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Stop Whining, Get Moving and Shut Yer Piehole!

Monday, January 25, 2010

I'm feeling my youth slip away. That's little dramatic I know, but these last few months have taken a toll. We took on a project which has taken longer, cost more and involved way more work than we had originally planned. I gained some pounds and am not getting enough exercise, which seems to happen almost every winter. The dreary, cold days are getting on my nerves and I am CRANKY. Like some OLD person.

We bought a foreclosure house right across the street from our own home last October. I call it....HGTV HELL. It's been convenient to work on but, also a constant reminder that we can see out our front window. We've done this a few times before but, we were A LOT younger. And no matter how hard we've worked these last few months, it's not the same as a good cardio workout. The good news IS...it's almost done. It can't be an excuse anymore.



A few months ago, my mantra was..."Time To Quit Wasting Time". I was determined to get the scale unstuck and start losing weight again. Plans have changed slightly. The scale moved...but, in the wrong direction so, my new mantra will be Stop Whining, Get Moving and Shut Yer Piehole!


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CITYZOZO 2/2/2010 10:15AM

    COOL HOUSE, Is it a renter?

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SARAWMS48 1/27/2010 10:23AM

    Winter in Illinois really sucks. I question each year why I'm still here. The warm temps on Sunday were just a tease since we also had rain, but probably less than a month until we see 50 degrees with some sun. Hang in there. We can do this.

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Excuse me, I have been drinking....

Sunday, January 03, 2010


Just a little though....but, enough to let loose a flood of emotions that need a place to land.

This next week will mark one year since the my cousin Kristine's passing. Tonite we spent the evening with our cousins and she was here I know, in faces of her children and in our thoughts that speak louder than conversation....in our hugs that last just a little longer.... and in our tears that start on the way home.

Life moves like the river flows. It catches on the branches and arcs around curves and bends. We remember the path it took but, we can't go back upstream to changes the way things are. We meander along, giving way to the next circumstance, the next happening, the next stage of existence. She is forever on the bank....way back in time, waving us on.

  
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CEELEE53 1/5/2010 3:53PM

    Penny...what a beautiful way to articulate the presence of one you lost. Kristine winds her way though all of you who love her and carry her memory in your hearts. Her love for you/family is the one constant that remains to remind you how special she was and how much she will be missed. Be at peace, my friend... emoticon

Hugs,
Christine

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COACHPENNY 1/5/2010 12:58AM

    Thanks girls , I am grateful for emoticon and emoticon

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DOKEYOKEY 1/4/2010 10:07PM

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I am glad for the spirit in the spirits.
I send you hugs and the patience to keep experiencing your sadness until you are ready for the next bend in the river.
Kathleen

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STLRZGRRL 1/4/2010 7:51PM

    I'm glad you all had one another to cry and laugh and remember with...

Kristine was with you that evening and she's with you now...

Big fat hugs, Pen...

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CARLI_MAE 1/4/2010 7:02PM

    I think a lot of us have been there. All I can do is leave you with many, many ...
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Metaphorical Clutter

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Since it's come up on one of our teams, I've been giving some thought to this process getting rid of the junk that clutters up our life. The excess paper, collectibles, furnishings, clothing, etc. that we find so hard to part with. It's hard work, slowly purging the unnecessary from our path.

I wonder sometimes, if we clutter up because, we are afraid some part of ourselves will get tossed with the trash? To be honest, some of me DOES need to get tossed with the trash.....Stinking baggage! It clutters my mind. All that stuff that doesn't matter anymore. I guess that means it's time clear the metaphorical as well as the physical clutter. Time to quit wasting time and clear the past, from my path.

  
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SARAWMS48 12/31/2009 1:45PM

    You've inspired me to get up and gather some clothes to be given away today. It always makes me feel better when I do. Getting rid of them will also make me stay the size I am instead of having the choice of fitting into the larger stuff.

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CARLI_MAE 12/30/2009 4:09PM

    I guess I'm a little of Steph, and a little of Sparkle ... funny thing is, I used to be such a big "thrower outer" & neat freak when I was young, sometimes I'd find myself going back into the trash to rescue something I pitched without thinking (oops). I think I got into this fix when I inherited all my parents' and along with that grandparents' mementos and what not ... the more I dig into it the more I seem to find, and in the meantime my own stash of piles gets overwhelming.

BTW, remember the food pantries ... they need help in a really bad way. If you are going through food items, have leftovers or cakes and such people gave you as gifts that you prefer not to end up around your waistline, please give them to people in need rather than just dumping them in the trash! Same thing goes for unwanted clothing -- it do be cold out there ... brrrrrrrrrrr!

Happy un-cluttered New Year!

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SPARKLE1908 12/30/2009 3:33PM

    Great blog...I just spent my morning/afternoon cleaning out my fridge, closet and shredding old paper...time to get organized and keep the clutter from invading my life....

It may be a "security" blanket for some people, but for me clutter was basically representative of the "laziness" I experienced when I wanted to just lay on my couch and watch tv instead of going through my mail and discarding the "junk" that is sent...(thank God I have autopay for my bills or I would have been screwed)....

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MORRISDATTER 12/30/2009 3:27PM

    Yes, we do tend to define ourselves with what we own. It's sad, not to mention dumb. I'm the same way about THINGS - getting rid of them feels like I am losing part of myself. And yet, when the clutter is gone - really gone and not just stuffed in a drawer or closet - it's such a wonderful, clean feeling of renewal.
I hear you, Penny.
Steph

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Peace and Quiet on Earth

Friday, December 25, 2009

This has been a most enjoyable Christmas holiday. We usually have the whole family over and little time to accomplish the extreme makeover our house always needs this time of year. The busier we get, the messier the house gets. The messier the house, the more stressed I become. By the time company arrives, I'm spent and the rest of our family is annoyed.

We spent the day differently this year. Due to a family wedding less than a week before Christmas and a house project which has become our new part time job, we had to forgo hosting the annual Christmas gathering. We still saw one side of the family on Christmas Eve. We'll see the other after Christmas for sure, but today, was simply a simple celebration of peace and quiet. We enjoyed the company of our own adult children without the stress of cleaning, cooking and wrapping for everyone else. It's the first time in over 20 years that we've had the day to ourselves. Peace and Quiet on earth.

  
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COACHPENNY 12/27/2009 7:04PM

    Trace, you are brilliant!

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STLRZGRRL 12/27/2009 7:00PM

    PEACE AND QUIET ON EARTH.

If anything ever needed to go on a coffee mug, an embroidered pillow and a bumper sticker... THIS is IT!

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People Smarter Than You or Me Make the Big Decisions

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Lets face it. We can always say that we'd do things differently if we were the President and had the power to make the big decisions. That's a hypothetical and we are armchair warriors. There isn't any way to test the hypothesis so, we can safely and smugly sit in our chairs and pretend to know how to proceed with, running a war or revamping healthcare or responding to global warming.

As smart and smug as we are....we just don't have the big picture, nor do we have the weight of all these conflicting expectations on our shoulders. Even though these big decisions impact us greatly, we don't have what it takes to make the sacrifice it takes to be tested to the limits of our wisdom.

If we did, we'd be sitting in that chair behind the big desk facing not only the big decisions but also, a lot of big talkers telling us h0w to run the country.

  
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CITYZOZO 12/17/2009 8:04PM

    well said...zo

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SARAWMS48 12/11/2009 10:01AM

    When I heard the decision on Afghanistan, I kept reminding myself that the President knows things I don't. Of course, it is hard to watch when decisions I don't agree with are made by someone I trust and respect, but it certainly is better than when they were being made by a President who I didn't trust or respect. In my own life, I remember that when I became involved at my kids' school the answers were way less obvious than when I stood on the sidelines having opinions.

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COACHPENNY 12/5/2009 7:46PM

    Oh you guys, you gonna make my head swell ala Sarah LOL!

Do we have to wonder why all the simple minded flock to the Republican party for "leadership"?

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CEELEE53 12/5/2009 9:12AM

    Penny...if Tracey is your campaign manager, can I be in charge of funding your 2012 bid to run with the big dogs? Just think...you get your own office...your own chair behind a big desk...not to mention, turning grey in less than a year. Of course, as a woman...you have an advantage. You can pretty much dye your hair with impunity...no interview with your "barber" trying to discover if you are covering the grey.

My first duty as your campaign finance manager is to get the money flowing...you must start writing your memoir immediately. "Going Rogue" and "Going Rouge" are catchy phrases...or is it catch phrases...how about: Dreams From My Mother? The Audacity of the Christian Right? The Media Elite vs. The Puerile Factor; How Rush, Glenn, Sean, Sarah and Levi Brought Down a Party? You could add: Mark, John, or Mike...but there is only so much space on a front cover.

Oh...and Penny, from now on: no more potty mouth. Unless you are with your trusted advisers, of course. When Oprah interviews you, tone down your intelligence. If she asks if you will invite Levi for Thanksgiving Dinner...respond affirmatively. No comments about pornography or his lack of moral rectitude. Leave the dithering to Sarah. And start right now charging your friends and family members for any holiday pictures they want you in...the campaign coffers must be filled. No time like the present!

Wasn't it Bette Davis who said: "Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy ride."...or something to that effect? It'll be fun...let me know when we can start. emoticon

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AZIMAT 12/1/2009 4:52PM

    Good point, we're not sitting in those rooms full of people with all kinds of information and agendas. Just look at the way Obama has aged in a year. The weight of the world is on his shoulders. I need to remember to pray for him. I believe it helps.

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STLRZGRRL 12/1/2009 4:36PM

    OBAMA/COACHPENNY 2012!!!!!

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CARLI_MAE 12/1/2009 4:12PM

    Good reminder. I know Pres. of the U.S. is one job I can honestly say I wouldn't want if it were the only one available on the face of the earth! And while it's easy to blame everything on the Commander in Chief, the reality is that the person in that office can only do what so many other forces and powers in play at a given time will allow.

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