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Monday, March 02, 2009

Ok this is try #2
I didn't realize how large or nice this plant was until Bill moved it out to my "Feel Good Corner of Back Yard" He was making room for new steps he is going to build to make it easier for me to get into pool. I didn' t want to push my luck but I will try to get him to move it more in the center.
Here is a new visitor to back yard.I liked the spots on her back.I think she is a female blackbird


I got up in my normal time today and the day is flying by. I did get my exercises done.Something I have been not doing like I should. Actually even got shower and dressed early today. LOL
Bill brought a subway sandwich by with a small bag of chips.Put chips up and had sliced cucumber instead. It was nice to have lunch with hubby.He often stops by if he is in area . And it is always nice to spend time with him.
I finally broke down and messed around with his WII last night. Needless to say I will have to practice.LOL.He is already at professional level on bowling. No surprise there. No way will I play against him. He kept wanting to tell me how to do it. I told him to get out and stay out. I was doing it for fun.I don't need to be an expert. But since it is a game I know I have more time to practice if I want.And I could beat him before long.But I may leave his ego alone for awhile.LOL
I didn't eat after 10 again last night.It was very hard as I wanted to very badly. Now I have to keep doing it and get daily calories down.
It is a beautiful sunny day today.Nothing like so many of you are having.We are already up in the 50's.We are suppose to be in the 30's tonight and then start warming back up. We problably won't have much more cool weather.
Oh Bill has ordered me some new hibiscus for ones he killed. They are a hardy plant and not easy to kill but he managed it.LOL
Have a good day and stay warm.

  
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FEISTYMAMA 3/2/2009 8:47PM

    Like Bill...I kill all plants!! emoticon I'd love to have more but they never last.

How do you like the Wii?? I like the bowling but I hate the PRO level. I swear the ball is slippery but the others in my house think it's all in my head.

That's a good idea to have a "Feel good" area in the yard. I love my back deck in the summer when Jason puts up the screened in tent and puts my swing under it. The dogs and I will sit out there for hours and I'll read a book.

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HOME-BODY 3/2/2009 4:54PM

    You are doing a great Job Eleni!!! I love to bowl too. I also wished I had a wii, I guess I will have to save up my money and get me one. Lots of people on Sparks seem to have one. Good for you for passing on the chips and not eating after 10. YOU ARE DOING AWESOME MY FRIEND!!! keep up the great work that you are doing. It would be nice to live in a place where you can grow Hybiscus plants. That's one of my favorite plants...trees!! Lucky you!!

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VEGEFARMER 3/2/2009 2:23PM

    emoticon Woooooo Hooooooo
Well done Eleni, not eating after 10.00 is very very kewl.
You are doing great and they say practise makes perfect.
Keep on keeping on.
Feel good corner looks great.
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Pics for Carolyn CEB2000

Sunday, March 01, 2009


This guy is almost done
This still has a lot of work.This is of a photo my grandson took.
Here is some old work

  
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HOME-BODY 3/2/2009 4:58PM

    YOU BLEW ME AWAY WITH YOU WONDERFUL PICTURES!!! You are GOOD GIRL!!! Do you sell any of your art work. If not you definately should!!! thanks for sharing them with us.

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FEISTYMAMA 3/1/2009 7:24PM

    You are so talented!! I think it's great that you're picking up work that isn't completed yet and finishing it. My 2 sisters and brothers are very artistic and then there's me. I didn't get anything.

These are amazing!!!

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KYANN402 3/1/2009 4:56PM

    I love them! Especially the ostrich. He's wonderful.

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VEGEFARMER 3/1/2009 2:48PM

    Beautiful work, how very clever you are.
Thanks for showing us Eleni, how awesome.

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CEB2007 3/1/2009 12:00PM

    WOW!!! You are great. Do you ever display them? We have a local artist great where we have shows, etc., but I have never done anything I thought was good enough to show. YOU definitely have. Thanks for sharing them.
ceb

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Rainy stormy windy day

Sunday, March 01, 2009

It is real nasty outside.Lots of rain and wind.But we always need rain. It is suppose to get colder later today after rain Nothing like the cold and snow a lot of you are still having.
I am up early for 2 days in a row. I did go to bed a little earlier for me last night.
And I did not eat after 10. But I sure ate plenty before.
I already have a big pot of soup made for next week. I bought two big packs of chicken thighs because they were 2 for 1.So I sat yesterday and skinned and de boned each one.Then wrapped and weighed and put calories on package. I threw all the bones and skin in a pot and made a big pot of broth.Later took all bones out and put broth in fridge. Skimmed all fat off this morning and used broth in my soup. have no idea how to count calories but it can't be much as I got almost all fat out. I had 1/2 of a sandwich bag full of fat.That is a lot.
I trimmed back on what I put in soup as I have been gradually adding too much each week coming up with higher calories per cup. This left out the canned beans this time and added extra cabbage.Each cup of this is only 40 calories versus the 80 to 100 calories per cup I was making.I like to add a few frozen veggies when I eat it like okra so I can now do that and still have a filling low calorie soup. This way I can have soup and salad for around 2oo calories. So all I have to do now is let it cook and bag it for freezer.
Hubby has gone to her bowling.He is going to stop at mall and see if he can get someone to change phone number on my medic alert bracelet. I don't go many places without him but I did have a problem last summer when I wasn't feeling well.I had gone to get a blood test and had so much trouble walking I got to thinking about what would happen if i fainted or something. I had nothing on me saying who to call or anything. I had a bracelet but it was so scratched you couldn't read it and it look too much like a plain bracelet.So I sent for a new one and had Bill's cell put on it.Well He now carries a person phone plus work one.But he turns work one off when not working. So I need his number on bracelet. My bracelet says I have CHF,ICD and am on coumadin but I take tons of meds and Bill carries a list with him.I just feel better knowing I have ID on me at all times.I do not carry a purse around with me. It usually stays in car. I just take out cash or card and carry it in pocket.
So if you have a serious medical condition do get you a bracelet. They are over priced but worth it.
I got more done on my spark friend notebook journal. i have divided it up into sections like.One for people who are listed on my page,then ones from teams that I want to remember or whose blogs I check. I may divide it up again and put people whose blogs I keep up with in their own section. I am missing a couple of pictures and one person I talk to daily I don't even have her first name. But I am pleased with way it is coming.There is space for me to add notes whenever. I just wished I had saved them all on computer when I made them but I didn't But this will work well.
I did something yesterday that I haven't done in many months.I actually sat down at my art table and worked on a picture for about 10 minutes. My rapidiograft was plugged and had to put ink in another one.That one is soaking,Hope I didn't ruin it. I stated a picture of an ostrich head or it may be an emu and never finished it.So I am going to try and finish it this week.
Boy I am talkative this morning. I have written a book.

Wanda-- Don't let your KOPS status stress you out.You know I was leader for many years and I watched the KOPS torment themselves so bad. My sister finally said the stress was toomuch.Lost her status but the got back in range but refused to be a KOP.I thought she made the right disicion. I am doing so much better since I walked away from TOPS. I don't see me ever going back.
I have never made acorn squash soup. Hope your sinus infection is better

Robin, I have no idea why I am up so early. I may go lay back down shortly. Does it ever stop snowing around you?? It sounds like you had a great time at plex.I would love the pool. You will survive hubby.He may not survive you. Glad you liked that joke I sent you.I don't usually send that kind but it just stuck me funny. maybe because it was real close to home.

Ann I tried the papaya and it was yuck.I don't know if it could taste better but I did not like it. I haven' tried the Pluot but I think I will like it

Karyn Glad you had a good visit with daughter.

Canbedone.We will do it

Ok I am shutting up.I will see you on the posts or on your blogs. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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CEB2007 3/1/2009 11:08AM

    Hi and Happy March. Enjoyed your blog today. Will you put a picture of your art on your page when it is finished? I hope to paint some soon -- if I stick to the "quitting work" decision. Today is miserable in Lower Alabama also. It is cold and snowing here. This is unusual for this area. Hope you have a great month. Looks like you are losing weight right along. Thanks for being a good friend.

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FEISTYMAMA 3/1/2009 10:48AM

    I love reading your book! Whenever I read about your soups my mouth starts watering. I wish I had learned how to make soup like that before my mom passed away. One day when my life slows down I will learn!

Ha, ha, ha...You're so right! I will survive my husband but I'm not so sure he will survive me! I like it!!

So the papaya wasn't good, huh? I wonder if you got a bad one. Kudos to you for trying it. I'm still thinking about the yellow cauliflower. I'm surprised it tasted exactly the same as the white one. Doesn't make sense to me.

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MIMZY08 3/1/2009 10:28AM

    I always enjoy reading your soup blogs and looking at your pics! I know you are getting back on the right track. Keep up the great work!

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Sunny Saturday

Saturday, February 28, 2009


This is just a close-up of Delilah and Tinkerbell.
This is my new try on fruit this week. I don't think I will like papaya as man said it was a lot like mango and I didn't care for that.The other is suppose to be just a different type of plum.

I am up very early for me. I did sleep a little better even tho I still woke up every hour. I was able to reposition myself so pain eased up and I went back to sleep without having to get up.
My youngest daughter stopped by for a quick visit last night. She has just completed CNA classes and has 2 clients . She is suppose to take her test for her state license soon. One of her patients is 94 and the other almost 90. Home health care is what she is doing. Rebekah is 35 and has mostly been a stay at home wife and mother.But her hubby lost his business and she is now like many others.On verge of losing everything so staying home is no longer an option.
I finally managed to not eat after 10 last night.Finally.I was beginning to think I would never do it again.
I haven't been exercising except for hand weights lately.Some times my tired heart says to take it easy.But feeling a little better so I will visit Richard in a few minutes.
Still not use to Bill not working on Fridays so today seems like Sunday. Hopefully he will get started on new steps for pool today.
Well maybe I will be back later

  
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MICKEY341 2/28/2009 7:51PM

    Sorry, I have not been around much lately. I have been busy, and sorta in a blue funk. I have been at a stand still in weight loss and near to loosing my KOPS status.
Didn't want to bring you down with my problems.
And to top that, I have a sinus infection! Have just done nothing for the past two days.
Your grand daughter is beautiful! And she looks like her grandmother.
I have tried the pluots and love them. Have you made soup with acorn squash? It is good, I made some yesterday and plan to finish it tonight.
Catch you later...

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FEISTYMAMA 2/28/2009 9:54AM

    emoticon Way to go for not eating past 10PM!!! I'm proud of you!

I was shocked to see you had blogged already this morning! At least you had a better night.

I like papaya & mango but seldom buy them. Nobody else in my family will eat them and it's not every day I see them in the grocery store. I've never heard of a pluot before. Interesting...

I'm so jealous of your sun! I woke up this morning to snow flurries and it's so cold outside!! The wind is vicious!! I have to go out this morning too so I'll have my hubby start my car so it's not so cold when I get in it to go.

Enjoy the beautiful day!


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KYANN402 2/28/2009 9:10AM

    emoticon I knew you could make the 10 pm kitchen curfew. Way to go!

I'm jealous -- we have another cold, cloudy, gray Saturday here in Louisville, KY. I think Louisville has more gray days than anywhere else in the U.S. At least it seems that way to this Texas girl.

Pluots are YUMMY! I think it's a cross between a plum and an apricot. I had my first one last summer and fell in love with them. A good, fresh papaya is delicious. A bad one is nasty. I hope you got a good one. I don't buy them here -- they are shipped in from a long way off and seldom taste right.

Have a wonderful weekend! Ann

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Friday

Friday, February 27, 2009


Today my sweet grand daughter Brianna turned 16.
I am fighting to get back on track and it is a struggle.I start out with good intentions that fall throughout the day. I see my heart doc in 2 weeks and I do not want to have a gain when I go back. I see so many sparkers who are doing so well and they are all an inspiration.
I have eliminated a couple things from grocery list this week to see if that will help.
I am having problems with fluid which doesn't help. But it is an ongoing thing I have to contend with.
Once again we spent way too much at grocery store. I do spend a lot in produce and frozen veggies. And I also take advantage of 2 for 1's that we use.But I am thankful I can go to grocery store and but what I want.It wasn't always that way.

I am making a spark book with all my sparkers. I have several pages made already so I can look and see face and info that goes with names. I put their picture and profile etc on page.A few I don't have a picture of as they don't have one on their page.
I also put any info I want to remember such as their address if I have it and how much weight they have lost. Altho I don't have a long list of friends I do have a long list of people that I check on.
Ok Have a good evening. I still have to check in with my teams.Way behind again.LOL

  
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KYANN402 2/28/2009 9:01AM

    Brianna is beautiful and she obviously loves her grandmother. The spark book is a great idea. I have a few special spark friends, like you, that I keep up with almost daily. But most of the time I have to read spark pages to remember who is who. Having a little book with notes about each one would save time.

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FEISTYMAMA 2/27/2009 10:36PM

    I love that picture of you and Brianna. She's a doll!

I'm struggling to get back on track as well. I'm still not feeling 100%. I'm ready for bed by the time I get home. I told myself I don't care how I'm feeling, I need to get my butt in gear and exercise. We'll both get on track. We can do this!!!

That's a great idea about the spark book. You meet so many people sometimes everything gets jumbled together.

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CEB2007 2/27/2009 9:38PM

    You will be back on track soon. Summer will be here and farmers markets will be open and we can all eat better for less. Who is the beautiful young lady with you? She is so pretty and looks like she loves you a lot. How's your sister doing? My mom is still having "dizzy" days but she is doing OK otherwise. Hope you have a great weekend.
Carolyn

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