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Maria7 - Sunday May 15, 2022
(Counting Calories)
Weight: 0.0

  John 5:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

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Hello, Friends.  Have a cup of coffee with me?  

coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

Hubby LargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567 got hurt in an accident here at home.  He is improving.  Please remember him in prayer...It is his leg...he was splitting wood with a maul (axe) from trees that were taken down recently,  and a big piece flew into his leg...caused a very large blood-filled hematoma about the size as his knee...went to urgent care...got sent to ER...was there 8 hours...no broken bones...sent home with 'RICE' care instructions...rest, ice, compression bandaging, and elevation...it has been almost 2 weeks now and very slow improvement going on but better than he was...hematoma not as large but his leg is purple and yellow...Thank you for your prayers.

 

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

  

Donkey on 05/15/2022:
Oh my word! I'm so sorry to hear this!! Yes, your husband is definitely in my prayers. And you are as well, as his caretaker. I am sending healing thoughts his way!

Maria7 on 05/15/2022:
Thank you so much.


bearcountrygg on 05/15/2022:
Will be praying for your Hubbys healing...his injury sounds just like the one D got in his truck accident in January. It was very slow to heal and he still has a raised knot at the site......he was also very colorful and still has a bit of that.....It has now been ... almost 4 months......But he is doing fine.......I'm hoping that your hubby heals quickly. I know it has to be painful......

Maria7 on 05/15/2022:
I will tell Hubby what you said. So sorry your Hubby had that happen to him, also. Bless his heart. Takes a long time to recover, doesn't it? Glad he is getting better, too. Thank you for sharing this with us.


horn_of_plenty on 05/16/2022:
wow...didn't expect this sort of thing to show up in your entry...sending my prayers to your hubby for fast healing. keep us updated, sounds painful!

Maria7 on 05/16/2022:
Thank you and I will.


Jacky82020 on 05/16/2022:
Sorry to hear about that great big nasty bruise. Hope it’s on the mend already, but they can take weeks and even months to go completely away. Poor hubby of yours. Sending good vibrations! HUGS too.

Maria7 on 05/16/2022:
Hugs to you, too. It has gone down some and we are keeping the treatment going each day.


legcramps on 05/16/2022:
Ouch! Thinking of him, hoping he is healing.

Maria7 on 05/16/2022:
Thank you. He is better than he was.


innerpeace on 05/16/2022:
I hope your husband gets better. I know dealing with injuries can be quite exhausting. Prayers for his healing.

Maria7 on 05/16/2022:
Thank you. Yes, it does take patience as well as care. Thank you for your prayers for his healing. Very appreciated.


happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
Hugs! Sounds like a lucky escape. So many things can go wrong while splitting wood!!!! Prayers for his healing!


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Maria7 - Wednesday Apr 20, 2022
(Counting Calories and Intermittent Fasting)
Weight: 159.0

  John 5:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

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Good morning, Friends.  Have a cup of coffee with me?  

coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

It is a chilly and SUNNY morning over here in South Carolina.   Was in the upper 30s earlier, to get into the upper 60s this afternoon.  I took my mug of hot, black coffee out onto the back deck and sat at the patio table this morning, sipping it, while looking at one of our rosebushes nearby, which has gotten quite a few red roses already in bloom on it.  The little potato garden that I planted is doing pretty well...large green plants now...the white potatoes, that is, as the sweet potatoes are not up yet.  It is in the back yard, too.  As an experiment, I planted some green bean seeds in a different location just to see what they will do, as my plantings of them have not done well in past years (mainly because of floods).  Also, in painted, colorful, raised, wooden garden boxes that Hubby LargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567 built for me a few years ago,  there are lots of tiny strawberries on many of the strawberry plants in a couple of the boxes, so we should be getting strawberries next month sometime.

Well...I am at '159' this morning.  I rowed forward instead of backward...how about that?...

Gotta keep rowing!  FORWARD not backwards!

 

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

  

Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 19 lbs to go!

coffee&calories on 04/20/2022:
Hi Maria! I'm with you on the rowing...

Maria7 on 04/20/2022:
Good! Also, good to see you back here at DD!


Jacky82020 on 04/20/2022:
The garden sounds wonderful!

Wish I could take my coffee black. I need to try harder.

Maria7 on 04/20/2022:
My Grandma always drank her coffee black...it took some getting used to as I had always put non-dairy powdered coffee creamer and sugar in my coffee but now I am happy drinking it black...it is still good, just tastes 'different' but you get used to the taste and still enjoy it...have been drinking it black for about a year or so now.


bearcountrygg on 04/20/2022:
Your garden sounds like it is coming along beautifully........Hopefully you don't get a frost since you are in the 30's.....but it sounds like you will be fine with that if it going up to 60. We are still getting snow here...so no planting yet.....looking forward to it though.

Maria7 on 04/20/2022:
Thank you. I hope it does well...nothing ventured, nothing gained, I always say... Probably won't be long you will be in the warmer weather. What are you planning to plant this year?


bearcountrygg on 04/20/2022:
I think mainly tomatoes...mine is just in a planter on the deck...we have too much sand here to plant a real garden...we used to enjoy a big garden though at the previous house......Had corn, beans, tomatoes , carrots, rhubarb, pumpkins, radishes.

Maria7 on 04/25/2022:
We have sandy soil here, too but I add to it. Your deck planters sound really nice for the tomatoes.


happy-1 on 04/21/2022:
Love the strong, positive mindset! Fresh strawberries sound amazing!

Maria7 on 04/25/2022:
Yes, strawberries should be here soon!


Donkey on 04/21/2022:
My canoe got caught in a little whirlpool yesterday, but I will do better today, along with Bear. (See her entry for today, Thursday) I am glad to read that you are rowing forward. Keep up with that momentum!

PS I love the idea of a potato garden!!!!

Maria7 on 04/25/2022:
Thank you. The potato garden is doing well...but weight is back up some.


horn_of_plenty on 04/23/2022:
Definitely, i'll always have a coffee with you! Had one this morning :-D And 2 coffees yesterday! :)

nice to have the potato plants. do they produce a lot of potatoes? will you give them to neighbors?

also, that's great you'll have lots of strawberries. so much better than having to go to the store for them. :)

a neighbor is going to give me a small plant as well as a pot for it...! all i have to do is buy soil! :) an indoor plant. i cannot wait :)

Maria7 on 04/25/2022:
That sounds wonderful!


Donkey on 04/29/2022:
I hope you are doing OK. Thinking of you this morning...



Maria7 - Monday Apr 18, 2022
(Counting Calories and Being More Active)
Weight: 163.0

  John 5:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

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Good morning, Friends.  Have a cup of coffee with me?  

coffeeyellowmuganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

It is a chilly and RAINY morning over here in South Carolina. 

Well...I am at '163' this morning.  I rowed backwards instead of forwards, Y'all.  So...

I've been reading some of what I wrote here at DD in my 2015 entries...my weight got up to 172 early that year...Too much ice cream and other sweets as well as overeating...same as has been going on now...but...that same year, within 9 months, I lost '28' pounds and got down to 144.  Yes, 28 pounds, which is an average of almost 3 pounds a month for nine months.  So....If I lose 3 pounds a month, weighing 163 today, I would be at 139 in 8 months (instead of 9 months) in losing 24 pounds (8 months x -3/month =-24),  which would be about a week before Christmas.  I'd settle for 140, actually.  So, let's just say 140 for me (I'm tall, 5'8").  I've been at goalweight 140 probably 3 times, only to throw it away for the 'taste' of sweets and for comforting myself when sad about anything, with FOOD.  I do not need to be overweight for health reasons.  Although I would probably be fine at 150 weight, it would be 'too easy' for me to quickly regain at that weight (too tempting), so I am now as of today making my goalweight 140 again.  I did it before:  I can do it again!

Gotta keep rowing!  FORWARD not backwards!

 

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I had about 2900 calories yesterday....Need I say more?...

 

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

  

Progress as of today: 42 lbs lost so far, only 23 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/18/2022:
Yes you can do it again...You have proved it. Yesterday was a special day.......Probably special for all of us as well. I know you can do it!!! 3 pounds a month is a healthy way to lose.....

Maria7 on 04/18/2022:
Thank you! Yes, this should be 'easy', I hope...


happy-1 on 04/18/2022:
I love a chilly rainy morning. Sound beautiful.

Maria7 on 04/18/2022:
That is what it is here currently. Smile!


legcramps on 04/18/2022:
Have a wonderful day today :)

Maria7 on 04/18/2022:
Thank you! And I wish you a wonderful day, too! :)

Maria7 on 04/18/2022:
Thank you! And I wish you a wonderful day, too! :)


Donkey on 04/19/2022:
I liked your analysis of numbers, especially the part about 150 being "OK" but a point where it is too easy to regain. I had not considered that aspect.

Maria7 on 04/20/2022:
Thank you!


horn_of_plenty on 04/19/2022:
it's good to reread those entries, as long as you can do it without too many emotions and/or without it affecting your progress now! meaning, i hope you only get good things from rereading those entries.

i remember some of my entries here being very sad (as well as happy times!). i think tho, if i read my entries, i would learn a lot and take more positives from the past, too.

just go one day at a time. a high cal day yesterday won't derail you too far if you have a some good days to come. day by day. and try not to pressure yourself!

Maria7 on 04/20/2022:
One day at a time, like you say!



Maria7 - Saturday Apr 16, 2022
(Counting Calories and Walking)
Weight: 162.0

 John 5:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

 

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Hello to you!

Today is Mama's birthday. IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567Hubby took me to visit hers and Daddy's graves this morning.  Glad we went.  The wind had blown her wreath of flowers we recently installed at her grave, a little ways away in the huge cemetery but I found and retrieved it and fixed it more sturdy at Mama's grave,  to hold up against the wind when it blows.  The wreath is a pretty yellow (my favorite color) and orange (Mama's favorite color) against green leaves wreath of flowers with the word 'MOM' on a big ribbon going from one side to the other of the wreath,  for Mama's birthday. 

 Tomorrow is Easter and I wish you all a happy Easter. 

My weight is up from last enty.  No wonder...I have been eating for comfort and that is not a good thing.  I keep telling myself I am going to stop it and yet continue it.   Might get out my very old diet journals and read what I wrote when I was losing 50 pounds in 1998.  Maybe that will help to read them again.

 

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Wishing you all a blessed day.

 

 

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 43 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/16/2022:
It was a good thing that you went to the cemetery and were able to find her wreath......we are also having c=very high winds here too. Happy Easter to you as well. Holiday foods are hard to resist, aren't they? When they are gone they are gone.....and by then we will probably have our fill.....BUT...holidays are meant to be enjoyed and we all end up eating from comfort as well...food just seems to have that effect on people........

Maria7 on 04/17/2022:
Yes, it does...but too much for this girl. I've got to slow down eating...been overdoing it.


Donkey on 04/17/2022:
Happy Easter -- I love that you changed the verse and added Mama's picture for today.

As you know, I've been gaining weight too. Yes, comfort eating. I keep trying, but it's complicated.

Maria7 on 04/17/2022:
Thank you! We've both got to 'get a grip' or we will continue gaining! Thanks for compliment on verse and Mama's picture. Hope you are doing well with your Son's car being brought home.


happy-1 on 04/17/2022:
Lol… I’ve never seen someone’s favorite color describe them so well…

What does it mean if your favorite color is yellow? Uplifting spirit As a yellow color personality, you have an illuminating and cheerful essence. You’re a friendly soul, but you like keeping a small group of friends.

You’re a fun personality to be around. With your creative mind, you’re always the one to suggest new ideas.

Maria7 on 04/17/2022:
Wow! I never knew that! Thank you! What is your favorite color?


horn_of_plenty on 04/17/2022:
Happy Easter! that's good you were able to visit the graves and fix the wreath...

yes, i do think reading your old journal entries will help. sometimes it's easy to forget how hard we worked and also how long the road was; and where we started at. definitely, stay on this journey!

Maria7 on 04/18/2022:
Rereading them help me to remember the work I did to get to goalweight and hoping it will in in remembering this now.


Donkey on 04/18/2022:
I love the idea of yellow and orange on a green background - what lovely colors of hope and life.

Maria7 on 04/18/2022:
Oh, thank you so much! BIG SMILE!



Maria7 - Tuesday Apr 05, 2022
(Counting Calories and Walking)
Weight: 157.0

      Proverbs 31:30-31...Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

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Here is another of Mama's IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567pictures she drew,  that I want to share with you today. 

 She was quite an artist and she loved making others happy.

 

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Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 48 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/05/2022:
This is a twist in the other one.....so cute...was this her house?

Maria7 on 04/05/2022:
No. This was her imagination.


Jacky82020 on 04/05/2022:
Love it! Your mama continues to make people happy! Her work is filled with joy & optimism

Maria7 on 04/05/2022:
Thank you very much! So sweet of you to say that. She had a lot of joy, even though she endured a lot of physical pain.


Jacky82020 on 04/05/2022:
You’re very welcome!

Aw, that’s sad about the pain. Was it mostly toward the end?

Maria7 on 04/05/2022:
No, although she definitely suffered more toward the end, it was mostly ongoing pain she endured a lot of her life. There were some days she enjoyed improvement but most days she suffered a lot. She was amazing in that she was able to cope as well as she did. She had her days that she was overwhelmed with pain. Although I loved her so much and miss her terribly, Jacky, I do have peace in knowing she is no longer in pain. Thanks for asking.


Jacky82020 on 04/05/2022:
I’m sorry to hear she endured chronic health issues. Which she handled with grace and dignity.

Yes, she’s found peace On High.

Maria7 on 04/05/2022:
Amen. Thank you for asking about her. I hope you are having a good evening. We've been getting waves of thunderstorms over this way. Take care.


Donkey on 04/06/2022:
A rare spirit to create such beauty, even in pain. I'm so grateful to you for sharing your mama's artwork. Of course, no pressure to feel obligated to do so. Her pictures bring me comfort. I'm not sure if it's the colors, or the subjects. Thank you.

Maria7 on 04/06/2022:
What you wrote about her pictures bringing comfort, would have made her smile, to know her artwork helped bring comfort. Thank you.


horn_of_plenty on 04/06/2022:
this one i really like because you guys all taught me about the shading...and i see it now! also, it has a lot of detail like the plant in the left hand corner and details in the windows. love the cars!

Maria7 on 04/07/2022:
Thank you very much! Yes, Mama loved using shading in her art. It was very important to her and looks good in her pictures.


horn_of_plenty on 04/06/2022:
and maybe these are fruit / apple trees? very pretty :)

Maria7 on 04/07/2022:
Yes.

Maria7 on 04/07/2022:
Yes. Thank you.


horn_of_plenty on 04/06/2022:
also, the clouds!

Maria7 on 04/07/2022:
Thanks.


happy-1 on 04/06/2022:
Lovely and happy, like a kid’s book!

Maria7 on 04/07/2022:
Smile! Thank you very much!


legcramps on 04/12/2022:
That's a cute drawing Maria, your Mama was very talented. Hope you are doing well.



Maria7 - Monday Apr 04, 2022
(Counting Calories and Walking)
Weight: 157.0

     Proverbs 31:30-31...Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

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Mama IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567drew this picture and gave it to me for a gift years ago. 

 I am so happy Y'all are enjoying her artwork.  She would be, too! 

Have a blessed day!

 

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Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 48 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

Donkey on 04/04/2022:
Ohhhhh, I'm going to be looking at this one. I love the subject matter (LOL)!

May I ask what medium she used for this one? It looks like maybe crayon with marker? Is any of the coloring with marker or just the outlines? Pencils?

And I love how she suggests the fluidity of the fish's movement with the fins....

Maria7 on 04/04/2022:
Thank you for your compliment. She had markers, pencils, etc. among her art supplies. I don't know what all she used in this picture. I love the fish, too. Especially that she put in a window in the fish tank, ha! At her nursing home, they had an enormous fish tank in the lobby that she loved being wheeled to during our visits sometimes. So many different types and colors of fish in it. Yellows, blues, orange, etc. She and I had our favorites of them, too and they were also different sizes. Mama loved cats all her life.


bearcountrygg on 04/04/2022:
I love that!!!!

Maria7 on 04/04/2022:
Thank you very much! Smile!


legcramps on 04/04/2022:
Happy Monday!

Maria7 on 04/04/2022:
Thank you! And wishing you a happy Monday, too!


Jacky82020 on 04/04/2022:
So beautiful! I love it. That kind of art can look simple to do, but believe me it takes natural talent. I failed miserably when I tried to do some “simple” retro 1950s artwork for my kitchen. Just couldn’t do it! Finally bought prints. They were all drawings of cats! I’ll Post the kinds of retro art work I like .

Maria7 on 04/05/2022:
Thank you. Mama won a prize for a very large drawing she had done that she entered in a fair when she was young. It does require a LOT of patience to do this artwork, which it was her talent and her hobby. She enjoyed doing it. I've seen your photos of your 1950s kitchen. It is adorable!


horn_of_plenty on 04/04/2022:
Nothing better than cute little pets ! I will send this one to a friend of mine as a photo - she has a fish in a bowl just like this one :)

Maria7 on 04/05/2022:
I hope she enjoys it!


Jacky82020 on 04/05/2022:
Yep, I can see the patience & talent her artwork would require. I got so desperate to draw a decent simple cat that I looked at overhead projectors on eBay. I was going to copy something onto film and trace it. Cheaper to pay some guy $50 each for his prints.



Maria7 - Sunday Apr 03, 2022
(Counting Calories and Walking)
Weight: 157.0

    Proverbs 31:30-31...Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

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Mama IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567drew this picture for Hubby years ago and gave it to him.   I am so happy Y'all are enjoying her artwork.  Wishing Y'all a very happy day!

 

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Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 48 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/03/2022:
I love her folk art style......and the lady surely loved flowers........The longer I look at it the more detail I see.....You have some treasures there!!!

Maria7 on 04/03/2022:
Thank you very much. Yes, she loved flowers a lot. Hubby and I plan to put a wreath of flowers on her grave today in celebration of her birthday coming up the 16th. She always loved to receive her gifts early. This is all I can give her this year, aside of sharing her artwork with everyone at DD, which had she known would have made her extremely happy.


Donkey on 04/03/2022:
I am enjoying Mama's artwork. What I'm struck about this picture is the car and the road. May look "simple" but that is NOT easy. I also like the blending techniques of the greenery.

Again, very calming to look at, extendedly.

Maria7 on 04/03/2022:
Thank you! She spent hours and sometimes days on her artwork. She had great patience in sticking with them until they were completed and it was something she really enjoyed doing.


bearcountrygg on 04/03/2022:
I might be wrong...I looked it up and from what I can tell...her style is called primitive rustic folk.....it is a very popular style and as Donkey said....it may look simple but it is done that way intentionally....her detail is spot on...her shading etc.....I love it!!!! I have done a couple of puzzles with my Mom a few years ago in this style. The charm is all there....

Maria7 on 04/03/2022:
Wow! This is exciting news. I never knew this before. Thank you for telling me. Yes, she always used 'shading'...it was of high importance to her in her artwork and she would sometimes talk to me about her use of shading in her pictures. Do you still have the puzzles you and your Mom did together?


bearcountrygg on 04/03/2022:
No...I don't have the puzzles anymore...we did so many of them that we had to donate or give them away because we were always purchasing more to do.

Maria7 on 04/03/2022:
Ohhh...sorry to read you didn't keep one but I know you have other things that were your Mom's. We can't keep everything. I donated a lot of her clothing and even a few of her personal items after Mama's passing. Sometimes, I think, did I act too swiftly in doing some of that? I don't regret it, though, and it helped bless someone else.


bearcountrygg on 04/03/2022:
I brought what I could and gave away and donated the rest of my parents things........Even now...I really have too much....but it was hard to pick and choose at the time.

Maria7 on 04/04/2022:
It is hard to make decisions of what to donate and what to keep sometimes.


horn_of_plenty on 04/03/2022:
Thank you for sharing her artwork - I just learned a lot about her style by reading all the comments ! Did the house or car look like this or was this more of her imagination?

Maria7 on 04/04/2022:
Imagination.



Maria7 - Friday Apr 01, 2022
(Counting Calories and Walking)
Weight: 157.0

   Proverbs 31:30-31...Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

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Mama IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567drew this picture that I want to share with all of you.

The above Bible verses describe her.  She loved everyone and was a very freehearted person, always giving and sharing whatever she had with another person.  You all would have loved her had you met her in person and she would have loved you, too.

 

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Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 48 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/02/2022:
Aw...I love your Moms drawing........It reflects so much happiness.

Maria7 on 04/02/2022:
Thank you kindly. I plan to put another one up soon.


Donkey on 04/02/2022:
There is such beauty in simplicity. I really like that drawing. Something about the picture is very relaxing, comforting to me.

Maria7 on 04/02/2022:
Thank you. It is to me, too. I plan to post another one soon. Thank you for your compliment.


happy-1 on 04/02/2022:
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw. Big hugs. There is just so much right with all of this, I don’t know where to start. She’s still here in you and super proud of you.

Maria7 on 04/02/2022:
Thank you. That is so sweet of you to say that.


Jacky82020 on 04/02/2022:
Oh, what a delightful picture! I LOVE the bright and beautiful use of color.

I’d proudly hang that on my wall! It’s so cheery!

Seems like your sweet mom was a woman of much goodness and many talents. She smiles fondly at you from On High.

Maria7 on 04/02/2022:
Thank you very much! So sweet of you to say that. Very appreciated!


horn_of_plenty on 04/02/2022:
awwww, Maria! thank you for sharing your mom's art with us! that is so thoughtful of you and loving to share a bit of your mom here with this group!

Maria7 on 04/05/2022:
Thank you. I am happy Y'all are enjoying her art.



Maria7 - Tuesday Mar 29, 2022
(Counting Calories and Walking)
Weight: 157.0

  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 ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

 

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I miss my Mama IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567and just wanted to say a few words about her today.  Her birthday is next month, the 16th.  She would have been 91.  But, she didn't make it to 91.  She did make it to 90, which was a huge blessing, I know, and I thank the Lord.  She was such a FUN person when she was feeling her best.  She loved everybody.  She would spend hours drawing and coloring her folk art pictures, which she gave some away to her friends at the nursing home and she gave some to me (which I hung in frames all over my house) and she kept a few for herself....so, I now have a large book of her art that she left to me.  It helps me so much to look at her pictures she sometimes even spent DAYS on.  They are each unique and beautiful, as she was.  She would draw people, houses, and flowers...things like that, even cars in the yards of the houses.  Everything orginal and everything happy and cheerful. 

When I was little, Mama made my decorated with embroidery, pretty dresses on her sewing machine at home.  She could sew anything, made her clothes, too, as well as shirts for the males in our family.  She taught me to play the piano just by hearing a song and not needing notes in a songbook, as well as made sure I learned by a piano teacher, the notes and timing, etc. in songbooks, which this led into my becoming a church pianist (at different churches I was a member of through the years) for most of my adult life (pre-pandemic...haven't started back yet and it's been 2 years and Hubby not comfortable for us to start back yet).   She was a remarkable woman, and I always loved her and did everything I could to make sure she was happy.  But now she is gone and I still cry over her.  This is not a post asking for pity...rather, it is a celebration of her life that she lived, which although she suffered greatly from different diseases, and sometimes, depression, too, she was still able to find JOY amidst it all and keep her lipstick and makeup on and looking her best and have a smile and happy greeting for everyone who came into contact with her.  I was so blessed to have her for my Mama and to be her daughter.  I thank the Lord. 

 

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Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 48 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 03/29/2022:
Hugs. That’s the thing about great moms… we just miss them. It’s so quiet without them.

Maria7 on 03/29/2022:
So true!!! VERY QUIET...


bearcountrygg on 03/29/2022:
That was a very nice tribute to your Mom...She sounds like quite an interesting lady! Do you still have a piano? In the last few years I have wished I had kept mine.....I can see where I would enjoy playing it now. I'm not an accomplished player like I'm sure you are.......Do you plan to return to church services soon?

Maria7 on 03/29/2022:
Thank you. Yes, I still have my piano. I would love to return to church services soon, but Hubby not comfortable to do so quite yet. Didn't know you played piano, too. You could always get you another piano, if you decided to.


Jacky82020 on 03/29/2022:
I’d love to see some of her folk art. One of my favorite genres.


happy-1 on 03/30/2022:
Me too!


Donkey on 03/30/2022:
(((hugs))) This is beautiful. And how nice that you have the legacy of her artwork.

I don't know if you are able, but if so, please count me among those who would love to see some of her art, too.


legcramps on 03/30/2022:
Have a good day Maria.


horn_of_plenty on 03/30/2022:
Your mom does sound very beautiful and authentic as well as artistic and creative !!!


horn_of_plenty on 03/30/2022:
I didn’t realize she was a musician too and that you are a church pianist ! Oh wow !!! That’s a lot of blessings !



Maria7 - Sunday Mar 13, 2022
(Counting Calories and Walking)
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.

 

 155 this morning.

Hoping to do well today, too, and all of you.

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Hope you are having a blessed day.

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Every day with the Jesus is a good day!

 

 

Love, Maria

 

  

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/13/2022:
GREAT....Broke through that old number!

Maria7 on 03/13/2022:
Yes, back to number I began with in 2000 on DD. I had already lost 50 pounds two years before and had maintained it and then I found wonderful DD, which has helped me tremendously to keep off the orginal 50 pounds I lost. Smiles!

Maria7 on 03/13/2022:
...original, not orginal, ha!


Jacky82020 on 03/13/2022:
Looking good! Yay!

Maria7 on 03/20/2022:
Thank you!


KathyBlue on 03/14/2022:
Hey Maria! Glad you doing good! Apologies for not being consistent nowadays, on here. Focusing on pulling my life together, and so far, so good... struggling but alive!

Maria7 on 03/20/2022:
Glad to see you back at DD!


horn_of_plenty on 03/14/2022:
hoping you are doing well too; i was thinking about you the other day. do you plan to get chickens again?

Maria7 on 03/20/2022:
No more chickens...Snakes took over their coop after the eggs...happened repeatedly even though Hubby kept killing them...It was a lot of daily work to keep their water containers and coops cleaned and not knowing if a snake would pop out at you when you opened the door to the nests was too much.


legcramps on 03/14/2022:
Have a good day Maria!

Maria7 on 03/20/2022:
Thank you! You, too!


Donkey on 03/15/2022:
I'm working on getting back to rowing today, as well. I've thought about you several times today, trying to stay steady on the course.

Maria7 on 03/20/2022:
I think about you a lot, too. I'm not doing too well staying the course, lately...giving in to too many treats!



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