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What has kept me from blogging

Friday, October 26, 2012

I have been so busy that I've met myself coming and going..So this is catch up here and then won't have time to post again until Monday. I knew this week was going to be busy so just didn't sweat trying to post here..So here is how it all went..

Monday had art guild meeting. Spent almost all day Tuesday on the phone..Wednesday we went to DIL's house to help work on their pumphouse. Managed to take a photo of the entertainment center hubby made for her..photo is awful but you get the idea.

Thursday I met a couple of ladies at the art gallery to get it ready for the gallery walk fundraiser. I was up and down a ladder so much and then one electrical outlet where we had planned to put the table with the coffee pot and the cider crock pots had a short in it so had to rearrange all the tables..was on my feet almost the entire time and was so thankful for the weightloss I have already attained as my back didn't hurt near as bad as it would have otherwise..but did have to take a pain pill last night..we had cold front come through and along with that and being on my feet all day, I was rather achy..

Then today I've spent all day baking...goodies for the galler walk fundraiser. All is shown here except for the cake balls. Made a lemon poppy seed cake, snickerdoodle cookies, peanut butter cookies and 15 bags of caramel corn. Wound up making 2 lemon poppy seed cakes as first one crumbled taking out of the pan. so they are being used for the cake balls.

.Then DIL came over with her baked goodies and for me to type up a couple of letters for her..Here are her goodies:...apple pie and sugar cookies.

so now have time to sit down awhile..will get my bath in a few mintues and then stitch awhile. I still have my cake balls to coat with almond bark but will do that in the morning. So tired but got a good workout the last 2 days..weigh date is tomorrow..we will see if it all helped.

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/29/2012 3:39AM

    Everything looks soooooooooooo good! Your burning the calories!!!

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MOSTMOM1 10/28/2012 11:26PM

    Aaaahhhhhh! I can't look at these pics! I think I'm starting to hyperventilate. You, my friend, are gifted.

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KRISTINSGOALS 10/28/2012 11:40AM

    Whoa! YUMMY!!!!

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CINDYSDAY 10/27/2012 11:10AM


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MISSY455 10/27/2012 12:52AM

    Oh my all that baking....it looks absolutely lovely! Your husband does amazing woodwork....that entertainment center is gorgeous. I hope you have a wonderful weekend at the gallery fundraiser. Then some much needed rest!

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BLUESKY104 10/26/2012 10:30PM

    Know what it is to have crazy times - nice to know there are others out there emoticon

Great pictures emoticon

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RHEYNKLW 10/26/2012 10:10PM

    WOW, crazy times!

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0309COOKIE 10/26/2012 6:17PM

    The baked goods look tempting. I wish I could put my hand through the computer screen and take a cookie, lol.

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Random Shots

Sunday, October 21, 2012

I just had some random photos on my camera and decided to share them here. First is my hubby's first deer of the season..Muzzle loader (black powder) season opened yesterday and he bagged an 8 point. Hubby is almost 67 years old and still agile, strong and pretty good looking for an oldie.

Miss Molly Belle came for a visit today. I haven't seen her in about 2 months..so she and her sweet mommie came out for a visit today..poor darling stepped in a fire ant bed and then the yellow jacket wasps were so bad so we didn't stay outside long.

Molly and Me and our yard dogs in front of our Halloween decoration...man caught in the hay baler and was baled along with the hay.

Then Miss Molly had to knock on the gnome family's door.

And remember the bags of wool..well 2 were nothing but black and red jackets. I got all those 2 bags cut into "woolie worms"..these are my reds. I had that much black as well.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 5/4/2013 12:02AM

    am I understanding ...you make your own yarn? Neat! susana

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HOLLYM48 10/26/2012 5:50PM

    FUN! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/24/2012 3:41AM

    Miss Molly is too cute. Poor baby though, stepping in the red ants. Hope she feels better now. Looks like a good day for you!

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KRISTINSGOALS 10/22/2012 4:44PM

    Fun pictures!!! I love the gnome's door!!

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DOROTHYBERO 10/22/2012 10:30AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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KIMPY225 10/22/2012 10:09AM

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MISSY455 10/22/2012 2:23AM

    Looks like you had a wonderful visit (minus the insects of course!) She is adorable! Thank you for sharing the pics with us :-)

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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 10/21/2012 9:22PM

    Miss Molly is a cutie!

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2 pound loss

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I'm so excited today..I have a 2 lb. loss for this week. I'm now down to 190lbs and still have a ways to go to get to a really healthy weight but I'm on my way..I just knew when I over ate this week that it would show a gain instead of a loss...and such a change from just a half pound loss which is what it has been since January. I was weighing 217 in December last year and started back here on SP the end of January and was down to 211 by the end of February..so really it is a 27lb loss though it is only showing 21lbs on my ticker...and think that plateau I was on the end of August is broken for now..I know there will be other plateaus but I will overcome it as well, though it may be frustrating.

Note on my sister...she is still sleeping and just talked to BIL and told him not to wake her. I will call again later this evening.

Still cutting woolie worms for my rug hooking and also making some wool applique coasters. Keeping busy while hubby is deer hunting.

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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 10/21/2012 9:26PM

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BLUESKY104 10/20/2012 11:22PM

    emoticon on the 2 pound loss emoticon emoticon

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KRISTINSGOALS 10/20/2012 11:04PM

    YAY on the two pound loss for the week!! That's wonderful!

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CINDYSDAY 10/20/2012 5:15PM

    That is Awesome!

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SLOWDER6 10/20/2012 3:03PM

    emoticon emoticon My ticker is off by about 5 lbs too. I started my ticker after I'd already lost 5 lbs on my program! emoticon

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JACKIE542 10/20/2012 2:42PM

    Great job! emoticon

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Friday, October 19, 2012

I only have one sibling...an older sister..Having one sister has made us closer as we have aged. We used to fight like cats and dogs when we were young..but as we have aged we have grown so close..Sure we have some disagreements from time to time but always say were sorry whether we are in the wrong or not..

My DIL who is married to my youngest son has 3 sisters and 2 brothers..They are all grown with kids of their own and still they squabble worse than any small kids. It seems now it is all over their mom..Their mom began to show signs of alzheimers and my DIL and one of her older sisters were going over to her house every other day checking on her etc. Oldest sister would go occasionally. The next oldest had been handling her mom's money issues and medical issues and oldest was mad and so took her to court to get custody of her mom. The court wound up giving her custody over her money and the other over her medical..so the one over medical had her mom placed in an expensive nursing home..middle sister has been mad because it all boiled down to the fact she wanted her mom's money..well my DIL and her younger sister have tried to stay out of it but they have been siding with the middle sister over their mom's health care..The 2 older brothers have stayed out of it until recently and the sister in charge of the money has been stirring them up..and sad thing is they haven't seen their mom in about 3 or 4 years..It is just so sad when you have siblings who have issues like they do..

I'm so thankful for my sister..our mom also had alzheimers and when it came time to put her in an alz unit, there was no squabble..we did not squabble over dividing mother's personal items and selling our old home where we grew up..we were united in our sadness in seeing the old house go..

Yesterday my sister had back surgery in a back clinic about 50 miles from her home..they let her stay all night after surgery in a hotel beside the clinic so they took her direct in her wheel chair to her room..She went back today and they removed her stitches and drainage tube and sent her home..she is sleeping now so will call her tomorrow evening to maybe get to talk with her. I worried so about my sister as she has not been through many surgeries in her lifetime..she is like our mom was in that she doesn't do well being put under..hard for her to wake up..I'm just so thankful she made it home and seems to be doing ok..I would hate to lose my sister.

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FLYCHRISTI 10/22/2012 6:21AM

    It s wonderful to have a person (a sister!) so close to you. Lucky you! I wish you will be together for a long long long long time.
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KRISTINSGOALS 10/20/2012 11:03PM

    I'm glad to hear she is doing good. I hope she heals quickly!

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SLIMLEAF 10/19/2012 6:47PM

    Thanks for the update - I had been wondering how your sister's operation had gone.

May God bless you both.

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HOLLYM48 10/19/2012 5:42PM

    There is nothing like a sister! Glad to hear she did well and I will pray that she is up and running around again in no time! emoticon to you sister!

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CINDYSDAY 10/19/2012 5:36PM

    I know what you mean about families. My sister's are always mad at me and most of the time I wasn't there so I didn't have anything to do with it. Our Mom is in the same boat. Currently her brother and his wife is living with her. But it is tough.

I hope your sister continues for get better!

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NANCYPAT1 10/19/2012 5:28PM

    I detest family (or most any kind of) BICKERING especially over money. I will pray for your family (DIL and sister, as well as YOU). I am glad your sister is doing well. I am VERY close to my 2 sisters and can not even consider doing without them.

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7 foods that fight fat

Thursday, October 18, 2012

You can increase your body’s fat-burning power by eating more foods that strengthen your liver (your body’s main fat-metabolizing organ) to burn fat better. The result? A leaner you! There are many great liver boosting foods, but here are some of my favorites:
LEAFY GREENS: Spinach, spring mix, mustard greens, and other dark leafy greens are good sources of fiber and powerhouses of nutrition. Research demonstrates that their high concentration of vitamins and antioxidants helps prevent hunger while protecting you from heart disease, cancer, cataracts, and memory loss.

BEANS & LEGUMES: Legumes are the best source of fiber of any foods. They help to stabilize blood sugar while keeping you regular. They are also high in potassium, a critical mineral that reduces dehydration and the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.

GARLIC & ONIONS: This dynamic duo of foods contains phytochemicals that break down fatty deposits in the body, while also breaking down cholesterol; killing viruses, bacteria, and fungi; and protecting against heart disease. With a little help from garlic and onions, you can burn fat while warding off illness.

CAYENNE: This hot spice lessens the risk of excess insulin in the body by speeding metabolism and lowering blood glucose (sugar) levels, before the excess insulin can result in fat stores. Spice up your next meal with cayenne and lessen those love handles.

TURMERIC: The popular spice used primarily in Indian cooking is one of the highest known sources of beta carotene, the antioxidant that helps protect the liver from free radical damage. Turmeric also helps strengthen your liver while helping your body metabolize fats by decreasing the fat storage rate in liver cells. Add a teaspoon of turmeric into your next curry dish to help your body fight fat.

CINNAMON: Researchers at the United States Department of Agriculture showed that a quarter to one teaspoon of cinnamon with food helps metabolize sugar up to twenty times better than food not eaten with cinnamon. Excess sugar in the blood can lead to fat storage. Before you sip that chai tea latte or eat your oatmeal, sprinkle on the cinnamon.

FLAX SEED & FLAX SEED OIL: These seeds and oil attract oil-soluble toxins that become lodged in the fatty tissues of the body. Once attracted, they help to escort fat-soluble toxins out. That spells fewer fat stores and a trimmer you.
Adapted from The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan by Michelle Schoffro Cook.

Read more: : http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-foods-t

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IMREITE 10/23/2012 10:01PM

    i eat a lot of them. when we diet we spend so much time thinking about what we can't eat instead of what we should eat.

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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 10/20/2012 7:51AM

    Thanks for sharing. I've just added flax seeds into my diet for the first time.

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/19/2012 2:56AM

    Sounds good to me. Thanks for the blog!

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KRISTINSGOALS 10/19/2012 12:57AM

    Very cool!!!

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ZACEVETOB 10/18/2012 6:43PM

    well i use all pretty much daily except the cinnamon. Nice share though :)

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LTMURPHY7 10/18/2012 6:10PM


I expected "Foods" there are alot of spices

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