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Alone Again

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Later today my husband has to head out of town for a few days. It's the first time since we moved two months ago that I'll be alone in the new condo. The anticipation feels strange. I don't like it very much when he's away, but it does give me a chance to plan my meals and activities just for me. I can make healthier choices and not fall to so many temptations. It is my hope that I can use these next four days to recharge my weight loss efforts and see that scale budge after being totally stuck for a week. I have so many projects that need doing and I hope I can complete at least a couple - finish my granddaughter's Christmas stocking and get Christmas cards ready to mail. We'll see. At least I have a plan. I brought my yoga mat up from our daughter's house today and I want to start using it . I will spend less time in front of the television and more time in prayer and study. I will begin to make a dent in that pile of reading. So many plans and good intentions. I wonder if I'll feel successful or a total failure by the time my husband is back home again? Time will tell.

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CARISSA81 12/5/2010 9:23AM

    I bet you'll feel a success! lol - I never really understood when women are sad because their husbands are out of town - my mom always LOVED when my dad left! Was happy to have some peace!

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MEADSBAY 12/5/2010 8:41AM

    I had grand plans for while my DH was away last month...big sigh...I enjoyed it but,alas, didn't accomplish much besides sleeping more and better.
I like the comment about actually planning out the time- like read 6-8.
Enjoy the respite.
LOVE the new Ziva pic- what a cutie pie!

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DIANE7786 12/5/2010 7:46AM

    I love my husband but I also value the time when he is out of town. There are so many options--all just for me! I accomplish more when I make appts for each activity, like reading from 6:00-8:00 each night. Otherwise I spend too much time going from one activity to another--because I can! Enjoy your time alone!

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BARBARACT 12/5/2010 7:44AM

    You have a plan...get to it! Don't even think about being a failure with your plans. Just do it and you will feel so much better!
It is hard sometimes to be alone, but I find if I have a plan and dive right in I do much better!


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26M8J7 12/5/2010 6:38AM

    It sounds like you have a very good plan. Much success!!!
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ROX525 12/5/2010 4:49AM

    Just dig in... you will feel so much better! Have a great a successful week.

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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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