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Weekend Review & Week Ahead

Monday, October 08, 2012

I had a nice quiet birthday weekend. Stayed in my jammies and fuzzy slippers. emoticon I haven't done that since I was a teenager. It was so relaxing, no stress, no drama. I watched several favorite DVDs, reminisced over old photo albums, gave myself a facial, mani & pedi, called a friend or two, paid my furbabies some much needed extra attention, caught up on some emails, letters, and even with some Sparkfriends as well as pinned to my heart's content on PINTEREST. And I enjoyed every minute!

NOW, it's back to reality! emoticon I have a pretty full week ahead. Halloween craft projects that need starting, the last of the hallway wallpaper will be coming down (Hallelujah), need to order the grandson's Halloween costume (Batman) as well as some winter clothing for me, dropping off some books I no longer have use for to the local library and clothing to the Share House, setting up our haunted yard display as well as decorating the house SPOOKY STYLE, taking our dog in to get her stitches and Elizabethan collar removed for the second time (first time didn't take), attending our grandson's soccer game on Saturday, and of course the piece de la resistance - spending all day Saturday through all day Sunday with the grandson while his mom is out of town. A movie of his choice, picking out pumpkins and scarecrows at the Farmers Market, making Halloween treats as well as a couple kid-friendly Halloween crafts and some spooky DVDS are on the agenda. emoticon Can't wait!

Have a great week Sparkies! emoticon

  
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LOSTLIME 10/9/2012 8:32AM

    Belated Happy Birthday!

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CRAFTINWIFE 10/8/2012 3:45PM

    emoticon (better late than never)

Sounds like a busy, fun week ahead! emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 10/8/2012 2:45PM

    Wow, what a great BD weekend Sallie!! I might could do that for 1 day, but 3--you go Girl!!. Reality will be a lot of fun time for you again, getting all that Halloween decorations put up/made and having your dgs this weekend. Have a great time with him. ((HUGS))

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BRENDABUNNY 10/8/2012 1:22PM

    emoticon sounds like a busy week..make it fun emoticon

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RURAL3 10/8/2012 11:52AM

    sounds like just the kind of weekend you needed Sallie. Now onward. It is good to get refreshed every once in a while. emoticon emoticon

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IOEINC 10/8/2012 10:25AM

    Didn't know it was your birthday so I too will say belately Happy Birthday Sallie, although it sounds like it certainly was a happy one.

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It also sounds like you have a happy week planned.

It is so heartwarming to see you in such good spirits.

Have a wonderful time with your grandson!!!

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GIVENTHANKS 10/8/2012 10:14AM

    emoticon Sorry it is a belated wish! I am glad that you had a nice day!It sounds like you have a very busy life.

Enjoy your week!

Pat

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Today Is My Birthday! dada dada da da LOL

Friday, October 05, 2012

Well first off I survived my birthday dinner the other night with the daughter, husband and grandson. emoticon The daughter threw out a few zingers but no major disturbances so I count myself fortunate. After some more Halloween shopping (can't have enough ghouls and goblins) we had a nice dinner at our favorite Japanese Steak House. I had the Hibachi Chicken & Shrimp and enjoyed every bite. YUM! Afterwards we went to Starbucks for coffee (vanilla milk for the grandson) and I brought along the cake that DH made for me (chocolate with vanilla frosting) and some sprinkles so our grandson could take part in decorating it.

We were all pretty full from dinner so we each just had a small piece than split the remainder. The daughter took home half for her and her son to enjoy later. DH and I took home the other half. I had one small piece yesterday with lunch and will have the last piece today with a candle in it to celebrate my actual B-day today. DH happily has eaten the rest.

My daughter gave me a card, and my grandson made one for me along with a picture of a really big fish in the ocean. It is now displayed on my refrigerator. He also gave me a small plastic Snoopy figure with candy inside. And of course like a typical 5 year old he asked to have the candy. emoticon DH gave me 3 roses, a card and gift card to Michaels, one of my favorite stores. I could actually live there if they would let me and be quite happy. I also have received cards and/ or gifts from my nieces, sister in laws and cousin along with phone calls from friends. So all in all I can't complain, it has been nice. As for today I am just doing whatever I want. No stress or drama allowed, just enjoying my 54th birthday. I chose not to go out to dinner again tonight so will be eating in with the DH. Roast chicken, mashed potatoes and corn on the cob along with salad is the plan. And of course my last sliver of cake to last me another year. emoticon




  
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HEALTHYSLIM2 10/9/2012 1:18PM

    Sounds like you are starting off your 54th year RIGHT!
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My birthday is Oct 6th, so that must be why you are one of my favorite Spark Friends!!
I want to wish you 365 days full of blessings and joy. You deserve it!
Can't wait to celebrate your goal of reaching 140 lbs with you by the time our b-days roll around next year!!
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MTPOETNH 10/6/2012 2:51PM

    Glad you had a great birthday emoticon Smart to spread out the cake over several meals emoticon Great goals for next year too!! emoticon

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LINDA! 10/5/2012 11:52PM

    Happy Birthday! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/5/2012 11:03PM

    Love your goals. Glad that your birthday went well. Happy Birthday my friend. Love, Dawn

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JOANNS4 10/5/2012 9:58PM

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BRENDABUNNY 10/5/2012 4:13PM

    emoticon and emoticon goals

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1CRAZYDOG 10/5/2012 3:24PM

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RICHILA 10/5/2012 12:58PM

    emoticon I am so glad you had a pleasant dinner out! Wonderful Goals! Enjoy Your Day!
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CAROLYN_ROSE 10/5/2012 12:02PM

    Happy Birthday!!! Hope you have a wonderful day!

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LKWQUILTER 10/5/2012 11:58AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon dear Sallie. I am so glad the dinner was good and you had fun. You deserve it. Yes, you can do it!!! ((HUGS))

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81MSMITH1 10/5/2012 11:45AM

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BBORDEN86 10/5/2012 11:31AM

    Happy Birthday!!!! Sounds like fabulous goals to achieve within th next year. I have no doubts that you'll be able to reach them! : )

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HOLLYM48 10/5/2012 11:22AM

    Many happy wishes for your birthday and best of luck with your continued weight loss. You look great!

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LVMAMAW 10/5/2012 11:04AM

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DABLUECAT 10/5/2012 11:03AM

    Happy birthday! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RURAL3 10/5/2012 11:00AM

    I am sooo happy for you that the dinner worked out. I pray that you have a peaceful day today. Your weight loss goal for this next year is pretty hefty. Make sure you don't set yourself up for disappointment. Even half that would be fabulous. I can attest to how much harder it is to lose weight as we get older. But I think your #3 goal will help in all things. Have the best birthday ever. You are loved!
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ZENNITH 10/5/2012 10:58AM

    Happy Birthday! Glad you enjoyed your day :-)

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COMEONMA 10/5/2012 10:51AM

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It sounds like you've had a great celebration so far! Good luck on your goals and enjoy your day today!!


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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/5/2012 10:50AM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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Thinking Twice

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

My daughter called this morning and said I could take my grandson to dinner tomorrow night to celebrate my birthday. She then said he could also sleepover next weekend as she will be out of town on one of the days. I told her thank you and than asked if she would be joining us at dinner tomorrow. She said no, she was still too offended by yesterday's phone conversation. I tired to explain why I was so upset yesterday when we talked but she didn't want to hear it. She went on to outline her plans for her birthday next week that she has made with her boyfriend, son and friends. Her dad and I were not included in any of them which wasn't a total surprise. She then ended the call with a few unkind remarks directed towards me. Typical.

A few hours later after scrapping more of the hallway wallpaper off the walls while shredding some stress and clearing my head in the process; I decided to call her back. And NO, I am not crazy. At least I don't think I am. I conveyed to her that after some careful thought I felt that with her dad and I missing out on her birthday next week and her missing mine this week, this would not help our highly dysfunctional relationship one little bit. I said it may proved to be a road we don't want to go down. And once done, it can't be undone. I told her I believe it would bother both of us deeply. So I suggested to her that she might want to reconsider joining us for dinner tomorrow. And that she was welcome. I went on to say she didn't have to answer now. To just think about and if she decided to come along than meet us at 4 and if she decided not to, text her dad tomorrow and let us know. She responded pretty quickly by saying, she would be there. End of call.

Some might wonder why I decided to do this after all that has transpired between her and I. The only answer I can give is I felt it was the right thing to do. Based more on logic than emotion I came up with a peaceful resolution regardless of how my daughter feels towards me. And I left the decision whether to accept it or not in her hands. Whether tomorrow evening goes well or not, I will know I did what I thought was best. My relationship with my daughter is pretty much rock bottom at this point. I honestly feel if we start intentionally missing out on birthdays than soon that will become special events, holidays, things involving the grandson, and so on. Nothing good would come of it. It would only lead in one direction - DOWN. And there really is not much further down we can go before there is absolutely NOTHING.

  
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MTPOETNH 10/3/2012 8:43PM

    Sorry to hear your relationship with your daughter is so rocky.. I think you made a very loving decision to call her back - I hope all goes well for your birthday celebration- emoticon Happy birthday to you

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RURAL3 10/3/2012 9:23AM

    I pray your birthday is peaceful and joyful. I think it was progress in just her letting your grandson join you. emoticon

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GOLFGMA 10/3/2012 7:44AM

    Keep communicating and somehow show love for one another. Pray for God's guidance and yes, think twice before saying things that might be taken the wrong way. We are all different and some are so insecure they feel they can never live up to standards set by others and are on the defensive around some folk.

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THETURTLEBEAR 10/3/2012 12:17AM

    Well done!

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JAMER123 10/2/2012 11:50PM

    It seems to you did the right thing. You offered her a way to "save face" and come to your dinner and it was put to her as her choice. I have a somewhat rocky life with my daughter. We have open communications now if I ask her questions or if she asks me. Not much spontanous but we do talk. She is close to her father do i do know more about what is going on through him.

Keep the channels open to her and let her make the decisions. Change may come through better than you think.
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/2/2012 8:58PM

    I hope that it all turns out alright. Happy Birthday to you.

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RICHILA 10/2/2012 7:47PM

    I think you calm statement made her think. I hope you have a wonderful birthday dinner!
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LKWQUILTER 10/2/2012 7:45PM

    Sallie, you are a better person than I am. (((HUGS)) and wishing you a super BD supper tomorrow. (((HUGS)))

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A Little Motivation

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Found some quotes this morning that I liked. Thought I would share!













And I absolutely LOVE this last one. It's so TRUE!


Happy Sunday my friends! Make it a good one!! emoticon

  
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/30/2012 11:31PM

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BRENDABUNNY 9/30/2012 10:25PM

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CRAFTINWIFE 9/30/2012 5:44PM

    emoticon for sharing!

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PMFISH 9/30/2012 4:30PM

    Thanks for sharing. Great quotes.

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LKWQUILTER 9/30/2012 2:50PM

    I am like you and love that last quote. It is so true. You can't go forward if you don't let go of the past. ((HUGS)) Sallie and have a super Sunday too.

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BUSYGRANNY5 9/30/2012 11:10AM

    I love quotes that have meaning and these are awesome! Thanks so much for sharing these today!!

Have a blessed day!!!

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NANAW12001 9/30/2012 10:41AM

  I love these, thanks.

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HEATHOG 9/30/2012 9:13AM

    Thank you--very inspirational (plus I love the background photo on your SparkPage!

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MIMIDOT 9/30/2012 9:05AM

    Loved the quotes. Especially "You can have results or excuses but not both" Thanks for sharing.

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Spooky FUN

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Had a very nice time with the grandson yesterday. Our favorite Halloween store we learned unfortunately, has moved. emoticon However we visited 2 others. Both were super large but only 1 had exactly what we were looking for. A LARGE amount of costume choices and accessories PLUS a HUGE amount of SPOOKY STUFF for decorating the house and yard. It definitely made a return trip next week A MUST!

The grandson, DH and I had a lot of fun exploring our new favorite store and making a mental TO PURCHASE LIST for next week's return visit. I did however pick up a black cauldron last night. I was in desperate need of a new one! emoticon As well as a pumpkin craving kit, some haunted netting for the dining room table and a few scary window clings for the bathroom mirrors. I simply LOVE Halloween and can't wait to get started on decorating! I have also found a great many ideals for the holiday on PINTEREST. From recipes to pumpkins and everything in-between. PINTEREST if you don't know already is a website which allows you to save (pin) things to a particular board you add to your page, like for instance Halloween, Christmas, Easter, vacation ideals, favorite quotes, clothing, recipes, fitness, etc that you either like or love. It is quickly becoming my new addiction. And I highly recommend checking it out. I plan to make a few of the items I have found and add them to our yard display this year.

All in all it was a good day. I got in some walking too which is a plus. This morning my legs are sore so I know I worked something. As for today I am going to try and tackle some more of the wallpaper with the husband as well as help him remove the roots of the bush and hedge he chopped down last week. His promise that he would have them out by Monday didn't happen. So today, they WILL be removed!

  
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WANABEFITNANA 9/26/2012 7:02PM

  sounds like fun! emoticon emoticon

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MAYBER 9/26/2012 6:14PM

    Halloween is getting to be a big decoration holiday
Enjoy your spooky mood and have fun
One day at a time
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CRAFTINWIFE 9/26/2012 5:46PM

    emoticon Sounds like a fun day!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/26/2012 3:57PM

    Glad that you had such a good time and found a NEW favorite store. It's great to hear of someone who likes Halloween as much as I do. You'll have to post pictures! I'd love to see them. emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 9/26/2012 10:45AM

    So glad yesterday was such a good day Sallie and you, dh, and grand had such fun. Have fun today too. ((HUGS))

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SABLENESS 9/26/2012 10:44AM

    Love to decorate for Halloween! I have lots of Halloween recipes too! FUN! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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