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Catch up

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

I haven't written a blog for a while so here's a little catch up. I had a wonderful weekend at the cabin. I just love the fall in the mountains. Its been sunny and bright for about 5 or 6 weeks now. I just can't get enough. I did a lot of walking and some sitting on the front porch reading. Our propane furnace went kaput so we're trying to get a heating guy come up to the cabin to fix or replace it. We finally found some one but he couldn't find us!

This week my cooking class has been focusing on fish. I made some great salmon last night but I wasn't crazy about the catfish I made tonight. I've never had catfish before. I simmered it with low salt tomatoes, garlic, anchovies and capers and put it over a bed of brown rice. It was ok but a little too fishy for DH and I. I still have a pound of frozen catfish left. Any suggestions anyone?

My good news is that DD's hubby has to go to New Mexico for a week of training. Since DD is working 12 hour nights right now, she needs someone to watch the girls at night. Since I'm not working, I, of course volunteered so I have a week in
Texas with DD and the DGD's.


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AELARLEE1 10/7/2010 10:40AM

    So glad you are getting a chance to see fam in Texas!! I am leaving tomorrow to see my DD and DGD, and simply can't wait!

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RURAL3 10/6/2010 11:28PM

    what a blessing to not be working.

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SMILEYBEE 10/6/2010 4:59PM

    Love to hear how you're getting out there ... trying new things. Love your positive attitude!

I've never cooked catfish. I've always heard of it being fried...that doesn't sound too healthy though, does it. Let us know if you come up with a good way to cook it.

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60SIXTY 10/6/2010 7:58AM

    Have fun with your grandchildren.

I have never cooked catfish either.
I know that some fish taste better if you soak them in a bowl of milk in the refrigerator. It is suppose to cut the fishy taste. Then cook it however you want.

Here is a fish recipe that I use regularly. You will have to copy and paste the link.


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CARLANNIE 10/6/2010 7:27AM

    See, there ya go - yet another good reason to be free to make that trip for your dgds. I had to laugh about the gas guy not finding your place! We have to give very specific instructions to find our cabin, and sometimes for out-of-state friends/family that come visit, it is even more intimidating. But that's the glory of cabining. Have a great trip to Texas!

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  gotta love fish!

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Cooking Class, Etc

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I made a "fried rice" dish for supper tonight. It was my favorite from the cooking class so far. It was spicy and crisp and healthful --242 calores with 7 grams of fat. It is so much fun to experiment with low fat recipes and have fun with food. I will definitely be looking into more interesting recipes on Spark after this class is over.

I saw my GYN today for my yearly check up and at 189 she couldn't believe me. She kept saying how great I looked and how did I do it. She was really interested in Spark and wrote down the info to refer other patients.


Her office is at the clinic where I just got laid off. It was a little difficult to go back there, but I did it and kept my spirits up.

Also, I found out that one reason the clinic laid me off 2 months before my planned retirement was that on Sept 29th my vesting would have increased from 20% to 40%. I would have received twice as much from matching funds in my 401K than I did. Interesting, Huh?

I'm ok. I'm healthy, fit and happy!


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AELARLEE1 10/7/2010 10:38AM

    How wonderful to have someone not only notice but really take note of what progress you have made! Sorry about the info on the layoff--seems to be a trend these days. But you are right, being grateful for what you have is far more important than thinking about what you don't have!

Absolutely love the stories of cooking class!! If I retired that is one thing I would really do more of, learning new things, trying new things, and cooking is top of that list.

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RURAL3 9/29/2010 5:00PM

    You are doing great! Take the encouragement from your doctor and enjoy the wonderful life you have left to live. You go girl! emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 9/28/2010 8:58PM

    Good for you on focusing on the fact that you're healthy, fit and happy (rather than focusing on the 20% your former employer found a way to avoid). You're better off hanging out with us, anyway!

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

I just came back from a glorious fall weekend in the mountains - 4 days in Paradise in the Rockies. I feel so blessed to live where I do and have the opportunities I have. I feel double blessed that I am fit and active and getting to a healthier weight. DH and I went on a steep 2 hour walk with 2 friends and I had a blast. I couldn't have even thought about a walk like that last year at this time. I don't even remember the mountains last year at this time because I wasn't out in them. Thank you God for all that has happened in this last year to bring me to a better appreciation of this world and its blessings!

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HINOTO 9/27/2010 8:47PM

    This blog made me smile from ear to ear! I am so proud of how far you've come Nancy!

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AELARLEE1 9/27/2010 5:23PM


You just won the best blog post award! Wow, simple but so special and inspiring! This will be my mantra when running in the morning and feeling like I am running out of steam "I am out in the mountains and not indoors" Thanks Friend!

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CARLANNIE 9/27/2010 9:06AM

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NANCYRUBIO 9/27/2010 12:31AM

    How wonderful you appreciate all around you. Many people would just ignore it all.

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RURAL3 9/26/2010 11:45PM

    You sound so full of life Nancy. And to put the praise where it belongs will keep you happy longer. Here's to retirement and the blessings to enjoy.

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SMILEYBEE 9/26/2010 9:28PM

    Praise God indeed ... sounds like a wonderful weekend! Way to go!

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LOULOUBELLE2 9/26/2010 9:12PM

    Oh I am so envious...I still can't walk like that, but it's getting better each year. If I live long enough I might be able to. The mountains had to have been beautiful as the weather here was awesome. So glad you made it up. I wish we could have gone up to our son's. I bet the Aspens are changing colors too.

DH, DD and I went to the Botanical Gardens in Ft. Collins and that was absolutely a sight for sore eyes. God's color pallet in flowers is so beautiful. Had such a good time there and actually walked for over 2 hours.

I to am blessed to be living a healthier life now.

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Changing up Routine

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I'm still going to the gym daily but I don't have to go as early any more. After I work out on M W F DH and I do ST together. I shower then spend a couple of hours on job web sites. After lunch I usually bike. I do errands or read. In the afternoon I have been making one of the recipes from my cooking class. I seem to be able to keep busy!

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RURAL3 9/25/2010 10:17PM

    be careful. You will get too busy. That's kind of where I am right now and I don't see how I can cut anything back at the moment. As a matter of fact, I could use one more day a week. UGH!!!

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LKWQUILTER 9/22/2010 5:31PM

    Sounds like you are staying busy. I do better when I am busy.

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HINOTO 9/22/2010 4:10PM

    Sounds like you are keeping yourself nice and busy! I'm glad that your hubby is joining you in ST!

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AELARLEE1 9/22/2010 3:00PM

    When hubby and I became empty nesters we thought we would have more time, wrong! When retirement hits I know I will fill my days and be as busy as ever. So great that you are staying busy and active and fulfilled!

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SIXTEES 9/22/2010 11:30AM

    Sounds like you are definitely heading in the right direction. Especially since you can't really see around the corner - who knows what wonderful things will happen next?

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SMILEYBEE 9/22/2010 11:14AM

    I like the changes on your page Nancy ... you are doing great! I really believe you're going to enjoy this new season of your life!

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Much More Comfortable Now

Friday, September 17, 2010

The first week of my unemployment was very uncomfortable. Yes I was ready to stop working but not right then. I had several episodes of anxiety and a little depression. It was like I felt "They don't need me. What do I do now?" But now I am resigned and more comfortable. I have found a routine at home. I thought DH and I would get in each other's way, but we are very comfortable around each other. We got a China Board where we write our plans and schedules and we each do our own thing most of the time. We come together now and then -- like we went to a weight room orientation at our gym so he can do ST with me at the gym --Woo Hoo.

I am looking around for jobs, maybe part time but I am going to be very picky and only look at things I want to do. I have a Spark Friend who works at her gym part time and that sounds like a great job!

I am definitely exercising more and have gone down 2 pounds since I lost my job! I love my cooking class and am having fun preparing interesting low fat dishes. DH loves that he is not the main cook and dishwasher now...and he loves the neat dishes.

I am not anxious about finding something else..if I do, great. If I don't then I'll retire. Life is good.

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AELARLEE1 9/22/2010 2:59PM

    So wise, so good, so impressed -- keep it going!

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JUDY1676 9/22/2010 10:11AM

    I love retirement! I am able to do things I WANT to do and that are meaningful to me! I now wonder, How did I have time to work? Enjoy your time!

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RURAL3 9/22/2010 10:04AM

    it sounds like you are easing into retirement very nicely Nancy.

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CARLANNIE 9/19/2010 10:00AM

    Wow - just think of this time in your life to rediscover yourself - working at a gym sounds like it would be something totally different from your other work - GO FOR IT!

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KOFFEENUT 9/17/2010 9:44PM

    You just got an early start on the next stage of your adventure - and it sounds like you're making the most of it! Way to go!

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HINOTO 9/17/2010 8:04PM

    I'm glad you are more comfortable with your life change now. And congrats on the 2 lb loss!

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PLAYBLUES22 9/17/2010 9:32AM

    Sweetie, stopped working about 2 years now I am enjoying my life better now then I ever had

Hope you enjoy your time off emoticon

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CHILDOFGOD4LIFE 9/17/2010 7:43AM

    When I was laid off several years ago, I used the time to take long walks and learned to relax and enjoy life. I have been back to work for many years and put my weight back on, but now I am working toward getting fit and hope to retire in a year of two. I have finally lost enough weight that I can get around better and enjoy life more.

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