Sunday, December 21, 2014
Hola Spark People! It has been three weeks since I signed on last. Here it is a couple of days before Christmas, and I just wanted to say Merry Christmas to all of you. I pray you have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends. I'm heading to Dallas with the grandsons to visit with the family. It will be the first time I will be able to take a photo of all of my girls and grandchildren together. I pray it won't be the last!
Have a great week! Merry Christmas!!
Monday, December 01, 2014
September 24th was the last day I logged in and blogged. I thought I would begin again then getting healthier. Yet here it is December 1st, and I have gained 5 more pounds. I know depression is getting the better of me. I love having the boys here, but it is difficult financially. I decided today that I need to start writing down my "intake", and so far I have accomplished that! Dang, I need to give up my half and half in my coffee! That is a quick 200 calories a day! I have made the decision to give myself 60 minutes a day on my computer instead of most of the day. That means no "Candy Crush" and no "pogo" and no other ridiculous time-consuming, brain-eating activities. Also, I must say that I am proud that I have been accepted as a photographer for NILMDTS. This has been a long time coming. In 2010, I heard about this organization at one of my photography classes. I looked it up on line (not knowing what it was), and God started telling me I needed to volunteer. Like Jonah, I told him to send someone else, and ignored him. Here it is 2014 and He continuously told me to apply. I decided to listen when I realized that I didn't want Him to send me a whale. I know I need to follow His plan for me, so I sent in 10 photos last week and within a few days was accepted. I need to go through an on-line training program. I am so anxious about it, but happy to be doing God's will at the same time. Please keep me in your prayers for this and for success in eating better and exercising. Have missed my Spark friends. Hugs to all.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
I have been away from keeping food entries, journal entries, walking, EVERYTHING has turned upside down since I have had the boys. I wouldn't change it for anything, I love having them here. I now have a purpose I never knew that I would have again.
I was watching a movie this morning, has language in it that I hate (why do filmmakers feel the "F" word is so important in movies), but it was a great love story. At the very end, the girl says to the guy "You love me? OK". It was tough to watch, and hurt my heart at the same time that it was a happy ending for them. And it occurred to me that I have been using food as a substitute for love. And unless I make a daily concerted effort to change that, it will not change. Not on its own. It is my decision, my choice, my challenge. I must make an effort, a commitment, try my hardest. It won't happen by itself. I have to make it work. And with God's help, I can do it. As I keep all of you, my Spark friends, in my prayers for success, please keep me in your prayers for success too. Hugs to all.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Living in a log cabin in a national forest, I have had a plethora of assorted insects to pester me. Lately, it has been wasps. I had them last year, but this year it is even worse. Every time we open and close the gate, it disturbs wasps that are hiding somewhere. Yesterday, one stung me on my calf, and also stung my 6 year old grandson twice. I sprayed the heck out of the nest I could find, but I just saw one near that area again
At any rate, by 9ish last night, it was the size of a salad plate and itchy. When I got up this morning, I had hives (and still do here and there). So I guess I am allergic to wasp stings. Was supposed to go to a weekend women's retreat at my church starting tonight, but the benedryl is keeping me so groggy, I am afraid to drive and also afraid I might fall asleep. So I'm not going. Sigh. I hope you have a good weekend, my friends. Keep away from those wasp nests lol!
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Well, I cannot believe I have not logged my food intake for so long nor blogged since July 11th. I miss all of my Spark friends. I will try to stop in to your page sometime in the next few days (those I interact with on a regular basis) and see how you are doing. I am praying for all of you for strength to succeed and just that life is treating you all well in general.
The turmoil in my life these past couple of months has subsided and we are now getting down to a new routine. My son moved out to get his own apartment. My granddaughter has now moved down to Texas to be with one of my other daughters, so now it is just me, the dogs, and the two boys. My stress level has dropped TREMENDOUSLY now that it is just the three of us, but my grocery bill has skyrocketed. Who knew that two little boys, 6 and 8, could cost so much to feed. I need to be stricter about a budget. I enjoy having them so much, I truly feel like I have a purpose in life again. They are so sweet. Here is a photo of them I took their first day of school, which was August 6th.
I was hoping to move into a bigger house closer into town, but that isn't going to happen right now... because of the economy there are so many houses on the market that it would be difficult to sell this one unless I want to lose a lot of money. Which I don't. At any rate, I am now looking at converting part of my porch into a second bathroom off of my bedroom, then converting the second (downstairs) deck into a storage room. I also want to extend the deck under the house to make a second room that will be my photography studio. It will cost some money, but cheaper than trying to sell and move.
Because of the stress of having four additional people in my house, I put back on 7 pounds. Back up to 165 from 158. Now that school has started, I need to start walking the dogs again. I need to do something to get back on track!!
I notice, because we had a week of cooler weather already, that some of the trees, especially the dogwoods, think that it is fall already and have started changing colors. Looks like our fall will be early, which means our winter will be too. Ugh, hope it isn't a long, cold winter!
Blessings to all. Hope you have a wonderful upcoming weekend!
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