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Tuesday, August 17, 2010


I went for an early morning walk with my friend Pat. It was not too hot and a nice breeze. It felt so good and my stomach feels flatter. Now I am enjoying a nice bowl of cottage cheese with a fresh peach cut up into it. My grandson started kindergarten today and he was really excited! I'll see him and his brother this weekend! My quilting class is tonight and I'm looking forward to doing 3 more blocks! I think I got my camera to working so I'll try and get those pics in. emoticon emoticon emoticon My son just called and wanted me to check on a WW meeting here for him to weigh in. He is certainly motivated with over a 22 lb loss and nearly at goal!
Friday, I want to have a birthday party for the family as 3 of the grandkids have birthdays in the next couple of weeks. Instead of getting a cake, I am going to get a fruit bouquet from Incredible Edibles and maybe have a few pieces with chocolate. Everyone is on a diet of some sort so why have extra cake around? I might get a dozen cup cakes as well but at least the leftover fruit will be healthy! Later.

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KASEYCOFF 8/17/2010 10:27AM

    The 'fruit bouquet' sounds great! Here's an email I got the other day:


Most 'fruit pizzas' have a cookie dough base, lots of rich cream cheese, etc. For this one, if you find a 'lite' dough for the base and use low-fat / low-sodium ricotta and mozzarella, you can probably shave a few more calories - use up the leftover fruit - AND indulge in two slices! :-D

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SDTALLY 8/17/2010 9:21AM

    I'm always too lazy when I first get up to go for a walk. Then, when I finally get around to it it always seems too warm.

Oh choices, choices.....


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KATHRYNLP 8/17/2010 9:10AM

    I love walking when the weathers' not too hot and humid, too. Taking a camera is a great idea.. thanks. emoticon

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Monday, August 16, 2010


I got on the scale this morning and I think it actually leaned a bit to the left of 180! Could that be a half pound lurking in the wings? I don't have a digital scale, just the ordinary one that needs to be adjusted daily so the arrow starts on 0. I might actually be making a little progress in that area. Actually, when I consider what I've been eating, it should be moving. I'm doing well on this journey to a healthy weight.

Saturday my sister and I took my almost 9 year old granddaughter out to buy her new clothes for her birthday. she is well dressed indeed after that trip! Her Dad and Mom and 9 month old brother brought her to my house and when we got back from our shopping, all of us went over to see Grammie at the retirement home! She was so happy and surprised! This Friday, my other son, wife, 5 yr old son and 1 yr old son are coming to visit for the weekend. We are all going over to have lunch with her on Friday as a surprise. I know Grammie will be so happy to show off her family. My granddaughter will be spending this final week with me before school and everyday I'll be taking her over to have lunch with Great Grammie. She loves to go over there and visit all the old people. She says they are so nice and the food is so good!

I finally got to the grocery store and spent a hefty $226.00. We were out of everything healthy and now we have it. With my family coming this weekend, and everyone on WW's I have to have point friendly food!

I'm so happy and rested and looking forward to the weekend! Later!

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JUST_TRI_IT 8/17/2010 9:07AM

    I think it is awesome that you make sure that everyone who will be coming over will have WW friendly food. THAT IS SUPPORT! Congrats on your own progress emoticon

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DONNAEDA 8/16/2010 10:40AM

    sounds like you got your grandma fix this weekend.

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ANDI571 8/16/2010 9:47AM

    Good for you on that scale leaning to the left. I did it again this weekend. I was up a pound this morning.

But on the bright side, I have been going from 166 to 167, this time it went from 165 to 166. So that is an accomplishment in my book.

Keep up the good work, you are doing it.

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ADDI1255 8/16/2010 9:07AM

    Congratulations on your progress! It's such a shame that everything that's really good for us costs so much money!

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Saturday, August 14, 2010


This morning when we got up, Panda is moping around the house looking for Joe. She always barked and got him up and nudged him out the door. She is missing him too. Not a bark out of her yet today but as soon as I finish this blog, I am out the door with her for a walk. So I am not 4dognight anymore but I think I'll keep the name anyway because it evokes memories of the dogs we used to have and still have. I may take her to visit her brother's and sisters over at my son's house later today.

We love our dogs and all the dogs we have had but hubby says we are not getting anymore. Somehow, I just cannot believe that. Surely a dog will come along that says take me home. And Panda, being the border collie she is, she likes to herd the other dogs around and there aren't any. In September, the chamber of commerce puts on a festival called Dog Daze! Everyone can bring their dog and they have dog activities and a costume contest and all the pet agencies bring adoptable dogs. Maybe we will find one there we have to have. Last year we found one and brought him home and took him back the same day. He was a lot bigger than we imagined him to be and Joe didn't like him. Joe didn't like other male dogs. Even ones way bigger than him.

Panda just barked. She's ready to go. Later

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ANDI571 8/16/2010 9:50AM

    I miss having a dog. We just have our Robbie Cat now. We always had a dog, but when our long haired Chihuahua passed away a few years ago, we decided not to get another one. It's so nice with the cat not having to worry when we go somewhere, about having to take him outside. And the winter, shoveling snow for them to have somewhere to go. But I am always in the pet shop just window shopping looking at the dogs. They are so special. If I ever stopped at a shelter, I would probably be in big trouble.

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JENNY888 8/14/2010 6:32PM

    I didn't know where your name came from. I know that special dog will find YOU when you are least expecting it. They always do.

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CELLOPLAYER1 8/14/2010 2:53PM

    Dogs have a special place in our lives. My corgi had a good time chasing our turkeys back to their farm yard this morning.

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MARSHASTAR 8/14/2010 1:43PM

    There will probably be a dog someplace looking for you. It seems as if our new pets find us when we are ready.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 8/14/2010 12:09PM

    I hope that you have a wonderful walk with Panda (love the name). Having lost an animal recently, I know how hard it can be. THnking of you.

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KASEYCOFF 8/14/2010 10:29AM

    After we left home my dad got into a routine of 'dog adoption.' When the dog we'd grown up with died, my father went to the SPCA and got another - but he didn't get a puppy. He deliberately chose a grown dog, one that nobody else would take. He said that the dog would be like him - retired, but with some good years left in him. Penny lasted I think about six years. She was a smallish mutt, probably part cocker spaniel and maybe with a bit of terrier mixed in. She could really get into mischief, like nobody's business! There were a couple of others but the one I remember best is Daisy. She was a quiet, placid, well-trained little dog, miniature-poodle size, probably getting up in years. She had belonged to an old lady who died, and the woman's family had just dropped Daisy off at the pound. Poor thing, she must've been so confused. So Mom and Dad took her home and although all the dogs were good, Daisy proved to be the best of the lot. Dad was slowing down a good bit by then too, so they suited one another. He rode a bicycle every day, and he had rigged up a basket for Daisy to ride with him. In return, Daisy made sure Dad took walks every day too! As it turned out, Daisy outlived him, but only by about two years. My father always said you could measure the span of your life by the number of dogs that you'd had. Too bad he didn't get the length of years that his many dogs should have entitled him to. :-)

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DONNAEDA 8/14/2010 9:43AM

    I know that when Tara died (my daughters first choc lab) gracie looked for her and could not find her. They got bella soon after who is a blond dachie/lab. Now both dogs are happy.

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BSTELLING 8/14/2010 9:25AM

    I only have one little dog and I do think she gets a little lonesome sometimes. She lived with a breeder in the house with 4 other lady dogs. She's always been a little aloof, even then, so I don't worry too much. But I do try to find time to play with her as much as possible. Her favorite is to go for walks, but it has been pushing 100 degrees this week. Anyway, we are dog lovers!


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Friday, August 13, 2010


We had to say goodbye to our Dachshund Joe this morning. He had been sick for sometime with Cushing's disease but the last month, had really gone downhill. My husband tried to pick him up and he would just cry from the pain. So he took him today. So sad.

We still have Panda our border collie but she is 9. We don't plan on getting another although I would. We want to travel so we will just love her. She is moping around the house. She knows something is amiss. We had to put Polly down last year and she missed her as well. Later.

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MARSHASTAR 8/14/2010 1:39PM

    I'm sorry you had to lose your dog. You were kind to not let it continue to suffer.

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KASEYCOFF 8/14/2010 5:42AM

    My condolences, Carol. I had to have my last dog put to sleep almost 15 years ago, and it's still an ache in my heart. Good you still have Panda, tho. We don't have any pets anymore, and sometimes I think it would be nice to get a dog or cat, but I guess the lifestyle's not conducive really - we're on-the-go too much these days.

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CHRISTURTLE 8/13/2010 8:09PM

    I am so sorry to read about your loss. Our pets are family to us, and its hard to lose one of them. At least you can tell yourself you loved Joe enough to spare him any further pain. I have Dad's elderly American cocker spaniel living with me now Dad's in the nursing home. Sam has heart problems, is epileptic, is now completely deaf, is almost completely blind, has dementia because of some severe seizures in the past, and I know its a week by week thing with him now. His vet has said he's not in any pain at present, that I'll know when the time comes, but I dread having to say goodbye to him. My maltese shih tzu is his constant companion, his eyes, his ears and knows when Sam is about to have a seizure long before its evident to anyone else. I know Keiodie will fret for his best friend when he goes as will I, but I know also my spending some extra time with him will help us both adjust.

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IPATRICIA 8/13/2010 7:20PM

    I am so sorry to hear your news, my own dog is very ill at the moment and I am watching her night and day at the moment, so I know how you feel. It's so sad to lose a pet. emoticon

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JWADDELL2 8/13/2010 4:46PM

    We had to put one of our chihuahuas (have one more) down this last year...it was so hard, but she was suffering...yes, they are family members...hug, hug. emoticon

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GIANTMICROBE 8/13/2010 3:13PM

    We lost our dachshund/corgi mix two years ago. She was 17 and her name was Queenie. We still miss her. My mom still cries. Pets truly are family. I am so sorry for your loss.

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YAZMAMA 8/13/2010 3:09PM

    I hate it when people tell me "It's only a cat/dog/whatever". They DO become members of our families and any loss hurts. My sympathies to you.

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ANDI571 8/13/2010 3:08PM

    I am so sorry. It's so hard to lose our pets. They become like children to us. I was just talking to my daughter's cat over the phone if that tells you anything. I was asking how mamaw's boy was doing. She said he sat on the phone trying to get to me.

Stay strong! emoticon

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JAYEACTS 8/13/2010 3:01PM

  My condolences. That is a tough one.

Ms. Jaye

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Friday, August 13, 2010


I got the camera out to take pics of my quilt blocks and the battery is dead so you'll have to wait another day to see what I'm up to. Last night I finished my third homework quilt block. I was unsure how to proceed with it so I called the instrutor for help. Had to leave a message so by the time she called back, I had reread the directions and finished it. She was amazed that I had finished my three blocks already! And they are so pretty! I used the fun fish fabric for a piece in each block and accented with another color and the background. I promise this weekend I will get that camera up and running.

My sewing room is at the other end of the house and it is at least 30 feet of hallway from there to the garage where the iron is. Instead of setting up an ironing board in the room, I walked to and from the garage everytime I had to press open a seam, which is quite often on three blocks. So a little movement on my part. I am having so much fun and I think I rekindled my love of sewing. Now, I have nothing to work on for the weekend so I'm going to clean out that room and maybe pick out some other fabrics to make something else. I had to buy a new presser foot for my machine that is a 1/4 inch guide. What a dream it is, so smooth and easy to sew with. Funny I should get so excited about a presser foot!

I have stayed within my points ranges this week and even went out to lunch yesterday and made smart choices. And no dessert. I was really busy with appointments last week but this week I've taken off and stayed home and played. So happy to be able to do that! Have a great day! Later.

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MARSHASTAR 8/13/2010 1:47PM

    Very uplifting blog today! I'm excited to see your quilt blocks.

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KASEYCOFF 8/13/2010 10:18AM

    Substituting 'crafting' for snacking is a good idea! Keeps you out of the kitchen and if your hands are busy quilting they can't be putting food in your mouth, lol. I knit for the same reason - can't knit and eat at the same time! emoticon

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NANCYRUBIO 8/13/2010 9:35AM

    Good for you--you have turned a pleasure into part of your exercises.
Continue to enjoy your quilting and spending your time fruitfully.

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CARRKM 8/13/2010 9:25AM

  Great idea about the walking to press! :-) Please post your quilt blocks - would love to see them! Quilting is a pleasure, from start to finish... wishing weight loss was so pleasurable all the way around! LOL!

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RITAROSE 8/13/2010 9:15AM

  I would love to see your quilt blocks! Good for you taking that walk back and forth to the iron for seam pressing! We know those little steps do add up! Congrats on your progress!

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