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Did Some Different Stuff This Weekend

Sunday, April 21, 2013

I am reviewing my list of what I wanted to accomplish this weekend... and most of it didn't happen. I was about to scold myself, when I realized, "Hey, I did some different things this weekend and enjoyed the time with my Sweetie and the great weather we have had."

I will find time this week to do that little bit of hand sewing that needs to be finished. The lady who asked me to fix her caftan can wait another day.

My income taxes are almost complete, so why am I beating myself up? They are due at the end of the month... no biggie.

I did not read the end of a book that I borrowed. The owner hasn't asked for it back, so again, I can get around to that, but later.

What we did do on Saturday was enjoy a breakfast out together. Then we drove into town to see a photography exhibit and it was free admission! We know two of the photographers that had entries int the show, so it made it that much more special. One of those friends won a blue ribbon too. I think he won Judges' Favourite.

Lunch was a pathetic attempt but I ragged on myself in yesterday's blog, so I'm over that. BUT, what we did do, was visit a bookstore that I have been wanting to check since last summer. I've got a sweet guy who actually listens to what I want to do "someday". Often, he makes it happen!
(Oh, I bought a second-hand book on water colour painting and I found a lovely birthday card for an artist friend of mine. ) That bookshop trip was a winner!

I got some groceries in plus I was able to pick up and deliver milk and cream for my co-worker doing the weekend shift. I knew she would want a coffee, but we had nothing to doctor it up. (Until I got there.)

Today, we went to a fellow's home and he wanted to sell some of his woodworking tools, as he is going back to the States and cannot truck all his tool collection tomorrow. We found two power tools that have a new home in our garage AND we were gifted a bunch of glue, nails and screws. Woodworking guys have some sort of Brotherhood thing going on.
(I just stayed to the perimeter and let them talk 'sawdust' and 'live edge' and all about burls in their projects. )

I was a bit cross eyed with fatigue after trying to compute taxes... and when dinner time came about, our neighbour came over with some frozen salmon and a tub of ice cream! She was coming over for dinner and bringing it with her. (Taxes can wait!)

So, you see, I didn't get everything done that I had on my list. I did get outside and see things I've wanted to and visit with folks that were of the same mind... I had a good weekend!

How about you?

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NOLAZYBUTT110 4/25/2013 6:04PM

    It sounds like you had a fun time! Findinga book for yoru own crafts! And being with friends is alway fun too! Even your Hubby found some neat stuff! Men and their tools....and sawdust talk? I know how that goes, once guys get together they dont want to go home! lol And arent you glad tax times is ended? (I am glad I no longer work so I dont worry about them any more. ) Glad you ahd a good week! and dtn worry there is alway tomorrow to get back on track! emoticon emoticon Fun is alway a plus! Susana

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GOANNA2 4/24/2013 10:59AM

    I hope you get your taxes finished soon. You have been busy.

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L*I*T*A* 4/22/2013 12:23PM

    sounds like a most enjoyable weekend!!!
way to go.......
have a great week.......

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SHERIO5 4/22/2013 9:24AM

    Good for you! I'd hang on to your sweetie! He sounds like a keeper for sure!

It sounds like you did the important, not the urgent!

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GOSPELCLOWN 4/22/2013 12:01AM

    I forgot that I found a Mother's Day gift at the book store too. I'm going to send my mom a "Mom's Bathtub Reader" that is full of silly trivia and wee stories.

If you get to Victoria, BC, you have to drop in to Russel's Second-hand Book Store! emoticon

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Too Much Is Too Much

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Today I over-enjoyed coffee.

I went out for breakfast with a friend and there was coffee with the meal... and a free refill. Who doesn't like something that is free?
But there was no reason to drink a second cup of coffee.

It seems reason was nowhere to be found once we had visited a photo show (where one of our buddy's had won a blue ribbon!!!). It had been such a pleasant morning, and was asked if I wanted to go out for a coffee.

Hmm, I think it is lunch time... but instead of using my head and following my heart, I succumbed to another coffee. And a raspberry muffin.
Both were delicious but it was not a healthy choice for lunchtime. But I was with a friend, right? We like to keep our friends happy.

And today I caved.

Late in the afternoon, when I was home again, the coffee began to "work". I was SO glad I was in my own home. I feel like I've been turned inside out now.
I have no energy, my organs feel like they don't know where to reside and I am disappointed in myself.

I know better. The point is, I need to DO better.

This evening I am being kind to my body. I have had a Lush Body Butter Bath bomb experience. I feel all smooth and fresh. My hair has been washed and there is a possibility that I may bounce back like my natural wavy locks.

Dinner will be a simple pita, cream cheese, cucumber slices and a tiny serving of cottage cheese with black pepper. Tea will be my friend... I use tea like a medicine.

Tomorrow I shall behave myself and continue my health journey after this short detour. Did you take a unhealthy detour this week?

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SHERIO5 4/21/2013 2:58PM

    Sadly, yes.


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L*I*T*A* 4/21/2013 3:54AM

    had muffins yesterday......
less calories than store bought and somewhat heathier???


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DJ4HEALTH 4/21/2013 1:07AM

    I only drink coffee when I have to drive over two hours and then I will be up all night because of it. Then crash the next day. Hate the feeling that I get from coffee but that was the only way that I can drive a long time.

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PARKERB2 4/20/2013 9:18PM

    Yes, I overate a couple of days. But back on track now.

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Are You A List-Maker?

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Today is Saturday and I have many things I should do. None of them will be accomplished unless I write a list.

When I can see the tasks written down, I have better focus. I also LOVE to scratch out the completed job with a little adrenaline that sparks me to do the next on the list.

I have grass to cut in my back yard. I have a bra to repair. (Anyone ever replaced an underwire?) Didn't think so. I want to go for a walk while the sun is shining. (That could change any moment.) And... I have to knuckle under and work out my income tax. ... Definitely on the bottom of my list of chores.

So, I've started to scribble on a paper napkin, all the things that I should do.

But it's Saturday and I want to slack off! emoticon

O.K., I'll get started on the list and scratch off at least one chore today. Have a nice weekend!

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GOANNA2 4/24/2013 10:46AM

    I do make lists and try to keep to them. If you can tell me
emoticon how to fix an underwire bra, I'd be very appreciative, lol.

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PROT358 4/14/2013 10:29PM

    Oh yes! I have lists for my lists! I somehow feel more productive knowing that I am making goals and reaching at least some of them, even the ordinary ones. At the end of the day I can point to those scratched off words and say, "See? I did something!"

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NOLAZYBUTT110 4/14/2013 1:39PM

    Ya sound a lot like me, I am an official procrastinator... I see, if G*d wanted me to work as hard as a list I would be an eternal slave.... not being it, as I see I was set free when eh died on the cross for me! so as I see it, many things wont get done and then only those he deems necessary! For now, I wont be worrying about anything but those necessary things! Like.... washing dishes and clothes and the other demanding things will be left undone! Lets go fishing or treasure hunting! Have a nicei lazy Sinday! Its G*Ds day! susana emoticon emoticon

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SHERIO5 4/14/2013 7:56AM

    Yes, a list maker! When I started feeling like I didn't accomplish much, I started writing down completed tasks and crossing them off, even if they weren't in my original list! It made me realize I really WAS doing something!

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EGRAMMY 4/13/2013 7:10PM

    I sure do make lists and the teen granddaughers moan "I'm becoming my grammy" as they make lists.

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TXTOAD9970 4/13/2013 5:18PM

    (Heard at a "List-Makers Anonymous" group meeting): My name is Jennifer and I am a List Maker. I love to make lists and cross off the things I have accomplished. My husband cannot get behind this "odd" behavior - he says if you have stuff to do, do it. Why make a list of it? Clearly not a list-maker! LOL

Thanks for the smile! Have a great weekend and I hope you accomplish everything on your list!

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L*I*T*A* 4/13/2013 4:42PM

    i make lists too.,...
don't always follow through some days....
enjoy the rest of your weekend...
blessings and hugs...........lita

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NANCYPAT1 4/13/2013 3:57PM

    I am not much of a list maker and usually when I make a list, there are SOOO many items on it that I feel overwhelmed and frustrated - so I love the 3 item to do list thread - THREE is a number even I can deal with. LOL

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AZMOMXTWO 4/13/2013 1:08PM

  have a friend who males her own bras with underwires but I can't do it

i also have to make list
have a great day

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MAMISHELI53 4/13/2013 1:05PM

    Like you, I like to make lists. I agree, there's - if not an adrenaline rush, at least a dose of dopamine, when I check or cross off something on the list.
A Spark Buddy of mine said she makes two lists of three things to accomplish every day - one for household type stuff, and one for fitness. I thought - what a great idea! I'm trying to do likewise. I prepared a couple of weeks' worth of lists of things I'd like to get accomplished. The thing is, breaking up one big task into two 3-point lists makes it much easier. I actually cleaned out my closet!!!! emoticon emoticon
Blessings to you on this journey to a healthy lifestyle.

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Health News Articles by Spark People

Friday, April 12, 2013

I often find myself clicking on the daily Health News articles that Spark People publish. i like that the finformation is concise and recent. Yes, much of this news is found in newspapers but I get distracted by newspapers.

Health News allows me to choose a topic. I can focus and extract the bits that fascinate me.

Spark People is a website that is so rich in information if that is what you want.

You know that there are listening friends with advice and encouragement if that is something you need. We can record data, ask questions and accumulate points. So much in a tidy package.

Today I read about Stem Cells being injected into their donors' lower back to relieve pain... possibly. It is experimental. Sounds like a good idea but it is too early to prove as a remedy.

Have you read Health News too? Is it one of your go-to areas of Spark People?

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GOANNA2 4/24/2013 10:55AM

    I often find that I read Spark Health Articles way before
they are published in the newspapers. emoticon

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PEAJAY50 4/18/2013 10:51AM

    Yes, Spark People's "Health News" is my go-to for current medicine and health information

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BABY_GIRL69 4/12/2013 6:30PM

    Sometimes I hear news from here on here first and then it's reported on the web or televisions.

God bless,


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L*I*T*A* 4/12/2013 11:54AM

    love the articles too..........
have a great day....

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RASPBERRY56 4/12/2013 10:36AM

    I go there often myself......always a good source of SparkPoints, too!

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MZZCHIEF 4/12/2013 10:02AM

    I love it for all the reasons you've listed.
Haven't had time to read them recently... thanks for the reminder!

Have a fun day!
: )

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SHERIO5 4/12/2013 9:50AM

    I like the articles too.

Thanks for the goodie!

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Lunch Decisions

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I work outside of the home. Right after I eat breakfast-- which I do every day-- I am faced with packing a lunch. (groan)

I try to shop with lunches on my mind but I don't find it simple. My "go to" choices are often a tomato sandwich or dinner leftovers. The bonus is, I am now saving part of my evening meal so that I have an easy transportable lunch.
There was a time I would try to clean up the portion (over eat) that portion that remained, just so that I didn't have to do the work to save the leftovers.

So, I'm making baby steps.

What will I find in the refrigerator today? Will I have to settle for a tomato sandwich?

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GOSPELCLOWN 4/11/2013 11:06AM

    Today will be an artichoke, onion, spinach and feta thin crust pizza!
Earl Grey tea too, of course!

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NOLAZYBUTT110 4/10/2013 5:41PM

    why not try a Panini (we do it with Turkey and swiss cheese on one of Walmarts Whole wheat sandiwch buns and place it in the sandwich maker for a few minutes. Good cold or hot! . ) or a Greek sandwich of feta chese and tomatoe with olives and a pice of chicken or even a Falafel sandwich? Changing a few trhings can make a sandwich a nice meal. Or how about making some soup and freeze it and then use a microwave to warm it up. (Place the soup in a ice cube tray and when you wnat soem soup, take about 4 or 5 cubes and palce it in s container with a lid and then warm up the soup. (Just make sure the container is microwavable.) Sop and a sandwich in the middle of the day is delcious! Many times a soup hits the spot. My favorite is bean soup!.I think I have the recipe on my recipe tracker.
/maindishes/r/falafelrecipe.htm (for a falafel sandwich.... recipe here.

Its a nice change from just a tomato sandwich! and can be made ahead of time. Its not difficult. Hugs susana

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L*I*T*A* 4/10/2013 12:00PM

    sounds like you have a plan.........
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1GROVES2 4/10/2013 11:08AM

    I pack my lunch every evening before bed...for 3 years its been about the same thing:
Oscar Mayer deli select turkey or ham on delightful WW bread with lite mayo or yellow mustard....lately with garden veggie cream cheese
12 veggie or Special K chips
90-110 cal yogurt cup or 2 T plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup frozen mixed fruit
This is usually around 300 calories

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