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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Another pound bites the dust! emoticon Can't believe there is only 7 weeks left until the end of the year. This year has gone by so fast. At least it has to me. Of course these last weeks are HOLIDAY ONES. With days full of decorating, crafting, baking, shopping, wrapping, and... EATING. emoticon The eating part at this time of the year seems to be more of a challenge for us Sparkies than anything else. I ran across a blog the other day which suggested circling the days on a calendar that you have a party, function or celebration to plan or attend and let them be your "FREE DAYS". This sure beats winging the entire holiday season in my book so I plan to try it. Anything to prevent an all-out assault on every Christmas cookie or bowl of stuffing in sight is a GOOD THING!

As for today, DH and I plan to take the grandson to Toys R Us after school to check out what's new and make his Christmas List. I hope I bring enough paper. Perhaps I should go the way of a LEGAL PAD just in case? emoticon Anyway it should be FUN! Who knows I might find something I would like. After all age is just a number, right? emoticon

Have an awesome week everyone! emoticon emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/13/2012 3:03PM

    Great job on losing another pound! WooHoo! Have fun at Toy's R Us. I hope that you get that list done. Love ya

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RONALANA 11/13/2012 2:32PM

    Congratulations on a pound lost! Reason to celebrate!

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PARKERB2 11/13/2012 11:03AM

    Have fun! Congrats on the lb lost.

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VINGRAM 11/13/2012 9:42AM

    Good job! emoticon

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ME From A-Z

Monday, November 12, 2012

Just for FUN on this dark and rainy Monday morning.

A. Age: 54

B. Bed size: King

C. Chore that you hate: Cleaning the cat box.

D. Dogs: 1 Brown Lab, Cinnamon aka Meme the Runaway Dog (she is overly friendly and if loose she is off to greet the entire neighborhood).

E. Essential start to your day: Brushing my teeth and drinking a glass of lemon water.

F. Favorite color: Blue

G. Gold or Silver: Both

H. Height: 5'5"

I. Instruments you play: None

J. Job title: Pre K Ė 3rd Grade Teacher - 25 years (Substitute and Tutor these days as it allows me the flexibility to watch my grandson when needed)

K. Kids: 1 adult daughter/ 1 grandson

L. Live: Western North Carolina

M. Mother's name: Kathryn

N. Nicknames: Monkey (my momís nickname for me as a child), and Mema (what my grandson calls me)

O. Overnight hospital stays: Many as a child/ 3 as an adult

P. Pet peeves: Liars and Rudeness

Q. Quote from a movie: Beginnings are scary, endings are sad, but it's the middle that counts the most. Try to remember that when you find yourself at a new beginning. Just give hope a chance to float up and it will. ~ Hope Floats

R. Right- or left-handed: Right

S. Siblings: 1 older sister (passed in 2008), 1 older brother

T. Tattoos & Piercings: Ears pierced for the first time last year

U. Ultimate vacation: Trip to Hawaii when I was 17

V. Vegetable(s) you hate: Okra, Turnip Greens, and Beets

W. What makes you run late: Husband

X. X-Rays you've had: Teeth, knees, chest, arm, elbow

Y. Yummy food that you make: Stuffing, Lasagna, Stuffed Shells, and Desserts

Z. Zoo animal: Tigers

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/12/2012 8:39PM

    It's always fun to find out new things from our friends. Thanks for sharing your info with us. I'll share in my blog tonight! What part of NC are you from? I'm in Martinsville VA. I had no idea that you were so close! Sounds like a chance to meet up & Spark someday. emoticon

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CRAFTINWIFE 11/12/2012 12:21PM


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VINGRAM 11/12/2012 11:17AM

    Cool! emoticon

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RONALANA 11/12/2012 9:16AM

    Fun! If you don't mind, I may copy it! emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 11/12/2012 8:11AM

    Sure wish you could send some of that rain south to GA Sallie. Have a great day. ((HUGS))

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Thank You!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

I have been notified by email that I have been nominated a Sparkpeople Motivator. OMG! WOW!! I am not only shocked but very pleasantly so. I still can't believe it! In fact I think I have bruises from pinching myself. emoticon I want to say thank you to those responsible for this honor. And it is truly an honor! It means a great deal to me.

I have never considered myself a motivator, of anything. I am just a regular person. A person who has fought, and sometimes lost the battle with obesity. It has been a long road to get to the point where I am currently at, a road I am still very much traveling on. I have good days and not so good ones. I have succeeded at times and failed miserably at others. I have highs and lows just like everyone else. I may continue to experience bumps along the way but that is okay. I will deal. I am not at goal yet but for the first time in my life I have no doubt I will make it.

Sparkpeople and the friends I have made here have helped me in more ways than I can ever say. I am grateful for each and every one of them and for the advice, support and sometimes shoulders they lend me. I am moving forward, changing what I can and learning, sometimes rather slowly to accept what I can't. I am once and for all taking the steps necessary to tackle my issues with food and my weight. I am glad that I am on this journey, and I am glad, very glad I found Sparkpeople to share it with! emoticon

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SABLENESS 11/11/2012 10:06PM

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VINGRAM 11/11/2012 9:10PM

    emoticon congrats, my friend!! emoticon

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LINDA! 11/9/2012 7:44PM

    emoticon You deserve it!

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RDY4THIN 11/8/2012 2:51AM

    emoticon what an awesome path you have gone.... congrats on a job well done!!

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RURAL3 11/7/2012 11:00PM

    Just goes to show you Sallie
You are loved emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/7/2012 10:25PM

    emoticon emoticon Congratulations!

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NDTEACHER1 11/7/2012 8:15PM

    Good for you!

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BRENDABUNNY 11/7/2012 8:07PM

    Congratulations my friend you deserve it emoticon emoticon

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RECMAJOR 11/7/2012 7:51PM

    Congratulations! That is an honor - keep on motivating! emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 11/7/2012 7:18PM

    You deserve it Sally as you are a motivator to me. I love to read your blogs whether they are happy and full of joy or even when you are venting. It just shows that you are just like me--have good days along with bad ones. Just keep on keeping and don't quit or give up. (((HUGS))) dear friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Oh How I Enjoy A Good Sale

Saturday, November 03, 2012

DH and I picked up some great deals Thursday at Michaels and Target (Halloween Clearance).

1 large inflatable ghost display $24.99 (originally $49.99)
3 sets of pumpkin lights to line the sidewalk - $6 each (originally $12 each)
3 sets of skulls to line the sidewalk - $6 each (originally $12 each)
2 strings of 10 ft pumpkin lights $5 each (originally $10 each)
1 large hanging skeleton - $2 (originally $4.99)
2 large pumpkins that light up- $5 (originally $10 each)
6 bags of cobwebs - $.50 each (originally $2 each)
4 pkgs of treat bags/ 10 bags in each - $.50 (originally $2.00 a pkg)
1 super large Halloween coloring pad for the grandson $1 (originally $4.99)
1 super large Halloween paint pad for the grandson $1 (originally $4.99)
1 black pillow with ghost design/ Halloween decor $3 (originally $6)
1 black pillow with pumpkin design/ Halloween decor $3 (originally $6)
2 BEWARE block set/ Halloween decor $.50 each (originally $2 each)
2 hanging signs/ Halloween decor $.50 each (originally $2)
12 pkgs of Halloween Scrapbook embellishments $.25 each (originally $1.00 each)

WE PAID: $94.99 (Original Price $208.87)
WE SAVED: $113.88

We had a nice time shopping. Only downside to all the Halloween FUN encountered this week was the left over candy. As is my usual practice any left overs gets packaged up and saved for stocking stuffers at Christmas time. I designated 3 pieces to treat myself with on Halloween and I was good about it. However I forgot to immediately bag up the remainders this year and left the cauldron on the kitchen counter. BIG MISTAKE!!! I treated myself to 24 additional pieces in the past 2 days before I finally realized what I was doing. My only excuse: I was tired and emotional. Needless to say the cauldron is now empty, and the remainders are sealed tight and hidden well by DH. All in all it actually could have been much worse so I will accept it as a slip up, and move on.

In addition, I appreciate all the nice compliments regarding the Halloween decorations as well as the kindness shown in regards to the remembrance for my mom. Thanks everyone! Have an awesome weekend Sparkies! emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/4/2012 6:08PM


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    Great job on the bargain shopping. You rock!

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IOEINC 11/3/2012 12:30PM

    You really got some bargains!! We haven't had any trick or treaters in the past few years either so no candy bought and no temptation. I don't even decorate any more and we used to do the whole yard and front porch. I miss doing that much as i miss seeing the kids in costume when they came to the door. Keep working it. You are doing great and sound so happy!!


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RECMAJOR 11/3/2012 8:59AM

    Love reading about your great Halloween haul - nothing like a great sale! I'm glad you could hide the rest of the candy - not easy to do when you love to taste it! emoticon emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 11/3/2012 7:39AM

    You will have quite the display next year - great bargains.

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LKWQUILTER 11/3/2012 7:24AM

    You did emoticon Sallie. We didn't buy any candy as have not had any trick or treaters the past 3 years. No candy--no tasting for me. lol You hit the jackpot on decorations. Have a super weekend. ((HUGS))

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OTEN36 11/3/2012 6:03AM

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Last Night Was A SpOOktacular Success

Thursday, November 01, 2012

43 trick or treaters braved the frigid cold last night to celebrate Halloween. Rewarded them with an extra handful of candy. What was especially nice was all the amazing compliments we received on our yard diplay from the children, teens and parents. We even had 2 neighbors come over just to say how much they and their families have enjoyed what we do and how they are looking forward to our Christmas display as well. Made the hubby and I feel really good. Heading out this morning to load up on more decorations (Halloween sales) for next year! emoticon

Here are a couple of pictures of the hubby and me along with some examples of our yard. I should do a video next year so I can capture the fog, screams and all the mechanicals in action.

PS. Happy November 1st! Keep Sparking!!!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/1/2012 11:33PM

    Very cool yard! WOW!

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LKWQUILTER 11/1/2012 7:19PM

    You really went all out Sallie and it does look good. Can't wait to see your next decorating event. You sure know how to do it GREAT!!!

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ONECALMMOM 11/1/2012 3:59PM

  Love, love. love all your pics. How fun! Sadly we don't get any trick-or-treaters anymore. Seems like the few kids that are in the neighborhood go to private parties. Our town does a community merchant's event in the afternoon so I was able to see all the kids having a great time going from shop to shop!

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CRAFTINWIFE 11/1/2012 1:51PM

    emoticon Love the display!

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RURAL3 11/1/2012 1:29PM

    wow you are a real Halloween nut! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRENDABUNNY 11/1/2012 1:27PM

    Awesome looking display..You and Dh did a GREAT job...I can't wait to see the xmas display...
We decorate to and I love it! emoticon emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 11/1/2012 11:49AM

    That is so cool!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/1/2012 9:26AM

    OMG, HOW FUN!!!! I wish people would do that around here! SO glad you had a great time = )

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