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Boxing Day Today

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Today is Boxing Day in England, the day after Christmas when you take the boxes back to the store. We lived in England for 3 years in the 70"s stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Suffolk near Ipswich, England. I never fully understood boxing day as all the stores were closed and it was a holiday so how could you take the boxes back? Maybe someone out there can give me a good explanation.
Last night we watched Julie and Julia! What a lovely movie. I love to write and do a monthly interior decorating column for our local newspaper. Can I put a link on here to it? Anyway, Julie had a goal to cook every recipe in Julia's cookbook in one year. And she did it! And got published and had a movie made.
I need to set a goal for next year. One major goal and I am reluctant to put it in writing for fear I will not succeed. It is the usual goal of sticking to some sort of weight loss/exercise program which falls by the wayside by the end of January. Someone please help me to get over this hump.
I would love to write a book. Maybe I could set a goal of cooking every night. We eat out a LOT! Maybe I could set a goal of cooking a healthy meal from sparkpeople every night or one of the many diet cookbooks I have. Maybe my Blog should be titled "How I lost weight!" That would be a postive statement. I've already got a stumbling block ahead of me. I will be out of town or away from my computer for several days in January so those are blank days in my mind. Maybe I should break down and finally get a laptop. Maybe someone out there, if you read this, can help me with this. Or maybe just musing and messing around, I'll figure it out. I'll be back.

  
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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 12/28/2009 6:27AM

    Very interesting about Boxing Day.

I agree. Give yourself a laptop. Give yourself a reason to succeed.

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KASEYCOFF 12/26/2009 12:28PM

    Boxing day has nothing to do with taking boxes back to stores: it stems from the (very old!) tradition of servants having their holiday the day after Christmas. Because wealthy and aristocratic families celebrated Christmas on THE day, their servants had to work, cooking, serving, cleaning up - doing all the things they always did, but times three (or four, or whatever). So as a reward, employers would hand out 'the Christmas boxes' on 26 December, then let servants have the day off to spend with their own families. Christmas boxes could be really good - how about 100 pound bonus? or all the goodies for a really upscale Christmas dinner? High-ranking servants would get things like smoked pheasant, velvet jackets for the men, toilet water for the women. Young domestics just starting on the staff - usually the kitchen skivvies or stable boys - would get less valuable gifts, things like new linen handkerchiefs or even new shoes, and maybe a Christmas cake or plum pudding to take home to their folks.

Sorry, I rambled a bit. I used to be a tour guide at a National Trust property - does it show? lol...

As for 'Fear of Failure'... well, I'm in the same place you are. I know the old saw about not letting fear keep you from attempting to reach a goal: if you don't try, you can't fail, but you can't succeed either. So what's to do?!?

I am setting up a small (emphasis on 'small') list of New Year's goals - not resolutions, but GOALS. They are tiny, tiny steps, but any forward movement is progress (my new mantra), and so like Celine Dion's heart, I will go on.

p.s. Yes. Get the laptop. :-)

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A Memorable Christmas

Monday, December 21, 2009

I am an interior decorator and I help my clients to make their homes beautiful, one room at a time! One year around Thanksgiving, 18 years ago, I was approached by a local pastor and his wife who wanted to decorate their teenage girls bedrooms for Christmas as a surprise. I came up with fabrics and designs for bedding, window treatments, etc. and arranged to have it in by Christmas Eve. Since the pastor had to present Christmas Eve services, they left their home around 5:00 to go to dinner and the door open for me and my installer. We went into the home, put up the new decorations, made the bed, etc. I left a plate of home made cookies on the bar in the kitchen with a note that said "Merry Christmas" from Santa!
I could just imagine the surprised looks on those girls faces when they came home from church that night.
Just a few years later, the pastor died from cancer but his wife and family still live in the area. When I see them they always comment on that most memorable Christmas!

  
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TWOCANS 12/21/2009 1:43PM

    Oh, what a special gift from that father! I'm sure that will always be a precious memory for those girls!

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ALMMOM 12/21/2009 1:25PM

    What a wonderful thing to do. I wish I was more orientated for interior design!!! Good for you!!

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Five days before Christmas

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Well, here it is almost Christmas and I'm really enjoying every minute and every day! I have many blessings to count this year. My mother-in-law is 90 and has experienced many health challenges since June, including several falls, getting a pacemaker, and spending 7 weeks in the hospital, the last time a four week stretch. She is responding well to her treatment now that she is stablized. We are lucky for every day we have with her. Especially Christmas Day and the season. Yesterday, we took her to see the barbershop group that my husband sings with and then out to dinner.
I became a grandmother again with 2 grandsons born. I have 2 sons and each had a new baby, one in August and one on Veterans Day in November. What a special day of remembrance to have a baby born on Veterans Day! My husband and I are both veterans and many in our family have served. They joined an 8 year old granddaughter and a 5 year old grandson for a total of 4. We are so blessed!
My weight loss progress has stalled and oh, well. I have just been so busy and preoccupied with all that is happening to commit. I even joined weight watchers and paid for 2 months in advance. I just haven't taken the time to devote to it. Just didn't seem that important. I keep waiting for something.
One good thing this year, I have suffered with clinical depression for 14 years and have been taken a variety of meds to keep it under control. One big stressor is owning a business and since moving my business back to my home, the stress is not nearly as prevalent. In Sept I asked my doc to remove one of my meds which he did. It was hell for a month while I got used to not having it but now I am feeling great! I think I am ready to remove another one with his concurrence. I had decided to join a weight loss program here that my sister lost 60 pounds on and has kept it off. I was turned down because of this one med I still take. If I can get rid of it, then I can join that program if I want to. So progress.
I have a very good friend that I walk with. We have been remiss this year and keep finding things to get in the way. Yesterday we went out for a good 3 mile walk and it was great. We will work on getting back into our regimen next year. I will have to buy the spark book and participate more. Make this a focus of daily committment. I got a new spark award today so I have something to look forward to!

  
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ROCKYCPA 12/20/2009 11:36AM

    Sounds like you have had a busy year - setting your goals and using SparkPeople will certainly help you. Good luck with your goals and enjoy your grandchildren.

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NWLIFESRC 12/20/2009 10:29AM

    With a little resolution you can use this site for all your weight loss goals I believe.

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Focus and Committment

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Focus and Committment are definitely two things that I need to get my arms around. I've just been dabbling in weight loss, neither committing 100% or focusing on what I need to do. Last night we attended a party where a friend looked fabulous in her new dress and 25 pound weight loss. She's been going to her doctor to lose weight and has done well because she COMMITTED to the goal and FOCUSED on the process. I joined weight watchers a month ago. First week I lost 2.5 pounds. Skipped a couple of meetings due to family crisises and so when I went last week, I had gained 3.5 pounds. ??? I just haven't committed to even learning the points system and it seems so simple. The first week was easy. At the same time, I have been participating on this site and it is fun and I enjoy it. I'm only doing it half-a--, part time. I have to decide what to do. My mother-in-law came home from the hospital yesterday after a 4 week stay. She is better but not well. I'm taking her for her hair cut today over lunch so it will probably be something like a $5 pizza. My son and his 5 year old and 3 month old sons is coming to visit this weekend. Looking forward to it.

  
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OFFICELADY 12/10/2009 5:08PM

    commitment is hard. I have trouble with this one too. I am really really good. or really really bad. I am persistent though. I have not given up. I do want to reach my goal if I live long enough to do that. This journey has been a long one for me. May God bless you.

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When a door closes a window opens.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

This week, rather than going on a much planned vacation to see our new grandson who was born in August, we were called out of the airport to the hospital. Allan's mother had been taken to the emergency room for the third time in 5 weeks. She had a pacemaker put in 5 weeks ago and at 90, her body is not responding well. Yesterday, the doctor suggested we start thinking about hospice. Hospice? What does that mean for us and for our life? No one knows but God and in times like these, I just have to let him direct me.
We had promised her that we would not put her into a nursing home so this morning, we were rearranging the family room in our minds to accomodate a bed. Is this God's plan for us!
Mom went into the hospital on Tuesday; Wednesday morning our 4th grandchild was born at another nearby hospital. We went to see him, 4 lbs 1oz, His mother had a difficult pregancy with her first child and this was not different except he got to stay with her until 35 weeks. She comes home today but the baby stays a little while longer to feed and grow.
This week, we will probably be bringing two people home;, one to start a new life and one at the end of life.






  
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DOLPHINNUT 11/15/2009 4:43PM

    Sorry to hear about your Mother-in-Law. Her and your family are in my prayers. Congrats on the new grandbaby, what a joy!!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 11/14/2009 11:57AM

    God Bless you and your Family

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CAROLYNVIL 11/14/2009 10:53AM

    My Mother is 90 and in a nursing home, she has dementia and parkinsons. Hospice got involved with her about 2 years ago ,(when she was in the hospital the doctor said she had failure to thrive and had hospice get involved) They have been great. My Mother is still there 2.5 years. The nursing home and hospic are excelant.I understand what your going through and how painful it is, I will keep you and yours in my thoughts and prayer's........and in the mix congradulations on your new grand baby......carolyn

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LOSETHEWTIN08 11/14/2009 10:18AM

    I will add you and your family to my prayer circle.

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