Sunday, August 02, 2009
Ken and I went down to The Cove this morning and had breakfast with Richelle and Joe. They always have a breakfast buffet every Sunday morning from 9-11 am for those of us who belong to the Prop Club. If we go, we always go at 9 so that we are finished and able to go to church services. The only problem with the buffet is the food. UGH!!! Everything is fried in so much grease: fried potatoes with onions and peppers, guaranteed to get you moving!! hash brown potatoes with way to much butter...again get you moving quickly. Sausage links....greasy and ugh...sorry I don't like sausage of any kind! fresh baked ham, but I'm not really a ham person either...one bite is more than enough for me. bacon which is usually very greasy and barely felt the heat from the fire...limp and greasy, ugh...I only eat bacon very, very crisp when I indulge...rarely. Scrambled eggs which are usually heavy but don't appear too bad, although I don't know what is in them or how they are actually made. I think they may be baked and stirred or chopped up, but at least they aren't greasy. But I am on a limited protein diet so have to be careful and can only eyeball portions, not worth it to me. White bread, italian bread, pumpernickel bread, muffins, bagels, sometimes wheat bread and some type of bread that is brown with white streaks in it ??? Always lots of butter, jelly, marmalade and cream cheese. Sounds perfect for a diabetic, doesn't it Always lots of bakery items too, lady locks, nut rolls, pecan tarts, peanut butter and jelly muffin, blueberry and nut muffins, etc. A variety of fruit combined together for a fruit compote. They always have water, lowfat milk, chocolate milk, grapefruit, cranberry and orange juice, coffee and iced tea. Ken always drinks a coke.
This morning I was not prepared to face any of that food, so I took my cheerios with me knowing that I could get lowfat milk there and would still be eating healthy. However I forgot a spoon...rather hard eating cheerios with a fork but not impossible.
This morning they had a new chef there...he will be there for the month of August. He was making fresh omelets anyway you wanted with whatever you wanted in it...omelets made your way. Your choice of additives were crumbled bacon, sausage, ham, green and red bell peppers, onions, mozzarella and/or cheddar cheese, mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes. So I set my cheerios aside (brought them back home) and did have a small omelet, with onions, tomatoes, spinach and green/red peppers. Well let me tell you, it was delicious...very light and fluffy. If not for all the protein, I would have had another but I told myself no and actually listened. It was done with a touch of butter spray but was absolutely delicious!!! YUMMY!!!
It was out of this world and the best food I have had there for breakfast in the last three years. I stayed away from everything else although those miniature lady locks sure looked good...I think just looking at them made my bs go up. I was very proud of myself for a job well done. A delicious omelet and water...
Blessings and hugs,
God who makes every day special for me
Wonderful family and friends
Beautiful weather...had rain from 5 to 8 am this morning before the sun came out...now it is 76*
Choices and our freedom to make them
Being accountable for my choices
Spark People...support and encouragement, helping me get healthier every day
THANK YOU FOR READING MY BLOG AND FOR ALWAYS ENCOURAGING AND SUPPORTING ME. BECAUSE OF YOU I AM GETTING HEALTHIER. I LOVE EACH OF YOU!!
Saturday, August 01, 2009
Princess McKenzie after her Birthday Princess MakeOver on her 6th birthday.
Princess McKenzie and Princess Cinderella in the castle after having lunch together
Princess Belle and Princess McKenzie
Princess Cinderella and Princess McKenzie
As you can tell from the different pictures, McKenzie had a great time at Disney World meeting all the Princesses and all the Disney Characters. These are the pictures I have received so far other than the McKenzie and Piglet picture which I think is great!!!
I am hearing more and more stories of things she did and "people" she met. She loves showing me her autograph book which is filled to the brim with signatures of her favorite characters. She knows every one of them when she sees them also. I find that amazing as I have a hard time reading their signatures, but she knows them all. I love hearing her talk about the fun she had with her mommy and daddy. I am trying to write some of her stories down so that she may re-live them again one day. I can hardly wait for them to get their pictures together and the video made of their trip.
I also don't have to tell you that I am glad she is home even though I haven't had too many moments to myself. We do tend to make the most of every day and enjoy living them to the fullest, whether we are walking, trying to catch butterflies, tumbling, visiting with our elderly neighbors, playing in the park or going to the post office. McKenzie has a great time where ever she goes and can talk to anyone. We spent our mornings this past week at Vacation Bible School in the Ten Mile Creek Park. What a great time was enjoyed by all the children and adults alike! I enjoyed it...especially the fact that it was all outdoors. That made it special to me as the kids could just enjoy all the natural wonders that God has given us.
Blessings, hugs, and thanks to all who read this.
God who has given us the best of nature
McKenzie and the joy she brings to all
Vacation Bible School in the Park
The sun and the rain
Our grass which needs mowed
Fresh veggies and fruits
Can't wait until my kiwi is ripe
Plenty of water to drink
Too many to list
Friday, July 31, 2009
There were no doubts what day it was Wednesday in Waynesburg, PA!!! Wednesday was Rain Day and as it has done on July 29 for 111 of the last 135 years, it rained. It started raining early and rained most of the day.
To be a success, it must rain on Rain Day. We got rain early and that meant all the pressure was off. The first few drops of rain officially fell at 5:26 am and were reported by a Waynesburg patrolman who was on routine patrol.
"What a great day," Waynesburg Mayor Blair Zimmerman said as he sat in the borough office fielding calls from people wanting to talk about the weather in Waynesburg. But even the rain failed to lessen the enthusiasm of the crowd which, attending a celebration called Rain Day, surely didn't expect sunshine.
"We've had a real good turnout, and the crowd seems to keep growing," the mayor said early in the afternoon. "Everybody seems to be having a good time."
The rain also meant Zimmerman won the traditional hat bet, which this year was made with Miss America 2009 Katie Stam of Indiana.
Stam had already sent Zimmerman a hat in advance, apparently knowing the odds were against her, Zimmerman said. He sported the pink ball cap throughout the day.
A pageant is held every year for Miss Rain Day...a big event in Waynesburg. This years Miss Rain Day is Miss Emily Block.
Miss Rain Day 2009 and her court
This statue in Hoopers Park on High Street in Waynesburg is dedicated to Rain Day.
For the annual event, High Street was blocked off to traffic and vendors and local organizations set up booths along the curb offering food and merchandise. Bands, dancers and singers performed on the stage set up on the county courthouse steps.
It gives local churches and organizations that set up booths a chance to showcase what they do and maybe make a little money. It's also a good place to see people you haven't seen in a while and at least for a day "puts Waynesburg on the map."
McKenzie and I had a fabulous time walking around town in the rain. We would have had a good time without the rain also. We watched the dancers and singers as they performed on the Rain Day stage and checked out all the booths. McKenzie had her hair braided intertwined with many ribbons and beads and her face painted but didn't want any of the food from the venders. We did get bottles of water...the only thing I saw that was remotely healthy...skipped on the funnel cakes, hot sausage sandwiches and other "street or fair foods"...very high in grease, carbs and nasties. I was so glad as the smells were even a bit nauseating at times for me. But we did watch the pie throwing contests, husband calling contests (which really made McKenzie laugh even if she didn't fully understand it), kids on skateboards contests, and the list goes on and on. Not all the booths were funny, food booths nor were they all fund raisers as there were booths from the Humane Society, Abused Children, Education, Fostering Programs, the Future of Coal, etc. Church groups were giving away Bibles, craft tables were set up where you could paint an umbrella, color pictures, etc. or purchase crafts made by local artisians. Even our local newspaper had a booth where you could purchase your newspaper for six months and get a free "Rain Day" umbrella. A money machine was set up and for a fee you could get in the booth and see how much money you could grab in a set amount of time. The only draw back on this was you also had to slide the money through a slot during your allotted time but you got to keep any money that was in the slot when your time ran out. The streets were very crowded but we did talk to many people including Mrs. Moninger who at 101 years young was still attending Rain Day. (I have known Mrs. Moninger since I was a little girl visiting my grandmother.)
Rain Day umbrella contest
Rain Day had its start in 1876, when a farmer casually mentioned to Waynesburg druggist William Allison that it always seemed to rain on his birthday, July 29.
Allison was intrigued by the statement and began keeping a log of the weather on July 29, which has continued to this day.
In the beginning, Rain Day was only observed locally. It was simply a day when bets were placed on whether it would rain or not in Waynesburg on July 29. At midnight, residents would begin a vigil at the courthouse wall to watch and wait for the first few drops to fall.
That changed in the 1930s thanks to the efforts of John O'Hara, a Waynesburg news reporter, who began sending accounts of the events to newspapers and radio stations.
His articles attracted national attention to Rain Day. Rain Day bets, traditionally a hat bet between local residents and traveling salesmen, became more far-reaching, and included celebrities such as Bob Hope, Jack Dempsey, Johnny Carson, and Pittsburgh Steeler Troy Polamalu.
Ken said he still heard music from "uptown" when he left work at 11 pm.
(I even participated in the annual 5K Rain Day Walk/Run which was held last Saturday morning and which benefited Habitat for Humanity. )
Rain Day is a big event in Waynesburg or Rainsburg as it is called on July 29 each year.
Blessings and hugs to all who read my blogs,
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