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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Well today is Bill's Friday. It will take awhile to get use to his short work week. I like having him around tho
I almost didn't get anything done today.I got up late.Did some exercises and then started a late lunch. Just as O got it ready to eat I got a phone call.It was my grand daughter who is pregnant with our 1st Great grandchild. She moved to Texas and is getting homesick. She talked to me for about 1 1/2 hours. I think she has changed her mind about having baby there.I am not surprised.The closer her due date the more she will want her mother. But it was nice that she called me.
Then had to talk to my oldest who just got fired from her job. By the time I finally got lunch I was ready for a nap. i just got up when Brianna got here to do her weekly stuff.
I did not cook supper.I started on my big pot of soup. It is on stove cooling now.I will bag it tomorrow. Watching America Idol. I have been watching it the last couple of years but it has some great talent this year.It is going to be a tight race.

Ok I did not do as good last night on eating. I did eat after 10 but it wasn,t much. It was 1 boiled egg and 1 small tomato. I will not do that tonight.
I did get some exercises down.
Hopefully tomorrow we can get the plants in bigger pots. Bill will be home to help. He still has to get the earth box set up.
I know I am forgetting something. Oh well. Here is a pic of a rose from out front.

ok I am going to watch AI.It is actually good this year.

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FEISTYMAMA 3/25/2011 1:13PM

    I watched every episode of AI from the very beginning but I haven't watched 1 episode this year and don't plan on it. My beloved Simon is gone. emoticon

Even though you ate after 10 it was healthy. It could've been much worse!

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SHIRLEYX 3/24/2011 10:54AM

    What a beautiful rose. Hopefully you will do great with food today! I am also trying to stop eating at night and it is quite challenging - but we can do it!

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MPARKER67 3/24/2011 9:57AM

    Don't watch AI. That is a beautiful rose. I don't care much for florist ones but I love homegrown.
Hope your daughter qualifies for unemployment. It is rough out there.

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MIZCATHI 3/24/2011 8:54AM

    I've watched American Idol since the 1st season, even my husband loves it. Glad to see all the talent is great this year, and you are right - will definitely be a tight race! Love the rose, too!

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KATIE233 3/23/2011 11:52PM

    love your yellow bad about the job but there are others. no snow yet hopefully it stays in toronto.take care and have a great day tomorrow.

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JILL313 3/23/2011 11:40PM

    I think you did well last night as a tomato and an egg only have around 100 calories so I say that is a good healthy low calorie snack. Your day sounds busy and kinda fun! I'm sorry about your daughter's job . . .Have a restful night and go get'em tomorrow! Your yellow roses are beautiful--you sure have a green thumb!

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PATRICIAANN46 3/23/2011 9:54PM

  Hi Eleni.........
It sounds like you had a real "Family" day. I did too, between phone calls, a stop-in, and Elizabeth being with us from 4 to 8 PM and then getting to visit with my oldest son when he picked her up.
Tomorrow we will be having dinner with a friend from Australia. He is here for almost a month and is staying with other friends about 18 miles from us. He is a college professor at a University in Tasmania and is on break right now. We actually met him in 1977. He and the friends he is staying with met through a mutual love of sport cars. They were pen-pals and became good friends. He has visited the U.S. seven times now and has brought his wife and kids 4 of the times. It will be a fun-evening as he is one of the funniest guys I have ever met.
Take care. I love the yellow rose.

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DEE107 3/23/2011 9:31PM

    love yellow roses and ooops to yesterday today is a new day ...doing good here

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OURELEE1 3/23/2011 8:51PM

  Yellow roses are my favorite flowers.

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CITRUSPINE 3/23/2011 8:47PM

    Sounds like you had a busy day but at least you did the exercising first thing this morning. Good for you! We all need to do something for ourselves. emoticon

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Productive Day

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I spent the afternoon helping a spark pal with some minor computer lessons. I enjoyed seeing the smile on her face as she saw she could do it. Made me feel good to know I did something productive today.
I made a discovery after I left to go home.I stopped at McDonalds to get a drink and was very tempted to get a small fry but I knew that is a lot of calories.I also knew I would be doing supper in a short time.So I was trying to find some kind of fruit cup.I couldn't spot it on menu so I asked.She said they had a bag of apple slices.So I got it and it was only 35 calories.She did give me a small pack of caramel that I gave it back.

Now i know what to get when I am out and about and need just a small snack.
When I got home I decide to have Bill bring home partial takeout. I had him get me 2 grilled chicken thighs. i then heated up someone leftover fresh green beans and cooked some potato slices. I already had salad left over from lunch. Saved a lot of calories. i am so proud of myself for not getting even one biscuit.That is a biggie for me.
I did not eat after 10:15 last night. I didn't get my soup ready early enough and since I started eating it before 10 and only went over a little I count it as meeting my night eating goal.I was also in my calorie range again. I haven't been counting the nights as I don't want to jinx it.
We are all feeling better today.
I really enjoyed Dancing With The Stars.I think this season will be one of the best.
I watched Heavy again. I like that the trainers don't yell and scream but they are only shown for 6 months. I wonder how many get to their goal. maybe they will do a show with updates.
Well BL will be on shortly.Have to set up recorder to tape the ncis's and Good Wife
Hope you had a good day

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FEISTYMAMA 3/25/2011 1:15PM

    Sam's Club sells a large bag of cut apples and they keep for a week or so. I'm more apt to grab those and go than I am a plain apple. It's all about convenience. I like the yogurt parfait at McDonald's but I don't know how many calories it is.

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TURTLETRACK 3/23/2011 7:54PM

    You did do good today. emoticon

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RURAL3 3/23/2011 3:35PM

    emoticon emoticon giving back the carmel and the ability to have and ask for apples when not on the menu in McDonalds is HUGE!!!!! emoticon on your eating yesterday. You are my hero of the day emoticon

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MPARKER67 3/23/2011 1:31PM

    Giving back the caramel must mean you didn't eat after 10pm no matter what the clock said! emoticon

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SHIRLEYX 3/23/2011 7:07AM

    Glad you had such a great day yesterday. Good work with McDonalds apples!

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JILL313 3/23/2011 12:55AM

    Hi Eleni, It sounds like you are really doing well eating healthy and resisting temptations and late night eating. I actually went to MC today and ended up getting a double cheeseburger and small fries--and a diet coke, of coarse. When I went to track them I was shocked at how many calories they were--around 700, and to be honest it really wasn't that filling or worth spending that amount of calories on. This week I'm really having a hard time keeping within my calorie range as keep going over--usually 200 calories over. I doubt very much that I will see a weight loss this Saturday probably a gain unless eat like I should be. I am so proud of you--WOO HOO! Keep up the great job you're doing!

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KATIE233 3/22/2011 11:28PM

    Hi Eleni, well done on just getting slice apples instead of fries.i,m proud of you! emoticon i,m glad you two are feeling better. take care and a great day tomorrow. we are suppose to get the s--- word the weather. hope not.i want sunshine.bye for now. emoticon emoticon

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DEE107 3/22/2011 10:49PM

    way to go on giving back the carmel WOO HOO so HAPPY for you ... sounds like a good day

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PATRICIAANN46 3/22/2011 9:25PM

  Hi Eleni.........
! You are doing so well all the way around. I am very proud of you. I am also glad to hear that you are all feeling better.
I was hesitant about whether or not to watch DWTS's this season as I really do NOT enjoy Kirstie Alley and don't know anything about any of the others except for Ralph M. I do like him and I love to watch the dancing, so maybe I will tape the shows and then I can fast-forward when I need to.
Don't you LOVE The Good Wife???? It is supposed to be good tonight..........Calinda is in trouble.
Will close for now as I am behind (as usual).
Take care.

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SPABUNNIE 3/22/2011 8:37PM

    I watched dancing with the stars yesterday too... boy does ralph machio look young for 50!!

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SUNNY332 3/22/2011 7:57PM

    What is Heavy? Is that a new show? Do let me know.

Glad you did so well today. I am proud of you, my friend.


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Short One

Monday, March 21, 2011

I am not feeling great so this will be short and sweet.
I did not eat after 10 and stayed in calorie range again last night.Miracles do happen. Tonight will be a struggle for sure.
Roxy has also not been feeling good today. Mine is just one of my routine not great days.
I did get my coneflower and sunflower seeds in some dirt.
Dancing with the stars is coming on. It should be interesting.
The butterflies are starting to come.
This yellow one is very hard to get a pic of. I almost didn't get this.They don't stop long.
And i thought this bee taken late in day was kewl.
Ok need to go check on Bill.He came home a little light headed. Think he didn't eat right today. Have a great night

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KATIE233 3/22/2011 2:45PM

    hope everything is ok with you and Bill. the butterflies are cute the one yellow one i almost miss him he look like a green leaf.the bee picture is interesting. relax and ready to go today.take care of yourselves.

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TRIGFROST 3/22/2011 2:39PM

    time to settle down and watch the TV. my-self...

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RURAL3 3/22/2011 1:10PM

    We got nothing here yet. Gloomy rainy cool day. Hope Bill is ok. Take care of yourself too. emoticon

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MPARKER67 3/22/2011 10:03AM

    Beautiful butterflies. Bees I don't like. Am trying fruit a new way. Funky monkey fruit that crunches. It is pineapple with lime. Not caring for it. Have tried crunchies blueberries that I love.

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SUNNY332 3/22/2011 9:25AM

    I watched DWTS too and thought for a first show, it was awesome. I think Ralph did amazing. He was born to dance...

Kristie Alley did good too. I wasn't expecting her to do that good so it was a pleasant surprise.

Have a Terrific Tuesday.


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TILLIEBEE 3/22/2011 7:57AM

    Can't wait for butterflies and hummingbirds in the midwest! Thanks for the photos!
DWTS. I know you watched that last night. That had to help you feel better!

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JILL313 3/22/2011 12:09AM

    I am so proud of you as you sure are doing well at not eating after 10 pm and staying within your calorie range--Way to Go!! I love your beautiful flower and butterfly/bee pictures you are great at picture taking. I sure hope you all feel better soon. Take Care.



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DEE107 3/21/2011 10:57PM

    way to go on not eating and so sorry about everyone not feeling good hope you and bill and puppy feels better soon

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PATRICIAANN46 3/21/2011 10:41PM

  Hi Eleni...........I hope that both of you will be feeling better soon.
You truly could be a nature photographer. I love your pictures.
I spent the entire day with my Mom. She is 86 and has been a bit depressed of late, so we went out for lunch to her favorite restaurant and had a LONG talk. I hope that it did some good. I am tired tonight and have company coming tomorrow at 9:30 AM, so I will say Good-Night for now.
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2BFREE2LIVE 3/21/2011 8:57PM

    Good for you staying in your range, sorry you did not feel well today. Love the flowers and glad the butterflies are coming to see you. Enjoy the show. Sandy emoticon

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Busy Sunday

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Ever have one of those days where you seem to be going non stop but don't have a lot to show for it.Well that is me today.I have gotten a lot of little things here done.Mostly been sitting on my stool in kitchen to get them done. Bill and I both were exhausted and had to take a nap.He is still sleeping.
i spent quite some time bagging and doing prep stuff in kitchen plus fixing my lunch.Plus getting a pot roast in oven that serve fantastic.My mouth is watering. Pus I have one steamer basket full of fresh green beans steaming.
I got the broccoli and cauliflower cut and bagged, Used some to make soup for lunch.Put a little pasta sauce in it again before blending it all up. Before I steamed the beans I had to cut the ends off etc. Then I cut the ends off of my romaine and bagged that. Then I cut in half and cleaned 4 peppers and bagged. Then I made a big salad which I took a big helping out for supper .I also cut up 1/2 a cucumber and a few pepper slices for my snack bowl. Then I cut up potatoes and carrots for roast and brown the roast and got it going. Then had to clean all my mess up. Got dishwasher going.
Did not get any plants done.I am going to get Bill to set me up a work area out there and I can work on them a little each day. I did take the plant out of kitchen window as it needs to be split in half.Like I said I don't have a lot to show for it but I was steady at it for several hours.
Good news is I did not eat after 10 last night. I really struggled with that too. My snow cone maker has saved me. I like the mushy ice with a drink in it. The scale was down even more this morning. I was so tempted just to grab a few grapes or a small tomato but I didn't..
I haven't exercised per se today but have been busy so I am counting that as my 10 minutes.
Well Bill lost the instructions for the earth box so I need to see if I can find it on line.
I weaken and ordered some blood red coneflowers and another bright different looking plant.
Ok hope you are enjoying your weekend.The weather here is amazing.
Oh I just remembered. I did get a moon shot last time.If I had waited a while I might have gotten a better one.Brianna called me to remind me to look at it.

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FEISTYMAMA 3/25/2011 1:20PM

    The moon pic is awesome! Thanks for sharing. It was too cloudy by me to see anything but a little peek.

Prepping veggies is so time consuming! I only do it as I need it.

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MPARKER67 3/21/2011 3:57PM

    Beautiful moon.

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RURAL3 3/21/2011 2:17PM

    I seem to have lost you again. Where do you keep going? You did good last night with your late night eating. emoticon
And what beautiful moon pictures. I remembered and then I forgot.
You made me tired just talking about all that cutting and bagging and putting away.
But then I am a little under the weather. emoticon

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DICHTAS2 3/21/2011 10:30AM

  I know well how hard it is to resist food at a late hour.. I guess that I just get lonely and food seems to replace what I think I am missing.. I guess keeping the weight off is a lifelong thing for me.
You are doing your best and it will pay off.
I think you get more done than I do.. Great that you have help..

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SUNNY332 3/21/2011 10:12AM

    So glad you posted the photos of the Super Moon. We didn't see it here due to the cloud cover so I was hoping someone would post it.

Take care and have a Marvie Monday.


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JILL313 3/21/2011 2:20AM

    You sure did have a busy but I think you got alot done as I have nothing to show for my day. Today for me was mostly a day to catch up on SP. . .I didn't even spend much time in the kitchen except to try a new recipe for dinner but it was so bland tasting no one really liked it--a nice slice of a tender roast sounds really good to me!! You seem to be doing really well and have your vices under control--way to go. Keep it up my friend.

Your pictures of the moon are fabulous--you should frame them. I actually forgot but it was raining so doubt if I could have seen it well.

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KATIE233 3/20/2011 11:19PM

    boy you sure were busy Eleni, yes you can sure count that as your exercising today. you tired me out just reading it. just kidding. you got a lot done.picture of the moon is really also done well on your not eating after 10 bravo to you.i am enjoying tomato and cucumber on toast lately. i don,t know why i like toasted cucumber sandwiches at least it is a veggie.go and relax with roxy and enjoy the day and don,t over do it.take care. emoticon i am also on my desk computer there was a piece in there that burnt out my brother said it was starting to smoke than it stop all that didn,t help all is new and i also got window 7 in it faster. nice. bye for now.

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PATRICIAANN46 3/20/2011 11:05PM

  I, too, was in the kitchen all day today. I made Corned Beef and Cabbage and had my oldest son and his wife and little girl, my youngest son, and my Mom over for supper. I also did 4 loads of wash and cleaned both bathrooms and tonight I am exhausted.

Your moon shots are great. We had rain all day, so no moon tonight. Well, I am going to head for bed. I have to take my Mom to an appointment tomorrow and also out to lunch, so I had better get rested up.

Take care.

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DEE107 3/20/2011 9:45PM

    way to go and not eatting I am not either and its hard

today seemed like a real busy day and the moon last night was great and I thought I could touch it

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LOSINIT52 3/20/2011 6:34PM

    Congrats on the weight loss. You know what you've gotta do and you are doing it. I know the feeling though when you stand on the scale and think " oh now I should reward myself with a snack" Well DAAAH as they say. We know better than that. And we are stronger than that. For a long while I found that win lose or draw stepping on the scale would send me on a tail spin. I'm on a roll now and feeling like I am in control. You are too... I can tell. Spark on my friend spark on.

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DICHTAS2 3/20/2011 6:30PM

  I wanted to see that moon!!! I forgot about it!!!If it comes around every 18 years,I may never see it..
Good for you not eating after 10. Keep up the good work and there will come a time that it is just habit.. You are not alone.. I have a problem not eating after a certain time too.

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TILLIEBEE 3/20/2011 6:15PM

    Thank you for your moon photos!!!!!!
We had a cloudy rainy night and couldn't see it, so this is wonderful!!!!!
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OURELEE1 3/20/2011 5:27PM

  I think you got a lot done. I have many days like your. The moon was just beautiful last night.

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STARPLANET2000 3/20/2011 5:18PM

    Hi! We also had a busy Sunday so far....and it's not over. (I'm stealing a few minutes of rest at the moment.) Taught Sunday School at church, worked in our rental property for couple of hours, and boxed up 9 boxes of books to take to 1/2 Priced Books tomorrow. (Another reason i love my Kindle! No more books taking up space and collecting dust.) Now on to some laundry until Amazing Race comes on tonight. ( I hope it's on tonight and not pre-empted for some basketball game!)

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Here are flowers we got for butterfly garden. I got seeds for coneflowers

This is the unusual plant I found
And this is my 3rd orchid to start blooming.It needs re potting bad.

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LOSINIT52 3/20/2011 10:51AM

Can't wait for spring. Sometimes the fragrance of all those blossoms is like eating a sweet dessert.

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DICHTAS2 3/20/2011 10:31AM

  You always did have a green thumb. Now Bill has one too..

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SUNSHINEGB 3/20/2011 7:01AM

    Lovely Eleni!

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JILL313 3/20/2011 12:50AM

    I just love your beautiful Spring flowers & plants. Your garden is going to be so beautiful!! You must have a green thumb!! Gardening is such a fun hobby as I love watching them grow and bloom!

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PATRICIAANN46 3/19/2011 10:46PM

  Hi Eleni............I love ALL of your flowers. What are the blue ones?
When you repot your orchids, do you use all of the special orchid soil or do you mix it with anything else? Is it true that orchids like a crowded root system? You are my resident orchid specialist...........judging by your orchids...........I have complete faith in your advice.

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KATIE233 3/19/2011 10:17PM

    Hi the flowers look really nice. wish i was near by to repot them for you.i order my veggie seeds too can,t wait to start digging but it is just march.i love to get hens and chickens to see them again. haven,t had them since i was small.well take care get some rest.

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DEE107 3/19/2011 10:03PM

    love your pictures and again I was good

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EMMABE1 3/19/2011 8:30PM

    They look great - the butterflies will love those - and the orchid - a Vanda - I think it looks like - is beautiful!!

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MIZCATHI 3/19/2011 7:51PM

    Very pretty - i have a butterfly garden, too. Last year I got perrinials but I don't think half of them last through the winter! Shucks! Have you had success with cone flowers using seeds?

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SUNNY332 3/19/2011 7:38PM

    Wow - good day shopping for the garden.

Yes, I do believe the orchid needs repotting. Mine have not bothered to bloom this year.

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