Friday, December 27, 2013
If only we could see into the future...would you want to? Would it be a blessing or a curse, or perhaps a little of both?
I've been away from Spark for a few months now; I needed to take a breather from way too many weight loss sites and endless hours on the computer. Again, a blessing and a curse; you meet so many wonderful people on here and yet the time spent catching up with everyone takes away from being present in our own lives. Trying to find the balance seems like a never ending task and at times, an insurmountable one.
The last time I blogged, our beloved dog Spencer had been diagnosed with bone cancer. Sadly, we had to lay him to rest on the Monday after Thanksgiving, much sooner than we had planned on, but the right thing to do for him. I miss him so much that at times, I can feel my heart breaking. Our other collie, Brady, is finding his way without his buddy, and I have no doubt in the coming year that we will once again add to our family.
I went on an amazing women's retreat in October in the also amazing state of Vermont. I reconnected with a high school girlfriend, and off we went to discover ourselves and to meet other amazing women; learning to open up our hearts and minds to the possibilities all around us. It was a magical time and I can't wait to see these ladies again soon!
I ventured to FL to "love on" my beautiful grandsons! it had been 6 months since I had visited last, and the changes were amazing. They are healthy and strong, my daughter and son-in-law continue to amaze me with how they have managed this major life style change, and all I can say is I will NOT wait another six months to go back. Already looking at my calendar to see when I get back!
I joined Weight Watchers and I have lost and gained the same 4 pounds since joining. I know the program works, I just have to follow it and stop letting life get in the way. So on to 2014 and success in this area of my life.
DH's mother, who will turn 93 on 1/2/2014, is not doing well. There has been a steady decline in her health over the last couple of months, and all involved thought she would likely pass before year end. I can't see into the future, so WHO KNOWS?? She has surprised me many times over the last year, rebounding from many life-threatening events. She is one tough lady, and I hope that she makes it to her 93rd! I take comfort knowing that she has lived a long and healthy life, and that she is being well-cared for. My time with her has been an adventure, to say the least!
Christmas was a quiet affair with just DH and myself at home. All 3 children were out of state this year, living their grown up lives. I both missed them terribly and enjoyed the quiet morning to myself with the Christmas tree shining,, a hot cup of coffee, and DH by my side.
I hope this finds all of you well! Time to reflect on the past year, to give thanks for all we have been blessed with, and to look forward to whatever surprises the future holds for life. I've learned that every day is a blessing, a treasure we have been given, and I wish for all of you that you continue to be blessed in the days to come.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
and most days, I want the "parade" to just stop for a bit, take a water break, let me enjoy the music.
Suffice it to say, I'm feeling really down.
- My heart has not been in the 5% challenge this time around. I'm slogging through it, but not actively participating.
-I joined Weight Watchers 2 weeks ago, hoping that the weekly meetings would motivate me and help me get back on track. Yesterday I ate an entire bag of Honey Dijon potato chips...that was my healthy lunch. I couldn't stop myself; I put them away, got them back out again, put them away, got them out again and then I actually hid the bag in my briefcase so no one else would see it. Did I log it? Yes....
-On the same note, the WW scale was much higher than my home scales, so which weight do I use? I've continued weighing myself on the home scale for the 5% challenge, but I feel like I am being dishonest!!!
-Our beloved collie, Spencer, has been diagnosed with cancer. Today we should have the biopsy results, telling us whether it has gone into the leg bone and what type of cancer it is. We are heartbroken and may be facing some tough choices later this week.
-Yesterday I woke up feeling extremely nauseous. I got up and in my attempt to make it to the bathroom, the room starting spinning and I "blacked out", going down hard, hitting a shelving unit and the wall. Needless to say, DH hurt the "crash" and came running. He got me back to bed, but for the next two hours I was freezing. Took a "work from home" day, accomplished little, barely moved off the couch (less than 1000 steps) and ate potato chips. Yup, definitely feeling bad for myself. Maybe I needed the sodium??? lol
Feeling better today, no nausea, no dizziness. Perhaps my body's way of telling me that I am doing way too much; yesterday I looked at my calendar and the many, many items I "needed" to add to it, or "wanted" to add to it, and I couldn't even pick up the pen to add them in. if that isn't a signal coming through loud and clear, I don't know what is.
Finally, the new studio - coming along but already overcrowded! How did that happen? Here are a few promised pics....
My first two projects have been a bust! ha ha Hopefully I'll get back over today and make them right.
Finally, thank you Teddy Bear team for putting me in the spotlight yesterday! Your timing was perfect! I didn't see it until late last night, so today I will be going back to read everything and remind myself that I matter, and that I can get through the rough patches and be successful and healthy!!!
Sunday, August 25, 2013
I can't believe it's Sunday morning all ready! The weekend is flying by! Saturday was a busy day. I only got over to the new studio to drop off a few more things, so today will be a busy day over there setting up. My daughter got in safely and I took her by; she loves it! Perfect for a sewing studio! Her words "It's small, but I could live here! I'm jealous!" We went shopping and she helped me pick out a shower curtain, rugs, and towels; she's even better putting together colors than I am! We also went to World Market and I splurged on a chair, rug and an awesome metal piece that can be used as a table but also has mega storage in it. I also found the perfect small benches at Target but they only had one and it was broken, so I think I am going to order them today.
I promised myself I wouldn't buy NEW stuff, since we have so much still at DH's mother's home in Michigan that we need to move, but.....I didn't listen. I got caught up in the excitement! ha ha Again, pics to come and you can tell me if I made the right choice!!!
Today is the Blessing of the Beasts at our beach service. Yesterday I baked the cakes; this morning I will turn them into what resembles bowls of dog food. I also turned cinnamon rolls into mini-rawhide bones! Pics to come, I promise! For the pooches, I have purchased Milk-Bones! It should be an eventful service! Now to get all of this and our own two collies down there!
Lots to do so I can share with you later!!! Blessings on all!!
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Happy Saturday all!
A busy day ahead, so just a quick post before heading to the workout room. No excuse Saturday ahead!! Workout, massage, bring my daughter's tortoise to a new home, bake for church services, run to airport to pick up same daughter, and end the day at the new studio putting my sewing table back together!
Yes, DH and I lugged the rest of the sewing table up the three flights of stairs late last night. Now I get to put all the pieces back together and bring over the machines today! We are hoping to get all the pictures and other things up on the wall by tomorrow evening and then I can officially start dedicating time to my crafting/quilting once again! I am so excited to have a place to call my own...and to leave things out that I am working on. All you crafters out there know what I mean!!
On another note, I did not get the job at the Church. The committee decided, after interviewing many, that they were going to split the job into two different positions. I was overqualified for the simplified Admin job, and the "technology" position was only going to be 5 hours a week, and that just wouldn't pay the bills. Could I have added another 5 hours into my already busy schedule? Yes, but not what I wanted to do. I would rather have those five hours to dedicate to my crafting studio.
So I will continue to put my faith and trust in God; keeping my eyes, ears and most importantly, my heart open to future possibilities.
Stay tuned for pics later this weekend!!!! Hugs to all of you!!!
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