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Fresh produce produces big smiles

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

emoticonAt my house I can feel so much better, even on a really bad day, just by buying,, preparing, serving and eating fresh produce. emoticonThere's nothing like it. Today it's a combo of fresh pineapple, emoticonraspberries, grapes, blueberries and kiwi....yum, plus some corn on the cob. The colors and flavors are magical. I'm adding a salmon filet emoticon and some home baked whole wheat, oat and flax rolls. Just planning such a menu keeps me on track for a great day. Plus, I know my DH will enjoy every bite right along with me. It's so much easier to resist the afternoon munchies as I plan for such a meal. Eating such healthy and yummy fresh fare also keeps the munchies at bay all evening. I know I should take the time to do this more often. The rewards are amazing. All the senses are engaged. Hope you are all enjoying wonderful fresh in season delicacies as well. emoticon

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IAFARMERWIFE 8/4/2010 3:42PM

    I'll be there, what time! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUCKYGRANNY2 8/4/2010 2:24PM

    My only question is...what time are you eating? YUM!! Great choices and it sounds wonderful. Good for you.

Lonna (((hugs)))

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A Brand New Week, Same Old Me!

Monday, August 02, 2010

emoticonI was all ready to be bursting with enthusiasm and energy this morning. I had a good night's sleep. emoticon I woke early and ready to attack the day. Now the day is more than half over and I've accomplished absolutely nothing. emoticon A call from my daughter changed my mood from optimistic to a bit frantic. emoticon After we've all made plans for her family to move into our house in the next few weeks, today she learned that refinancing their giant home may not be a possibility. emoticon They've restored a 13,000' very old mansion that has no comps anywhere around. They want to return to us so our son-in-law can do a critical care fellowship -- emoticonhe's a neurologist. emoticon So, we've been looking for a condo to buy and downsize to. I think we may be close to making an offer on something. So, today has become a day of thoughtfulness and prayer. emoticon Downsizing is the right thing to do. We've talked about it for several years. It would mean we could move into town and my DH could cut some time from his hour long commute. emoticon The clock is ticking. emoticon The wheels are in motion. I think this could still be an awesome week for all of us. emoticon Maybe I just need to get myself moving and clean out another room and spend some time with my treadmill. emoticon I know if I can just look back and see a few accomplishments for the day I will become much more positive about everything once again. emoticon Anyone else operate in such a fashion? emoticon Have a great week! emoticon

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ANNE-ELIZ 8/3/2010 12:15AM

    Yes, it is good for your spirits to be able to look back on the day and see some specific accomplishments, but maybe the you're not counting the swift turn in thinking that you are looking at.

I can see where your daughter's news could take the train off the track, so to speak, or at least have the potential to do so. Certainly does set the mind racing!

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Evening house hunt, morning walk, Life is Good!

Friday, July 30, 2010

emoticonWhat a great start to my day. emoticonI woke early, read for awhile and then walked to the nearby park, walked the trails there and came home by another route. emoticon I was able to walk through tendonitis in ankle/foot and hip injury. It feels so good to have this behind me and now look forward to lots of things to do around the house and errands to run. emoticon
emoticonWe house hunted last night, but realtor only took us to one property. That was disappointing and we don't go again for another week. emoticon My DH is frustrated at the slowness of this process. emoticon I think we'd better pick something soon. emoticon Our daughter and children will be here to register for school in just over a week and then school begins August 25th. We'll never be out of here by then and I suspect much of her furniture will be arriving soon. Such an adventure. I am so thankful that we have a home where she can be with the three children and then her husband when he arrives next spring for his neurology critical care fellowship. emoticon It will be so wonderful to have them here for the next few years. emoticon They may even choose to stay here if the faculty position he is considering comes through. emoticon Now, we just need to find that perfect little condo where I won't have stairs or nearly so much to keep up. I can't wait to start our lives in our new home. God is so good. emoticon We know He has a perfect place in mind for us. I just hope He shows us soon. emoticon Have a great day everyone. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANJALI2010 7/30/2010 11:42AM

  Have you tried looking on the internet listings yourself. Tehre ought to be a local real estate MLS website in your area. I was far more on top of the new listings than the realtor. I'd end up telling him what we houses we wanted to see.

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House Hunting for Inspiration

Thursday, July 29, 2010

My DH and I will be out once again this evening looking for a condo to downsize to. It feels like such luxury to be able to take our time this time around. Other moves have revolved around relocations. Not this time. This time we can just look until we are satisfied to find something that will fit our lifestyle. I want a place that has a decent exercise room, perhaps a pool and definitely lots of territory to walk. I'd love to be near mass transit, especially for winter. And this time we are determined to have everything on one level. It would be an awesome benefit to find something that is move in ready, but if we have to have some work done we can live in our big house until the little one is done. We've been out looking a few times already, but we don't think we've seen our dream place just yet. If only we could combine the best parts of several! I so look forward to meeting new neighbors, praying through new neighborhoods and cleaning through a much smaller space. In the midst of this, my weight loss journey of fits and starts continues. I am making progress, very slowly, but the trend is in the right direction. Praise God! To keep the progress going I so look forward to exploring some new trails and walkways. Though the idea of packing and unpacking is not in the least appealing, the idea of a new home sweet home is heavenly. Our daughter's family has already begun moving things into our house and it won't be long before we will have to get out or get a storage facility. She's moving from a 13,000 sq. ft. mansion they've restored to this 5300 sq ft place. Her husband will do a neurology critical care fellowship here and we are delighted they are moving back to town. It will be such joy to have their three little ones near enough to hug. We hope they can sell their house to settle some of their medical bills - baby had major neurosurgery in May and they are buried in debt. We won't charge them rent, but hope they can at least pay utilities. We'll see how it all works out. We know the Lord has a plan and that His plan is so much better than anything we could ever think up. When we bought this house we stood in the middle of the main floor and prayed. He assured us this was the place for our family and it has served us so well these past 19 years. It will be hard to leave, but we so look forward to our next adventure. Blessings. Have a wonderful day!

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ANNE-ELIZ 8/1/2010 1:04PM

    Good wishes for your house hunting!

I do know what you mean about wanting to take the best features of each home you see and put them together to make your dream home...but I'm sure that as you continue your search you'll get clearer about what you do want and need and be able to come close to your ideal.


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JDB1957 7/29/2010 1:30PM

  Wishing you luck on finding you dream house. You are right god does have a plan and it is so much better than ours-he will guide you in your search and with him in charge you can't go wrong! Have a great weekend! :)

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Reunion Blues & Brights

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

So, the bright spots included an amazing afternoon with my DH's family. emoticon There were 14 adults and 11 children of all ages. My mother-in-law was in her element for sure. Even at age 95 she managed the day with grace, laughter and lots of love. I loved having my children and their families there. Our youngest was 7 months and it was so much fun to watch our daughter and her husband show her off to everyone. emoticon I took the two grandsons shopping the day before we left so they were attired in exactly what they wanted for the big picture. The five year old sported spongebob and the seven year old was in very cool shirt and shorts that he will wear when he goes back to school next month. Those two loved playing with all their cousins. Our son's little girl is 21 months old and seemed to enjoy all her cousins, too. emoticon She's a bit shy, but seemed to have a really fun day. The only damper on the reunion was that our niece didn't come. She sent her children, but she no showed after promising her grandma many times that she would be there. It was sad that she chose to let her grandma down like that. I don't know what the issues are in her life just now, but she may not have another opportunity to have her dad's family all together again. Very sad for grandma. emoticon
With my kids together I had planned to visit my 96 year old mom even if just for a few minutes. But, since she is nearly blind and has always been very self serving anyway, I guess I should have known she would not let us visit. My kids were heartbroken...especially our daughter who wanted to introduce our little miracle baby, Ziva. I begged my mom repeatedly for more than two weeks in hopes that she would allow us to stop in for a few minutes. But, as has been her history, because she would not be able to enjoy because she cannot see, she wasn't about to accommodate the wishes of even her own grandchildren. So disappointing for us all. It stirred up so many sad memories from my childhood and from all the years since then. As an adopted child, I never knew if I was even lovable. My parents never said the words, so it always left me guessing. And, I figured that since my birth parents gave me away that I had better be perfect or my adoptive parents might do the same. I've never felt I was good enough for them. Still, I so hoped she would want to see her grandchildren and great grandchildren. But, I was wrong. So wrong.
It was a challenge for me to spend four full days with Don's family when my heart was so hurt and what I really wanted to do was cry. emoticon We are back home now. I expect her to call in a little while and part of me doesn't even want to answer the phone. Still, I know I must be kind. After all, she is 96 years old. I feel so sorry for her. When I found the Lord, I knew I was lovable, I knew I was loved. My mom was an atheist for most of her she says she's more agnostic. My hubby and I have shared our faith with her through the years. When she could still see well enough to read I sent her long letters that always ended with a P.S.I Love You at the end that included Scripture, part of my personal faith journey, and a prayer. She says she read it all, but that it never 'worked' for her. What a sad woman. I cannot imagine turning away my grandchildren or not wanting to spend time with others who care. She only seems to see people now for how they can be useful to her. One of my brothers handles her finances and repairs things when he visits. The other brother does her grocery shopping and is planning to move in with her now that he and his wife of 22 years are separating. I manage contact with her doctors and help her get the medications prescribed that might help with her arthritis, sleep and some minor heart issues. Tis I do via computer and phone.
So, the blues included a 37 year old no show granddaughter who is deeply loved and whose presence was hugely missed by her grandma and everyone else and a 96 year old self centered, very alone mom, grandma, great grandma who has no interest in seeing the family that loves her.
But, the bright spots were many and brilliant. emoticon I got to see my son-in-law and sons see tide pools for the first time. I got to hold baby Ziva and receive little goodies like plastic toys and dominoes from 21 month old Emily. I got to share the time with my DH and surrounded by a lot of love. We all got there safely and landed safely back in our various states. Another bright spot for me was that despite a lot of restaurants and the big catered reunion, I didn't gain any weight. In fact, I lost some. emoticon I probably should thank my mom for taking away my appetite. Hmm. I imagine it will return soon, but for the travel it was a great source of protection.
I'm glad I got to go. I'm happy to be back home. I'm thrilled to be losing a little weight. But, mostly, I'm ever so grateful for my children, their families and my DH. Life is good! emoticon

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SARAHTAIT 7/29/2010 7:25AM

    Sounds like a fun reunion!! SOrry about some of the letdowns. So sorry about your mother-it is a really sad thing to lose one from the Kingdom no matter how hard you have tried. How sad and lonely she must be and to not know the Lord at her age-how frightening-I mean Wow-I simply can't imagine being that close to death and not knowing the Savior. I feel so sorry for those whom she has hurt-especially you and the youngones. Your attitude towrds her is to be commended and I know it is from our Heavenly Father who gives you the grace to deal with her.

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