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What A Difference A Day Makes

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Friday was a much better day. Thankfully the dark cloud of misadventures over my head moved on. Hopefully it has went far far away. Took the day to rest up from my busy week. In retrospect that is probably something I should have done on Thursday. emoticon Anyway I caught up on some reading. The fitness, health and weight loss magazines that I ordered from my grandsonís fundraiser back in August are beginning to roll in so I read a few of those. I also pinned on PINTEREST a couple of low fat recipes I would like to this week. If they turn out as good as they look I will happily share them in a future blog. I also watched a couple of old movies that I have seen before but wanted to watch again. Memoirs of a Geisha and The Last Samurai. Both excellent movies! All in all, I enjoyed a much needed relaxing day.

As far as my weight loss goes, I am nearing the end of my 8th week back on plan. I have shedded 15 of the 30 lbs I regained this year. Which brings me to 90 lbs in total. So far so good. However all I have done the last several weeks is basically return to healthier eating along with the normal activities I do (cleaning, keeping up with grandson, home improvement projects, etc). I think it is time to add more of a consistent exercise routine back into the mix in the form of daily walking. So beginning today I will make the time and effort to walk every day. I think I will also invest in a Walking DVD. I know the winter months are approaching fast and even though I love the sight of snow, I hate walking outside when I can't feel my legs. Brrrrrrrr So if anyone can suggest a good one to purchase, I would greatly appreciate it.

Wishing all my Spark buddies a wonderful weekend! BIG thanks for the continued help and support. I appreciate all the comments, goodies, advice and most of all friendship. Keep Sparking!! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/20/2012 7:17PM

    Glad that you had a much better day.

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RURAL3 10/20/2012 4:13PM

    You can't go wrong with Leslie Sansone. How's your toe?

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ZENNITH 10/20/2012 2:39PM

    Glad today has been better for you :-)

I read memoirs of a geisha, haven't seen the movie but the book was a great read.

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CLASSYLADYMAY 10/20/2012 9:26AM

    Sounds like you have a plan!! What i do is plan every day the day before.. i always think what can i do to make it fun,. walking with my dog.. bike riding. cleaning closets.. anything to keep moving and keep busy.. bad thing sometimes i forget to stretch and i go to bed and i am so sore.. so cant sleep good..but i am moving and keeping busy.. so keep going.. i know you can do this!!

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IOEINC 10/20/2012 9:09AM

    Sounds like you had a nuce relaxing day!! Ihaven't been able to do too much exercise with this nasty cold I have had for the past 2 weeks. It aggravated my bronchitis so any exercise makes me cough my head off or get winded very quickly. The Lesley Sansone walking DVDs, as everyone on here has alreayd said, are great!! My cable company used to carry her DVDs on their Exercise Channel and then took her off after a while. I don't like the person they replaced her with. Lesley's segments were so much easier to follow and she gave you enough time to segue into the moves that accompanied the walking. I think Target carries them and then their is always Amazon to order fromif all else fails. ]

Have a great weekend!!
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LKWQUILTER 10/20/2012 8:37AM

    So happy for you Sallie, having such a great day Friday. I also love Leslie Sansone walking tapes. She is happy and encouraging and you can walk 1, 2, or 3 miles with them and that means a lot to me. Also, no one is watching what you are doing. lol Have a super weekend. ((HUGS))

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RAPUNZEL53 10/20/2012 8:20AM

  I have several of Leslie Sansone's walking DVD's and they are good. You might like to try one. Good Luck! Have a Great weekend!

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HELLENACKERMAN 10/20/2012 8:18AM

    I use Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds. I've had mind forever and forget where I bought it at but I got a box set that has 1,2,3, and 4 mile walks along with a resistance band to use also. Upbeat music, simple to understand moves, I really love them!

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Some Days Should Come With A Warning

Friday, October 19, 2012

Ever have one of those days, the ones where EVERYTHING seems to go WRONG! Well, I certainly did yesterday.

Getting up first thing in the morning I ran smack into a wall trying to avoid stepping on one of my cats on the way to the bathroom. I am happy to report I missed the cat entirely, the wall not so much. I stubbed my big toe and broke it open. OUCH! I havenít done that in years but it served as a reminder of how painful it is to do. And it should have been a clear warning to me on how my day was about to unfold. After bandaging my wound and getting dressed, I ventured forth to the kitchen to heat a cup of water for some tea. The microwave had other plans however and exploded, water going everywhere. I took a very deep breath, cleaned up the mess and tried to decide what to have for breakfast. I wasn't really hungry so I settled on a Slimfast. I took the can from the refrigerator, opened it, placed it on the kitchen table and went to get the newspaper. Moments later I forgot I had opened the can and absentmindedly went to shake it again. You guessed it; chocolate hit me, the table, wall, kitchen counter and floor. I sat there in utter disbelief for a minute and wondered what next? I cleaned myself and things up and left the house to walk the dog. I wasnít but four houses away before I stepped in a pile of dog poo. Fortunately for me my dog had already relieved herself so I rather quickly returned home. I go to clean off my foot and shoes in the bathroom and drop one of my shoes in the toilet. Feeling completely frustrated at this point I am now in tears but eventually I calm down. After lunch I went downstairs to my craft room to finish the last of the pumpkins I was painting for my grandson. There I succeeded in spilling black paint all over me, my work desk, not to mention the CARPET! Yes, I was definitely on a roll. I guess it is a good thing replacing the carpet in the house is on my To Do List. My day continued on with mishap after mishap. I left my wallet at the grocery store and had to run back to get it. I picked up the wrong over the counter medication for the husband. I even managed to get stung on the hand by a flying something. Not sure if it was a bee, wasp, yellow jacket or hornet. All I saw was the stinger which I removed promptly and felt the instead PAIN which lastly quite a while, several hours in fact. I havenít been stung since I was a 7 or 8 so I took some Benadryl to be safe and put some hydrocortisone cream on it. Later on I scorched dinner, horribly I might add and ended up eating a peanut butter sandwich because I forgot to pick up deli meat when I was food shopping earlier. And last but not least, I tripped over the dog on my way to bed which was not fun for either one of us. No broken bones. However I still canít figure out how I can miss a cat but not my 65 lb Labrador, or the bedroom wall earlier in the day? Hummm I guess I aim BIG! emoticon

In hindsight, I should have just stayed in bed!!

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LKWQUILTER 10/19/2012 6:45PM

    Sallie, I am so sorry you had such a "bad" day but it sure was funny to read. I hope all your "boo boos" heal quick. It sounds like some of my days. (((HUGS)))

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THETURTLEBEAR 10/19/2012 5:02PM

    OMG - you couldn't make that stuff up!

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BRENDABUNNY 10/19/2012 3:17PM

    Wow Sallie what a day I have ones like that too where after a while you shake your head and wonder if you shoulda just stayed in bed watching movies all day...Glad your ok...BIG emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/19/2012 12:19PM

    emoticon OMG, what a day. That's when you just want to get back in bed and try again tomorrow. I"m glad you survived!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/19/2012 12:06PM

    emoticon Talk about a crazy day! Glad that you survived!

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RURAL3 10/19/2012 10:58AM

    All I can say is WOW! At least that one is over!

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/19/2012 10:24AM

    I think I would have gone back to bed! Oh my!

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ZENNITH 10/19/2012 10:15AM

    Oh dear, I must admit I laughed though! I'm not sure I would have found it funny at the time if I were you though emoticon

My mum once dropped a bottle of oil on the kitchen floor and straight after cleaning it up dropped a couple of eggs, I told her she should throw some flour down too and make a cake!

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MIATIA1 10/19/2012 10:10AM

    With that kind of day I'm incline to agree or atleast I would of resorted to going back to bed.. Hope today goes better emoticon

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BARB5970 10/19/2012 10:08AM

    What a treadful day. Thank goodness it's over and you lived to talk about it. Sorry to say, but you're story gave me a good laugh. We've all had those kind of days. Hope today is better for you. emoticon

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PUMPKINS For The Grandson

Thursday, October 18, 2012

It's been a CRAZY day so far but I finally finished some pumpkins I painted for the grandson. Thought I would share.

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SABLENESS 10/22/2012 12:30PM

    Love the pumpkins! emoticon Good work!

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PINKANGEL73 10/19/2012 7:37AM

    Fantastic - you are an artist. emoticon

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PMFISH 10/18/2012 11:48PM

    Those are great! Do you do that free hand or have a pattern? Know the kids will love them.

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CRAFTINWIFE 10/18/2012 6:50PM

    emoticon These look great!

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LKWQUILTER 10/18/2012 6:14PM

    You are very artistic and talented. Great Sallie. I bet he will be excited when he sees them.

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ALICIA214 10/18/2012 4:06PM


Wow !!! You are one talented Lady.

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GOLFGMA 10/18/2012 3:59PM

    Awesome pumpkins. Your grandson will be so pleased. I loved the little ghost! emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/18/2012 3:53PM

    OMG, what talent! They're great!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/18/2012 3:37PM

    Very cool! You did a GREAT job! I am sure that your grandson is going to love them!

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DIBANANA 10/18/2012 3:32PM

  These are great. My son's carved this VW bus for my Dad's 80th birthday this week.

Happy October!

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Week Recap

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fall cleaning (DONE)
Grandson's Soccer Game (Team won 6-2. He scored 2 goals and assisted on 2 others. So far they are undefeated with 2 games left to go. Woohoo! Go Eagles!!)
Halloween craft projects (completed)
Halloween shopping (yes, emoticonI did more!)
Hotel Transylvania (cute movie)
Farmers Market (loaded up twice on pumpkins, hay and corn stalks for our house as well as for the daughter and grandson)
Kid friendly Halloween crafts (the grandson and I had a good time with these)
Pumpkin & ghost pancakes (grandson said his tummy was very happy)
Mummy hot dogs (he liked these as well)
Halloween pudding treat (yummy - says the grandson)
Spooky movies (bone chillingly good)
Set up of our haunted yard and house (delightfully fun especially with the help of my little grandmaster in training) Pics to come soon.
Grandson carved a pumpkin emoticon for the first time all by himself (very entertaining)
Haunted Gingerbread House (I think more icing leaped into my grandson's mouth than ended up on the house but we had FUN!)
Olive Garden dinner with the husband and grandson (DELICIOUS!)
Painted pumpkins for the grandson (2 down, one to go)
Grandparents Luncheon (GREAT TIME!)
Fall Book Fair (spent way too much but the little guy is definitely worth it. The boy can't have too many books in my opinion emoticon )
Time spent with the grandson (PRICELESS!)

ADDED BONUS: Shedded 2 lbs in the process! emoticon

Overall a good week but I'm super tired. Think I will rest tomorrow! Hope everyone is having a FABULOUS week! Keep Sparking!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 10/18/2012 10:46AM

    Rock star!

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RURAL3 10/17/2012 10:53PM

    That's the way every week should be LOL. Glad you had a spooky fabulous time. emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/17/2012 9:39PM

    Glad that you had such an awesome week & that you lost 2 pounds. I took my grandson to see Hotel Transylvania too. We both liked it a lot. Bright blessings to you my dear.

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MAYBER 10/17/2012 9:27PM

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BRENDABUNNY 10/17/2012 9:00PM

    emoticon emoticon sounds like you guys all had an awesome time..Can't wait to see pictures emoticon

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CRAFTINWIFE 10/17/2012 7:16PM

    emoticon Sounds like tons of fun!

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LKWQUILTER 10/17/2012 6:08PM

    WTG Sallie. Sounds like ya'll had a blast!! and so much fun!! emoticon emoticon emoticon ((HUGS))

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MOMMYSLOVE22 10/17/2012 5:52PM

  you go girl !!

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Busy Day and Fun Weekend Ahead

Friday, October 12, 2012

Okay, so yesterday was a complete bust. Nothing accomplished unless you count keeping my eyes opened. emoticonI was way too tired from getting only 2 hours sleep the night before to do anything. However last night was better sleep wise so today should be much more productive.

I have to clean the house, assemble 3 Halloween craft projects and make some Halloween inspired treats for the grandson to enjoy this weekend. His soccer game is tomorrow at 9 which DH and I will attend. emoticon Afterwards he is all ours until after dinner on Sunday. emoticon Some of this weekend's happenings will be: brunch with the grandson, checking out the Halloween goodies at Michaels (the grandson loves the little spooky village displays), pumpkin & scarecrow shopping at the Farmers Market, decorating the house Halloween style and assembling our haunted yard display, spooky movie with popcorn of course, playing with assorted toys, kid friendly Halloween crafts and dinner at Olive Garden (I'll be using one of my birthday gift cards) before dropping him off to his dad Sunday night. Looking forward to having LOTS of FUN with the little guy! In the meantime I best get busy!

Have a great day and weekend Sparkies!! emoticon emoticon

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2BE-MY-BEST 10/13/2012 5:44PM

    Love your page background. I bet you do a fantastic job decorating your house. Have fun with your little one - they grow up too fast!

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LKWQUILTER 10/12/2012 7:21PM

    Have a super time Sallie!!! WTG!!

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RURAL3 10/12/2012 3:20PM

    Have a big weekend of fun Good thing you rested up for it

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BRENDABUNNY 10/12/2012 2:55PM

    Have a great time... emoticon

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CRAFTINWIFE 10/12/2012 1:35PM

    Sounds like fun!

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PYNETREE 10/12/2012 11:01AM

    Oh... sounds like a great emoticon weekend on tap! Hope the weather is cooperating!


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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/12/2012 10:41AM

    Sounds like a great weekend! Enjoy!!!

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