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Early Christmas

Friday, December 14, 2012

Well I have been so blest this year..I really was not expecting anything for Christmas as hubby and I usually buy when we need things and we live comfortably so usually rare we buy things..But hubby has been making furniture since retirement and so he finally finished my washbowl and pitcher cabinet..He has worked on it off and on for about 6 months in between other projects the kids have asked for..so got home from my volunteer day at the gallery yesterday to find the cabinet set up in my bedroom..I'm so so pleased with it..The washbowl and pitcher I made a couple of years ago when I first asked hubby to make the cabinet..so you can say a little of both of us is in this project.

Also on Wednesday we drove over to Sam's for a few mid-month supplies and while there looked at computers. I was so needing one as mine is about 5 years old and was really acting up and things were beginning to NOT work on it like my CD tray and some plug ins on the back..so we were just looking but I fell in love with a new HP "all-in-one" computer...the monitor has the computer itself inside and the monitor is a 23inch screen..but still a flat screen..the CD tray is in the side of the monitor and it has wifi so can connect to the internet without wires..the mouse and key board are also wireless..I will be setting it up today..may take me some time to learn the new window's 8 but I'm willing to learn..and just love how big the screen is and how much room it frees up ...kind of sad to lose my old tower computer as it has been a really good friend these few years.

  
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DOROTHYBERO 12/16/2012 7:49AM

    You have indded been lessed and you deserve it!

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MISSY455 12/16/2012 2:58AM

    The cabinet is gorgeous :-) Your hubby is as talented as you are ...my gosh.

The new computer sounds fabulous...hope you enjoy :-)

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XNANNY 12/15/2012 6:14PM

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MAZACK 12/15/2012 6:02AM

    The cabinet looks really nice.

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READYBETTY 12/14/2012 9:03PM

    Someone must have been really good! The cabinet is beautiful. My dad was a craftsman and built me a dresser to sit at and do my hair and makeup. I use it everyday and have a reminder of my dad even though he's been gone for over 23 years.
The computer is an added bonus. I'm sure you'll be putting it to good use. Merry Christmas!!


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LECATES 12/14/2012 8:30PM

    YOur dh is a craftsman---very nice---and love your new computer!

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CINDYSDAY 12/14/2012 2:15PM

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Slacking???

Tuesday, December 11, 2012



What me slacking???? Yes I have been slacking the last week...since the 5% challenge ended for fall, I've been slacking..one problem I've had is I've had a hard time posting to SP the last few days and another thing is I'm lazy....there I've said it!!! I'm lazy....twice...yes when winter gets here, I get really lazy..think my body thinks it is in bear mode and wants to hibernate. I've fought it all during the autumn and it just won't let go of the idea that I need to rest this time of year..well sorry body but I can't do that anymore..I slacked now for about 5 days and now it is time to get back on that pony and ride again..I have weighed everyday to try to keep it in my mind that I can't just eat what I want and after a 2 lb gain, it finally sunk in..if I let go, then I gain..I have to keep riding forever...and yes I want a nicer but but can't get it by sitting on this one..now off to walk...

  
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DOROTHYBERO 12/14/2012 7:46AM

    Barbara - I agree - it is so hard this time of year but having figured it out you are half way there.

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MAZACK 12/12/2012 9:59PM

    I have learned to make myself accountable I have to weigh daily or at least every other day. I don't like it when I gain but it helps me get back on track and know what I did wrong..

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/12/2012 5:51PM

    I love the quote emoticon emoticon

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BELIEVING-N-ME 12/12/2012 3:12PM

    emoticon emoticon Remember you are emoticon !

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XNANNY 12/12/2012 2:57PM

    Keep up the good attitude. emoticon emoticon

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CAKAROO 12/12/2012 7:46AM

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MISSY455 12/12/2012 2:08AM

    emoticon emoticon Love that saying BTW!

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READYBETTY 12/11/2012 1:25PM

    Way to motivate yourself. emoticon

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Tea

Friday, December 07, 2012



Many of you here know I'm a tea drinker..I really drink it all day long..decaf in the afternoons but mostly like my different black teas. I don't particularly like green tea unless it is green tea jasmine. But Green tea is a super-healthy beverage, linked to a lower risk of cancer and diabetes, and chamomile tea has long been used to soothe unsettled stomachs, but they’re not the only brews with a healthy upside.

Chamomile taste lovely alone as it has a hint of honey about it but to add a touch of honey and milk in the evenings adds to the sleep inducing power it has. Passionflower tea may help with sleep also. A study published in the August 2011 issue of Phytotherapy Research found people who drank a cup of passionflower tea about an hour before bed reported a better night’s sleep than those who drank a placebo beverage.

People who drank 20 ounces of plain black tea daily over 15 weeks improved markers of heart health and decreased their fasting blood glucose, lowering their risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in Preventive Medicine in May 2012. Researchers think the catechins in black tea help keep your heart healthy by lowering triglycerides (fatty compounds found in your blood) and arming your body with antioxidants (which fight cell-damaging free radicals). With more caffeine than other teas, black tea may also help keep you on your toes. In another study, people given a cup of black tea were more focused and accurate at detailed tasks

Drinking just 1 to 2 cups of oolong daily was linked to a lower stroke risk compared to nontea drinkers (it took more than 6 cups of green tea to see the same protective effects). And even just ˝ cup per day may lower your risk of high blood pressure, reported a review study in the August 2011 issue of Pharmacological Research.

Rooibos Tea is made from the leaves of the rooibos bush, this red-colored herbal tea may be a heart protector. People at risk of developing heart disease (read: high cholesterol, blood pressure and/or body mass index) significantly lowered their triglycerides and “bad” LDL cholesterol and raised their “good” HDL cholesterol by drinking 6 cups of the tea daily over six weeks, says research published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology.

So no matter what kind of tea your drink..you are drinking it to your health.

  
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MAZACK 12/10/2012 7:35AM

    I mostly drink iced tea but specialty and flavored or green tea I drink hot, mostly in cold weather. Thanks for all the tea information. Now to get back to making and drinking more tea, just not hot tea at bedtime because of taking Niacin.

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/8/2012 11:20AM

    love tea I have a couple cups a day and I may drink more now that i read you great blog

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CAKAROO 12/8/2012 8:58AM

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DOROTHYBERO 12/8/2012 7:58AM

    Thanks for the tea lesson - I usually drink tea at work!

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MISSY455 12/8/2012 2:43AM

    Thanks for the tea info! I have been drinking more tea these days, and now glad I have been!

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OLIVIANIGHT 12/7/2012 5:25PM

    I never knew tea was so good for me. I just drink it because it's tasty but hooray for healthy benefits!

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DARJR50 12/7/2012 12:12PM

  I enjoy a good cup of tea once in a while. After reading this I may drink it more often.

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Desires

Tuesday, December 04, 2012



I love this SP saying...we have to desire to change before we can make changes..Desire has to come from within..you can't get healthy to please others and you can't get healthy and lose weight cause you want to look good or just feel good..You have to really desire the change...Looking good once you have gotten thinner and healthier is a good perk but you must want it deep down to attain the health that you really need in your life..Sometimes it takes getting so disgusted with yourself first..This is what happened with me..

When I first came to SP in 2008 I wanted to lose weight to look good..I didn't really desire it..I wanted to hear people tell me how good I looked when I had lost the weight..but that was not a permanent fix for me..I got sick that fall after losing almost 50lbs and then preceeded to put it all back on plus a few more pounds as well. Last Christmas I got so disgusted with myself and felt miserable. I was still having major health issues and finally just threw down the gauntlet to myself..and so in early January I started back dieting. I came back to SP in early February and by that point had lost 5lbs in the month of January..since then I've slowly lost a total of 30lbs..it has been really slow going for me this time but I've been walking much more and feeling healthier every day. I have the desire now to want to change and get much healthier..and even though it has only be a 30lb loss this time, I have gone down 2 sizes in pants..before it was only 1 size..so know what I'm doing is working..I still have my several health issues which I will have to live with for the rest of my life but that is life and can't be helped but I don't have to give into them and give up like before...I am keeping this desire now to continue in my quest to get healthy and thinner.

  
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BARB4HEALTH 12/11/2012 12:53PM

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MISSY455 12/8/2012 2:58AM

    emoticon on your weight loss! Wishing you continued success on your journey!

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-SHAWN- 12/7/2012 12:16PM

    Wow great progress!

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DOROTHYBERO 12/6/2012 8:28AM

    Thats the attitude - way to go!

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KIMPY225 12/4/2012 11:13PM

    I love that saying too.
I am glad you changed your plan & you are getting where you want for YOU!
Keep up the great work!!

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READYBETTY 12/4/2012 7:50PM

    Thirty pounds gone forever is wonderful! You've found your want to and it's working for you! emoticon emoticon

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CINDYSDAY 12/4/2012 1:37PM

    You are one your way!!!!

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My day

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I finally finished shelling the 25pounds of pecans!!!!! YEA!!!!!
Now that they are finished I can really clean my living room floors and then get back to hooking that family crest tapestry.

Had a board meeting at the art gallery..we did last minute planning for the Christmas open house this Saturday...we found a real Santa with real beard to sit and have pictures taken with any and all..going to serve coffee and punch and assorted cookies and my caramel corn for refreshments..Going to have live music and face painting...Santa will hand out crayons and watercolors to the kids..

Also did 2 loads of laundry and cleaned the bathrooms, walked for 40 minutes and watched everything I ate..not junk food today!!! another YEA!!!

  
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COMPUCATHY 12/3/2012 9:29PM

    Awesome day...and Santa sounds great! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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KATHRYNLP 12/2/2012 1:31PM

    Busy girl... emoticon

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HOLLYM48 12/2/2012 9:55AM

    wow, 250 lbs of pecans. your hands must be tired!
Hope your Saturday was great, have a relaxing Sunday! emoticon

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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 12/1/2012 7:11AM

    Sounds like a great day emoticon

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DOROTHYBERO 11/30/2012 8:38AM

    Wow - what a productive day - way to go!

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READYBETTY 11/30/2012 6:30AM

    What a great day! emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 11/29/2012 10:15AM

    My grandpa used to pay me and my brother to shell his pecans, so 25 lbs--WOW, that's a lot of pecans!!!! Sounds like you have a fun weekend planned.
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