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What a Difference a Year Makes!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Last year at this time we were terrified and hopeful about our newest grand child about to come into the world. As it happened she was born with craniosynistosis and had to have major surgery cutting her little skull to ribbons and spacers inserted to help her grow normally. There have been many highs and lows this year, but we have much to be thankful for every single day. Ziva will turn one this month and though tiny she continues to meet all her developmental milestones. Her wobbly steps and many real words along with the continual babble remind us of how much little ones grow, change and learn that first year. She is my sweet little cuddlebug with big attitude. She knows what she wants and is determined to find a way to get it. As I watch her it makes me want to become more like her - assertive and loving; active, sleeping when tired, eating when hungry, giggling often and from the deepest part of her little self, always ready to give or get a hug, never worrying about tomorrow, always living in this moment.
Yes, I am so thankful for this little miracle. She has taught me much. It is a joy and a blessing to see the world through the eyes of this little one who has traveled such a long and difficult road in such a short time. I wonder what year two will mean for us all?
Have you learned something special and new this year that changes the way you see yourself and the world?

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MEADSBAY 12/2/2010 9:42AM

    Thank you, Barbara- what a wonderful way to think about how we feel about our lives- through the eyes of a one year old angel.
LOVE this!
Give that Ziva and extra hug and kiss from me next time she is in your loving Baba arms.


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LKWQUILTER 12/2/2010 6:35AM

    Yes, God is good. She is your little miracle and blessing.

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So Thankful that I Can Make a Healthier Feast

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Today I will enjoy every bite I put into my mouth. Some of them will be fully traditional recipes and some will be reduced fat, reduced sugar variations. But, whatever I choose to eat I will enjoy. I am so thankful that I can make good choices even on Thanksgiving. That will help me to continue to be thankful even after I've pushed away from that banquet table this afternoon. I will exercise this morning and add a bit more than usual in preparation for what is sure to be a bit more than usual food for the day. I'm already counting my blessings and am overwhelmed by just how many there are. I pray all of you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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MEADSBAY 11/25/2010 9:40AM

    I am going to enjoy every minute of this special day.
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Countdown Has Begun!

Monday, November 15, 2010

The holidays are looming large before me now. It all seems to start this week. I'm hosting a surprise birthday party Friday for about 50 people. Saturday is our annual church soup cook-off. Then it's Thanksgiving and finishing the last of the Christmas shopping. Then the grandkids arrive a week before Christmas. The decorating has begun. We put up lights at our daughter's house yesterday and I'll be sorting through trees and decor there to see what I want to use here in our new smaller digs. She's living in our house (5400 sq ft) while we are in a condo (1450 sq ft) Needless to say the decor must be downsized along with everything else. Still, it's somehow daunting. I want everything perfect and beautiful. I want the focus on the beauty rather than all the food that is usually around. Maybe the games will take the place of so much munching. Anyway, that's my plan for now. Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!!!

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MEADSBAY 11/15/2010 8:46PM

    Wow- you REALLY downsized! It's an adjustment but isn't it great? We did it 5 yrs ago.
Sounds like you have a nice plan for the holidays, Baba!
happy everything back attcha!

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Too much fatigue equals too many mistakes!

Friday, November 05, 2010

One morning two weeks agoI woke up eager to start the day of organizing our new place. But, first I thought I should go get the mail from the day before so I grabbed keys and went down to our lobby. When I got back to my floor I realized I had the wrong key to get back into my condo. It was so early and I felt really stranded. I knew the name of one of the women on my floor so went and knocked on her door. I learned the office keeps a copy of everyone's house keys. Praise God! My poor sweet neighbor hurried to get dressed - it was early - and we rescued me in short order. a week later my DH managed to lose a set of keys down the elevator shaft when his hands were full of tools from our storage area. How unlucky! I made copies of a few of mine, but when we learned that it would cost us $100 to get a new front door key I wanted to cry. My DH met up with one of the darling handy men in the building, but alas they were unable to retrieve the keys. So, imagine my surprise and delight when a man who doesn't reside in the building showed up at my door yesterday with the lost keys. Evidently he was servicing the elevator and our sweet handy many told him about the keys and he was able to retrieve from the elevator pit - whatever that means. So, we've both learned valuable lessons about all these different keys. We are so exhausted from all that goes with moving and I think both incidents happened because of that fatigue. Now, I'll try to use the carpenter adage - measure twice, cut once in my real life, but it will be 'think twice, act once'. I'm also trying to apply that to my eating practices. If I really think about it, I probably don't really want that unhealthy something. We were given brains for a reason. I think I'll put mine to better use!

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SISTERDOE 11/6/2010 9:20PM

    Exactly why I do everything so slowly and try to do it the same way each time. Some people think it's an OCD-thing with me, but I've found that if I don't use repetition, I forget and goof up too many thing!

Glad your keys were retrieved, too. I remember seeing Mike Rowe cleaning out an elevator pit on "Dirty Jobs" once. You'd be amazed at what people lose!

Slow & steady does work (most of the time!) *LOL*

Gentle hugs,

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SARAHTAIT 11/6/2010 9:21AM

    Wow what a story about your keys. It sounds like something that would happen to me. You do know about fibro fog right? It is a foggy condition that makes you feel that you can't think really straight caused by fibro!! Not fun at all. And you don't have to be fatigued to have it. Bummer!!! Yesterday I rode down a one way street the wrong way. Talk about fibro fog....and I knew the street well and had just talked about someone doing something so stupid to my hubby the day before. Thank goodness it is a mostly empty one. Yes I met two cars though. Dumb dumb dumb. I am an excellent driver too.
Hang in there...I am so happy you got your keys back. Maving really takes a toll on a person. Hope you get some rest.

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MEADSBAY 11/5/2010 6:16PM

    It is so much easier to make mistakes of any kind when you're tired!
Glad you got your keys back.

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Move It, Move It, Move It!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

After our recent move, mind you we still have some settling in to do, I noticed my clothes started to fit differently and I got into a size I hadn't worn in quite sometime. emoticon So, I wrote a SP secret to success for exercise titled 'Move'. It was written sort of tongue in cheek because moving to a new home every day really isn't an option. emoticon It's always an adventure, but there are so many difficult parts to it that I wouldn't recommend it to be added to anyone's personal daily exercise regimen. emoticon Having said that, I am trying each day to replicate some of those motions and some of that intensity that comes when time is of the essence. Bending, stretching, emoticon lifting, emoticon climbing, walking emoticon and getting down to and up from that very low floor all can become part of everyday activity. I never before thought of my little two step ladder as a piece of exercise equipment, but it makes a great one! Up and down, up and down, up and down and lug around. emoticon Lead with the left, lead with the right, up and down with all my might. I'm also beginning to realize that if I like the way I've arranged something once, I'll most likely get to do it again and again. My DH keeps finding little things to repair or improve upon. So, no matter how perfect I think something looks I'm very likely to come into a room to find it all scattered about so he could get to something he wanted to work on. In the beginning I got frustrated. emoticon Now I see it as an opportunity to 'move' some more. So far I've reorganized books, emoticon restacked dishes, taken down and put back all the clothes in our walk-in closet, taken out and replaced all the coats and sweaters in two other closets, moved a clock collection to three different locations, emoticon moved towels from linen closet to vanities, to dresser and once again find he has taken them out and stacked on my vanity so he could repair a part of the dresser. I may get to put those away again today, but I have no illusions that they will remain in place. Today I want to start putting up the artwork, mirrors emoticon and photos. That should give me a pretty decent arm workout emoticon and no doubt I'll be moving them about or repositioning them multiple times in the days and weeks to come. Move it, move it, move it! That's my new motto. Have a great day everyone! emoticon emoticon

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SARAHTAIT 11/3/2010 8:17AM

    I use cleaning my house as exercise a lot. There is even a spark exercise called heavy cleaning you can get points for. Get into it big time and use those muscles and you can really get a good workout plus accomplish two things at one time. I mean why waste all that good energy right????

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MEADSBAY 11/2/2010 10:10PM

    Well, I HATE moving house to house- moved 13x the first 10 yrs we were married so then stayed in the same house for 25 years!
That said- I actually have move it-move-it move-it! as one of my huddle sayings.
How are you liking the new condo?
Sleep well, my friend.

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TRIGFROST 11/2/2010 4:38PM

    I am still moving things around after 2- years ...just taking time for exercise is a big deal for me right now...Life is full of everyday things to do... emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 11/2/2010 2:10PM

    That is unusual exercise and just changing your routine did the job--of burning calories. Way to GO!!

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PROPMAN1 11/2/2010 1:03PM

  Busy, busy! You've had to make many changes. Sounds like you're keeping a good attitude and keeping up the good work by using your 'moving time' as exercise time too. Keep up the good work!! emoticon

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