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THE RENOVATION BEGINS! DAY 267

Saturday, September 11, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

Well, we have a dumpster in our yard and some new light fixtures and fans. What a difference a new fan makes in the kitchen. Now I have to replace 42 handles and knobs. Those things are expensive but I've got some online accounts so I'll look there.
This morning hubby and I started cleaning out the garage in preparation for the new garage door. 30 min ago, I sent him down to the neighbors with a bag full of fabrics. Where is he? I finally gave up and now I'm blogging. Why do we keep all that stuff?
2 years ago I sold my office building and moved a 1400 square foot office into our home so I'm still finding some of that stuff. I have bags full of photos and newspaper clippings to go through. Hubby has a treasure box full of stuff in his dresser and I found a box from his mother that he needs to put in there and save. But where is he? He must be talking to the minister.
Last June, we moved my mother-in-law from a two bedroom apt to a 1 BR in a retirement home. I'm still finding boxes of her stuff that we are not supposed to give away. Why keep it if we don't need it but we don't dare part with her stuff. She'll ask for it and then it will be gone. Hubby has already been to Goodwill this morning with a load. I keep my sample books in the garage on shelves and I need to sort that out. That is a continual process but I had to take a break from being sweaty. And its going to be hot today!

The diet hasn't been watched this week. Not one bit. Last night we went to Logan's Roadhouse for the first time in months. The manager commented he hadn't seen us. We splurged on 3 course dinner for 2 for $19.99. We had fried mushrooms, yum, a tossed salad with oil and vinegar, a steak with loaded sweet potato, and strawberry cheesecake for dinner. Also I had a beer and a yeast roll. What a pig I was and you know what? I was so stuffed for the first time in a long time that I was uncomfortable for the rest of the evening. Now that I remember how that feels, I don't want to go there again. It used to be a regular thing. Now, I mostly stop when I'm full and don't eat anymore. But it was nice to splurge for once. The interesting thing? The cheesecake didn't taste all that good but I ate it anyway.

We'll be watching the FSU/Oklahoma football game this afternoon. The rest of the TV will be all about 9/11, that horrible day in our lives. I was at home getting ready for work when the first plane crashed into the tower and saw it happen. Then the rest of the horror unfolded as the day went on. No way did I ever think those towers would fall down like they did, like a stack of cards.

I'll be cleaning and finishing my quilt and going grocery shopping to keep from watching. Take care!

  
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PRAIRIECROCUS 9/13/2010 12:55AM

    Wow !
Good for you, with your renovation ambitions - lots of hard work, there !
Just keep sticking with it , and , one day , it will be really nice ! You will
have done it, one step at a time, and it will be wonderful ! Good for all
of you !
I like your Mantra : Learn to be calm and you will always be happy. I'm sure
that this helps you as you renovate !
All the best, with everything !

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LJCANNON 9/11/2010 6:46PM

    Congratulations on the Renovation. It is an on going process and I understand having countless boxes of 'Treasures' from Mom, Grandmother, M-I-L, etc that you just are not allowed to part with. At least I am making some progress in clearing out some of My Own 'Treasure'.
emoticonI know we all remember exactly where we were and what we were doing 9 years ago. We can pray and work together so that it may never happen again.
emoticonWe are watching the OU-FSU Game also, then headed out for Dinner. Wish there was a Logan's here, they are building one but maybe Chili's tonight.

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THE NEW SOCIABLE ME! DAY 266

Friday, September 10, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

For 26 years of owning an interior decorating business, my social life revolved around the business and others who are in business. I enjoyed this very much as I have a lot of business friends and I've mentored many new business owners. I also served on the Board of Advisors for my franchise company and was instrumental in many of the changes and trends. This last year, as the economy waned, I think I finally let go of the stress of pushing to get the job done. I still love my business and helping clients to decorate their homes but it isn't the only thing I want now.

1. This summer I bonded with my granddaughter, having her spend time with me while she was out of school. THat was super precious to me.
2. I signed up for a quilting class and I've thoroughly enjoyed rekindling that love of sewing and getting to know people outside my realm of influence. I'm opting not to attend a social function with the chamber of commerce Tuesday night to attend my last class instead. I never missed that event.
3. Last night I attended the evangelism meeting at my church. I've never been involved in any meetings although I participate and love my church. Now I feel it is time for me to give back.
The dozen women whom I know very well were surprised to see me when I walked in the door. Another friend has asked me to go with her. And I'm contemplating running for church council this fall. Will wonders never cease.

There's more but these are the major changes I'm making for more balance in my life. Got to go and get ready for an early chamber ribbon cutting so I'm still into that as well. Later.

  
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PRAIRIECROCUS 9/11/2010 3:45AM

    All the best with your plans for the future !

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LJCANNON 9/10/2010 11:59AM

    You are definitely entering a New Season in your Life, and it sounds as if your prioritys are in line and you are prepared to enjoy it.


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BUGGYS 9/10/2010 11:27AM

    Life is always changing and you seem to be embracing yours! emoticon

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GAILRUU 9/10/2010 10:26AM

    Great attitude. Take time to enjoy life!

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COLBERGL 9/10/2010 9:37AM

    You are awesome emoticon

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DONNAEDA 9/10/2010 8:48AM

    There is a season and a reason................. You are venturing forth. Losing weight does give you self confidence and high esteem. Congratulations on adding color to your rainbow.

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MISSFORTE 9/10/2010 8:48AM

    you are right we need to take time to calm down and enjoy life

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SHAWFAN 9/10/2010 8:47AM

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I'VE NOT BEEN DILIGENT! DAY 265

Thursday, September 09, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

I've not been diligent in tracking this week and I've been too much in the snacking and ice cream arena. Can't get it on for some reason. I know what it is. I've gotten busy with my business and a lot is happening and I'm excited for the clients I have currently. Fun jobs I'm working on and I have a lot to do. Also, I really love my quilting class which ends next week and I'll be sad. I'll be finishing my top this weekend. And then to another. ANd, we closed on our refinance and the contractor is starting his renovations soon. Boy, do I have a lot of mess to look forward to. A great way to clean out. I've decided to get rid of "stuff" that is just sitting around and means nothing anymore. We have a collection of dachshunds and since we don't have any dachshunds anymore, I can let most of that go. I'd also like to get rid of some old furniture that no longer pleases me and get something new and simple. All this takes work and effort and my mind off of eating healthy.

Oh, well. I did walk this moring and I have to get in the shower in case the contractor shows up. Later.

  
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MARSHASTAR 9/9/2010 3:54PM

    no way i could focus on exercise and nutrition with all that activity in my life.
KUDOS to you for just keeping your sanity. hah hah

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SPARKLOVE 9/9/2010 10:53AM

    I know what you mean. I get off track easy and right now I am off track and trying to get back to where I feel I should be. I am looking forward to the day when healthy habits are so automatic that we don't even have to think about them and nothing can throw us off track.

Sounds like you have a exciting life going -congrats on that and for taking a walk. Bless you. Joy

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DONNAEDA 9/9/2010 10:05AM

    sounds like lots of new beginnings. But please don't put yourself on the back burner. You are the most important in this scenerio. Have fun with all the new stuff in your life.

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BACK TO WORK AND DIET! DAY 263

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

I really enjoyed my weekend but I was in no way on any sort of a diet that you could identify. Except to eat what I wanted to eat. So I dreaded today's weigh-in. I was surprised that I was at 180 which is up a pound from last week but no weight gain so to speak considering my eating habits and no tracking. That pound will come off quickly as I return to sensibility. After the football game where we left early as it was so hot, we stopped at Steak and Shake on the way out of town. I threw water on my red face and sat down to cool off in the air conditioning. I ordered chicken fingers, fries and a huge vanilla milkshake filled with ice cream. Oh, how delicious it was! I just love vanilla ice cream. Why vanilla I don't know except we had vanilla mostly when I was a kid. or Neopolitan or just chocolate.

So today I am getting back on the WW track again. And this morning I walked 2 miles sans Pat. She didn't show for some reason but I kept going. Now I have to catch up on my work. Got a lot to do this week to place orders and get the bills paid.

We closed on our refi of our house so our renovations are starting soon. I am so excited to be getting new windows and doors and to order new window treatments. I've been slowly going through closets and drawers to get rid of stuff. I would love to get rid of some of the furniture and get new. We'll see. ANd a garage door that isn't being held together with paint and doesn't have to be manually lifted. Yes!

I've finished all my quilt blocks and sewn some together. It's a very bright and fun quilt, ceretainly not subdued by any means. Still working on those photos. Have a great day!

  
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PRAIRIECROCUS 9/7/2010 11:55PM

    All the best on your SparkPeople journey !

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BUGGYS 9/7/2010 12:52PM

    Good for you for getting back in there and tracking your food/counting points... emoticon

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ANASONIC 9/7/2010 11:54AM

    Good for you! You enjoyed the weekend and jumped right back into Spark. I have to admit I've done the same and it just makes me feel even more determined to recommit.

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DONNAEDA 9/7/2010 10:44AM

    Congratulations on getting back on track. Indulging occationally is not a bad thing. But getting back to reality and tracking is the most important thing. It isn't a binge unless you let it become one.

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A WONDERFUL WEEKEND! DAY 262

Monday, September 06, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

Our weekend started Friday afternoon as we headed to the Yacht Club for happy hour and dinner with friends. We passed the home of an elderly friend of ours and noticed many cars in his yard. He had been ill and we found out later than he passed just about the time we were driving by. He was 91 and lived a grand life as an Air Force aviator and test pilot so no real sadness there. He's off flying with his wife now. "Oh I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, and danced the skies on laughter silvered wings." This an excerpt from "High Flight".

Saturday we drove to the FSU vs Samford Football game where FSU opened with a 59 to 6 win with new coach Jimbo Fisher! It was great fun but extremely hot! It felt like at least 100 degrees sitting in the stands with the sun beaming down and little breeze. We left mid third quarter as I needed some shade. Got a sun tan that day! Saturday evening I sewed on my quilt and my husband rewatched the game on TIVO and all the other football games as well. So starts football season.

Now that I'm sewing again, I'm all spread out over the house with bits of thread, scissors and fabric. I'll have to put that away today. I'm nearly finished with the top. We closed on the refi of our home on Friday so we'll begin our renovations soon. I'm so looking forward to new window treatments! I love window treatments and fabrics!

Yesterday after church, we enjoyed our afternoon and then had a celebration of life at a local restaurant for another dear friend who had passed away. Too soon for him, only 68 with bladder cancer. There was another recent widow there whose husband passed just 2 weeks ago. I talked with her briefly and she said had experienced so much peace during the time she spent with him at the end. She had a dream where she had accompanied him part way to heaven and it was so wonderful. But she had to come back and he went on. We've lost a lot of friends this year but that is life I guess. Another of my friends also became a widow a few weeks back. All three of their husbands had cancer. It is sad that they are gone but nice knowing that they are all out of pain and in a better place.

I'm not weighing today. I think I'll wait a few. Take care and have a great day!

  


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