Monday, February 14, 2011
Day 05 - A picture of your favorite animal
This one is super easy for me....Meet my cat RayCoon- Ray for short.
Ray is 17ish years old. I say "ish" because she was a stray. We found her in July and the Vet estimated her to be about 6 months old when we found her. We named her Raycoon because when her fur is all puffed up, her tail looks like Racoon Tail!
She took over our home 3 months before I was married. She never has been like a "normal" cat. Ray would run to the door when she heard the door bell ring. She never wanted to be petted by anyone but my husband or I. In fact, she will sit in the middle of a room daring anyone to reach down and pet her so she could hiss and growl.
when my kids came along, Ray didn't like it at ALL. Everytime the baby would cry she would get wide eyed and slink around the outside of the room to get away from the noise.
In this picture is probably the closest she has ever gotten to "sharing mom".
Like most cats she loves to lay in the sun. In the winter, she lays next to the vents..
Raycoon also loves to lay on a piece of paper that is on the floor or warm, clean laundry
As Ray has gotten older she has also gotten meaner. The Vet told me she has major trust issues, which is why she is so mean. The Vet also said that most strays have these trust issues. Cats latch on to one person usually. For Ray that person is me. She follows me around from room to room. Sits on the Couch while I am on the treadmill. Sits at the top of the stairs while I get laundry from the basement. Oh, and don't even THINK about going into a room and shutting the door! Ray ONLY does that for me.
Ray, is what I call "fully loaded" which means she has all of her claws.
She has gotten so mean in her elderly years that Vet appointments are horrible! You should hear the noises that come out of her! the Vet wanted to do a blood draw last year due to her age to check her thyroid and blood sugar...they had to sedate her.
Regardless of her mean, cranky, overweight self, I really do love her like she is my child. Even though my kids are 11 & 8, if I raise my voice to them she will meow at me. As if to say "don't yell at the kids". I miss her when we are away, she drives me crazy when I am home "STOP meowing at me!" Sounds like a child...right?
Lately I have thought often about the day that will come that she will no longer be with us. I am starting to tear up just thinking of that.
There is and never will be a cat like my Ray....
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Day 03 - A picture of your inspiration for weight loss
This one, was easy,
I have said in the past that I would like Kelly Ripa’s Arms (bad picture of her but good one of her arms!)
and Jillian Michael’s Abs (taken 2008)
I am under no delusions here. These women’s JOBS are to look good. They are in front of cameras and people everyday. They probably work out for HOURS a day. Do I think I ever think I could get there, yes I do but not at this time in my life. I do not have the time and dedication that it takes to adjust my diet and exercise the way these women do. I am OK with that, I will get there in time. I know I will. Right now I have things like the PTA, church and my family that takes up a lot of time. I do take time for myself and exercise and do my best to eat right, everyday. Though as some of you know I am no longer at my goal weight I feel stronger and more healthy than I have in my entire life.
Because I know that Kelly’s Arms and Jillian’s abs are just not possible for me at this time, I turn to Spark for my inspiration on how to live a “normal” everyday life. For that I turn to someone that a lot of you have seen. I came across her page when I first became a member of Spark. She had just posted her 50th birthday blog with pictures. Now I am more than 20 year her junior but I somehow connect with her story, right away. I friends her and until just recently I put her as my number one friend so every time I went to my sparkpage I would see her and it would remind me of all things possible. Her name? BEMORESTUBBORN - Vivian is her name. Check out her page
She has a list of 20 ways on how she lost the weight and is keeping it off. Right now she is in the middle of blogging about each of those steps, it is awesome so subscribe! She has her own website with some beautiful pictures vivianville.com
Just over a year ago I got “The Spark” when if first came out. I was THRILLED to see her smiling face and story in the book...Maybe you did to. I took this picture from her page which is a picture out of the book:
It isn't hard to see why she is my weight loss inspiration.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest
This one I had a hard time with. I couldn’t pick just one person! I have a group! I met all but one of these people within a couple years ago. Some 20 to 24 years ago.
My first picture is of me with my girls! They are my rock. They put me in my place when my head gets to big. We all have been friends since Freshman/sophomore year in high school. I can tell them ANYTHING and Often do! Kim, me, Michelle and Christy:
This picture is of my man. He is cute isn’t he? We have been married for 16 years and dated for 3 years before than. We have had our ups and downs, but this is the man of my dreams.
We met when I was a Senior in High School he was in college. Originally my friend Kim had wanted to set him up with our friend Christy....yea, that didn’t work out so well :-) Lucky for me!
After so many years of being together we still cuddle on the couch, hold hands on walks and kiss in the kitchen while we are cooking.
Like I said, we have had our ups and downs. We have decided that whatever we face we are together forever. Divorce is not an option.
Recently, we have decided we need to work on communication so we have chair time. No computer, tv, phones or kids to distract us. We spend 30 minutes to an hour in the chair just talking. I can honestly say that this time is our favorite time of the day.
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