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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Wow I'm so surprised that this photo uploaded as usually it is too big a file and have to resize in corel..but just reinstalled my corel today and of course the computer went wonky..had to close the computer down and walk away from it while so went out and walked some..but back to the photo..I took this over a week ago..when we had the 2nd snow..really took the photo to show an online friend the bird feeder hubby made a few years ago..2 scrap pieces of wood and a mason jar..but don't know if you can see them, but there are 2 golden finches on the feeder..But this all is a lead up to what happened earlier today..the jar was empty and the little chickadees were still out looking for a hand out..heard a terrible noise out the window and this little chickadee had gotten up inside the jar and was flopping around trying to get out..I tried to get a photo but all I got was a blur..so shared this one instead..had to hurry out and rescue the poor little thing but think he is back since I filled the jar..or maybe his relatives..I so love to watch the birds on this feeder.

I used to feed them on a ledge over the windowfan (built-in) in the living room but the birds kept hitting the window..and in the summer one year (I always stop feeding in summer) I was tracing a design against the light of the window and fell through the window..it appears that they had weakened the glass so hubby forbid me to feed there anymore..so now they can bump my studio window s all they want..but do notice 2 panes are cracked in there probably caused by the birds..and I really think I need to get hubby to take the a/c unit out of the window and really clean it this spring..hard to find a decent spot to take a photo..bird pooh you know..they are messy buggers..

Sinus infection has gotten worse..I'm walking around cold all day long and hot at night..has made my hormones funny..have no taste for food..head is stopped up but nose is running..I know it isn't a cold as get this sinus crude from time to time when allergies kick in..but this time think the outside air is dry..low humidity so therefore it has dried them out and now they are stopped up..feel pretty good except for the aggravation..but upside is I'm not eating much..only can taste salty and sweet and not much sweet so nothing appeals to me..I've struggled to make my calorie count last 2 days but going to drink a cup of cocoa which will make it for me today..barely!!

Slowed down my walk and have only gotten 15 minutes per day in..back has been giving me fits again..but wanted you all to see the newest photo taken last week with hubby and Miss Molly..I look so much slimmer..

  
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DOROTHYBERO 1/21/2013 10:31AM

    Hope you are feeling better soon = thanks for sharing!

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CINDYSDAY 1/21/2013 7:09AM

    Thank you for sharing! You look great! I hope that you feel better soon!

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Our journey in life

Friday, January 18, 2013



Our journey in life takes many twists and turns and some ups and downs..Some are happy time and some are sad times and some are even scary..but over all in this journey of life we become stronger if we keep pushing ourselves and challenging ourselves. Sparkpeople has sure challenged me and pushed be to be stronger not only physically but mentally and emotionally as well...I'm not who I was in 2008 when I first joined here. I made the mistake of dropping out from here a year later and after returning last year, I've realized that I need SP in my life continually and also all my SP friends I've made here..We are on this journey together becoming stronger people. Just wanted to tell you all "thank-you".

Feeling much better today..after a good nights sleep and sniffling salt water my sinuses seemed to have cleared. and back to my usual routine helps as well. Got my first walk in today as the weather is perfect. Wind is a little chilly but nice and dry and sunny. Going for another walk soon. Diet is doing good as well..Hope everyone has a great Friday or Saturday wherever you may be in this world. emoticon

  
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ALEXSGIRL1 1/20/2013 2:11PM

    you are doing excellent on this sometimes hard rocky journey i have found refudge her too. Like that you tried salt water the natural way of things some meds just make things worse. last cold I also found sleepy time tea for sinuses and whatever was in it natural of course worked fabulousesly and I loved the taste wish they had a non sleepy time variety. Your walking will help also emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOROTHYBERO 1/20/2013 7:15AM

    All so very true - glad you are feeling better,

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TEALHAWK 1/19/2013 9:39PM

  glad you are better!

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READYBETTY 1/19/2013 10:18AM

    It's good to hear your feeling better and getting some enjoyable walks in.


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MISSY455 1/19/2013 12:23AM

    So glad to hear you are feeling more like yourself! Awesome that the weather cooperated for walking for you today. Hoping it continues.
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Life of Pie

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Some one put this picture up on facebook and I just couldn't help myself..Pie is my downfall so I rarely make it anymore. During the holidays I did not make one pie..a couple of the DIL's brought pies and I sent them home after our meals..without touching them..but this is the way I would look if I continued to eat pie..

Today was our big shopping day of the month..I'm so tired.We first stopped by the PO..we went to Walmarts and got me a new salad spinner and spatula that I burned up the other day (can you tell why I let hubby cook)..and dogfood and then went to Hobby Lobby and found a cute chee-wa-wa stuffed TY beanie and the purple minkee and purple flannel for Miss Molly's birthday present.
Since Walmarts didn't have the old comfy boots I like and so we had a hunt for some nice boots..well went to Ross after Hobby Lobby and they had a pair but way too small..so went to the mall...now you have to know I hate the mall and my hubby hates it more but we happened to go into the door where Shoe City was...found them marked down from $60 to less than $14 and they had 3 different colors in my size..so scarfed them up.....yep all 3 pairs...so now I have the suede tan, suede brown and suede black..yea!! Score one!!! Then onto Sam's...by then my tummy was beginning to cramp..so we hurried through and headed home..hour drive.. By then I was running fever...I had the flu shot back in October so think it is just sinus infection..I'm so meticulous about getting the wipes at the door of Walmarts and Sam's..and then I carry a pop up container in my vehicle and since hubby can't take flu shot was making him wipe every time we got out of a store...but last stop was in local town and hubby went in for a few things we can't get elsewhere..home at last and I crashed...put on a heavy heavy sweater..ran hot water over my hands which were like icicles...and then finally after warming a little drank an emergen-C and a glass of tang...vitamin C to the rescue..feeling some better but still have the heavy sweater on..So going to finish here and go to bed early with some Nitquil.. emoticon

  
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MAZACK 1/20/2013 3:58PM

    Glad you found the boots you wanted and at such a great price. Stay warm and get to feeeling better.


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CAKAROO 1/20/2013 8:40AM

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BARB4HEALTH 1/18/2013 12:30PM

    emoticon Hubby is better. Praise the Lord!

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CINDYSDAY 1/18/2013 12:01PM

    I know what you mean about finding bargins. I got a pair of short dress boots, 2 pairs of sandels for $5 each pair.

I hope that you are feeling better!

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READYBETTY 1/17/2013 11:22PM

    You did have a busy day! Great find on the boots. I hope you're feeling much better after a good nights rest.

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CAROLJ35 1/17/2013 6:15PM

    Interesting Blog!!!
I'm with you on those pies! I quit making them many years ago because I ate only a small sliver, yeah, one sliver about 6 times a day!!!
I do still make them as I made a Strawberry-Rhubarb last week, gave part of it away, I did have a taste and DH was glad to finish it off.
He loves pumpkin and I make the Impossible pumpkin or coconut for him and I can by-pass them.
Hope you start feeling better real soon! You had a very busy day today and maybe it was just too much!
Thanks for sharing the day's events!!!

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XNANNY 1/17/2013 5:49PM

    emoticon Take care of yourself. I have a cold also, so I know how bad it can get!

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DIET_FRIEND 1/17/2013 5:43PM

    Starting to cool off here too. Temps were in 60s this afternoon with drizzle. Congrats on the boots find. I wear size 11, so I love to find shoes that are cute and comfy in my size.

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Hiccup!!!

Monday, January 14, 2013

My computer must have had a hiccup as noticed that my yesterday's post came up twice. I thought to remove one but noticed that different people had posted comments to both so they will stay. I was having so many problems with the computer yesterday so not sure what is going on. I'm hoping to get another external hard drive this week so I can keep the files on this new computer backed up.

Diet is going well. I'm back down to 190 but still a long way to go. So excited that the 5% challenge for winter will be starting soon so that will help. My good intentions for exercise went by the wayside this week. I had planned for 30minutes..15 walking and 15 exercising the body parts..but only managed the 15 daily walk. This winter time exercise is so hard for me..Today it is predicted ice storms so will be walking inside..boring!!! but know I need to do it..

I'm still working on the studio reorganization and want to get things up on etsy as well..I got some organizing done yesterday and will sew a little this morning and then get back to it. Have a great Monday. emoticon

  
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DOROTHYBERO 1/15/2013 8:03AM

    Barbara - you are doing good - one step at a time and one day at a time!

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MISSY455 1/15/2013 2:03AM

    Barbara not sure you ever go to our challenge thread, but Kris posted this link to a 1 mile walk challenge. I saved it too my favorites and just do it every day. It takes about 16 minutes including the cool down. It might help you get started on walking in the house.

http://www.walkathome
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XNANNY 1/14/2013 10:49PM

    I like to walk in place as I whatch TV. I do not get bored this way. I hope you find a way to do your walking easily.

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XNANNY 1/14/2013 10:49PM

    I like to walk in place as I whatch TV. I do not get bored this way. I hope you find a way to do your walking easily.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 1/14/2013 2:54PM

    I'm still debating about the winter challenge. What team are you on?

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CINDYSDAY 1/14/2013 10:43AM

    I know what you mean about getting in the exercise in the winter. I don't know why it is so hard.

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ELLFIN3 1/14/2013 10:10AM

    Yes WooHoo for the Winter challenge! I see We are both signed up for the Awesome A Team again!! We are Truly AWESOME!! Enjoy Your day!! ((HUGS))

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Don't hurry-No worry!

Sunday, January 13, 2013



Sometimes we get in such a hurry that we worry we might not finish something on time or we get so stressed as we want things to happen quickly. If you ever notice things in nature..there is no worry or hurry about them. We need to learn a lesson from things in nature and slow down and smell the roses.

You know when I get in a hurry, I drop things and accidents happen so am still learning to slow down and quit worrying.

We also need to remember that we didn't put this weight on overnight and so it won't come off overnight. I've found that taking the weight off takes longer than it does to put it on.

  
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DOROTHYBERO 1/14/2013 5:59AM

    You are so right - it goes on so easy and comes off so hard. Thnaks fore the remeinders!

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MISSY455 1/14/2013 1:36AM

    emoticon for the reminders!

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HOLLYM48 1/13/2013 8:36PM

    That is true about the weight going on much easier than it comes off so let us all learn a lesson from that! It is not a race, just a different way of life forever!
Thanks for the reminder. It is a great blog.
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TEALHAWK 1/13/2013 8:31PM

  Good points! Thank You

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LRB444 1/13/2013 7:05PM

    So true.

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