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Bracing for winter weather

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The whole area is panicing!!!! My goodness!

Snow is coming!!! Check

Buy out the store!!!! Check

Cancel Christmas!!!!! ERRRRRR! What??????? Cancel Christmas? No way!!!

My mom is already panicing about Saturday.....I think we should wait and see what happens!

It's okay if we have to postpone our festivities because of the weather. I may not be able to travel in this weather but we will celebrate the Lord's Birthday!

DH and I are ready to hibernate for a few days. Work has already been canceled for tomorrow. So I'm gonna settle in with a good book. I am going to try to convince my son to come stay overnight so at least he will be here!

I hope everyone is ready for what the next few days bring!

Merry Christmas!


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ID_VANDAL 12/26/2009 7:43PM

    Hi Keri, Hope Christmas turned out good for you. I've reading about the weather and how bad it is. I hope everyone who was stranded found some way to make it a joyous Christmas although I don't think Travelgrrl did (check her blog out).

Anyway I ALMOST feel guilty enjoying the blue sky and 80 plus degree temperatures we are having here!

You take care and keep with the program.



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LUCKYDUCK2 12/23/2009 11:30PM

    LOL. LOVE the photos and yep....everyone is in panic mode here.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Healthy New year! Stay safe and keep warm. Hugs

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BOOPBETTY7 12/23/2009 5:28PM

    emoticon It sure will be a frosty one for sure in this area. Have a nice Christmas even if it's a bit chilly out. Be extra careful if you are in the area where there is ice/sleet/snow mixed and a Blessed Christmas day to one and all. For this is the Lord's day. emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 12/23/2009 5:17PM

    I love it, you sound just like my sister, she told me, they were canceling Christmas Eve Family get together, because of the weather, she is in Iowa, What if it doesnt get there, like our rain, so often, out here in California, anyway, Wait and see, and enjoy your book, Merry Christmas emoticon

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GRAMPIAN 12/23/2009 5:16PM

  Hope the weather doesn't inconvenience you too much. Have a good Christmas. emoticon

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PRICKLY101 12/23/2009 5:13PM

    That's it! Once we look at it as Christ's Mass - the day doesn't matter! I celebrate Immanuel and His light on any day!

A blessed Christmas to you!

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A Merry Christmas letter to Mr. Tuxedo:

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mr. Tuxedo guy,

It was great to see you and your wife/girlfriend last night at the John Tesh concert.

That was a mighty fine fur coat she had...I can see why you didn't want to check it. It must have been horrible for you to have to sit up in the balcony with us common folks.

It must have been equally upsetting for you to have to sit next to me....a middle aged woman in blue jeans and overweight at that. Isn't it funny how no one tells you that the arm rests belong to people like you and if anyone tries to use them, they get an elbow jabbed at them. And I really liked the part about how you had a smile for everyone around you except when you looked my way. It was probably my sparkling personality that blinded you and turned off your smile.

Yes, I am overweight. Yes, I am uncomfortable sitting in chairs that were built for people who are a size 2. Thanks for noticing. Let me tell you something you don't notice as your nose is in the air.......

I am a great person. I have sweet disposition and I am nice to most people. I love to laugh and have fun with my family. I was there to enjoy the concert with my sister and my niece. Despite you and your elbow, we had a nice time. And you know what......I have feelings and they can get hurt by people like you.

If that's what it's like to have money.......I don't want it. Because I will always be happier than you could possibly be looking so silly in your monkey suit......this is Sioux Falls not New York!!!
You didn't hurt my feelings or make me feel bad.

So, you see....I'm not going to be like this forever. I'm on a journey and I'm sorry but you can't come along. You on the other hand have " Arrogant, snob disease." And I hear there is no cure. I'm sorry to hear that. You'll never know what you missed.

Merry Christmas! I hope you get everything money can buy.


P. S. : To the readers- This is really me being funny. I can't let a small person get me down like that....but sometimes....if I wasn't a christian or a nice person.....this is how I would let them have it!!!! LOL!

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AMBERZADE 12/23/2009 9:21AM

    LOL This is funny and very cute! Good for you!!

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ELLENIRENE 12/23/2009 6:13AM

    It's his loss

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/22/2009 10:34PM

    some people need money to feel important and some people learn it is more important to be nice to your neighbor and share the arm rest. stay just the way you are. i wish they could read your blog and make a turn around. emoticonyou are special.

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MSLZZY 12/22/2009 10:20PM

    Just because you give the impression you have money, you can't disguise the obvious lack of good manners! I am glad you enjoyed the concert, despite the rude couple in the crowd.
Even the lowliest of us deserves respect. He could have been sitting next to God and still
been offended.
Keep your happy humor, smile, and know that they are people just as we are!
But you are special, you are unique and that is a very good thing!
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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GINILEE4 12/22/2009 8:40PM

    It's too bad that there are people who simply have no manners. Maybe it was a big deal to be at the concert to them, but no more so than for you. Remain the nice, kind and funloving person you are and rememeber what you don't want to be like, ever,


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MYRENAISSANCE09 12/22/2009 8:27PM

  I am so sorry you had such a bad experience! You are a wonderful, kind person and don't forget it! By the way, you can tell they have issues, anyway. What were they thinking, wearing a tuxedo and fur to a CONCERT? Geez! How weird! What were they thinking? emoticon

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The spark on my Christmas Stocking is not a fire.........

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I was moved to tears this morning........it wasn't a bad thing either. There are some people on Sparkpeople that can make such a difference in your life. I know I have been truly blessed and my life will never be the same. Many of you reading this are counted in that blessing.....

As many of you know, I have been struggling with the surgery question. To have or not to have......that is the question. My husband has been pushing me towards it but has also said that it's my decision. I haven't been sure.

Today I received an email from a beautiful sparker who is very much succeeding at her weight loss journey. She doesn't know I'm writing this so I won't identify her by name, only because I don't want to offend her if she minds. She gave me some wonderful incites and I would like to share a couple of her comments with you......


"....If seeing people dying from smoking every day or being given the death sentence that smokers lungs is, doesn't switch that little switch that needs switching for someone to give up smoking, then I think nothing will.

Same with losing weight. One day, it's there – the switch. It's big and bright red and right in front of you and all you have to do when it appears is press it and the rest is easy. But if it doesn't appear – then losing weight will be a struggle and a battle that's most likely to end in defeat over and over. "

....."About the moment, the window of opportunity, that you get. If you seize it, that moment is really all it takes. As in, I'm not “doing” it – I did it that moment. What I do now is no different to when I was gaining weight. As in, I wasn't “doing” that either. It was just a consequence of how I was living. And now, as a consequence of how I am living, I am now losing weight. No scheme, no diet, no effort – just a change and decision I made that one time on January 10th 2009.

I make it sound simple and it obviously isn't. And I can't really explain the moment very well either, because it's such an individual experience. But I have heard other people who've made a big change in their life say the same thing – that one day it was there – the knowledge that today was the day and that henceforth, it would be different.

I know alcoholics and drug addicts often call it rock-bottom, and I suppose that's kinda how I felt as well. Only, I don't think I was as low as I'd ever been. But I definitely felt it was do or die time and – rather wisely – decided to do. ;) "


She had a lot more to say to me and I will NEVER forget it. I appreciate it so much. You are an amazing person and you are wise beyond your years! The fact that you cared enough to share that with me, leaves me speechless. I really believe now that I can do this on my own.....the healthy way. And I believe in myself and in my strength to do it.

I'm not so foolish to think that is will be easy now, but it will be right and it will be good. Just watch me!.......Just join me! 2010 will be our year to shine!!!! (We may even throw some tinsel around......LOL)

I love Sparkpeople! I love the people of Sparkpeople. You are what makes this tic. Together it's an unstoppable force. We are here for each other through successes and setbacks. We pick each other up like nothing I have ever seen before!

Thank you.....you touch my heart and give me strength!


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LUCKYDUCK2 12/21/2009 7:01PM

    What a wonderful Christmas gift from a fellow sparker....the gift of sharing and caring! And thank YOU for sharing it with us.

Merry Christmas and a Healthy New Year to you and yours. Hugs.

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NANCY- 12/20/2009 8:46AM

    Keri, what wonderful incites she had. I can understand about the Big Red Switch... I quit smoking 9 months ago... it wasn't easy at first, but each day got easier. Now it's my lifestyle.
I too am looking for the food Switch, fitness switch... but I think for me the path to the switch included baby steps in preparation for the switch. For me surgery would not be an option.... I need to learn what needs to be done and do it, without that I know that i know what the surgery intended to help with would fail becasue the supporting tools are not in place.

I need the "Big RED Switch"
Thanks for sharing.


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ID_VANDAL 12/20/2009 2:56AM

    Hi Keri, Thanks for sharing this. Sparkpeople are an awesome group and so willing to share and support.

I count my blessing that I found you out here!

You add a lot to Sparkpeople!!

Enjoy your holidays!



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KELLYC_14FAN 12/18/2009 8:21AM

    This is such a great blog!!! I definitely needed to read this today!! So thank you!!

I definitely agree with the big red switch analogy! That is exactly how it was for me. After trying many times, there was something about this time that was just different.

Thanks for all of your support as well! You rock! :)

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ELLENIRENE 12/18/2009 7:25AM

    Thank you for sharing this. Spark does have amazing people.

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DEEGIRL50 12/18/2009 4:27AM

    Kiss your forehead for me dear one!! I believe you've got it!!

Your outlook and humor and thought provoking blogs are a few of my favorite things!!

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KO1215 12/17/2009 8:38PM

    Here is to all of us having an Ah ha moment! emoticon

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MSLZZY 12/17/2009 5:32PM

    The wonderful insight and thoughts of this Sparker is a true blessing to all of us and I thank you for sharing. I am not sure, either, what exactly happens when we have our "ah-ha" moment but when it comes, you have to grab at the opportunity. Sieze the brass ring! If all our stuggles were easy, we would take them for granted. It is hard work but must be done. And when we reach our goals,
the sense of accomplishment makes up for all the pain and frustration, self-doubt and negativity. You CAN do this and you WILL do it, in your own way. You have the tools and we are here for you, just as you are here for us when we need it. Grow your Spark and let it illuminate your life!
Here is to the most splendid and glorious year ahead! emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/17/2009 4:45PM

    I totally agree with "the switch".

When the time is right, we can do anything.

2010 will be your year to shine!

Let your sparklight through!

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GINILEE4 12/17/2009 4:04PM

    Dear Keri, All I can say is DITTO. You give me strength. Reading your blog has lifted my spirit today and I think that you are right, we can do this on our, together. I'm with you in 2010.


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BABY_GIRL69 12/17/2009 2:53PM

    This is wonderful & some times Sparkfriends come just in the nick of time like angels! Thanks for sharing!


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MBSKIT 12/17/2009 2:44PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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    You've been abundantly blessed, and bless so many by sharing this.
Happy Holidays! emoticon
Grace and peace,

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Oh Christmas tree.....oh Christmas tree....

Monday, December 14, 2009

I'm really slow this year getting my house ready for Christmas. I'm not even sure why. I got the tree up right away but I didn't bring any of the other decorations up from the basement because I didn't have much time. The tree turned out really nice. I decided to use tinsel this year instead of garland. I thought it would be so nice and twinkly! Which it is.......

Well we had a little issue this morning. We have a ceiling fan in the living room and for some strange reason......it decided to turn on by itself this morning! At full speed!!! Needless to say I had tinsel everywhere!!! I wonder how many calories you burn picking up tinsel from all over the room.....LOL! How well....everything has been righted.

I got my Christmas cards done last night....and I have to start buying presents soon. I can't believe I haven't started .....I am always done by now. Oh well.

A little everyday. And whatever doesn't get done.....doesn't get done!

By the way, here is my grand daughter Aubrey and her daddy, Clinton. I got to spend some real quality time with her on Saturday! It was great! She is such a joy!

Have a great day!!



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VICUNJA 12/17/2009 9:23AM

    *LOL* I can just picture the tinsel going everywhere - must've looked like magic! emoticon

Gorgeous granddaughter you have. emoticon

Good luck with the present buying and card writing. I'm WAY over all that - just have a few pressie to wrap and that's that, all done and ready for the big day! I'm as excited as they get! emoticon

Joanie x

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DEEGIRL50 12/17/2009 7:21AM

    Sorry about the fan... I was sending you warm wishes, but I didn't expect they would turn on your fan!

You have everything you need for Christmas... a happy family!
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BUDDY_LOVE 12/16/2009 9:14AM

    What a beautiful tree & gorgeous grand daughter!

I know what you mean about shopping. I use to always have mine done by July! This year I lucked out in that my family is not exchanging gifts so I don't have to buy any this year! For my husbands family, we've just one more gift to get & we'll be finished.

Now we can sit back and enjoy the season!

Hope you have a good one.


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ELLENIRENE 12/16/2009 7:04AM

    Your tree is beautiful.
Have fun with your granddaughter. Christmas is a wonderful time of year.

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P316LEIA 12/15/2009 10:26AM

    Great picture of your son & granddaughter!! Kids make Christmas so much fun!!!

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MSLZZY 12/15/2009 10:10AM

    Ah, the mysteries of the ceiling fan! Glad the tinsel was easy to pick up! Lots of bending at the waist but your tree looks gorgeous! Have a great day!

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NANCY- 12/15/2009 8:23AM

    It's not the decorations but what is in our hearts.
Enjoy the season.

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STOPTHECRAVING 12/15/2009 7:08AM

    I can't put tinsel on my tree. I own cats. Your tree is lovely. You'll get what you need done and you'll have a great Christmas! I just know it!

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MYRENAISSANCE09 12/14/2009 10:26PM

  Your tree is beautiful! I agree, we do what we can, what doesn't get, simply doesn't get done. I bought cards this year and I am determined to send some out. I better get to it, huh? Thanks for the reminder!

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DWROBERGE 12/14/2009 10:20PM

    Christmas is a great time for grandchildren.

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My Grown up Christmas List with a SparkPeople twist.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


This is one of my favorite Christmas songs sang by the incredible Amy Grant. And every year at this time, I like to think about what I would like on my own personal Christmas list. This year I thought it might be fun to put a SparkPeople twist in it. So I am going to tell you what My Grown Up Christmas List with a twist is and I would love to here yours.

Are you up to the Challenge?

Here is the traditional song/list:

No more lives torn apart; so wars would never start
And time will heal all hearts.

Everyone would have a friend and right would always win,
And love would never end.

This is my Grown Up Christmas List.

My version:

No more diet stops and starts; success would be our spark.
And we'll all have healthy hearts.

Everyone would have a friend, hearts and hands will join again.
and compassion never ends.

This is my Grown Up Christmas (with a Sparkpeople twist) List.

In all seriousness.

1. I wish for consistant weight loss.
2. I wish for good health.
3. I wish for continuing friendships.
4. I wish to run up stairs.
5. I wish for success for everyone.

This is my grown up Christmas List.

What do you wish for???


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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/14/2009 4:25PM

    great mine is the same list as yours plus a good health for me and my family.

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BUDDY_LOVE 12/12/2009 11:50AM

    my grown up christmas list is not as inspirational as your's. It was actually pretty simple. I wanted Sir Elton John & Billy Joel concert tickets. However that's not to be. I went to order them & the ticket price the television station stated was sorely understated. By about $150!!! Sooo...looks like I'll have to come up with something else. But truth be told...I have everything I want. I have a roof over my head, food in my belly & a husband & family who love me.

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GINILEE4 12/12/2009 12:34AM

    You know Keri, Every year in November, I demand a list from my children and their spouses and from my husband. I run like a mad woman filling all the stockings and come December 24th, realize I neglected my on wishes. This year to come, I wish for as you say consistancy. Not just in my weightloss but in my life. If I can achieve a consistant lifestyle I can also include that wightloss. So this year I ask for consistency, That's all.


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RUTHIEBEAR 12/11/2009 10:24AM

    I love your grown up Christmas list. I wish you every success in achieving your goals. I am going to work on my list now. thanks for inspiring me.

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NANCY- 12/11/2009 9:04AM

    Great list Keri!

I wish for my healthy life style changes to stick.
I wish for consistency.

That's just a start.


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ELLENIRENE 12/11/2009 8:00AM

My own spark-related list
to reach goal
stay healthy

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DEEGIRL50 12/10/2009 7:56PM

    Nobody can match you Kerri, but I'll give it a shot!!

No more feeling worn out; clothes that fit without a doubt,
and time to care for all my parts.

Everyone would have a friend and healthy food we'd be a cravin, And pounds would be a droppin.

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ID_VANDAL 12/10/2009 6:30PM

    Wow Keri - that's a great post. Hard to add to the list but I'm up to the challenge so how about:

No more job layoffs and a growing healthy economy

Politians who really put the country first and themselves last

That everyone finds the spark they need

No one drops out

I'll have to come back to see the list grow.

Great idea!

Take care



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VGIMLET 12/10/2009 6:12PM

    Nice blog.

I think everyone wishes for peace on earth, no one going hungry, etc.

My own spark-related list -
I wish for continued success on my plan.
Success for all.
To stay healthy.
To keep expanding my horizons.

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