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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

I just realized I hadn't blogged.
I have gotten a lot done today too but it has been done sitting. I am ready to start Christmas cards.Since I have most of labels made Bill will help me.I send so many I don't put messages in them as it would take me forever.Right now I have about 78 to send.I am waiting to see if any more of you want to exchange cards.I have addresses for 10 people so far. So do send me your address via spark mail if you would like to exchange cards.
I need to get all my paper stuff ready for trip.Maps etc. Also make my list of not to forget things.Friday will be here so soon. I will be having lunch with Floridasun(Bobbi) on Sat.I am looking forward to that. After the holiday's I have 2 more sparkers who are coming to Florida so hopefully I will see them.Thats the plan anyway.
I will be in my calorie range tonight.That feels good.

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FEISTYMAMA 12/2/2009 6:41PM

    I want to come to Florida and visit you! :( Maybe one day... You enjoy your visit with Bobbi! Drive safely!!

78 Christmas cards? Are you insane? I think we're sending 30. I have the labels on the envelopes so I'm moving right along. We received our first Christmas card in the mail today, so I better get scootchin' on it.

I ALWAYS make lists when we go away. I'll forget something otherwise. I'm kinda anal when it comes to that.

Way to go for staying within your calorie range!!!

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FLORIDASUN 12/2/2009 6:58AM

    Hi sweet Eleni...I'm SO EXCITED about Saturday! I know your concerns in navigating the market...and the parking situation. You just never know how crowded it will be. I've even heard that there may be rain in the forecast for Saturday...ekkks...that won't be fun at all! You have our cell phone # so I think we should just play it by ear.

Maybe you can call before you get ready to leave Ft. Myers and I can tell you how crowded it appears to be...then if the mobs seem too much to manage we can just plan to eat at a restaurant and skip the market. I also have been rethinking Silver Spoon..had a Salmon salad there last week and it was pretty awful...and expensive to boot. I'll put my thinking cap on before Saturday...can't wait to meet you!

Hey maybe we can just have lunch and then you can come back to our house.. we are only about 10 minutes away from the market..I do have cats in case you might be allergic...or some people aren't crazy about cats...if that's the case no worries we can just visit longer at the restaurant...can't wait...big hugs! emoticon emoticon

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SUNNY332 12/1/2009 10:44PM

    Have a wonderful trip and enjoy the day with Florida Sun and be sure and give her a hug for me.

Take care and can't wait to hear about your trip.

Hugs, Sunny

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RURAL3 12/1/2009 10:37PM

    You sound very cheerful tonight. It sounds like you did get a lot done today and I am glad to hear that you stayed in your calorie range. (I was bad today) It should be lots of fun meeting a fellow sparker. I know I would love it. But no one ever comes to brrrrrr Illinois. But you never know when I might pop up somewhere else. I had a long day in Kenosha but got lots done. I am almost ready to hit the hay. emoticon

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Who wants to exchange Christmas cards

Monday, November 30, 2009

I wil be working on my Christmas card labels real soon.If you would like to exchange cards we need to exchange addresses either on spark mail or regular email. Do not post an address. I have addresses for 7 of you.But if we haven't exchanged addresses and you would like to please send me a spark message with address and I will do the same.
I just love Christmas cards.

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2BFREE2LIVE 11/30/2009 11:20PM

    I sure would love to send you a card and have one from you. I will send you my address. What a wonderful idea. Sandy

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KATIE233 11/30/2009 11:07PM

    hi eleni, i would love to exchange cards if you like to from Canada? if so i,ll tell you my address by a goodie.

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FLORIDASUN 11/30/2009 10:32PM

    Hey...what a great idea. Another Ms. Eleni original...I just love you dear friend! I'll sparkmail my address and you be sure to do the same okay, okay?

Also I'll be seeing you next Saturday...can you believe wonderful!

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FEISTYMAMA 11/30/2009 8:45PM

    Funny you posted this. We're working on our Christmas cards now. Yes my dear, you will be receiving one from me. emoticon

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SUNNY332 11/30/2009 8:32PM

    Right back at you.

Hugs, Sunny

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Busy Monday

Monday, November 30, 2009

I have been so busy today.I am ready to get in recliner and stay there.
I got everything out from under half of cabinet under sink.Then I got out the organizer we got and decided I would put it together. It looked very simple.Thank goodness Bill decided to stop by the house.We got it together real quick when we figured out what we were doing wrong.Here is picture with drawers closed and opened These look dark.I hope you can see it.You can also see where I keep the baggies on door that I use a lot.
I moved a lot of stuff that hasn't been used in forever into back room. And have some stuff for Angel. I wanted it to go over to left but it is 1/2 inch to wide.But this works.
Tonight I will get Bill to put other knife rack up. I changed the drawers around where I sit and got a small basket out of cabinet up top where cups and bowls are.I will get Bill to empty that shelf and take some stuff out.
I even got a load of dishes washed and put up and clothes are in dryer now. Whew!!!!! It is time to rest.I am so bad about overdoing it when I feel decent.
I also started some Christmas labels.SO tomorrow will be labels and card day.
The girl from American Idol that played Nettie yesterday was LaToya London.She was in Season 3 of American Idol.That is one that Fantasia Barrino won.
Eating has been ok so far.I won't know til later if I beat my Food Demon but if I don't it will be close.Our cool weather is almost gone.
Have a great evening

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RURAL3 11/30/2009 9:17PM

    You have been a busy little bee today. I have been a lazy lizard. I started putting up my tree but only got half way. And tomorrow I go to Kenosha. Oh well it will come along. Our cool weather is almost gone tooo. Now we are going into cold. emoticon emoticon

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KYANN402 11/30/2009 7:59PM

    Whew! You were busy. I love the organizer. I'm going to look for one for myself Saturday. I may even have a discount coupon for Bed Bath and Beyond. I won't let myself go there very often. Too much temptation in that store. Your cool weather is ending and our warm weather is over. It didn't get out of the 40s today. We may get a few snow flurries on Thursday. Yep, December is here. Take care my Spark friend.

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SUNNY332 11/30/2009 7:53PM

    Busy Dad but also productive. I love the organizer.

Get some rest.

Hugs, Sunny

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CANBDONE 11/30/2009 7:25PM

    You were super productive today, Girl! Hope you have a good night's sleep and show that demon who's boss!

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DAISYBELL6 11/30/2009 7:13PM

    You are so organized. That all looks great and so convenient.

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FEISTYMAMA 11/30/2009 7:09PM

    Why don't you come to Wisconsin and help me get organized? Under my island / bar in the kitchen is scary! I have all my pots (only 2 sets now since I threw one set away), mixing bowls, colander, blenders, waffle makers, etc...under there. It's a pain in the butt to find what I'm looking for. It doesn't help that my daughter is in charge of putting away dishes and she doesn't care what it looks like. Under my sink is also a scary place. I have a garbage can on one side and cleaning supplies on the other side. I think I need to go through the cleaning supplies. I don't need that many. The other cabinet that's scary to go into is the tupperware cabinet. YIKES!! I want to buy the stuff that the lids stick together. I can never find the right lid. UGH! So, when we get snow, you can come for a visit! You'll need a break from that HOT Florida weather anyway. emoticon

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LOSINIT52 11/30/2009 6:54PM

    Sounds like you're getting your energy back. Glad to hear it!
Have a nice evening.

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DICHTAS 11/30/2009 6:42PM

  You are doing a great job.. When you finish I'll let you do mine..
I gained .8 lbs this week. That is good considering Thanksgiving. I overate..

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MDMNINA 11/30/2009 6:16PM

    One of theses days I have got to get organized! I should be following your excellent example!!

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MIKROS2 11/30/2009 5:32PM

    You seem to have got a lot done today! Good for you! Even though you are tired it always feels good to feel accomplishment when things get done!

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FALLSM 11/30/2009 5:29PM

  Good Work!

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

It has been a busy day.It has been a busy weekend. I rarely leave house and I have been somewhere everyday. Whew I am tired. I have so much to do to get ready for our weekend trip coming up on Friday.
We rented the movies GI JOe and 4 Christmas's. 4 Christmas's was funny and we haven't watched the other one.I watched Grey Gardens by myself. Not a great movie but was a true story.
But the best ever was musical The Color Purple play that we saw today. Bill didn't want to go but he ended up really liking it. It is an awesome play.The girl who plays Nettie was on American Idol. They really stayed close to book and movie. I recommended it to all. The singing was fantastic. The main actors were all just so good. I had too many favorites as they were all so good.
Well friends I have so many emails to get thru and I am so tired.I will try to get as many as I can done and then do rest tomorrow. My eating today is something we won't talk about.I told Bill tomorrow I am cracking down on myself big time.
I hate starting over again but I won't give up no matter how many times I have to start over.

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KATIE233 11/30/2009 11:02PM

    i love the kitty picture cute.

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LOSINIT52 11/30/2009 10:02AM

    Sounds like a fun weekend and more fun next weekend. I think keeping the spirits high is important. Do try to keep tracking though, even if you're over. Then when you have little slip ups over the holiday you won't feel so badly. You've been doing so well you don't want to let things slide too much now.
Have a great week.
Oh yes, to the butternut squash soup I add some onion salt, pepper nutmeg, sometimes saffron, and sometimes a little sweetener.

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NEWSTART127 11/30/2009 12:39AM

    Latoya London??? Was she the one? She was one of my favorites. I haven't seen TCP as a musical, but I have seen the movie, and it's great. Glad you enjoyed it!

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RURAL3 11/29/2009 10:48PM

    So glad you had a good time. Was it Mandisa that played that part? Keep going on that tracking and don't get off the path. Christmas is coming and you will be wanting to "fudge". So stay on the path now.

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BORROWEDANGEL1 11/29/2009 10:29PM

    I've never been to a musical..I bet that was a great play.. I've seen The Color Purple on tv about 4 or 5 times.. I love Whoopi Goldberg in just about anything she plays.. Bet that musical was great with all the singing in it.

haha, stability ball and me won't be getting together for awhile. Silly me figured I could just blow the thing up and sit down on it and just bounce an bounce and keep myself busy so as to burn calories,, NOT.. It said NOTHING about it only holding a 250 person on the outside of the box. It was taped up and I didn't want to break the tape and then have to pay for it if I didn't want it.. so silly me, I bought it and said well I'll take it home and get to see inside the box.. Ya, you guessed it. The instructions says no more than 250.. Well I'm 282 (hoping for lower number by weigh in) soooo that means I will have to wait until I lose another 30 pounds. *sad face* well I just bounced the darn thing like a rubber ball, an put it in time out in the corner..that'll teach it...

Was that to much information?? Anywho,love ya Eleni. Have a good trip...and don't let your food demon get you down!! Kick it in high gear and boogie down!

emoticon - Pat

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SUNNY332 11/29/2009 8:57PM

    Who was it that play the role of Nettie. Sounds like a great play.
Glad you all enjoyed it and had a good day.

Not giving up is best. Keep on keeping on. You will get there.

Hugs, Sunny

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FEISTYMAMA 11/29/2009 8:53PM

    I'm glad to hear that you and Bill enjoyed the musical. Take care of yourself this week and rest up for your trip!

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Bed,Bath an Beyond

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Ok Ok I can hear some of you laughing already. Yes I went to get 3 things and got quite a bit more. Hey when you are good you are good.And I am good at spending when I do get out of house. It would be nice if I were rich but I am not.
Anyway. I went to get a gingerbread train kit and a house for Brianna. I didn't like the house so I got her a train too. Then I got some coffee for my single cup coffee maker and another knife strip.I am going to put this one above the one I have.I will put other knives I don't use as often.I need the space in the drawer for something else. Then I got another immersion blender.The other one I just got is too hard to turn on plus the blade is hitting bottom of my pans.This one is metal plus it can go in dishwasher.
We got an organizer for under sink that actually has a metal drawer that pulls out and a station shelf on top. It is a mess under sink and hard to get to stuff.I hope this will help. Also got a special brush for cleaning the grill part of my stop top grill I use all the time.And last but not least a new cutting board.A red one.
Now you see why I stay home.I can't be trusted to go into a store emoticon

We went out for lunch and tried a new restaurant. Big mistake. The best thing was their soup of the day which was butternut squash soup which neither of us have ever tried.The waiter brought us some to try and it was great.Now I need a recipe for making it myself.From there it was downhill for me. They had a sandwich that was suppose to be like a sloppy joe and it just sounded good. When it came it wasn't hot so I had to send it back.It came back new and hot and was a big disappointment. I took almost all of meat off. It tasted exactly like chili con carne without beans that you buy in a can.Borderline nasty. Then it had homemade chips that I tried one bite and it was grease city. Bill had a sausage sandwich that was much better.I had one bite of his sausage and it was good. I rarely eat out and hate it when I get bad food. We will not return there. But now I know that butternut soup is good.

Then we went and rented a couple of movies.
I only had a small grocery list for once so we checked out the new Sweet Bay grocery. I will stay with Winn Dixie. I wasn't impressed at all. If we see something on sale Bill can get it but it is not on return list for me.

I did did track my food this week like I should have so I am not counting this weeks Me versa Food Demon. I had a 1# gain which I am happy with.I would love to have had a loss but 1# is not bad at all. I am yo yo ing but not going up so I will try to get it going down again.I know what to do. I just have to do it.

Ok it is late for a nap but I am wiped out so I am going to go lay down and rest some. Hope you are all enjoying your weekend.

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SHOAPIE 11/29/2009 6:42PM

    Wish we had a Bed, Bath and Beyond. I want one of those knife strips, my drawer is too crowded also. The soup sounds really tasty but the sandwich sounds awful, I wouldn't have eaten it either. Hope you enjoyed your movies. Last night was movie night for me also.

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BORROWEDANGEL1 11/29/2009 5:46PM

    Hi Eleni, I'm taking just a few minutes here to visit with you. It won't be long until church time.. so you went to BB&B.. I've never been in that store.. I've heard my best friend say that they have great deals... I know better than to go in a place like that cause I want everything that I see, especially when I don't have it at home..

I went to Wally Wart Black Friday.. Brave me, huh? hahaha.. nope I didn't splurge to much, just a stability ball, that I can't use right now, cause I'm over the dang 250 mark. oh well shucks.. and I got some 2lb weights for strenght training, and one small whisk set to use in the kitchen.. I didn't own a whisk.. The ball won't go to waste, I can bounce it and prop my feet up on it.. haha..

oh ya, I never had butternut squash soup, either.
Well almost time to go to church. It starts at 6, but wanted to say howdy to ya, and give you
emoticon. -Pat

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NEWSTART127 11/29/2009 2:44AM

    Ooooh! I NEED a red cutting board, too! Guess I need to hit up the BB&B in Folsom! Thanks for fueling my own addiction! Lol! Sounds like you had a great day minus the bad food! Whoooo hooooo!

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FEISTYMAMA 11/29/2009 12:33AM

    I love you Eleni!!!! I spent a good 20 minutes in by the gadgets in Wal-Mart tonight and I thought of you. I bought myself a digital food scale that is going away for Christmas. I also bought my daughter a cookie scooper. Right now I'm on the hunt for canisters for flour and sugar for my kitchen counter. Please, please, please take a picture of the under sink organizer. I think that's a great idea!! I'm afraid to go under there. emoticon

We bought our Gingerbread house today. I wasn't going to buy one but it was on sale at Super Wal-Mart for $7.80. I couldn't pass that up! My son was excited. Good luck with the train! I can't wait to see the pictures!

What movies did you rent? All weekend AT&T has been playing all the movie channels. We've all been watching different movies. It's great but I'm not going to upgrade so we get it all the time. I'd NEVER get anything accomplished, I'd be watching the TV all the time.

Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite. emoticon

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MICKEY341 11/28/2009 11:37PM

    Sounds like you had a good day. I don't go to BB&B very often, as I shop like you do! But may have to check out the undersink thing!
Hope you have a good night...

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LOSINIT52 11/28/2009 10:42PM

    Sounds like fun shopping.
The butternut squash soup is one of my favorites. I eat it several times a week and it is sooo low cal. Usually I just cook up the squash in a lot of liquid, add some spices s&p nutmeg and sometimes a little sweetener. I whir it all up with the immersion blender and yummo. It's a nice creamy soup as is. Sometimes I cook up some onion with it too.
I've seen recipes that add yogurt or sour cream to make it creamier, but for me it is creamy enough.
Glad you have Brianna to do the gingerbread house with. It has always been one of our family traditions, but I refuse to do it alone. I bake them from scratch. Will go back to it when I have grandchildren one day.

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2BFREE2LIVE 11/28/2009 10:29PM

    Good for you getting what you want for Christmas before December even gets here.
See your a lot like me, shop early get what you want for yourself and you don't have to be disappointed on Christmas morning.
I usually do the same thing go for one thing and wind up with a shopping cart full.
Just ask my Hubby I am the worlds best shopper. Bargain hunting is my speciality.
Enjoy your new toys and I hope Bill will install that under the sink organizer for you, sounds nice, Humm maybe I should go there I have a 20% OFF coupon laying on the center island. Have a wonderful evening. Sandy

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RURAL3 11/28/2009 9:13PM

    OH my gosh Eleni, you are so bad in the store. I always want stuff but talk myself out of it before I put it in my cart, sometimes I put it back afterward. And then there are the times when I get home I wish I hadn't done that. emoticon The soup sounds very good but you are right that sandwich sounds terrible. My DH took me to a buffet today and we met my son in law. UGH!!! The buffet not my son in law. Good thing tomorrow isn't weigh in. Did you get that coffee maker to keep the coffee hot?
Sweet Dreams friend emoticon

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SUNNY332 11/28/2009 8:03PM

    I need one of those under the sink organizers too. Sounds like a great day, Eleni.

We cleaned today and moved beds. Rich and I got a new King Size Bed so we moved our Queen to the guest room and consequently did some deep cleaning. I am pooped tonight.

Have a Wonderful Sunday.


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ROSEHIP:-) 11/28/2009 6:25PM

    I can go crazy in Bed Bath and Beyond myself. I'm just like a kid in a candy store when I walk in there.

You're doing better then I on the weight end. I think I gained 3#'s Oh well just means I need to get back on track. Nothing wrong with a short term gain as long as we keep it short term, right?

I hope you are having a good weekend.

Take care and God bless,

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KYANN402 11/28/2009 5:48PM

    Hi! Looks like I've finally got the subscribe to your blog to hold. I need that under sink organizer. I'll have to make a trip to Bed, Bath and Beyond myself tomorrow. What movies did you get?

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