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Maria7 - Thursday Sep 23, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 143.8

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!  Happy first day of autumn! 

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Beautiful, sunny, AUTUMN morning here in SC.  Hope you're having a nice day! 

I DID get started with the closets yesterday...spent about an hour or 2 on them.  Didn't realize it was going to be taking as long as it will.  Will try to get more done today.

May go out with other Friend (who called and invited me to lunch yesterday) to lunch today as she left her yesterday's invitation open to today since I didn't go yesterday.

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Today's food:

  1 large coffee  with 2 tsp. creamer (20) and 1.5 packet splenda (0) and 2 diet toasts with lite syrup on them (180)  200

Lunch at Cracker Barrel: about 1/3 of a turkey/dressing/candied yams/cornbread muffin/carrot cake meal 400

1/2 lf bolona s/w on diet bd w low cal mayo 75

chocolate covered peanuts 125

ice cream s/w 150

 Total est cals today:  950  (I've just not really been hungry today and I'm not going to FORCE myself to eat more tonite just to up my cals number)

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Evening update:  Friend and I went out to lunch at Cracker Barrel.  During our outing, I got some shopping done for Mom (clothes, shoes, etc.).  After taking Friend home, I visited Mom.  She still going through a LOT of pain.  I hope and pray that VERY SOON the test results will come back and if it shows she has an infection, she'll get the medicine she needs, and be well and not be hurting from it anymore.  I feel VERY DISTRESSED day after day, seeing her suffer with that terrible pain.

On a good note, our Daughter visited us this evening.  Hadn't seen her in a while.  She brought me 2 very beautiful shirts.  Each one had words from the Bible on it.  Faith Heals is on one and the other one is Roman 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth...  So sweet of her!  Love that Girl!

Mini-Goals:

This week through Saturday, Sept. 18th:  145.anything 

Next week through Saturday, Sept. 25th:  143.anything 

Following week through Saturday, Oct. 2nd:  142.anything

Next week after that through Sat., Oct 9th:  141.0

Week after that through Thurs. Oct. 14th:  140.0

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 61.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.8 lbs to go!

just42day on 09/23/2010:
Thanks for the beautiful fall pics. Enjoy your lunch w/your friend today! :)


Umpqua on 09/23/2010:
Happy autumn to you, and great pics! Hope you have a wonderful day!


balloonlady on 09/23/2010:
ope you have a great day... Happpy Fall....


crazy_fatty on 09/23/2010:
nice trees, this is my favorite time of year


hollybelle on 09/23/2010:
Beautiful Fall Pic! I wish we were going to have a good Fall here. So far - I doubt it - it's been so dry the leaves are already falling and they are BROWN. It's such a shame since we are going to have so many foreign visitors for the World Equestrian Games and I'd love for them all to see how pretty KY is in the Fall.


breakaway on 09/23/2010:
I love the pic too :D Good job getting to the closets! Doesn't it feel nice to get them partially done :D


moogy on 09/23/2010:
Wonderful picture Maria. How about sending over some of your luncheon friends, I wish someone would take me out to lunch. I hope you have a lovely time and a great day.


selina on 09/23/2010:
That's one fantastic photo of Autumn landscape! Too bad we are having summer temperatures... I had to turn the air conditioning on yesterday!

I hope you had a great day with your friend! Good job on the closet. Concerning putting up the shades, they are so easy to do. I just do it myself, without a second thought, because if I were to count on my husband, I'd have to wait too long! He is talented in so many different ways but he is NOT a handyman. As for myself, if I have the right tools, I think I'd enjoy building a house! Haha!


V on 09/23/2010:
What a beautiful photo!!!!! i am proud that you tackled your closet! have a great evening :)


hopingforhealth on 09/23/2010:
You finally started those dreaded closets! You'll be so glad when you don't have to deal with it anymore!

I hope the rest of your day goes great!


hopingforhealth on 09/23/2010:
Hey! I am having trouble posting pictures, and V tells me you are the expert. Any tips? I am confused the url request when I try to upload.

Thanks!


moogy on 09/23/2010:
No, we don't have Cracker Barrel's here. I think that the way most Australian's eat is very different to how most American's eat. We have no way near the number of fast food places, but lots of noodle bars, sushi places, yum cha, portugese chicken, in general I think a little more healthy, heaps less cheese (I am always amazed at how much cheese American's eat), there seems to be lots of healthy fast food places. I don't usually eat from fast food places, normally because I like to cook my meals from scratch, the exception being a favourite sushi place at a shopping centre about half an hour from where we live. If we go there, I have to get sushi, I just can't make it as well as they can!!


hopingforhealth on 09/23/2010:
Thanks Maria! I just got it to work... I think mine were too big.

I also just saw that you updated since I checked in earlier. I'm sorry your mother was doing poorly tonight. It sounds like it was good timing for your daughter to visit. That was very sweet of her!


hopingforhealth on 09/23/2010:
they were taking in Virginia!


just42day on 09/23/2010:
So sorry for your stress and for your mother's pain. What's taking so long to get the test results? (like losing weight, it seems to take forever) She continues to be in my prayers. No wonder your daughter is so sweet; look who she has for a mother. :)


nita51 on 09/24/2010:
Keep the Faith. Hugs!



Maria7 - Wednesday Sep 22, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 143.8

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!

Sitting here, drinking a cup of coffee this morning while keying to you. 

Got on the scale this morning ...hoping...and guess what???  It smiled  at me as it weighed me 143.8!  Another mini-goal met (early)!  Only 3.8 from ultimate goal (again)!   

I may stay home today and do at least one (1) closet...and then again, I may not...My other Friend (who I didn't go out with yesterday as I went out with the other one) has been calling...

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Today's food:

  1 large coffee  with 1 tsp. creamer (20) and 1.5 packet splenda (0), and 1 plain diet toast (40) and 1 scrambled egg (100)  160

9 ww w cheese crackers 270

mostly butterscotch candy 300

roasted bbq chicken breast w/o skin  300

1 cupful creamed potatoes w onion 250

 fruit, include scuppernong grapes 150

sunflower seeds 300

2 diet toasts w low-sugar syrup 150

Total est cals: 1880

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Update:  Haven't felt too good today...so...stayed home (even though other Friend called and invited me out to lunch), did some housework, cooked supper, rested, called Mom's nurse to make sure Mom is getting her pain medicine for a possible infection she may have as we are waiting on the test results to come back to confirm or deny (they had to do the test twice, cause first time it was  "contaminated by the nurse(s) who did it" the head nurse at the nursing home said)...

NO...not the closet(s)...not yet...GRRRRRRR!!!

Evening update:  Closets...YES!  Got started, spent about an hour or 2 on them.

Mini-Goals:

This week through Saturday, Sept. 18th:  145.anything 

Next week through Saturday, Sept. 25th:  143.anything 

Following week through Saturday, Oct. 2nd:  142.anything

Next week after that through Sat., Oct 9th:  141.0

Week after that through Thurs. Oct. 14th:  140.0

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 61.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.8 lbs to go!

just42day on 09/22/2010:
Congrats on not only reaching your mini-goal but reaching it early! Very impressive. Hope today is a joyful one for you! :)


KathyBlue on 09/22/2010:
wow, this is the spirit, Maria!!! :) Have a perfect day! :)


selina on 09/22/2010:
Congrats Maria! Keept it up!


hollybelle on 09/22/2010:
Well good work on the loss. regarding your plans for today - I say friends before closets most of the time - but make time for at least one closet because that will make you feel better, too. It's funny we're talking about closets because I just told my friend yesterday I needed her to come over and supervise me cleaning my closet and MAKE me gt rid of stuff - I tend to keep too much. She said NO! she has her own cloest issues LOL!


skinnygrlwithin on 09/22/2010:
Yay for reaching mini goals!!! It must be such a great feeling!!! I'm so proud of you!!!


Umpqua on 09/22/2010:
Yay on another loss! I know those closets are a killer ;) As for gardening, I've been dividing and transplanting daylilies, coneflowers and a few other things. I'm revamping one bed entirely (the one where I'm building a small patio that I'm waiting for my Dad to come help me with) and redoing another bed as well. Lots of digging and pulling so it's good exercise at least. I hope you have a great day!


V on 09/22/2010:
Go Maria!!!!! Go Maria!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you :)


V on 09/22/2010:
Can't even watch that channel! I would be the best dressed homeless person! LOL


moogy on 09/22/2010:
Wonderful news on the weight front Maria, well done. At this rate you will be back at goal in no time. I have to smile at you and your closets, you do realise if you keep putting it off you will not need to do it at all - just shove things over for your summer clothes, they take up less room!!!!


breakaway on 09/22/2010:
Aren't Mini goals awesome! Great job :D


hopingforhealth on 09/22/2010:
Woo-hoo for meeting your mini goal!


moogy on 09/22/2010:
Yeah!! well done Maria. You may even find some clothes from last year that fit this year. Wouldn't that be great!!?


poker_paid on 09/22/2010:
I am so glad to see you still here. I've been away for a long while. Your entries always gave me hope and I see that you're still at it. Congrats on achieving your mini goal! Stay Blessed!


loveray on 09/22/2010:
congrats on almost reaching your mini-goal!! so happy for you. xo


nita51 on 09/23/2010:
So exciting! How does it feel to reach your mini goal? We knew you could do it! YEA!!!! Yes, I live in Arizona,,scorching HOT Phoenix. Thank the Lord, it is slowly starting to cool down. S_L_O_W_L_Y. Praying for good news, regarding Mom's test. Hope my children take good care of me, when the time comes, as you are taking of your dear Mom. Hugs!


selina on 09/23/2010:
Sounds like you had a peaceful day at home, I hope you are feeling better today. So sorry to hear about your mom's test - how unprofessional of the nurse!

Closets: good job! Mine are all empty, still waiting for the sea shipment to arrive! I like living this way, though, the minimalist aproach!



Maria7 - Tuesday Sep 21, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 144.2

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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Hello, Friends!

Sitting here, drinking a cup of coffeewhile keying to you.  

Still haven't gotten to the closets...I'm pretty sure my 2 'lunch and shopping buddies' are both mad with me (each for different reasons in that I didn't do something each wanted me to do but not the same thing for each one)...Guess I'll have to get a third friend to go out to lunch and shopping with sometimes...any of you available???    I do have a third friend I haven't spent any time with in months...but she has a close friend she pals around with.  Maybe I'll give her a call...Then there is another friend, who has asked me recently to call her and we do lunch out but she and I parted ways years ago...Maybe I need to make a new friend...(but that's so much work!)...to be lunch and shopping buddies with...

Maybe it's just time that I stayed home a few days and get the closets done....and a few other things around here....

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Today's food:

  1 large coffee  with 1 tsp. creamer (20) and 1.5 packet splenda (0), and 1 plain diet toast (40) and 1 scrambled egg (100)  160

piminto cheese s/w on 2 diet breads 150

Russel Stover pecan/chocolate/caramel candy 370

hamburger 300

part of a pc of McD apple pie 100

LARGE sald of 3 cups veggies (150), cheddar cheese (150), fruit (150), sunflower seeds (150), t i dsg (110)  710

Total est cals today: 1800    (I think it was the candy that I didn't need....)

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Afternoon update:  Picked up Friend (one of the 2), we went shopping a little (we walked a LOT), ate at McD, then visited my Aunt, then after I took Friend back home, I visited my Mom who has been sick in the bed all day and in pain off and on and I sat with her and talked with her for a while.  She was pretty clear today. I took Mom a McD apple pie, which she ate, a banana, and went and got her a big cup of unsweetened iced tea and sweetened it with Splenda, which she likes best for artificial sweetener, and she drank some of that.  Please continue to pray for Mom's healing and please pray for her roommate's healing, as well, who isn't doing too good, either.  Thank you for your prayers.  Jesus is our Healer!

Mini-Goals:

This week through Saturday, Sept. 18th:  145.anything 

Next week through Saturday, Sept. 25th:  143.anything

Following week through Saturday, Oct. 2nd:  142.anything

Next week after that through Sat., Oct 9th:  141.0

Week after that through Thurs. Oct. 14th:  140.0

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 60.8 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 09/21/2010:
Friends can be so high maintenance sometimes! ;) I hope you have a great day!


panda22 on 09/21/2010:
Thanks for the comment =) I will post pictures of the cake if it turns out well! Sorry to hear about your "lunch buddies"...I know how those situations can be! I have 2 close friends I hang out with and go to the gym/playgroups/walk with where I live. There were 2 other girls and we all used to hang out but they are "closer/best friends" and started to always exclude us from everything. Then they got into a fight with the other girl I'm friends with and since I still talk to HER they stopped talking to me altogether! How childish is that!? Anyway, women can be difficult. I hope you are able to make a new friend or reconnect with your old one that you haven't talked with in awhile! Have a great week and fantastic job andddd congratulations on your recent weight loss! Keep it up!


hollybelle on 09/21/2010:
You are so funny - I'll bet your friends, if they are mad about it, will get over it, anyway! Girls will be girls sometimes! I'd go out with you if we lived closer!! That invite to KY still stands, too, Maria! Now - get to work on at least one of those closets!


getmebackto150 on 09/21/2010:
those look like good goals! Hope you have a great day and get lots done!


V on 09/21/2010:
I am totally game for shopping wanna come to Fl? Or shall I meet you there? LOl Have fun whatever you do today!


breakaway on 09/21/2010:
Yup take some time off, get your closets done and enjoy some peace and quiet. DO you get that at your house? I know I don't here lol.


moogy on 09/21/2010:
I will come to lunch with you as long as we can clean the closets out after we are finished, deal?? Have a wonderful day whatever you decide to do.:)


hopingforhealth on 09/21/2010:
Hopefully your friends will get over it soon, as friends tend to do. Man, those closets are killing you huh? I am the same way with that kind of task.

You are so close to your goal! It's inspiring!


moogy on 09/21/2010:
It is lovely to have those memories of your grandma. Maybe my grandchildren will remember me fondly as well. I wish the problem was getting her off to sleep, she goes to sleep with no problems and actually stays alseep but is just a really restless sleeper. Just as well she is so beautiful, I couldn't bear to say that she couldn't have sleepover's, it would just devestate her. I guess the occassional sleepless night won't hurt, it is a small price to pay for a little girl's adoration.


V on 09/21/2010:
Thanks Maria, I can't believe i am almost there :) It's been 3 years since I've seen 150! I think it is time to post about that..



Maria7 - Monday Sep 20, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 144.2

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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Hello, Friends!

Hope you are doing well.  I don't know what my plans are today...I still haven't gotten to working in the closets, changing the clothes hanging up in them to match the changing season and storing away the spring-summer things.   I still get side-tracked doing other things, it seems.

Good news is I am down 2.2 since Friday!  Who says you can't do well over the weekend???    You can if you really want to!

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Afternoon update:  Visited Mom (stressful)...won't go into it.  Please pray for her healing.

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Today's food:

  1 coffee  with 1 tsp. creamer (10) and 1 packet splenda (0), and 1 plain diet toast (40) and 1 scrambled egg (100)  150

hamburger 300

ice cream s/w 150

part of a piece of fried fish 50

Subtotal est cals:  650 @ 2 p.m.

another ice cream s/w 150

LARGE salad of cheddar cheese (150), fruit (200) veggies (150), sunflower seeds (200), t.i. dsg (110) 810

Total est. cals today:  1610   

candy 300

New total est. cals today:  1910 

 

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Mini-Goals:

This week through Saturday, Sept. 18th:  145.anything 

Next week through Saturday, Sept. 25th:  143.anything

Following week through Saturday, Oct. 2nd:  142.anything

Next week after that through Sat., Oct 9th:  141.0

Week after that through Thurs. Oct. 14th:  140.0

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 60.8 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 09/20/2010:
wow, great progress, Maria!!!! :)


hollybelle on 09/20/2010:
Yes, mindful eating and good nutrition. I have been paying too much attention to cals and not what is in those cals. Not all empty ones, but not enough good fuel. I'm starting to have better nutrition goals this week. You are close.....go, girl!


breakaway on 09/20/2010:
Congrats on the lose Maria! Wonderful job! I hope your day is a good one today :D


just42day on 09/20/2010:
Fabulous weekend loss! Good for you! :)


Umpqua on 09/20/2010:
Awesome progress!!


V on 09/20/2010:
Maria Rocks!!!!!!!!


biscottibody59 on 09/20/2010:
Good job on the loss!


moogy on 09/20/2010:
Good news on the weight loss Maria. I think you may be putting off sorting our those closets - they have been on your list for a while now.:) Always nicer/better/more enjoyable things to do. I love cleaning out closets, would you like me to fly over and help you??


hopingforhealth on 09/20/2010:
Good job on the weekend loss! And I'm sorry to hear about your stressful visit. I'll keep you and your mother in my thoughts and prayers.


V on 09/20/2010:
Prayers are being sent!



Maria7 - Sunday Sep 19, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 145.8

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 home a little while ago.  We went to church this morning, then out to eat BUFFET...and I was REAL, REAL GOOD (thanks, Hollybelle for what you wrote the other day about being more mindful of WHAT we eat, which I don't do always but I did today at lunch!).  Before we left the restaurant, I fixed Mom a container of peaches/cantaloupe/watermelon/pineapple/strawberry to take to her. 

On arriving at the nursing home parking lot, Hubby and I noticed that on the front porch was Mom, our Brother in law, and my Sister visiting together.    So we all had a really nice visit together.

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Today's food: 

 Breakfast:  Coffee  w tsp low cal creamer (10) and 1 little pack of splenda (0),  1  peppermint (20)  30 

'Don't forget to eat your veggies!'

 Lunch: Large salad of 3 cups veggies and fruits (150), 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (430) w 2 tbs ti dsg (120) 700

Snack: fried fish 50

Snack: fried fish 75

Snack: fried fish 75

Snack:  ice cream s/w 150

Est Cals Subtotal: 1080 at 4:20 p.m. 

Supper:  Fruit salad of: 1/2 cup scuppernong grapes (50) and 1 microwaved apple (80) mixed with 2 tsp sugar (30), 2 tsp cinnamon (15) , and 1/2 tsp low-cal margerine (10) 185  

Total est cals today:  1265 

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 Scale revealed this morning that I'm still holding at 145.8! 

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  Hope you're having a blessed day!

 Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 59.2 lbs lost so far, only 5.8 lbs to go!

V on 09/19/2010:
Maria I am so happy you had a pleasant visit with your mom and family :)


moogy on 09/19/2010:
I see you had some fried fish today!!!! LOL you must like it a lot. I was lovely to read about your sister and her family visiting your mom, you must have been one happy lady to see that. I smiled when I read it. Glad that the scale is holding. Have a great evening and a good night's sleep Maria.


moogy on 09/19/2010:
Thank you Maria. Your kindness as ever is wonderful. I hadn't thought about if I had kept going and putting on another six pounds. Doesn't bare thinking about. Thank you for your constant support, I always appreciate your words.XXX


Umpqua on 09/19/2010:
That's great that you had an impromptu family gathering! And great job showing restraint at the buffet. I could never keep my calories that low with all those options. I hope you're having a pleasant evening!


hopingforhealth on 09/19/2010:
Way to show restraint at a buffet! That's a big achievement, with temptation literally spread out in front of you.

I'm glad you had a nice spontaneous family visit. How nice that you all happened to stop by at the same time. :)


hopingforhealth on 09/19/2010:
ha! I'm pretty sure that walking away from chocolate cake gets you some kind of superhero status. Good job!


nita51 on 09/20/2010:
And a very Blessed day to you as well! :) Thanks for the love and care you put into your web page,,,,,always beautiful.


selina on 09/20/2010:
I'm glad you had a good Sunday, Maria, and also for being mindful at the restaurant!

Now that I am in the US, I'm going to look for that Scuppernong grapes at the market! I can't find the Italian grapes that is so plentiful in Europe, nowadays :(


nita51 on 09/20/2010:
I feel your pain. You mirror all that I had to deal with when my mother was ill. You'll be included in my prayers. Stay strong. So happy you are keeping yourself healthy. ( 2.2 lbs loss ) Praise The Lord! & Bunches of hugs!



Maria7 - Saturday Sep 18, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 145.8

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 decided to take a little road trip this morning about 40 miles away to a flea market in another town.  Suffice to say...not worth the gas, except it did do us good to "get out of the house" quote/unquote Hubby's words.  Everything was so high-priced there...may as well have gone to the mall!  Spent a whole $2 (hair barrettes) there.  I liked a pocket book (used) but not for $7 or even $6 that was quoted.  I saw a nice carry bag for my laptop and on asking how much it was, the man got up out of his seat, came from around the table he was sitting behind, and across the aisle to where I was standing by where it was hanging up on a clothes line, and asked me how much was I willing to pay for it????   He said he needed to get rid of it "today".  I didn't make an offer (my offer would have been a dollar, hehehe!) and told him I'd think about it and walked away.  I also saw pretty red flared jeans, used no doubt, but was not interested enough to pay $10 for them!  Not when used jeans are less than $5 in the thrift stores!  I finally asked Hubby to take us back home, which he happily said okay.  (Though he loves to travel, he's not into flea market stuff at all and has great patience with me as I like to look at this and that.)  On the way home on the interstate, can you believe that someone actually passed us in the parking lane to the right, the pull-over lane, flying by my door before we got to a bridge???  (I thank the Lord for keeping us safe.  Thank You, Lord.)  They were almost flying they were going so fast!  (Instead of going around the proper way, to the left, and passing us, they went right and passed us on the right in the pull-over lane!!!)

We stopped at a church and bought fish plates they had a sign up that they were selling on the way back home.  Yummy.

I've not been REAL good with calories today so far at 2 p.m. but I've been GOOD.  I made my 145.something goal for today! 

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Today's food:

Breakfast:  Coffee w 1 tsp creamer (10), splenda (0), Mcdonald's hash brown (150)  160

Snack:  ww cheese cracker (40) Mcdonald's apple pie (most of)  (240)  280

Lunch:  fried fish w ketchup (300)  baked beans and slaw (150)  450

Snack:  Russel Stover chocolate/caramel/pecan candy 160

Subtotal at about 2 p.m.:  1050

Supper:  more fried fish w ketchup (100), ice cream sw (160), RS candy (190) 450

Snack:  fried fish 150

Est cals today:  1650

 

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 'Mini-Goals':  (the big check mark was smallest I found)

This week through Saturday, Sept. 18th:  145.anything 

Next week through Saturday, Sept. 25th:  143.anything

Following week through Saturday, Oct. 2nd:  142.anything

Next week after that through Sat., Oct 9th:  141.0

Week after that through Thurs. Oct. 14th:  140.0

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 59.2 lbs lost so far, only 5.8 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 09/18/2010:
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!


hopingforhealth on 09/18/2010:
Congrats on making your goal today!


Umpqua on 09/18/2010:
Sorry you didn't find better deals at the flea market. I'm sure it was fun to walk around and look though, I love doing that sort of stuff! I like your mini goals, and great job meeting the first one!


moogy on 09/18/2010:
I love your big tick. First goal down - now for the next one. Your husband sounds like a real sweetie, he must love you heaps to go to markets with you when he is not that keen. It is nice just being together though. Have a lovely healthy eating weekend Maria.


moogy on 09/18/2010:
Love the little poem Maria, sounds like the sort of thing a grandma would whisper in the ear of her grandchildren. It's lovely.


moogy on 09/18/2010:
Thanks for your comments Maria, they are always welcome, supportive and encouraging. What a lovely women you are. It is true, that little thought came to me just came to me like a whisper, not a hair of our head falls without our Saviour knowing about it.


V on 09/18/2010:
So happy you made it home safely! As for that jerk who drove so erratic well let's hope he doesn't kill anyone! Have a great day Maria :)


selina on 09/19/2010:
Getting out of the house is good for the mind! I'm glad you enjoyed the outing with your hubby although there were no bargains out there!

Yes, Inky is a girl, but everybody thinks she is a boy, ha! She has a boy personality!


balloonlady on 09/19/2010:
its fun just to get out and drive sometimes. : ) enjoy your weekend...



Maria7 - Friday Sep 17, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 146.4

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!

Today was a busy day...went shopping, the stove came, visited Mom and took her homemade candied yams I made for her, then went to lunch with a friend. 

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Today's food:

1/4 beef sausage, small pancake with low-sugar syrup, coffee, creamer, splenda 280

lf bologna sw w 2 diet breads, tsp low cal mayo and mustard 200

russel stover chocolate/caramel/pecan candy 320

large veggie salad w fried chicken strips and a little t i dsg 300

chocolate fudge ice cream sundae with nuts and cherries 400

orange candy 20

total est cals today: 1520

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Hope you're having a blessed evening or day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 58.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

moogy on 09/17/2010:
I hope you have a realaxed and peaceful weekend Maria. I was just looking at the girl with the long hair waving at me, it really looks like you!!!:) Keep up with the good work and you will hit your goals as planned.


V on 09/17/2010:
Hi Maria! Glad to see you had a good day :)


nita51 on 09/18/2010:
I agree, writing it down is worth the extra effort. Have yourself a wonderful weekend. & Blessings to you & Yours


missvalour on 09/18/2010:
you have come such a long way! ho does it feel being almost 60 pounds down!! i surely need to gather some tips from you! thats a great menu btw! keep going!


liza36 on 09/18/2010:
Hi Maria - my friend who lost 188 pounds did reach her goal weight of around 125, and has kept it off for a year and a half. She now works at Weight Watchers as a leader. She's very inspirational.

Have a great day!


selina on 09/18/2010:
Hi Maria! Have a great weekend!

Yes, it's Tartine. I feel bad for him because the new tenants have a big dog now...


breakaway on 09/18/2010:
I am sure finding that writing everything down is the ONLY way to go. If I don't then I end up eating way to much :( HOpe you have a great day today! ;D



Maria7 - Thursday Sep 16, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 145.8

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!

Hope you are doing well.  I don't know what my plans are today...I still haven't gotten to working in the closets, changing the clothes to match the changing season.  I get side-tracked doing other things.

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Today's food:

 fried egg (100)  and 1 coffee  with 1 tsp. creamer (10) and 1 packet splenda (0), and 1 plain diet toast (40)  150

5 butterscotch candies (120) and 1 ww/ched cheese cracker (40) 160

turkey, dressing, sweet potato suffle, cornbread 300

same as above 300

same as above, (a little more dsg/turkey),replace sweet potato with 1/2 ear corn 400

 

Total est cals today:  1310 - 112 deficit uphill treadmill walking 20 mins =1198 actual est cals.

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Afternoon, visited Mom, who was sitting in her wheel chair in the dining room at her nursing home, said she'd eaten a "cone of vanilla ice cream"  while she'd been "outside sitting in 2 lines of people" (residents were taken outside today to get fresh air for a while...yayyyyy!).  We talked some and she smiled a lot.    Though still having to deal with pain, she said it wasn't quite as bad today (HUGE RELIEF, THANK YOU, LORD!!!!!!!!!!).  And I thank you for your prayers for her to the Lord!

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I am anticipating being in the 145.anything's tomorrow morning.  I've been good today with cals and I also walked uphill 20 minutes on the treadmill.   I was at a counter in a store paying for something today and the sales person pointed out to me the CHOCOLATE COVERED ALMONDS (my fav candy!!!!!) on the side of the counter and said the packs were 2 for $3 on sale today (offering to sell me some of them).  Though tempted, I said no, while looking on the back of a package at the VERY HIGH CALORIES listed for the whole pack (about 2 cups full).. would probably have been around 2000 cals for the whole package of them, which was really not all that big of a package...which I probably undoubedly would have consumed tonite.

'Mini-Goals':

This week through Saturday, Sept. 18th:  145.anything

Next week through Saturday, Sept. 25th:  143.anything

Following week through Saturday, Oct. 2nd:  142.anything

Next week after that through Sat., Oct 9th:  141.0

Week after that through Thurs. Oct. 14th:  140.0

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 59.2 lbs lost so far, only 5.8 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 09/16/2010:
I just read this in a book, Maria, and decided to cite it to you. I think this should be hung in every hospital to remind doctors why they chose their profession at first place...

"I am always amazed by the human spirit that says "I won't give in. I will fight and I will lead as productive a life as possible in the time that I have to live." I do not know why some continue to embrace the will to live. For those who give up, life is over and they are waiting to die. For those who choose to fight, life can continue to have many rewards. These are people who give real meaning to what it is to be happy and productive and these are the people who should be an inspiration to all of us."


fatgirl101 on 09/16/2010:
have a good day:)


breakaway on 09/16/2010:
What a beautiful picture! I LOVE your hair! Have a great day Maria :D


KathyBlue on 09/16/2010:
AMAZING HAIR!!!! :)


Umpqua on 09/16/2010:
Beautiful pic and your hair looks long and luxurious! Hope you have a great day!


getmebackto150 on 09/16/2010:
I love the picture! and I agree here is to STOPPING the night time/emotional eating!!! We CAN do this!!!


selina on 09/16/2010:
I LOVE that photo of you Maria! What a beautiful place Myrtle Beach is, I love that place! When my father-in-law was alive, my in-laws used to spend a whole month there, every year.

So sorry to hear about your tribulations with your mom's health care. I hope things will improve with your being insistent.


selina on 09/16/2010:
Sorry to hear you lost your cat... I was told not to let the cats out of the house for at least 2 weeks, until they get used to the new place. I let mine out after a little over one week because they were ready (running around the house and picking up fights with each other)! They both came back after a long explore, except that Inky spent more time outdoors.

This morning, Inky spent about 4 hours on her own in the woods. I did get worried and went looking for her but couldn't find her. Later on, I heard and saw a big dog (golden retriever) barking on the bike trail, so I ran out there to see what's going on - sure enough, he was barking at Inky, who was hiding in the bushes, poor thing. Anyway, luckily people are obligated to use dog leashes, so there was no harm done. Inky ran back to the house, ate a whole bunch of food and is now sleeping her very well deserved nap. What a cat!


biscottibody59 on 09/16/2010:
Hope you're doing well and aren't too sore from the labor of the past day!

Just wanted to let you know how your suggestion about decaf coffee panned out. I finally started last week. I'm doing the first cup decaf, then the second (and final) regular. And I'm now cutting back gradually on the strength/amount of the regular.

Thanks! Hope you're having a good one there!


moogy on 09/16/2010:
You are looking fabulous Maria, what a doll!! I hope you get your closets done today - I wear the same clothes all year round, except I have some jeans for winter and a couple of warmer tops, but that is it, I don't own a coat - it doesn't get cold enough here to wear one. I hope that you have a great day and that when you visit your mom you find her to be comfortable. I will catch up with you later. Thank you for your very kind words.


V on 09/16/2010:
You have Crystal Gayle hair! You are a beautiful girl Maria :) You are always in my thoughts! Have a great day :)


hopingforhealth on 09/16/2010:
Good job with the calories and exercise today!

Wow to that picture! My hair would never grow that long! You look great!


moogy on 09/16/2010:
It was strange, when I typed my message to you, I just felt that your mom would be doing well today. I am really happy for her and for you. Today you need not worry. Hugs.


moogy on 09/16/2010:
I typed my first comment yesterday (Thurs) and the last one today (Friday) confusing isn't it?????


V on 09/16/2010:
Oh wonderful! Maybe the talk helped straighten out things permanently! Good job resisting! i know how much you love candy Maria :)


V on 09/16/2010:
You know it's funny i have been here in Fl. about 7 years and no hurricanes! The closest call was Charley a few years back and it skipped over us. I am on the Gulf side and I recently started surfing but they're not many waves to speak of here so we end up paddle boarding :(


panda22 on 09/16/2010:
BEAUTIFUL photo! I love Myrtle Beach...such a fun place to visit! You look fantastic, keep up the great work =)


just42day on 09/16/2010:
Sounds like your mom had a pretty good day. I'm glad! I hope it continues. Thanks for sharing the picture. Your hair is unbelievable! How fun! (Mine's always short cuz it's wavy and I'm a low-maintenace type of gal...)


nita51 on 09/16/2010:
Lovely picture,,,,,beautiful scenery as well. Have a pleasant and peaceful Friday. xoxo


selina on 09/17/2010:
so glad to hear your mom was in good spirits!


balloonlady on 09/17/2010:
great pic.. sounds like a fun day...


hollybelle on 09/17/2010:
What a great pic - wish I could see your face better - may just be my screen (?) But thought of you today when I bought more scuppernongs! They are SO SWEET at the end of the season! Love 'em! Just catching up with your entries - I've been kind of hitting the comments on the run for the last week! Sorry your mother has been suffering so. Gald thursday was better for her and I hope that trend contines - God bless!



Maria7 - Wednesday Sep 15, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 146.2

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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Hello, Friends!

Hope you're having a wonderful, beautiful morning!  As for me, I'm very sore from helping Hubby for hours yesterday, replacing the stove hood in the kitchen.  A lot of heavy lifting and holding the new one in place.  We called a friend and asked for his help to assist Hubby in installing the hood.  (Though not his line of work, he'd said he knew how to do it and made it sound very simple.)  But there was a price for his help.  Why is it that friends can't help one another for free???  We've helped them (he and his family) many times with different things for free and have never charged them (and wouldn't think of it) for our help and when we finally need help and ask for it, it's not going to be for free.  We could have paid for the help or even hired someone to do the work but we...no...'I' thought that friends were supposed to help one another for free (may I please make it clear that Hubby definitely does not share the same belief that it would actually happen when I called and asked for help,  though he believes it should be that way)...so...it ended up that I helped Hubby get it done...and today I have a very achey back from lifting and  holding up a heavy hood for a long, long time in exact place without it moving while Hubby was in and out the house working on installing it.  It took us about 4 hours.  UGH!  But now it is done and is SOOO nice, nicer than the old one....and I have a NEW STOVE that matches it coming Friday!      The old stove that I've been cooking on for over 12 years still works but has a short in it and I have to take a fork or something to mash one top element in place that keeps going off and on and then one or two don't light up all the way, etc....and this is even after replacing part of the old elements that had burned out.  Soooo....out with the old, in with the new! 

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As for Mom, she got a very much needed medical test done yesterday but have to wait for days for the results to see if or what needs to be done for her treatment of a certain condition she may have that is causing her excruciating pain.  It appears that everything is done so SLOWLY there.  I think it is all about money.  Don't do much for the residents (ignore/neglect their needs) and nursing home owner(s) get to keep more money.  I have also complained that she has to sometimes wait over an hour when she needs to be taken to the bathroom for them to take her.  They are short on staff and need to hire more people and I have reported that also.  Thank you for your prayers for Mom and I ask you to PLEASE continue to pray for her. 

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Fall is only 8 days away! 

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Today's food:

Breakfast:  beef sausage (125),  cupful grits w 1 tsp margerine (250), fried egg (100)  and 1 coffee  with 1 tsp. creamer (10) and 1 packet splenda (0) 485

Lunch:  peppermint candy 20

 

Supper:  Buffet with Hubby (fish, salad, pecans, etc): 895

Total est cals today:  1400

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Visited Mom again today...She was complaining of hurting and I went to her nurse for today's first shift and told her (so no one will think I'm trying to get Mom something for pain that may not be needed, she is having strong, painful symptoms of an infection).  Her nurse said she'd give her something "in a little while"...(she was giving meds out to other residents)...so I waited with Mom til the medicine for that particular kind of pain was given Mom, which was only about 10 mins or so.  I reminded Mom that she could get that medicine every 4 hours but she must remember to ask for her nurse to come so she could tell her nurse her symptoms and ask for that particular medicine.  Imagine...telling someone with dementia/parkinsons/alzheimers that they must remember to do things the way the nursing home is requiring in order for them to have pain relief from a highly probable infection!   So, tonite, I called her nurse for 2nd shift and she said no other of that medicine had been given Mom after what she got from my asking earlier today.  When I reminded her of Mom's conditions and Mom not having presence of mind to go through proper channels to get her nurse to come to her so she could ask (beg) for pain relief (and no it is not a controlled substance)...When I asked her to give it to Mom, her new nurse for this afternoon said she could give Mom tylenol unless Mom called for her and told her her exact symptoms and asked for the medicine.  (It was ordered by the doctor PRN, which means as needed, and of course as prescribed, but it must be asked for to Mom's nurse.)   Finally, I asked her to go to Mom and ask Mom if she was having any of the symptoms Mom's been complaining of and she (reluctant-sounding) agreed to do so.  I told her I've had nursing experience in the past and I know the importance of documenting what a patient says but that Mom cannot remember to do what is required.  I hope and pray Mom is not in that pain again tonite.   But I know that she probably is, especially without that medicine, and tylenol doesn't touch that kind of pain.

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Serenity prayer...serenity prayer...serenity prayer....

Lord, please touch Mom and heal her.  Please let her not be in pain.  I ask in Jesus' Name, believing.  Amen.

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 58.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.2 lbs to go!

liza36 on 09/15/2010:
It is a shame that your friend wouldn't help out of the goodness of his heart. At least you got the job done, but I would feel disappointed in the friend too.

Have a great day - rest your back.


skinnygrlwithin on 09/15/2010:
I think that's kinda sad that your friend wouldn't help for free... that's ridiculous


selina on 09/15/2010:
Hi Maria! I bought an off-white paint - just very basic. I can't wait to get strated again with my other kind of watercolor painting... maybe later this week. I know that if I start now I will just neglect the rest of the house.... first things, first!

I totally agree with you that friends should help friends, especially if you have helped them before. There must be a reason for your friend to be charging you: he is out of job and needs the money, perhaps? Anyway, Im sorry that you were disappointed with the issue, I would, too.

I hope all goes well with your mom and her medical tests and I hope they find the source of her pain. Poor thing! Stay well!


selina on 09/15/2010:
Inky and Selina are very happy: they spent the whole week in the house and seemed to be happy about it... Except for last night, when they started running around the house and chasing one another, haha. I knew it was time for them to start exploring outside. So, I let them out in the back yard, which they checked out thoroughly. Somehow, when I wasn't looking, they climbed the tall fence and went to the woods in the park. I left the gate to the back yard ajar so they can come back in. Selina just came back but Inky is still out there, exploring! Fun!


Umpqua on 09/15/2010:
That's good news about the new stove and stove hood, but I honestly can't believe your friend wanted to charge you for helping - that's ridiculous. I hope you get some good news about your Mom today and they figure out what's causing her pain. I'll be thinking of you!


moogy on 09/15/2010:
I think that maybe that friend isn't a friend at all!!! I bet you can feel your shoulders and back today, that's hard work, holding something heavy above you and not moving. I am impressed. I am glad your mom is getting test, but sorry it takes so long to get results. I kept coming back to your dairy yesterday to see how you had got on with the nursing home people and was getting worried when I saw no update - and there you were working like construction worker. Have a wonderful day Maria.


V on 09/15/2010:
Thank you for the update about your mom! i am glad she is getting the medical attention she needs! Enjoy your evening, Love Ya!


V on 09/15/2010:
I posted another pic of me now the day before, did you see it? I don't think you have to be a member on fb, just copy the link and enter it should come up :) Thank you :)


breakaway on 09/15/2010:
I think that is awful when friends ask for money. It would be different if YOU offered him something after he did the job (dinner or whatnot) but to just come right out and say it?? WOW Some people are just so different then others. Sad, sorry you had to go through that :( And prayers being sent out to your mom...sure hope things turn out for the best for her and your family. Get some rest today! I bet your going to be sore tomorrow :( Try to have a good day!


moogy on 09/15/2010:
I could sit out on my balcony but it faces the road, so I wouldn't get any privacy, and when I relax that is an imperative.


moogy on 09/15/2010:
I am with you, the last thing you want when relaxing is to be in good clothes AND have to talk to passing neighbours. It's just not on.


nita51 on 09/16/2010:
So glad to hear from you. Yes, I got a lot taken care of today. I am happy about your new stove. Isn't it a good feeling to get new household items? I just got a nearly new beautiful black leather recliner sofa & love seat. It makes me so happy, and my place looks cozy & beautiful now. I am so sorry about your mother's pain. Thank God for a daughter like you, Bless you for your determination. I pray that the Lord will send her nurses that have lots of compassion and understanding. I touch and agree with you, that this will happen soon. Hugs,,,,, I'll be keeping in touch.


KathyBlue on 09/16/2010:
What a sad situation, Maria! These people, nurses and doctors, don't see patience as human beings, they couldn't care less about their mental situations and even when you sound completely reasonable and right in what you're saying (why should she REMEMBER asking for the medicine if she has a disease that prevents her to REMEMBER?!), they seem not to care at all and they only think you're annoying... You love your mom, she is everything for you and they make you sad, for them she is just "work", an other patient. Nowadays it's rare to find a caring nurse or doctor. They cry constantly because they are underpaid, etc. but the truth is, nowadays you go to a doctor, tell him that you have a big bruise on your leg, etc. but your in jeans so he cannot see a thing - he won't ask you to remove your pants, he won't touch you at all, he will give you a prescription and tell you to go back 2 weeks later, or earlier if necessary - just to harvest that amount/head the most...


just42day on 09/16/2010:
Hope your mom's test will produce results which identify proper treatment. You and your family continue to be in my prayers. I agree - friends shouldn't ask to be paid. That contradicts the word "friend". A few years ago, I was lucky enough to have friends really support me following surgery; they did my laundry, picked up my medications and did my grocery shopping. I could never thank them enough. I know they did because they wanted to. (I did treat them each w/nice restaurant gift cards but that's because I wanted to.) Still treat them to cookies (they love my baking) but I'd be doing that even if they hadn't been so kind. It's just what friends do. I really don't have a huge circle of friends but the ones I do have are keepers and ever so thoughtful. I am blessed to have them in my life. Your mother is definitely blessed to have you in hers. Hope today's a great day for both of you. :)


fatgirl101 on 09/16/2010:
oh my gosh, im in awe of you :) you've done such a wonderful job! i hope i could stay half as focused and determined as you!Stay strong xxx



Maria7 - Tuesday Sep 14, 2010
(Trying to get back to goal...)
Weight: 146.2

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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Hello, Friends!

Another beautiful, sunny COOL (60 fahrenheit) morning.  The birds outside were happily singing earlier.   I fixed some bacon, egg, coffee and instead of toast, I fixed grits for breakfast.  My little friend, the neighbor's cat saw me open the front door to see how cool it felt outside (didn't go out) and came hurrying over here.  (Hehehe!)   I gave him the leftovers of my bacon again, which he ate.

I'm down .6 in 3 days....

  Plan for today, Lord willing, is clean out the closets...I didn't get to them yesterday...had company and some extra things to do.  And I plan to go up to Mom's nursing home again and hopefully things will have improved greatly.  I believe the Lord told me this morning to not allow myself to get upset.  I was praying and the Words "Let not your heart be troubled..." came into my mind. 

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Fall is only 9 days away!  I'm still decorating!

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Today's food:

Breakfast:  beef bacon (100),  cupful grits w 1/2 tsp margerine (230), fried egg (100...first I've had in about a month!)  and 2 coffees  with 2 tsp. creamer (20) and 2 packets splenda (0)  450

 Snack:  1/2 cupful scuppernong grapes 50

Lunch:  tuna and 5 saltines 235

Subtotal:  735

Snack: cheese pizza (300) 1/2 ear corn on cob (100) 400

Snack: 8 little butterscotch candies 200

Supper:  lf bologna (2 pcs)  sw on 2 diet breads w 1 tbs low cal mayo and 1 tsp mustard (180), candied apples (800)  980 (Yikes, got carried away with the peanut-coated red cherry-flovored candied apples because was extra hungry after a lot of heavy lifting while helping Hubby replace the range hood which included holding the new one up in place a long time while he installed it.)

Total est cals today:  2315

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Hope you're having a blessed day!

Love, Maria

  

Progress as of today: 58.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.2 lbs to go!

breakaway on 09/14/2010:
Congrats on the weight loss Maria! I just remember those who were down to their last 10 to lose and them saying it was the hardest of all the weight they had to lose and here your doing it! Good for you!


V on 09/14/2010:
Good luck with the talk today Maria!!!! I will be back later to post so I will be looking out for you :)


teensybikini on 09/14/2010:
Wow you really have come far! Thats so inspiring for me. Im just starting my journey (2 weeks in actually). Way to go!


skinnygrlwithin on 09/14/2010:
Look how great you've done!!!! I'm so proud of you!!! And I also share the same enthusiasm for Fall as you do... I wish the 60 degree weather lasted all year long!


just42day on 09/14/2010:
Hope your day is a great one! The fall season is so refreshing, isn't it? I'm sure the neighborhood kitty really appreciates you sharing your b'fast again. :)


tangalyn on 09/14/2010:
i love that u share with the neighbors cat :) hope u have a great day!


legcramps on 09/14/2010:
Love the cat story! I hope the situation with your Mother is resolved today. Communication between nurses, aides, and other workers is so rare! I truly feel your distress, as my grandfather went through many of the same difficulties even though he was not diagnosed with dementia.


hollybelle on 09/14/2010:
Good news, Maria! I think weight one recently gains can be lost faster than weight that's been on a while. You can do it. I want you to be happy with health and nutrition (and other things) so stick with it! RE: Flu shot - ??? - my first one. So far so good.


liza36 on 09/14/2010:
I hope you have a good visit with your mother today, and don't get too upset. I'm so happy for cooler sunny weather too, which we're having today in DC.


selina on 09/14/2010:
Hi Maria! Your house must be looking beautiful! Have a great day!


Umpqua on 09/14/2010:
Thanks for visiting my gardening blog. In case you didn't notice, I'm mildly obsessed with gardening and I've spent way too much time researching plant names and info on them. I guess it's a good hobby though, and I'm trying to grow things from seed to cut costs. I hope you have a nice visit with your Mom and that things are better with her today!


moogy on 09/14/2010:
I hope that you hold on to those words and the feeling you felt this morning. I will come back later and check up on how things went with your mom.


hopingforhealth on 09/14/2010:
Thanks for the welcome last Night Maria! All you girls on here are so inspiring. I will keep your mother in my thoughts.



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