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Homeless no more.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Since the tornado things have really been spinning (pun intended.) I am into my new house now and finally have internet access. The Lord has been so good to us. I am grateful to Him and the Church as well as to all my friends who have kept us in their prayers and to those who have helped in other ways.

I have been off my food plan. I have eaten out so much I don't think I want to see another food place again. I have been doing really well at exercise though. Lifting concrete blocks, parts of roofs, splintered furniture, etc. really does a lot for the muscles.

My blood pressure has been down so well that the doc took me off of all my blood pressure meds.

I am really out of touch with everyone, but hope to catch up soon.

  
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KAREN-IS-HERE 6/28/2014 2:32PM

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111BUTTERFLY111 6/27/2014 7:45PM

    So happy you are in your new house! God really is good!

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ANNEMARIA6 6/27/2014 12:35AM

    So happy to hear you made it through the devastation. You are one very strong person! I hope things are on the upturn for you now! emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 6/26/2014 10:43PM

    Glad to hear that things are ok with youo. Were you with the Lutheran church that was devastated?

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KRILL14 6/26/2014 10:29PM

    I am glad to hear you survived the tornado and that things are getting back to normal. I hope things go well for you now.

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I survived an F-4plus

Saturday, May 10, 2014

I definitely live in tornado alley. Sorry that I haven't written before now, but I just got computer access again. I just wanted to let everyone know that my family is ok even though we lost everything but our lives and clothes on our back. In spite of that, we didn't lose what was important. Our Lord Jesus is still there caring for us all. I can see his hand at work in all of the recovery taking place. Only He could bring thousands of people together willing to give both physical and spiritual support.

  
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KAREN-IS-HERE 6/28/2014 2:31PM

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ANNEMARIA6 6/27/2014 3:42PM

    So glad you made it through the storm safely! It must be really hard to have to start over but it sounds like you have a good faith and can handle the challenge! Have a great weekend! emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 5/11/2014 8:56AM

    emoticon Praise God that you are okay. I am keeping you an everyone affected by the tornadoes in my prayers.

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MAINLADY 5/11/2014 8:23AM

    I'm so glad you're okay and I can only imagine what a horrifying experience it was for you. As you say though, you and your family are all safe and that's really all that matters. Praying that you will get back on your feet soon. emoticon

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SHERYLP461 5/10/2014 11:00PM

    I wondered if any of my team mates were in the midst of this. So glad you and your family are safe.

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111BUTTERFLY111 5/10/2014 9:38PM

    I'm sorry you had to go through that. You are certainly in my prayers.
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oooh...Now that's an idea.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

When an idea comes to mind it is fantastic. The problem is, ok so it is great in a sentence, but how do I turn that into a full bodied book? I have been working with an idea for some time now. I liked the opening, but hit a block after the opening. Now I don't often write without blocking out the rest of my plot, but I just had to get something on paper before I forgot it. I just couldn't think how that idea could turn into something else. I started to work on the idea time after time and came up with nothing. Finally, I decided to jot down memories of things that I had done over my life time from make believe ideas when I was a child to thrilling experiences on the ski slopes.

Since I love to read mystery and historical romances, I wanted to write about a mystery in a historical setting. I love to read about the lives of strong willed women in the pioneer days. But, I just couldn't seem to get my idea to moving. I couldn't relate to the pioneer days.

Then, at the funeral of a friend, I began worrying about what I would do without my husband. Cancer could easily kill him. I confided in another friend that I felt bad worrying about myself when one friend had died and my husband was so sick with chemo. She looked at me straight in the eye and said, " Don't worry. When the times come, we will be there for you." She was referring to the community of the women that I am friends with.

It was then that it dawned on me that what I liked about the stories I read was the strong woman characters living their lives through both hardships and happiness. I realized that my friends were there for me now, just like the characters were there for each other in the novels that I read. I argued with myself that the pioneer life was in the past and that was why people liked to read about them. Then the big moment came. One day, the time that I live in, will also be in the past. The best time to write about it is now while I am living the moment.

After that, I was able to go back to my idea, to wrap it around current times and events, and to get some real work done. I used many of my memory moments that I had jotted downs to add interest and a reality check to my book.

Don't you just love it when an ideal comes together?

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MOTHERBEAR4 4/10/2014 8:24AM

    Great idea! That is an aha moment! I like strong women characters too!

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POSITIVEHOPE 4/9/2014 7:26PM

    Ah moment. My friends are there for me now. Mostly strong women. Those are my SP friends who offer aid, support, advice, wipe my tears when I fall, celebrate my successes and convince me there is a future to strive for while I struggle through the day. How would I cope without them?

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MAINLADY 4/9/2014 6:51PM

    I call that an AHA! moment. When you hit a writer's block, it's often so difficult to move forward. I usually have two books going so when I get stuck writing one, I go to the other for a few days. Eventually I'll get the AHA and go back to the first book. Good luck with your efforts. Seeing your book come to fruition and published is such a great feeling.

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What happened?

Saturday, April 05, 2014

I have to face the fact that I have stopped losing weight. I am not entirely upset because I have lost 36 pounds and for me that is a lot. In looking back at what happened to stop my weight loss, I realize that I have stopped trying to lose weight. I stopped watching my calories and daily exercise. I have enjoyed being at this weight rather than the old 303 lbs. Then I thought back to when I stopped losing weight other times that I have tried. It was the same old thing. I stopped because I had had some success and was enjoying it. Then, I began to slip back into my old ways and started complaining that I just couldn't lose weight and keep it off.

I cannot let myself fall into this trap again. I know if I lose another 36 pounds, I will be even happier with my weight than I am now. I cannot allow myself to stop trying to lose weight yet and when I do, I will need to set into place a plan to keep the creeping scales from climbing again.

I must find a way to keep from being content where I am.

As I write this, my hubby came in and laid 3 bite size snickers on my desk. A testimony to the fact that he knows that I have stopped also. Got to love him. He supports me no matter which way I go. didn't know I was so apparent. I must go put them back into the sack and do some exercise.

Keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

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MOTHERBEAR4 4/10/2014 8:22AM

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Let it be your determination/motivation to continue with efforts to lose to weight. Like others have said and pat yourself on the back that those snickers went back in the bag.

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IUHRYTR 4/7/2014 9:24AM

    I have adjusted my weight scale upwards so often because I, too, tend to become lazy and satisfied. We need to develop a deep, burning hunger, not for food, but for continued success, one pound at a time. emoticon -- Lou

(P.S.: tell hubby to stop sabotaging your efforts and bring you a piece of fruit next time!)

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SHERYLP461 4/6/2014 9:58AM

    Hummm, that makes me think, have I also stopped trying? I am walking or hiking as usual, but the food seems to creeping back up along with the little treats. My hubby also supports me, but he loves his sweets. He however, can stop at one. I cannot and have to have them out of mind.
Thinking this one over.

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POSITIVEHOPE 4/5/2014 10:02PM

    Great insight. It's so easy to stop trying and settle in to the comfort of our successes. My knees don't hurt each time I get up from a chair. I can walk farther, faster and easier without getting out of breath. Put those in a box with a bow next to the Snickers and those are the ones worth picking up. The good feeling I get from physical freedom tastes sooooo sweet.


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111BUTTERFLY111 4/5/2014 7:09PM

    Wishing you grand success as you find your way again!

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MAINLADY 4/5/2014 6:55PM

    Every day is a new day and can be Day 1 again. Try to remember how you were feeling at 303 lbs and let that be your motivation to losing another 36. We, as humans, become complacent all too quickly. Don't give in to it and get yourself back on track. I know emoticon

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JOHNMARTINMILES 4/5/2014 6:04PM

    Identifying and recognizing the problem is over half the battle of defeating the problem.

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What will our legacy be?

Friday, March 21, 2014

What you leave behind
Is not what is engraved
In stone monuments,
But rather what is woven
Into the lives of others.
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This quote was given to me on a post card. I believe that, as we live through our daily struggles to lose weight and have a healthy, active life, we will weave strength and endurance into the lives of those who witness our struggles to lose weight and become more active.
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IUHRYTR 3/25/2014 8:57PM

    Whether it's losing weight or anything else we do there's always someone watching how we conduct ourselves, so let's set a positive example. -- Lou

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