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My day on Tuesday

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

What a nice day I had yesterday. First we went to vote and you would think in our little rural community we could get in and out in a jiffy...didn't happen..waited 45minutes to vote..they only have 2 machines and all who were waiting to vote were retired couples..

Once finished there we drove up to my sister and BIL's house which is an hour and 20minute drive..They took us out to eat at local cafe and I did so well as ate the Chicken Caribbean salad with raspberry vinegarette on the side.

I took some more pictures on the drive but sun was so bright and being in a moving vehicle didn't help so won't post them here.

After our lunch, hubby and BIL worked on their bathroom re-do and sister and I drove over to our old RUG hooking teacher's house..I had mentioned she has MS but found out it is Lou Gehrigs Disease..she is almost completely paralized but has such an up-beat attitude. Several other students were there as well. I'm not in the photo since I took it but sister is the one hugging her..and that with having back surgery about 15 days ago.

I could tell my sister was getting tired as this was her first big day of getting out and doing so much..but had hubby take photo of us together.

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CINDYSDAY 11/8/2012 6:29AM

    It looks like you oth were haing fun!

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/8/2012 3:31AM

    Beautiful pic of the two of you. I'm glad you all had a good time. The salad looks yummy. emoticon

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KIMPY225 11/7/2012 8:29PM

    I love the pictures! Thank you for sharing!


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KOFFEENUT 11/7/2012 4:48PM

    What great pictures - you look TERRIFIC!!! Glad you had a chance to reconnect with your old group and support someone who has been important to all of you.

p.s. I wasn't hungry until I saw the picture of your lunch salad....now I'm suddenly starving!

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Tracking Calories

Monday, November 05, 2012

Do we really count our calories correctly? Do we really measure our food properly or do we estimate? I know sometimes when I estimate, I'm eating way more than my calorie allowance for the day..We need to read the serving size on whatever we eat and then try our best to measure it properly.

This week as we track our calories in the 5% challenge, we need to make sure we are measuring correctly..Let's make it a habit to measure and track every day and not just for the week the challenge has it up for...Tracking keeps me honest and then I know if I'm really eating properly or eating too much.

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MHNGJR 11/7/2012 4:17PM

    Here in Germany its a little easier because the labels mostly just list nutrition information per 100 grams. I just weigh everything with my handy dandy scale.

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MAZACK 11/6/2012 9:34PM

    I don't always measure but I am getting more aware of serving sizes. and amounts.

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ALL-IS-AMAZING 11/6/2012 9:05AM

    emoticon I have great success when I track - now I just need to get back to doing it :)

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TRAVELGRRL 11/5/2012 4:36PM

    I weigh and measure EVERYTHING! My scale is always handy and I have three sets of measuring cups. Sometimes I am "spot on" but more often than not -- I am cheating myself! And I want every bite I am entitled to!!!

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GOULDSGRANITE 11/5/2012 4:23PM

    Yep - it can be an issue. I agree that it is something to focus on this week as we track.

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DIANNEMT 11/5/2012 4:06PM

    I know I should measure more--I am at least looking at the serving sizes and adjusting!

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Noel Moose

Sunday, November 04, 2012

This is my finished Christmas rug. I am now working on a family crest for one of the son's and hope to make 2 before Christmas..but they are large so may take more time.
I'm going Tuesday to visit my sister for the first time since her surgery..she is doing much better. We may go over to the lady who taught us both how to hook rugs. Karen has quit teaching and hooking altogether as she has MS and she can no longer do it. But if my sister is feeling up to it, then we will go and I will take her my family crest rug for some pointers.

Got some good walking in and staying within my calorie range...Hubby just built a fire in the firepit outside so I'm putting on a sweater and going to join him.

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MISSY455 11/7/2012 1:39AM

    Love the rug! It is emoticon

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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 11/5/2012 7:24PM

    You are very talented!

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KRISTINSGOALS 11/5/2012 11:40AM

    OMG! How cute!!!!

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BARB4HEALTH 11/5/2012 7:20AM

    Cute rug! where will you put it or is it a gift? emoticon

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CAKAROO 11/5/2012 6:19AM

    cute rug!

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/5/2012 3:39AM

    The Moose is so cute. Great job. Have a good visit with your Sister. Sorry to hear she has MS. You visit will cheer her up I'm sure!

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CINDYSDAY 11/4/2012 9:25PM

    Sounds like you are doing great! I hope that your sis will continue to get better!

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KIMPY225 11/4/2012 7:19PM

    I love it!

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DOINITRIGHT2012 11/4/2012 6:42PM

    Cute, cute, cute. emoticon

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LAC936 11/4/2012 5:51PM

    emoticon You do nice work. I'm up for adoption emoticon
Hope your sister feels better.

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Autumn Walk

Saturday, November 03, 2012

I'm really surprised that we have any fall color this year due to such high temps and dry weather this summer but we do have some color around our place. So thought I would share some photos from around our place as I walked today.

This is the front of our house from the driveway.

A tree across the road from our house in neighbor's pasture.. Hubby said it was a red oak. I love the color it is showing.

Our house from the a different angle.

A view looking up our hill behind our house.

A view of a some lovely color at the property line.

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MINNA72 11/6/2012 1:48AM

    Beautiful pics of a beautiful place!

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KRISTINSGOALS 11/5/2012 11:43AM

    What a lovely place to live!

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/5/2012 3:37AM

    You do have lovely colors. Love all the trees, and your home. Beautiful area to live in!

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MAZACK 11/4/2012 5:37PM

    We have some nice fall colors around our house and neighborhood. We have seen some pretty reds and yellows are we traveled. I was also surprised we had as much as we did with such a hot dry summer.

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ALL-IS-AMAZING 11/4/2012 9:08AM

    Fall colors are my favorite. Your photos are lovely :)

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MISSY455 11/4/2012 2:48AM

    Thank you for sharing! The colors are beautiful :-)

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NIMAWEYGH 11/3/2012 10:09PM

    Just breath taking.............

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CINDYSDAY 11/3/2012 7:35PM

    I love the colors of the leaves but not the raking and mowing of the leaves! LOL

Nice pictures. emoticon

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DAWN14163 11/3/2012 3:02PM

    Beautiful! I love autumn colours against a blue sky....

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KAYE454 11/3/2012 2:24PM

  Autumn has been wonderful walking trails

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

As many of you know ...I just don't like exercise except for walking..I used to be an avid hiker until the RA took it's tole on my knees and hips..now I mainly walk for exercise...I did join the 5% challenge and on the Awesome A team we have an exercise game which I'm really enjoying...never thought I would say that..but I'm also thinking of adding a Bollywood tape to my collection and maybe this one I will use..

My DIL joined a local gym near her (way too far away for me) and she has a personal trainer now who is really whipping her into shape..I'm so proud of her..She has also taken up boxing!!! and defensive training..so she is getting a good work out now.
I'll just stick with walking and the exercises and Bollywood.

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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 11/3/2012 10:14AM

    Do what works for you. I haven't played the exercise game yet.

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HOLLYM48 11/1/2012 5:32PM

    Walking is great for you so that is a great way to get your exercise in! emoticon emoticon

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CINDYSDAY 11/1/2012 10:30AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALL-IS-AMAZING 11/1/2012 8:07AM

    I am a walker too! Greatest and cheapest form of exercise there is ;)

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MISSY455 10/31/2012 10:32PM

    The cartoon made me giggle out loud, hubby had to come see what was so funny. I am also enjoying the exercise game...kudos to Minna and Kris for that one! I was very happy to see the windmills and the crunches end :-)

I hope your hubby feels better very soon!

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BEBOP4ME 10/31/2012 6:30PM

    Biking is suppose to be good for RA sufferers, I believe. I like walking too, but am biking after my knee because very arthritic. I still like walking better, but read on the stationary bike to pass the time.

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NEPTUNE1939 10/31/2012 6:29PM

    I'm with you - RA can be troublesome.

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