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Maria7 - Thursday May 28, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 152.0

   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 

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

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Hello to you...

After our Friend, Beth, passed away Saturday nite, Beth's Husband, Glenn passed Monday, within 48 hours of his wife.    Please pray for the Family.  A double funeral today.

I got a phone call yesterday morning from Mama's nursing home, announcing the first Covid 19 Coronavirus case there.  Thank you for your prayers. 

We got Tropical Storm Bertha yesterday here in S.C., a mostly heavy rain event.

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Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 53 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 05/28/2020:
So sorry about the couple of your friends who passed away. They will be at peace together.

I’m glad the storm was nothing worse !!!

Maria7 on 05/28/2020:
Thank you and glad the storm has gone now. We got a lot of rain, 9.5 inches within a week or so, and are having to baby our septic tank, which is full, by not using the washer to wash clothes and also wash dishes and pour water outside, til the water level goes down here.


bearcountrygg on 05/28/2020:
I'm very sorry about the passing of your friend and her husband.....i know you had previously mentioned that she had been very worried about him, praying for their family.. Prayers for your Moms health as her nursing home now fights the virus.....That is a lot to deal with on top of a storm as well.....Bless you Maria ((HUGS)).

Maria7 on 05/28/2020:
Thank you very much. Hope you have a nice day.


legcramps on 05/28/2020:
My condolences on your losses *hugs*

Maria7 on 05/28/2020:
Thank you very much. Hope you are having a good day.


thinkpositive on 05/28/2020:
Sorry for you loss. That is a lot to take. Prayers for you as you worry about your mother.

Maria7 on 05/28/2020:
Thank you very much for your prayers.


horn_of_plenty on 05/28/2020:
Omg I wouldn’t want the septic tank to overflow ! Good luck and keep us updated I hope the level goes down soon!!!!

Maria7 on 05/30/2020:
We have gotten about '12' inches rain here within 2 weeks and we have standing water in the yards and our septic overflowed some and it is stink city in the back yard.


Donkey on 05/29/2020:
I'm so sorry for the loss of your friends. I joke they are in heaven now, holding hands.

Oh my, that is so scary about COVID in the nursing home.

And then a tropical storm to deal with as well! Lots of prayers being sent your direction!

Maria7 on 05/30/2020:
Thank you very much for your prayers.


innerpeace on 05/29/2020:
Prayers for you during this difficult time.

We have the lasting effects of Bertha - a bit wet here today too.

I hope they keep your mother far from the corona cases.

Maria7 on 05/30/2020:
Thank you very much for your prayers.


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Maria7 - Sunday May 24, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 152.0

  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 

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

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Hello to you...

Had a shocking phone call from a friend named Linda this morning, announcing that our mutual Friend, Beth, passed away last nite.  She had been sick but was recovering at her home and was more worried about her Hubby, who was in the hospital, than herself.  She was a good Friend and she was a very sweet, loving person.  She took care of her aged Mother at her home and also many others of her family, including her Hubby when she was well before she got sick earlier this year.  Please pray for her Family.

I  visited Mama at her window at the nursing home today, who wants to know how much longer will it be before I can come inside and visit her in her room?  I tried to encourage her, telling her hopefully not long, but she said it will probably be "forever".  Mama has been sick and she didn't look too good.  Thank you for your prayers for her. 

Everything is opening up here in SC and Hubby and I still staying home mostly (except food store and me visit Mama at her window at the nursing home), while others we know come and go like they always have. 

I think our country may be going into a depression, if not already in one.  Gather food while you can and above all, stay close to the Lord. 

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Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 53 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/24/2020:
I'm so sorry to hear of your friend Maria....and also that you Mom has been sick....praying for all......I agree...there is more going on right now besides the virus.....this all goes much deeper.....and I agree.....food and household supplies are going to be harder to get......I've been a prepper for 20 years....and I have to admit...it has served us well during this difficult time....stay safe.

Maria7 on 05/25/2020:
Thank you. Yes, for those who have not prepared for 'SHTF' time, now is the best time to do what they can while they can in the way of stocking up food and supplies while they are available and also before they become even higher priced. You are very smart to have been a prepper for 20 years.


Grannyannie on 05/25/2020:
So very sorry about your friend. Hugs.

Maria7 on 05/25/2020:
Thank you, Annie.


Donkey on 05/25/2020:
I'm very sorry to hear about your friend. A very sad time for her family and friends.

(((hugs)))

Maria7 on 05/25/2020:
Yes, it is, and thanks for the hugs, too.


horn_of_plenty on 05/25/2020:
Yes people are suffering more :(

Prayers for your mom and so sorry about your friend !

Maria7 on 05/28/2020:
Thank you, HOP.


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Maria7 - Saturday May 23, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 152.0

 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 

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

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Hello to you...Just a short post to say hello. 

My Mother is still doing okay at her nursing home and I continue to visit her most days, at her window.  She is always happy to see me and I am happy to see her.  We talk to each other over phones as I stand there on other side of her window and talk to her.  She always asks me how much longer does she have to wait until I can come inside her room to visit her, for which I have no idea and I try to answer cheerfully without saying any definite date.  Her nursing home is still on lockdown and I think it may be indefinitely.

I had gained a little weight but I am now back down to 152 this morning.

Although I do not post daily, I do enjoy reading your posts, who do.   

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Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 53 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/23/2020:
I'm glad to hear that you are all okay........Luckily your Mom can at least see you now.

Maria7 on 05/24/2020:
Yes, it is a blessing.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/23/2020:
That’s good at least you see your mom almost face to face and can talk on the phone. It’s def a crazy, crazy time. Maybe soon you will be able to go in, though with a mask...?

Maria7 on 05/24/2020:
Doesn't look like any time soon. They are saying that the nursing homes will be the last to be opening up for visitations.


grannyannie on 05/24/2020:
It's good you can at least see your mom through the window. I talk to family in the US through videochats.

Maria7 on 05/24/2020:
That is good that you can see each other and talk to each other. Prayers for you and your family and much love to all of you.


Donkey on 05/24/2020:
My MIL lives in a senior living community, and they have quarantined the building to outside visitors as well. I think you're right, Maria - I see this as going on quite a bit longer, with our senior living communities, as their proximity makes their vulnerability even more so.

I'm glad that she still gets to see you face to face, even if it's not directly.

Maria7 on 05/24/2020:
Yes, that is a blessing. I am thankful, too.


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Maria7 - Friday May 08, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 153.0

 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 

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

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Hello to you...   

A while since last posted.  But I have been reading your interesting posts off and on while I have not posted. 

The nursing home where my 89 years old Mama lives at, is still on lockdown, not allowing visitors and not allowing residents to leave their rooms.  It is a stressful time with Mama, who has dementia, not understanding why I can't come inside to visit her, instead of standing outside her window, talking to her over the phone and looking at her through the glass, even though I try to tell her there is a flu epidemic going on and the nursing home is simply protecting the residents from the possibility of getting it by not allowing any visitors to come inside it (and thank the Lord, no Covid 19 in Mama's nursing home).  So, then she is asking me how much longer does she have to wait for me to come inside to visit her.  Top it off, she has been sick off and on, and I can only be there on the other side of her window, talking to her and encouraging her and being as cheerful as I can in a situation never encountered before, and grieving over not being able to give her a comforting hug.  Please keep her in your prayers, as she is like a little child that feels very lonely, having been used to my visiting her inside her room most days and even taking her outside in her wheelchair for fresh air when she felt up to it, up until 2 months ago.

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Hope you are all doing well.

Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 52 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/08/2020:
Its very good news that her nursing home doesn't have the virus...but so sad that you two can't get together....I'm sure it hard for both of you maria.

Maria7 on 05/09/2020:
Yes, it is. But I am thankful she doesn't have the virus.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/08/2020:
Your mom is in my thoughts !!!! I am quite sure you are doing the best you can for her for now !

Maria7 on 05/09/2020:
Thank you very much.


Donkey on 05/09/2020:
I've been wondering about you and how you're doing, how your mom is doing...

My mother in law lives in a retirement community that has an option for assisted living. Her facility is on lock-down too, but my niece-in-law is a nurse, so she is able to stop by and visit. It would be lovely if we could visit her outdoors with social distancing, if the weather would be more cooperative. We've only had a day or 2 that was really conducive to being outside.

As your weather is nicer, it must be very disappointing not to be able to visit with your mom outdoors. And disappointing and sad for her too. I will continue to keep her and you in my thoughts and prayers.

I am glad and grateful that you can at least see her through the windows. It's something... it really is.

Maria7 on 05/09/2020:
Praying your Mother in law stays well. Thank you for your prayers. Yes, it is a blessing to see her through her window and talk to her over the phone.



Maria7 - Wednesday Mar 25, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 151.0

  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 

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

........................................................

 

Hello to you...  

 151 on the scale this morning... 

A sunny, beautiful day here in South Carolina...60's...  Strawberry plants in the raised bed outside, have blossoms on them...Flowers here are blooming...  Hubby made window boxes and I set out colorful flowers blooming in them and they look very cheerful.

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Hope you are all doing well.

Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 54 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/25/2020:
How is your Mom doing maria?

Maria7 on 03/25/2020:
Thankful to the Lord, she is doing okay, just missing my coming to visit her as I did most days. Quite a big adjustment for her and for me. Thank you for asking about her. Her nursing home still on lockdown.


Donkey on 03/26/2020:
I'm so glad to hear that your mom is doing ok.


Horn_of_plenty on 03/27/2020:
It's very smart they have her place on lockdown. i have heard of reports of nursing home residents dying from coronavirus.

Today our temps in NYC will reach in the 60's too although they will fall back down a little in the next few days ;). this weather is wonderful. Lucky you for strawberries that are fresh and you don't need to go to the store for them....well, now i realize it's just the flowers right now lol.

window boxes sound lovely. it's nice you are being creative and working on your home and garden!



Maria7 - Friday Mar 13, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 153.0

  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 

Matthew 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

 

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Hello to you...  

 153 on the scale this morning... 

A lot for us all to be praying about with the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic...Pray for everybody.  If you are not saved, now is a good time to repent and ask God's forgiveness for all of your sins. None of us knows what the future holds.  I went to see Mama at the nursing home this morning, only to find out that beginning this morning, right before I got there, the nursing home had gone on lockdown...so I didn't get to visit Mama...and they are saying this lockdown of no visitors could be 30 days...and Mama is used to my visiting her almost daily, and spending time with her and making sure she is all right and always has everything she needs...She doesn't know about the pandemic, she would panic if she did...She is bedridden and sickly...I was able to get them at the front door, to take a small note to her saying the nursing home having no visitors for a while, for flu precautions to keep everyone safe and well in the nursing home and that I would be calling and checking on her daily and as soon as they allow visitors again, I will be there to see her...I also had taken her a lot of her favorite foods that I gave them at the front door to give to Mama and I left in tears, not being allowed to see Mama, although I realize this is for her protection as well as the other residents', too..  Please pray for Mama, for her to be okay and to stay well.  Please pray for me as this is very hard not to be able to see my precious Mama, whom I love very much!!!

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Hope you are all doing well.

Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 52 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/14/2020:
Prayers to you and yours Maria....and prayers to all of us. They are taking care of your Mom the best they can......good idea to keep talking to her on the phone...and playing down the seriousness to her. We just all need to do what we can to stop the spread and let this virus get less pervasive. Hopefully with patience that will happen. But...your Mom knows you love her and that you want to keep her safe.


Donkey on 03/14/2020:
I'm so glad you checked in. I was wondering how you were doing and how Mama was doing too. I can relate to what your mom is going through, because the assisted living facility my mother-in-law lives in has implemented a similar "limited visitor's policy" which I understand. (However, that my MIL was furious because she couldn't get her hair done was, in my opinion, kind of immature.)

She is mobile (although not like you and me, because she is blind and has circulatory issues in her legs), so she can leave her building (but needs someone to get her, because she's blind) for special circumstances, and she can come down to the lobby to greet a visitor, but it is preferred that there are no visitors. Her granddaughter had to leave whatever it was she was bringing to mom at the front desk. But visitors cannot go beyond the lobby.

I hope that your momma can understand why it is that you cannot visit her, and while she may, I know that she must miss you. What I'm trying to say is that there is no substitution for your visits. I'm so sorry....


Horn_of_plenty on 03/14/2020:
It's good to hear from you Maria. Sorry that you cannot visit your mom! I have heard of similar things like this going on throughout the country!Hopefully everyone around the world will get over this sooner rather than later!


innerpeace on 03/16/2020:
Prayers for you! This is so very sad. I had to cancel my leave and cannot go see my mother. Hopefully this will all end soon. I have never prayed some much for universal healing.



Maria7 - Monday Feb 03, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 153.0

  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...  

 153 on the scale this morning... So, even though I have regained some lost weight, I am still 3 pounds less than the 156 I was on this day last year.  Small consolation.  Been giving in to candy.  That is the next weakness to overcome.  I have already quit the ice cream habit.  Also gave up other snacks a long time ago.  So I guess the next thing to give up will be candy.

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Hope you are having a blessed day.

Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 52 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 02/03/2020:
At least you are maintaining....so many start really putting it back on but you are doing well.

Maria7 on 02/05/2020:
Thank you.


Donkey on 02/03/2020:
You are doing really well.

Maria7 on 02/05/2020:
Thanks.


innerpeace on 02/04/2020:
Sugar is so hard to quit!

Maria7 on 02/05/2020:
You're really not kidding.


legcramps on 02/04/2020:
I have a hard time with snacks. Some days i'd rather snack than eat an actual meal.

Maria7 on 02/05/2020:
Me, too! (Or both.)


Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/04/2020:
i've been splurging on chocoalate ! nice job maintaining! maintenance is a happy place for me.

Maria7 on 02/05/2020:
Oh, chocolate! I love Cellas chocolate covered cherries!


happy-1 on 02/06/2020:
It's almost Valentine's Day. Candy is impossible to resist.



Maria7 - Saturday Jan 18, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 152.0

 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...  

 152 on the scale this morning... When am I going to realize that 'ice cream' is not my friend?  Doesn't do any good to buy single size servings as I still eat too many in a day...

So I am up in weight and going in the opprosite direction for goal weight...

So I have been under a lot of stress and resorting to an old unhealthy habit of comfort food eating...

So, need to get back on track and slowly trying to...

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Hope you are having a blessed day.

Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 53 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/18/2020:
Glad to see you posting Maria......You aren't alone.....it's a battle most of us fight.....Sometimes the small packages help and sometimes it just easy to grab 2...but most likely it's better than having a huge container....you will get there.


Donkey on 01/18/2020:
Oh I am in the same boat, but obviously not the same stress. You are not alone. (((hugs)))


Horn_of_plenty on 01/19/2020:
yep, you aren't alone when it comes to portion control. that's why i buy the pints of light ice cream...eating a whole one of Halo Top or Enlightened equals like 1/2 cup or cup of the richer stuff. and it still tastes good to me.


happy-1 on 01/25/2020:
I love ice cream too... Maybe you need this... https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/dash-trade-my-pint-ice-cream-maker/5185234



Maria7 - Thursday Jan 02, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 151.0

 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...and wishing you a happy new year!  

 151 on the scale this morning...  I'm okay with this for now as I am down 7 pounds from this time last year...but only down 2 from this date year before last, 2018.  So, still a little progress.  I must admit that I have been giving in to treats and enjoying them, too.  But at the same time, doing my best to not go overboard.  Prayer goes a long way in helping with restraint to not overeat.  Overeating only causes misery, anyway, in more ways than one. 

So I see that some of you have new year's resolutions.  May as well post mine: 

1.  Spend more time in prayer and Bible study.  '..Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  Romans 10:17'

2.  Spend less time worrying about others (family) and trusting God more (to help them).  Exercise faith and realize that worrying accomplishes NOTHING but making myself feel very miserable and sad as well as those around me.  Think positive, not negative. 

3.  Try to do something kind for someone every day.  Even if a call to a friend to cheer them up or a gift to a nursing home resident or an encouraging word to someone.  There are many ways to show kindness. 

4.  Do not overload my plate at buffets.  Only put the amount I 'know' I can eat on my plate, so less will be wasted.     

5.  Since Hubby has now retired again (third time), think of outside projects we can enjoy doing together that are interesting to both of us to achieve and help him gather building materials needed to accomplish these projects.  He is used to staying very busy with outside work (at his job he worked at for many years) and he is happy when he is busy doing things outside. 

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Hope you are having a blessed day.

Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 54 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/02/2020:
Lots of great resolutions there Maria! One thing is for sure...worrying about everyone else will wear you out...I tend to do that too....it's a habit that can be broken though. My hubby would rather be outside too....I hear you there.

Maria7 on 01/02/2020:
Yes, definitely outside people. Just loves it. So, I aim to not let him get bored from not having enough fun projects to do! Yes, worrying accomplishes nothing (but causes overeating, ha!).


happy-1 on 01/02/2020:
I like those resolutions! A lot of life skill mastery there!

Maria7 on 01/02/2020:
Thank you very much! You are very smart. I enjoy reading your posts.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/02/2020:
With hubby retired again, i'm sure you will have wonderful times outdoors together this year! how are the chicks?

also, your kindness will be appreciated greatly!

Maria7 on 01/02/2020:
Funny that you asked about the chicks...Hubby has just begun a new project. He is building one of our 'girls' a new home. She was bullied by her sisters and had to be separated for her protection, so she is getting brand new coop, all her own. She is also the biggest hen we have and she lays the biggest light brown eggs!



Maria7 - Saturday Dec 28, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 150.0

 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...

 150 on the scale this morning...  I was up slightly from this over Christmas, but quickly back on track again...Enjoyed lots of good food and treats..But now...back to business...

Mama is out of the hospital and back in the nursing home and thank you for your prayers for her...She is very weak, though and lost a lot of weight while in the hospital for a week.

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Hope you are having a blessed day.

Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 12/28/2019:
So happy to hear that your Mom is out of the hospital!!! Great scale today!!

Maria7 on 12/28/2019:
Thank you, BC!


Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2019:
Continuing to wish your mom well! GREAT MAINTENANCE!


Donkey on 12/30/2019:
You've done so well under stressful circumstances. That's wonderful news about your mom!



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