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I wouldn't change a thing...

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Do you ever feel so blessed, so incredibly in love with life, so very thankful you are who you are? That's how I have been feeling these past few weeks. Oh yes, my life. I wouldn't trade it for anyone else's.

Still fat. Still sassy. But loving every moment that I spend on this planet earth.

  
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LMSW55 10/21/2009 5:24AM

    I love your enthusiasm and passion for life. I am in transition, pending layoffs, yet I still feel as if life is full of mystery and delight. I am thinking that this is an opportunity to try a new profession and find a new passion.
Mary


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CITYZOZO 10/13/2009 10:49PM

    wonderful blog!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 10/7/2009 10:14PM

    You and me Both! The Universe Rocks! So glad to hear the lightness in your voice again. And LOVE your new page look. emoticon

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STILLPOINT 10/7/2009 7:28PM

    Awesome! YOur attitude is infectious! Thanks for sharing it with us. emoticon

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SLASALLE 10/7/2009 6:56PM

    AT - Have I ever told you that you rock? You are simply infectious!!!

To answer your question - YES!!! I have had that very same feeling, and continue to have it MOST of the time. I'm not saying I don't have my down times - we all do.

I think our ThanksGiving Community is PART of this for us. As always, thanks for all that you do with this team to make it possible!

Stephanie

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LOEGAIRE 10/7/2009 6:29PM

    Great attitude!

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1STCINDERALLA 10/7/2009 2:32PM

    How true how true. We are all blessed in one way or another.

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FRANCLYN 10/7/2009 1:54PM

    Atta girl! Life goes so much more smoothly when we recognize how good it is to have it.

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VALERIEMAHA 10/7/2009 12:59PM

    Yeah, I know what you mean, LynnAnn! But bottom line, I'M THERE!

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Maha

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MENT2BE 10/7/2009 12:48PM

    ABSOLUTELY!!! emoticon

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ZAEZAE 10/7/2009 11:52AM

    Great blog!! And sooooooo very true!!! Thanks for giving us all perspective.

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MOCOHOLO 10/7/2009 10:45AM

    I love your new background! And I loooooooove your attitude!

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MISS_VIV 10/7/2009 10:01AM

    YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO what a kick.

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 10/7/2009 9:38AM

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MACEYE 10/7/2009 8:49AM

    I just made an avocado/cilantro smoothie. Life is soooooo good.

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KARBIE18 10/7/2009 7:55AM

    Absolutely! I feel the same way! There is so much to be grateful for if we just open our eyes!

Karen

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LYNNANN43 10/7/2009 7:53AM

    I've gotta get me some of that feel for my life!

I'm very envious of you & Norlana:D


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NORLANA 10/7/2009 5:24AM

    ahhhhhh!!! YEEESSSSSS!!! I am up early doing yoga under the moon and feeling the same ...... I just want to shout it at the top of my lungs ... as far as my curves... I prefer to think of myself as a well rounded, full bodied, rich in character .... a cabernet if you will :)

Thank you SOOOooooOOO much for being in my life... let's celebrate this beautiful day !!

xxx's and ooo's

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Thank you party last night

Monday, September 21, 2009

Yesterday morning, I called the neighbors, and advised them we were having an appliance moving party. I was making a taco bar, and they were all invited....so at 6:00, we had four couples and a bunch of teenagers filling our house with laughter and stories. The men moved in and hooked up the fridge, washer and dryer...and we ate and drank and laughed some more.

I've lived in neighborhoods before, where there is interaction...but usually limited to one friend down the street, and lots of acquaintances that wave from the yard or stop to briefly chat from time to time. But this neighborhood....it truly IS like a family. They have all lived here for years...and have held those now young adults or teenagers as infants. And what a sincere, generous group. They are all close to our age, some maybe a little younger, but close enough to have similar upbringings, stories, etc. How comforting is that, as we are nearing retirement....to develop new friendships, to feel included and a part of a community. Again, although it was a long and difficult road to get here, I feel like we are truly "home".

I had leftover corn and bean salad for breakfast. So healthy. So low in cals...and now that the fridge is out of the garage, I don't have to play Rachel Ray and carry everything in all at once...so it will be SO much easier to prepare fresh foods.

I have a job interview today back at my old position. The "wicked witch" is gone and they are rebuilding the unit. I am not sure if I will or will not make a change, but I do miss the people I worked with tremendously. I like what I do now better, but I miss the travel, and there is no one in my current office to walk with, share lunch with or even take a break with. There was a certain comradery at the old job that I really enjoyed, plus at times the job itself was very exciting...I'm just going to feel it out, talk to hubby about it, pray and go with my gut. I am not a job hopper. Would never have left the old job had there not been the change in supervisory staff...so ??? We'll just see.

Off to the notary to sign closing papers on our old house!

  
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NORLANA 9/22/2009 6:08AM

    Wow ... everything is coming together and another opportunity to look at the job situation ... glad to hear the neighborhood exceeded your expectations.

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COSMIC_ENERGY 9/21/2009 9:46PM

    What a wonderful world you've found there! You are blessed. Now for job happiness!

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MISS_VIV 9/21/2009 4:30PM

    The ball is soaring over the goal posts. Its a touch down.
Happy dance begins NOW.............

HUGS


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1STCINDERALLA 9/21/2009 4:24PM

    Good luck on the interview

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CARLI_MAE 9/21/2009 2:30PM

    Yes, I knew now that you'd reached a point where things will begin to go smoothly. I know this because I am looking into my crystal ball right now and that is what I see. :=)
Carli the Magnificent

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CASSIOEPIA 9/21/2009 2:25PM

    Sounds like you've found your spot!

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PEACEFULONE 9/21/2009 2:12PM

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Such good news to hear. Thanks for sharing.


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SLAYINGDRAGONS 9/21/2009 2:01PM

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VALERIEMAHA 9/21/2009 1:44PM

    Welcome home!
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xox
Maha

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Has it really been two weeks? Whew!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I cannot believe it has been two weeks since I blogged. But with all that has been going on? No wonder!

NO one...NO one but my husband and I can truly understand how hellacious this move has been. If I wrote a book, or a screenplay, people would laugh at my imagination and creativity. And I must say that without laughter, without seeing the humor in all, I would be ready for lock up.

Last weekend, we had to go to the coast (4 hour drive) to pick up our appliances that the new buyers don't want as part of the sale of the home. We also decided to bring back the light fixtures that we so carefully chose when we had the house built. Our new place has fixtures that are very dated and don't go well with our taste. So we purchased some inexpensive, yet tasteful ones as replacements...plan was to get drive up Friday night after work, have breakfast with friends, get the UHAUL, swap out the lights, load the appliances and head back home. Simple. Quick trip. I had to be back on Sunday to finish up a project since I was facilitating an entire week of training, and needed to be at a hotel 30 miles from my home at 6:00 a.m. on Monday....ok. Scenario set.

Two hours into the trip, after driving through farm and lake country, our windshield was covered with bugs, so we pulled into a gas station to clean it and make a quick pit stop. Well...the journey began. Car was DEAD. totally. No lights, no radio, no ability to roll up the windows, nothing. We knew no one would be able to work on the car, even if they had the parts (which they probably didn't) until Monday...so we opted to add a trailer to the UHAUL to tow the car back to the Sacramento area. So AAA came (after a "reasonable" wait) and towed us the 90 miles over a mountain road to get to the coastal house. It was after midnight when we got there.

No electric pump for the air mattress. But didn't matter after we blew it up it leaked anyway. Fortunately hubby brought a back up,

Saturday afternoon. Dead car still in front of the house. UHAUL loaded with washer and dryer, sitting in front of the house. Lights partially swapped out, and hubby up on a ladder doing the final connection on one of them...when I saw him reach, the ladder tilt, and boom, down they went. I saw him land on top of the ladder on a laminate covered cement slab. Not going into details, but he is fine, other than a fractured bone in his hand and several very large ugly bruises. So...after again, not getting to the house until almost midnight....our "quick trip" was delayed again.

Sunday. Thank God for neighbors. Helped us with fridge, getting the car on the trailer. And as wonderful as they were, we were never so glad to be leaving anywhere in our lives...We left ALL the light fixtures, though two were down, one was dangling and broken, and just called our real estate agent and told her.....she is so awesome. It has been the most incredible journey and she has been so wonderful and supportive through this difficult sale.

So seven hours later, and having driven most of it myself, we arrived home....24' truck with trailer and car attached. Rental car in driveway. And then we thought, "Now what?"

Again, how much good neighbors mean. Hubby had doctors appointments all day, and I worked twelve hours. And we had to get the truck back that night...Well, hubby was struggling with the fridge, the dolly, etc, and one of the dog walking gals from around the corner noticed. She rounded up nine people to help. I was inside, and walked out to find a moving party in our yard. They were AWESOME! We were able, with their assistance, to get everything unloaded, the truck returned, and get back to the house BEFORE midnight!

And since we have to take a door off to get the fridge into the kitchen, we are having a party tonight to have them help get it out of the garage...where it is, thankfully, still working!

I worked almost 20 hours over time this past week, but car is repaired, hubby is casted, bruises are subsiding as well as his pain, training is complete and our house is still standing. NOW, we still have to clear out the stuff from the apartment, including shelves, a bed, and a small storage shed. Will it EVER end? We are thinning things like crazy. And will NEVER move again...until my son places us somewhere....Oh the joy and burden of possessions.

Anyway, left yesterday for grandkids' soccer games, and came home to find front yard mowed, and clean...was it the brownies? Or again awesome neighbors....I think I know, but no one is owning up to it. Gosh this was a good move for us. How will we ever express our gratitude to them all....only by reciprocation....

Eating relatively healthy despite all this, but haven't weighed. Somehow, other priorites have interferred. Biggest loser is back on...and motivating. Weather remains hot, so pool time is back on the agenda (not last week after not getting home til almost seven each night....) And life goes on....

  
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VALERIEMAHA 9/21/2009 1:42PM

    whoops -- wrong blog!

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1STCINDERALLA 9/21/2009 1:09PM

    Thank God for good people that allow God to use them. I love the fact that you are able to see the negative and positive.

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KUZINKEITH 9/20/2009 8:03PM

    WOW --- You sure made my problems look small!
How great that you have sent out all those good vibes over the years and had neighbors ready, willing, able, and happy to help you in your time of need.
Your story makes me want to sing : "I get by with a little help from my friends".

It sounds like the new neighborhood is going to work out fine for you two --- if you don't burn down the block accidentally!

I hope your next week is a bit more serene ...

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CARLI_MAE 9/20/2009 7:46PM

    Good grief, Kathy ... if we should ever meet up, remind me to wear lots of padding, helmet or hard hat, goggles, & any other protective gear you think might be necessary!
I'm glad hubby is okay ... I've fallen off ladders myself -- not fun.
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HEALTHY4ME 9/20/2009 5:54PM

    wow so glad that your dh is okay... that could have been some worse. You certainly have had your share of problems with this selling, but sounds like you have good new neighbours.
Take care and rest some, somehow!
HUGS

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COSMIC_ENERGY 9/20/2009 4:40PM

    Reality show anyone? Worlds hairiest moves! or Oprah: The move From H@!l--but maybe into heaven? I'm thankful that your DH is OK, the car is just a thing (albeit an inconvenience to deal with). You never cease to amaze me by providing me with the ultimate role model for persevering though life's trials with the attitude of what's right about all this. thank you!

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GONANA 9/20/2009 2:31PM

    OMG, has the thought occured to you that the reason you have such awesome neighbors is because you are such an awesome person?! I believe the more a person gives, the more he/she gets. GOD knows how you give and give and give...

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NORLANA 9/20/2009 2:13PM

    It is good that you can find the gratitudes in each and every one of these senarios from those new and old neighbros who have come to your rescue to your husbands fall - a set back but could have been way worse. Sending you lots of hugs and blessings ... now go out and get in that pool :)

xoxo
N

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SUZANNE416 9/20/2009 1:48PM

    Kathy, What a story and a half.....I think you've had your share of problems, now it's time to reap the benefits of the move. I think you've chosen a good move. Good luck and enjoy!!

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EOSTAR_45 9/20/2009 1:14PM

    WOW, what an adventurous move:-) And what amazing neighbours you have. Nice to know they still exist...somewhere:-)

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CASSIOEPIA 9/20/2009 12:47PM

    Thank goodness for good neighbours. What a weekend, no wonder you don't ever want to move again.

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 9/20/2009 12:46PM

    Mercy! I canīt imagine all those setbacks and yet late nights-to-bed! You have gotto be exhausted! I see that your sense of humor and peace have not left you and that is wonderful! Hope you can settle a bit more this week!

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IZZYJEAN 9/20/2009 12:43PM

    WOW!!! Hooray for great neighbors and to you and your DH for surviving all the chaos!! Thanks for sharing.

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PEACEFULONE 9/20/2009 12:40PM

    Kathy,

You are a survivor and now hopefully it will be smooth sailing. The best is yet to come! You have a great house and fabulous neighbors!

Moving is the pits, but you are almost done with that. Take a break. Take a deep breath and dive into that cool pool.
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Peace, love, and blessings, Elaine

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VALERIEMAHA 9/20/2009 12:30PM

    Yes, the stuff books are made of indeed! But you couldn't do it lame-and-tame anyway, Ms. Drama Queen. You KNOW you are, otherwise you wouldn't be such a dyno-mite trainer! heh heh WOW!

And it sounds like you have angels disguised asneighbors living around you!

Keep us posted!
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Maha

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Starting over, once again....

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

I feel like crap. I have gained weight back, feel like a slug. Am depressed and overwhelmed. I don't want to see anyone. I want to go to bed and sleep for a week.

Well, that ain't gonna happen..(.tho I did take a two hour nap today. And felt like I was in a coma.) So what can I do instead.

1. Restock the pantry and fridge....done. LOTS of fresh veggies, fruits and organic goodies.
2. Meal plan at least a day or two ahead of time...done. Have smoothies made for breakfast (watermelon, banana, fresh orange juice and chard) and herb bagels. Lunch will be salad and half sandwich. Dinner ahi tuna, salad, and broccoli planned for dinner tomorrow. I should easily be in my calorie range.
3. Get enough sleep. I am off to bed shortly. I'll be working at home tomorrow so get to sleep in til 7:30
4. Get the exercise in. Took a 4 mile walk yesterday. Felt great...Will start taking after dinner walks with hubby. He needs it too. And by Weds, the weather should have pool warmed up enough again.
5. Get an appointment with my doctor. I have not seen him in a LONG time...at least for labs, etc. I need to make sure things are working internally
6. Pray/meditate more. Although it is an ongoing process, continual throughout each day, I don't make time each day to really set things aside and do it.
7. Oh, yes. TRACK EVERYTHING THAT GOES INTO MY MOUTH....in other words, stop lying to myself, and pretending I don't know better. I see you, self. Quit trying to hide from me....
8. Make my own lunch (and hubby's too) Not only do I then know exactly what goes into my mouth, I save $$$
9 Weigh myself weekly.

That outa do it.

I still want to sleep.

  
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PHOENIX009 9/21/2009 7:15PM

    On my "Sea of Grace" CD there's a song called "A New Beginning" and the hook is "And every day a new beginning sets me free." You and I and all of us are free EVERY DAY to do what you did so eloquently here -- reexamine what we're doing, be HONEST with ourselves, and take a clean page of notebook paper and begin again. I personally think you should be very proud of yourself that with all the chaos and stress, you are even still capable of writing a blog like this and picking yourself up. Who cares if it's the thousandth time. My husband has quit smoking a zillion times. This time it has been a little over 2 months. No law says that THIS can't be the time that works! For him -- for you -- for me -- for all of us! :)

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HILFROMTEXAS 9/20/2009 11:14AM

    Glad to see your post. We all get caught up in life but it's the staying that counts. You're still here and still speaking your truth, that's what counts! Keep being real, it helps everyone, especially me... together everyone achieves more! Blessings!

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EOSTAR_45 9/10/2009 6:07PM

    What's that saying? Having a plan is half the job. Or did I just make that up :-) Still, having a good plan is a good thing!

Best wishes.

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19-10-8 9/9/2009 2:57PM

    Come on, we can do it together!

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1STCINDERALLA 9/9/2009 9:16AM

    Don't be to hard on yourself. You know what to do and you're doing it

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KUZINKEITH 9/9/2009 1:41AM

    I bet it feels good to come clean and admit it too! Bless you my friend. You've been through some very stressful times lately, so I hope you don't beat yourself up too much. You did it before -- you can do it again. It sure sounds like you've got it planned out; that's over half the battle. You know the problem and you have a solution --- now DO IT!
(AND KNOW THAT WE LOVE YOU)

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CASSIOEPIA 9/8/2009 11:11PM

    Hey, you've recently been through a huge life changing event. Be kind to yourself. You deserve someone who loves you to the core - and that should be YOU!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 9/8/2009 9:50PM

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 9/8/2009 3:19PM

    Hereīs one from me too and hoping you lighten up! emoticon

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CARLI_MAE 9/8/2009 3:06PM

    Well, e1 else already beat me to sayin' what I was thinkin'. I am just lovin'my sleep time right now too ... don't know about you, but it seems to hit me during periods of transition. Docs have already ruled out the mild anemia as a non-issue & all else is good ... I don't feel depressed, so maybe I'm just bored or uninspired. One thing I've learned but good is not to stress out over it ... just pick up and start one thing and the rest will follow (I think, I hope) ...
Crashy

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SLASALLE 9/8/2009 11:03AM

    But you're really not starting over, my friend, because it is a process and a journey. As you well know, journeys take twists and turns and sometimes even having to step backwards.

You've had A LOT going on - and it's still happening. Try to be gentle with yourself, while at the same time, doing the best you can, given the circumstances.

You've got the right things going ... so it appears to me that you're on the forward path again.

Stephanie

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MOCOHOLO 9/8/2009 10:24AM

    You can do it my dear! And yes, I'm totally with you. I needed a little break, but now I'm back and on a mission. Let's make a deal to encourage each other! I know you're going to succeed and so will I!

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MIMULUSBUG 9/8/2009 9:21AM

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Joan noted the new Ca. State Employees team you initiated on SacSparkles team site, so had to stop by your site & see what else you've been up to.

Thanks for posting this blog to. I've been feeling crappy myself & have been having hard time pulling out of it. My weight is also up. Your 9 points were motivating to me and I'm sure others.

Let's JUST DO IT!
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PS: If I worked for State, I'd be joining your new team.
PSS: I'm not sure if you saw it or not on the Sacramento.com Spark site, but SacValley CNPS is sponsoring 'Furlough Fridays Parkway Walks/Fun, which state spark employees might want to check out.

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VALERIEMAHA 9/8/2009 8:25AM

    "The healing we took birth for..." it's a lifetime process. I know you'll NEVER give up!

Love and light,
Maha

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HEALTHY4ME 9/8/2009 5:05AM

    Hugs to you dear friend, and dont be too hard on yourself. I know you have gone through a lot and still have a lot on your plate. I am finding that surprisingly I am just now starting to really miss mum, I am crying more, thinking of calling her etc. We all grieve at our own pace and I think that my mind and body are starting now. Work has gotten into an okay rythm and perhaps my mind says now take thte time you wouldnt allow before. Who knows but I feel like taking a week off but of course, not out of probabtion for the new job, so no paid leave unless I go through dr notes and workers comp.
oh well I will get through this and sure you will too. but great ideas and good to plan.
HUGS and thought of you often, but I too havent been on as much.
take care friend.

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So no one even noticed....

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Or if they did, no one commented. Can you see that the background on this page is PUMPKIN? Check out the stringy insides, and the seeds, and does the orange color give you a clue? I guess as we are heading into fall, the autumn colors are coming to mind.

However, I DON'T want summer to end. This is the first time since I left the California coast twenty five years ago, that I have LOVED having hot hot days. To come home from work, solid sweat, and to jump in a pool that has been warmed all day by the sun. Wonderful! I want to enjoy it a little longer.

I have worked myself to a point of exhaustion. I thought I was getting sick a couple of days ago, but a toddy and some Vicks chased it away. However, I am still exhausted, and chill easily. So the pool, even tho the outside temps were close to 100, felt too cold. Did a couple of laps and called it quits. Instead, I saw in a swing and chatted with my hubby while he paddled around. Nice.

Cat is still gone. I am beginning to not miss him. In fact, I am looking at all the positives of his absence. I don't have to deal with his kneading me constantly. His back talk. His bringing catches into the house to eat them, and then barfing on the carpet. His constant picking on the other cat. Just to show his whimpy prowress. So what if he had personality and spunk and could look right into your soul. So what if he came when he was called, curled up next to me any time I sat down, and when I was sick he laid at my feet guarding, protecting and healing me. So what if we'd spent a fortune on him when he was a kitten, and the vet dubbed him the most neurotic cat he'd ever seen. So what if I nursed him as a baby. So what....he was getting older, and this way I have only GOOD memories of him when he was young and healthy.

We'll get a sassy kitten in the spring.

OK. Eating. Can I get enough? Oh, I have been stuffing myself. Reverting back to childhood comfort and poor coping skills. However, today, driving home from work, I did some menu planning. HOW can I cut back to 1500 calories a day. I can eat like I did when I lost 80 pounds. LOTS of fresh fruits, veggies, and tracking everything that goes into my mouth. I am going to do something I have never done...plan all meals at least two days in advance. Use the Jenny Craig method only with fresh, local, organic ingredients. Count the calories as I make the soups and casseroles. TRACK EVERYTHING. Now will I do it this weekend? Nope. But I will soon. Probably by Tuesday.

Next goal? Set a date.

Life is good. I am blessed. Love our house. Love my hubby. Love the rest of my family. Love my friends...and the list goes on.

  
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HILFROMTEXAS 9/20/2009 11:17AM

    I love the pumpkin and the fall. Don't get much of it in south Texas but have experienced it. However, I do get the pool alot and used it all summer myself. School started early in August and have not had much time to indulge in it. Your blog inspired me again, I will jump in today...Enjoy the fall colors that I deeply miss...and I will think of you and appreciate the tropical breeze and warmth...Blessings.

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LADYIRISH317 9/5/2009 11:01AM

    I love pumpkin! Great wallpaper.

Cat is happy in Kitty-Heaven. Revel in your great memories of him. Meantime, enjoy your fall and winter.

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1STCINDERALLA 9/4/2009 3:37PM

    You sound frustrated. This time period will pass quickly.

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CASSIOEPIA 9/4/2009 2:40PM

    Had to laugh at the mental image of you "nursing" the kitten, and then realized it HAD to be from a bottle. LOL.

Love the pumpkin image! Fall is great weather to run in, and we have been harvesting all week. Life is good!

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 9/4/2009 1:26PM

    A wonderful transition into the autumn of our lives! emoticon

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TAMATHA* 9/4/2009 10:25AM

    I recognized the gooy insides as soon as your page came up. I love Fall and we carve a pumpkin every year. I'm sorry but I can't agree with you. I'm glad Summer is being replaced by Fall. I love the leaves changing colors and crunching under my feet. I love the cool crisp nights. Good by Summer-Hello Fall.

I'm sorry your kitty has gone AWOL. They bring so much joy to our lives.

I make a "menu" for the week on Saturday night and enter the entire week into the tracker. I really helps me stay in line. There is no guessing what's for dinner and I'm able to stay on track with calories, fat, etc. I hope it works for you.

Have a great weekend.

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KUZINKEITH 9/4/2009 10:00AM

    Now that you point it out I can see pumpkin. I thought it was an extreme close-up inside of a flower.
Look at you trying to rationalize not missing your kitty ... your next one will probably be just as off-the-wall...
I hope you get back on track with the eating soon. I find it tough once I get off into "whatever" land. We'll just have to work at keeping each other honest, won't we!
When is the swim party, by the way?

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CARLI_MAE 9/4/2009 12:16AM

    Oh, now I see it ... had to switch to your feed page to get a good look as my connection flips the pages too fast. Ooops... I shouldn't say that ... as when they start slowing down then we grumble about that ... LOL.

I'm glad things in life are sounding like they are more peaceful for you, Kathy. Would you like me to send you a box of fall leaves when they start falling to complete your decor?

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COSMIC_ENERGY 9/3/2009 10:22PM

    Love the background! How'd you find it?? You sound like me--I hate to see the summer end. The cycles of life--we have to experience the less than pleasant to truly appreciate the joyous parts. A new school year and I think I'm gonna love my new position as a reading specialist.

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MISS_VIV 9/3/2009 10:18PM

    quite frankly, I noticed the background and wondered if it was indeed pumpkin seeds or if it was GOLD COINS piled high. I was waiting for a blog that told us how you had suddenly found GOLD in the hills of FOLSOM. (I am sorry about your cat and I personally think he is still around in the neighborhood. Perhaps grabbed up by some young kitty loving girl that doesn't know he really has a home, but is willing to give him a new one.) That pool sounds delicioius and the lounging in the swing while hubby paddles... what a delightful evening.
Hugs

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JENNYMCCARTHY88 9/3/2009 10:14PM

    you can tell the seeds on the right hand side are those of a pumpkin. is that all it is? i cant actually see a pumpkin though. but it certainly makes me feel ready for fall! nothing better than that crisp, fall is here sense you get when you walk outside! its hard to explain but i enjoy it! cant wait! soo close!

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ZESTYLADY 9/3/2009 9:59PM

    I just love your balancing act! Your kitty comments make me think of my old dog, she is 13 now and going blind, deaf, has dementia. She has been my faithful friend and companion for all these years...but I often picture the future without her...I also am starting to picture the future without my mom...life cycles. Ready or not.

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FLAMENM 9/3/2009 9:58PM

    I love fall and pumpkins. I can't wait to see the leaves change.

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