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Mother's Day

Sunday, May 11, 2014

I am up early, having my first cup of coffee. It's Mother's Day. I remember as a young girl goig to church wearing my red carnation corsage. My Mom's corsage was double, one red and one white. I knew it was because my grandmother was dead but my grandfather's wife, Nan was alive. These thoughts led me to think about an array of women who have been "Mom" to me at some time in my life. Today, I want to celebrate those women because without their guidance, love and caring, I would not be the woman I am. Their names will mean very little to anyone reading this blog, but they are my daily inspiration and my role models for all aspects of my life. Thank you: Ethel, Amelia, Patty, Leona, Marie. You gave me life, raised me with Christian values, took me into your family when I was away from mine, saw me through a questionable marriage and the birth of my children, embraced me in a new community and affirmed me as a mom. Most of you have gone on but you will not be forgotten nor your presence in my life minimized. I love you.

  
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RIDLEYRIDER 5/11/2014 7:31AM

  There have been many special 'mothers' in my life too, besides my own. Rest in peace, Mom, and Happy Mother's Day.


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TRYINGHARD54 5/11/2014 7:17AM

    HAPPY MOTHERS DAY ! :-)

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MOTTAMAMALOU 5/11/2014 7:12AM

    emoticon "Happy Mother's Day" to you.

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Habits

Monday, April 28, 2014

Good Grief. Bad habits come back quicker than good habits are formed. This seems to be a universal truth in my life. I am very conscious of what I am eating now that I am facing surgery. Some might say to little, too late but I feel like a little is better than nothing. Anyway, before I completely digress, let me continue. I have been more conscientious about packing lunch, viewing menus prior to entering the restaurant and generally trying to avoid excess sugar. What I haven't been doing is watching the breakfast menu. I have skipped back into the bad habit of drive through breakfast. As I reflected on last week and today, I have purchased breakfast four days out of six. The mornings I didn't buy breakfast, I (1) ate oatmeal at home and didn't go to work or (2) I ate at home and went in late to work. I think that I am compensating for the time I prefer to have breakfast and the time I leave my home. I don't like to have breakfast before 7:30, it throws my whole food schedule off. I wake up naturally between 4:45 and 5:30 and I have medicine to take on an empty stomach. I am not supposed to eat for an hour after taking the medicine. I usually take the medicine around 6:00 am. I realize that I have attempted to make oatmeal at work but the microwave is so different from the one at home that the oatmeal always overflows and makes a mess. I am not particularly fond of cold cereal, only really like Cheerios. A container of yogurt by itself does not hold me until lunch. In reviewing all this today, I think I had better start to think of breakfast just like I think of lunch. I need to take those items that I eat and pack them the night before. I h aven't gone food shopping yet, so I should be able to work on this week. If I am going to buy a sausage biscuit through the drive through window, I can probably make a breakfast sandwich that has fewer calories and cost less, too. Making a list of the things that I have purchased from Burger King, McDonald's and Dunkin. I also have had to give some thought as to why I rotate among the drive-throughs---um-mm. I am too embarrassed to go to the same window morning after morning. That should have been a major hint.

  
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LIVINTODAY 5/13/2014 5:56PM

    You had a good idea; taking your oatmeal to work and making it. Now you should try making it in a larger container. I think that would solve the spillover problem!
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REBECKY441 4/28/2014 5:28PM

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1BOSSMOMMY 4/28/2014 5:10PM

    My husband was never a breakfast eater growing up and I was taught always to begin the day with a healthy diet. His breakfast was a cup of coffee and I hate the smell let alone the taste of coffee so mornings became two separate worlds in our house because I wouldn't get out of bed until he was finished his coffee routine and then when the kitchen was empty I would get up and make my breakfast. When the children were born they became part of my breakfast routine. Then we moved for a new job and my husband now was on shift work and worked night shift coming home in the morning and expecting a dinner. I learned to become very flexible and creative with all of our meals and never categorized what times of the day certain foods should be eaten. I had to pack lunches and make sure they were not only filling but also nutritious for hard working and hard playing family members. My kids friends would go" wow " when they had a sleep over and I served them home made Hawaiian pizza for breakfast.
When we first married we lived on a small island and there were no fast food places anywhere on the Island (now there are). When we moved for a better job the place we moved to on the mainland was bigger and had several that we could choose from like yourself. My husband and I wisely saw a trap in those types of places and so we just never ever stopped to eat at them while we were raising our kids and when they did get to go to fast food places when they were in their teens they though it was only permitted for special occasions like we were traveling long distances or were with a group and went with them. My husband and I can count the number of times we have ate at a fast food restaurant in the past year - 8 times and I have never found the food as satisfying as my own home made foods.

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NEWLITTLE1 4/28/2014 4:36PM

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2014: Word of the year

Sunday, December 29, 2013

A few years back one of my teams did this activity. We each selected a word that monthly on what was happening in our lives based on the word we had chosen. I don't do well with New Year's resolutions so I have given up setting myself up at the beginning of the year. I have never made it pass March with any resolution! I was able to use the word of the year activity for a full year, so I am going to repeat this activity.

I received a facebook post from a friend that had a poster of the word FOCUS. I felt like I had received a cosmic message. The poster even explained how I was to focus. In have had some success here at sparkpeople but I have spent more time barely hanging in. When I think about the times I have been truly successful, I realize that I was focused on a task, an activity or some healthy habit.



So, being guided by this poster, I am going into 2014 with Focus. I will reflect using a thread set up on a team that co-lead.

  
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CHAKARA1 1/23/2014 1:39PM

    I think that is something that I can apply to my own journey. Keep after it and stay focused, you will get there!

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2008LYNN 1/14/2014 6:29AM

  I have been talking about FOCUS so I'm going to make it my word for this year as well. I love the acronym but I have two major goals for this year. But I was going to split one of them into several actions, now I'll FOCUS on just one course until it is successful.
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THINFITFEMINIST 12/29/2013 5:35PM

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LADYOLIVER 12/29/2013 4:43PM

    emoticon I Love it!!!!!

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GYPSAVON 12/29/2013 11:10AM

  That's such a great idea! I'm a lover of books, reading, grammar, language and just words in general. This is a wonderful tip and might actually be a resolution that I can keep! emoticon emoticon

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CARMEL_466 12/29/2013 10:03AM

    Great word and great action. It's a must in our weight loss healthy living lifestyle. Wishing you the best in the new year! emoticon emoticon

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Did court make me sick?

Friday, November 08, 2013

Had jury duty on Tuesday. The building is kept at 64 degrees. When I left at 6:30 assigned to a trial for Friday I wasn't feeling well. I was up at 3:00 throwing up and generally feeling like something the cat drug in. Wednesday I was sent home from work--sick. I felt so bad that I weighed in with one of my teams but forgot to spin the wheel and blew my perfect attendance effort for November. I wasn't able to eat much and have lived on soup for the past three days. The only movement has been from the couch to the bed and back again. I am on my way back to court in a few minutes. I wonder how I will feel after today. I really don't want to be sick.

  
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SEAJESS 12/9/2013 12:56PM

    emoticon Awww, honey!

You need to be extra careful during cold and flu season in public places! People don't cover when they sneeze or cough and you're touching all kinds of contaminated surfaces - elevator buttons, door knobs, and on and on. Carry hand sanitizer, wash your hands frequently, stay hydrated and of course, you got your flu shot, right?

(Apologies, I can't quite overcome being big sister nurse pest.)

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CARMEL_466 11/8/2013 3:27PM

    I'm so sorry you have not felt well. Hope your feel better soon. emoticon

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COOKIE_AT_51 11/8/2013 9:13AM

    emoticon to you ... I hope you emoticon

Make sure you take a sweater or something to keep you warm if it's cold again.

Cookie

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GOLFGMA 11/8/2013 8:24AM

    emoticon Hope things are better by now. emoticon

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My Refrigerator

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Lately I haven't felt like shopping, generally don't really want anything to eat that is available at the house and I've been eating out and eating strangely. Yesterday, I left work determined to stop and get food. Half way home I changed y mind and decided to wait until the weekend. I was going to put meals together based on whatever I could find. Imagine how happy I was when I got home to discover the refrigerator had died. No light, no hum and things defrosting in the freezer--dead. I wasn't happy about having to go appliance shopping, but I was seriously happy not to have a full order of grocery and no refrigeration. Maybe this lethargy about food and shopping was divine intervention. I am going to take some things to work and put them in my mini fridge and plan y foray into the appliance store. Some might wonder why this is not a major problem--the refrigerator served me well. I moved here on July 1, 1990 (Sunday). I purchased the refrigerator on July 2, 1990 and I have never had a problem more extensive than a burned out light bulb.

  
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_MOBII_ 10/22/2013 12:18PM

    So glad that you didn't go shopping!

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CHEROKEE_ROSE 9/24/2013 3:40PM

    When they go, they just GO. So glad you didn't go food shopping. Must have an angel on your shoulder. Make sure you look up consumer reports or find some good reviews on what you are looking for. We got a nice side by side a few years ago. Still works great. Even the water and ice dispenser still work.
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MISSY455 9/6/2013 2:04AM

    Hope you find what you are looking for this weekend. I am not a good appliance shopper....no patience :-)

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WIZKEY 9/5/2013 9:58PM

    Good thing you didn't go grocery shopping!! And what a long lasting refrigerator!! Go buy a new one and stock it with lots of healthy good for Cassie food!!

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E1SPAG 9/5/2013 8:54PM

    Yay for you that you did not go shopping for food today and the timing was perfect!

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CARMEL_466 9/5/2013 10:21AM

    RIP old dependable Refrigerator. You served Mustang well. :) It was most definitely divine intervention. I know you will get a fridge just as dependable. Have a successful shopping experience emoticon .

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VICTORY2XS 9/5/2013 9:07AM

    I'd say there was a reason why you put off food shopping! You did get good use out of that refrigerator. I hope you find a new one that makes you happy!

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LOOKINGUP2012 9/5/2013 7:56AM

    That was divine intervention. Take your time. I really don't like our new one. It's frost free and very noisy.

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 9/5/2013 7:11AM

    Meant to be:)

I am in the process of purchasing a new refrigerator. This is the first time and I'm trying to figure things out. What kind of fridge did you have? Looking for the same brand? Good luck!



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GOLFGMA 9/5/2013 6:58AM

    Yep, you got the good out of that refrigerator. Happy shopping!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 9/5/2013 6:49AM

    Serendipity at its best! What kind are you looking for? I LOVE appliances shopping!

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