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NO WEIGHT GAIN!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Well, the morning after Christmas and I decided to get on the scale. My jeans that I bought a couple of months ago are loose and so are my pants so I thought I would just weigh and see whats up. I had no weight gain over Christmas! And I might have even lost a pound. So there is hope for the future. I had set a goal to lose 7 lbs by New Years to get into a dress I coveted but the dress sold out at Coldwater Creek and I couldn't buy it so I am resorting to things I already have. And I'll look fabulous anyway! So I weighed in at 184 to 185 so I am happy. I didn't think I was overeating and I hadn't had too many sweets and even when I partied, I didn't eat that much. And haven't been drinking a lot eather so guess it's all good.

Our new puppies, Daphne and Wally have settled in to be part of the family. I know we made their Christmas after they were kept in a kennel for 4 months at Pet Welfare! Daphne's name is now Peanut most of the time as she looks like one. She is still a bit skittish with strangers. And she has a cataract on one eye and an eye disease where she doesn't make any tears. The shelter people thought she would never be adopted but she is certainly bonded with Wally and part of our family now. We put drops in her eyes daily as she doesn't produce tears. Guess that is why she got the cataract. Surgery on dogs is $1500 per eye so we would have to think about that if she ever gets another one.

I cooked a beautiful turkey dinner for Christmas Eve and had leftovers with my sister and her husband last night. Such a wonderful Christmas we had, seeing our son and his family who live close by and still having our 92 year old mother with us. My mom-n-law. I cooked the carcass and intend to make soup today.

It's a wonderful life! Later.

  
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LADYBUG1943 12/26/2011 11:45AM

    I love using the whole turkey! We didn't have one this year. Our son shot a turkey the week before Xmas, but damaged a lot of the meat, so we cut it up, boiled it and made turkey n' noodles. I grew up in a German community in Nebraska and home-made noodles are a tradition in our family. Nothing is better than that, and we still have some leftovers. It was interesting that the wild turkey had NO fat.... there were just a few random globules on the water when I cooked it.

My own mother turned 90 on Thanksgiving day, and we, too, feel blessed to still have her around. She is beating me on a FaceBook game of Scrabble right now.....
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LADYBUG1943 12/26/2011 11:44AM

    I love using the whole turkey! We didn't have one this year. Our son shot a turkey the week before Xmas, but damaged a lot of the meat, so we cut it up, boiled it and made turkey n' noodles. I grew up in a German community in Nebraska and home-made noodles are a tradition in our family. Nothing is better than that, and we still have some leftovers. It was interesting that the wild turkey had NO fat.... there were just a few random globules on the water when I cooked it.

My own mother turned 90 on Thanksgiving day, and we, too, feel blessed to still have her around. She is beating me on a FaceBook game of Scrabble right now.....

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LADYBUG1943 12/26/2011 11:44AM

    I love using the whole turkey! We didn't have one this year. Our son shot a turkey the week before Xmas, but damaged a lot of the meat, so we cut it up, boiled it and made turkey n' noodles. I grew up in a German community in Nebraska and home-made noodles are a tradition in our family. Nothing is better than that, and we still have some leftovers. It was interesting that the wild turkey had NO fat.... there were just a few random globules on the water when I cooked it.

My own mother turned 90 on Thanksgiving day, and we, too, feel blessed to still have her around. She is beating me on a FaceBook game of Scrabble right now.....
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LADYBUG1943 12/26/2011 11:43AM

    I love using the whole turkey! We didn't have one this year. Our son shot a turkey the week before Xmas, but damaged a lot of the meat, so we cut it up, boiled it and made turkey n' noodles. I grew up in a German community in Nebraska and home-made noodles are a tradition in our family. Nothing is better than that, and we still have some leftovers. It was interesting that the wild turkey had NO fat.... there were just a few random globules on the water when I cooked it.

My own mother turned 90 on Thanksgiving day, and we, too, feel blessed to still have her around. She is beating me on a FaceBook game of Scrabble right now.....
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CHRISTMAS DAY SHOULD BE COLD AND SNOWY!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Most of the time, living in Florida in the winter is a real treat! However, right now, it is programmed to be 60 degrees and cloudy on Christmas Day. We've had a handful of cold days, cold enough to wear a sweater. And the rest has not only been warm, sometimes in the 70's, but humid as well. I can take the warm but we actually had to turn on our air conditioner yesterday just to take the humidity out of the air. At Christmas time, it should be cold! I've known it to be in the teens on Christmas EVe while coming out of church. But this year, I don't think it will get cold, at least in the next few days.

My granddaughter came over to the house this week wearing shorts and a short sleeve t-shirt! I'm a displaced Northerner and I want it to be cold! And then get warm again. It's not very much fun to get a sweater for Christmas when you can't even wear it because it is too warm. And we don't even live in South Florida. We live in the Panhandle where it is known to get cold!

Other than that, I'm looking forward to the next couple of days! What fun is ahead with family! Enjoy your time, and the cold and snow! Later.

  
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JIBBIE49 12/27/2011 12:42AM

    I'm sure it will be plenty cold in JANUARY on the Gulf Coast. I hate cold weather.

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PMFISH 12/23/2011 9:42AM

    It is even warmer here in the Tampa Bay area, but I enjoy it!! The beautiful sunshine keeps the spirits up! I cannot live in the areas that have cold and snow, because I cannot breathe in them. Merry Christmas!!

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JILLITA55 12/23/2011 9:13AM

    Houston. Doubt it will snow here. Although it has before. Fortunately, I was able to enjoy snow in 2009 and 2010.

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KASEYCOFF 12/23/2011 9:10AM

    I'm not crazy about hot'n'humid my own self, but it's certainly 'humid' here, tho not hot - it's been raining for two days, and at mid-50 temps is warmer than usual for this time of year. Guess it'll be a wet Christmas rather than a white one in old Blighty--!
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MRE1956 12/23/2011 8:48AM

    Hmmmmm......I'm from a state that was hammered to an extreme by weather throughout this year, so I personally would just as soon not see a single flippin' snowflake if possible......but then again, "to each his or her own", I guess.....

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EATING HOMEMADE GRANOLA!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

I got the cooking bug last week while at the hairdressers and my mother-in-law was getting her hair cut. I was looking at their Southern Living Magazine which has 2 great looking recipes in it. So I went home and decided to make both of them. You can find the recipe by going to Southern Living online and looking for Holiday Food gifts. In their search block, type butter-pecan granola.

I go out of my way not to follow a recipe exactly because I usually don't have all the ingredients, like wheat germ and sesame seeds and date. But I made this and added about 1 1/2 cup of honey rice chex cereal, 1 c pretzels, a bit of almonds and sunflower seeds that I had and raisins. What happened was it stretched the butter honey sugar mixture so it wasn't so sweet and turned the whole thing into cereal that I have been enjoying every since. I take out the pretzels for cereal so I'm thinking I may just make this stuff to have on hand for my breakfast all the time. Another benefit is all the fiber which I need desperately!

The other recipe I made was Pecan-toffee shortbread which you can find on the same site! It called for 1/3 c of cornstarch and I thought that was a huge amount but it did make a shortbread cookie so guess it was correct. I thought it was yummy but hubby didn't like it so much. Our fruitcake is nearly gone as I give most of it away but it was sure good! I use an old recipe I got out of a magaine about 30 years ago for a golden fruitcake. Makes a huge one and is very moist!

Enjoy, This is one of the last few days before Christmas where I need to shop for a few things and get groceries so we can have something to eat! Later.

  


A DAY WITH MY GRANDDAUGHTER!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Yesterday, I took my granddaughter who is 10 to a sewing class. I signed her up a month ago to learn how to make a pillowcase and on the way to the class she said she didn't want to go to it. I was almost devastated and thought, "am I pushing her into something she doesn't want to do". But she seems to like sewing when I have her at home and help her make things, like the potholder she made for her DAD this Christmas. So we get to the class and the only other 2 participants were 35 years old! And really newbies! She didn't want me to leave her so I hung around and watched and helped and shopped. The instructor was good with her and within 2 hours, Hannah had a pillowcase and was finished well ahead of the other 2 ladies! And she had a good time and we picked out fabric so she could make a pillowcase for her 2 year old brother! So it was a success!

I had bought her a sewing machine for Christmas, a singer from Joann's that was on sale for $79.00! And I took it with us so she could use it to sew on. She has no idea that the sewing machine is hers so that will be a surprise on Christmas day! I was pleased with it. It is easy to use and has 10 decorative stitches and is lightweight. For $79 she can use it for a few years! Much easier to use than my viking which has all the bells and whistles and sometimes a mind of its own.

What was interesting was the two ladies that were sewing with her went to high school with her Daddy and both were in band with her.

I have been extremely busy with work lately and yesterday, I got a letter from the FLorida Dept of Revenue telling me I had not filed my sales tax return in October! What? I never miss that return which is due by the 20th of each month. But I looked at my paperwork and sure enough, I forgot to file. First time in 27 years! I was late once or twice but never forgot to file. Guess I have really been busy! Today is another busy one. Off and running! Later.

  
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JIBBIE49 12/31/2011 8:37AM

    When I was growing up, my mother would go to the city and go down in the "bargain basement" of the major department stores and buy BIG outfits that were marked really low, because they weren't made "right" and she'd bring them home and I'd help with s "seam ripper" and we'd take them apart and she'd "remake" them into outfits. I had a friend in college who would buy used PLAIN clothes and then she did machine stitching on them and made the prettiest outfits. She'd trace pictures out of magazines and make a "pattern" and then sew it on an outfit. She was so creative. But, then it wasn't any different than the people who made an "Elvis" skirt, or a "Poodle" skirt that had the design on it. My "Elvis" skirt had a Gold Record and Music Score on it. I think it said "Love Me Tender." Keep your GD in sewing classes as she can learn a lot. I took some at the local High School in the "evening" class program and they were REALLY cheap.

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ELLIE381 12/20/2011 9:05AM

    What a great Christmas gift she will remember for a long time. So happy she enjoyed it after not wanting to go. emoticon

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WHERE DID THE YEAR GO?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Well, 2011 is almost over and where did it go? Seems like time flies faster when you get older. I'm sure next week will creep by for my 10 year old granddaughter as she is off school and waiting for Christmas to come. Her mom changed jobs recently and now has to work over the holidays so we are babysitting for the next two weeks. I don't mind as she is so special. There has been news lately about a 9 1/2 ounce baby that has made it through the NICU up to 4 lbs and will go home soon. My granddaughter only weighed 17 ounces in 2001! It is amazing what they can do medically for children these days! She is thriving with no visible problems and doing well in school, a normal 10 year old! But it sure was touch and go there for a while and she was soooo tiny.

So let me take stock of the year. Did I lose weight? NO. Well maybe a few but not anything that stuck. Did I exercise? NO. Am I decrepit? YES! I've been treating myself to a massage every two weeks for the last couple of months. So yesterday, while on the table, I noticed how NOT limber I was. My muscles were so tight from head to tow that my masseuse has to work extra hard, I"m sure. So, as I was laying on the table, it occurred to me that I need to get moving. Two years ago, I was walking with my friend Pat every other day and I was in great shape. I even walked in 5K's. Now, this year, I've barely moved around the block and I can notice the results. There aren't any except I"m not very limber.

So what to do? Well, I thought yesterday I could make a new year's resolution to walk every day next year, even for 10 min. I could do that. Would it be so difficult to do? I've got two new puppies that would love to go for a trot. Wally just came to say hello and sit on my lap. They've been with us for a month now and settled right in. They would have been really cold out there at the shelter had it not been for us adopting them. And Wally is beautiful and not yet one year old! Can't imagine someone left him there.

So back to me. I am so flabby and decrepit and still overweight. SIGH! So, I am thinking real hard about setting a goal to walk everyday next year. Such a simple thing and I could do that. All I have to do is do it. So do it already. Today, I'm going to see if I have to do anything for my clients and then I'm going to take the day off. Later.

UPDATE: I just returned from a 15 min walk with my dogs. Had to carry Daphne half the way because she kept wanting to turn back. I'm committing to walking every day for the rest of the year.

  
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DAP1313 12/19/2011 9:48AM

    Maybe if you also make it help your puppies stay fit and limber it will help you keep committed to walking? Sometimes we will do for others what we won't do for ourselves.

Enjoy your time with your granddaughter. I know that she will always remember the time spent with you because I remember the time I spent with my grandmother.

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JIBBIE49 12/18/2011 1:58PM

    emoticonMerry Christmas and Happy 2012 New Year. We will make this the best year ever! emoticon

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TOWHEE 12/16/2011 12:55PM

    I'm so glad you started your new program early. Keep up the short walks with the dogs and you'll limber up in no time. Next week when your granddaughter is there ask her to take you to the park to play hide-and-seek (they still play that game don't they?) or ride bikes or whatever. Both of you will remember the experience and tell stories about it in years to come.

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KASEYCOFF 12/16/2011 9:51AM

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MARKSTIPANOVSKY 12/16/2011 9:14AM

    Thanks for sharing - good luck with staying focused and reaching your goals...

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