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Friday, June 04, 2010


I'm having a confident day! I'm confident I look and feel great in shorts and I wear them on my job. Since I live here in Florida and it is hot, everyone is casual so why show up to someone's home in a fancy skirt. I do sometimes but I have some nice Bermuda Shorts and I wear them with nice tops and jewelry to go to client's homes. And why not, they are wearing the same! I'm confident that even though the scale does not agree with me, that I've lost fat and I'm healthy and strong. I have to be strong to carry around a 25 lb bag of woven wood samples. What was Hunter Douglas thinking? I need to put wheels on it.

Yesterday, I got a phone call form a prior client with a desperate plea in her voice. I was at another client's home and had to call her back but I couldn't imagine what on earth had happened! When I did call, I found out that her painter was arriving tomorrow and she was so distraught over picking paint colors for home that she needed me! I went over and she had globs of paint all over the place looking at them. I spent an hour with her and she gave me a hug when I left, she was so happy. That is what makes my job worthwhile. If only I could remember those moments when I'm having a bad day.

I just feel good today. I'll start out with the Chamber Coffee and see 200 friends and colleagues. Billie Bowlegs, the pirate will come in with his wenches and Krewe and throw beads around. I'll try to take some pics. The festival starts tonight and I'll be selling beer nonstop. I'll try to take some pics. Cameras and me dont' get along sometimes. Trying to post them on the internet seems such a chore but I'm confident I'll give it a go.


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KATHERYNP 6/5/2010 2:29PM

    Thanks for alerting me to your great blog today and thank you for reading mine. I love the lesson I learned from reading yours, and that is, that it is a real "high" when we are of service to others. You were able to use your wonderful talent to help a client in distress choose the right paint color. In fact you were needed in two places at once. Don't you find that it is much easier to follow your healthy eating plan when you are happy inside? Thanks for this great blog!! Well written.

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MZLADY77 6/4/2010 9:10AM

    Great blog! Very encouraging! keep it up! emoticon

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RITAROSE 6/4/2010 8:42AM

  There's nothing like the encouragement you described from a client! I like Kasey's idea of a collage for those times you need a shot in the arm. I continue to admire your special gifts in decorating and am looking forward to seeing more pics of the rooms you've decorated! Have a super day!

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KASEYCOFF 6/4/2010 7:39AM

    Here's an idea: what if you make a 'confidence collage' or 'confidence journal' for yourself? Not to take on some kind of major project or turn it into a chore, but every time you get a heartfelt 'Thank you' from someone, or a hug because you've helped them, or whatever - you can find a picture or make a word-headline (collage) or record it in a special notebook (journal). Then, if you're going thru a rough patch or are feeling down, all you have to do is look at the collage or journal to remember those people and circumstances where you did well, where someone appreciated what you did, and when you had a very positive experience. :-)

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STUFF and the Stolen Blog! Day 158

Wednesday, June 02, 2010


My friend Pat arranged a walking date for us this morning at 6:00. I got up at 5:45, got dressed and the phone rang. No date. Her 87 year old mother is having health issues and she can't go. Just as well because it started raining and thundering a few minutes later and we would have been caught in it. It didn't last long so I trotted out with Panda who did her thing and instantly turned back. She hates stormy weather so not much this morning. Will plan to walk later I hope. Yesterday we took my mother-in-law to the doctor and she was not doing well. She has conjestive heart failure and was retaining fluid in her lungs, couldn't breathe, couldn't walk far. She'll be 91 on Sunday. She's been doing well this year so I hate to see her like this.

I finally give in and answer the stolen blog questions!

Where would I go in the world? England

Dream Job? I have a dream job as a decorator however I would like it to be without stress and picky clients.

What you want people to say about you when you're gone?
She was such a nice person and will be greatly missed.

Do you like yourself? Yes, most of the time except when I'm in a depressed state.

Do you sing when you're by yourself? Of course, don't you?

Topic for a speech? How I succeeded in the business world in spite of myself. Or Secrets of Desert Storm.

Do you think people like you? Yes and No. Those who know me, yes. Those who assume I am stuck up because I am so quiet, no.

What sport do you wish you could participat in? Swimming

Do you look back or ahead? I am a forward thinker but I use past experiences to better myself.

Someday, I'd like to... travel, travel, travel.

What is your favorite thing to dream about? Love.

Do you spend more time being happy or sad? I work hard to stay positive and I take meds to keep it that way. I fully rely on God to help me.

Are you an introvert or extrovert. I can curly up with a good book at home or watch old movies by myself. But I will go out and party but I usually stay to myself so I am an introvert.

What is your pet peeve? Negative people or people who say, You Can't do that!

What makes you smile? Grandchildren.

IF you could be any animal, which one? A dog, they are so loyal.

3 things to do before I die. Spend as much time with my grandchildren so they will remember me as someone special. Go back to Thailand where we were married in Bangkok. But only if it is safe. Go for it, whatever it is.

What movie star would you love to look like? I'm happy with my own looks.

Biggest weakness? ice cream

Favorite color? It depends, at the moment is it aqua but I've always liked red too.

What obstacle would you like to overcome? Procreastination.

Do you drive fast or slow? I try to keep the speed limit at all times.

Rule keeper or breaker? Rule Breaker of course. I'm always looking for a better way.

What do you say to yourself when you look in the mirror? Pretty face. I look younger than my years. Wish I didn't have acne scars.

When is the last time you cried? December when my mother-in-law was so sick and we thought she wouldn't make it for long. She's still kicking at 91 on Sunday.

When is the last time you laughed? It's sad but I don't laugh much although I'm happy.

Are you weak or strong? I'm a very strong person to keep going the way I do and battling depression all the time.

Are you serious or carefree? Serious but I'd love to be more carefree. When I grow up I guess.

What is the one thing you can't live without? Family.

What move do you never get tired of seeing? Wizard of Oz, Sound of music and love stories.

What book have you read more than 3 times? The bible.

What kind of car would you have? An SUV. Hubby as a T-bird, white with red leather seats and we ride with the top down. It's heaven.

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CAROLYNVIL 6/3/2010 10:32PM

    very nice blog. I enjoyed it.

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KASEYCOFF 6/2/2010 9:18AM

    It is kind of fortunate about the cancelled walk - at least you weren't out in a thunderstorm! Sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. Does she live with you? p.s. Attagirl - love learning more about you and your life! :-)

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010


Dear June, I feel great and I'm looking forward to the summer! Yesterday, after that 3 mile walk in the heat with 90 degree humidity I was really washed out. I ached all over and had no energy to do much of anything. I laid around all day and slept, didn't track calories and didn't worry about it as I felt my body needed to recover. We have to know our bodies and I said to my husband that I probably could have finished that 4.5 mile walk yesterday but after 3 miles, my body was saying NO NO! You're going to feel bad anyway, why make it worse!! I did well at my age!

I joined a new team, the one day challenge. Everyday our leader puts a new challenge for the day which I enjoy reading. Yesterday was setting a fitness minute goal. Others were going for 1000 min, 2500 min. Whew that's a lot. I set a goal for 600 min for the month which is twice what I set at the beginning of the year. If you just get me to move off the couch, that is something. 600 min a month is 150 min a week divided by a 30 min walk equates to taking the dog for a walk for 30 min 5 times a week. I can do that but I will have to get up really early or wait until dark as she gets hot and so do I. Panda is the same age as me in dog years.

This is a festival week for us here in Fort Walton Beach! IT's Billie Bowlegs Pirate festival! Billie Bowlegs was a legendary pirate who plundered our coast years ago and now every year, he comes with his krewe of thugs and wenches to take over our city! Friday night he arrives by ship and threatens the mayor and there is lots of food and drink and fireworks!!! It's a lot of fun. I usually volunteer in the beer booth and boy do they sell beer! Our friend Nick arrives tonight for a five day visit and I'm looking forward to the fun!
Until later.

Adding this! New goals for June!
600 fitness minutes a month or more!
Eat 3 to 5 fruits and veg a day and track!
Cook at home 5 out of 7 nights a week!

We eat out a lot, and I mean a lot! So, I am going to make an effort to eat most of my fruits and veggies at breakfast and lunch to get them in. When I eat out, I try to choose meals with more veggies and less starches like rice or potatoes. I love ice cream and since I don't want to give it up, I vow to limit my serving to 1/2 cup and serve with fresh sliced strawberries. Yum!

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KASEYCOFF 6/2/2010 6:51AM

    Can't beat strawberries with just about anything! The pirate festival sounds like a lot of fun - can you take your camera along and see if you can get some pix while you're manning the booth? or just wandering around before / after?

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BUGGYS 6/1/2010 2:14PM

    You have made some great goals and I am sure you will achieve each and every one! emoticon

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ANDI571 6/1/2010 11:32AM

    Sounds like you are on the right track. Moderation is the key, and as SROUS1340 says, Progress not Perfection.... emoticon

The festival sounds like so much fun. Enjoy (in monderation that is, lol)

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MZLADY77 6/1/2010 11:14AM

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RITAROSE 6/1/2010 11:00AM

  Congrats on your goals and plans to make them happen! I really need to have monthly goals! Thanks for the reminder!

Have fun this week!

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SHAWWB 6/1/2010 10:05AM

    That sounds like some good goals for the month. Good luck in meeting them, I'm sure you will do it. Enjoy your Pirate Festival!

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Monday, May 31, 2010


This morning , hubby and I and my friend Pat and about 2000 other people ventured onto Eglin AFB to participate in their annual Gate to Gate run/walk. It is 4.1 miles and this is the 25th year anniversary of the event. We are very fortunate to live so close to Eglin AFB as we are both retired military and Pat too. The Air Force Honor guard presented the colors prior to the race and a men's quartet from a local church sang a beautiful national anthem. It doesn't get any better than that.
The temperature was a balmy 78 and it was overcast as we started. But the sun kept deciding to come out and it got really hot. Past the 3 mile mark I started to get queezy and I just didn't think I could do that last mile which is all uphill. So I dropped out and got a golfcart ride back to the finish for some oranges and a banana. Pat had finished but she also didn't feel well so we went after some gatorade and other food that was available. Hubby was just walking around. We didn't stay for the awards and hubby just got a phone call from a friend saying he had won the Grand Masters Trophy in the walking category. He already has one so I don't know where this big eagle will go.
On the way home we checked the temp and it was 78 but the humidity was 90 degrees!!! 90 degrees!! No wonder I dropped out and felt faint. But I think I did well to finish 3 plus miles in about 50 min. I came home, showered and went back to bed. I don't think I'll be much good for anything the rest of this day. Except eat which is what I've been doing since I left the place.
We'll be watching war movies all day probably. Last night was the memorial day concert on the capitol steps. IT was great as usual. We did that one year and I always like it when they plan the military tunes so we can stand up for the Air Force Part. I'm proud to have served and grateful for those still serving.

Have a great day!

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MRSNANABOAT 6/1/2010 2:12AM

    Awesome job completing as much of the event as you did! I don't know if I would have been doing any in that weather. Thank you for your service. Have a great week!

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KASEYCOFF 5/31/2010 3:26PM

    Three miles in 50 minutes is nothing to sneeze at! Maybe they should reverse the route, so the gate you start at has you heading downhill, instead of trying to climb uphill at the end of the course? Anyhow, with the excess humidity, it sounds as tho you and Pat were both candidates for heatstroke, so good thing you are taking it easy. War movies: I always go for the old ones. Bridge on the River Kwai, The Train, A Bridge Too Far, Stalag 17, The Longest Day - they don't make 'em like that anymore. :-)

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LJCANNON 5/31/2010 2:31PM

    That sounds like a wonderful way to start your Memorial Day--Minus the heat and humidity, of course. If they had something like that at Tinker AFB, I would be very interested n participating (if civilians are allowed to).

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Sunday, May 30, 2010


I've blogged nearly every day this year and the last couple of weeks, I've been stagnant. Can't seem to get my blog going. I do want to thank all you sparkers who keep up with me and send me motivational messages. That means so much just to get a smile.

I filled in my whole nutrition tracker yesterday and logged 2500+ calories, well over my limit. Had a nice day though, a cookout and a birthday party and I didn't drink any beer. Had water. I like the new part of the tracker where you can show your veggies and fruit that you have eaten. That will be helpful I think.

Visited with my nephew, his wife and 6 yr old daughter, sis and her husband, and my son, his wife, daughter and baby and 91 year old grammie of course. It was wonderful to have everyone together. Only missing my youngest son and his family but I saw them earlier this month. My nephew has just been diagnosed with sleep apnea and has probably had it 20 years, thus an enormous amount of weight gain. Why are men so stubborn about going to a doctor?

Tomorrow morning I am in a 4.1 mile gate to gate walk at Eglin AFB and 75 year celebration of the base's founding! Should be a fun day and I'll walk off something. Should be a fun day. I got my new camera cord so I will post some pics when I get the bag open. Later and have a great day!

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JUDITHANNIE 5/30/2010 12:49PM

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KASEYCOFF 5/30/2010 11:25AM

    I must be missing something: several months ago (I don't know exactly when they removed it) there was a 'counter' on the nutrition tracker, right beside the glass of water, that enabled you to count the number of freggie servings. That's not been replaced (not that I can see on my page, anyhow) and I don't see anything that specifically tracks freggies. What'm I overlooking?

And as to better things: I think the gate to gate walk sounds like a great idea, fun as well as fitness. Please don't forget to take lots of pix you can post on here! :-D

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