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Day 63

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

OK, here it is December......wow...this is the season to be jolly.......it does seem like people are jollier this time of year, even though there are still some events taking place that do not make us so jolly. Here in MI, the unemployment is pretty high, but we are optimistic things will turn around in 09. Black Friday did not stop too many people though!! I was NOT in that crowd!!! PTL!!

I had another tragic event happen to a good friend of mine from OR........her granddaughter, age 14 was found in the bathtub unconscious, rushed her to the hospital.....the day before Thanksgiving, but she was brain dead by Friday....an autopsy was done and she died of an accidental drowning. Her grandma said she must have fallen asleep........how sad is that??? She was a Christian so I am sure she will see her grandpa in heaven. WOW, I cannot believe 3 really sad things happened around me this past month!!!!!

OK, good things only ahead........I have my planning meeting tonight for my RE (religious education) class and that is always fun......getting together with the other teachers and the director makes it easy for us to teach, and there are only 2 classes this month!

Tomorrow is my RH (Red Hat) breakfast....not lunch this month. I am hosting it......not at my house, at a nearby restaurant; only have 14 signed up, but we will still have a fun time!! We usually do!!

My Christmas decorating is almost done.......I did NOT buy anything new to put up this year, so that is good, and if I did, it would only be RELIGIOUS decors....got enough of the Santa stuff!!! LOL!!!!

My jeans feel really loose and I will weigh in probably Saturday. I am just keeping my hands busy with the decorating and my minds set on reaching my goal......will not meet it in December but defintely by the end of February or near that......I will be there!!!!!

Here is a great quote from Abraham Lincoln:

This habit of uselessly wasting time is the whole difficulty; it is vastly important to you, and still more so to your children, that you should break the habit. It is more important to them, because they have longer to live, and can keep out of an idle habit before they are in it, easier than they can get out after they are in it.

What kind of habits are you setting for your children??????

  
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GRANDMANANCY 12/3/2008 12:46PM

    My goodness...you are surrounded by sad things happening...and yet.... God is in control.
blessings!
nancy

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JIBBIE49 12/3/2008 1:44AM

    I sure hope they donated that young girl's organs and saved the lives of some other children.

I just can't figure how anyone could fall asleep and drown in the bathtub. More likely she slipped and fell. There was a 14 year old girl here who slipped on the soap in the bathtub shower and fell through the "GLASS" (yes it was an old shower type door) and she cut her artery in her armpit and died.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/2/2008 9:54PM

    I was so very sorry to hear about your friends grandaughter. That really blows me over. Hang in there, friend. I wish there was something I can do to make all that pain go away. She msut live rpetty clsoe to me, too. I'm so happy that you are losing and yoru jeans getting loser that msut make you feel proud of yourself. Have funa t the RH breakfast. Wish it were me going.
Hugs
Debbie

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TKT123 12/2/2008 9:25PM

    Been meaning to tell you this for a while...but I notice that you change your background color with the seasons...and I like the idea a lot...looks really sharp...blessings my friend..Trudy

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TKT123 12/2/2008 9:23PM

    I was really sorry to read about your friends grand daughter...that is so sad, and to think it happened the night before Thanksgiving...deaths around holidays are the very worst.
I think my worst habit is procrastination. I seem to put things off to much instead of taking that bull by the horns, I put them in the denial folder.
Did I ever tell you that I live in Michigan too....I can't remember....wouldn't' t it be great if one day in the spring we could meet up half way...that would be fun I think...

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KAROUSELL46 12/2/2008 4:43PM

    You are doing so awesome. The habit I would like to see changed is do something constructive not destructive. Take your time. Think,,,think...act.

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Day 60

Saturday, November 29, 2008

WOW, where is this month going????? I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We certainly did, and it was so good to get mom over to my brothers in our new little Mini Cooper! The walker did fit!! PTL!! This car gets 35MPG...so that is a big plus!!

I have been decorating for Christmas, so on my feet a lot, and my back is feeling it! BUT PTL, I love this time of the year! It is just extra special.......and hopefully people are really praising our God for this is the season for it...with the birth of our Lord. I know it really was not Dec. 25. I believe it was October. OK, do NOT get me wrong, I praise God everyday, but I am hoping more people do and come to know our Lord!

How was your self control over Thanksgiving? Mine was pretty good. I did have 1 deviled egg, and it was soooooooo good, but only a small piece of pumpkin pie for dessert. I did enjoy the turkey white meat and a little stuffing and squash. My sis-in-law did a great job!

Well, I am going to really try to continue to lose weight during this holiday season....or at least maintain......I AM NOT going to gain weight....I already have that fixed in my mind!

Here is a quote from the Bible:

The Lord is the strength of my life.......of whom shall I be afraid? Psalms 27:1

  
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HDPNLYNN 12/1/2008 6:57PM

    I love reading your blogs, Hugs, Lynn

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GLITTERGIRL69 11/30/2008 2:37AM

   
Good job, my Thanksgiving could have been better, but it could have been worse. In the end I had a nice day. take care Shelly

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JIBBIE49 11/29/2008 10:36PM

    NOT gaining during the Holidays is a GREAT goal. I with you on that one.

I did really well on my eating for Turkey Day.

I went to the Health Food Store yesterday and got some ACAI in capsule form. I've seen it on OPRAH and Rachel Ray in the juice form. Thought I'd try the capsules, and took two today. Well, I sure don't have an APPETITE. WOW. I haven't eaten all day, so I just had a bowl of HEALTHY CHOICE Soup. Usually this time of the evening, I'm wanting to MUNCH my way through the kitchen. Hmmmm. Need to do some more research on my ACAI and see what I find.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/29/2008 10:34PM

    My self control over Thanksgiving was excellent but it truthfully was not in my control this year. I did have a small slice of turkey, two tablespoons of mashed potatoes, 15 grapes and gallons of liquids.
It sounds like you are truly in the spirit of the season with your praises to God and being thankful. This is a great blog....and this November is truly almost a thing of the past.
Looking forward to a great December!
Hugs,
Helen

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/29/2008 2:28PM

    Awwwww you are doing so well. I'm glad you had great control over your eating at Thanksgiving. I did have a piece of pumpkin pie with lite cool whip. Tossed out the rest when everyone left. I can't be doing that with Diabetes. It was not a sugar free pie. Keep in great spiris, friend and the holidays will be yours to cherish forever. i, so love the memories of Christmas getting out old decorations.

Hugs! enjoy your day!

Debbie

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EMMASMART 11/29/2008 2:03PM

    Awesome. Cool that a mini can take a walker, That's awesome. and 35 mpg is the definition of smart these days.

Emma

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Day 57

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I ran my errands for T-day tomorrow....I am bringing the tossed salad! YEAH, so I know that will be healthy. I make my own dressing......just a smidge of olive oil...maybe 1 tbsp. , splash in the red wine vinegar, but first you add about 1 1/2 tsp of sugar and 1/2 tsp. salt then you add the wet ingredients over the salad...which will be huge for 5 people. It is sooooooo good!!!!

Tomorrow is about what we can eat......not what we can't. There is no reason why we can't have a little of it all.......enjoy, but do NOT leave the table stuffed...like a turkey.....enjoy it enough to be just satisfied and feel good mentally and physically!!

Here is another quote from my fitness devotional:

No one knows what he can do till he tries!

Happy healthy Thanksgiving!!!!! emoticon emoticon

  
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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/26/2008 10:57PM

    You too, Barbara! Your salad dressing sounds so yummy. I'm on my way over.
Great quote, too and very meaningful.
Happy thanksgiving to you!

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JIBBIE49 11/26/2008 2:58PM

    'Twas the night of Thanksgiving,
but I just couldn't sleep...
I tried counting backwards,
I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned...the dark meat and white,
but I fought the temptation with all of my might.
Tossing and turning with anticipation,
the thought of a snack became infatuation.
So, I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door
and gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore.
I gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes,
stuffing with gravy, green beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling so plump and so round,
till all of a sudden, I rose off the ground.
I crashed through the ceiling, floating into the sky
with a mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie
But, I managed to yell as I soared past the trees...
Happy eating to all -- pass the cranberries, please.

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IMOGEN39 11/26/2008 2:38PM

    Thanks BELLACUDDLES.....good advice. HAPPY HEALTHY THANKSGIVING to you too emoticon

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Day 56.....and weigh in!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Got on that infamous scale and REMOVED 2 more #.......8 sticks of butta!!! emoticon SO, I am happy with that!!!!!

Another dreary day here in MI.......but I am teaching this afternoon and so look forward to that.....my "little sponges" is what I like to think of them as...7 year olds, 2nd graders! Our topic is Thanksgiving and we are doing crafts, seeing a Thanksgiving video, writing down what we are thankful for! It will be a fun class!!! Then I do not see them again until December 9. There is a planning meeting for all the teachers next Tuesday night.

I have decided on getting my exercise in first thing in the morning....with this being a busier time of year.......I want to get it over and done with.......so I rode my st. bike for 15 minutes and step aerobics for another 15 minutes and if time, I will lift some weights.

Here is a quote from Lee. J. Colan:

Nothing achieved in this world is achieved alone. It is always achieved with others teaching us along the way.

Like all of us here.....I am learning from you and hoping you might pick up a little info from me as well!

Make it a blessed and healthy day!!! I am trying to too!

  
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TEDDYBEARDONNA 12/1/2008 10:57AM

    Good job on the 2 lbs.
Donna

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TKT123 11/26/2008 7:07PM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you ...and congratulations on the two pounds that is wonderful...your doing great on the exercise too...love your quote...we are in this together for sure...blessings to you and yours.

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JIBBIE49 11/25/2008 10:26PM

    Your "sponges" make me think about a call my brother gave me today about his son who is in 3rd grade. (Yes, my brother is 56 and his wife is 36, but he'd never been married before.) There son is very smart, but he got a C+ in reading because of his poor comprehension. He can read the words, he just doesn't remember what he's read.
I'd told my brother that he should be playing video games 24/7 like he has done since age 3, but I never wanted to be too bossy about it. My kids play them, but they didn't start when they were 3. Now he says "Well, if the grades don't come up, the video games are going."

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/25/2008 3:36PM

    Wow! 2 #'s gone? way to go! how much is that altogether? Keep your spirits high bor those little spongers. they look up to you.
I wish I could do that. At least be a Teachers assistant.
I'm very proud of you!

Debbie

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Day 55

Monday, November 24, 2008

All of a sudden........what I had written disappeared.....I hit a wrong key!!!!! Oops!!

Here is the condensed version......Today was the funeral for Roxann....I am sure it went well, and I am so glad we went yesterday to pay our last respects. There is snow on the ground and I probably would have had to stay at mom's overnight, and we are going back to Vassar on T-day, and I teach RE tomorrow afternoon, so glad we spent the day yesterday with Roxann's family and my mom. If the funeral had been Sunday, We definitely would have attended.

Hubby and I talked to his sis yesterday......her ex killed himself on the 8th, and she is doing a bit better, sleeping at least and eating a little, and she was glad we called her......it still has to be so difficult for her.........I cannot even imagine.

I hope I am not bringing anyone down with all the death stuff I have been through lately. It does help to journal it and talk about it.

It has been probably 10 or more days since I have gotten on that scale, so tomorrow is the day!

Here is a quote from my fitness devotional:

Congratulate yourself on your efforts so far. sometime we got so caught up in making progress that we forget to give ourselves credit for what we have accomplished!!!!!!!! That is so true.....Right now, all of you........say, WOW, I am doing it!!! Slow but sure.......(for me anyway)~~~~

  
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JIBBIE49 11/25/2008 10:28PM

    Smart.

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EMMASMART 11/25/2008 12:53AM

    Your sweetness is inspirational. There may be people who read about this and absorb your positive attitude and take it to heart. I love that you are willing and able to let us in on the good and the bad stuff.

Emma

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GRANDMANANCY 11/24/2008 7:21PM

    You are a blessing.

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KAROUSELL46 11/24/2008 4:05PM

    Don't ya just hate that sometimes when ya hit a wrong key. Sometimes my fingers can't be trusted. How terrible for your sis n law. My heart goes out to all of you in these past days. I believe the scales are going to be nice to you tomorrow. Keep us posted. Happy Thanksgiving. emoticon

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