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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



Maria7 - Friday Dec 03, 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!

 

This will be short...I've got things to do which include:  DECORATING THE HOUSE!!!! 

I've got a HUGE TREE to put up and decorate!

 

I'm fixing to get busy!

 

Update:  No tree put up yet in the house but Hubby and I did get the outside decorations put up and they are lit up beautifully. 

 

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!

V on 12/03/2010:
I am sure that you will be on your best behavior now that all the goodies are gone...RIGHT??? LOl Have a wonderful day of decorating ;)


tangalyn on 12/03/2010:
love the decorations here, have a great day!!


Umpqua on 12/03/2010:
You're finally going for it! I'm sure you'll have a wonderful day, have fun!


Sofia on 12/03/2010:
I love Christmas time, especially decorating! Good luck, and remember to lift heavy things with your knees, not your back!


moogy on 12/03/2010:
Yay! We knew it was coming, can we please have a picture if possible. I am so invested in how your house will look for Christmas after all this discussion, I would love to see what it looks like. I hope it goes well and that your back and patience holds out. It will be fabulous I am sure:)


liza36 on 12/03/2010:
You decided to decorate! That's great!! Enjoy all the fun of putting out your pretty holiday things.


selina on 12/03/2010:
Great, sounds like you made your decision! How could it be otherwise????

We'll get our tree this weekend, I think. I love the smell of a fresh Christmas tree (yum!), the whole house smells wonderful for a whole month! The drawback is the price, nothing below $100 around this area for a decent size tree! Enjoy decorating!


just42day on 12/03/2010:
Have fun decorating!


V on 12/03/2010:
Hi Maria!!! You are making wonderful progress!!! I am sure it's looking alot like Christmas around there :)


hopingforhealth on 12/03/2010:
Woo hoo. So you decided on a tree! My inner child and outer Christmas nut is pleased :)



Maria7 - Thursday Dec 02, 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!

I have had a busy day today...first cleaned and straightened the house, then took off the trash, then paid a bill, then went shopping at a thrift store.  I found a size 8 very long 100% cotten (I love 100% cotton for jeans and jean-skirts) blue jean skirt in like-new condition for a little over $2.00 and got it.  Also I bought a $2.00 aqua-green (especially for Christmas) v-neck pullover mostly acrylic sweater in a size too large which will have to be altered to fit smaller (easily done).  The skirt will be altered as well, to change the design as it has the split in the front and I don't like that, I preferr that in the back, so the front split will be changed to a back split instead. 

 

I spent about an hour and a half visiting Mom in her room at the nursing home this afternoon and I took down all the autumn decorations on her side of her room (she has a new roommate who is improving from a bad fall, thank you for your prayers for her) and I put up Christmas decorations, which included her Christmas stocking with her name on it, also some of her little stuffed Christmasy-looking toys taped around her large mirror, and I also took her little Christmas tree and re-decorated it, which is about 2 feet tall and put that on her dresser in front of her large mirror (which is over her dresser at the foot of her bed in front of her to see).  The little miniature tree has a big red bow on it with streamers, with lots of colorful ornaments, red and gold beads wrapping around it, and an angel at the very top of the little tree.  Mom was very happy with the new Christmas decor to look at!   She and I had a banana each together before I began on the project.  Sooo...it is done now. 

I'm back home now, looking at the fire in the fireplace off and on as I key to you...

Well...as for the Christmas decorations here at home, I have decided to decorate, however, in moderation (so far)...I loved ALL of your suggestions...and carefully considered each one...they were ALL GOOD and I thank you for them.  To make a long story short, today I've put up the big Christmas wreath on the front door and also some little doorknob Christmas bells, which Hubby objected to the bells as it is hard to close the door, so I put them on the inside but then realized I only need to bend back part of the material on them and the door 'should' shut easily.

The neighbors' already have their FULL FRONT YARD ATTIRE set out and  LIT UP at nite.  We're talking A LOT OF STUFF.

 

A week ago I was excited about Christmas decorating and now that it is time to do it, it seems like the time has SPEEDED up and there's not enough time to do it....???

I think I just feel SO RELIEVED about the large volume of autumn decor being put away and not having to see all of that every day that that's what has me cautious about Christmas decorating this year.  Not to mention so much work and then the work to take it all back down and put it back away in just a few weeks.   Noooooo...I can't blame it on that...It is more than that.  To put up the giant Christmas tree in the living room means moving ALL the furniture around in the living room to make room for it ( a LOT OF WORK!).  Top it off, I've been thinking of changing the dining room into the piano room and an unused bedroom off the kitchen into a new dining room that would be larger than the dining room we have now.  How does this relate to Christmas decorating???  Once the ball is rolling and that huge tree is out of the closet (btw, it is one of the kinds that has different colors of paint on the limbs and they have to fit into like-paint-colored-grooves as well as be fluffed up, a lot of work also).

Of course, I can always put up a pretty nativity scene on the dining room table or a small ceramic Christmas tree on the table and 'let it go'...but then, I WAS wanting to invite some friends over for a Christmas get-together and how would it be with the house not heavily decorated throughout? 

So...you see what I mean?  Thus the wishy-washy I think I will, I think I won't.... 

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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!

moogy on 12/02/2010:
Well,I have to tell you that for your past two days entries you have sounded like an excited young lady. I think that if you are wanting to do major moving around the house this is the perfect set up. After Christmas when you have taken everything down, you will need to do a good clean, it will be a perfect time to shift rooms and kill two birds with one stone. That is what I would do anyway. Plus it would be a good workout for a couple of days and it is cold outside so it will keep you warm. That is it on the advice front. So glad that your mom was left enjoying her new decorations. Have a good night Maria.


moogy on 12/02/2010:
Just read you question, the school the children go to is the next street over, I can see part of the playground from up here. I listen to the music that plays from time to time during the day. That way I know what the boys are doing all day long. It is nearly 2pm here and shortly the music will start up for their last outside playtime before the 3pm let out of school. Hearing the carol singing will be lovely, perhaps nicer for me than being among the crowd of parents that will attend. Our streets round here are often filled with parents cars, private schools tend to attract very involved parents. My daughter loves it because the boys are literally one minute from school, six houses from ours, around the corner to the school. This has turned into a bit of an essay, sorry about that!


moogy on 12/02/2010:
I am not sure what I am suppose to forgiving you for, you haven't done anything wrong. However, what happens between us, stays between us, I won't tell V anything, I promise!!


moogy on 12/02/2010:
Oh!! I see, I didn't mind that at all, I sometimes feel like I am on a perch and I would love to be able to sing like a songbird.


just42day on 12/03/2010:
You are quite the shopper! Glad you found such great finds! That's so sweet of you to give your mom's room some holiday decorations. I'm sure she and her roommate really appreciate them. Glad her roommate is doing better! :)


selina on 12/03/2010:
Sounds like you are surrounded with Christmas and will have to surrender :)! But, how can you possibly not decorate if you are the only person that I know here on DD that puts up Chritsmas decor on your entry in the middle of the year? Enjoy your day!


belly on 12/03/2010:
haha! I do the exact same thing! One project turns into about 3 or 4! Furniture always gets re-arranged at Christmas! And the pantry gets completely organized as I start to pour over the cookbooks while I plan the baking that will be done this year! I love all your web decor on your posts! Fa-la-la-la-la!



Maria7 - Wednesday Dec 01, 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!

I thank you for your votes re: Christmas decorating and still haven't made up my mind yet, so thought I would try it out here first on my journal today and see how I feel about it.  My house (since the autumn decorations have been put away and everything cleared and wiped clean) still has the 'cleared, cleaned, plain' look to it...that says 'very peaceful' and I know it is TIME to start decorating for Christmas and especially if I follow through with maybe having some friends over for a Christmas party later this month before Christmas (that's the reason for the beautiful picture above)...which that is a 'maybe, maybe not', to do that, too...

V, Moogy, and I had a very fun time last nite (that is, Wednesday morning for you, Moogy) teasing each other back and forth in our comments.  This place (DD) is so much fun! 

Anyway, thank the Lord for His protection on us, the tv-announced 'bad storms' played out before the front came through after midnite early this morning before daylight (while I stayed AWAKE reading the weather warnings for SC) and yours truly had comforted herself with an extra 700 calories OVER maintain calories for the day, so that's my today's confession.  (And Moogy and V, no I did NOT get into the fruitcake nor banana pudding.......but I did get in the the pb, donuts, and sunflower seeds...)  Needless to say after falling asleep around 2 a.m. or so this morning after having kept a watch on the oncoming weather radar and after just a few hours of sleep, being awakened by Hubby early this morning around 6 a.m., I am still very, very DROWSY and am having a mug of coffee with caffeine  which is NOT doing the job to get me woke up and going...so I am still lying on the bed with the computer beside me keying to you...

So if I sound a little 'off' (like I don't usually, hehehe), please just overlook it...yes, the Christmas tree is 'UP' on this entry but it is hiding in the closet of my study in this house...  The reason it is UP on here is so I can get my eyes accustomed to seeing it brightly blink and decide if I can contend with the same in an 8 foot version in our living room...

Actually, do you ever feel like this day would be a good day for sailing away.....???

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Update:  Went to church tonite, played Christmas carols on the piano that we sang.  Back home now.  Have a little headache.  Finished the sunflower seeds. 

 

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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!

liza36 on 12/01/2010:
I could sail away right now with the amount of rain that's coming down. Very stormy day here in Wash. DC. Have a good day yourself!


Umpqua on 12/01/2010:
I hope you get some rest today. You have an 8-ft Christmas tree? Must be gorgeous. My parents have a vaulted ceiling in the living room and always get a tall tree and it looks so great. Good on you for *confessing* your calories yesterday, I'm sure today will be better for you!


selina on 12/01/2010:
I went out last night and the neighborhood is getting so pretty and festive with all kinds of Christmas decorations and lights - so I thought of you! Have a great day!


hollybelle on 12/01/2010:
I keep telling you to come on over to KY - it is pretty and we'd love to see you! I am having decoration delemia myself.


V on 12/01/2010:
Well i must say I am proud of your treadmill workout!!! You and Moogy had me laughing all night!!!!! I wonder where she is...Now if your christmas decorations are nearly as festive as your post I know it will be fabulous!!!!! I am so happy to have all of you girls in my life :) Have a good one and Yayyy for avoiding the other goodies/stash LOL


hopingforhealth on 12/01/2010:
Well, you are decorating your post at least!

I definitely feel like sailing away sometimes, too. You are not alone.


moogy on 12/01/2010:
You are sounding a little waccky today Maria, and I like it. Girl, there is no way you would have a Christmas party without your full set of decorations up, your guests would be dissapointed, I am sure. Well done on restraining yourself with the storm comfort food.:)


just42day on 12/01/2010:
Love all your animated holiday decorations! Very festive


chidogs on 12/01/2010:
Maria, thanks for your lovely words. And I adore your picture. I like everything Kincaid does but he excels at Christmas paintings. (Disney too, but that's a whole other story). Anyway, I appreciate what you said and will do my best to work it out. :)


moogy on 12/01/2010:
Sorry you have a headache, I think you might have been a little tired and a little excited and a little bit stressed about playing the organ (I mean, you have to get it right don't you?). I hope you get/had a good night's sleep and feel better in the morning. XX


biscottibody59 on 12/02/2010:
Thanks for your comments--if the decorations are a little too daunting this year, just do a table centerpiece and a small tree or something like that. I don't know if you put up nativity scenes--maybe that at least if it's in your tradition?

Hope you're having a good one!


hopingforhealth on 12/02/2010:
Hey Maria! Just dropping by to say hi :)



Maria7 - Tuesday Nov 30, 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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Hello, Friends!

It is a partly sunny/partly cloudy morning here in SC, USA.  The weather channel on tv is announcing we may get storms later today and tonite and that our high is to be mid-70's fahrenheit today, changing to 50's beginning tomorrow for highs (that's COLD to me).  

Our Daughter came over the other day and helped me 'undecorate' for autumn and right now, the house is CLEARED of seasonal decorations and looks so PEACEFUL this way that I'm tempted to let it alone and NOT DECORATE for Christmas (who, me???)...The fireplace mantle is cleared and wiped clean and fresh with NOTHING on it and so is the large dining room table... (except for a small Thomas Kinkade victorian-decor plate in the middle of the table) which bestowed many autumn decor items on each of them ...So...what's your vote???  Out with autumn, in with Christmas!  Or....Out with autumn and let everything stay PLAIN-looking through Christmas?  I'll be awaiting your comments...  

On the weightfront news....I weighed this morning and the scale read 143.2, which I am happy with...although I haven't lost any weight in a few days, at least I'm still at 143.2 today and that's A-OK with me!   

Not sure about plans for today...as I key it is very cloudy outside now but since it is supposed to be VERY WARM today, it may be a good time to be 'out and about'...

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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!

Umpqua on 11/30/2010:
I say, do what makes you happy with the decorations! If you are enjoying a peaceful, uncluttered house, then keep it that way. If putting up your decorations will bring you joy then decorate away. I'm pretty ambivalent about decorating myself, before the boys came there were years when I hardly did anything except maybe a door wreath. The boys are excited to put up lights and help me decorate, so we'll be doing it up this year. I've always believed that the spirit of the season does not come from things, although they can be a nice reminder to all of the true meaning of the holidays!


just42day on 11/30/2010:
I agree w/Umpqua - do whatever makes you happy. (or you could comprise and just display one holiday decoration that you particularly enjoy. That way, the house remains relatively uncluttered but you have one nice decoration)


liza36 on 11/30/2010:
I'm one of those who does not put up one Christmas decoration, but that's because I'm not home enough to really enjoy it, or put the effort into it. I do, however, enjoy other people's decorations. I agree with the others, do what makes you happy. You could even leave it clean and clear for a few weeks, and right before Christmas get out your favorite things. Let us know what you decide.


selina on 11/30/2010:
I say - decorate!

I usually don't do anything except for decorating the tree (which we usually get just a few days before Christmas)but I love looking at other people's houses full of light and pretty things!


V on 11/30/2010:
Good afternoon my dear! You were up bright and early this morning too! I am sure by now that it is beginning to look alot like Christmas at your house ;)


OpenMyWings on 11/30/2010:
I can't wait to decorate for Christmas. I was going to start today, but I decided that dragging in all of those storage totes from our outside shed in the rain wouldn't put me in the decorating mood. Maybe tomorrow. Have a great day!


moogy on 11/30/2010:
Oh, I don't think for a minute what we said would stop you from decorating. I think you would sit around looking at your clean surfaces absolutely itching to get out your Christmas decorations. Enjoy yourself Maria. It is already December here so the tree and everything else is imminent.:)


lifestylechange on 11/30/2010:
Beautiful entry Maria! Thanks for your comment...:) I love pb too, I prefer creamy...:) But I like both! My ultimate goal is about 160 lbs but I don't like to overwhelm myself so I set "mini goals" and my next mini goal is 200! Thanks again for your support, so appreciated!! Have a great day!


moogy on 11/30/2010:
I won't say a word to V about the peanut butter, I can just picture you furtively grabbing that jar and sticking your finger in for a sneaky taste. You are so funny. Enjoy it and don't feel guilty about it, life is too short for guilt.:)


moogy on 11/30/2010:
I think it was probably your desire not to feel guilty. You made me laugh anyway!! So good for you. I would say that you need to have a thunderstorm now, so that you can get rid off all those goodies, can I come and share???? Funny lady:)


moogy on 11/30/2010:
Now, I don't want to put evil thoughts into your head, but one of my favourite decadent treats is to have a toasted peanut butter and bananna sandwich. You have to let it cool down a bit, but absolutely fills that emotional hole that needs attention every now and again. I can't remember the last time I had one of those. Maybe over Christmas, oh!!! for breakfast Christmas morning, yep, that will hit the spot!!


moogy on 11/30/2010:
Well thank you, Selina has also invited me over, but as I told her, I can afford the air fares at the moment. Maybe next year!!!!!!!


V on 11/30/2010:
Well it didn't rake long to figure out whom you made your confession to...Young lady! I am shocked, and to think Moogy was an accomplice(well not really but it sounds good) LOl You are so lucky i don't know where you live,I would take that peanutbutter, bread, pudding and if there is any donuts left that too! LOl I have to give it to you, when you fall off the wagon you make quite the dramatic fall!!! Now pack up what's left and out with it!!!


hopingforhealth on 11/30/2010:
I am all about the Christmas decorations. I have a teeny apartment and live alone and still do a bit of decorating. My family calls me "the keeper of Christmas tradition"... so maybe I am not totally unbiased, ha.


V on 11/30/2010:
Now i must applaud your effort to put the dounut in your allotment that peanut butter AND banana pudding as well....Out of the house with that jar does not mean taking it outside to eat it! LOl You are too funny!!!!


moogy on 11/30/2010:
That's it Maria, if you can't keep secrets I am not sharing with you anymore. I will be in trouble now, have you seen???? I have got to go on the treadmill three times a week now after this little secret pact!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is vicious!!


hopingforhealth on 11/30/2010:
I put up a little tree, a wreath and ornaments in all my wine glasses (which are stored sitting out). I'd put up a bigger one, but there's no room!


moogy on 11/30/2010:
I'll give you ooops, you told her about the toasted peanut butter and banana sandwich, have you no shame????????????? I can see we are going to have to work on some sort of code that she can't work out. We are going to have to be clever! You know what always helps me with my thinking????? one guess!!! (it is the start of the code)LOL


V on 11/30/2010:
Ummm i think that you have gravely mistaken my order to throw out the peanut butter as an invitation to eat more...As for you no more!! I have chose not to separate the two of you HOWEVER 3 days a week of hard labor/workouts for you as well...Thought you would get off so easy did ya??? NOT LOL


V on 11/30/2010:
I love how you are trying to make your own form of punishment, really cute but NOT!!



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