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Week 2 BSG Challenge Blog - Decorating for Christmas

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Our blog for this week's BSG challenge is to answer the following questions: Do you like to decorate for the holidays? Are you a minimalist with your decorating, if you decorate or do you go all out and try to outdo your neighbors?

Yes, I love to decorate for the holidays. Bill too loved it and did it up right, both inside and outside. While he went all out, it was because he loved the holiday and not because he was trying to outdo the neighbors. My grandson came over and helped me decorate this year because he wants to carry on Bill's tradition. We didn't get as much up this year as Bill put up, but it still looks nice and the wood decorations that Bill spent hours making bring comfort to us.

Here is a small sampling of our decorations:

Our Christmas tree:



Some of our Christmas villages of churches on the fireplace mantle:



A huge Santa that Bill cut out and painted that fits on the front of our house:



Bill's latest creation, a train that is set up in our front yard:



We also have several wooden nutcrackers and a gingerbread house that Bill cut out and painted over the years.

  
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ITSMESHE 12/17/2014 7:20PM

    Wow! It looks fantastic! I think it's wonderful that you and your grandson are honoring Bill's memory this way.
Sheila

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/17/2014 7:19PM

    Wow, those are some big decorations but they are really cool too! That's so nice of your grandson to come over and help you decorate. I think it's neat that he wants to carry on Bill's traditions. You have a wonderful grandson!
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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 12/17/2014 6:58PM

    Beautiful!

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/17/2014 5:36PM

    Woo hoo! I love all your decorations! They look absolutely beautiful! Fabulous job! That was so nice that your grandson came over to help you! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful pictures! Happy Holidays!
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PATRICIA-CR 12/17/2014 4:02PM

    Wow!! How lovely! So happy to know you're enjoying it.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/17/2014 2:35PM

    Looks beautiful. Glad that your Grandson helped you. That's nice.

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Week 1 BSG Challenge Blog - Magic Mistletoe Team

Friday, December 05, 2014

Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for December is to review November and set our December goals.

I never got around to setting goals for November, but I feel overall it was a successful month. I pretty much maintained during the month.

I am keeping my December goals simple:

1. Continue the healing process of losing my best friend and husband on November 12, 2013, by taking care of myself and allowing tears to flow, but also continuing to make the effort to get on with my life by getting out and doing things and also enjoying a new relationship with Bob who is also going through the grief of losing his wife.

2. Be consistent with exercise despite the cooler, wetter and more depressing weather. My goal is to do yoga at least 2 days, but hopefully three days per week; do top it off strength two days per week, do lower body strength 1-1/2 days per week, and QiGong one day per week plus fit in cardio 3 to 5 days per week.

3. Incorporate more cooking into my week.

4. Have healthier snacks and limit unhealthy snacks to no more than once per week.

  
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CATHYGETSFIT 12/8/2014 2:25AM

    I think you have set some really good goals for this month! Healing takes time and it's different for everyone. However long it takes you doesn't matter.

I think keeping your goals simple is good especially for this time of year. Wishing you much success this month! emoticon emoticon

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SURENDERISNOTME 12/7/2014 9:16PM

    Barb, you have a good and big heart. I am sure that your husband is smiling down on you and approves of Bob. This is a rough time of year for me also. The third anniversary of Ray's passing. He so enjoyed the Christmas season. The last three weekends I have spent time with my family.

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ITSMESHE 12/7/2014 1:08PM

    Healing takes time. As you know, some days are better than others. It's good that you have Bob to share this time with. I imagine you are good for one another because you have common ground and thus a good understanding of what the other is going through.
I think you're wise not to overwhelm yourself with written goals. It sounds like you a living life the way it should be lived!
Sheila

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ISAKITTEN 12/7/2014 11:50AM

    emoticon goals. May December be successful for you

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STEPBYSTEP1955 12/5/2014 8:50PM

    emoticon goals for December. You can do it!!!

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PATRICIA-CR 12/5/2014 8:40PM

    emoticon plan!! emoticon emoticon

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DBELLE39 12/5/2014 7:45PM

    An awesome plan for success. You can do this.

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SIOBHANKNITS 12/5/2014 7:39PM

    These look balanced and achievable!
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Wishing you success this month,
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JANTHEBLONDE 12/5/2014 7:14PM

    Sounds like you have a wonderful plan for December! I'm really proud of you! I hope your month is full of lots of love and happiness!
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CLEAN_MAMA 12/5/2014 5:55PM

    Those all sound like wonderful goals! Healing is a never ending process I don't think, but you will succeed. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. Congrats on the new relationship!! How exciting :)

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Yearning Yams Week 2 Blog

Friday, November 14, 2014

My assignment for Week 2 of Aspire and Inspire's BSG Challenge is to answer the questions: Are you ready for the holidays? Have you prepared your menus? Have you started shopping yet?

Simply put I am not ready for the holidays nor have I prepared menus. I have done minimal shopping only because I give a lot of gift cards and purchased them through a fundraiser site for my grandson, Zachary, for his gymnastics team when they were running specials and het got extra money from them.

This year is going to prove to be a challenging holiday season. First my daughter in law's birthday is on Thanksgiving day and she doesn't like to share her birthday with the holiday. They wouldn't commit to what the plans were so my good friends, Paula and Knud, invited Bob and I and others for dinner. However, that is up in the air because Knud's sister just died in Denmark and they are unsure if they will be going there. So, all I know is that Bob and I will be spending it together, but not really sure right now where. If the invitation doesn't work out then it will be a simple menu or going out to dinner.

Then Bob's youngest son is going through a divorce so their family holidays are also up in the air. His youngest son and his kids/grandkids plan to get together at Bob's on Saturday and I am invited, but that too is up in the air depending on my grandson, jerry's, football time. if they make it that far, the finals are on Saturday, November 29th.

As for Christmas, I haven't even started thinking about that. My daughter wants me to come down there, but I don't really want to. Bob and I are trying to make plans to go down for some time the week after Christmas and celebrate my daughter's birthday (December 29th) and possibly New Year's with them, but we shall see how that works out.

As for shopping, I will most likely start thinking about that after Thanksgiving.

  
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ITSMESHE 11/15/2014 7:58PM

    Sometimes the happiest times are the unplanned ones; when we go where life leads us. Just hold on tight and enjoy the coming days.
Sheila

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CATHYGETSFIT 11/15/2014 1:10AM

    Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and whatever happens, happens. At least you and Bob will be spending the day together. Good luck with it all and to your grandson's team I hope the two of you have a very happy holiday season whatever it is that you do! emoticon emoticon

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STEPBYSTEP1955 11/14/2014 9:01PM

    Barbie, You sure have a full slate going during the holiday times. wishing that all work out for you in the best possible way. Whichever way it all works out, i wish you and Bob a fun time together.


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PATRICIA-CR 11/14/2014 6:49PM

    Sometimes, not having plans is the best thing it could happen... Just be sure to enjoy whatever you decide to do when the time comes.

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SIOBHANKNITS 11/14/2014 6:27PM

    Sounds like you have a firm grasp on going with the flow. Good job! Wishing you the very best, as you deserve it! emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 11/14/2014 3:51PM

    Oh my gosh! You sure have a lot on your plate this holiday season! I hope everything works out for you and Bob this holiday season! Wishing you both a happy holiday! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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1CRAZYDOG 11/14/2014 3:48PM

    Lots on your plate. I don't blame you for doing what is going to be best for you, whatever that ends up to be!


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Spooky Spiders Week 3 Blog - Halloween

Friday, October 24, 2014

Our blog assignment this week for our BSG challenge is to write about Halloween - if we celebrate, how, etc.

Well, I love seeing Halloween decorations and costumes and handing out candy to the kids, but this year that will not be how I will be spending Halloween. This is my grandson's senior year and he's on the football team which is doing quite well so on Halloween we will be attending a football game which is the play in game to determine whether their team will be in the State playoffs.

This is exciting because last year was the first year they even came close. Right now they are placed 9th in the state of about 50 teams.

  
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SURENDERISNOTME 10/24/2014 10:38PM

    Good luck to your grandson's team in the playoffs. I am watching the world series tonight. Ray's favorite team has made it to series for the first time. They are winning tonights game so far.

hUGS
Debbie

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JANTHEBLONDE 10/24/2014 11:22AM

    Sounds like you're going to have a wonderful Halloween..... watching your Grandson play football! Enjoy the game! I hope your weekend is full of lots of love and happiness!
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1CRAZYDOG 10/24/2014 11:17AM

    Enjoy the weekend!

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PATRICIA-CR 10/24/2014 11:16AM

    You'll be having a wonderful time!

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WILSONWR 10/24/2014 9:39AM

    Sounds like a fun way to spend the day! Good luck to him and his team!

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RDEE22 10/24/2014 9:33AM

    emoticon Enjoy the game! emoticon

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DOROTHYBERO 10/24/2014 8:19AM

    Enjoy the game - that is so exciting - I will actually be attending a wedding on halloween.

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STEPBYSTEP1955 10/24/2014 7:28AM

    emoticon way to spend Halloween. Have a fun time. I'll be rooting for your grandson's team!

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PUPPIES4ME 10/24/2014 3:18AM

    emoticon emoticon enjoy!

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/24/2014 1:38AM

    Sounds like a great way to spend the night. Even better so you will not be tempted by any candy. emoticon Good luck to your grandson and his team!! Hope they get a win this year! emoticon emoticon

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Things I Like About Fall - BSG Week 3 Blog for Harvest Moons

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Our Week 3 blog assignment for theAspire to Inspire BSG challenge is to write about some of our favorite things about Fall. Well, for anyone who knows me very well, you know that I am definitely a Fun in the Sun Type Girl and love everything about summer including the extreme warm weather and while I do not look forward to the cooler, wetter and drearier days of the other seasons, I guess if I really think hard I can find things I do like about Fall. So here is my list.

The first thing on my list is that I love watching my grandson play football. I have never been a fan of the sport and even after about 7 years of watching my grandson play and having Bill try to explain it and having purchased me a beginner's book explaining it (Snot Bubbles?????), I still do not understand or particularly like the sport, but I enjoy watching my grandson and his teammates play and have definitely enjoyed watching the improvement they have made as a team, having made it to State playoffs last year for the first time in more than a decade. It is awesome to hear my grandson's name announced which is a frequent occurrence.

Next I would have to say that I do enjoy seeing the beautiful colors of Fall and taking walks, hikes and bike rides enjoying that beauty.


Next up comes Halloween and everything related to Halloween. Of course, the pumpkin patch, and I loved seeing all of the creative ways Bill decorated his little pumpkins and will definitely miss having them decorating the house this year.



This is more along the lines of what I had been used to before meeting Bill.



And, of course, seeing the little ones dressed up in their costumes, especially the cute little ones like this, my almost granddaughter.



The decorations



I also enjoy Oktoberfest and the German music associated with it.


And, last but not least, Thanksgiving and the time spent with family and friends. I am not sure how much of this I will be able to enjoy this year without Bill, but I have so many memories of the time Bill and I were together of these things that I will bring out and enjoy.

  
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TRIM180 10/15/2014 9:34AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Cool weather
Warm sweaters

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FLORIDASUN 10/10/2014 10:19AM

    You have some wonderful things to share about fall and all of the beauty in it! I really enjoyed your blog! Thanks so much for sharing it! emoticon

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AMYBELLES 9/24/2014 8:46PM

    I do know that you are a Fun in the Sun Girl, but you sure were able to come up with some great reasons to like fall! I think that's great that you have learned to enjoy watching your grandson play football. He sure makes you proud! The holidays will be tough to get through without Bill, but I am so glad you will put things out in his memory. His spirit and your memories will comfort you always!!!

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PUPPIES4ME 9/24/2014 8:53AM

    What a lovely blog. I do love Fall with all the beautiful colors of the leaves and of course Halloween.

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RDEE22 9/24/2014 6:53AM

    Lovely Blog Barbie! Great Photos. Thankyou!! emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 9/24/2014 1:39AM

    Very nice blog Barbie! The pictures were all really great. I forgot all about Oktoberfest. They used to have that every year in a suburb of Colorado Springs not far from where I lived. I think you have a great idea of bringing things out that hold special memories of the time you and Bill had together. I know the holidays will be hard but I know you are a strong woman and will get through it. Know that all of your Spark Friends are here for you and care for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/23/2014 10:10PM

    Fall . . . my favorite season!

HUGS

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/23/2014 7:24PM

    I love your fall blog! Your pictures are awesome! Your grandson is so handsome and your granddaughter is absolutely precious! Thanks for sharing!  October is going to be a wonderful month!
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STEPBYSTEP1955 9/23/2014 5:46PM

    emoticon blog Barbie. I love your reasons for liking fall. I like your plan to bring out the things that hold sweet memories of you and your hubby and enjoy those. It will be hard but you can do it.

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PATRICIA-CR 9/23/2014 5:31PM

    Wow! Beautiful Blog. Love it emoticon
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