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Daylight Savings Time: An Exercise in Frustration

Saturday, November 05, 2011

I don't know who decided daylight savings time is a good idea. My animals will still want to be fed, watered and allowed to wander according to their own body clocks. The rooster will be crowing at 4 instead of 5. emoticon

My stomach will be telling me it's dinnertime an hour earlier. I'm thinking a filling snack and a light dinner for several days might help. I'm also adding 1/2 hour of afternoon exercise to take my mind off the change.

I have a feeling I'll want a pre-bedtime snack. emoticon I'll have to plan carefully so I can get emoticon.

My animals will go to bed an hour earlier, and that means I can get into my jammies and enjoy the fireplace earlier, sipping cocoa and spending some time with my hubby. In a world of inconveniences, maybe daylight savings time isn't so horrible after all!

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CHLOESUE 11/10/2011 9:53PM

    It is taking me awhile to adjust to coming back to Standard Time.I hadn't thought of it till you mentioned it but I now know why I seem to be getting hungrier earlier.I was used to eating at certain times and now my body knows that and is telling me its hungry an hour earlier than normal.I am waking up an hour earlier and feel like I need to go to bed an hour earlier.Maybe after another week I will once again be adjusted to Standard Time.

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LOVETOLAUGH56 11/6/2011 11:22AM

    I hear ya and agree, but I don't have roosters cock-a-doodle-dooing at 3 am. When we lived in TN and had cows with out a fenced yard we had a cow who would come up to our bedroom window and moo in the morning. Had the yard hot wired soon after that.

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LINTPICKER 11/6/2011 10:04AM

    I liked sleeping in a little longer today!

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JAMER123 11/5/2011 8:49PM

    If you go to the internet and look for daylight saving time, you will find a long story regarding it. Did you know that Benjamin Franklin was the 1st to suggest it? Kind of fun reading that it has been on and off for so many yrs. I don't like it at all and the poor farmers have to yet again adjust when Mother Nature remains consistent. Crops don't know they are to dry out faster. Farming is pushed back in the mornings and work goes much longer in the evening. Thanks for a fun blog!

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    I agree with the frustration, though. I have such a harder time wanting to exercise when it's already dark when I get off of work! You're right. We just have to PLAN! emoticon

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PSKIPPY7811 11/5/2011 2:31PM

    I love daylight savings. At least in the fall, not so much in the spring. It gives me a chance to reset my own clock. In the fall when the days are getting colder and darker, I have trouble getting up at 4am for work and I start going in later and later. So now is my chance to reset!

Have a good weekend. Enjoy the extra hour


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NATURESBOUNTY 11/5/2011 1:25PM

    Oh boy i morn not having my cats any more because i just couldnt afford them. Lol now you have just pointed out a really good reason animals an changing clocks ugh lol. But you know i still miss my babys. Jst try to emagine a world without yours lol.

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Body Image - How it all started

Monday, October 31, 2011

Another member's blog got me to thinking about body image. When did I start to notice I even had a body?

Growing up in Florida I was free as a bird. I was frequently at the beach and outside daily, even in the rain. We didn't think about exercise back in the 60's. It was built in. My grandmother had avacado and citrus trees growing on her property. We ate family dinners at a set time at the dinner table , although sometimes we got to eat on tv trays. How healthy watching the Vietnam War raging on the tube doesn't seem healthy to me looking back. I was a healthy kid. I'd get sick about once a year, and unless it was tonsilitis it usually only lasted til late afternoon causing my mother to wonder if I faked it. (No - I loved school)

Then came culture shock. We got uprooted to New England. I think it took me 2 full years to thaw out. I was freezing in my house let alone go outside unless it was to and from the school bus or to church on Sunday morning. I was in charge of getting meals on for our now family of 3 (the older kids and my dad got to stay in Florida). My specialties- macaronni and cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches. Vegetables - dump some from a can into a pan and heat. I think this must have been the time snacks were introduced into the household. The chips we only had at picnics were ever present. Ice cream was too, ready to be scooped into whenever boredom hit, as opposed to the weekly treat when the neighborhood kids ran to greet the ice cream truck . My mom had a great job as a dental hygenist and brought home lots of snacks for us from the practice. I found out the office girls were always on diets,, but that was many a moon later).

Pizza came later. The greasy, sloppy, all-cheese version the roller skate rink snack bar offered. When my dad eventually moved up north, my weekly exercise was at the rink. A safe place to go for the weekly visitation. I loved roller skating, but the rink was in the next town over or I probably would have lived there.

Then it happened. As if I wasn't miserable enough I became aware of body image. I was by no means fat, but nor was I the energetic little girl that "ate like a bird" as my grandmother would say. The day came in home-ec that we had to get measured for the skirts we were to make for ourselves. I didn't think anything of this until one of the girls saw my measurements. She burst into laughter. Well, laughter is contagious and kids are cruel.

High school came and I evened out. Not fat, not Valeri Bertenelli slim. Still, in the back of my mind was that haunting laughter. Body image was never too far from my mind.

Those of the roots of my body image. Then the pendulum swang, I got fat. Now I'm trying to balance out for my health's sake. Meanwhile, there are other important things in life to focus on. My body image will improve as my health improves and I tone up and slim down. I'm a happier person than I have been in a very long time.

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SARAHTAIT 11/8/2011 8:57PM

    I can totally relate......
I am definitely Not a cold weather gal. Your beach memories sound great.....
I hope to live on the beach one day!

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LINTPICKER 11/5/2011 6:44AM

    i am still struggling with emotional stuff as well. I keep working in it!

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WENDYJM4 11/3/2011 1:50AM

    wow thanks for sharing your story, I can relate to that. The same thing happened to me at school, the teacher made us all weigh and then she actually laughed when I weighed and pointed out I was the heaviest child there. The same story as you, I wasn't really fat at that time. For some reason she did not like me. There were some cruel people when we were young.

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JANEZAP 11/2/2011 4:04AM

    such a great personal blog thank you for sharing your story! it takes a lot of courage to look at your life as you have just done (well i find personally for me its hard..) so good on you for writing this blog :) your doing a wonderful job, i hope your having a lovely day!!
love jane

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CINDYCHARLENE 11/1/2011 5:13PM

    emoticon emoticon I appreciate your blog.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 11/1/2011 3:37PM

    THank you for sharing your childhood.I began to reminisce about mine,very interesting! I am happy you are happy with you and are so positive about it emoticon emoticon

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NATURESBOUNTY 10/31/2011 2:08PM

    emoticon ok lol pictures of my childhood bouncing threw my headhead. Alot of def. School my dad was in the army. With each new school prayers id fit in an nope i didnt i got beat up again funny but that is the story of my life lol. Nope not a pity party hear. But for me body emage has always been front an center an a struggle. But iv finally come to terms with that monster despite it always laughing at me lol. I no longer purge or bing my throat no longer bleeds. Im eating veagan an am very happy with me even at 234 pounds. But i am attempting to loose weight the healthy way. Sorry im rambling. But your blog has brought so vefy much back an i wont to say thankyou an i think its awsome we all need to see an remember where we have come from to know where we are going thankyou emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 10/31/2011 11:39AM

    Wow, you sure brought back memories of MY childhood! Thanks for sharing. And, by the way, we sound like we grew up in the same house! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Sunday, October 30, 2011


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DUSTYPRAIRIE 10/31/2011 10:10AM

    I'm going to admit my calories ingested vs my calories burned through cardio and strength training. This will keep me accountable to myself, my helpful accountability spark partner, and whoever else reads my blog!

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JANEZAP 10/31/2011 4:45AM

    Ooh im curious how does the tally system work? sorry if you've already explained it somewhere else..
hope your week is going well

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I Thought I'd Outsmart Hubby

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Yesterday was too close for comfort when it came to my nutrition plan. I had a great breakfast and snacked while we were on the road between errands. We got home mid afternoon, but I didn't realize it was that late. I went ahead and ate my sandwich. Then I realized it was almost 4 o'clock! emoticon

Now I had approx 4 hours before nighttime rituals to eat a full meal and my "dessert". I wasn't in the least bit hungry, but missing these 2 meals would result in a calorie deficit of about 400, not to mention the havoc played with all my other nutrients.

I ended up staying up late and cramming all the planned food in before I did. My belly wasn't so happy with me, but I must say the result was a good night's sleep.

Today I stayed home. Hubby was off doing his thing. He usually gets home around 2, so I had some small snacks and started the bbq. I was determined the big meal would be when he came in. Well, by 3 I was hungry. The real thing. So I made my peanut butter and banana sandwich. He didn't get in til after 4, so the big meal and my planned dessert are put off til way past a normal dinner time.

I'm going to try again tomorrow, This time, a nice brunch before church and a nice mid-afternoon meal. I'll fit dessert in at a decent time, and fill in with healthy snacks.

One of these days I'll get it right!

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GRAMMAP1 10/30/2011 11:30PM

    The best laid "plans". I understand; it sounds a bit like our household. Keep trying! emoticon emoticon

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 10/30/2011 7:22AM

    It really doesn't make any difference to your body when you get the nutrients. Just get the right amount.
Jane on Guam emoticon

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LOVETOLAUGH56 10/30/2011 12:33AM

    emoticon Sounds like you've thought it all through and that you'll get on the right track

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NATURESBOUNTY 10/29/2011 6:21PM

    emoticon poor baby i know it must be rough. An you gotta learn to roll with the flow!!! emoticon

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RRP546 10/29/2011 6:15PM

  peanut and banana sandwich that sounds great

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Bittersweet Day

Friday, October 28, 2011

emoticon During the wee hours of the morning a very special lady left her earthly body and went home to Jesus. She was one of those people who impacted everyone that came in contact with her with her sweet spirit, joy and laughter. Her graduation will be celebrated next Wednesday.

The hard part is the void that is left without her. I am so sad for the grieving her family must endure. Death is not a punishment. They understand that. God allowed His own son to die for our sins. Isn't that amazing?

I'm still stunned by the swiftness of it all. Just days ago she wrote on FB how she was making a beef stew for dinner. An ordinary day. As it turned out she was facing many weeks of chemo. She was in agony and most folks never knew how sick she was. God spared her further pain and now she is in Paradise.

That's all I can write. Thank you for listening and your prayers for grace and peace for those she had to leave.


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WENDYJM4 10/31/2011 6:22AM

    emoticon I am so sorry

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RGEETING 10/29/2011 4:47PM

    You "do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope." I Thes 4:13

So glad that you are there to encourage them through their grief. May God comfort you as you, through Him, give comfort to the family.

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MOSTMOM1 10/29/2011 12:49PM

    So hard to say goodbye. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

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EARTHMOTHR 10/29/2011 11:09AM

    What a lovely gift to have had her in your life. emoticon

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TABBYARTS 10/29/2011 10:37AM

    What a privalege to have known her. May the Lord Jesus wrap you and each one who misses her, in His arms of comfort.

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 10/29/2011 7:58AM

    It is hard to have a friend here leave us. One of my best friends has gone to live in Tennessee. I really miss her and we do talk about once a week but it is not the same. I plan to see her next summer. I also know I will see her again in heaven.

I am sorry for your loss and rejoice that you will see her again.

I pray for comfort for you and her family.

Jane on Guam

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NELLIEBLUE 10/28/2011 11:16PM

    She sounds like a great person and someone to be missed. It's not many people that can have such a friend, treasure her memory.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 10/28/2011 11:05PM

    YOur title is perfect Bittersweet Day,what an amazing story of strength.Thank you for sharing.May her family and you find healing and comfort and peace as time passes
prayers for you and family. emoticon emoticonDiana

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NATURESBOUNTY 10/28/2011 11:00PM

    emoticon my prayers are to thoughs whom she left behind. As she is at rest an pain free in heaven.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 10/28/2011 11:00PM

    I am so sorry. I know you know where she is, but it is so tough being the ones feeling the loss. emoticon

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NATURESBOUNTY 10/28/2011 10:54PM

    My prayers an love to you an her family

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NATURESBOUNTY 10/28/2011 10:50PM

    My prayers an love to you an her family

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SUNSHINE99999 10/28/2011 10:34PM

  Peace to you and her family. Yes, one day it will be worth it all for us too. :)

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