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Rainy Sunday

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Yesterday was one of those days that is so perfect, sunny and bright; you are called to be outside and be busy.

I didn't do my housekeeping chores or laundry last week because of company ~ I got those done in record time. I planted flowers and moved rocks. Finally, Kalleigh and Alec came over and we roasted hot dogs and marshmallows over the firepit. We finished the evening watching the sky for UFO's. (We heard reports that Very strange acting lights were spotted in another Lincoln neighborhood Friday night!) It was a perfect day and ended on a perfect note.

I woke to soft rain and loud bird song. Another perfect day! We slept late, did a core workout with Coach Nicole, then went grocery shopping and made a pot of yummy taco soup. Now it's nap time, raindrops dripping from the eaves and not so loud bird are all the sleep aide I'll need :)

Then I saw good news about the oil spill. The first since April 20.

I hope this isn't too boring...my life is so blessed emoticon


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KALIGIRL 5/17/2010 10:15AM

    Thanks for sharing - sounds like a wonderful weekend!

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Saturday, May 08, 2010

I love Saturdays! I can lay in bed a little longer, noodle around on the internet, take my time when I walk the dogs and do whatever strikes my fancy.

Am I selfish to want to spend every Saturday doing what's meaningful to me? My in-laws come to visit several times a year, usually when they have doctors appointments, or some kind of event to attend. If the appointment is on Monday, they come on Thursday and stay until Tuesday, every time!

Saturday breakfast in their world is a cinnamon roll. My husband is quite a Betty Crocker, so he pulls out all the stops and creates the gooiest, most perfect cinnamon rolls outside heaven. Usually I stick to oatmeal and fruit with a cup of milk, sometimes I cave though and have 600 calories of sugar and fat for breakfast.

Then it's time for shopping! I'm trying hard to reduce my footprint and live a more sustainable lifestyle. I guess I get my steps, going through the mall, going to Wal-mart, going to Menards, stopping for lunch at McDonalds, then going back to Wal-mart to get the things that got forgotten.

Suppertime! They always bring coolers full of food ~ food like brisket for Rueben sandwiches, or sausage and ribs to crockpot. After our delightfully delicious, but heart attack encouraging meal with the ever present banana cake for dessert, we sit in front of the tv until bedtime.

Thank goodness my bedtime is 8:30, because I normally don't watch tv and I'm pretty sure gossiping about people I don't know isn't nurturing soul growth.

Ok, Saturday is in the books. We just have Sunday and another day of artery clogging food choices and rampant consumerism. Finally I get to go back to work.

I have to admit, by the time Tuesday rolls around, I am more than ready to start eating clean again and having time to spend with Coach Nicole and finding some splendid isolation. I am so grateful for the choices I've made toward living a more sustainable, more healthy lifestyle. The obstacles that fall in the path on that journey only serve to make future good choices easier. Now, if I could only persuade everyone else that I'm right and we should do things my way...

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SEYSARAH 5/20/2010 9:03AM

    Well that hits home..here we call it the five star breakfasts..he cooks, I clean up and it's standard that I have one egg, one piece of toast and leave the scene rofl! I just tell him and the family I can't count that high on my tracker hehehehe..it works and I get razzed but you'd be surprised...more often than not, they now go out to breakfast!

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CAR58OLE 5/8/2010 7:43AM

    Isn't it amazing how we "cave" when family is involved?!??

Hang in there... make wise choices when you can... I know I have the same issues with my sisters!

They KNOW my son and I are both trying to eat smarter... they arrive with 3 desserts... or 2 bags of chips... never fails... I can plan a complete HEALTHY dinner, and they spoil it by bringing SOOO much junk!

I have to remain in control of my own decisions... and you can too!

Maybe ask hubby to tome down a bit on the excess fatty - sugary foods???

Good luck!

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What a difference a day makes

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Yesterday afternoon I went to spaceweather.com and looked at a satellite picture of the oil spill. My heart felt like it was breaking and tears ran down my face. All afternoon and until I went to sleep I was just angry that this could happen.

This morning I woke up, prepared to be angry all day...somewhere in the middle of day 4 of Coach Nicole's bootcamp that anger went away! I'm sad that so many fish, animals, plants and beaches are being destroyed and today I'm ready to do something. A friend sent this:

"Today, May 3 was the deadline for comment on the 5-year OCS plan (OCS = Outer Continental Shelf). I'm so sorry; wish I'd known this sooner. :(

Possibly, this deadline will be extended due to the pending disaster?? If so,

I'm sharing a little info cuz if people are really serious about making ourselves heard, then we need to know how:

The only action that individuals can take which MUST be recognized by the Federal Dept. of The Interior, Minerals Management Service [MMS] is to send a letter to,


Referring to the 5-year Plan, see this subsection:


1 - You can read a little bit about the OCS (Outer Continental Shelf) drilling plan, and see why Mr. Obama announced on March 31 that offshore drilling would proceed... that is, it's been in the works since 2007.

2 - Scroll a tiny bit beyond halfway down the screen to the section labeled in boldface type,

"How to Comment on the PRP: You may submit comments on the PRP by any of the following methods."

If it isn't too late, we'd follow those instructions to address the 5-year plan as,

Docket ID MMS-2009-OMM-0016

Whether you contact the MMS by snail mail or online, you MUST make the Docket ID# the Topic of your communication or it'll very likely be ignored.

That's all I know. I'll send a letter to the site regarding the 5-year plan, on the off-chance that Mr. O's 30-day postponement of leasing CAN permit comments to be considered beyond May 3."

I pray it's not too late, I will send a message asking that deep offshore drilling be stopped. It may be too little, too late, I hope not.

Blessings on your day Sparkies emoticon!

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UNIBOK 5/6/2010 7:12AM

    Thanks for your caring and your passion. You are not alone!

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DEVENIRBELLE 5/4/2010 8:22AM

    Thank you for your deep concern for the earth and all living creatures. I agree.

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A Quintessential Monday

Monday, May 03, 2010

I stepped on the scale first thing this morning and it was up 2 pounds from the time I happily entered 148. Of course it would be, last Tuesday's food day turned into a marathon of unbridled gluttony. I felt it was something hormonal, all the ladies in my office cycle at the same time and last week was the week. Of course, I'm 56 years old and haven't had a cycle for many years. Anyway, I followed them to chip and dip, chocolate cake and Culver's better burger form of oral therapy.

Then it was the weekend! It was great taking sandwiches to the Center for People in Need, but somehow the day got away from me without any kind of work out at all and all kinds of bad food choices.

Yesterday was a sad anniversary, I really meant to call Jeannie, but for some reason I just couldn't do it. Now I feel like bad friend indeed. I was on the edge of tears all day and I eased that pain with a KFC mashed potato bowl and gin sour.

Thank goodness for do-overs. Another Monday, another chance to do better. I'm on track with a healthy breakfast, a healthy lunch is packed and I will call my friend tonight.

Have a marvelous Monday everyone!

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UNIBOK 5/3/2010 9:08PM

    Do-over indeed. I hope you had a truly marvelous Monday. It sounds like you sure could use the fresh start! (I felt exactly the same way, btw.)

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PUTOFFPUTON 5/3/2010 9:41AM

    Boy do I HEAR YOU! I too am 56, discovered a 2 pound gain at this week's weight-in, and am beginning anew this new week. To sunrises and do-overs!!

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Sunday, May 2

Sunday, May 02, 2010

I lost a good friend a year ago today. It's not been near as fun with him gone, but life goes on and the lessons his passing taught me have helped me understand what's really important.

First of all, he was one of those kind of paranoid, anti-government guys. Sometimes he'd talk about how the boxcars are already built, they're stored somewhere in Montana. Looking back, I wish he would have practiced a little more paranoia about the bacon, hash browns and eggs he'd be eating whenever we had these discussions. Sigh...


Anyway, yesterday was a great day! I was gifted with 2 turkeys a few weeks ago. There's just me and Dennis at home, and a big turkey won't really fit into any spring and summer holiday menus. Lo and behold, the next day after I got the 2nd turkey, I got an email asking for volunteers for a Mother's Day event at the Center for People in Need. They needed 50 sandwiches! My daughter and I prepared and delivered them on the dot of 10 am. Blessings for the Birds!


I'm looking out the window at a gorgeous spring day! Weather like they have in Hawaii and San Diego. I need to get dressed because we have grocery shopping, then we are joining some friends to hunt morel mushrooms! Since my meal plan has pretty much been in the gutter since our food day at work last Tuesday, I won't feel bad about dipping a few in egg wash, cracker crumbs and pan frying those tender little morsels.

Have a beautiful Sunday Sparkies. The biggest thing Clark taught me is that time is art, make it beautiful.



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