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Thursday, October 30, 2008


I just wrote a long blog and when I hit saved it was gone. emoticon
I found this on my friend Debbie's blog and thought it interesting. Did you know where the tradition of Jack-o-Laterns came from.I didn't.

Carving Jack-O-Lanterns is a Halloween custom that dates back to ancient Ireland. The first Jack-O-Lanterns, though were actually made of turnips, beets or even potatoes, not pumpkins. Pumpkins began to be used later, when Irishmen immigrated to the United States.

There are several version of an Irish legend that tells of a man named Stingy Jack, who convinced the Devil to pay for one last drink before he took his soul. The Devil turned himself into a sixpence and when it came time to pay, instead of paying for the drink Jack pocketed the sixpence and kept it stored beside a silver cross. This prevented the Devil from changing back. Jack made a deal with the Devil before letting him free. The Devil could not harass him for ten years. When the Devil returned, Jack again tricked the Devil and surrounded him with crosses.

When Jack died he was refused entry at the Gates of Heaven. He went to the Gates of Hell and the Devil told him to go away, as Jack had made him promise not to claim his soul. Because it was dark, Jack didn't want to leave and he couldn't find his way. The Devil tossed Jack a glowing coal and Jack put it inside a turnip. Ever since with this "Jack O' Lantern", Stingy Jack's lonely soul has been roaming the earth. Other versions tell of Jack's death while stealing turnips and when he was refused entrance into both heaven and hell, he used a candle to light the turnip he still had with him. Other versions exist as well, I am sure.
The tradition of leaving the pumpkins out is to keep evil spirits away.

Amazing how many traditions we have but don't know where they came from. I am sure I am not only one that didn't know this one.

I saw a recipe for candy corn popcorn and it sounds easy and good too. I haven't had any candy in weeks and weeks. I keep telling myself it wouldn't taste good. But I know I am lying to myself. The only sweets I have had is fruit.I did cut the recipe out tho. I may never make it but I just had to save it.
Hubby is better and back to work.He hasn't come back home yet so he must be ok.I will call and check on him shortly. emoticon

  
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SLW1955 10/30/2008 10:07PM

    That was neat - thanks for sharing!
Happy Halloween!
Sharon
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METALWENCH 10/30/2008 11:58AM

    That was cool!
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BRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Woke up this morning to temps of 42 which is cold for here.It won't last long and will start warming up this afternoon. This is the best time of the year here.
Hubby is feeling better today.He slept much better last night.
My scale is down good but I still have 2 days til I weigh in. I am so close to my next goal.
I worry all the time I am going to screw up and gain it all back.But I think everyone thinks that. But so far so good. I have so much to gain by losing. It still bothers me a lot thinking of hanging skin which is disgusting. But better to have skin and still be alive.Even if I could afford surgery I don't see how they could lift boobs since I have a pacemaker/defib over my left breast. Oh well They already point at the floor so if they hang to waist I can just pile them in bra. emoticon

  
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ROZOZ68 10/29/2008 4:57PM

    You are doing so good! Glad you Hubby is feeling better.
I had a bit of a chuckle reading your blog. You have a great sense of humour! Have good weigh in! You are leading the team on the Challenge!

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Monday

Monday, October 27, 2008


Feel a little yucky today.Food hang over probably.Ate way too much yesterday but that will happen. back on track today. Bill is still sick.Heard him coughing all night. He has been banished to another room for now.With my heart I do not need to get sick.
Nothing going on.Same old same.
Will try to finish one of books I am reading today.Woman in White.
Have all my snacks weighed and measured and in their spot in fridge.That is a big help getting it done first thing so I have something to grab when I get hungry.
Made grilled turkey burger last night with chopped fresh mushrooms and onions mixed in the meat. Very good.I have now made it with canned and fresh mushrooms and it is good with either.
I guess that's it.Sun is shining and it is 63 degrees out side emoticon

  


Cool Sunday

Sunday, October 26, 2008


Another night of not sleeping well but sleep late this morning. The sun is shining and it is in the high 60's. Beautiful.
Poor hubby is still sick and miserable. He can't bowl today and that is terrible for him. He was coughing all night.
Nothing exciting going on.I am going to make a new pot of soup.I have almost eaten all of the one I made Friday. The new healthy request light soups were on sale and I did buy a bunch of them.They are good with extra spices and lemon thrown in but still high in salt. SO I will make my own.I got some extra tomatoes and will use fresh tomatoes. I eat so many tomatoes and fruit I am going to become one.
We did have pizza from papa johns last night.The small garden fresh has the least calories (180 per slice)and I planned for it so I stayed under my 1500 cal for the day.
Well that soup won't get made by itself. emoticon

  
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LILLAPLUM 10/26/2008 12:01PM

    I did the same thing with pizza last night. It's nice when we can plan for things, isn't it?

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Good Morning

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Today is grocery day. I enjoy going to grocery store but it is so expensive.
Hubby was awake most of night. "Welcome to my world"Poor thing.He is miserable with a cold. Hopefully I don't get it.. I offered to go to grocery store by myself but he says he is going.men are so stubborn.
He helped me with my eating yesterday as I didn't cook supper.Just had more of my soup I made.So I was well within my calorie range as calories were low in soup. I no longer add any salt so soup is even healthier.I used a dozen lemons last week but that was better than a ton of salt. The lemon gives the soup that intense taste I like.
The sun is shining so I guess the rain is over.We are suppose to have some cooler weather. It is around 75 now and will go into the 50's tonight.It's great living in florida.I don't even own a coat. Just a sweater that I rarely have to wear. I have a friend in Colorado that we always joke about my ac running when she is below zero.
Well I may come back later but I need to finish up the grocery list. I hope everyone enjoys their weekend.The worse part of grocery store is they have rearranged store and first thing I have to pass is the huge assortment of Halloween candy.So far so good tho.But that candy corn calls my name every time but I ignore it.So far. emoticon

  
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FEISTYMAMA 10/25/2008 10:58AM

    My husband ALWAYS goes grocery shopping with me. We've been married for 13 years and I don't think he's ever missed a shopping day.

UGH, I totally hear you with the candy!! We went to Target last night and passed the Halloween candy. I can't believe how huge that aisle is. I actually went down one of the aisles and was starring at the Dove candy. My daughter grabbed my arm and dragged me away as my husband was telling me I didn't need it. A small victory for me and you for not buying the candy!

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