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Goals, Resolutions, Christmas decorations

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Someone pointed out to me that Resolutions and Goals aren't really the same.....resolutions are more quickly and easily forgotten, while goals are something you keep, and keep on aiming towards. I like her thought. : )

I've recently joined 2 teams, one is the Knitters team and we're doing a stash-busting challenge this month. The second one is the January Jumpstart Challenge (I think I left out a word there). I've only done 2 days of that, and BOY! is it ever a challenge! That's good.

DH and I finally got the last of the outdoor Christmas decorations taken down and put away today. Then I took all the ornaments off the indoor tree and packed them away. DH took the lights and tree apart and all that is in the basement. Since we bought some plastic totes this year, I have yet to transfer some fragile things into one, out of the old, old cardboard boxes. I'll feel so much better about them being safe.

I also put all the Li Bien ornaments in another tote, and as I pointed out to DH, now we have lots of room (in it) for lots more Li Bien. He wasn't nearly as amused as he should have been. emoticon

I had a hugely-full inbox in my email, and am still trying to work that in. But I really must work more on busting my stash of yarn! Fortunately, we aren't planning to go anywhere the rest of today.

Love you all, my Spark Friends, and I hope you are doing well. Those of you who are sick: QUIT IT! I hope you get well quickly. : )
Nancy

  
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CONTENTCHRIS 1/15/2013 1:54PM

    emoticon Nancy keep at it girl!

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FROSTY99 1/2/2013 5:35PM

    You are doing so good for having not felt well. I am amazed at how you have soldiered on. I do a little bit and have to sit down and rest and then get up and go again, but I too am making progress! I managed to clean out files today, but our shredder bought the big one sooo have to go buy another one to shred some things. This last time we bought a better one-like $150 and it only lasted a couple of years and we even made sure we did the lube sheets after every session! Gonna go back to a cheapie and won't feel so bad if it only lasts a couple of years!!
Pat

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LIVINGFREE19 1/2/2013 4:54PM

    That is great that you are doing the Jumpstart challenge!

That is something I must do too, yet, is take down the tree and decorations.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/2/2013 4:12PM

    You're a hoot, Nancy! emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 1/2/2013 3:21PM

    Good for you on doing the Jumpstart Challenge!! I'm sure that will step your fitness up. I like the knitting one, too. You can't eat when you are knitting because you'll get crumbs or drips all over your precious work. So knitting is good for healthy, too.

I've got most of my Christmas stuff down now, but not as good as you. Will go catch up right now!!!

Enjoy your days. Regards, Marsha

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JKPONYGIRL 1/2/2013 2:15PM

    I like the idea of resolutions and goals being different. The goal being the result, the resolution something you change to get to the goal.
Good luck with your challenges, I am off to take down my tree (you've inspired me!)

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SNUGLBUNIE 1/2/2013 2:05PM

    I hope the candycane didn't attack you again emoticon Have a great day Nancy!

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Goals are resolutions by another name

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Well, I don't normally hold with New Year's resolutions. For one thing, I'm like most people and find it impossible to carry through.....hence the fat I'm still lugging around.

Anyway, I made "goals" instead. Ok, semantics. But leave me alone! emoticon

I'm going to read the Bible through again this year. Our church made special Bibles available to us, whereby we read a bit from the Old Testament, a bit from the New Testament, and a bit from Psalms or Proverbs.....gets us through the whole Bible in a year.

I have joined a SP team designed to help me kick start weight loss, and toning of my bod. It's the "Official January Jumpstart Fitness Challenge". I'll be using their videos for my exercise instead of my own regimen. I followed the 8 minute cardio video today, and boy! am I out of shape or what! I couldn't keep up, or even DO all of what she did. My arms going this way and that while my legs were doing something else altogether was too much for my brain. And here I thought I could chew gum, talk and walk all at the same time! emoticon

Anyway. I'm going to give it a shot. Perhaps I'll keep it up even after the challenge is over. So, one of my goals this year is to tone my flabby body. Another, is to lose an average of a pound a week (without being sick to do it, like last week). I have about 40 pounds to lose, so it's going to take about 40 weeks, or, mid-October. I will, of course, spend some time on the treadmill (leg-willing) and perhaps do some other 'regular' things for cardio as well as what they suggest.

I'm also planning to substantially reduce my yarn stash - I have 3 large and 4 small tubs of yarn, plus a few bags tucked away, too. Time to get it knitted and crocheted and on to people who need things. Also, I have a few kits I bought at my local yarn store, of things I want for me. So you see, I give away a lot, but I keep some for me, too. : )

In order for me to reduce my stash, I'm going to have to stay out of certain stores, be careful when I read email, and avoid yarn catalogs as much as possible for awhile; unless there is a need for me to make something particular for which I can't find enough or the right yarn in my stash. But I don't really anticipate any loved one requesting anything. I've made hats for my grandsons, a sweater and vest for my DH, sweaters for all my grandkids, gloves for a dau., stuffed toys for one grandson (he now has about 5) and so on. But you never know.
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Have a safe, happy, healthy new year, Y'all.

  
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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/2/2013 11:24AM

    Wowee are you raring to go! I admire you for making yourself flail your limbs out of their comfort zones. emoticon

It will be worth it. I'm so curious if you'll find it to be easier on your leg, because even though I feel like HIIT is intense, its variety of motion makes my joints happier. I LOVE the elliptical, but the repetition isn't great for my knees or hips.
Have fun going through your yarn stash! If I was there, I'd wrap all your skeins of yarn like gifts, just so you could feel like you got a bunch of new yarn:)
Ok I have 30 pounds to lose this year. I love the pound a week plan! It's time to get this fat off.

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NEWNAC304 1/2/2013 9:05AM

    These are great goals! I joined the January Jump Start challenge too. I forgot to do the video yesterday and overslept today. I'll have to do two tonight or three tomorrow!

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 1/2/2013 5:46AM

    Best of luck with your goals! I feel goals and resolutions are different, in my mind anyway. Resolutions always seem like easier broken promises that were made on a whim. Goals have a more of a foundation in my reality.

Happy New Year, Pat

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SNUGLBUNIE 1/1/2013 7:49PM

    Sounds like great goals that can definitely be achieved. Good for you for joining the challenge. I'm sure it will help you get started. I did it last year, but this year because I am leaving for vacation in 17 days, no use starting it and not being able to finish it. I'll cheer you on instead. emoticon

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POETLKNG2LOSE 1/1/2013 7:47PM

    Nancy you can do it and yes a lot of people make resolutions and then never go through with them. I think i need to make myself accountable in a few areas this year.

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SOARINGPHOENIX 1/1/2013 7:09PM

    You can do it I plan to make my weight come off too. I am planning to make certain that I lose the weight and keep it off

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FROSTY99 1/1/2013 7:06PM

    All worthy resolutions. Here is to 2013 being the year we get toned and healthy.
I have to get back to the gym when I get to feeling a little better. I am thinking by next Monday I should be in fair shape.
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LIVINGFREE19 1/1/2013 6:52PM

    You have made so many nice things for people, you are so very nice!

You can lose your 40 pounds this year, 2013 is your year, my friend!
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December 29, 2012

Saturday, December 29, 2012

God has a sense of humor. Have you looked at some people? They look like their dogs. What about ostriches - when they get upset they bury their heads in the sand. Now THAT makes things go away - NOT! And when I prayed to get out of the 170's, He allowed me to have a stomach/intestinal bug. Yep, I'm in the 160's now.....at least until I resume regular eating. emoticon I'm not blaming God for the nasty bug, I'm speaking tongue-in-cheek. (I explain because the written word doesn't properly convey tone and inflections)

I am grateful that the illness seems to be passing, pardon the pun, and I've survived. I'm grateful that it wasn't something truly serious. I'm thankful because God loves me very much and sometimes allows things to happen that are thoroughly unpleasant because they are a part of His overall plan. He is in complete control and everything that happens to me is filtered through His loving fingers. I am engraved in the palm of His hand - what a wonderful image!

We are currently getting our 3rd snow storm of the week...highly unusual for us. Earlier this week the storms mixed with rain, etc., and were particular ugly for driving. Today's 2-4 inches of snow are supposed to be just snow. We don't have any plans to go anywhere, and thus can just look out the windows and enjoy the sight.

Last winter we got a total of about 12 inches of snow - again, very unusual. It looks like we're going to have an entirely different kind of winter this year, and frankly, I'm glad. Last year was so mild it didn't kill off the ticks, etc., and we really didn't get a good start on the needed precipitation. I think that's ALL going to change. Brrr. emoticon

Mind you, I love living here (in spite of a state legislature that resembles our national one that does nothing), and I absolutely love having four real seasons, including a cold winter with snow, but I'm not fond of BEING cold. Call me a hothouse flower. Haha.

My DD and her family drove home in one of the ugly storms earlier this week (from Christmas down south). I'm thankful they were safe. I was also thankful we were able to give their dog back to them....like fish, he'd overstayed his welcome. Oh, he's a cute little beastie, but has some tendencies that get on ones nerves after a little while. He's best taken in smaller doses.

DH and I had Christmas alone - the kids were all working or out of town. That was very strange, but we managed. First we went to the no-kill animal shelter (not our usual day) and helped with the dogs. Then we found a restaurant open for Christmas dinner (lunchtime). Except for the mini pincher, it was a quiet rest of the day. : D

The night before, we attended a very moving Christmas Eve service at our church. It was packed, in spite of the weather. Our pastor told the real meaning of Christmas, including an explanation of the need for accepting Christ as our savior. No Bible-thumping, brow-beating - just a clear explanation. There was plenty of beautiful music, both by the congregation and by soloists. And everything was topped off by the traditional lighting of candles that we all held, while we sang Silent Night.

Enough rambling, my friends. Have a great weekend.

  
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IUHRYTR 12/29/2012 10:04PM

    Hoping you feel better soon. Stay warm. -- Lou

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FROSTY99 12/29/2012 9:39PM

    Nancy I hope God's answer to your prayer for the weight loss will keep it from coming back. I too got past the 180's and down into the 170's because of the nasty bug and pray it won't come back either.
Glad you were able to enjoy a bit of Christmas-I totally missed it this year. Maybe this was God's way of helping me cope with the holiday as I was having a problem because a year ago the 26th is when my dad passed away. I am sorry we didn't get to go to our church Christmas program and we didn't get to go out to look at the Christmas lights.this year.
Continue to get better my friend.
Pat


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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/29/2012 1:58PM

    I saw the news about the snow the Northeast is getting slammed with. I'm glad you're not going out in it. Take advantage of the time to get better.
The Christmas eve service sounds nice. I'm also glad your daughter made the trip safely.
Have a healing and warm weekend!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/29/2012 1:25PM

    So glad you are feeling better!!

We really do have all four seasons here in Florida if you look for them. Different things grow and bloom, the days get short and then lengthen; winter is not a good time for swimming outside. Some trees lose their leaves in fall; some in the spring when the new leaves come. The temperatures are different. We don't have snow (or rarely) but we do have seasons. I have winter clothes and winter pajamas. I even wear long johns sometimes! We don't need boots and only occasionally use our hats, gloves, and scarves. Guess you must really like some snow. I wouldn't mind a couple snows a year, but am happy to be where I am with occasional visits north. Guess we are both happy where we are!!

You reminded me to enjoy these years when the grandkids are little, as there will be years without little kids around at Christmas. Your church service sounds very meaningful. Glad the little dog is back home; I'm sure your service was appreciated.

Take care. Thrive where you are!!

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LIVINGFREE19 12/29/2012 1:10PM

    That is so nice that you volunteered at an animal shelter, how nice!

The snow seems to be pretty minimal this year for sure! I think I would rather have the real cold to get rid of all of the 'bugs' in the air and on the ground!!

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SNUGLBUNIE 12/29/2012 9:16AM

    Seems like you are feeling better. I'm glad. Happy New year.

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SPATTEN2001 12/29/2012 9:11AM

    I enjoyed your blog ... a week ago I suffered an acute myochardial infarction and I believe that was God's way of telling me it is time to retire and de-stress. I love my God and I know He loves me too!!!

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TOPCAT93 12/29/2012 9:01AM

    have a happy new year

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God provided for the elementary school - no surprise!

Saturday, December 08, 2012

emoticon I KNEW my stitching group would come through for the kids. (See my blogs from Nov 14 and 16).

Last Thursday night I picked up hats, scarves, (wide) headbands, and gloves; varying quatities of each. There were 131 hats (a few with scarves or gloves or both). We're in email touch with 'our' teacher (the one we helped last year and again this year), and plan to get them to her Monday, probably after the children's Christmas program. I want to cry from joy for how much we're able to help this year.

Next year we may resume giving to a couple of other local elementary schools, but I'm hoping we can also give more to this school even though our grandson will be in Intermediate school next year. It just pained me something fierce to learn that his elementary school (K-3) has a poverty level of about 60%.

Our group is also giving hats (various sizes) and other things to a local food bank that has at least 400 local families it's ministering to. This is what we live for: sure we do some personal knitting/crocheting for ourselves or gifts, but mostly we donate to various charitible places. I have some things I'll be giving to the battered women's shelter in York, and one of the ladies took a bunch of chemo hats the other night that she planned to take when she got chemo yesterday.

I just wanted to share the 'success' story after having shared the need last month.

  
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CONTENTCHRIS 12/19/2012 10:24AM

    emoticon 's on You and Your lady friends Crowns my Dear! Cudos! emoticon

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GLMOM2 12/10/2012 7:04AM

    What a wonderful way to give back to your community!

God is using you & your knitting talents (and friends) to help serve Him.

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NEWNAC304 12/10/2012 6:20AM

    It was so kind of you to organize this. You should be proud of yourself! Thismosmjust great!

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PURPLELVR7 12/9/2012 8:29AM

    that is awesome new, congrats on your sucess

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IUHRYTR 12/8/2012 10:37PM

    Thank you for caring. -- Lou

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FROSTY99 12/8/2012 7:36PM

    You ladies did a marvelous job and should be so proud of yourselves. May God richly bless all of you for your generosity and willingness to do this to help your community. I used to belong to a group who made the cancer hats and I always felt good every week when we we would get with a day's work. Over the course of a winter we would make about 500 hats that were distributed to local hospitals and chemo centers. The ones for the kids always broke my heart-no child should have to go thru that.
Hugs to all of you.
Pat

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SNUGLBUNIE 12/8/2012 1:24PM

    I'm so happy to hear you and your group did so well. I didn't doubt it for a minute though knowing what a loving, caring person you are and I'm sure the people that surround you are the same. ((((hugs))))))

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DETERMINED_ME 12/8/2012 12:29PM

    It's so wonderful that you and your "community" of crocheters/Knitters are using your talents to help others. emoticon

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DAWN14163 12/8/2012 12:25PM

    Warms my heart to know there are good people out there doing their bit to help the local community. Great job, congratulations to you and your ladies xx
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LIVINGFREE19 12/8/2012 12:11PM

    You are so awesome to be helping out your community so much!
I hope parents write thank you notes!
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USMAWIFE 12/8/2012 11:04AM

    To meet that goal, I can see you knitting year round but you can do it I am sure.

you guys might want to make your own website posting your needs and letting your surround community help more Get the girl scouts and high school kids knitting/croceting as a community project to assit you

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/8/2012 10:53AM

    Wow! Great job, ladies! You all really came through with a lot. The kids hearts AND heads will be warmed:-)


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Christmas decorating is hazardous to my well-being

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

I didn't realize how putting up outdoor Christmas decorations could be so hazardous. Each year, we put up plywood candy canes (painted red/white stripes) around the entire perimeter of the yard and string lights on top of them.

Today I helped DH by holding the canes in place while he used a 3 pound hammer to drive the stakes into the ground. We'd gotten maybe 1/3 of the way around the yard when the hammer slipped out of his hand and gave me (thankfully just) a glancing smack on the head. DH felt awful, and I didn't feel so good myself : ) as he practically carried me into the house. When we got there I took my hands away from my head and saw blood. You know, a head is skin and bone, so you bleed like crazy.

We got the bleeding stopped, then I put an ice bag on my head, took Tylenol and rested a bit before we went out and finished putting up the candy canes. DH is going to do the lights himself.

I actually feel a little bad for DH, as I know it was purely an accident. I obviously don't need stitches or other professional care, and I'm so thankful that DH hadn't lifted the hammer to take a blow on the stake - now that would surely have knocked me out. So I'm fine, or will be.

Moving on...

Yesterday (when we started outdoor decorations) and today the temps are in the 60's - a real heat wave for us, as our normal is something like the low 50's. We're real grateful for the warm, sunny days to get our decorations out.

I trimmed our tree on the weekend - took a couple of days, and have a wee bit of inside decorating left to to.

I have several presents to wrap, some of which will be mailed and a couple more to buy (tomorrow afternoon, I hope). But the Christmas cards are all addressed and waiting for stamps. Yes, we still mail a number of cards every year.

Tomorrow I'm going back to the oral surgeon. I think I'll be getting the screw set in my jaw. This started several months ago when I had a badly abscessed tooth that was pulled/cut out and cadaver bone implanted. Now that that's healed, I should be able to get the screw, and once the bone grows around that (a few months) I'll get a new fake tooth from my dentist.

I'm going to get my ice bag again, and rest a bit. emoticon Wishing you all a great day.

  
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IUHRYTR 12/5/2012 12:30PM

    Good news that it wasn't more serious. Take care of yourself. emoticon -- Lou

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CONTENTCHRIS 12/5/2012 11:11AM

    Well you sure had a close one. Doing construction those are the things you dread. Glad your OK . If you feel light headed or any kinda issue I encourage a mri just to be on the safe side.
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PURPLELVR7 12/5/2012 7:47AM

    so glad the injury is minor
take care

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FROSTY99 12/4/2012 7:24PM

    OMG! So glad you weren't hurt any worse than you are. I just know your DH feel's bad about this but as you said, it was truly an accident.
Take it easy because blows to the head can cause problems for a couple of days.
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LIVINGFREE19 12/4/2012 4:47PM

    I'm so glad it wasn't real serious, my friend!
I hope things are much better for you now.
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SNUGLBUNIE 12/4/2012 2:12PM

    Yikes, I'm so glad you are not hurt badly. I guess Christmas decorating at your house is hazardous, hee hee. Take some pictures when you get a chance. Didn't you get a new camera, hee hee :)

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/4/2012 1:43PM

    Yikes, I'm so glad you weren't hurt worse. Poor guy, I bet he does feel bad, but I hope he gets over that very soon.
I hope your shopping and mailing is going ok and that you're relaxing as well. Enjoy that heat wave!
Well, after the dentist tomorrow, you won't be able to say you have a screw loose!

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DAWN14163 12/4/2012 1:29PM

    Ouch! Hope you don't have too much of a headache! Do you have a photo of your decorations? I used to love looking at the neighbourhood decs in England, they don't seem to "do" decorating here in Belgium.

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NEWNAC304 12/4/2012 1:20PM

    Ouch! I'm glad you're okay. I'm sure your hubby feels just awful. Maybe you deserve a dinner out or some other special trip.

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SLENDERELLA61 12/4/2012 12:53PM

    So sorry for your injury. I know DH feels awful. Rest and be careful. Glad you got your decorating all done -- and I'm impressed that you have your cards already, too. You are in the holiday spirit and well organized. Good for you!!!

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