Friday, July 11, 2014
I am missing my Spark friend interaction. I have been so busy with the kids, and now my son has moved in too, and just no time at all for getting on or even keeping track of my food. I am leaving for a week vacation at the beach in the morning with the kids in tow. My daughter Leslie is coming into town from Saudi Arabia with her friend and then we are heading down to Panama City Beach. Oh, and if you recall I was concerned I might have been scammed by someone... and come to find out, yes, I was scammed out of $580 by someone as a downpayment on a non-existent condo. Sigh. I have to just move forward. I did report it to the police and they are investigating it. Will be back from the beach on the 19th. Then the kids mother will come to visit on the 23rd for the oldest one's birthday for 4 days. She is taking only the 2 yr old with her to the motel she is staying in (the boys will be so sad), but it will give me a much needed break. Then August 3rd, she is returning to pick up the two year old and deliver her to my oldest daughter's house and she will be staying there until ??? My oldest daughter has a 4 year old and also a 2 yr old, soon to be 3, one week older than the girl I have, so it will be a better situation for the little girl and for me. I just can't handle the stress of a 2 year old 24/7 more than a week at my age. lol. Anyway, hope all of you are well. Continue to keep me in my prayers for continued patience and for things to work my way. Will try to get on and let you know how my beach trip is going, if not, will talk with you next week.
Friday, July 04, 2014
I just realized that half way through the year is 183 days, and I missed that fact. But I have not missed the fact that I have not accomplished one single step towards my weight loss or exercise goal this year. You cannot imagine how depressed that has made me. I lost half of the weight I wanted to, and then the holidays came and the winter and I have become a failure to the rest of my weight loss. Not giving up though. Even though I have gained 5 pounds since the kids have been here, I will NOT gain any more. I made good decisions for lunch and had rotisserie chicken and a spinach salad today, and will have mostly broccoli and a little bit of steak and potatoes for dinner, and will keep my calorie intake to 1200 calories. I did walk a little ways with the dogs today, which is better than nothing with the dogs. I wish I could get up early, like at 5:30 or 6 am and walk them, but because the 2 yr old is sleeping in the bed with me, I can't set an alarm without waking her up. And if she wakes up it will be impossible to walk with her and two Jack Russell terriers in the mountainous terrain. After lunch, when she takes her nap, it's too warm to walk. Things will change though and I will be able to walk once we move or once she leaves in August, whichever comes first. I just need to control my eating better in the mean time.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
So happy that my son came yesterday to live here. Having not raised him, and never having children himself, he is eerily similar to me in his ideas of discipline and what is wrong and right, which makes things go much smoother than I anticipated. Having raised four daughters, I became a loving 'taskmaster', something necessary since my husband traveled a lot and it has trickled down to my grandchildren, now that I have them to raise. I have noticed a trend toward a no discipline generation, and if you have ever worked in a school, you will understand what problems that creates. At any rate, there are now 5 of us living in this 650 sq. ft. cabin with one bathroom. Knowing this, I have fretted over what I am going to do, because I could add on a bedroom/bathroom, but don't really have the cash to do that. The best thing overall is to let Adam buy this house from me (which he offered) and get a new house closer into town. But living on retirement, I can't get two house loans in my name, even though I have a sizeable retirement. So the other day, I turned it all over to God and asked him for his help. I listened to a short Joyce Meyer talk on the radio while driving the other day, and while I don't always agree with this statement, I feel like it was maybe a message God wanted me to hear that related to my situation. She said "you just need to make a decision, and then tell God that you are leaving him in control to work it all out the way he wants it to work out". So that is what I did. And when my son came yesterday, I spoke with him about needing to move closer into town with the boys and asked, because he has a salary and I don't, if he would cosign on a house for me (because I have excellent credit). The problem is with the cash I have on hand, I would only be able to put down 5%. But he offered another solution: having been in the Army for 8 years, he qualifies for a 0 down Veteran's Loan (with lower interest too) and wants to put the house in his name with me as cosigner. What a blessing this will be as now I know I can get out of the cabin and into a house where the boys can have a neighborhood to ride bikes in and I don't have to worry about bears. Plus have neighbors if there are any emergencies with me or the boys. Praising God for this wonderful blessing. Now for all the red tape and realtors, et al!!! Hopefully I will be in a new house before school starts.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Since I've had the kids, I haven't been able to go out and walk, plus no time to exercise. Living in such a small place, there is no room inside to exercise and since I live 20 miles to any exercise facility, it is not financially effective to go to a gym (gas prices are killing me!). My son is coming to live with us beginning this afternoon, so once I get the little one down for her nap, if Adam has arrived by then, which I don't think he will have (he said late afternoon), I will start walking again. If not it will be tomorrow. I wish I had a stationary bicycle or preferably an elliptical machine and I could put it on the bottom deck and exercise there too. Maybe now that Adam will be here, he can help me get one here because he can use it too (he is a big man, 6 ft. tall and almost 300 lbs. and trying to get in shape too). I did buy the kids some nice jump ropes from IKEA (they had them for 1.99), I think I might try using them. I haven't jump roped in a long time, and not sure what jumping rope at 160 lbs. will do to my knees or back, but I'll find out I guess. Hope you have a great day today!
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
My Spark tracker has a mind of its own, it grows legs and walks away. However, the one time it needs to think for itself, it decides to act like an inanimate object and jump in the washing machine along with my shorts. Good thing is, it survived a dip in the washing machine! So happy that it did! So just letting you know, in case you have one, it must have some type of waterproofing! YAY!!!!
It will get more interesting beginning tomorrow when my son moves up here with us. This was planned a few months ago, before the kids were supposed to come. The boys will sleep on the sleeper sofa. I think we will have interesting bathroom issues with one bathroom, however, many older houses only have one bathroom, and they can do it. So we can too! We will figure out a permanent plan after he gets here.
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