingly fat—too fat; and that I should get fatter! So I sat down and looked the situation in the eye. I recounted all my former efforts to get thin and discarded them one by one. I knew myself, and knew the ordinary diet proposition and the ordinary exercise proposition were not for me. I knew I was wheezy and that my heart was getting choked with fat; that there were great folds of it on me, and that it was up to me to get rid of it or quit and wait for the inevitable end. If it kept on I knew I should blow up some fine day. Besides, I was uric-acidy, rheumatic and stertorous and clumsy. I had about fifty or sixty pounds of poisonous junk wrapped round me, and I knew I should suffer for it in the end, though I didn't feel it much and carried it with a fair assumption of lightness.'

For more, which includes how this man lost and kept off the weight he lost, here is the link to download the free ebook but you may need to go to a new webpage and paste after copying the link to access it, as it is not coming up when I click on it:

 

 

 

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/14743

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 Hope you are having a nice day!

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

legcramps on 01/14/2011:
Better start up the fireplace! Wow, snowed and iced in since Sunday that's crazy :O I hope you are finding lots of things to do while you're at home. I think I would go stir-crazy! Hope your weather clears up for the weekend :)


KathyBlue on 01/14/2011:
wow, nice quotes... where can I download these? or would you be so nice to forward them to me to katalin1981 [at] gmail.com?? :-) Thaaaaanks in advance! :D Have a nice weekend, with the fireplace on and a good book in your hands! :D


biscottibody59 on 01/14/2011:
Thanks!

I'll have to come back later and check this out--sounds intriguing:-)

Have a good and warm day yourself!


Umpqua on 01/14/2011:
I will come back later and read that excerpt, sounds great! I'm glad you had a nice visit with your aunt during the storm!


liza36 on 01/14/2011:
Interesting excerpt. The first paragraph, talking about fat being fought off, beaten off, is resonating with me today. I have a fight, a battle, on my hands, and I just need to get aggressive with it! Have a great weekend, and thanks for sharing.


moogy on 01/14/2011:
Well, it just goes to show that in no matter what age we live we are all the same with the same feelings, problems and successes. Very interesting Maria. Thank you. I hope you stay warm and cosy and that very soon you will be able to leave your house.


V on 01/14/2011:
How cool that you stumbled upon a diary thate dates back that far!! Enjoy your evening in the comforts of your cozy abode :)


moogy on 01/14/2011:
I am sure that there are other people at your mom's nursing home that would be grateful for a lovely visitor for an hour or so a week. You are so right about food. I am so grateful to live in a land of plenty and grateful that my temptations are limited to limiting my food intake.:)


loveray on 01/15/2011:
im glad you are enjoying your time being snowed in!! i had a good time the first 3 days or so and then just started going insane...im glad to have the freedom to drive around again. have a wonderful time!



Maria7 - Monday Jan 10, 2011
(Goal Weight Maintenance)
Weight: 140.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

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 Good morning to you!

IT IS SNOWING HERE!!!!...Been snowing for hours this morning and I measured with a tape measure and we've already got 3 INCHES!  I am looking out the window from time to time between keying this, watching it coming down!

It's very cold and I've got the fireplace going and it is warm in this house, thank the Lord!

Hubby called about an hour ago this morning and said he should have stayed home from work today as when he was on his way to work he passed cars in ditches and one of them was on the other side of the road from going too fast for conditions.  As he was talking to me, he was told everyone was to go home so he is on his way home from work but must be driving very slow cause usually he'd have been home half an hour ago.  Hope he's okay.

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I've been extra, extra good with calories and may have a few sweets within calories limit today since this is an exciting snow day!  (Although tv warns snow is going to turn into ICE this afternoon!)

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Also plan on eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies!

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Hubby just came home safe and sound! 

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Today's Food: 

Breakfast:  1 fried Jimmy Dean turkey sausage patty 60, 1/2 cupful plain grits 100, large caffeinated coffee 4, w 1 tsp ff creamer 10, 1 splenda 0, and orange diet caffeine-free cola 0... 174 (174)

Snack:  4 bite-sized Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies (not real enjoyable and only took a couple minutes to eat and not filling like fruit or veggies or something healthier that would have been hydrating instead of dry) to go with my mug of coffee 150 (324)

Lunch: The rest of the roasted chicken (no skin) that I didn't finish for supper last nite 100, small sweet potato with 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp low cal marg, 1 tsp cinnamon 200, 12 ounces cold tap water 0 (624)

 

Supper: 1/2 cupful plain grits 100, and salmon 200 (924)

Snack: 5 bite-sized Famour Amos chocolate chip cookies 190 and 2 mini-sized Baby Ruth candy bar 170...totally NOT WORTH IT... 360 (1284)

Late nite snack:  8 bite size choc chip cookies 300...totally NOT WORTH IT... (1584)

Today's Total Est. Calories: 1584  Though my calories were within maintain limit, over half my calories today were in sweets...junk food...candy and cookies...and I don't feel good from having eaten it...I feel ICKY! 

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Update:  Hubby and I are having a visitor stay with us through this storm just in case the power goes out...my Aunt, Mom's Sister...she doesn't have alternative source of heat in case the electric goes out available, and we do, so her Son, who isn't going to be home with her through this snow and ice, brought her here and we've had a really nice afternoon together.  She will be staying overnite and maybe longer, depending on how long the snow and ice remains. 

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Evening update:  Almost forgot to say...today I finished tidying the study!  So now it looks totally SLEEK and BARE!  Next step will be cleaning out the filing cabinet (yuk!) and relocating it and putting fresh new file folders in it to where it is usuable for our incoming and outgoing, etc. instead of being used for storage of documents and other things from years ago.  (Maybe put them in a plastic bin and store in the closet since I'm always so hesitant to get rid of old paperwork...) 

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 Hope you are having a nice day!

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

legcramps on 01/10/2011:
Glad hubby made it home safe, wow lots of snow huh?! Stay inside and keep warm by the fireplace :)


Umpqua on 01/10/2011:
I'm glad your hubby is home safe! My hubby is already planning to work from home Wednesday in preparation for our coming storm. Have a safe and warm snow day!!


V on 01/10/2011:
Hey Maria!!Wonderful news that hubby has made it home safe and sound! You are doing such a great job, maintaining is just as much work ;) Have a nice extra warm day!


liza36 on 01/10/2011:
Stay safe and warm! In the DC area we are expecting snow tomorrow. Must be your storm moving my way. Have a great snow day!


chidogs on 01/10/2011:
It just sounds so beautiful, watching the snow from inside a cozy house. I only did that once in our old cabin in the mountains. I'm glad your hubby is home safely now. Enjoy your day.


just42day on 01/10/2011:
So glad hubby got home safely. I hate winter road conditions. Can't believe how you "southerns" (meant kindly) are getting hit with snow. Stay warm and safe! :)


moogy on 01/10/2011:
I am glad you are both safe and warm. What strange weather, it is pouring with rain as I type this and is quite cool. Amazing, as if everything has been switched around somehow. I am not complaining though, if I can get a mild summer it will make up for the past two which have been hot and extended. Keep warm you two!!


crazy_fatty on 01/10/2011:
i like the pick of the fruits


biscottibody59 on 01/10/2011:
Nice of you to accommodate your aunt:-) No snow remains after a couple hours of flurries yesterday, but the windchill is supposed to be as low as 9degF tomorrow.

Enjoy your cozy fireplace!


V on 01/10/2011:
Oh I love company! I am sure you do too! I am so looking forward to exploring my neighborhood on foot! It is amazing all the things you miss when in a hurry to go nowhere important ;)


Sofia on 01/10/2011:
Its really nice of you to accommodate your aunt through the storm, you never know when the power will fail. Also, I thought you might like to know that its currently 60' here in Fl :D


hopingforhealth on 01/11/2011:
Yikes, that snow sounds crazy! I am glad your aunt is safe at home with you guys and the hubby got home safe. Enjoy the sleek study!


biscottibody59 on 01/12/2011:
Hope you're doing all right with the weather!


V on 01/12/2011:
Hellooooo :)



Maria7 - Sunday Jan 09, 2011
(Goal Weight Maintenance)
Weight: 140.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

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  Good afternoon to you.

Went to church this morning...we had a WONDERFUL service!  Loved the preaching.  Our Pastor is really gifted.  After church, I drove to visit Mom at the nursing home.  She was doing well and in bed.  (Thank You, Jesus!)  I helped her with her lunch, putting her sweetener in her tea and stirring it and taking the wrapping off her chocolate cream pie.  She ate her cabbage and cornbread and left her ground up meat (don't know what it was) and potatoes she said weren't cooked done, even though I offered to mash them up for her, she refused.  I had to tell her about my Cousin that passed the other nite that I found out about yesterday.  I tried to break it to her gently but Mom has discernment, always has.  When I told her I had something to tell her, she said "Somebody died in the family?"  I said yes.  She asked if it was her SIL whose Husband, Mom's Brother, passed last year.  I said no.  When I said it was in her SIL's family, Mom guessed my Cousin's Sister and when I said no, she said "NOT MY FAVORITE NEPHEW!!!"  I said yes.  Her eyes turned RED and welled up with tears as I apologized for telling her and told her I knew she wouldn't want to hear it later from anyone but me and she thanked me for telling her, saying she was glad I went ahead and told her.    I loved my Cousin, too.  He was a sweet, Christian man and when his Daddy was living, he would bring both his parents to visit Mom, even though they live a good distance away.  That way Mom got to visit with her favorite Nephew, her Brother, and her SIL, whom she loved all three dearly as she was the one who introduced her Brother to her best Friend in high school and her Brother married Mom's best friend.    And they had a long wonderful marraige.

Well, tmi...but I'm fixing to get ready shortly to go back to church as we have Sunday afternoon music and singing practice before church this evening. 

Today's Food (yesterday's cals est 1254)

Breakfast:  Large coffee w ff creamer and splenda 14, turkey sausage patty 60, 1/2 cupful plain grits 100 (174)

Lunch:  1/2 pint ice cream 280, 1/2 pb s/w w one diet bread and Smart Balance chunky pb 140 (594)

Supper: Roasted chicken 200, green string beans 50, 1/3 cupful rice w a little gravy 75, 1/2 cupful mashed potatoes 125, 1/2 pb s/w 140 (1184)

 

Total est cals today: 1184

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Hope you're having a nice day!

 Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

moogy on 01/09/2011:
Your mom seems to have taken the bad news as well as can be expected. Apart from having to do the undesireable job your Sunday is sounding wonderful. If you are singing or playing tonight, I hope it goes well for you.:)


Umpqua on 01/09/2011:
I'm so sorry to hear about your cousin, Maria. You are very strong and I know your Mom appreciated hearing the news from you. Hang in there!


KathyBlue on 01/10/2011:
I would have loved seeing you measuring the snow with a tape, hihihi :)



Maria7 - Saturday Jan 08, 2011
(Goal Weight Maintenance)
Weight: 140.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

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 Good morning to you!

Another COLD morning here in S.C.  (36 degrees F).

The tv news is still saying they are expecting an ICE/SNOW STORM Sunday nite through Tuesday morning here.  Said they are expecting POWER OUTAGES in some areas.  (And with power outages, it can be DAYS before power is back on!)  But, I'm not worrying, I know WHO takes care of us! 

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Hubby is working today and I am washing clothes, tidying the house, and will soon be cooking (chicken) for today and tomorrow, as we don't plan to eat out lunch tomorrow after church. 

Sinuses are acting up a little this morning as I forgot to plug in the vaporizer in our bedroom last nite before I went to bed.    It really makes a big difference to have some warm steam added to the dry heat (electric) air.  Helps one breathe better and not have sinus headaches and other sinus symptoms.

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Today's Food:  (Yesterday's cals were est. 1607)

Breakfast:  1 fried Jimmy Dean turkey sausage patty 60, 1/2 cupful plain grits 100, large caffeinated black (but I drink mine WEAK so mine is light brown) coffee 4, w 1 tsp ff creamer 10, 1 splenda 0, and orange diet caffeine-free cola 0... 174 (174)

Lunch: 2 small sweet potatoes w a tsp sugar and tsp cinnamon 350, 1/2 cupful black eyed peas 100, 1/2 pb s/w 140 (764)

Supper: 1/2 pb s/w 140, 1/4 cupful (ALL GONE NOW) black eyed peas 50, roasted chicken 100 (1054)

Snack:  More roasted chicken 200 (1254) 

Today's Total Est. Calories: 1254

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Update:  Sat with Mom a long time this afternoon, took her baked cinnamon-apple pieces w a tsp sugar and cinnamon sprinkled over the top.  She was finishing eating what she wanted of her lunch and she ate all of the baked cinnamon apple pieces I brought her.  She was in a happy mood and she and I had a relaxing, talkative time with a CNA (D for future ref) who was in the room sitting with Mom's roommate.

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When I got back home, I got some very sad news that my cousin suddenly passed last nite...he was young.  (Middle-aged-young.)  He was a very sweet Christian cousin and I loved him very much.  He was Mom's favorite nephew.  I will have to tell her tomorrow.   

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In the meanwhile, the tv news is having WARNINGS scrolling across the bottom of the screen that we are under a 'winter storm watch' for a BIG ICE STORM that may make ROADS IMPASSABLE as well as DOWN POWER LINES!  As you can tell, we southerners are not used to winter precipitation such as the northerners are probably very familiar with.  Usually the most winter precipitation other than a little rain that we get might be a one time a year sprinkle of snow or sprinkle of ice/sleet that melts within 24 hours or so.  So, to us, this is really something if we get it.  We are not used to driving in snow or ice and Lord willing, if we get what they are saying we are going to get, I plan on staying inside!  Right by the fireplace!  With my diet bread s/w of Smart Balance chunky peanut butter!  (Ain't gotta have electricity to cook that!)

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 Hope you are having a nice day!

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/08/2011:
I hope you don't get too much damage from that storm! Our snowstorm wimped out and we only got 4 or 5 inches yesterday. We have a humidifier hooked up directly to the heating system since it really does get so dry in the winter. Makes a huge difference! Hope you have a great day!


chidogs on 01/08/2011:
Glad you are on the mend. Have a great day. :)


geevee on 01/08/2011:
Hey, girl.Weren't you around 150 before I went AWOL? And now you're 140. WOW!


biscottibody59 on 01/08/2011:
My CPAP machine has a built-in humidifier, so I'm breathing moist air all night:-) Otherwise I'm like you--dry air just makes life miserable--hope you get to feeling better today!

Holding steady there--good job!


moogy on 01/08/2011:
I really hope you don't get the power cut off, that is awful, it occassionaly happens here during a storm but only for a little while. I can't imagine being without electricity for a few days, not good. As you know it is Sunday here and I am just about ready to leave for Church to teach my lesson so I wanted to stop by and let you know that I will be thinking about you teaching your lesson tomorrow and hoping that it goes really well. I always pray before I prepare and teach so I will pray for you as well.:)


V on 01/08/2011:
Stay warm my friend! Yes my overactive imagination creates some very strange dreams for me..LOL Love you!


moogy on 01/08/2011:
Yes, a candle, bread and peanut butter, a good book, a blazing fire. You will be fine!!:)


loveray on 01/08/2011:
it is reallly cold! i hope you guys stay warm and get some rest:)


moogy on 01/08/2011:
Well, my lesson went really well. I hope your's did as well, even though I misunderstood and thought it was today (tomorrow for you), never mind. At least we have our hearts in the right place even if our minds are a bit on the dodgy side!!!!LOL


moogy on 01/08/2011:
I love books, I always have one on the go. You probably wouldn't like them, I love thrillers!! Might scare you a bit!


loveray on 01/08/2011:
yea, i think its supposed to start tomorrow afternoon and we should have a ton of snow and ice by monday! i am looking forward to some time just to chill indoors without having to make any excuses about why im being lazy:)


V on 01/08/2011:
LOL it is only crab meat, not the whole thing...LOL


chidogs on 01/08/2011:
Maria, I could get really addicted to storing stuff in these containers. They are so easy to pack and store! We got two more today to finish the last of the holiday stuff. :)



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