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Friday, April 15, 2011

Praise the Lord He moves in wondrous ways His wonders to perform. Many of you have been praying for my friend Sandra Rowden as she was going to have breast surgery. She had her surgery in Houston a couple of days ago and they took only the breast and a few lymph nodes as it had not spread. She is in an assisted living there until she sees the doctor a week after the surgery to get the drainage tube out. Then she hopes to return home.
Some of you have asked about her and WE THANK YOU ALL FOR PRAYING.

Some still ask about Helene. She has been pain free for quite some time now and seems to be geting back to her old self after having 4 surgeries in a few months.

Jan still needs your prayers. When I first came to Mexico I worked with a family who had nine children. Jan's husband was one of the youngest of those children. Then his wife got cancer and they had no insurance. She decided to trust the Lord. Now they have given her a short time to live but she is so upbeat.
They flew to Tijuana Mexico for treatment but I have been unable to contact them. Please continue to pray for this precious lady.

PS. Just got a call from John. He is coming back Tuesday. His wife is staying for a healing meeting and will be back Friday. He said he saw some improvement in her. PLEASE continue to pray for them both.

I appreciate all of my Spark Friends. God bless you.


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WENDYSPARKS 4/19/2011 2:51PM

    I glad Sandra is doing alot better. God Bless.


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JUNEBUG150 4/17/2011 12:24AM

    Irene, thanks so much for the update. Praying for your friends. Hugs, Melody

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DIDMIS 4/16/2011 8:19PM

    Thank you again everyone. If you haven't read on down to a comment I made on here about a friend who adopted a child who is now 16 and about 36 inches long with no arms or legs who has to crawl or roll to get around
And we complain!

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GAILRUU 4/16/2011 6:15PM

    What a good thing you are doing in praying for your friends. I will keep them in my prayers.

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MOM4407 4/16/2011 6:12AM

    You are a good friend. You have enriched many lives and are continuing to touch hearts every day.

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2BEATIT1 4/16/2011 12:10AM

    Thank you Jesus for a good report.

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SUNNYWBL 4/15/2011 11:14PM

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GRAMMAP1 4/15/2011 10:04PM

    You do a good job Irene, caring about your friends. God is pleased I am sure and certainly will answer in the best way because He is holy! emoticon emoticon

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HAGIN2010 4/15/2011 8:41PM

    Irene, thanks so much for the update on the people whom I have prayed for. I have wondered how they were doing. I have got bits and pieces in our conversations, but really appreciate you summing it up here. You are a very caring spiritual person.

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HAPPYMOM8 4/15/2011 8:38PM

    Thank you so much for the updates! You are such a blessing to so many, Irene.

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DIDMIS 4/15/2011 4:08PM

    I had lunch with a friend today who adopted a child. The child wasn't supposed to live very long but she is now 16. She I believe has no arms or legs. I have seen her but a long time ago. She is about 3 feet long and has to crawl and roll to get around. My friend is so concerned about her as her childhood friends have gone and the girl feels so alone.

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LIZABETT 4/15/2011 4:03PM

    Irene, You have been such a help and comfort to these people. They are so fortunate to have you for a friend and prayer warrior.
We will send good thoughts and prayers their way. Prayer changes things.

You stay well and take care. emoticon emoticon

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DIDMIS 4/15/2011 3:12PM

    Please see the PS on the blog.
Thank you.

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JILL313 4/15/2011 1:56PM

    Praying for your Dear Friend, God Bless You.

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JANETLP 4/15/2011 12:36PM

    Praying for your friend, Jan. God will bless through the tough times!

Thanks for updating us on the prayer list.

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ALICERIEGER 4/15/2011 12:13PM

    Thanks for the update. I often wonder how my prayers are answered.

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

THE BIRTHDAY BOY. He is bigger now but I know I have a lot of newer pics of him but don't know how to find them.
This is a very special boy. We prayed and his mother conceived. He was named after Samuel in the Bible and his mother's name is Iliana. She never thought of the co incidence until I reminded her that that Samuels mother was named Anna.
He was born with a defect in his heart and at four months had to have surgery. He is doing great now and happy as a lark.
One reason he is so special to me is that I was asked to stand with the family while he was dedicated to the Lord. I am now his "nana".

His parents have made great parents and the family which is huge has pitched in especially the grandfather on the mother's side.

I ate emoticon emoticon emoticonthat is 3 pieces not 3 pizzas.
I was going to eat one and a small piece of cake.

A pitcher of emoticonwas placed in front of me. I asked for water. emoticon

No emoticonwas served to me so God took care of that. emoticon

What a huge crowd as both sides of the family are large. I knew a handful of people and felt a little out of place although I was treated kindly and baby Samuel was brought to me a couple of times.

When I returned home I felt very lonely and could not sleep till late. I have slept about an hour and feel better now. In about 3 hours I have to get up to get ready for Sunday School. It will be a new day full of emoticonand emoticon
as our church is a huggy church.

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LIZABETT 4/13/2011 12:52PM

    emoticon Nana Irene. You did good on your dinner. I can hardly eat ONE piece of pizza. Better not put it in front of me. You are a emoticon Nana. Little Samuel is so fortunate to have you, and so sweet! Keep up your spirits cause we all need you. emoticon emoticon

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PAMAPPLE 4/12/2011 9:10PM

    Irene, Samuel is so cute and looks like such a happy baby! My hubby and I also had difficulty conceiving. Now, we have a beautiful daughter named Hannah who I named after Samuel's mother who also had difficulty conceiving. I'm sorry you felt lonely after the party... so glad you have a huggy church that will make you feel loved and cherished! emoticon

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GAILRUU 4/11/2011 9:06AM

    What a cute little baby! I miss the days of having babies in the house.

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GRACEISENUF 4/11/2011 1:37AM

    Sounds like Nana had a good time! Precious little baby.

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SUNSHINE1954 4/11/2011 1:30AM

    He is quite the beautiful little boy. He is fortunate to have you in his life. How I envy you your huggy church. The one I attend is not huggy and I really miss that. Oh well, it could be worse. emoticon

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HAGIN2010 4/11/2011 1:07AM

    What a beautiful grandson you have Irene. So glad surgery went well. Sorry you felt alone when you got home.

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JUNEBUG150 4/10/2011 11:01PM

    He is absolutely adorable in that picture, maybe one day you'll find more recent pics of him and can post them. I just love huggy churches, I go to one too :) Hugs, Melody

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DIDMIS 4/10/2011 10:25PM

    the baby is larger now as I stated in my blog. This is one of my favorite pictures and he has on his dads hat.
Love it.

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CAROLYNVIL 4/10/2011 10:15PM

    what a beautiful baby. It sounds like a great party.

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SUNNYWBL 4/10/2011 7:03PM

    I know how you feel after being around a large family. It makes me feel somewhat lonely and sad to not be part of a large family myself. My neighbors next door both come from large and close families. Oh, well. I have the family that the Lord intended for me so I better get over myself. emoticon

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TIABITS 4/10/2011 4:06PM

    What a cutie pie! You must feel very blessed to be his Nana & have him in your life.
Your church sounds wonderful...I am sure it will help you feel better after a sleepless night. Enjoy!

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JILL313 4/10/2011 2:08PM

    Your GS Samuel is a Beautiful Creation of God. . .I'm so thankful that his surgery went well and is behind him. He's sure lucky to have you for a Nana. You always will have a Special Place in your heart and prayers for him. I also feel lonely sometimes but it usually passes quickly as I just focus on how blessed I am in life.



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LMMIMI 4/10/2011 12:49PM

    Irene, sounds like a good birthday for a sweet little boy. Sorry you felt lonely when you got home. I can relate to that, but then again there have been times in a big crowd I have felt lonely. I think that happens when we probably not in a very good place with yourself. Have a wonderful Sunday and give and get lots of hugs.

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B-N-ME 4/10/2011 8:39AM

    Baby SAmuel is adorable and blessed to have a praying nana!
I'm glad you had a good time. I find too sometimes after being in a busy or loud environment it can feel lonely when things quiet.
I hope you have a wonderful day at church today.

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Friday, April 08, 2011

Yesterday I felt like this.

My body was retaining water, the water pills weren't working and I had drank two bottles of water. I had gained 3 pounds over goal overnight. emoticon
I had to weigh in at 4:00 at my TOPS meeting and since I am the new secretary I did not want to miss.
Also I know if you miss a weigh in it is easier to add another pound thinking I have a whole week to take it off.
Well Niagara began to fall and by the time I weighed in I was 1/2 pound under
emoticon. Now to keep it off and lose a little more this week.
In TOPS you can gain 3 pounds and be in Leeway but that is a dangerous route to go. Also every year we have what we call fun day emoticonand if you don't go over goal for one year you get a dangle (I call it a dingle dangle) to go on your WOW pin. I am working for that but sometimes not hard enough.
I HAVE DECIDED I just can't eat sweets and too many starches are bad also as they turn to sugar so all you TOPS friends on SPARK ask me if I had sugar that day and help me be accountable.
I am sitting here drinking my bottle of water before going out this morning to service my car.
Have a good day all you emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PAMAPPLE 4/12/2011 9:01PM

    Way to go, Irene with losing the water weight! Great plan to stay away from sugar and too many carbs. I lose the most weight using that approach. emoticon

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MRSJERRYBUSH 4/10/2011 12:22PM

    Irene, you have such a cute sense of humor!

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EMMABE1 4/9/2011 12:21AM

    Maybe tracking your food would keep you accountable - I'm sure TOPS has a tracking system too - you could always use that - though its far more basic than the Spark one!!

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JUNEBUG150 4/8/2011 10:29PM

    I got it! Congratulations for being under goal! You are an inspiration! Hugs, Melody

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MOM4407 4/8/2011 8:28PM

    Most people think that the battle is over once you have reached goal but that is when the real battle starts. You can do it.

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HAGIN2010 4/8/2011 8:12PM

    Great blog Irene. I believe it definetly was water weight. I have already discussed dark chocolate with you as a possible dessert. If you get a high percentage of caoco then there is little room for sugar. I will bring down some 88% dark chocolate when I come to see you. Hope it doesn't melt. emoticon

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MONTY68 4/8/2011 6:25PM

    Hi Irene
One can not really gain 3 pounds overnight. It probably was the water. If I weigh my self at night, I can be 3 or 4 pounds heavier then the morning weight. I know that I drink 5 pounds of water during the day and the food I eat weighs something, but when I get up and the 3 or 4 pounds is gone.
So this am you were 1/2 pound under goal. That is the important number.
Thanks for sharing


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LMMIMI 4/8/2011 5:13PM

    Whatever you are doing, It seems to be working in your favor. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HAPPYMOM8 4/8/2011 4:45PM

    A fun read ? hope you get your dingle dangle! I am sitting here drinking water too. Dr. Oz said today to put lemon juice in it as it is suppose to help give you a full feeling.
When you say you had some sugar-do you count what is in things like bread, etc? or are you just thinking dessert type foods?
What ever you do seems to be working.

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CAZ5346 4/8/2011 4:07PM

    Congratulations on your loss. Great blog. I enjoyed reading it.


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DIDMIS 4/8/2011 4:07PM

    Thanks everyone. You brag on me and there I go and eat sugar. LOL

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DIDMIS 4/8/2011 4:05PM

    Yes, I'm sorry now but I did eat sugar today. Thanks for asking Lizabett.
I did eatless than usual thoough

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DIDMIS 4/8/2011 4:02PM

    The question was, Did I get out of goal or stay on or under my goal. It looked like I was going to go over goal but I was 1/2 pound under goal.

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SUNNYWBL 4/8/2011 3:30PM

    I'm now confused, What was the question, again? emoticon

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GRAMMAP1 4/8/2011 3:24PM

    There is no letting down is there Irene? Salt is my problem. I really crave it. But I did poorly during the Winter months, now I need to get serious! Congrats on being conscientious. But I expect that of you. It has paid off! emoticon

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JILL313 4/8/2011 2:41PM

    I enjoyed reading your blog and a big WOO HOO to you! I wish there was an active TOPS nearby me as it sounds like a great group. Years ago I did attend a few meetings of TOPS but the group was so disorganized and I wasn't getting anything out of it so I dropped out after a month and I weighed close to 100#s less then. Great Job!



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LIZABETT 4/8/2011 1:45PM

    Since you wanted me to ask, "DID YOU EAT SUGAR TODAY?' emoticon ON YOUR 1/2 pound under goal. You're doing emoticon
Good blog on how our bodies play tricks on us even when we try to do our best. I thought sure I'd be at my first goal (136) by now, but the scale said no. But it can't keep my clothes from fitting better, which they are. My exercise hasn't been so good since I've stayed close to DH with the bug he has for a couple days, but I plan to take a couple trips around my neighborhood today. It's hilly so it will be good for me anyway. So for short, DYEST? will be my question for you to keep you accountable. emoticon

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JANETLP 4/8/2011 1:37PM

    Congrats! Great job. You can reach your goals! You Can DO IT!

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THEWINNER33 4/8/2011 1:23PM

    It is amazing how we react once we have the knowledge to make informed decisions. You are AWESOME. I am so proud of you. Hugs, Marcia

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GGMFAY 4/8/2011 1:07PM

    You have learned and now are determined to do what each of us is striving to do. emoticonThank you for inspiring me.

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ALICERIEGER 4/8/2011 11:37AM

    Once I start eating sugar I don't seem to be able to stop so I try hard not to get started. You have done so good!

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DIDMIS 4/8/2011 11:10AM

    I sure don't want to go back there! emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 4/8/2011 11:06AM

    I've decided the same thing about sugar. Seeing your before picture reminds me of just how far you have come...WOO HOO!


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Friday, March 25, 2011

All of you were in agreement with my blog "Did you get caught with your hand in the cookie jar". thus encouraging me to write another blog using some of your comments.

Back in the good old days when you had to walk to the toilet, draw water out of the well and carry it into the house, wash the clothes on a scrub board then a machine with a roller after the which you hung them out by hand you got plenty of exercise. The sheets smelled so good but now they wouldn't smell that good with all the pollution around. I loved to cook back then and I cooked while the rest of the family worked out of doors in the garden emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Then there was the shelling of peas, breaking up green beans, etc., etc.
Canning hundreds of jars of good food for the winter.
Picking the worms off the plants. Yuck.
Everyone worked, washing dishes by hand in the water we heated from the well, dusting on Saturdays, mopping, mowing, etc. We never thought of letting mom do all of the work. She usually had a little one to care for and I was little momma as I was the oldest of the children.
We would rather stay out of doors to play than come in to eat and ate little as we wanted to hurry and get back out of doors.
We had already walked 1/2 mile to school and 1/2 mile back sometimes twice a day.
When I was in the first grade and lived in the country I walked two miles to school.
What was the play we wanted to get back to? We loved to swing in home made swings, play chase, other games, baseball after supper, table tennis, etc.,
All of our play was active. And we would rather do that than eat. Of course back then our food was a lot of beans and potatoes and veggies from the garden.
Our snack and treat for the afternoon after school was an apple when they were in season and we would buy by the bushel, maybe a pear or a peach.
Then we got all the things kids could sit on the couch and play with. TV's, computer games, other games and the treats changed from home made stuff mom made and an apple or if we were lucky a nice pan of pop corn we all shared.
So why do we have more weight problems now?
Why do we battle with the weight?
Is our life style different?
Do we eat a lot of instant food, TV meals, Fast food, Super sized stuff?
We didn't hardly know what a restaurant was for back then.
So I say if we could get out and get active and enjoy it more than we enjoy food we would have no trouble with our weight.
What do you say?
Some of you have already said that.

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FREELADY 4/6/2011 7:29AM

    You have a way with words! Thank you for taking me on this lovely journey through a more active time past!!

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CAROLYNVIL 3/30/2011 11:06PM

    Loved your blog,brings back so many memories.

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MAMABUTTERFLY3 3/29/2011 3:50PM

    I loved your blog. I may be younger, but growing up in the countryside with my cousins right next door we were always outside playing and exploring. I hope to give my children that someday. Thank you for being so encouraging! emoticon

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    Wow, Irene, your blog brings up a wealth of emotions in me.

I dont even know where to start, well, lets start with just loving life and being so interested in doing something else besides eating.

Then people lived more simple and more moral lives then now. People believed and did work and hard work.

People were so thankful for having three meals a day maybe a snack in the afternoon or evening.

People had to walk more to get to where they wanted to go. There was more visiting by walking to one anothers homes and just sitting on porches when it was hot out and enjoying the setting sun and the cooler evening breezes.

There was also alot of bike riding and going to libraries and gardening and fresh foods and real whole foods and more people took responsibility more seriously then we do now.

Children were more of a blessing then a burden. People took time to teach and train their children in doing what is right just because it is the right thing to do not just for some payment of money.

The winters were different also, alot more show shoveling because it seems to me that there was more snow and earlier snow. And colder temps.

Thre was much more respect for authority in school, home, church and work.

I could go on and on but I will quit and thank you Irene

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GAILRUU 3/28/2011 10:05AM

    Your blog sounds like my early life. We had so much fun and spent most of the summer outdoors playing in the barn and with cousins and neighbor kids. I wish my grandkids had the same opportunity ---- with indoor plumbing of course.

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MOM4407 3/28/2011 12:00AM

    I lived in town so I to walked to school. We had sidewalks to walk on. I would ride my bike to school. I never thought it was exercise. It was fun.

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HAPPYMOM8 3/27/2011 4:16PM

    Loved your blog, Irene. It sounded very much like my own childhood experiences.
It is true that everything we did back then for work and pleasure ,except for reading, involved moving more.
Having a garden and eating fresh fruits and veggies was the norm.
Working daily in the house and garden was part of life.
Well I believe if we make the right choices now we can still apply a lot of these activities today by choice rather than by necessity .
For many of us, we can still do most of our own house work. We can choose fruits and veggies and prepare healthy meals, even bake our own bread,and garden to get the best of the best!
We can learn from the past and still apply many of these activities to today .
Walking more is free and one of the best workouts there is.
With all this knowledge we have no excuses to be fat anymore.
by just get moving and make good food choices ,we are on our way!
Thanks for another great Blog, Irene
We can all agree the out door toilet was a pain emoticon emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 3/26/2011 3:32PM

    We would all be thinner and healthier, of course! emoticon

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ILUVTTV 3/26/2011 8:03AM

    How true! Yes, if we were to add more manual labor into our lives, weight would not be the issue it is now. I must admit, though, walking out to the toilet is one thing I am glad I do not have to do! Thanks for the your thoughts and memories! emoticon

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LIZABETT 3/26/2011 8:00AM

    Them were the days... emoticon emoticon

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JUNEBUG150 3/26/2011 12:37AM

    Great blog! Says it all! I hear my grandchildren complaining all the time and they don't have to do half of the things we did as kids and yes they have computer games and the tv that occupies much of their time!

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YJNANA 3/26/2011 12:18AM

    Your right Irene, I remember how I hated to come in from playing. If there was still light out, we would eat fast and go back out to play until dark or if allowed played kick the can in the street lights.
We would be so hot and grimmy but loving life :)
We sure slept well too.

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MONTY68 3/25/2011 10:39PM

    Hi Irene

Thank you for the memories, it sounds like no matter where we lived, kids were kids.
We didn't have a garden but when the harvest came in, my parents bought bushels of veggies that we canned, . Our games were similar to what you did, of course we had no TV to interfere with our fun. The only difference was even back then as a young person I was heavy. Most of my friends were not. I agree with you about today and getting out to play, however, we have to correct the attitude of the parents on what we are eating.
Again, thank you for sharing wonderful memories of the past.

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SHECHAM 3/25/2011 9:42PM

    Irene...nice blog... and yes we live in a society that craves instant rewards for little effort. Sigh. Thanks for the walk down memory lane...

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JILL313 3/25/2011 9:42PM

    Thank you for this walk down Memory Lane. Honestly, I don't think things are better than they were back then in fact I'm glad I grew up when I did as I wouldn't want to be a kid now in this crazy mixed up World. Most kids nowdays hardly play outside anymore as they'd rather be on a electronic gadget of some kind. I think that and all the fast food and junk food easily available is why we an obese Country now.

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CAMEY13 3/25/2011 7:00PM

    I remember those days well. I had to be in the house when the street lights went on. I had to have my homework done before I went out. I had to wash dishes and dust and wash dishes after school, leaving little time outside before supper. I remember the wash board and the stuff we had to put outside in the snow cause we didn't have a refrigerator. We had to take the oil from downstairs up to the stove and had coal for heat. We put signs out for the oil man and a man came to deliver milk and fruits and veggies. Today, kids come home from school and first thing is the computer or tv games or tv. Then they do their homework. We never knew meat except on Sunday when dad killed a chicken, otherwise, it was beans and franks or eggs and broccoli or squash or spagetti. We managed on one pay check because we didn't have to have large homes or be the first to have everything on the market. If we could go back to yesterday we would not be in the fix we are in today. Good blog.

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CAZ5346 3/25/2011 6:04PM

    Irene, thanks for the memories. We too walked 2 miles to and from school and we lived in the city. Mom didn't have money for us to take the bus. I remember sitting on the back porch eating rhubarb. And the neighbors had an apple tree and I would climb up to get the best apples. My kids complained when the bus dropped them off a quarter mile from our place. And then there was my daughter who went out for track. She too complained when the late bus left her off at the corner. Is our world really better with all these electric appliances and gadgets?


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LMMIMI 3/25/2011 5:54PM

    Irene, you pretty much said it all. I remember when!

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VXWALL1942 3/25/2011 5:43PM

    Thanks for the memories!

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GRACEISENUF 3/25/2011 5:16PM

    I say...YOU have summed it all up in this blog!


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KAYDE53 3/25/2011 4:37PM

    You're absolutely right!! I didn't have to do all the things that you did, but we planted a huge garden, and had to hoe, weed, water it. Then we had to pick, process, and can or freeze everything. We complained but now I'm one of the few people my age these days who knows how to do it. We were outside all the time too. We mowed & trimmed by hand, no riding mowers, or weedeaters. I guess progress is good, but it has made us kinda lazy.

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THEWINNER33 3/25/2011 4:36PM

    Our childhoods were very similar. Grammy taight me to cook and bake when I was 10. My brother and I each had chores. In the summer we divided the house between he and I and we did all the cleaning . Part of my chores were to scrub the front porch, sidewalk and gutter. (Scrubby Dutch). I remember hanging onto Grammy's legs as she sat on the windowsill of the second floor washing the outside of the windows. What good memories you have brought back to me.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Remember the cartoons where the emoticon emoticon(children)would get caught with their hands in the emoticonjar?
Most of the time teetering from some high place to reach that goodie.
The DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR DIETERS made me think of this. If you have not read it you might like to.
MY TEMPTATION as a kid was the made from scratch emoticonmy mom made and I was not alone. All five of us kids were tempted.
We would pick the icing off around the edge of the cake thinking it is only a little bit, mom will never notice.
One day it was really in bad shape around the edges.
Mom said, "who has been picking off of the emoticon

No one did it.
Well, I will have to throw it away then she said because the mice have been in it.
My smallest brother thought she would do it and said, " I did it".
I felt guilty as I knew I had picked off the cake as well as at least one brother who had the same addiction as I.
Did the cake get thrown out? NO, NO WAY. We were brought up during the 2nd world war and the depression where money was hard to come by and sugar was rationed.

Maybe we should ration sugar, fried foods, white carbs, you know. Back then a coke came in one size and we hardly ever tasted one. I think it was a six ounce bottle.

Do we get our hands in the
emoticonjar too often or have that emoticon emoticonor emoticon
too much?

My husband knew how to ration his emoticonHe would cut off about a third and eat it and hide the rest from me as he knew I would finish it off. He did a good job of hiding it and I very seldom found his treasure. (he was a small man)

Every little bit counts. Maybe we think no one notices and maybe they don't but it all sticks to your tummy or your well you know what and it is there for all the world to see.

It adds pounds of fat and makes you look like this

I wanted the 5 pounds of fat above my fat pic but it turned out the other way.

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PAMAPPLE 4/3/2011 5:56PM

    I love your blog! Yes, rationing our sugar and goodies is a great way to go!! emoticon emoticon

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DIDMIS 3/30/2011 11:09AM

    I can say amen to Gailruu. Nothing left on the plate and we had to take something of everything. We figured out later why dad did that. LOL Mom never cooked anything he didn't like.
We did not have everyday sweets either. Mainly on the week end

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GAILRUU 3/30/2011 11:01AM

    Nice blog! Sugary treats were not an everyday thing when I was growing up. My father was a farmer and meals were hearty and we were encouraged to clean our plates and use good table manners but we spent the majority of nice days playing outdoors and none of the kids were overweight.

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MOM4407 3/26/2011 7:31PM

    Love your blog.

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MOMMA48 3/25/2011 7:29PM

    emoticonWhat a super blog, Irene! Love the message and your caring about us to share it with us here! You're the best!

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HAGIN2010 3/25/2011 7:08PM

    I liked the blog a lot Irene. It reminded me of my summers with my grandmother. We spent a month with my grandparents every summer when I was young. Everything was homemade there and every morning she would ask my brother what kind of pie we wanted and she would have one for each of us ready by lunch time. I have had a battle with weight ever since childhood. It wasn't till I discovered finally it had to be a lifestyle change and not a diet that it really has worked for me.

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PURPLESPEDCOW 3/25/2011 2:27PM

    I like the idea of rationing. Much better than the super sizing they do now.

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JANETLP 3/25/2011 1:36PM

    emoticon You hit the nail on the head. I find myself saying "one bite won't hurt" or "just this one time". Next thing it's a whole week of those "just this time" moments and my weight loss is blown for the week. Thanks for the reminders!

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ALICERIEGER 3/25/2011 12:42PM

    Rationing might be a good idea. But there would always be the 'hoarders'.

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BOBBIENORTHERN 3/25/2011 12:33PM

    Irene, this is such a good blog. You brought back so many memories of my eating habits of when I was a child.

I used to put myself on fasts, starvation diets to the point that I would faint and have to be rushed home and then I would eat just enough to get some strength back and then go right back to not eating until I got down to where i wanted to be.

Then I grew up and started having babies and really got crazy with eating. While I was pregnant I would over eat to the point I almost got sick. Then when the baby was born I would then again go on a starvation diet.

It always worked.

Then I quit smoking when I was 42 and had started smoking at 9 and so that was a long time.

I quit smoiking and my eating went crazy and I was getting older and my weight just went up and up and here I am now trying to undo a life time, literaly a life time of bad eating habits.

I do firmly believe and receive that I can over come all of these bondages of eating wrong but only through the grace of our Lord.

This blog really hit me hard in the area of moderation. Moderation is really the key.

There really is not any good or bad food but moderation is all important and the only way to have a complete life style change with my relationship with food.

I am deepening my relationship with Jesus and lessoning my relationship with food.

I am learning to eat to live and not live to eat.

I now live to eat the word of God.

This is really a great blog. thank you Irene

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VXWALL1942 3/25/2011 12:31PM

    Enjoyed the blog. Remember nibbling the edge of the icing all too well. The other day I found myself doing it again!! What a dreadful habit. 5 lbs is far less than I need to lose. The grocery store has 50 lb bags of dog food and that is quite an eye opener. You look lovely these days! Keep up the good work. Maintenance is quite a challenge.

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2BEATIT1 3/25/2011 10:21AM

Fantastic blog Irene,
You are right about not having the opportunity to over indulge in sugar back then.
I think the other secret was the outdoor activities (rain, shine, summer or winter). No TV's or computers to keep us indoors.
Thanks for sharing.

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SUNSHINEGB 3/25/2011 7:53AM

    Great blog Irene and brought back so many childhood memories!
I do believe we did better when our food was rationed, we really, really appreciated & enjoyed the cookies and cakes then. Now, they are easier to bake/buy and too plentiful!

I was so skinny when a child and fairly thin till I hit 50. What happened? Plentiful food and poor eating habits is what happened!

Thanks for sharing this with us Irene, great to read!

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JUNEBUG150 3/25/2011 12:34AM

    Good blog! I ate a lot growing up but then I was skinny as a rail. Now, not so much, lol! I watched my 12 yr old grandaughter piling the food on her plate the other day and said "you know, I used to do that too and never gained an ounce and then one day I started gaining but couldn't change my eating habits. Now I have to work at getting my weight back down."

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HAPPYMOM8 3/24/2011 11:32PM

    Now that brings back memories. Thanks for posting.A cookie jar is not found anymore in my kitchen. if it were I would have my hand in it til they were all gone I am sure!

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THEWINNER33 3/24/2011 11:23PM

    I loved the blog. You know that I have been caught with my hand in the cookie jar because I confessed. I have become much better lately. At least I am trying harder. Hugs, Marcia

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LIZABETT 3/24/2011 10:03PM

    Enjoyed your blog, Irene. Much of the time growing up, there was no cookie jar to get into. Times are better now, and temptations are greater. So it's up to us to decide. Keep up the good work telling us how 'the cat ate the cabbage'. emoticon Blog.

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VERITY50 3/24/2011 9:48PM

    Good blog. I had a problem with sneaking candy as a child also. I think we need to work on weaning ourselves off of sugar slowly. There are times I can go without but other times I just want something sweet. I am trying to use fruit instead. But I have had my oatmeal cookie two days in a row!

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JILL313 3/24/2011 9:17PM

    I really enjoyed the humor, but truth, in your blog. At least now we're eating more brown rice and grains as I remember being raised with Wonder bread sandwiches with bologna no less. Today a lot of people know way more about nutrition than my Mom or I knew. I sure realize now the importance of limiting treats and processed food but it's sure a long time coming . . .Thank you for the cute story--I really enjoyed reading your blog.

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NELLIEC 3/24/2011 8:31PM

    Well, I do plan for a few treats in my daily intake, but keep them small.

As a kid, I was scrawny. In fact to be able to have children and carry them to term, the OB/GYN said I would have to gain weight. Of course, once I had children, it seemed a lot easier to gain weight!

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MNNSAIDE 3/24/2011 6:47PM

    Excellent points and Blog my friend!
I could hear your voice as I read!


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DJHARLEYQ 3/24/2011 5:18PM

    emoticonIt's an interesting thought. My husband and I talked about how life was when my grandmother was a teen and just starting out as a mom. None of these things that we find at the grocery store were available. Bread, biscuits, cakes, and cookies were made from scratch.

Sweets were only eaten during the holidays. I remember my grandmother would give me candy sticks in different flavors each year. She only gave me 12 of them and they were suppose to last the whole year.

Processed foods are helping us put fat on our bodies

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SUNNYWBL 3/24/2011 4:18PM

    I was "lucky" as a child and everybody tried to fatten me up!
You can imagine what my eating habits were like! Anything and everything and as much as I could possibly eat.

As my activity slowed down, the pounds began to accumulate.

To this day I don't bake or buy cookies, cake, candy or keep them in the house.

Unfortunately, in my mind's eye I am still slender, in photos and mirrors I can tell that I am not!

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MONTY68 3/24/2011 4:10PM

    Hi Irene
Great blog, should make us think of those little bites now and then. I did those things up till 2007. Now, everything I eat gets tracked. As you say, they do add up and I love the way you show the results.
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