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I Declare Today to Be ARMS DAY!

Monday, January 02, 2012

No, no, no. Not "ARMS" as in military or weapons.

I mean the arms that are hanging off your shoulders.

How long, you might ask, has it been since I did an honest arm workout?

Good question. Wish I knew the answer!

It's obviously been a long time.

But TODAY, I decided to change that, and did some arm workouts.

I did 30 wall push-ups, slowly, the way we are supposed to do.

Then I did 15 windmills, slowly, to loosen up my shouders.

Then I actually got on the floor and did 30 modified push-ups.

My arm muscles are quaking. They are really out of shape, and are protesting being used again.

But you know how busy we get. Or at least how busy I get.

I convince myself that, because I am doing a lot of walking that I don't need to do the strength workouts. (Actually, I don't LIKE doing them, because I don't get as many points from them.)

But this is a new beginning for all of us, right?

I mean, I have to get in shape so that when that new set of dance workout videos arrive I will be able to do them without collapsing in a heap.

So why not get back on track, and do this thing the way it is meant to be done??

I can't come up with a reason.

So, it is now Holidaze over, and time to become disciplined again.

I will actually do some strength exercises three days a week during the month of January, along with the walking Winnie.

Heck. I just might even get my body into better shape. I just may decide to extend those strength exercises into February.

Remember, I said "MAY DECIDE".

It is an open option, and I like open options.

No time like the present!

What are YOU doing for your arms today???

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RUFFIT 1/4/2012 10:17AM


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TOWHEE 1/3/2012 10:38PM

    Sandy - I'm with you. It is really hard for me to get excited about strength training. I decided to join the January JumpStart Challenge, so that I would HAVE to do strength training six times a week for four weeks. In the past this hasn't become a habit, but this time ????

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/3/2012 1:40AM

    Are you sure we aren't related by blood? I am the same way with strength training; I would much rather go for a walk or a run or almost anything else besides strength training. I'm with you, though; I do need to get back on the strength training wagon as well. Already did some modified pushups, think maybe I'd better go do a few other things to work on my arms before I head for bed!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/2/2012 3:05PM

    So far today, I have completed my wall pushups, windmills, some hand weight exercises and heavy cleaning including moving boxes. Will be doing more in about 20 minutes...rowing while riding the bike but that is more cardio.
I like your "MAY DECIDE" option!!! Keep up your great work!

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All That's Left of 2011

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ah, New Year's Eve, FINALLY! I am not sad at all to see 2011 fade into the dusty history.

I think we have all about had it with all the political nonsense, lies, avoidance, delays, threats, dire warnings, chicanery and outright deciet.

Our politicians, all of them, have proven they really don't give a damn what the people in this country want. They are busy feathering their own nests with all the trickery they can come up with with absolutley no regard whatsoever for the well being of our nation.

I would love to see them at least feel guilty, but truly believe they are incapable of any feelings of guilt or shame.

I very strongly feel we should vote every single one of them, other than the Freshmen, out of office WITHOUT pensions, deluxe health care and NO Perks.

Many of them should be jailed for the criminal acts they have done, but no one seems to get it that they break the law, they go to jail, no matter who they are. Oh, I forgot: THEY are above the law, and can do whatever they want to.

Their scare tactics are ruthless. They have the maturity level of 2 year olds. They throw temper tantrums and vile threats to each other.

We have had an absentee President who thinks it is perfectly okay to spend tax payer's dollars to campaign with and get himself elected. He has been away from office more than he has been present.

His foreign affairs policy is abysmal. He and his wife spend fortunes traveling all over the globe on money the rest of us have had to borrow from China.

He claims victory is HIS in getting Bin Laden, when the real fact is that it was our TROOPS who got Bin Laden, WITHOUT ANY HELP FROM THE PRESIDENT or any one else.

Our country is more racist now than it has been since the 60's, thanks to him. We had come a long way, and were nearly completely color blind until he started pitting blacks against whites, and yelling "Racist!" all the time things didn't go his way.

America is tired of the racist crap, tired of the lies, deceit and embarrassment.

This coming year is a chance for us to get things turned around.

I am talking about becoming INVOLVED with our nation, not just griping and talking about what we don't like.


We can do it, if we all put our shoulders to the wheel.

But we NEED to DO IT!

Let's bring prayer back to our schools and public places. Let's put all of our politicians on term limits, with the same health care and retirement the rest of us get.

Heck. While we are at it, let's put music and gym back in our schools too. I, for one, am not capable of teaching music, but I COULD teach workout routines! And, being a Sr. Citizen, I am not under time constraints, nor would I expect union wages or benefits.

A lot of us are Senior Citizens who could go far in bringing back morality and respect to our schools.

But we must become INVOLVED. If WE don't, we LOSE OUR NATION!!

All that's left of 2011 now are hours and minutes.

The new beginning is coming.

Let's make it COUNT!!!

Stay safe and healthy. Stay involved. Stay active.

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NOTFATCAT 12/31/2011 4:19PM

    Amen, sister.
I agree with every point you make.

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FANGFACEKITTY 12/31/2011 3:18PM

    I think it is great that you have opinions and care enough about our country to voice them, even though I cannot agree with every point you made.

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Trying to Avoid all the Seasonal Traps

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Good Morning Everyone,

It has been a while since my last blog, so I guess I better get with the program and catch you all up with my life.

I have ALL of my Christmas presents bought, wrapped and mailed off.

That is a very good thing, because I really fall prey to all the pretty trappings in the stores at this time of year.

It seems I can't even go grocery shopping without looking for seasonal wonders that I don't need but am tempted to buy anyway.

Yesterday I went to my small Applique group's Christmas party. We had a wonderful time.

Irene showed us all how to make these little pincushions and then hot glueing them to golf tees so they fit on top of a spool of thread. Really cute little things.

I, being the klutz of the club, had a heck of a time with them. I kept looping my threads and making my petals in a line rather than a circle, but my darling friend Irene saved me from myself and got them all where they were supposed to be. She got the leaf petals in a circle, and then I did the flower petals.

Again, I didn't do it "right", but Irene, used to bailing me out, saved the day again and got them all in a circle. ( I had managed to get them into TWO lines this time! Don't ask.)

We had a potluck for our lunch. Everyone brought yummy stuff, most of which they made.

I HAD planned on making a Trifle, using a store-bought angel food cake, but can you believe it? None of the grocers had any Angel Food Cakes, so that idea went by the wayside. I have a wonderful Trifle recipe from Weight Watchers, so that would have worked out well.

At least I had the good intention!!

I, being the lazy one, decided I didn't have time to cook anything, called Subway and ordered a variety sandwich platter. That went over very well. Expensive, but was worth not having to take the time to cook anything.

I even had a small piece of apple pie Loretta made, but didn't eat the crust.

There were even two sandwiches left so I could feed the bear......otherwise known as my DH.

I am a slow eater, and Irene finished before me. So, being the kind and generous friend she is, she finished off my pincushion.

Our applique group is very talented. Actually all of THEM are very talented when it comes to applique, but I am the Klutz of the group. They don't seem to mind, and at least I bring smiles and challenges to the group. I guess that is a good thing.

Did I tell you that I have all my Christmas gifts completed, wrapped and sent on their way?

That isn't because I am so organized. It is a life preservation measure. I really fall victim to all the seasonal trappings the stores have on display.

I am better off staying out of the stores during this time of year. I will buy "for next year", and come home with all next year's gifts, hide them somewhere and then don't find them for years.

Can you relate?

I have found doll houses and doll house furniture 7 years after I purchased it for my granddaughter for Christmas. She was too old for doll houses by the time I found it again.

I have given away small children's socks and clothing because I couldn't find them until the kid was already grown and driving.

I found a set of Lincoln Logs and a Beginner's microscope purchased for my Grandson when he was younger. But I found them when he was in high school.

I have found crystal vases meant for weddings years after the couple divorced. I have found completed hand made afghans made for people I haven't seen in years.

I have boxes and boxes of "Oh, won't he or she just LOVE this!", found in very weird places and years after purchase.

I have uncovered purchases and then wondered "Now why in hell did I ever buy THIS thing!?".

When I moved from CA to WA, I loaded up my trusty F250 pick-up truck with seven loads of new stuff, all purchased between November 20-January 5 (must take advantage of the after Christmas sales, you know!) and taken the loads to the Cancer Discovery Shop.

I have three artificial Christmas trees. Two of which were bought during the after-Christmas sale days. Good prices that should not be ignored, right?

Good Will shudders when they see me this time of year. They know I will be off-loading on them a whole bunch of Christmas stuff that they are already inundated with.

The Post Office sees me coming and know they will get their Christmas bonuses due to all the mailing of packages I do.

Ah, Christmas. The most wonderful time of year. Right?

Only if I stay the heck out of the stores!!!!!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all, wishes you can manage to stay within your budget, or at least find all the gifts you have hidden from past years!

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APRIL_IN_MN 12/9/2011 4:15PM

    You are WAY ahead of me on the gift end of things. I am never together enough to get things ahead of time. (I guess that does save me the problem of losing pre-bought gifts, but it means I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off most of December!) Even then, I still "lose" gifts--like the year "Santa left some of the toys in the attic, kids." Thankfully none of them remember that! haha! Hubbie and I were watching the kids Christmas morning that year and I asked him "Where is the xxx we got xxx?" to which he replied, "no clue... did XXX already put xxx in the bedroom?" That's when it hit us both that in the midst of toy assembly the night before we completely MISSED an entire bag of gifts that were hidden in the attic!

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GRANNYSUE9 12/7/2011 11:31PM

    I can so relate! Don't know what it is about this time of the year. I have all of my gifts bought, wrapped, under the tree and mailed those that needed to be mailed. Now I am trying to stay out of the stores so I don't buy anything else!

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/7/2011 12:54PM

    LOL I can so relate but I am not near as organized as you no wrapping done .Still in pre-Christmas chaos !

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GRAMMAMARY 12/7/2011 9:01AM

    I think we've all done that. My biggest temptatin is work. I see all these great fabrics and have such wonderful plans for them but then with working so many hours this time of year never seem to have time to complete all my projects. And now we are having a bonus discount day this Fri and Sat which even applies to sale items and since the flannel is 60% off right now getting another 30% off on top of that is really tempting me. This is the weekend for the State Ballet christmas performance of Coppelia and since two of my grandchildren are performing in this production it will be a challenge trying to find time to get to the store since I'm their Taxi service for Thursday and Friday and will be going to the performance Saturday afternoon.

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MNABOY 12/6/2011 11:39PM

    You must be my DW long lost and unknown sister.

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/6/2011 1:26PM

    I relate SO much! I dare not shop throughout the year for people because I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I will not remember or find those things again for a long, long time. I have the majority of my shopping done (but not wrapped); now it's just a few stocking stuffers since we have everyone (including CA family) coming to our house for Christmas this year. That means NO SHIPPING for once--WOO HOO! I stay out of the malls and stores for the most part during this season and try to have most shopping done before Thanksgiving. Makes life so much easier!


Oh, and I do not believe you are nearly as much of a klutz with your applique as you make out--you are way too talented for that!

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FANGFACEKITTY 12/6/2011 12:46PM

    Hehe, I can so relate. I have taken to ordering gifts online for my parents and having them sent directly to them. My kids (ages 16 and 13) now get money to do with as they wish. Makes my life so much simpler...and I can stay out of the stores with all their holiday spending traps.

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Much, MUCH Too Busy to Eat Cookies!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

This is certianly a busy time of year, isn't it!

That's why I call it the "holidaze". We all have so much decorating, baking, cooking, cleaning, schedules to keep, gifts to get all in order and wrapped....you know the drill.

I will have you all know that I am FINISHED with my Christmas shopping, and have sent all the packages out. I'm glad to strike THAT off my list!

But I still have a long list of Ally Cat Quilts by Krackers requests to fill, which I would very much like to complete by Christmas. I know the kids would love to have a nice cuddly quilt for Christmas, and between me and God, we are trying our best to do it.

Honestly, at my age, I can't for the life of me figure out why I do so much decorating!! I mean, once we become Senior Citizens, don't we get a decorating pass?

Mine has not arrived.

Therefore, I drag out all the boxes of too many decorations, get the step stool and ladder, wash the windows, put up a tree, get the Christmas towels in the bathrooms, hang wreaths, Cinnamon spray pinecones for the basket, fill stockings and all that other STUFF!

Once it all gets up, I love it. I turn on Christmas music, light candles and really enjoy life to the fullest with the beauty of the Season.

It's funny, though. I spend weeks getting everything done, and then on the day after New Year's, (typically January 2) can't wait to get them down and return my home to "normal".

"Normal" to me means cobwebs become Dream Catchers, dust becomes slates for guests to leave their messages, dirty floors are proof that I get outside. Piles of ironing prove I have an abundance of clothes for which I should be grateful.

But for now, I am much much too busy to sit and eat cookies!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/30/2011 7:12PM

    great blog!

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    Aww those kids will LOVE the quilts !! And hey if your to busy to eat those cookies, we on the Dawg team are NOT GONNA complain !!!! WOOHOOO WELCOME BACK TO THE DAWGGIES TEAM !! WOOHOOOOO ON ur MARK !!! GET SET !! GET READY for on Sat we are gonna HOLLAR "GO" AND OFF WE WILL DO SO !! WOOHOOOOO !!!!

Hope you enjoyed the BRIEF TIME OFF !! THough it does NOT SOUND like you HAD ANYTIME OFF !! WOHOOOO DAWGIES ROCK !!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/29/2011 1:09PM

    I like it--the 'holidaze' season is definitely upon us! I have yet to see that decorating pass either, we decorate up a storm for Christmas. Hope you are able to get all those quilts made by Christmas, but no matter what, the kids will love them, I'm sure. You ROCK!


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NOTFATCAT 11/29/2011 1:04PM

    It must be 'the' spirit that guides you this time of year.
Your quilts will be appreciated by those kids and also give them a sense of 'the' spirit.

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LKWQUILTER 11/29/2011 12:57PM

    I can eat those cookies while I am decorating too. lol I agree with you, love the holiday spirit too.

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More to be Thankful for:

Sunday, November 20, 2011

I am thankful we don't have to wait in long lines for shoes in our country.

I am grateful for our military.

I am grateful for our border patrols.

I am grateful for weather reports.

I am grateful for charity organizations, and the ability to volunteer to help.

I am grateful for an over abundant pantry that I can clean out and take good healthy food to the food bank.

I am grateful for the spontaneous energy of our Teen-agers.

I am grateful for artists that beautify our world.

I am grateful for the beauty of the changing seasons.

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    OH MAN !! Esp thankful for the SHOES !!!!! OH YEAH !!!

Hey girl ,, MISSING YOU during the break !! how R U? I can NOT WAIT for the wintah challenge,,,,, time to look for the wintah challenge goals to be set up,,,and I didn't check,,is ur page set up for the new season?

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NOTFATCAT 11/20/2011 4:36PM

    Ditto that.
Happy Thanksgiving.

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