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A cool weather Sunday

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The day was cool and very rainy. It rained so hard in the night I had to close the windows. The storm actually woke me up. When we left for church it was only 57 degrees. The day continued to be gray and drizzly. The worship service and preaching were great today. This afternoon I took a long nap. After I woke up I headed to the fitness center. My workout consisted of the stationary bike, the elliptical trainer and strength training. It was a good day food wise for me too. All in all a good day.

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BASILIC 8/17/2010 8:04AM

    Unfortunately the down side to the beautiful German greenery is rain. On the other hand you get to avoid those long dog days of summer of 100 degrees.

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PAMAPPLE 8/16/2010 10:52AM

    What a great Sunday! Rainy Sundays are perfect for a nap, and feeling rested afterwards for a workout!

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RUSTBUCKET1 8/16/2010 1:05AM

    Sounds like you made the best of the day. Wishing you good weather.

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MSLZZY 8/15/2010 10:53PM

    Sounds like a good day, even if it was cool and rainy! Have a great week!

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VISUALLYRICS 8/15/2010 8:41PM

    {{{{{{57 degrees!!!}}}}} I'll be right over....... LOL!!

....a storm, a nap, fitness and worship....sounds like a perfect day!

((( hugs ))) ~ Laura

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    Good for you, Sandy. Wish we had some of your cool weather here!

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My new place and a small bike ride

Friday, August 13, 2010

On Sunday we were told that the house we wanted would go to another family. I did not stress, but knew that God had a better house planned all for us. On Monday I got a call from another principal about possibly renting her house. She is taking a job some place else and needed someone to pay her mortgage. We made the arrangement to meet and look at her house. This house is in Jettenbach and is about 12 miles from my school in a village. The house is built with the first floor containing the main living space and master bedroom and bathroom. It is perfect for my hubby since he walks with a cane. There is a basement with many rooms and an upstairs with lots more rooms and a bathroom. We will be able to get this house without a security deposit. She will leave the American made full size washer and dryer for us and any of the furniture we want. She plans to leave her treadmill for me plus all of the small appliances that work on the 200 volt. As we drove away from looking at the house I commented to hubby," It feels like God had dropped this house in our lap." This village has lots of bike paths surrounding it, plus a bakery. I plan to ride so I can eat!
The house backs up to the woods that will remain undeveloped. It looks like it will be a place to relax and refresh our spirits.

One of my secretaries brought me a bike and a helmet to use. I tried it out tonight. The seat was too low. I borrowed some tools from the front desk and a soldier raised the seat and the handlebars. I rode all around the post and back to our apt. The bike just doesn't fit right so it hurt my shoulder. It felt good to pedal and the hills were a little hard for me. Even though I have been working out and running, I will need to get back into biking shape. I may have to break down and rent a bike that fits me.

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NANASUGE 8/14/2010 10:35PM

    God is sooooooooooooo good!

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HEART_N_GRACE 8/14/2010 1:59PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 8/14/2010 1:30PM

    God takes us one step at a time, doesn't he?

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DESERT_BIRD 8/13/2010 6:16PM

    Your new place sounds wonderful! I love that it backs up to the woods. You are being rewarded for your patience!

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VISUALLYRICS 8/13/2010 5:48PM

    "I plan to ride so I can eat!" ....LOL!!! I love your quote!!
I am so happy for you and your DH....God Bless you in this new home!

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    I LOVE when God does those kinds of things!! What a blessing. So glad to hear you have a place that will suit you and your hubby well. Sounds like you are settling in well!

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MSLZZY 8/13/2010 5:12PM

    What a wonderful gift God has provided you! ENJOY! And do get that bike modified if you can.
I know you can rent but it is sure nice to own one instead. HUGS!

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DAYHIKER 8/13/2010 5:00PM

    Oh that sounds so wonderful and I am so happy for you!! The Lord really blessed you with that house and the accompaniments! Praising Him with you! emoticon


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DBROCK3 8/13/2010 5:00PM

    Congrats on your new place. Awesome!!!

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Name change and goal weight

Monday, August 09, 2010

Dear SP friends and teams:
I having been thinking awhile about a name change. I will dropping my TN team and adding a Germany team. I need to get ride of my last name since it is to identifying.
Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

I have been working over a year to drop those last few pounds to make my goal weight. I weighed almost everyday and exercised a lot. Well, I made my big move and did not have access to a scale. My bikes were packed by the movers. Then I read an article in my latest Fitness magazine that siad to add runing to your routine to lose the flab. So, two weeks ago I started running four days a week. I am not very fast, but I have the endurance. I am the same way on my bike. I have conistently ran evry other day and made most of our meals in our little temp. place. My efforts have paid off.

This afternoon I went with my DH to get his medicines refilled at the clinic. When the nurse left the room I removed my sandals and weighed myself. Oh my! I could not believe my eyes. I asked my honey to check to see if I did it right. I did. I have made my goal weight according to that scale. When I got home I pulled out my tight white pants and tried them on. They are not tight at all. Now I think I may drop my goal another few pounds.

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JUDYPETE1 8/18/2010 8:48AM

    'ride on'
'energized by faith'
'woo-hoo woman'

I also like Laura's 'faith 2 cycle' or something in German that fits you.


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DESERT_BIRD 8/10/2010 7:40AM

    That is awesome, Sandy! Wow, I am really impressed with how well you've done during the move. It would have taken me some time to get adjusted. But you didn't let moving to another country stop you!! WTG!!!!

I think it's a good idea to change your name. I think the same way, but I haven't changed mine yet...maybe if I could come up with something clever, I would!

I am so happy for you!

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LYDIARUTH1 8/9/2010 8:57PM

    Wow, Sandy, that's great. You are such a role model for me. Your biking just makes me want to bike too, so one of my personal goals is to lose enough weight to feel that I can safely bike and then to buy a good enough bike so that I will enjoy riding (I don't have any right now). Celebrating with you.

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/9/2010 6:51PM

    Hooray -- Celebrating with You on reaching GOAL!! I'll look for you on the At Goal & Maintaining Team!! Know you'll find just the right new Spark Name!! I changed mine a year ago (no one could remember the old one, since it was a combo of my initials & hubby's) -- when I asked for suggestions, daughter-in-law suggested the 'winning' name -- saying I was the BEST she'd ever seen me, and yet still working toward new 'bests' ...(and funny thing, no one else had it, so I didn't have to add #s to the end~)
You've got cycling, Germany, Jesus-loving, teaching, etc. as possibilities to work with. Will be waiting to see what you come up with!

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 8/9/2010 5:30PM

    That's wonderful news!
What a great way to start the new school year... a new name, a new location, and a new you!
You must feel so proud and pleased.
Can't think of any name suggestions, though...

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MSLZZY 8/9/2010 3:31PM

    emoticonGood for you!
Name change? Maybe you'll think of a good German phrase that fits you now-
Winzig Woman (winzig-tiny in Munich dialect) LOL!
Have fun!

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VISUALLYRICS 8/9/2010 3:29PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonYOU ARE THE emoticon

emoticonSo Proud of YOU!!! for ideas...I think it would be fun to use "cycle" as a part of your username....perhaps? ....since cycling & God are your passions! =)

Perhaps: FAITH2CYCLE..... LOL!! I'm trying.... =)
CYCLONE4GOD see I am just plum crazy, sandy! =)

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A good weekend

Sunday, August 08, 2010

On Saturday I had fun driving through the Ge4rman countryside and exploring some small villages. We wen to a flea market in Homburg where I bought a small silver serving spoon. It looks very old. Who knows? I like it anyway. I took a day off from a formal workout, but I walked a lot during the day's activities.
Today we went to a new church. It was great! There were was very freindly people, wodnerful music and good preaching too. We talked to the pastor after church. He shared that they'd lost 40 families recently due to PCS-ing. So, he knew there were places we could serve if we decided to join the church. I think my hubby will go talk with the pastor further this week.
Today we found out we were not going to get the house we had really decided on a week ago. The landlord called me today and said he was giving it to a family that we be here three years. We can't give that kind of assurance with my hubby's health issues. The man was hesistant to tell me we could not have the house. I assured him that I was not upset. I told him that I'd been praying about the house and was not sure that was where we were supposed to be. He as relieved that I was not mad and he called me ," a darling." I shared with him that I'd been praying about the house and if we were to get it then God would work it out for us. I don't think he understood this mindset. I believe that if we are to be involved in a ministry at this new church then we need to live closer to my school and the church. God's timing is perfect. I have not been stressed about finding a house since I know that God has the perfect one for us. He will provide just like he provided this new job for me at just the right time.
Tonight I had a great workout in the fitness center again. I as able to run 3 miles without stopping in 40 minutes. I am having a little problem with my left leg at the very top of my thigh. When I run too fast it hurts. It feels like I pulled a groin muscle. Ouch! If I run slower I can continue to run. Slow, but steady. I will run the race with endurance.

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MSLZZY 8/8/2010 8:27PM

    Continue to practice patience and God will work his wonders. Take care! emoticon

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COLEENCOLE 8/8/2010 5:51PM

    My DD#2 is performing in Berlin this weekend and heads back to Schleswig-holstein on Monday. She is loving her trip.

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    Excellent, sounds like you have the right mindset and are trusting the way God wants us to! Glad you found the spoon and are being patient on the house.

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SKSCHULTE1997 8/8/2010 5:48PM

    Glad you are enjoying Germany! You are missed here! Things are very hectic since school started Thursday. Mahafee had no power on Friday so we had to go pick up our children. It was nice o have a little extra time off with the son :)

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VISUALLYRICS 8/8/2010 5:18PM

    sandy....I love your trusting heart, and God intends to reward you beautifully!

cheering YOU on! ~ Laura

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TRIGFROST 8/8/2010 5:17PM

    good Going....God does indeed--Have a Plan....For your family...

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FALLSM 8/8/2010 5:05PM

  Good Job!

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A good choice

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

I just finished my workout in the fitness room and here I sit to listen to the US news. I heard the report of the weather in the state I just left almost two weeks ago. The heat index makes it 120 in Memphis and 104 in Nashville. Today in Germany it was 75 degrees. We don't have AC, so I appreciate the cool weather. It would have been a great day to ride my bike, but it is still not here from the US. I think I am going through withdrawals. I really need to be riding my bike. I am running on the treadmill, using the elliptical and riding the stationary bike too. They just do not compare to either of my bikes. Come September I will be on a bike path riding here in Germany!


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BESTSUSIEYET 8/3/2010 9:52PM

    So many people have to force themselves to workout -- I LOVE hearing your longing for your favorite exercise tool! Hope it gets there soon -- in the meantime, may God help you love what you've got to work with emoticon

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JOYFULMOMTO5 8/3/2010 8:19PM

    75 degrees~wonderful! It is HOT here in Texas. Hope your bike arrives soon!

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VISUALLYRICS 8/3/2010 6:46PM

    104 degrees here in The Lone Star state! ....I wish you had your bicycle too! =)

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MSLZZY 8/3/2010 6:32PM

    Soon you'll have your bike and feel better. Just stay as active as you can until then. HUGS!

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NANASUGE 8/3/2010 6:22PM

    I hope you bike comes soon. I remember the cool weather when I spent a summer in Denmark. Enjoy and God bless!

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DESERT_BIRD 8/3/2010 6:14PM

    Hi Sandy,
I can't believe it's been almost two weeks already! The weather sounds lovely. Good for you for using the other equipment while you are waiting for your bike. I imagine there are some nice places to long will it take to get your bike?

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