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Saturday, March 24, 2012

I'm a "homebody." I love our home, love to stay here and just putz around. At one time in my life, I wanted to work and have the respect and competence that comes from being a professional. With that in mind, I got a degree in accounting at age 37. However, by the time that arrived, I also had a 6 month old baby. Since I hadn't worked when my older two (then 11 and 14) were babies, I didn't want to work with this one, either. My degree has been unused, with the exception of the growth involved in working hard for a goal..

Now I'm grateful I don't have a job. It would get in the way of my Sweet Adeline involvement, my gardening, our frequent travels, quilting (both sane and crazy), and the ability to read all day if I want to. I would not have been able to spend an entire month with my mother, either.

Sometimes when I have an appointment or a job to do with one of my hobbies, I dread having to find something to wear and drag myself out of the house. But the stimulation is good for me. I love people and always come home with a new strength of purpose for whatever I need to do. So much of the good things in life come from simply disciplining yourself to do it whether you want to or not. There's always a reward.

Right now for me, the BIG reward is in exercise. It's incredible how much better I feel now than 20 years ago! At a time of life when a lot of people are really slowing down, I'm getting stronger and more fit. It feels good.

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SILLYHP1953 3/27/2012 11:34AM

    You make me smile, hopefully nobody notices me sitting here smiling at my computer at work! I was able to stay home with all my kids, too, and cannot imagine having to work and having small children. Your life sounds good.

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    Way to go, Yvonne! I have had occasional regrets about going back to work in February, especially when I have to juggle so many interesting things, but I know that in the long run, it was the right choice. I'm feeling better about it now that things my new routine is settling down. I know where you're coming from, though, because I really am a homebody, too!


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SHAMROCKY2K 3/24/2012 12:39PM

    Excellent gratitide journal! I could have written it too. I feel guilty when I am not working.. and it's really been for the better. Thanks for sharing. Keep up the positive attitude and that exercising!

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

I've had trouble adding another blog here. Within two hours of my last one, my mother died, and I've had this odd feeling I wanted to leave it up for a while, as though there was a tiny piece of my mother still there. Kind of foolish, but I don't care. Caring for her and having her still trying to be a 'Mom" was very precious.

Moving on, though.... I'm grateful for RichTones and their winning attitude, especially that of our director. We spent last rehearsal telling old war stories of early Richtone life, when they (I wasn't in then) established their reputation as wild and crazy .. And really, really good.... We got a good review at the Regional competition, but have some definite stuff to work on.

(congratulations to Becca and her chorus), and especially congratulations to the New regional champions, who sang with 41 on stage which included 16 newbies. Unbelievable!

I'm grateful for my new kitchen, which my husband mostly did while I was with my mother. We didn't plan it that way, but it was certainly a treat, after a month's absence, to come home to NEW!!!!

Grateful for my aging body, which is capable of a lot more hard workouts that I ever thought possible. It's fantastic to feel stronger and have more stamina. I wish I could do jumping jacks without leaking. It's embarrassing!

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SILLYHP1953 3/23/2012 2:34PM

    Your blog made me pick up the phone and call my mother, even though she probably won't remember talking to me one she hangs up. Oh well, she still knows who I am and sometimes her memory surprises us all. She still lives alone though my brothers took her car away from her. She still goes to work every day with them (family business) even though she can't accomplish anything.

Congrats on the new kitchen, I might be getting one next winter. Our bodies are pretty marvelous.

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BECCASINGSLEAD 3/22/2012 11:21AM

    I'm sorry for the loss of your mom and I'll be praying for you.

Congrats on the new kitchen! I'll bet that was a real treat to come home to.

It was a treat to finally meet you in person. You have such a beautiful smile! Thanks for the congrats! We worked so hard this past year and we are very grateful that our hard work paid off.

The first time I saw the RichTones perform in 2008 I was dumbfounded. I was totally blown away by the energy and sound flowing from the stage. WOW! And I still feel the same way every time I see y'all. Wow!

Good luck as you prepare for Denver!

Be blessed!

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Two pounds gone...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Here with my mother in snow country. We experienced zero degrees a few mornings ago. Fresh snow yesterday, gone today (though the old snow is still here). I get to wear sweaters every day, which I love.

I'm eating regular meals, little snacks. Staying active, though not exercising other than yoga in the morning. Since there are three of us taking care of Mother, and my sister, husband and visiting daughter are nearby, our days are rich with love and laughter. I have a wonderful family, for which I have our mutual faith to thank.

There are a few frustrations. I long for my own home and my brand new kitchen, which I have yet to see. My husband has been getting the appliances set up and all the hard work that entails. I miss him and my three cats. Still, I'm aware of the precious value of being here with my mother as she ends her life. My own life is very, very good. I appreciate every day.


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MAMAWLINDALOU 2/14/2012 2:22PM

    Cherish every moment you have with your mother. God bless you for giving of your time and Love while she is still with you. It must be hard to be away from your own home. I remember being with my mother-in-law in her last days, but I am so thankful I made that sacrafice to be with her. You and your family will be in my prayers.

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BUFFYSMOM2 2/14/2012 2:05PM

    God bless you and your family for caring for your mom in such a wonderful way. We caregivers will certainly have a plus when we stand at the pearly gates. emoticon

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SILLYHP1953 2/14/2012 11:25AM

    Your loving heart comes through loud and clear. Your mother is blessed to have her family with her at the end of her life.

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JUNA89 2/14/2012 10:37AM

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Two pounds added....

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

in December. I hesitated writing this blog, but continued as a way of being accountable. Sad to say, I get some comfort when I read of others packin' it back on so that I don't feel so alone. It may be better though to read of the ones who did NOT fall out of their good habits and maintained their weight. One SP friend even lost a pound over Christmas. Our son was with us and we just kept eating and eating. Frankly, I'm glad it was just two pounds. I seem to be vowing every morning to change my ways today, and then closing out the day with three cookies (my nemesis).

The good news is that I've continued to exercise, so I feel pretty good. No walks, though. My son and I made plans to walk every day, but it just didn't happen except on our shopping trips. Now I'm telling him he owes me, and I'm coming to see him and collect. He lives in San Diego, so it's a GREAT place to visit!

Today is the turning point. He's on his way to the airport as I'm writing this. Today is vegetables instead of cookies to satisfy that carb urge. I know I can lose those two pounds before the end of the week. I'm saying that with my fingers crossed... here we go!


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SOXYINMO 1/7/2012 8:39PM

    I DID lose weight, but it was from muscle loss, so I'm certainly not happy about that. But DonnaraeJ is RIGHT! Remember that old saying?

Today is the first day of the rest of your life

Take it one meal, one day, one step at a time and you can do it!!!!!

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KICKINGIT@56 1/7/2012 2:32PM

    Talk about "packing it on" I've pushed my ticker right back to the beginning! Rats!
Ordinarily that would have put me into a deep depression, but, you are so right, the exercise has a way of keeping one out of the pit and making it easier to get back on track.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Those cookies are in the past, forget them and raise that glass of carrot juice to toast a healthy New Year!

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TAMIPCHICAGO 12/27/2011 3:07PM

    you know what? Congratulations on holding yourself accountable, now forge on ahead and don't look back at those. Nothing can change the past, and the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be especially rugged on a healthy eating pattern. As long as you don't let it get to you, you're fine. It's great that you still kept up the exercising.

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DONNARAEJ 12/27/2011 1:50PM

    emoticon it's day 1 of one day at a time! You can knock those two pounds off! Vegetables & exercise are going to help you do it. emoticon

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TRUCKERSMRS 12/27/2011 12:00PM

I have to admit that I've not been watching things for a couple of days either and have just paid the price for it on the treadmill!! However, we are all getting back on track and planning the trip to you son's will be good. Enjoy the time when you get there.

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SILLYHP1953 12/27/2011 10:42AM

    Good for you! I think I'm on the verge of turning things around, too. I always start out my mornings great, like you, but I packed soup for lunch with an apple and orange, so hopefully I'll do ok. Today is our anniversary, so not sure how tonight will be if we go out for dinner.

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TRUCKERWIFE2 12/27/2011 9:39AM

    emoticon I lost weight when I wasn't home last spring. You don't get caught up in the bad habits you do at home. Plus San Diego is warm and there is alot of fun places to walk. I visited there last 14 years ago. Have a good time and enjoy the fresh produce there!

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MRSSCHENCK 12/27/2011 8:21AM


I'm in denial. Haven't gone near the scale the entire holiday season. emoticon

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Getting ready for Christmas

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I get lazier each year, it seems. This is the 13th of December, and I’ve accomplished almost nothing: a few presents purchased for parties (thus “required”), a few decorations placed, but no serious work done yet. There seems to be an internal shift to doing just what makes me feel good, and less of doing what other people might think I need to do; that’s not my family expectations – we all enjoy the very simplest things. It’s more the perceived expectations of those “out there.” I suppose I’m thinking of the magazine articles and all the beautiful decorations everywhere that made me feel in the past that I should be doing MORE!!!! Maybe I’m finally learning some balance between what I think I should be doing and those things we deeply enjoy.

We had a guy here yesterday for 6 hours, measuring the house and evaluating what we needed to do for foundation repair. I did just one strength exercise, no cardio, but I'm pleased the habit of exercise is ingrained enough that I did that one thing. The break in our routine, and having a stranger in the house for so long got in the way for some reason.

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KICKINGIT@56 12/15/2011 1:13AM

    I think that is the wisdom that comes with maturity. The mad dash to the Christmas finish line starts earlier each year. All I see on people's faces is stress and aggravation. Where is the joy and peace? I am taking a page out of your book and concentrating on preparing my heart and relationships more that my house.

Good for you on keeping up your exercise even if it is toned down a bit. Keep those good habits going strong!

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DONNARAEJ 12/14/2011 2:54PM

    Sounds like you have found some balance and that is wonderful! It was always such a big production when my son was young, and I have enjoyed the last decade of having a chance to choose what I want to enjoy about the season, rather than what I think I have to do.

Happy holidays! Love, DJ

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SILLYHP1953 12/13/2011 11:17AM

    Isn't it great to finally reach a point when we really don't care what other people (the general population) thinks. I love it. I gave away a lot of my decorations to my kids last year, but I still have plenty.
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