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Maria7 - Thursday Sep 04, 2008

Weight: 155.0

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 to you!

I hope you've been having a wonderful day in the Lord! Thanks to each of you who have written very encouraging comments and also to those of you who have read but for whatever reason didn't comment, thanks for your kind thoughts. Thanks to all you Christians for your prayers...

We are under an official televised 'Hurricane Watch' currently....tomorrow (and especially tomorrow nite and Saturday) is hurricane day...I've done almost all I can do to be prepared...Prayer first (that's always the MOST important preparation)...also have our documents, food, water, flashlights, and other stuff already in vehicle... All that's left to do is to pack our clothes and personal items and put that in vehicle and I will be done...which won't take long to complete...but right now I am taking a little break...

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I went and got Sister real early this morning and we went and got Mom and took her on a shopping outing...it was a real nice outing...we ate out at BK in the parking lot...Mom bought the three of us lunch (but as usual, Mom had no appetite to eat her lunch)...btw, Mom's much less confused nowadays and I surely do thank the good Lord for that as well as all you Christians for your prayers for her...she is still eating very minimally, and has lost much weight...I took her a flashlight in case the lights go out over there where she is during the hurricane (I put it in her pocketbook where she can find it easily) and I took her some foods she can easily eat in an emergency...a loaf of bread, 3 cans with poptop lids of tuna, 2 little containers of chicken and dumplings, a big jar of Dole peaches, fruit, chocolate puddings, 5 bottles of water...and she already had some snacks left from last week in her snack drawer, too...I love my Mom a lot, which I know y'all can tell. They DO serve three meals a day where she resides but I want her to have plenty of food, emergency or not. When I was little she used to design and make my clothes on her sewing machine. Such beautiful little dresses...Mom was a seamstress. She made clothes for other people at home on her sewing machine, too for a while and she also worked in a couple of different sewing factories for a while. She taught me to sew but I only learned the very basics...just barely enough that I made my own dress or two to wear to school. But sewing has never been my 'thing'...I love to WRITE (as I guess you can tell)...I've written books...3 novels...have never tried to have them published...I still have them...maybe I should take them with us as we evacuate our home tomorrow... Anyway, back to the visit today...we took Mom shopping at the thrift store after we three ate lunch at Bk parking lot and Mom got herself a pair of like-new black jeans (she NEVER wears jeans but has decided she wants to start dressing more like Sister and me) and I found her a beautiful autumn-decor sweater (with autumn-colored rooster, hen, sunshine, etc. embroideries against brown/green/beige background) in her size and Sister found her a pair of grey jogging pants with pockets, all of this like-new and Mom got it all for under $10. Sister got her a pair of jeans and Sister found me a pair of size 12 jeans that I got (jeans were only $3.99 each). After we left, we three rode around a little and then Sister and I took Mom back and got her situated and her caregivers brought her a tray and when we left she was eating a little...I think she is accustomed to the food there, even though she says she doesn't like it, at least she will eat that food when she won't eat other food when she is with us...but just so she eats, that is what counts. After we left Mom, Sister and I went to a couple of stores that Sister wanted to go to, and she got herself a new belt, real nice and a few other items. Then I took Sister home and I ran some errands and then came home and fixed Hubby and me barbequed chicken, creamed potatoes and green peas for supper.

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I hope you're having a good evening. I am feeling much better about the hurricane and there is another more powerful one behind it but my trust is in the Lord. He can turn them both back out to sea.

Take good care of yourselves. I thank the Lord for each of you.

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~Love, Maria~

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THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION YOU WILL EVER MAKE IN YOUR LIFE!!!

Jesus loves you, and He gave His Life for your salvation....and He is the only way to be saved! If you're not saved, TODAY is the DAY to repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour...He's coming back...and it may be today!!! Get saved while you still have time!!! ARE YOU READY???

PRAYER OF SALVATION

Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned against You in the way I have lived my life. I am truly sorry and I want to turn from my selfish ways and follow You. I hand my life over to You, knowing that You have paid the price for my sin by shedding Your Blood and dying on the cross for me. Lord I ask You to forgive me for all my sins and take control of every area of my life. I receive my salvation now according to Your promise: "All who call on the name of the Lord, will be saved." Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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LaFemme_Loca on 09/04/2008:
Hey Maria... You and your entire family are in my prayers. I do hope that Hanna and Ike don't give you any trouble. I think that is awesome that you have written three books. That is what I want to do if I could "get me a husband" ;-) and not work full time. I think it is so neat how you spend time with your mom and sister. :-) *hugs* Take care of yourself. Cheers !


selina on 09/05/2008:
Hi Maria! I LOVED reading your entry today! I'm trying to imagine reading your three novels, now! It's wonderful that your mom is less confused nowadays, the more you can enjoy your visits with her! My mom always says that being slimmer is better for one's health when one gets older, so I wouldn't worry about her eating so little habits, unless her doctors tell her otherwise. My mom was always on the heavy side all her life, but she lost weight considerably more recently and is thrilled about that. She says she has more energy as she feels lighter - she is 87 y.o! I suppose it's not too different from our own experience losing weight here in DD! Besides, we don't see too many overweight people at that age.


selina on 09/05/2008:
And, great buys at the store, congrats! I am getting really inspired to go to a thrift shop to buy my new skinny clothes...


anewhb on 09/05/2008:
I am sure hoping Hanna fizzles out before reaching your shores! Keeping an eye on the weather channel and you and yours in prayers. You have done evrything you can do to be prepared. Now the waiting.....Hang in girlfriend!


liza36 on 09/05/2008:
I hope the hurricane passes over without too much damage. You and your family are in my prayers. At least you are prepared and have the Lord on your side, so you will be fine. Take Care!


Jen40 on 09/06/2008:
I didn't know you write!!!! I'ave had articles published locally and have some umfinished manuscripts floating around... yes, you should take your manuscripts with you and if you're wondering whether you should try to get what you have published the answer to that is YES!!! Do you know how to go about doing that? I can give you tips if you want. Anyway, take them with you if you need to leave. I'm praying for you.


anewhb on 09/06/2008:
Writing! You should submit for a publisher to review - you never know ! With all the dribble being published these days - surely you would have a chance! Because yours would NOT be dribble, I know! Just checking in to see how you made out with Hanna. I hope there's not too much water. What we are hearing is high winds, but mostly flooding.....


Umpqua on 09/06/2008:
Maria, I just wanted you to know I'm thinking of you with the weather you've been dealing with. I know the Carolinas got hit hard, and I hope you and your loved ones are safe and your property hasn't sustained too much damage. Please check in with us when you can!



Maria7 - Wednesday Sep 03, 2008

Weight: 155.0

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 to you!

Today is another day of HURRICANE PREPARATION....lots of papers/photos/keepsakes/etc. to go through and decide what goes with us to the room we've rented to stay in during the worst part of the hurricane and what stays here, cause obviously, we can't take everything. I did get some necessary shopping done yesterday but today I've thought of other stuff that I have to go back to get...didn't even get anything to make sandwiches with...

On top of all this, it has now been announced to expect the electrical power be off during the hurricane and probably for a while afterward... How long? I sure don't know... May need to get some ice to put in a cooler...

I am SOOOOO NOT IN THE MOOD for this!!! If you've never been through a hurricane, BE GLAD! And I hope you never do!!! They are SOOOOO NOT FUN!

But my trust is in the Lord to take care of us.

Afternoon update: Did get some things accomplished today in preparing for hurricane. BUT STILL HAVEN'T FINISHED YET. I've had a bad sinus headache while out and about and while getting things done today. I did buy some peanut butter to take to room Friday nite and have already got into it!!! (Errrr-rrr!) I love the taste of peanut butter BUT it is fattening!!! (Or, should I say it is to me, cause once I get started, I eat lots of it!!!) I've felt a little nauseated off/on today also, so have not overeaten.

I have one large water-proof container filled with food and paper items and another large water-proof container filled with important papers, etc. and also have included Mom's most important papers and her Bible in that container, too. Now I have to pack our clothes and include a few extras.

The other day, I talked with the administrator over where Mom lives, who assured me it would be best for Mom to stay where she is than to try to bring her over here with us during the hurricane. I'm not entirely comfortable with that but I have to HAVE FAITH that all will be well. Mom is in a good sturdy brick building that is located within 2 miles of the best hospital in this area and she has lots of nurses attending her, so I think it is best she stay where she is, too.

Sister and I are to go get Mom and take her out for a while tomorrow...don't know where we'll go yet. I'm just hoping the headache is gone when we do.

I hope you're having a good evening.

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~Love, Maria~

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THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION YOU WILL EVER MAKE IN YOUR LIFE!!!

Jesus loves you, and He gave His Life for your salvation....and He is the only way to be saved! If you're not saved, TODAY is the DAY to repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour...He's coming back...and it may be today!!! Get saved while you still have time!!! ARE YOU READY???

PRAYER OF SALVATION

Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned against You in the way I have lived my life. I am truly sorry and I want to turn from my selfish ways and follow You. I hand my life over to You, knowing that You have paid the price for my sin by shedding Your Blood and dying on the cross for me. Lord I ask You to forgive me for all my sins and take control of every area of my life. I receive my salvation now according to Your promise: "All who call on the name of the Lord, will be saved." Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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TheMother on 09/03/2008:
WOW! I cannot imagine (other than what I've seen on TV and read in the papers) how much damage hurricanes can do. I live in NJ and have been very fortunate in escaping most of the past hurricanes wrath. They are calling for some strong winds and rain Friday night into Saturday but that's the extent of what we'll be getting from Hanna. I'm sure you'll weather the storm being as prepared as you are. You're in my thoughts...


Soon2BThin on 09/03/2008:
Well, I sure hope that hurricane misses you. I can't imagine what that would be like. I always think of you when they show bad weather hitting that part of the country. I'll pray that you all will be safe.


thinnside40 on 09/03/2008:
I have been watching the weather channel and see so many disturbances in areas, it is just more prrof that there is an ALMIGHTY in control.... I get to thinking about the second coming and how REvelations is being played out as we have been told...

Try to rest a bit when you can.....


selina on 09/03/2008:
Hi Maria, I will be thinking of you! Stay well and safe...


glycrina on 09/03/2008:
Maria, please stay safe and take care of yourself. powerbars and bottled water!!


LaFemme_Loca on 09/03/2008:
I am praying that Hanna stays away... I have been thinking of you and the ladies in Georgia.... You have my prayers. Stay safe !!! *hugs*


thinnside40 on 09/03/2008:
I am sure that your mom's home has a good "hurricane safety" protocol... I know in this State it is mandetory, even for daycares, etc.... To have earthquake, hurricane, fire, flood, tornado or any other natural disaster evacuation plan....

Try to rest to rid of the H/A... Probably a bit of a "stress" going on too....

Prayers & Thoughts are with you!


thinnside40 on 09/03/2008:
I would probably take anything of utmost importance (legal documents, irreplaceable photos/papers/family history)...Basically anything that I wouldn't feel I could live without or needed to prove something someday only by documentation.... Just think what you are doing now isn't going to be necessary when the trumpet sounds and it will be nothing we couldn't have already prepared for, cause that is what we are suppose to be doing EVERYDAY of our life....One NEVER knows!


selina on 09/04/2008:
Wow! sounds like you are well prepared, although it seems like it's never enough, I imagine. Glad to hear your mom's place is safe and sound. Hope your headache dissipates... have a great day!


anewhb on 09/04/2008:
Been thinking about you and wtching hurricane reports on TV. Fingers crossed AND prayers!


thinnside40 on 09/04/2008:
Hoping your 'ladies day' went well..... and that you are able to get all done that you need to....


omahagrl on 09/04/2008:
I hope that this storm passes without any issues. Stay safe!!!



Maria7 - Tuesday Sep 02, 2008

Weight: 155.0

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 to you!

Today will be spent getting ready for the hurricane that is on the way here. A lot to do. Yesterday Hubby and I rented a room in town to stay in overnite Friday when the worst part of the hurricane comes through...as our home is surrounded by big trees...A big limb fell out of one onto my vehicle last December that I'd just a few minutes before stepped out of and was standing nearby when it happened and it did over $4000 damage to my vehicle...also we've had to have 2 trees taken down this year...Christians, we appreciate your prayers.

Also...re: Daughter...I've spoken of her previously in this journal (Aug. 29th) and in other journal that is currently offline (while I try to figure out how to fix it cause I downloaded some autumn decor that was actually some kind of spyware that took over that journal...I've worked on it off and on and still haven't figured out how to fix it)...Anyway, I have a very sweet Daughter and I love her very much...She works in town here but she resides in another town.

Okay...now to get some preparations done...I will check back in later when taking a break...hope you are having a wonderful day in the Lord!

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I picked up Daughter on her lunch break and brought her over here where she took a quick nap while I cooked her a pepperoni pizza...what she didn't eat, she took back to work with her. After taking her back to work, I went to a few stores in town and bought 2 large candles (pumpkin-scented) in little white country-looking crocks trimmed with black and they have lids to them...also 2 new flashlights with batteries (why buy batteries for the ones we have when you can get flashlights that come with batteries for cheaper than buying just batteries?)...Also bought some fresh fruit, scuppernongs and bananas...etc. Haven't even begun gathering important items together yet to take to room Friday...but got shopping list done...now to make a couple of calls to make sure other things are in order, including Mom's safety where she's at and what their procedures are concerning hurricanes...

I am exhausted (didn't sleep much last nite) and besides getting everything prepared concerning hurricane, still gotta cook supper for Hubby and prepare for tonite's music/singing practice at church...

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~Love, Maria~

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THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION YOU WILL EVER MAKE IN YOUR LIFE!!!

Jesus loves you, and He gave His Life for your salvation....and He is the only way to be saved! If you're not saved, TODAY is the DAY to repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour...He's coming back...and it may be today!!! Get saved while you still have time!!! ARE YOU READY???

PRAYER OF SALVATION

Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned against You in the way I have lived my life. I am truly sorry and I want to turn from my selfish ways and follow You. I hand my life over to You, knowing that You have paid the price for my sin by shedding Your Blood and dying on the cross for me. Lord I ask You to forgive me for all my sins and take control of every area of my life. I receive my salvation now according to Your promise: "All who call on the name of the Lord, will be saved." Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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thinnside40 on 09/02/2008:
Cannot say much more than we will be praying for the storm to disapate & be mild to not cause much or any damage....


selina on 09/02/2008:
Maria, I have never been through a hurricane and can't imagine your aprehension now. It must be so freightening! I hope that all will be fine and it will go away without any damage.... I read your Aug 29 entry about your daughter, how can I have missed it? Maybe it was a late entry... I'm so sorry to hear she is also feeling the pinch of a bad economy. I hope all will straighten up for her soon.

Stores in Coppet: they are cute little stores that cater to the turists who come to the town by boat. The store next to the hotel is a florist - they have the most artistic flower arrangements there - they also cost an arm and a leg! I think you'd enjoy this little town!

Have a great week, hoping that the storm will be chased away....


WI3 on 09/02/2008:
Will keep you and your daughter in my prayers. I hope the storm blows out to water and stays away from landfall. Take care!


grumpy on 09/02/2008:
glad yo got to spend time with your daughter, hope all goes well to you guys.


selina on 09/03/2008:
Thanks, Maria - it is indeed nice to fit into old new clothes! I'm glad you are all prepared for the storm! Stay safe!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/03/2008:
gosh, i hope everything with your computer is better!



Maria7 - Monday Sep 01, 2008

Weight: 155.0

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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FALL IS IN THE AIR!!!

Hello to you!

I hope you're having a wonderful first day of September 2008!

Yesterday was church, eating out lunch buffet-style, and visiting Mom. Calories were okay...around 1700. Calories for Saturday turned out to be around 1700 also, as Hubby and I ate out supper buffet-style.

Today I picked up Daughter on her lunch break and we went through a BK drive-through and got some lunch and then sat at a table in a little park in town and talked a little before she had to go back to work.

Later, I went back to town and looked in one store...had a few things I was going to get (new set of sheets, a pack of new washcloths...both of these very needed...also fall interior decorations of 2 tableclothss with fall leaves decor on them, 2 fall leaves decor hand towels, and a fall leaves decor shower curtain...these decors things were things not needed) but I put them all back, except for a cheap pair of reading glasses I needed...Hubby and I are working on saving money for fall vacation, Lord willing. I've been very lax on spending on others and/or giving others money. Most of them have money to get what they need. They don't want to spend theirs or either they spend theirs and then expect me to compensate. This has gotten OLD with. My phone is OFF THE HOOK as I key!!!

Meanwhile, weather people on tv have been announcing that we, here in South Carolina are to within a few days get a HURRICANE!!!!!!!!...toward the end of this week! Hurricane Hanna is the name of it. The last time we had a hurricane come through here, about 20 huge trees were laid down on top of each other in the backyard, power lines and HUGE TREES were down and strewn across the roads, including public roads, it was something else!!! NOT FUN AT ALL TO GO THROUGH, EITHER!!! I am praying and trusting in the good Lord...hoping He will send it out to sea before it gets here! I ask you Christians to please help me be praying about this also.

Today's est calories: 1700

Visited Friend at her home (who was in the hospital)...she is still recovering at her home...Christians, please continue to pray for her.

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~Love, Maria~

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THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION YOU WILL EVER MAKE IN YOUR LIFE!!!

Jesus loves you, and He gave His Life for your salvation....and He is the only way to be saved! If you're not saved, TODAY is the DAY to repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour...He's coming back...and it may be today!!! Get saved while you still have time!!! ARE YOU READY???

PRAYER OF SALVATION

Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned against You in the way I have lived my life. I am truly sorry and I want to turn from my selfish ways and follow You. I hand my life over to You, knowing that You have paid the price for my sin by shedding Your Blood and dying on the cross for me. Lord I ask You to forgive me for all my sins and take control of every area of my life. I receive my salvation now according to Your promise: "All who call on the name of the Lord, will be saved." Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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anewhb on 09/01/2008:
Hi Maria - looks like you have had two good days. GOOD JOB resisting the ice cream. You will see from my diary I have enjoyed myself, but all OK for now. You have my prayers for sending Hanna back to the sea!~ Boy I think my house mess is bad with the tree accident....can't imagine what a hurrican would do! God bless - let's talk next week.


thinnside40 on 09/01/2008:
Cannot imagine a hurricane...Our winds are scary at times, but something like that shall never be as fierce....

Your entry makes me want to drink a cup of hot cider!... I have 2 gallons left in the freezer from last November......

Have a wonderful evening and YES save that monies for a vacation!


lafemme_loca on 09/01/2008:
Hi Maria... I am with Thin... I can't imagine going through a hurricane. I will be praying for you and your home. I didn't know that you are in S.C. That is one state I would love to visit. I love the south but have never been... I want to see N.C., S.C. and Georgia sometime. As for your fall decorating... It is so nice. I love autumn, my absolute favourite season. I wish that we could actually have a nice autumn, but our climate doesn't really change that much. Oh well. I hope you have a wonderful day. *hugs*


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/01/2008:
sounds like you are doing really well. you never talk about your daughter...it must have been a good time :)


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/01/2008:
hehe, i saw what you wrote on Lafemme's entry you never had starbuck's. actually, i consider the coffee too strong tasting...BUT it's everything else that is sooo good there. you know, the treats and other drinks! :)


Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/01/2008:
don't go to starbuck's, you'll get hooked. it's a waste of $.


cybermom4 on 09/01/2008:
Happy September to You too! Hope the hurricane goes the other way and you all stay safe!


thinnside40 on 09/01/2008:
YES ~ Converstaion with my brother was nice, but heartbraching at the same time... My Sis-in-Law has been having to go to infusion care every day for IV antibiotics...She has severe cellulitis in her legs, due to her what seems to be uncontrollable diabetes... Her blood sugars last week for a fasting test were over 600 (death or a coma for most people)...It is now running in the 300's...he is afraid that she may lose her legs, due to the continual infections and lack of circulation... She only has 1/3 of her pancreas and has been on the strongest narcotics for almost 12 years... The diabetes is something new this last 3 months.... Insulin is not doing much good.... She is only 45 years old..... He is too and recently learned he has polycystic kidney and liver disease compliments of 'Desert Storm'... He is a strong Christian man and you would never know they both have such health issues, cause he is always praising the Lord for his mighty blessings and thankful to just be alive... With my G'ma & those 2, plus my mom on her "self medicating fits" at times... Keeps us hopping, but thankful that we have such a close knit Christian family...

I had a great time shopping and enjoyed every drop of my coffee!!! : o )


selina on 09/02/2008:
Hi Maria! Sounds like you had a great day! This is the first time you mentioned your Daughter! Sounds like she is well and near you! Wonderful! Enjoy the fall weather and let's hope Hanna will stay away from your path! Hugs and smiles to you!



Maria7 - Saturday Aug 30, 2008

Weight: 155.0

...And whosover liveth and believeth in Me shall never die... John 11:26

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Hello to you!

It's a beautiful morning here in South Carolina....Hubby is working BUT he gets off EARLY today...YAYYYY!!!

Today I am at 155! Yayyyy!

I did get some walking done last nite on treadmill on elevation and cals yesterday were around 1300.

Today's plan, Lord willing: Get studying completed for tomorrow, then prepare for Hubby coming home early...depending on the humidity and temperature (been being high humidity and temps up to in the 90's), he and I (if he wants to and feels up to it) might go to the next town over to the flea market and walk around there a while. Then after that, we may either eat out (but may not since we plan to do that after church tomorrow and when we eat out it is usually buffet only), or go get a cup of coffee somewhere and sit and talk some. Yayyyy!

I hope you are having a wonderful day in the Lord! Don't forget to go to church tomorrow and worship Him Who is our Creator and takes care of us every day!!!

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Today's food (thank You, Lord) so far: coffee, 1 plain toast (100)...egg s/w, low-cal tea (250)...lf bologna s/w w 1/2 onion, low-cal tea (300)...Hubby and I ate supper buffet...so total est 1700 for day...

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Afternoon update: We didn't go to the flea market...when Hubby got home (out of the heat), the heat index was close to 100...and the humidity real high, too...so we are at home and Hubby is resting and I am going to be doing some further vacation research online...

I went into a store today and RESISTED my fav triple choc cone of high-fat ice cream at 440 cals...also resisted stopping at McD's and getting ice cream....Yayyy...Out with the old and in with the new habits! Working on lessening WHITE SUGAR a LOT...

Hope you're having a nice afternoon/evening!

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~Love, Maria~

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THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION YOU WILL EVER MAKE IN YOUR LIFE!!!

Jesus loves you, and He gave His Life for your salvation....and He is the only way to be saved! If you're not saved, TODAY is the DAY to repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour...He's coming back...and it may be today!!! Get saved while you still have time!!! ARE YOU READY???

PRAYER OF SALVATION

Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned against You in the way I have lived my life. I am truly sorry and I want to turn from my selfish ways and follow You. I hand my life over to You, knowing that You have paid the price for my sin by shedding Your Blood and dying on the cross for me. Lord I ask You to forgive me for all my sins and take control of every area of my life. I receive my salvation now according to Your promise: "All who call on the name of the Lord, will be saved." Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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thinnside40 on 08/30/2008:
I wish we had flea markets here like that...My Uncle & Aunt go to ones in Tulsa and talk about how fun it is....... I guess I will suffice with the "thrifty" today.....

Have a super good time....

As for my chickies ~ I feed them oyster shell & layer crumbles.... They will begin laying soon, just have to be patient.... They are almost 5 months old and may be jumping the gun a bit in hoping for at least 1 egg before fall....

Again, have a super day!


selina on 08/30/2008:
WOW! I bet it was just water you were holding! Yayyy!

That flea market looks amazing, enjoy!

Horses - I went by the polo club today by bike and they were playing, again. I really like watching them and I found out that they are having a tournament tomorrow the whole day. I shall go there tomorrow sometime to watch, can't wait! Lot's of people, from all over Switzerland!

Have a great weekend! Hugs and smiles to you!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/30/2008:
hi girl! thanks for the inspiration! :)

have a good afternoon with hubby!


lafemme_loca on 08/30/2008:
YAY !!! That is so great 155! I am so excited for you ! Yay about resisting your ice cream !! I am excited for you ! The lowering your need on white sugar is a great idea ! I know it has helped me a ton ! May God richly bless you tomorrow. *hugs*


selina on 08/31/2008:
I stopped using sugar alltogether, not even sugar substitute, and I don't miss it at all! I guess it's just a matter of habit... Good luck! I think you'll like it. Now, I can "taste" the sugar in plain bread, rice, etc


biscottibody59 on 08/31/2008:
Thanks for your thoughts on my mom's passing. And for checking up on me--hope to update soon!

Take care!


mcwoo:) on 08/31/2008:
Well done on the lower number,Don't spend too much at the market.What willpower to resist that ice cream,take care,Julie


thinnside40 on 08/31/2008:
I didn't go "thriftying" yesterday either...Wound up going to town together as a family.... Hope your Sunday was a pleasant one.....



Maria7 - Friday Aug 29, 2008

Weight: 157.0

...And whosover liveth and believeth in Me shall never die... John 11:26

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Hello to you!

EXHAUSTION is the word today......I am sooo tired .... and SORE ... I have been doing a lot over the past few days and so I guess I asked for it....the good news is I got on Mom's scale this morning and I still am at 157...(weighed 3 times and it was 157 each time)...felt GOOD???...about that (that I'd not gained)...then thought about fat not weighing much, like muscle does...so got out the tape measure and am a little smaller than a few days ago...it's no wonder, with all the 'big clean' a couple of days and the lifting and doing a lot yesterday...so I guess 2200 and 2500 calories was acceptable yesterday and day before...since I was EXTRA ACTIVE...Thanks to all of you who have encouraged me not to regain...I think I am getting 'excited' again about where I'm at...maintaining...since I'm tall, 5'8", 157 is okay, isn't it? (Highest was 205.)

Well...what am I going to do today? I still have some more 'big clean' to do...and maybe I will and maybe I won't...I'm just tired...

Hope you have/are having a wonderful day in the Lord!

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Today's food (thank You, Lord) so far: egg, grits, tuna, coffee, tea (400)...baked okra, coffee (100)...baked chicken, a little bbq sauce, 1 bread, popcorn, tea (800)...total est cals 1300... Exercise: a little over 1/2 mile on incline on the treadmill...

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I was out and about and went by the grocery store and only got fruits...was tempted to get a little 1-serving ice cream at the store on the way home but resisted...

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Afternoon Update: Got a call about an hour ago and just got back from seeing Daughter at her work place...her hours (and not just hers there) have been reduced lately...so I gave her a few dollars to help her have something to eat...I love my Daughter very much and I ask all Christians to please pray for her, that God's Will be done in her life...She is such a sweet, humble young woman...She will do anything she can to help someone else...

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THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION YOU WILL EVER MAKE IN YOUR LIFE!!!

Jesus loves you, and He gave His Life for your salvation....and He is the only way to be saved! If you're not saved, TODAY is the DAY to repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour...He's coming back...and it may be today!!! Get saved while you still have time!!! ARE YOU READY???

PRAYER OF SALVATION

Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned against You in the way I have lived my life. I am truly sorry and I want to turn from my selfish ways and follow You. I hand my life over to You, knowing that You have paid the price for my sin by shedding Your Blood and dying on the cross for me. Lord I ask You to forgive me for all my sins and take control of every area of my life. I receive my salvation now according to Your promise: "All who call on the name of the Lord, will be saved." Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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thinnside40 on 08/29/2008:
OH......to be relaxed and have a smile on face like that girl in the chair.... Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!

Have a wonderful day and rest some!


LaFemme_Loca on 08/29/2008:
I love the picture of the lady on the chair. Oh how I want to be her !! :-) I am glad that you are resting after your big clean. I will see what the healthy weight range is for you when I go to my car at lunch. :-) It is based on BMI and I have the chart. It is what WW and doctors have agreed to for a good weight goal. :-) As for my miracle of weight loss... yeah that is totally from God ! He took it away... I lived with the verse : "With man this is impossible, but with God ALL things are possible" and "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" those were my verses for my weight-loss journey. I gave it all to Him ! He did it, I didn't do it. *hugs* Talk to you soon! And have a blessed day !


LaFemme_Loca on 08/29/2008:
Okay... here you go: person of 5'8" should weigh between 132 (BMI 20) and 164 (BMI 25). So, 157 is perfect. :-) If that is what feels right for you. :-)


selina on 08/29/2008:
Yayy! to a forgoten tomato plant that comes back to life! I hope you are having a well deserved rest!


selina on 08/29/2008:
You are so tall and you must look stunning at 157! Maintaining sounds like the way to go, yayyy!!!


mcwoo:) on 08/29/2008:
Hiya Maria,glad you liked the pictures.I do enjoy walking on seafront and the pier especially first thing in the morning.I'll post some more of around the town when i find some good ones,Take care Julie



Maria7 - Thursday Aug 28, 2008

Weight: 157.0

...And whosover liveth and believeth in Me shall never die... John 11:26

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Hello to you!

I went and got Sister and Mom this morning...Sister and I rearranged Mom's closet in Mom's room and then we brought her over here to the house. It took both Sister and me to get Mom inside and Mom was EXTREMELY winded for a while afterward, but it did her good to sit in her recliner/rocker chair that she spent so much time in when she was in her apartment, which her chair is now over here since she moved into the nursing facility earlier this year. We three ate lunch together with Mom sitting in her chair...We all had a good visit...Mom was so happy to be over here...all in all, Sister and I were with Mom about 5 hours...finally Mom said she was ready to go back to her room...After taking Mom back, with her foods and stuff I got her (big bag bananas, big jar prune juice, 4 snackpacks of fruit cocktail, 8 of peaches, 3 of chocolate pudding and a big package of fig bars cookies, etc.), Sister and I went to a thrift store and I got Sister 4 shirts and me one. After taking Sister home, I came home and now here I am keying. Hubby is working late again today. I bought his supper already cooked instead of cooking it...

Food today (thank You, Lord) has been: BK whopper jr, BK small onion rings, BK small sweet tea, McD's large sweet tea, McD's apple pie, chocolate-covered and honey-covered pecans, fried egg s/w, popcorn,...est total 2500.

I have lost my 'incentive' again to maintain...not that I 'found' it since I've been regaining weight.....

~Maria~

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THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION YOU WILL EVER MAKE IN YOUR LIFE!!!

Jesus loves you, and He gave His Life for your salvation....and He is the only way to be saved! If you're not saved, TODAY is the DAY to repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour...He's coming back...and it may be today!!! Get saved while you still have time!!! ARE YOU READY???

PRAYER OF SALVATION

Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned against You in the way I have lived my life. I am truly sorry and I want to turn from my selfish ways and follow You. I hand my life over to You, knowing that You have paid the price for my sin by shedding Your Blood and dying on the cross for me. Lord I ask You to forgive me for all my sins and take control of every area of my life. I receive my salvation now according to Your promise: "All who call on the name of the Lord, will be saved." Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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thinnside40 on 08/28/2008:
Huhum!!!!!.... Think about the nutritional values/benefits (lack of them)... You had your cholestrol/B.P. checked this year?

You haven't lost it, it's just misplaced temporarily..... You don't want to be back to NEEDING to rid of poundage, cause you don't fit into those sizes you are currently in.... YOU DON'T!!!! TRUST ME!!!!! YOU DON'T!!!!

Have a good evening and you CAN do better tomorrow...... : O )


grumpy on 08/28/2008:
just stopping by to say hello Maria! have a good night.


thinnside40 on 08/28/2008:
Have a good night's sleep Maria....Don't Beat yourself up and I certainly wasn't trying to do that verbally when I commented earlier evening..... I just know how hard you have worked and hate to see someone feeling like they have lost any incentive after doing SO well.....

Check in on ya tomorrow.... God Bless You & Hubby!


selina on 08/29/2008:
Sounds like you had a great day with your mom and sister!!! That's SO wonderful. I guess it isn't easy to be watching your food and calories when you are having a great time with family - after all, it's like a party! I know you will be back to your conscious eating sooner than later. I just hope you enjoyed the yummy food yesterday without feeling guilty about it. Live the moment! You can go back to dieting tomorrow!!! But don't wait too long before it gets out of control - I'm sure you wouldn't allow it to get out of control, anyways.... Hugs and smiles to you! Have a wonderful day!


Jen40 on 08/29/2008:
I'm with Thinnside40, I don't want to be harsh either, I just so want to motivate you, somehow, to maintain because I know how hard it was to get where you did, and I don't want to see that undone. I know you can get back on track, I just don't know how to help you do it.



Maria7 - Wednesday Aug 27, 2008

Weight: 157.0

...And whosover liveth and believeth in Me shall never die... John 11:26

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Hello to you!

Okay�I finally found it yesterday��Mom�s scale�I can actually see the numbers on it better than I could see them on the one I had�Soooooo�now I don�t have to weigh at the grocery store anymore�.(shhhhh-h-h-h-h-h!)�

As you can see, I�ve gained�I knew I had�.BUT NOT THIS MUCH!!!�okay�maybe I didn�t gain this much�what 2 scales are alike anyway, huh? So�I went to the grocery store this morning�I knew what the difference was between the grocery store scale and the scale I had�so now to see what the difference is between the grocery store scale and Mom�s scale�Guess what? Mom's scale is RIGHT ON with the grocery store scale...The grocery store scale weighed me 5 pounds MORE than my scale and Mom's scale weighs me 5 pounds MORE than my scale I had...so�Mom�s scale weighs me heavier than my scale weighed me but I�ve decided to go by Mom�s scale number from here on out�how do I know that my scale was not �underweighing� me 5 pounds??? (or that Mom�s scale and the grocery store scale are not overweighing me 5 pounds????)...so according to the number on the grocery store scale and Mom's scale, I would have weighed about 152 on my scale...BUT that scale is gone with the wind....

Goodness�it�s like clothes�you can wear a size X in this and a size Y in that�you know you are the same size�why aren�t the sizes standardized??? I easily wear a size 8 in a pantsuit I have to church�but do you think I can wear my size 8 levis jeans? Nope�okay I can fasten them but that doesn�t count (they are not wearable cause they are tight). Scales are the same as sizes�one weighs you this much and another weighs you that much.

Really, why don�t we all just throw out the scales and go by tape measures�aren�t all tape measures the same???

So�even though I�ve put in the number that Mom�s scale says I weigh�who knows? I wear size 8, 10, and 12...so what does that mean, either???

But, I still don�t wear my size 8 levis jeans�which �were� my goal a few months ago�oh well�

I�ve regained some weight but I FEEL BETTER and MORE ENERGIZED and THAT IS WHAT COUNTS!!!!!

Today's food (thank You, Lord) so far: Breaky: 1 egg, plain toast, 1/2 banana, coffee, low-cal tea (300) Snack: 1/2 ban w a little chocolate syrup, 1 cupful scuppernong grapes (200) Lunch: 1 x-large corn on the cob plain w a little salt, tea (300) Supper: 'Speghetti and meatballs' although instead of speghetti strings, I used another shape of pasta, scuppernong grapes, tea (800). Also...low cal popcorn, another corn on the cob...(600)...total est cals for day 2200...

Got a good amount accomplished on the 'big clean' today...still a lot to go...I will still try to get a little more done before I get ready to go to church in a little while...

Sister and I plan to go get Mom tomorrow...

Hubby called and said he is working late and so will not be going to church with me tonite...I told him his supper is ready and waiting on him when he gets in, which will be before I get home from church...

While at the grocery store, I bought some more 'scuppernong' grapes...yum...they are so good...BUT they are about twice as many cals as regular grapes (100 per cupful versus 50 per cupful) but they are sooo worth it!!!...and this is still pretty low-cal and high fiber...they are high in vitamin C and contain potassium, vitamin B and trace minerals...

Okay�the �big clean� resumes�thanks for 'listening'....

I hope you are having a wonderful day in the Lord!

~Maria~

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THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION YOU WILL EVER MAKE IN YOUR LIFE!!!

Jesus loves you, and He gave His Life for your salvation....and He is the only way to be saved! If you're not saved, TODAY is the DAY to repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour...He's coming back...and it may be today!!! Get saved while you still have time!!! ARE YOU READY???

PRAYER OF SALVATION

Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned against You in the way I have lived my life. I am truly sorry and I want to turn from my selfish ways and follow You. I hand my life over to You, knowing that You have paid the price for my sin by shedding Your Blood and dying on the cross for me. Lord I ask You to forgive me for all my sins and take control of every area of my life. I receive my salvation now according to Your promise: "All who call on the name of the Lord, will be saved." Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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thinnside40 on 08/27/2008:
Have a great day...AND I just read an article in a magazine last night that mentions tossing the scale, due to the same reasons you have mentioned! Bet ya couldn't get the Dr. to toss their scales though...I am crunched for time, but wanted to at least say "good mornin'!"


selina on 08/27/2008:
Thank you so much Maria for the comment in my entry. You are right, we just have to keep doing what is healthy and what makes us strong... I totally agree with you!

Your scale..... I wonder what mine is like, now. it's such an old one that I wouldn't be surprise if it's totally off! It doesn't matter, though. What's important is how we feel about ourselves and if we don't feel confy in our own skin, then it's time to do something about it! I am so happy you feel energized and good! Question to you: what does your Hubby think of your present weight - Does he notice you've gained or he is oblivious to your weight no matter what happens,up or down. My Hubby does not notice anything, hehe...


thinnside40 on 08/27/2008:
I still am hmmmmmmmmmming about those scales... You are so like my mom and your ways with your husband AND sweets...She is the same with my dad when she is sneaky...He usually laughs when he catches her!!!! Cause she is like a little kid, it gives him a kick...

I need to google those grapes!


WI3 on 08/27/2008:
I agree about the clothes. I find that in more forgiving fabric I can wear smaller sizes, but in jean material or any material that is heavier, I have to get a larger size. Which can be soooooo frustrating. You will lose that weight! You always do!


anewhb on 08/27/2008:
You're right - no two scales are alike. It even matters what surface you have them on and all of them fluxuate. As you know I just don't weigh! LOL! Clothes are less likely to change than scales so they are my guide. But finding what works for you is what is important. I'm glad you aren't totally "hitching your wagon" to a number on a fickle devine (like the scales)! Good for you - keep eating well and feeling good.....HB


lafemme_loca on 08/27/2008:
Hey there... I am in the same sizes as you and sooooo know that feeling... :-) Sizes 8 - 12 ! :-) As for the scales, yeah I hear you on that one... I just have to deal with the one at WW since the county's Weighs and Means must come once a year and certify that they are accurate. I am glad that you are feeling better and getting back to the big clean. :-) Way to go ! *hugs* Just give all to God and He will direct your path.


selina on 08/28/2008:
hi maria! hope all is well with you! have a great day!



Maria7 - Saturday Aug 23, 2008

Weight: 0.0

And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.... (John 11:26)

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Hello to you! Been another real nice day here in South Carolina...sunny and cool/warm...70's morning and 80's afternoon....YES!!!...I even found a pretty red/yellow leaf on the ground this morning!

Anyway, I called the thrift store this morning, (the one that Sister and I visited yesterday) and asked AGAIN (was told NO yesterday...but I am persistant, hehehe!) if they would take half of what the sticker said on the Temptations Pumpkins Bakeware (oven/refrigerator/freezer/microwave/table)... such a cute set with black wire holders to set them in to serve on the table and it IS ALMOST AUTUMN, Friends!!! Well, I was told this morning that after the person I asked over the phone had asked the person in charge that she was told that since they've had them a while and they haven't moved that I could have them for half-price...YES!!! There were also 2 extra pumpkin tureens included....I almost didn't get them but felt that I should so I did. (GLAD!)... So, all in all there are 3 pumpkins tureens, each identical with it's own black wire carrier (has handles) that each tureen sits in to serve on the table and also a set of 4 little individual serving size pumpkins and these 4 sit in their special black wire container with handles, also. They are all in like-new condition with the exception of a broken lid on one of the little pumpkins that had the parts to it so I crazy-glued it back together after I bought them all and brought them home. I also found some little pumpkin candles at the thrift store...so cute and got them, too, for autumn dining room table decoration. Also bought Hubby a nice brown soft churchwear jacket, brown dress pants, brown pullover shirt, and rust-colored pullover shirt...can you tell I'm into autumn colors? Hehehe!!!

Next...GOOD NEWS...I visited Friend at the hospital today and she was waiting to be released to go home TODAY!!! YAYYYYY!!!

Next...I tried on my leather size 10 skirt this afternoon...I can still wear it...BUT...it will not be comfortable if I CONTINUE gaining...YES I'VE BEEN GAINING!!!...and don't ask me how much...I don't know...I guess I will have to weigh at the grocery store one morning soon before breakfast...I am still wearing my size 10 dress pants also. SOOOOOOO....I AM GOING TO HAVE TO BE A GOOD GIRL FROM HERE ON OUT cause I HAVE BEEN .....LAX!!!!! (PLEASE LET ME HEAR FROM YOU ON THIS....I NEED SOME ENCOURAGEMENT!!!)

Today's food (thank You, Lord) has been: Coffee, plain toast, fried egg, McD's Big Mac (WHAT?????....sure was good!), 2 McD's sweet teas, very small bag baked Lay's potato chips, scuppernong grapes (yes, I eat the skins...love them...and also a few of the seeds that are tender), popcorn, banana, and chocolate pudding/cool whip.

I hope you have had/are having a wonderful day in the Lord!

Remember...Jesus loves you and so do I!!!

~Maria~

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THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION YOU WILL EVER MAKE IN YOUR LIFE!!!

Jesus loves you, and He gave His Life for your salvation....and He is the only way to be saved! If you're not saved, TODAY is the DAY to repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour...He's coming back...and it may be today!!! Get saved while you still have time!!! ARE YOU READY???

PRAYER OF SALVATION

Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned against You in the way I have lived my life. I am truly sorry and I want to turn from my selfish ways and follow You. I hand my life over to You, knowing that You have paid the price for my sin by shedding Your Blood and dying on the cross for me. Lord I ask You to forgive me for all my sins and take control of every area of my life. I receive my salvation now according to Your promise: "All who call on the name of the Lord, will be saved." Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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grumpy on 08/23/2008:
get back on track, lady. stay away from Mc Ds for a while. xoxo


thinnside40 on 08/23/2008:
Well, I think you may have gotten some after you rad my entry...Maybe????. Not sure when you read it, before or after you posted...

At any rate Maria, just be healthy in how you go about losing any that you may have gained back when you decide to...... Just take the time needed and take care!


selina on 08/24/2008:
Hi Maria! I'm so glad you are enjoying the beautiful almost fall weather. I love the crisp cool air, too. Have fun! I wouldn't worry to much about the weight..... Now that you are there, just make sure you maintain.... I wish I was there.........


Jen40 on 08/24/2008:
First off you got a fantastic deal with those pumpkins and clothes!!! Now I want to go back to a thrift shop, it's been about 2 years since I've been in one. WTG!

I wish I knew the right words to encourage you back on track. I just think you've come so far and are such an inspiration to the rest of us. I really hope you're able to regain your focus soon, which I know sometimes is very hard. *hugs*


MCWOO:) on 08/24/2008:
Hiya Maria,I hope everything is ok with you,your mum included!!I need some encouragement sent this way too, please.I have put loads on,and is certainly taking it's toll,The girls are back at school in about 10days time so i will get into a better routine then.I'm on holiday this week,but i am busy with the house so it keeps me away from the kitchen.Anyway i will catch up again,take care,Julie


thinnside40 on 08/24/2008:
Good Sunday to you!!!!!!



Maria7 - Friday Aug 22, 2008

Weight: 0.0

And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.... (John 11:26)

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Hello to you!

I went and got Sister this morning and we went and got Mom and took Mom shopping (Mom had said she wanted to go shopping for a new pocketbook). I bought her a nice white one that she picked out. Then she decided she wanted a new jacket and picked out a pretty white one with a hood and I got her that, too. After we left the store, the three of us went to BK for lunch...we ate inside the vehicle in the parking lot again. After we finished eating, we rode around a while in the pretty countryside. Later, after Sister and I took Mom back home, Sister and I went shopping at a thrift store. I got Sister and her Hubby a jogging outfit each. I found for myself a cute red bandana top for summerwear and a nice tweed orange/brown lined jacket for churchwear.

I took Sister home and I went and bought Hubby a nice new watch with a calendar to surprise him with which he really likes.

For Hubby's and my suppers, I cooked bbq'd chicken and slaw. I'd already bought individual small banana puddings for desert.

Today's food (thank You, Lord) has been...coffee, tea, BK whopper jr, 2 bbq'd chicken breasts without skin, slaw, small banana pudding, scuppernong grapes, and popcorn.

I hope you have had/are having a wonderful day in the Lord!

Remember...Jesus loves you and so do I!!!

~Maria~

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THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION YOU WILL EVER MAKE IN YOUR LIFE!!!

Jesus loves you, and He gave His Life for your salvation....and He is the only way to be saved! If you're not saved, TODAY is the DAY to repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour...He's coming back...and it may be today!!! Get saved while you still have time!!! ARE YOU READY???

PRAYER OF SALVATION

Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned against You in the way I have lived my life. I am truly sorry and I want to turn from my selfish ways and follow You. I hand my life over to You, knowing that You have paid the price for my sin by shedding Your Blood and dying on the cross for me. Lord I ask You to forgive me for all my sins and take control of every area of my life. I receive my salvation now according to Your promise: "All who call on the name of the Lord, will be saved." Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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Jen40 on 08/22/2008:
Sounds like a wonderful day. :O)


thinnside40 on 08/22/2008:
RE: Chenille Spread ~ It is Ecru.... I have several in that color and a couple white... one that is butter yellow and currently on my bed, then one that is a avacado green...The ones I have are all different patterns and some are popcorn, some are flat, just none the same.....

So, sounds like your day was a good one with girl time and finds at the thrist store are wonderful!

Have a good evening!


Beth201P on 08/22/2008:
Have a wonderful weekend. ((hugs)) my friend. God Bless


selina on 08/23/2008:
Hi Maria, what a great day you had! Your mom seems to be quite shopper! And you did so well, too! I LOVE the food you cooked for supper, Yummm. Have a wonderful weekend!


hollybelle on 08/23/2008:
Hey, Maria - good day - I loe BBQ cicken YUM, YUM. Question for you - the scuppernog grapes - do you eat the skin. I don't. Too tough for me. I just bite the top, spit out (sorry) the seeds and eat the pulp. Just curious, cause you said they were chewy......the pulp is chewy, too though....just wondering. The bandanna top sounds cute. I love bandanna print. I wear a bandanna when I walk or bike ride, exercise of any kind or work in the yard since I perspire so much. Have used those since my aerobic instructor days....God Bless. hb


Soon2BThin on 08/23/2008:
It sounds like you had an excellent day! Glad to hear your Mom is doing well. I love to shop the thrift stores. Have a good weekend!


hollybelle on 08/24/2008:
Maria - I can't eat the skins sor the seeds! I like the scuppernong grapes, but I also love muskadine grapes. Have you tried them? They are purple and thick skinned, too. There is only one vegetble stand in our two that sells either one and it just happens to be near my house. Both kinds of these grapes come from North Carolina, although I'm sure they are grown throughout the south. The vendor at the stand told me the closest she knows that they are grown to KY is in Knoxville, TN. Our winters are too cold too often for them to be very successful around here. God bless you on this Sunday-My new name next week will be anewhb - so look for me there on Monday!



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