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Maria7 - Friday Dec 17, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 144.0

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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Hello, Friends...

Hubby and I both went to the doctor yesterday, who put us both on antibiotics, Hubby for sinusitis and bronchitis, and me for sinusitis.

I have decided that the less I answer the phone, the happier I will be.  Do I look like I've got 'sucker' written all over me???  Apparently to most of the callers, I do!

I spent 2 days crying off and on from a family member calling and upsetting me by saying awful stuff to me, then the following day calling and saying they had taken a lot of medicine for pain the previous nite when they called me and had no memory of calling and talking to me.  (That's a way to be very cruel and then disown responsibility for their actions.) 

Another one calls after the usual long period of not hearing for them and wants me to do something for them, which I oblige, then pulls a double with needing a lot more for me to do for them.

My Hubby usually NEVER answers the phone (unless his work calls) and if ANYONE calls just to 'talk' to him (that is not work-related), unless it's me when I'm not home, you should see the FACE he makes as he painstakingly takes the phone I hand to him to talk to them!  He tells me repeatedly that "Maria, just because the phone rings doesn't mean you have to answer it!!!"  when he sees me agonizing over call after call.

So...am I done yet?  You might think?  Yep.  This is better than overeating, which I AM VERY TEMPTED TO DO!!!  But!  Guess what???  IT IS NOT FUN TO 'FLUFF UP'!  (from overeating).

Okay...some good news...I 'think' I'm done with shopping for Christmas.  Today I went to the nursing home and offered to take Mom Christmas shopping, thinking she'd be ecstatic!  Instead, she laid there in bed telling me how very tired she felt and that just the thought of getting out of bed to go shopping (even though I'd be wheeling her around in her wheelchair) made her feel even more tired.  So I volunteered to do her Christmas shopping for her which she was happy about.  I spent about 3 hours getting her list done.  Took the Christmas gifts back to her room and we bagged them together (easier than wrapping).  She was very happy over everything I got but what was so SAD was when she asked did I get her anything???  I had asked her if she'd like a pantsuit before I left and she'd said no.  She doesn't know she will be receiving a real 11-diamonds ring from Hubby and me but she knows she's getting something expensive and extra nice for Christmas, her only hints.  So, I reminded her and she smiled again.  She'd wanted some of the gifts for herself but resisted after oohing and ahhing over them.  I'm glad the shopping is done.  What a job!   

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Hope you're having a nice day or evening.

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 61 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

V on 12/17/2010:
What a wonderful loving daughter,mom, friend you are :) I am sure mom will be extremely happy!!!! As or the rest it sure appears that your patience is being tested and maybe your hubby has the right idea about not answering the phone! The beauty of caller id is that you always knows who is on the line and it is up to you if you want to be bothered! Love you Maria!!


V on 12/17/2010:
:) counting down the hours!!!! Sunday Sunday Sunday!!! LOL

Sometime in the near future that guilt will dissapate!!! Don't ever let anyone dump their issues/anger in your lap, you are sure to feel the same way...Misery does love company sad but true


V on 12/17/2010:
1 week and a day :) not nearly enough time but I plan a surprise visit Mother's Day too :)


moogy on 12/17/2010:
Ah Maria, it is a shame we can't choose our family like we choose our friends isn't it. Maybe time to invest in an answering machine!! Your mom sounds as if she has lost her happy mood from last week. Well done with getting everything done though. You are a wonderful daughter. I am sure your mom will love her present. Have a good evening.:)


Umpqua on 12/18/2010:
I'm sorry you and hubby aren't feeling well, and that folks are taking advantage of you this holiday season. I was out and about shopping and running errands yesterday and so many people are grumpy and cranky and seem miserable. I hate that the holiday season brings this out, it should be a time of joy and celebration. On the flip side, in the LONG line at the post office everyone was nice and cheerful and I witnessed several acts of kindness. We need more of that! I hope today is a better day for you!


selina on 12/18/2010:
Maria, I totally agree with your hubby - one needs to be selective in allowing people into our lives. Offending you and forgetting about it - how rude is that? I hope you are both feeling better today, antibiotics normally make one feel wonderful so quickly!

Good job on getting all the presents for your mom - you are an amzing daughter!



Maria7 - Tuesday Dec 14, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 144.0

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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Hello, Friends!

I'm sitting here by the fireside this morning, keying to you.  It is sunny but COLD outside (16F).

I want to say something this morning.  This is the time of year when tempers easily flare.  Don't get caught up in someone else's anger and don't become angry, yourself.  Don't let the devil steal your joy.  I am currently caught in between friends, trying to keep harmony and peace between them.  It was not my choice.  It's not like I stepped in intentionally to do this.  I got caught in the middle by someone being inconsiderate and determined to have things their way.  I didn't go through the proper channels as I should have when I tried to accomodate them.  My excuse (everyone's got one, right?) is that I have become so accustomed to being the one in charge of many situations (including my Mom and her care, though this has nothing to do with her whatsoever) that I didn't even think to consult others in charge before making a decision to accomodate the person who was being inconsiderate.  I didn't think of the possible effect on others in charge of a certain project.    They became very angry, to say the least and it is ALL MY FAULT.  I had to tell them that I didn't think to consult them before giving in to the person and letting them have their way. (The others in charge had put me in charge of the details of the project, though they are the ones over it.)   I told them I was sorry and asked their forgiveness.  Some of the work they had done had to be changed slightly to accomodate the person whom I gave in to having their way.  Top it off, after they talked with the person, whom I agreed to let have their way,the person did not even act thankful and wanted things EVEN MORE their way.  I ask for your prayers about this even though I can't put the details over the internet.  Suffice to say, the devil will do anything he can come up with to try to take our joy if we let him.  Also suffice to say that I've learned my lesson well about making sure I, myself, am considerate of others (especially those who are also in charge).

 ..Tonite will be the last Christmas Cantata practice after evening church service before this coming Sunday morning when we have the program.

Update:  In making today's entry, I lost yesterday's entry.  Please overlook that comments were made yesterday...they were to yesterday's entry. 

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Hope you're having a blessed day or evening!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 61 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

V on 12/14/2010:
Gotta love anything in red this time of year!!! For me I am sad to say I missed out on my red shiny toy :( Alas she will just have to settle for her leopard Liz Claiborne ;) LOL que sera!! I am already packed Maria....I am notorious for overpacking and since I have alot of winter clothes at mom's(planning to bring some back with me since it's been rather chilly here)So I don't want to go overboard, I even have a post it note ontop reminding me not to put ANYTHING else in there,LOL As I recall you are a bit of an overpacker as well right??? Well I hope your fingers are rested so you might play a little more musuc, I only wish I could hear it!!! Have a good night my friend :)


nita51 on 12/14/2010:
Hello :)


nita51 on 12/14/2010:
How's your mother doing?


nita51 on 12/14/2010:
Glad to hear that.:) Guess I'm going to try a little exercise now, and turn in early. Thanks for chattin with me. Have a good evening.


moogy on 12/14/2010:
I would prefer to be in your cosy home than my air conditioned one, it sounds lovely. Good shopping there Maria. Afternoon tea is a very English tradition dating back centuries, usually it does include tea and cake, fancy little traditional cakes. We don't drink tea or coffee and indeed wouldn't give it to the children if we did. I have a menu of hot weather and cold weather treats that I cook or prepare, including cakes like my buttermilk chocolate cake, spiders (ice cream and soda in a huge glass), jelly and ice cream, muffins, finger buns (iced sweet bread rolls which are buttered), homemade choc chip cookes or thumbprint cookies (the princess helps make these) I could go on, but I am sure you get the idea. Would you like to come??? LOL


moogy on 12/14/2010:
I would prefer to be in your cosy home than my air conditioned one, it sounds lovely. Good shopping there Maria. Afternoon tea is a very English tradition dating back centuries, usually it does include tea and cake, fancy little traditional cakes. We don't drink tea or coffee and indeed wouldn't give it to the children if we did. I have a menu of hot weather and cold weather treats that I cook or prepare, including cakes like my buttermilk chocolate cake, spiders (ice cream and soda in a huge glass), jelly and ice cream, muffins, finger buns (iced sweet bread rolls which are buttered), homemade choc chip cookes or thumbprint cookies (the princess helps make these) I could go on, but I am sure you get the idea. Would you like to come??? LOL


Umpqua on 12/15/2010:
I'm sorry to hear you are in a difficult situation. I hope it works itself out and people can find it in their hearts to be understanding and forgiving, particularly at this time of year. I hope you have a great day and stay warm!!


V on 12/15/2010:
:( I am sorry that you are going through this and you are so right about not getting caught up in someone else's anger, it is the Devil trying to work at you, I know you will not let him win! I hope your day gets better and yes I will pray for your situation


moogy on 12/15/2010:
Sometimes the peacemakers are the ones that take the flack. I am sorry that you got caught in the middle but I am so glad that you managed to stay gracious and calm. You have the right attitude, maybe you can step out now and let those in charge deal with the person being unreasonable. I hate being angry even if it is the appropriate feeling and tend to swollow it down ( something I learned to do in childhood) and then I swallow a lot of chocolate just to make sure it stays down!!!! Have a good evening Maria. I hope you are feeling calm and peaceful, you deserve it.:)


nita51 on 12/15/2010:
Don't let this situation damper your Christmas Spirits. Some people are joy stealer's. They will try to steal your joy, if you let them. Please move on, and chalk it up to the other person's selfishness and your kind nature. I am much like you, misunderstandings weigh heavily on my spirit. Keeping you in my prayers. Come on, GET HAPPY! Jesus has a big celebration coming soon, and we want to be in good spirits for the party. PS, Let nothing rain on your parade, I'm sure you meant well.


hopingforhealth on 12/15/2010:
Ugh. I'm so sorry to hear that. It is so hard to be caught between people...and it never ceases to amazing me the way adults can act like children. I hope that everyone understands that you were just doing the best you could to please everyone and that it gets better!


V on 12/15/2010:
Oh I am at the maintanence phase now...I am eating without weighing or measuring so I can allow my body to tell me where it is comfortable at...Not more than 140 if I can help it, It is not truly about the number but how my clothes fit on me now :)


V on 12/15/2010:
Oh I am 5'6ish


selina on 12/15/2010:
Enjoy the Cantata and have a joyful evening! Sorry to hear about your very difficult friends...


moogy on 12/16/2010:
Morning here in Sydney Maria. I hope that the cantata went well. I am looking forward to hearing about it. Thank you for your comments and prayer, I appreciate you very much.:)


moogy on 12/16/2010:
Hi Maria, How are you doing? Haven't seen a post in a couple of days. I am guessing you are on a little writing break. Yes, I did get a bit of a workout with the emergency arrangements yesterday. It was great fun. Hope you are well and happy.:)



Maria7 - Monday Dec 13, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 144.0

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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Hello, Friends...

Hubby and I are watching tv...thought I'd say hello tonite...  I visited Mom at the nursing home today.  She seemed to be doing okay.  Then I went to the next larger town over and walked around in stores after navigating the heavy afternoon Christmas traffic...  Lots of things on sale.  Didn't buy anything.  It's very cold outside.  I wore hat and gloves, jacket and boots with warm clothes.  Looks like I'll have to shop for my Mom's Christmas gifts to others instead of taking her with me...she was wanting to go Christmas shopping, too, but I don't think it would be wise to get her out of the warm nursing home into the very cold air.  Last year, I took her Christmas shopping when the weather was milder and after I got her into a store, she got overheated and I had to get her back to the car, then go back in (leaving her alone in the car) to pay for the items she chose for gifts...this is not to mention lifting her and her wheelchair and her bathroom break...I know she wants to get out of the nursing home for a while but it's not worth it to risk her health.  So, I'll just do the best I can. 

The chocolate cake (turned out to be 13 layers) turned out real well and I gave away most of what wasn't eaten at the church Christmas party.  Tomorrow nite is Christmas Cantata practice at church. 

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Hope you're having a nice day or evening.

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 61 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

moogy on 12/13/2010:
I wish we had a picture of that cake, it sounds fantastic. I agree with you, your mom is too frail to be out and about in the cold. I fantasize about Christmas shopping in the cold, taking my time, enjoying the decorations etc. It is a lot of planning and very quick in and out of the shops here, usually very early in the morning. Although, today is relatively a nice day, I have a cool breeze and an overcast sky, so yay!! I hope you have a lovely evening with your hubby, keeping warm and watching tele.:)


V on 12/13/2010:
I'm sorry that it wasn't warmer weather to take mom out for a bit! hopefully it will warm soon enough to at least enjoy the fresh air..You are such an awesome daughter :) I am glad that you so graciously offered that leftover temptation,oops cake to someone else ;) Love ya Maria!


chidogs on 12/13/2010:
Sorry you aren't able to take Mom out Christmas shopping. But when a mild day comes you can do something that takes less time and is less complicated. We would take my Mom to breakfast every Sunday. She loved the outing, so I know what you mean about needing to get her out. You will, when it will work best for you both. Take care, Maria.


selina on 12/14/2010:
It's so cold here, too, that I hate going outside! That cake you baked sounds wonderful! So glad your mom is doing well.... Stay well!

I ended up staying in and eating at home when husband came home. As I expected, he didn't want to eat out (he had to eat out 3 mels a day for a whole week while in Switzerland!) and I don't blame him for wanting to eat home cooked meals. Besides, it's easier on the diet front, this way...


V on 12/14/2010:
Heading out soon to start my day i just wanted to say Hello :)



Maria7 - Saturday Dec 11, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 144.0

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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Hello, Friends...

It is raining here this morning and chilly but not as cold as it has been.  I plan, Lord willing, on baking a chocolate layered cake this morning to take to our annual church Christmas party this afternoon.    I was going to bake it last nite but got too sleepy sitting by the fire in the fireplace and went to bed instead.  Hubby got up this morning and said, "I see that you didn't bake the cake last nite, did you?"  (Some ingredients were still out on the kitchen counter waiting to be used in the cake baking.)  I don't know if he was thinking more about the cake or more about his little muffin-sized cake I usually bake for him when I bake cakes. 

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Update:  I finished baking, frosting, and decorating the 12-layer chocolate cake to take to the party in a few hours!  WHAT A JOB!!! 

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Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 61 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

selina on 12/11/2010:
Yumm! enjoy your party today, Maria! And thank you for the virtual b-dy present - lovely!


V on 12/11/2010:
Maria,I am hoping you only had a small cupcake??? LOL Love you!


V on 12/11/2010:
Well the suitcase at Marshall's has wheels and it is so shiny :) The other one I currently have is not :( LOL Great reason to buy??? LOL


moogy on 12/11/2010:
Thank you Maria, I had a wonderful morning at church singing carols with everyone. It felt really special. I hope you are enjoying your carol singing and the general spirit of the season. Have a good weekend.:)


hopingforhealth on 12/11/2010:
Oooh, personal sized cake? You are one fabulous wife. I hope you have fun at the party!


Umpqua on 12/11/2010:
12 layers? you go! I did a 4-layer cake once and that seemed like a ton of work. I'm sure you cake is fabulous! Hope you have an excellent time!!


nita51 on 12/12/2010:
Look at you!,,,You are doing a super job, of eating healthy. I admire your will power. I've never been much of a baker and I don't think I could ever do a 12 layer cake. What a sweetheart! his own little cake. Your husband should be so proud of you. You go lady! Love you



Maria7 - Friday Dec 10, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 144.0

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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Hello, Friends!

I'm sitting here by the fireside, keying to you.  It is COLD outside and so WARM right here...I love it...looking at the fire in the fireplace.    That's the good news...

The not so good news (but still good) is I decided to give up the new 3g mobile internet.    I miss it already!  Turned out that, though it worked wonderfully and was just about as fast as the wifi here at home, the little limited 250 mb/month plan is not going to be a keeper...It sounds like a LOT...but it actually is very little.  Oh, it would work out if I didn't do anymore graphics on this entry (no pictures, animations, etc.) and only got online about an hour a day and never checked out youtube or any videos, etc. To upgrade to the unlimited 3g  mobile internet plan, the price would have been double the price for 3 months, then even more after that.  So, for now, the 3g mobile internet is...'gone with the wind'...  Oh, well, still have the wifi internet at home for now and am happy with it and thankful to the Lord for it. 

Today, I had lunch with a friend and she and I did a little Christmas shopping afterward.  Later tonite or sometime tomorrow, I plan, Lord willing, to bake a chocolate layered cake to take to our annual church Christmas party tomorrow afternoon.  (Although I'm really in the mood to bake Christmas cookies but I promised to bake a cake...which I'm actually much better at baking than cookies, hehehe!)  It will be at least 4 layers and maybe even more...maybe 8-10...???  It will be a yellow cake with chocolate frosting in between the layers and on top.  I may even sprinkle a few multi-colored Christmas sprinkles (tiny candy sprinkles) on top, since is IS Christmas, what do you think?

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 61 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

V on 12/10/2010:
I am thinking go for the cake, 8 layers is a little ambitious for my blood but it appears that you can do it with ease!!! LOl ALso I think it is safer to bake the cake because you can't take it there with a slice misssing ;) Cookies on the other hand they would never know how many you actually baked!! LOl Have a wonderful evening Maria...It's pretty chilly here too 40 degrees


moogy on 12/10/2010:
That cake sounds exactly right for you and absolutely coloured sprinkles on top!! I think that personal computers are a little miracle in themselves, mind you I can't work out how the picture get on the screen of the television!!!! Another little miracle, someone did explain it to me once but it just didn't make sense to me. Sorry that you have had to go back to your old system, but it wouldn't be your page with out the graphics! Enjoy the party, I will be expecting a report tomorrow about how everyone raved about your cake. Love to you.


V on 12/10/2010:
LOL!!!!Oh so that's your secret!!! LOl Maria???? No cake size muffin for you! Maybe a cute little one :) Now I have yo lol, i gave Dan the other half of the burger and the other half of the collards ;) Yes I know...I ate the normal size dinner because I drank a cup of broth before eating...LOL on the celery yes that would be precise!!! You are too funny Maria ;)


V on 12/10/2010:
A wise decision!! Nite :)


nita51 on 12/10/2010:
Have a great weekend :)



Maria7 - Thursday Dec 09, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 144.0

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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Hello, Friends...

Just got the 3g mobile internet service installed and am checking it out...so far, so good, here at the house.  I will be leaving to take care of some errands shortly and will be taking my laptop with me and checking it at various locations. 

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 Hubby and I are to get the Christmas tree decorated hopefully tonite.  The tree is up and looks pretty, though bare. 

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Update:  At a different location checking connectivity, etc.  Appears to be doing well with the 3g mobile internet. 

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Evening update:  3g mobile internet doing real well.  Checked it out at 3 different locations while out and about in my vehicle this afternoon and it did real well.  While out, I visited Mom a little while this afternoon.  She was doing pretty well.  However, her new roommate hasn't been well at all and the EMS came and got her while I was visiting Mom to take her to the hospital.  Please pray for her.  From what I'm told she is a good Christian woman who taught Sunday School in her church in her younger years.  She's been in a LOT of agony and Mom told me she spoke up for her to get some help and believes they listened to her why she was taken to the hospital.  After they left with her, Mom told me she's already lost 2 roommates who occupied her new roommate's bed and she hopes she doesn't lose her new roommate.

On a different note, Mom asked me today how much do I weigh?  To which I tried to dodge her question, as she is highly competitive, and has already put herself on a lose-weight diet by refusing her meals and making do with little snack s/w's.  When I wouldn't tell her, she asked again, "How much do you weigh?  140?"  (Close, hehe.)  I answered, "No, Mom, I weigh more than that."  (Though not much more, hehe.)  I am glad she is feeling well enough to be wanting to be a healthier weight.

Oh, lest I forget to tell you, the Christmas tree is not only up, it is now DECORATED!!! 

 

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Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 61 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

panda22 on 12/09/2010:
Enjoy decorating the tree, glad your new internet is working out good for you =) Have a great day!


moogy on 12/09/2010:
I hope that you are enjoying your day Maria. It is an unusually short entry for you, I am crossing my fingers that you are busy and not feeling down. I will be thinking of you:) Glad you enjoyed the Kookaburra's, I am lucky to have them living around me!


Umpqua on 12/09/2010:
Have a great evening, Maria!


V on 12/09/2010:
Love you Maria! I know the tree will look beautiful!!! ;)


hopingforhealth on 12/09/2010:
I'm glad the internet is working out. Have a great evening!


V on 12/09/2010:
How pretty!!!Your mom is one sharp cookie ;) So are you for dodging the question and telling the truth at the same time ;)


moogy on 12/09/2010:
I am glad to return and read about your day, your mom sounds as if she is being a little fiesty with you. That's wonderful. I am also glad that the tree is decorated. Yay!!


V on 12/09/2010:
Yes!!! :) My mom kept her internet service for when I go home for visits and she doesn't have a computer!!! LOl I don't think they pay much for it..Internet is part of her cable package so I am safe...If I stay at my bf's she has internet access as well :) I don't know what i would do without you wonderful girls here so full reports every day!!! :)


chidogs on 12/09/2010:
Love it that your Mom is very mentally active like that and in touch. Very good. Glad you got your tree done. We do ours this weekend. And it is great that your new computer 3g thingy is working out.


V on 12/09/2010:
Oh i leave in 1 week and 3 days, but who's counting??? ME LOL


selina on 12/10/2010:
so glad to hear about your mom! sounds like your tree is beautiful! Enjoy!


hopingforhealth on 12/10/2010:
I hope you are enjoying the tree!

I'm so sorry to hear about your mother's roommate. I'm sure it is hard on her to keep forming connections to these people and then losing then. I will keep them in my thoughts.



Maria7 - Wednesday Dec 08, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 144.0

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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Hello, Friends...

It is a pretty, sunny, COLD (20's F) morning here in S.C. 

I visited Mom for about 2 hours yesterday afternoon.  We had a good visit.  She told me she'd changed her mind about the eye makeup.  (Thank you for your suggestions regarding the eye makeup.)  I didn't get her any, either, cause I didn't think she could apply it safely without risking getting it into her eye and she only wanted eyeliner pencil.  She said that when washing her face, the corner of her washcloth had accidentally gotten into her eye and irritated it and she decided she didn't want to chance any eye makeup doing the same.  So that was the beginning and the end of that conversation about the eyeliner.    I took her a hamburger with lettuce and tomato on it and divided the meat into tiny little pieces with lots of ketcup on top to make it easy for her to eat and she ate that after earlier she'd refused to eat her lunch that was brought her on a tray to her room.  She told a caregiver that came in and saw she'd not eaten her lunch that she didn't eat her lunch because she was on a diet (she put herself on) to try to lose some weight.  She told me when they last weighed her (probably within the past month) she weighed 179.  At one time years ago she was very heavy and told me at that time that she weighed 315.  I didn't doubt it.  She started replacing some meals with Slimfast and she lost about 100 pounds in about a year doing that.  Eventually she decided that her goalweight was to be 175.  She reached and passed that, going down to about 149 from losing her appetite and eating extremely little after she first went into a nursing home in early 2008, but she was very, very weak from malnourishment as well as extremely poor care at the first nursing home she was in.  After she transferred to the nice nursing home she is in now about a year and a half ago, she put back on weight up to about 180.  I reminded her that her original goalweight was 175 and that she's just a few pounds over that (so no need for a strict diet) when I was visiting her yesterday and she didn't comment.

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Christmas Cantata (a program of Christmas songs describing the Christmas story of Jesus' Birth being sung in church or at other location by a group of people) practice is again tonite.    I am very happy over it and looking forward to it!

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 Hubby and I finally got the Christmas tree put up last nite, was quite a job, only to realize we needed new lights, so off to the store we went and Hubby purchased new lights for it, but since it was late when we got back, we decided to wait to decorate the tree either today or tomorrow.  It feels like time we get it up, it will be about time to take it back down, since we are running late putting it up.

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I decided to give the 3g mobile internet a try, so will be keeping the wifi internet we currently have now at the house while trying that out before deciding which one of the two to keep.  The 3g card should be arriving tomorrow or Friday, I was told after ordering the service (which will be the same price we are paying now for wifi here at home, which the wifi is soon to go up almost double if we decide to keep it).  With the 3g mobile internet, my understanding is that it will work ANYWHERE, including but not limited to only here at home.  Thank you for your advice about it.

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Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 61 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

just42day on 12/08/2010:
Glad you had a nice visit with your mom. I'm sure your xmas tree will look lovely with the new lights! Have a great day! :)


V on 12/08/2010:
Good news!! Well your mom is pretty funny she is turning into a diva, first with the makeup and now a diet! I like her style :) I am glad you all had a nice visit and if your tree is as sparkly as the one on this post, it's gonna be beautiful!!! Have a great day Maria


selina on 12/08/2010:
Awww... I imagine how beautiful the decorations are like! Every time a see a decorated house in the neighborhood, I think of you! The same way I remember V when I go to Starbucks, ha!

Your mom sounds like a pretty awesome lady!


panda22 on 12/08/2010:
Aww your visit with your mom sounds like it went well...she sounds like my mom talking about a diet lol. Have fun decorating your tree, that's always a nice relaxing festive time =) I don't know much about the differences in the internet options you described, but it sounds like the one you are getting will be awesome if it works the way you said! Have a great day! Thanks for the comment as well lol I was a wreck from the pregnancy hormones but I guess that's better than getting angry as some people might have done if that happened to them!


selina on 12/08/2010:
Thank you, Maria! Yes, my daughter seemed to be very happy that I was there. She spoke clearly, with strong voice and conviction - I was very happy to be there and was proud of her!


hollybelle on 12/08/2010:
So glad your Mom is doing OK this time of year! God bless. Wish I could hear the contata!


chidogs on 12/08/2010:
Good to hear your visit with you Mom was a good one and that she decided against the eye makeup! Your hamburger preparation sounded perfect, and just what she needed. Good for you. And getting your tree up is great.


moogy on 12/08/2010:
It sounds like things are going well for you at the moment Maria, your mom is doing well, wonderful practices, and the tree is up. Have a great day!!


Umpqua on 12/08/2010:
Good news on getting your tree up and I'm glad your Mom gave up with eye makeup fight. Hope you have an excellent evening!


hopingforhealth on 12/08/2010:
I'm glad your mom gave up on the eye makeup and ate her burger (despite her diet). It sounds like you guys had a lovely visit! Enjoy the tree decorating if you do it tonight!


V on 12/09/2010:
Addiction to perscription pills are out of control here..It amazes me that Parents are letting their kids as young as 4 taking meds for ADD/hyper activity??? What 4y/o that you know that is NOT a little antsy?? NONE...I just don't understand why dr's are so quick to medicate!



Maria7 - Monday Dec 06, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 144.0

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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Hello, Friends...

It is a pretty, sunny, COLD (20's F) morning here in S.C.  I've had breakfast and will soon be out and about, taking care of some business as well as possibly having lunch with a friend.

Christmas Cantata (a program of Christmas songs describing the Christmas story of Jesus' Birth being sung in church or at other location by a group of people) practice is early tonite, so probably will not get the Christmas tree up today, as would have to wait on Hubby to get home from work this evening for us to move furniture to make room for the tree to be put up and then not have time to decorate it tonite...  But, that's okay.  I LOVE going to church and I LOVE playing the piano, especially playing Christmas songs! 

It is looking more and more like Hubby and I will not be doing the big change of the dining room to another room off the kitchen anytime soon, so I've come up with a 'plan B'...which is simply keep the dining room where it is for now and decorate the table and 'MAKE ROOM!' for the tree in the living room by moving the piano from it's current position to another position in the living room, as well as moving furniture, too. 

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Question:  (totally unrelated to the above)  Have any of you tried 3g laptop card internet service for laptop computers versus having used wifi or other at home service?  I currently am using wifi at home, which is really good and very fast, but the price is going up soon, almost double, and I've been offered 3g mobile internet with a free 3g card for laptops for the price I am currently paying for wifi.  Not to mention, this is something I wanted when I first got my laptop computer but it was about 3 times the amount currently offered per month at that time.  My understanding (please enlighten me if I'm wrong) is that with the 3g laptop card service, I could access internet on my laptop computer anywhere versus having the wifi internet only at home.  As for speed, what I've researched so far appears to be FAST.  There is no 4g in our area yet but we do have 3g according to an online map furnished by the company offering it, which is the same company I currently have wifi with.  Anyone know anything about 3g speed versus wifi speed or anything else about using 3g on a laptop?  Any experience with this, anyone???  

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Hope you're having a nice day!

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 61 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

selina on 12/06/2010:
Sounds like you have a busy and fun day! sorry, I'm no help about the 3g thingy. Ref. Christmas tree allergy - I don't have it, as far as I know. Do you?


hollybelle on 12/06/2010:
I can't help you on the technical stuff, Maria - sorry. But how did I miss the fact that you play the piano???? Amazing! I love music - and can read music (mostly) but my fingers just don't work like that. I took lessons for about 7 years!


V on 12/06/2010:
You are a very busy bee!!! I bet you can play the piano like nobody's buisness!!! Have a wonderful day Maria!!


hollybelle on 12/06/2010:
Yes, Maria - Piano lessons for 7 years when I was young and although I can still "stumble" though I never really "got it". I have no inborn talent in that area! LOL! :o)


biscottibody59 on 12/06/2010:
I'd thoroughly research the competition if you have it, but sounds like a winner. We have one phone company choice and one cable company choice where I live--probably typical for that. So competition pretty much is nonexistent.

Have a good one!


selina on 12/06/2010:
Thank you Maria!


liza36 on 12/06/2010:
I admire the skill and gift of piano playing. My mother and sister do very well. My mother has been the church organist for years, and she really enjoys it. Especially this time of year, she enjoys learning new Christmas music for our services.

I can't help you with the computer question, although I do use a broadband internet card from work for my laptop on occasion. I love it because I can go anywhere with it. Good luck with your technology decisions.


moogy on 12/06/2010:
Well, I am glad that a decision has been made re the decorations. Maybe you could suggest moving rooms a little while after Christmas. It sounds like you are really looking forward to the carol singing and music playing, are you doing one performance or several?


chidogs on 12/06/2010:
No help either on that internet card thing. I have a card from Verizon for my laptop, and it costs me $50 a month. I can use it anywhere. I play flute (used to anyway!) But I have always wanted to learn piano.


hopingforhealth on 12/06/2010:
I didn't know that you played the piano! That will be wonderful. I wish I could hear you all; I love Christmas music too.

No help on the laptop issue. I've never used on of those cards. Good luck!


chidogs on 12/06/2010:
The card works very well everywhere I have used it except one time in an apartment dense area on the ground floor. But even cell phones had problems there the buildings were so close together. I don't have the best laptop, so my speed isn't too great so I guess it would depend on your laptop as well. I can't watch any videos, but I think that is just my cheap laptop. :)


moogy on 12/07/2010:
Thank you for your support and kind words Maria. They mean a lot to me.:)



Maria7 - Sunday Dec 05, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 144.0

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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Hello, Friends!

 

Hubby and I just got back home from church and visiting Mom at her nursing home.  Mom was on the 'warpath' today!  I gave her a pretty new tube of pink-red lipstick that I bought for her, identical to the one I bought for myself at the same time.  She loves makeup.  She was very happy over the lipstick because she'd complimented me on the shade I was wearing and I told her I'd bought her a tube identical to my lipstick that I was wearing.  Then upon noticing my wearing a little eye makeup, which she also liked, she told me that she wanted me to buy her some eye makeup and when I told her no, because she (sometimes) shakes and she might get an eye infection if she accidentally puts eye makeup into her eye, she announced to Hubby and me that she was "not going to be happy until I get it!".  She refused to listen to reason, saying she doesn't shake anymore (Parkinson's), which I have to admit, she hasn't been shaking for a while over the past recent visits, but I still don't trust her coordination to try to apply eye makeup without sticking the wand into her eye(s).  Trying to change the subject didn't help, she was STUCK on having her way, like a 2 year old toddler refusing the answer no.  Finally, Hubby and I told her we had to go and upon leaving, I told her I love her and she said, "I love you, too and bring me that eyeliner when you come back!!!" loudly and clearly, to which I didn't answer as I left.   

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Soon it will be time this afternoon to go to piano and singing practice at church.     

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Weighed in this morning at 144.0.  Okay with that. 

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Hope you're having a good day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 61 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

V on 12/05/2010:
OOh mom was a little huffy :( I am sure all will be forgiven by the next visit..Too bad you don't have a makeup artist friend that could sometimes stop by and put on makeup for her :( Anyways i hope you have a wonderful Sunday and i am sure that weight will drop!! Love you :)


moogy on 12/05/2010:
They do tend to turn back into children when they get old and their minds wander. It is sometimes a real battle of wits. She will probably of forgotten about the eye liner next time as long as you aren't wearing any that day!!! Have a good day Maria, enjoy your practice.


V on 12/05/2010:
Hey if their are any beauty schools in the area maybe you could swing by and ask the instructor to solicit the home so the students can get their practical in and since most of the residence have few visitors it would be a great opportunity for a little fun social interaction also everyone feels wonderful after a make over :) That was my idea for the day!


Umpqua on 12/05/2010:
You are such a trooper when it comes to your Mom. I love reading your entries and what you do for her because you do it year round. It's one thing to get sentimental around the holidays about religion, visiting family, doing good deeds for others. It's another thing to actually practice it in our everyday lives and I really respect that about you. I hope you have a great evening!


OpenMyWings on 12/05/2010:
What V said could be a good option. What kind of eyeliner are you using? I wouldn't recommend a pencil liner for your mom, but maybe a "dry" liner. An inexpensive way of doing dry eyeliner is to select an eyeshadow shade to match up with the color of eyeliner you are looking to achieve. For example, a medium brown shade of eyeshadow. Then you use a liner brush (which is soft and much safer for the eyes, especially someone who might shake a lot), dip it into the shadow, and use it to line your eyes as you would with a pencil. The other nice thing about using the dry liner method is that it's much gentler on the thin skin of the eyelids, since there's not as much pulling and stretching of the skin to apply it. You can go the route of buying special liner powders (Bare Escentuals makes some great ones), but using eyeshadow is pretty much the same, and is more budget-friendly.



Maria7 - Saturday Dec 04, 2010
(Small Changes Make Big Successes)
Weight: 143.2

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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Merry Christmas, Friends!

Hubby and I put the outside decorations up yesterday afternoon.  They were so pretty lit up in the dark last nite.  We set the timer for them to come on and go off after a few hours in the evenings. 

 

I've been having a mug of coffee   this morning with my breakfast of turkey sausage and grits...

The Christmas tree is not up yet in the house, but maybe soon...  Hubby and I are trying to decide whether to do some big moving of furniture and changing around or not...

 

 

 

 

Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 61.8 lbs lost so far, only 3.2 lbs to go!

OpenMyWings on 12/04/2010:
You always have such beautiful pictures! We have such a small living room, so I'm not sure where we're going to put the tree this year. I'd almost like to go to a small tree, about 4-4 1/2 feet that I can put on a table top, but I don't know how that will affect my sons (ages 8 and 9). Enjoy your day!


Umpqua on 12/04/2010:
We have our outside lights on a timer too, I love it when they come on! Hope you have a great day!


moogy on 12/04/2010:
Decisions, Decisions, I hope that you both agree on what to do and are both happy with the decision. Have a wonderful day of either moving furniture around or decorating. :))


Bikiniwax85 on 12/05/2010:
Hope everything is doing great for you. Have a lovely sunday! :)


V on 12/05/2010:
I love your post! The fireplace warms my heart :) Have a wonderful day



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