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Day 21, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Today has been a long but good day. Taught 3 hours of classes this morning. Had a nice lunch with DH & DD. Then I came home & did a lot of sparking, then crocheting. Now I am beyond tired & need to go to bed. Sweet dreams.

Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon
Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon
1) I am learning to accept the things I cannot change
2) I can put on a happy face
3) I am a survivor

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon "Donít give up on the people you love. Your patient love and faithfulness may be exactly what they need to make a complete turnaround." ~ Anonymous

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon the thought for the day: "I will go forth with an open ind, eager to learn what God will reveal to me."

Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon calories midrange, net carbs 14
Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 180 mins cardio, 60 mins strength
Daily work on Crafts: emoticon steadily crocheting
Daily Phone call: emoticon Denise
Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon sent lots of goodies
Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!

  


Day 20, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Because my knee was hurting quite a bit, I did not go to work today. I am grateful to have ladies who are willing to substitute for me. I had left a message with my orthopedist about the PT issues. This afternoon, I got a call from the supervisor of the PT group. He assured me that HE would be working with me today & get things corrected. I actually really enjoyed PT today. Admittedly the work more difficult & there is more of it. My muscles were screaming & quivery, but the knees did NOT. I am so grateful. NOW I can get this done & be happy with the results. I also talked to the supervisor about my concerns over the 3 pound weight gain that I had seen of the past 2 weeks. He said that I should have expected that because of all the strength exercises that I am doing. Hopefully when I weigh in tomorrow, I will see a loss. I AM SO HOPING!!! Tomorrow will be busy. I have to teach 3 hours of classes in the morning and then deep water at the outdoor pool tomorrow night, assuming they allow it. They closed the pool early today because the water was too cold. My family & I watched AGT together tonight. The results show. The 1st 6 people of the 12 finalists went through tonight. For the most part I was happy with the choices. We'll see what next week brings. My nephew David came by tonight (just a short while ago) and borrowed my spare tire. A friend of his broke down with a flat & they will return my spare tomorrow after they get a new tire. I trust my nephew so I am sure all will be well. My tires are in great shape & I am trusting that I will not find any nails tomorrow. We got our final letter of approval for the Homeschooling of the grandchildren. I am grateful that we have no more fighting on that end. My calories are really low. Just above 1200. That's very low for me. I had to eat some peanut butter to get it up there. Here's hoping that you all have a good night. I am off to bed. I've been crocheting like a mad-woman. I am LOVING how it is coming together. I'll post a picture when I am done. Sweet dreams. Thanks for being there for me. I appreciate your support.

Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon The passages that I am reading from currently are Genesis, Matthew, Psalms & Proverbs

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon
1) I am learning to stand up for myself 2) I can take positive criticism
3) I can listen & follow good advice (thanks friends)

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon Today I have two that I want to share: "Every man has a right to be valued by his best moment."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed." -Storm Jameson

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon Again, I really like the thought for the day at the end: "I remind myself of my many good qualities and best moments--and those of my family, friends and colleagues." FOR TODAY

Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon calories very low, net carbs 25
Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon no cardio, 60mins strength
Daily work on crafts: emoticon I am steadily working on the new BLUE afghan. Feeling pretty good about my progress on these afghans.
Daily Phone call: emoticon Jason & Chip
Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon
Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!

  
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AUNTALICE2 8/28/2014 4:36PM

    I think it is great that you complained and had good results!! You go girl!! I know it was hard for you but you did it and now you can reap the rewards! emoticon

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REALTYLADYLISA 8/28/2014 3:41PM

    Yay You! Glad to hear you are getting a good muscle workout without hurting the joints! More muscle is good! The weight will NOT be able to stay! Keep it up girl!! I'm cheering for you every day!!! People are starting to ask me how I'm losing the weight and I get to tell them I am following in your footsteps!

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/28/2014 2:21PM

    Keep writing that journal & praising our Lord!



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BIBS4664 8/28/2014 12:11PM

    Great that your DGK will be taught with your strong beautiful wisdom. You rock!!!

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SAPHRAEL 8/28/2014 9:02AM

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BRE2003SB 8/28/2014 8:20AM

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BARBARAROSE54 8/28/2014 8:04AM

    wonderful that PT went well. I thought the strength workouts would cause weight gain

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BE-THE-CHANGE 8/28/2014 7:39AM

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WISLNDR 8/28/2014 5:20AM

    I'm glad PT went better for you; I'm sending positive thoughts for your day today!

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BABECAVE 8/28/2014 1:30AM

   
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Day 19, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Today was okay. I delivered DH to work & then taught the 6am deep water class. After last night's deep water class my knee was bothering me a lot through out the night. This morning it really hurt. After that, I taught the remaining classes from the deck. I came home & did some Sparking. Then I elevated my leg & started in on a new afghan, in blues. I am liking it. We watched AGT as a family. Looking forward to tomorrow night to see the results. Tomorrow I have PT. I am dreading it. My knee has hurt worse since last week's visit than it ever has before. If it is the same tomorrow, I am going to discontinue. It's silly to pay someone to hurt you. It's past my bedtime. I hope that everyone is well. Sweet dreams.

Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon
1) I have a clear & loud voice (important as a water aerobic instructor)
2) I don't hold a grudge
3) I am willing to compromise

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon"Hatred is the road to nowhere, travel down that road so far, & you will alienate yourself from the joys of life." ~ Anonymous

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon WOW!!! I really needed this one today. Here's one line: "Chronic complaining is a useless practice that destroys self-acceptance and self-reliance. COmplaining about things I dislike in my life increases my dissatisfaction." WOW!!! I need to work on that. Maybe I need another 21 days of No Complaints Challenge... something to ponder.

Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon below lowest caloric range, net carb 35
Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 120 mins cardio, 60 mins strength
Daily work on Crafts: emoticon started a new afghan in "blues"
Daily Phone call: emoticon Jason & Sabrina called me! :-)
Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon sent out lots of goodies.
Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!

  
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TEDYBEAR2838 8/28/2014 2:19PM

    Quit that class & call your Dr.

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REALTYLADYLISA 8/28/2014 11:54AM

    A NO-Complaints challenge? I love it! My whole family needs one of those! Phil 2:14 Do all things without grumbling and complaining... My DH gets on "grumpy" roll from time to time, and I try to not remind him about this verse TOO much, but I definitely will throw it at him when I get desperate! emoticon

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AUNTALICE2 8/27/2014 9:22PM

    I love reading your blogs! They are so insightful! Love you! emoticon

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BIBS4664 8/27/2014 4:29PM

    I bet the blue one is gorgeous. Listening to your body is a good thing. Yea Dawn!!!!

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WISHICOULDFLY 8/27/2014 10:42AM

    Dawn, I'm sorry about your knee! I start my own PT next week for my rotator cuff. Do you ice your knee and/or take anything like Ibuprofen? That seems to help some for me. Enjoy the rest of your day!

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BARBARAROSE54 8/27/2014 10:04AM

    I enjoy reading your reports. Good luck tomorrow with PT. Can't wait to see the "blue" afghan.

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ANAKIE 8/27/2014 9:54AM

    Thanks for your daily reading thought.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 8/27/2014 7:51AM

    If you get the same PT and he still doesn't listen, ask for his supervisor! When DH had PT, yes it hurt during the session a bit, but he felt much better in the days that followed.

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WISLNDR 8/27/2014 7:18AM

    I hope things go well for you at PT today and that your entire day is a great one!!

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DONNA_VT 8/27/2014 6:44AM

    Can't wait to see a pic of the new crochet project. Good luck at PT!!!!!

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EDLEAR 8/27/2014 3:27AM

    Thanks, Dawn for sharing your daily for today reading with us. That's a powerful thought I need to remind myself of.
I hope that your session at PT is better today. emoticon

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ZRIE014 8/27/2014 12:19AM

  keep it up

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Day 18, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Monday, August 25, 2014

Today has been a long day & I have an even longer one tomorrow. I am trying to just keep on keeping on with a smile on my face. I have a friend who is hurting physically & emotionally and that makes me hurt too. I've been on the verge of tears all afternoon. All I can do is be here for her & pray. Isn't that about all we can do anyway? Love one another. Be there for our friends. Pray for the best.

I taught 2 hours of classes this morning from the deck. It was HOT! Then I took DH to work. Met a pool friend for lunch. Came home and crochetted while watching the last two episodes (DVR) of Penny Dreadful. OMG.... if you like stuff like that (and I DO!!!) it's a must watch. I saved the taped episodes so that I can watch them again with DH. I am looking forward to next season. Then I took the grandchildren & went to the outdoor pool. I finished the afghan there while watching them play & Swim. Then I taught my deep water class in the water. It was cold but fun. I had a great time.

Then I dropped Kaydon at home & Aurora and I went to pick up grandpapa.. opps, forgot that I had to drop the eldest granddaughter off at her house first & pick up laundery. We stopped at the grocery store & picked up some dinner & now I am here Sparking before starting my new crochet project AND watching the Emmies. I have to start teaching at 6am so I am going to try to get to bed early. (well, it's 10pm now... earlier... )

Bright blessings to you all.

Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon more & more I am baffled by the stories in the OT. My feelings are really torn.

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon
1) I am sensative the the needs of others, 2) I am creative 3) I have a good imagination

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. ~ Buddha

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon A good read for me today. Here's what it says FOR TODAY: "To better do God's will, I pray to let go standards of perfection and see myself in God's light."

Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon below my low caloric range, 69 net carbs
Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 121 mins cardio, 60 mins strength
Daily work on Crafts: emoticon finished the afghan that I was working
Daily Phone call: emoticon Linda, Robbie & Sandra
Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon
Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!

  
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TEDYBEAR2838 8/28/2014 2:18PM

    You must meet yourself coming and going?

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HOLIERTHANTHOU 8/27/2014 1:24PM

    Genesis is tricky. You just have to remember that later editors made it a point to collect a variety of stories which circulated among scribes and which tried to account, in various ways, for the origins of Judaism. The solution was to organize the material within a chronological framework (this was normal scribal practice in the ancient Near East). Some of these stories were also expanded at different periods in time which adds to the confusion. There are also issues of competition between one origin story over another (Abraham/Jacob/Isaac versus King David versus Moses, for instance). Scribes also sometimes took shots at other scribes via satires and parodies, and these competing opinions were preserved in the text that has come down to us. It is extremely interesting stuff. Don't throw in the towel just yet!

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REALTYLADYLISA 8/26/2014 1:44PM

    I love hearing the accounts of your day! I am intrigued by your statement about the OT stories, and why you are "torn"...I love studying the bible--don't know it all, but I love to dig and and find out the whys--so message me on some of your bafflements...maybe we can reason them out and make a bit of sense out them!

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DONNA_VT 8/26/2014 7:35AM

    One more afghan done . . .Yippeee . . . you'll be done by Christmas maybe evenThanksgiving at this rate. Rest up and have a great Wednesday.

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WISHICOULDFLY 8/26/2014 6:34AM

    I am curious about Penny Dreadful. I'm going to have to check it out!

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WISLNDR 8/26/2014 6:04AM

    More great quotes and good job on finishing the afghan!

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EDLEAR 8/26/2014 3:07AM

    I hope that you got enough rest last night, today will be another long day for you I expect. (It sounds like you're always busy busy)
Your friend is so fortunate to have you. emoticon

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Day 17, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Today has been a good day. I'm tired but happy. I have been crocheting ever since I got home from work. I taught 3 hours of swim lessons at the pool, one student canceled. Church was nice. We had a baptism and that was wonderful. We have a very tiny church family & it's wonderful to see it grow a little bit. Every person counts. Time for me to get back to the crochet hook. I'm watching some tv & need to go to bed soon. I'm so grateful to be on the last color of my afghan. Then I can start the next project.

I just want to share that everytime that I come home, my 4 year old granddaughter comes RUNNING up to me & throws her arms around my legs squealing, "Grandmama, you're home!" with such joy that it melts my heart. When I get down the next time, I am going to remind myself of that. It's pure joy & pure love. I am a very blessed woman.

Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon I'm starting to recognize how important geneology is throughout the bible. Sometimes it gets pretty complicated, but it's interesting.

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon
1) I like children 2) I'm a good cook 3) I can "learn".. or better yet, I am "teachable".

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon "Nothing is unthinkable, nothing is impossible to the balanced person, provided it arises out of the needs of life and is dedicated to life's further developments." -Lewis Mumford

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon LOL, I liked this statement from FOR TODAY: "I keep an open mind to having an open mind; the possibilties are endless."


Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon calories are below my low point, Net carbs 24

Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 180 mins cardio, 60 mins strength

Daily work on Crafts: emoticon on the last color of this afghan

Daily Phone call: emoticon Amy

Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon
Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!

Here are a couple pictures of the afghan that I am working on with my precious Aurora holding it up for you. She wanted to be in front of the tv because she wanted you to see that She & Grandmama were watching "Peppa Pig"... we watched a virtual marathon of it! LOL

  
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TEDYBEAR2838 8/28/2014 2:17PM

    What a BEAUTIFUL! picture. What a joy to be around
a happy child.

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GODSCHILD2_2011 8/25/2014 9:23PM

    Children are such a blessing. I love the blog, pictures and the afghan!!!

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AUNTALICE2 8/25/2014 7:24PM

    Grandchildren are wonderful! Especially when they love so openly! Beautiful afghan and beautiful granddaughter!!

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WISHICOULDFLY 8/25/2014 7:08PM

    Beautious afghan AND granddaughter!

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REALTYLADYLISA 8/25/2014 7:06PM

    Wow! That's beautiful Dawn! And so is your lovely Aurora! Indeed, you are a blessed woman!

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BIBS4664 8/25/2014 1:50PM

    Beautiful!!! I like your idea that when you are down, think of your DGD and her unconditional love. Blessed be.

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EDLEAR 8/25/2014 1:09PM

    You are so very fortunate to have a young child who loves you.
Love the afghan - colors are happy!
Enjoy today, Dawn emoticon

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LUCYCAN7 8/25/2014 11:13AM

  Blessing to you Grandma emoticon Beautiful Granddaughter
and afgan!Grand children are so precious,enjoy them! emoticon

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BARBARAROSE54 8/25/2014 9:20AM

    I love the design and colours in this afghan !

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DONNA_VT 8/25/2014 7:56AM

    Pretty quilt . . . you have very blessed grandchildren to have a grandma who loves them so much.
Have a good Monday!

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MEOWMAMA3 8/24/2014 11:35PM

    Sparktacular! The colors remind me that fall is coming....my favorite season. Aurora sure looks proud of Grandmama! Love your checklist, you are awesome! Speaking of Bible genealogy, did I ever tell you that I'm the only sibling in my family with a non Biblical name? Sarah, Saul, Miriam, Daniel, Joshua and Kim. When I was 10 my father wanted to change it to Naomi and I was not pleased. I think now that he was just pulling my leg.
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BE-THE-CHANGE 8/24/2014 10:59PM

    The afghan is beautiful and so is your granddaughter!

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BRE2003SB 8/24/2014 10:27PM

    The unconditional love of a child is PRICELESS. emoticon

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WISLNDR 8/24/2014 10:27PM

    I love the afghan, great colors!!! And I love the picture I have in my mind of the childlike joy of your granddaughter on seeing you come home; what a wonderful feeling that must be!

God bless you, Friend!

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