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Day 79, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Today has been nice. Relaxing. Taught myself a new stitch & am making a new baby afghan with it. I really like it. My son likes it too & asked me to make him one using this stitch. LOL He likes it because his TOES can't fit through the weave. LOL. My friend Amy picked me up this evening & took me out to dinner. We had a nice time. Tomorrow my DH will be at the race track. YEP... Martinsville Short Track race. Paul loves to go. I hope that it's a good race. I'll go to church & then watch from home on the tv while I crochet more. Time for bed. Bright blessings to you all. Sweet dreams.

365 Days of Transforming Dawn...
Daily Goals: (some are getting difficult)

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon
1) I am a quick learner 2)I am a good teacher (of pretty much anything, homeschooling, swimming, water aerobics, crafts) 3) I am resilient

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon "Be hazard once than always be in fear."
-Thomas Fuller

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon Today's lesson is that it is better to jump in and examine my fears than to let them haunt me the rest of my life. The more honest I am with myself, the more freely I will be able to breathe.

Daily Food tracker: emoticon food within range

Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 0 cardio mins, 30 strength mins
35%fat, 17% protein, 48% carbs

Daily work on Crafts: emoticon finished the Mulberry Mix afghan, taught myself a new stitch & started another baby afghan for the new grandbaby.

Daily Phone call: emoticon

Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon

Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon

Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon

Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!

  
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EDLEAR 10/26/2014 12:45AM

    When I can say that I learned something new it means I've had a successful day! Good for you!

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LJCANNON 10/26/2014 12:39AM

    emoticon Have a Blessed Week! ! !

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SEATTLE58 10/26/2014 12:22AM

    emoticon A good list of plans that you have. Good thoughts and I need to get going on doing something like that too, to help me be more useful in each day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 10/26/2014 12:01AM

    Wonderful goals met! I need to work a little more on the daily goals so that my time isn't so disorganized. Way to go, Dawn!
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Day 78, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Friday, October 24, 2014

Today has been a really good day. Aurora & I watched some tv together this morning while I crocheted. I had a 3-way phone call with my boss & a friend of hers that is trying to get me involved with something called Advocare. I think that it is another weight loss gimmick. I don't see me getting involved but it's my boss so I listened & thanked her for thinking of me. Then I was treated out to lunch with my good friend Melissa... came home & did some more crocheting & homeschooling. Had a nice dinner with my friend Diana who treated me out. WOW, treated out twice in one day. On top of that I got 2 phone calls from Pool friends who miss me & were checking in on me. I'm feeling pretty happy. That has really helped to elevate my mood. On top of all that I got a call from one of the Elders of the church, on the nominating committee, & I was asked to serve a 3-year term as Deacon at church. I have served in a 1-yr term as a replacement for someone who unfortunately passed away. It is nice to know that they want me to continue to serve. I have been very honored to be trusted with the job. Tonight was the season premiere of GRIMM & CONSTANTINE. Paul & I watched it together. I got more crocheting done. I'm almost finished with the baby afghan, thanks to MEL bringing me a skein of the yarn that I needed to finish it. The store that she found only had 3 skeins of it (the Mulberry Mix). It must be pretty popular. I am telling you... it is gorgeous. I am hoping that the local Walmart with get more in. I'd like to make something for myself out of it. My husband and I were laughing about the fact that of all the things that I have crocheted over the years, I have never kept anything for myself. I am going to make something for DAWN out of this Mulberry Mix. It is AWESOME! Well, I need to go to bed. I have to get up early & deliver Paul to work at 6am. My son worked late tonight so I am not making him get up early to do it. He has to be at work 3-11pm tomorrow evening again. It's Race weekend here in Martinsville and the hotel is very busy... as well as Paul being busy at Kmart AND Autozone again tomorrow. Alrighty then... off to bed. Sweet dreams everyone. Thanks again for being here for me.

365 Days of Transforming Dawn...
Daily Goals: (some are getting difficult)

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: nope

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon "Things turn out best for those who make the best out of the way things turn out." -John Wooden

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon I am reminded to learn from my experience & remember that my best "thinking" has gotten me into trouble often enough. Learn from the past & move onward, One day at a time.

Daily Food tracker: emoticon calories w/in range, net carbs high
44%fat, 18%protein, 37% carbs

Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 12 cardio & 30 strength mins

Daily work on Crafts: emoticon got the last skein of yarn that I need for the baby afghan... steadily working on finishing it. Worked on the shawl that I started yesterday as well. Finished nothing today.

Daily Phone call: emoticon Alice & Selda

Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon

Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon

Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon

Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!

  
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MT-MOONCHASER 10/25/2014 9:12PM

    Dawn is -

Willing to listen to other points of view
Is missed by her pool family
Has been chosen by her church to be a Deacon
Is generous with her crocheting talent

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BIBS4664 10/25/2014 6:31PM

    Blessed be.

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LINDYPOWER 10/25/2014 3:04PM

    I've been away due to the fire at my daughter's house. You look absolutely marvelous. Step by step and day by day you are living your dream. I'm so very proud of you. emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 10/25/2014 1:39PM

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DONNA_VT 10/25/2014 7:36AM

    Sounds like a great day! I hope it continues. Yipeee for the yarn . . . so nice of your friend. Hope Saturday is just as nice.

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WISLNDR 10/25/2014 6:44AM

    Lots of good news here; I'm so glad you had such an enjoyable day! (And especially glad that you found the yarn you needed.)

Have a great Saturday!!

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EDLEAR 10/25/2014 3:08AM

    Glad to see that you had a really good day, you certainly deserve more of those!
Do take the time to make yourself something. I think that it's important for children to see that we take care of ourselves, too. So make yourself something because it's a good thing for the grandchildren!

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CALAMITIE 10/25/2014 12:08AM

  Oh the benefits of sitting calmly and crocheting something you enjoy working on. I tend to only crochet things to give away. Making something for yourself sounds like a great idea. Post a picture when your done!

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Day 77, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Today has been a long day. I really didn't do anything other than homeschool & crochet. I did watch Frozen with Aurora. I've watched a few weird movies. Gotta love Halloween season. I posted a Throw-Back-Thursday picture on FB. I usually don't do that. I'm tired of waiting. I'm tired of hurting. I'm tired of staying at home. I'm tired of living the way that we do. I was reading other people's blogs today. I like some of their ideas. Maybe I should get a grip on myself. Anyway... it's late & I need to get to bed. I am actually planning to do a couple of things tomorrow. My good friend Melissa is coming down to visit & treat me out to lunch. Tomorrow evening I am meeting an OA friend for coffee & to chat. I need to be around some adults. I did have a long talk with my DIL. I went over some of the things that my son accused me of last night. She told me to just let it go & that we are fine. Anyway... some things will never really change. I had a bad weigh in today. I gained 5 pounds. I am beyond depressed over it. I reworked my food plan & my caloric range. Since I am not really doing anything.. I cut my calories a lot. 1200-1600 caloric range. I stayed within that range today. I will do my best to do that. It will be hard. I have been able to stick pretty close to 2000 but to get below that will be hard for me, even if I am sedetary. I'm willing to do it. I WILL NOT go backwards. I am determined. Bright blessings to all. Sweet dreams.

365 Days of Transforming Dawn...
Daily Goals: (some are getting difficult)

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon The reading reminds ME that I am a compulsive overeater, getting better one day at a time. It reminds me to accept myself as I am. Learning to love myself.

Daily Food tracker: emoticon 1587 calories, net carbs High (110)
45%fat, 27% protein, 29% carbs

Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 49 cardio, 30 strength mins

Daily work on Crafts: emoticon did all that I could on the baby blanket until I get another skein of yarn... started a new shawl out of really weird yarn that is a bear to work with but FEELS awesome! Really soft.

Daily Phone call: emoticon Selda & Pamela

Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon

Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon

Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon

Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am.

  
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DIFROMWYOMING 10/24/2014 11:28PM

    emoticon Hang in there.

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HONEYBEADS 10/24/2014 10:31PM

    You are in my prayers tonight. Sleep well. emoticon

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DIASTER 10/24/2014 8:36PM

  Pretty sure things will be better once you get your MRI results and get the help you need to get your health back on track. Pain is such a downer and effects almost everything in our lives. Just know you are in our prayers.

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BIBS4664 10/24/2014 1:15PM

    Being in touch with people..grown ups...is a good thing. You are loved. Getting better is the main chore you have now. Pain...BE GONE!!!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 10/24/2014 12:23PM

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BARBARAROSE54 10/24/2014 8:11AM

    I totally agree with Donna_VT, stress is not good for you or your weight loss. Hope things turn around for you. emoticon

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DONNA_VT 10/24/2014 7:57AM

    I think all of the stress you are under is not a good thing for you oryour weight loss. I hope things get better soon . . . I am worried for you.

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WISLNDR 10/24/2014 6:15AM

    emoticon emoticon Enjoy your day, it sounds like you have some things to look forward to! (Sorry about the weight gain, the scale can be so fickle!) emoticon







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Day 76, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Today was a pretty good day. I drove my son to work then came home & napped a bit. Then I got a call from my OA Friend, Selda. She took me out to an early lunch & we had a mini-meeting. She is recovering from surgery and just wanted to chit-chat. That was nice. She also ran into Walmart for me. She was going to pick up some yarn for me. Needless to say, they let me down. Okay, I'm going crazy. I bought some Red Heart yarn, Mulberry Mix E300_3972 on Monday at my local Walmart. When we Went back today, because I need more to finish my project, they have none. We pay $2.88 for yarn at our local store. I went online to see if I could order some but can't figure out how to find what I am looking for to order. Honestly! GRRR. What I am also looking for are the following: All Red Heart

grape fizz E300-3931
pink tones #E300-707
plum pudding E300-940
Purple tones E300-546

If you can help me order it or if you HAVE any that you are willing to sell me.... please let me know. Anyway, I digress... mini-temper tantrum there.
When she dropped me off, I went back to resting & crocheting. That's pretty much what I did for the rest of the day. I watched some tv shows. Played with the grandchildren. Did some homeschooling. MISSED BEING AT WORK.

No good news from the spinal doctor. We're still waiting to hear from the one in Salem but for now, I have an appointment set for the 29th at 8am in Roanoke. It's about an hour & a half drive, one way. My friend, Selda, has an appointment that day at 11:45am so we'll make a day of it & she'll drive me. My van still won't drive that long of a distance. I'm blessed to have good friends.

Sorry that I am late posting this. I had another argument with my son & was too busy crying & thinking negative thoughts last night to post then. I'm awake & alive this morning so that's a good step. My granddaughter woke me up 4 times between 4am & 5:30am... everytime I'd get my mask settled back on & start to doze, she'd come in needing something & I'd have to get back up to help her. Her parents sleep like the dead so it's always grandmama to the rescue. SIGH.

Today will be spent doing the same sort of things... homeschool, crochet, watch tv, play with the kids. I have to drive my son to work & pick up his wife right after dropping him off. Then I think my driving will be done for the day & I'll be able to stay "resting" per doctor's orders. UGH

Thanks for being on the journey with me. Bright blessings to you all

365 Days of Transforming Dawn...
Daily Goals: (some are getting difficult)

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: nothing

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon "Disord gives a relish for concord."
-Publilius Syrus

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon Basically the reading for today was that we should stop being afraid of our feelings. We should NOT cover up or push down our feelings with compulsive eating. Comfort foods will NOT help us & in the end only hurt us. Allow yourself to feel.

Daily Food tracker: emoticon calories within range, net carbs high
53%fat, 19% protein, 28% carbs

Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 0 cardio, 30 mins strength

Daily work on Crafts: emoticon continued to work on the new baby blanket. half-way there

Daily Phone call: emoticon Selda

Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon

Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon

Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon

Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!

  
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IMAVISION 10/23/2014 9:10PM

    I can't imagine what the little one needed that time of the morning. I believe that the second time she visited my room, so early in the morning, I would have gone in & awakened her parents & allowed them to do their job in tending to their daughter's needs.

You need your uninterrupted rest, Dawn!

I would so enjoy living close enough to you, Dawn, to be able to swing by & pick you up for a lunch out or at my home. That would delight me to no end.

God bless!

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MT-MOONCHASER 10/23/2014 8:35PM

    I have ordered yarn from the Redheart.com site and have been quite satisfied with the process. The price is not as great as Walmart, though. Also, I have had pretty good luck with ordering from Herrschner's, although their prices aren't always real good unless you hit a sale and I think that their shipping is somewhat high as it is based on the dollar amount of your order instead of weight.

Positives about Dawn -
1. Even though Dawn and her son had a fight, she was right there to give him a ride to work.
2. Dawn WANTS to work.
3. Dawn enjoys homeschooling her grandchildren.

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AUNTALICE2 10/23/2014 6:45PM

    Three things good about Dawn: 1) a good granmother-always there for the little ones. 2) a good friend-a friend needed to talk and you were there for her. 3) is very talented at crocheting. It really is not difficult to find good things about Dawn. I am sure I am not the only one to notice. emoticon

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REALTYLADYLISA 10/23/2014 6:14PM

    Allow yourself to feel...yup, even when those feelings are negative, we can get through them if we don't bury them...

I will check out my Walmart...going over there tomorrow anyway...you never know...

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BE-THE-CHANGE 10/23/2014 6:06PM

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ROSAMARCELLE 10/23/2014 5:16PM

    It sounds like a mixed day, but you still rise above it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DONNA_VT 10/23/2014 3:20PM

    emoticon Sending hugs your way . . . I think you need them.

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BARBARAROSE54 10/23/2014 12:01PM

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you have good friends Dawn.

Sorry about issues with your son.

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BIBS4664 10/23/2014 11:56AM

    Feel the feelings. Well said. emoticon

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Day 75, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Today has been a pretty good day. I continue to watch crazy Horror marathons. I love October because I am a serious Horror Film freak. I finished the fringe on my latest shawl & began working on a really pretty afghan for my newest granddaughter due in Dec. I like the yarn so much that I am going to get some more & make something for myself out of it. It's BEAUTIFUL. Took Aurora to dance class. She had fun. A friend had left me some dance clothes for her. That's a great blessing. Still didn't hear from the spinal doctor. Talked to MY doctor this morning & she said that she would be out of the office today but that her personal nurse would be contacting them. SIGH. still waiting. If I were not hurting so much, I would just go back to work. I'm frustrated and losing money like crazy. Good thing that I am steadily crocheting these presents. I am really not going to have any thing BUT hand-made gifts after all this crap. ANYWAY.. I am blessed to have the talent to crochet & knit. I am blessed that my grandmother taught me how to do both. I was in 4th grade & she spent the time showing me. I have never forgotten that and I cherish the time that I spent sitting beside her while she taught me. Here's hoping that everyone has had a good day. Bright blessings to you all. I'm grateful for you sticking with me. Sweet dreams.

365 Days of Transforming Dawn...
Daily Goals: (some are getting difficult)

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: nothing

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon "The main thing in one's own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry." -Maya Angelou

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon reminds us of the importance of Service to others.

Daily Food tracker: emoticon mid-range, net carbs high
47% fat, 13% protein, 39% carbs

Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 0 cardio & 30 strength mins

Daily work on Crafts: emoticon finished the fringe on shawl, started a baby afghan for my newest granddaughter coming in early DEC

Daily Phone call: emoticon Robbie & Selda

Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon

Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon

Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon

Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!

  
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DONNA_VT 10/23/2014 7:24AM

    Thinking positives thoughts for you today and always.

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IMAVISION 10/22/2014 6:04PM

    I believe that homemade gifts are the best gifts, Dawn. And you are so correct in seeing your talents as blessings --- they are.

God bless!

Ima

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BIBS4664 10/22/2014 1:47PM

    Dear Dawm..youe grandmother is at your side sheering you on...with all of us, and she is so proud of you sharing her chreished gift to you.

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REALTYLADYLISA 10/22/2014 12:12PM

    You know, it's okay to "recycle" some of the POSITIVE things about Dawn! Some things are worth mentioning more than once!!!
1. Dawn cares enough about others to think about gifts for them MONTHS in advance!
2. Dawn puts her own love, time, effort, and skill into creating something special for others!
3. Dawn makes an effort to stay positive even in the midst of difficult and painful circumstances.

We will help you find those positives...there ARE so many!!!

Bless you!

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BARBARAROSE54 10/22/2014 9:29AM

    love home made gifts, I know a lot of love and time goes into them. They will love your gifts.

Hope you soon hear from the spinal doctor

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WISLNDR 10/22/2014 7:50AM

    No amount of money can equal the amount of love that's going into all those crocheted gifts! emoticon

Have a good day today, I hope some answers come your way!!

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WISHICOULDFLY 10/22/2014 6:20AM

    Deep breaths...trust in God that things WILL get better. emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 10/22/2014 5:32AM

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MT-MOONCHASER 10/21/2014 11:52PM

    Positives about Dawn --

She loves her family
She doesn't give up
She keeps on going despite the pain
She can crochet and knit (that could count as two)
She is making sure that her family will have Christmas
She inspires others with her determination

Okay, Dawn, there's two day's worth of positives. Let me know if you need some more.

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GODSCHILD2_2011 10/21/2014 11:51PM

    I pray for you healing and that you get back to work soon. emoticon



For me, homemade gifts made with love is so much better than some of the thoughtless gifts I get from the store.

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AUNTALICE2 10/21/2014 11:32PM

    My dear friend, i wish i was there to give you a big hug!! emoticon

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