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What am I Thankful For...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What am I thankful for:

My wise and supportive friends here at SP. EVIE4NOW and DSHONEYC had it right, my sister is caught in hanging on the the past and is a little sad. TRAVELGRRL, she did finally let go the meat stuffing.

My son and his family will be coming to dinner.

We will be getting only about 5 inches of snow in the next 24 hours or so.

The roads should be clear so we can pick up dinner on Thanksgiving morn.

While the future may hold uncertainties, there is a promise of another day and opportunities abound.

My wish for you all is that your may have many blessings come your way, today and everyday.

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WATERMELLEN 11/26/2014 6:15PM

    Happy Thanksgiving. You are a thankful person -- and that attitude of gratitude is key to a contented life.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/26/2014 2:52PM

    Enjoy your day with family! Hugs!

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DSHONEYC 11/26/2014 11:35AM

    Wishing you a blessed day... emoticon

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GABY1948 11/26/2014 11:20AM

    Beautiful blog! And I wish the same back to you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/26/2014 9:27AM

    Sounds like a wonderful day is on the horizon. Enjoy!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/26/2014 9:05AM

    Glad your sister gave up the meat stuffing thing! UGH

HUGS Enjoy your family. HOPE the weather cooperates.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Alrighty... just need to vent.
Hosting has fallen to me over the past few years... mind you I had skillfully avoided this for decades. There will be 12.5 attending and yes I ordered dinner and planned what else was needed.
My problem lies within my sister. I see it as her trying to hang onto the past, not wanting to let go. She made our mom's meat stuffing for year seven though only two of the crowd ate it anymore. she has a hard time letting go.
We are opposites. I have an adventuresome spirit, willing to try something new. This year we are giving a smoked turkey a go. I have tried to pair down the menu as it is not about the quantity of food and most of our crowd have two dinners to attend.

I got a text this morning about not forgetting whipped cream, the can kind. Really? do we really need that? ARGH!!!
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I will take a deep breath, say "oh well" and remind myself what Thanksgiving is all about.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/25/2014 2:59PM

    Hmmmm . . . think Watermelen addressed the whipped cream in a can issue just as I would have answered! SHEESH!

It does get wearisome to be THE ONE designated for the holiday gatherings. I feel your pain.

I say this as I am right now roasting the turkey so I can cool it and carve it then pack it to take to my parents in IL. And all the go-alongs. Can you say EXHAUSTED! Uh huh.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/25/2014 1:06PM

    I understand your need to vent! Geez, two days before Thanksgiving, I'm sure you definitely have enough to do without catering to everyone's specific requests. I would probably just "forget" it anyway, but I'm passive-aggressive like that! I agree with Watermellen & Slimmerjessie that she should bring it herself if it's so important.

I understand your sister's need to hold onto to tradition, but certainly it's the SPIRIT of tradition and not the literalness that needs to be embraced. BTW, is she letting go of the meat stuffing, or is she bringing that too?

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GABY1948 11/25/2014 11:04AM

    Oh, that's a toughie! I know it will all turn out all right though!


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DSHONEYC 11/25/2014 10:46AM

    Your sister sounds a little sad, do it your way with a touch of kindness to acknowledge her irrational clinging to the past. Toss the whipped cream (or send it home with her) after dinner on Thursday. Sometimes we cling to the very things that have been destructive in our lives. You don't have to!

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Wishing you a thankful Thanksgiving!

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WATERMELLEN 11/25/2014 8:39AM

    She can have it, she can bring it and she can whoosh it all over her head if she wants to!! Oh my, the world has changed but change is scary for lots of people.

And: you can give thanks you're not one of 'em. You're changing!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/25/2014 8:22AM

    Might tell her to bring her own since she's the only one who will be eating it. (smiling) You're being a good sport.

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EVIE4NOW 11/25/2014 7:46AM

  Your sister is caught up in traditions past. Tell her if she wants to continue, she is welcomed to host the event. Remind her since you are the hostess you are trying new and different and healthier things and to just go with the flow. She won't much like it but will probably go with it rather then the work of hosting it. Happy Thanksgiving.

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Feeding the Soul Instead of the Stomach.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Gotta say, there's a connection between the "comfortable life" and "comfort food". - WATERMELLEN

Ah yes feeding the soul instead of the stomach. Yesterday was a day for that. Special Olympics held the Fall State games, so the mom's had a bit of freedom. Our children are now adults, and it was wonderful to have a respite of the caregiver role,

It started with breakfast.... some protein, veg. A spinach/feta omelet seemed to fit the bill. It was a lot of food, but the conversation was more interesting. I actually left stuff on my plate. After breakfast it was off to the museum, however it wasn't open just yet so we opted for a quick trip to Trader Joe's. My friend had never been and was quite surprised at the amount of food I got for the money. Bags of gala and honeycrisp apples,another bag of organic D'anjou pears, celery, Persian cukes, and nuts. Thankfully it wasn't too hot or too cold and the produce would keep well during our trip to the museum.
The featured exhibit was quilts. For me it was not just about a bedcover. It was the fabric, the tiny hand stitches, the patience it took to make the quilts. Material from the 1700's to the present. Hand and machine stitching.

So what does this have to do with losing weight and being fit. So much more that you would know. The quilter's persevered and step by step reached their goal. Yes it was a long arduous journey, but it was completed. Each quilt was a different journey, much like all of us at SP.

I've been feeling a bit poorly as of late and almost cancelled this little adventure, but I pushed through the growling and the pressure within. It was worth it, I felt alive. My friend who has been doing crossfit, was quite surprised at my energy level and stamina. I must admit that I was surprised I had more staying power than her. But I was energized, being with a friend, taking in the exhibit...
I felt fueled and alive.

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DSHONEYC 11/24/2014 12:06PM

    emoticon You deserved a day of pleasure and fellowship! Glad you had a good time and felt good, too.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/24/2014 9:14AM

    Nice blog!

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GABY1948 11/23/2014 5:34PM

    emoticon blog! So glad you didn't cancel this it sounds like it was good for you!

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WATERMELLEN 11/23/2014 1:03PM

    Good for you -- It's so important. Honeycrisps AND quilts -- both satisfying!!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/23/2014 12:17PM

    Glad you could go. WONDERFUL blog!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 11/23/2014 10:49AM

    It is always a great idea to think about (and then do) what will feed our souls!


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TRAVELGRRL 11/23/2014 9:30AM

    I think very often it's the "leapfrogging" from one soul-feeding event to another that sustains us through the ordinary! I know it was a well-deserved break from the caregiving role you perpetually occupy. Have a wonderful Sunday!!

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RANAF222 11/23/2014 9:06AM

    Nice that you have done something that made you feel this good about yourself! It is all about the journey right? Thanks for posting!

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BERGBA7 11/23/2014 9:05AM

    Great blog! Yes, I need to remind myself too that food is for living and that there are other things to live on than "food."
I wish you luck on you journey!

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Hoping the Storm Will Clear

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn't we?
--Rose Kennedy

I have been dealing with digestive issues for over two years now. My A1c has gone from 5,7 to 8. Having a 7 is what is the usual goal. Getting those numbers can be achieved by diet, exercise and medication.
Although my issue is a legitimate challenge, I have been using it as an excuse. There are still things I can do.

I want to sing.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/19/2014 4:53PM

    I am sorry this has been such an ongoing challenge for you. I am blessed with good health; I can't imagine how difficult it must be to deal with a chronic health issue. I am hoping things improve for you! ((hugs))

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WATERMELLEN 11/18/2014 8:19PM

    You can sing: yes you can!!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/18/2014 1:54PM

    Go for it! IT is possible. That's what I'm doing . . . controlling my blood glucose with nutrition and exercise. Good luck1

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DSHONEYC 11/18/2014 10:42AM

    emoticon and your SparkFriends want you to sing.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 11/18/2014 7:33AM

    I found it was so helpful to meditate on these things until my inner self changed from I resistant "I should" to an enthusiastic "I want to." It didn't come from my intellect (which was already convinced by medical and physical evidence), it didn't come from other people (who expressed varying degrees of horror, sympathy and frustration as I continued to gain weight over the years) and it didn't come from my doctors (who all mentioned politely and sometimes not so politely that I needed to lose weight). It came from being in touch with the essential part of myself that wanted to actually live. Now the task becomes to nurture that until it becomes a seamless habitual way of thinking and perceiving myself in the world.

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Welcoming Change

Friday, November 14, 2014

There has been much talk about change lately. And many changes have taken place.
Yet I still cling to the familiar that isn't working for me.

Like the freshly fallen snow I awoke to this morning, I need a new perspective. I have changed, what I need to do has changed.

This is not a bad thing... it's just different, My needs are different than what there were when I was a teen in high school. I am now a blessed grandmother. We all can lead a happy, healthy life to share with our loved ones and it doesn't have to be food based.
Sharing a walk, going to a concert or play.... so many rich experiences are out there.
The biggest change needs to be my mindset. Slowly it is changing. Better choices are being made.

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner has again fallen to me, personally I prefer to be a guest and bring a dish. My sister likes to cling to the past and I am trying to help her move into the present. Yes I have fond memories of the Thanksgivings past and it was indeed a feast, where we were all stuffed and lethargic. Now it's a dinner, we can move afterward. Our kids to the road race beforehand.

Ah yes things change... thankfully we have many modern comforts, Like washing machines, stoves, interior plumbing, heat on demand. Would I want those olden days, heavens no. Plucking a turkey and tending a cooking fire are not my cup of tea. I remember my grandmother's wood stove and am grateful that all I have to do to cook is turn a dial or push buttons.

But what my grandmother did have was wholesome food. Now that is something we should hold onto. Now I am not ready to put up a chicken coop, have a cow, and plant 40 acres, but I can find out how my food is produced and support my local farmers.

Sure it is a change, but it is just as good.

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DSHONEYC 11/14/2014 10:36AM

    Maybe not change but refine. Take what we hold on to the dear memory of it and mold the activity into something we can live with.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/14/2014 9:24AM

    Change -- a love/hate relationship!

Boy, does your Thanksgiving resonate with me! It falls to me, too. That's all right, because then I know I can eat some of the dishes! LOL Everyone does bring something, so that helps.

Good luck

Snow here too. Not liking it, but the seasons do change. So do I have to!

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JIACOLO 11/14/2014 8:27AM

    It is funny how people view change as a bad thing. It doesn't always have to be.

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