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Scales were friendly! :-)

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Well, the scales were friendly this morning! Have lost [the same #'s] 3#'s since starting the November challenge! Very thankful! Also I've done strength training for 9 days in a row! VERY happy! I've decided to break down my walks to a 2 mile before our lessons, and 3 miles after lunch. That's been working well.

Today I get my hair cut and get to shop at the consignment shop. Yesterday, I did my weekly errands in town, and went to the 'hospital' thrift store [the proceeds go to the hospital] and found a REALLY nice lined winter jacket for Mary [playing in the snow, not for town] for $3. And we also got a few Christmas decorations. One of the gals at the thrift store, who is a friend of mine, asked if I would be interested in volunteering. The PERK--1/2 price on everything at the thrift store! emoticon I might volunteer 1-2 times a month. I would enjoy being around these ladies, and to get things for great prices is a real bonus!

I was asked by the local homeschooling support group to speak at this Monday night's MOM's night out. They want me to speak about teaching multiple children. So I'll be working on that these next few days.

This morning I had THE BEST breakfast! I took my dark chocolate vitatop muffin and heated it for a few seconds in the microwave. Weighed 4 oz. of my homemade yogurt sweetened w/stevia w/1/2 oz of cocoa roasted almonds I made the other day--and crumbled my muffin on top, with a 1/2 banana on the side! OMW, was it DE-LI-CIOUS! Seriously, I almost felt GUILTY--like I was eating a dessert for breakfast! ha! I had ALL that for 308 calories, 10 grams of fat, and 11 grams of protein! Woooohoooo! emoticon

Have a GREAT Hump day everyone! All my love, Susan

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SKIDEE 11/10/2011 5:41PM

    The breakfast sounds great, but did it keep you from getting hungry? I'm afraid it would just make me want more.

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DIANAOR1 11/10/2011 2:58PM

    emoticon Sounds like things you are on the right track... emoticon

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SWIMLOVER 11/10/2011 11:55AM

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GOURMETLOSER 11/10/2011 5:43AM

    The volunteering sounds like a wonderful opportunity. The talk also. Hope it goes well.


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EBEAMS 11/10/2011 5:17AM

    Good bye 3 pounds ... Hello Retail Therapy opportunity ... and wow, that breakfast sounds divine! Keep up the great work ... You are doing emoticon!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 11/10/2011 1:43AM

    emoticon What a full and blessed life Susan. You ROCK! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/10/2011 1:00AM

    What a beautiful mix of activities . . . volunteerism, speaking engagement (sharing your gift), and good nutrition. May God continue to grant you wise use of your gifts.

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SAL1512 11/9/2011 10:24PM

    Happy hump day to you too!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 11/9/2011 10:14PM

    congrats on the weight loss and the homeschooling honor being asked to speak. Your meal sounds wonderful!

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ANYVAR54 11/9/2011 9:50PM

    I love thrift stores, and you are doing so much. Congratulations on progress. And I always enjoy getting to know another Christian sister. Ravyna

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JUNEAU2010 11/9/2011 9:29PM

    Congrats on half off and volunteering! Very cool!

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SUNNY332 11/9/2011 5:30PM

    You will enjoy the volunteer work. I volunteer at the hospital every Wedesday. The first and the third in ICU and the second and the 4th in Pain Management (where I was working when I retired) so it is nice to see the Gals and the Docs occasionally. I do miss them but I am getting used to being retired.

We make our own bread now so vita tops are out for me but I did have a nice slice of whole wheat bread with Organic Peanut Butter and a Banana for breakfast today and it was yummy.

TTYL! Do have a good week!!


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J0ETTE 11/9/2011 4:12PM

    I love having breakfasts (or any meal) like that. Those are the ones I say "smile" at me. :)

How do you make the cocoa roasted almonds? That would be awesome to make... And stop buying the 100 calorie pack ones I do buy.

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REBELBLITZ 11/9/2011 2:16PM

    What fun thrifting is! I know you will have great fun in the resale shop and you will get first peek at the bargains.

Congratulations on your weight loss. You will have to add some of the clothes that you no longer fit into to your new job inventory. Then you can get more skinny clothes for the "new you". Win/Win

I love thrifting.


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KADULAC 11/9/2011 1:46PM

    Sounds like you are having a lot of fun and staying busy. Congratulations on the weight loss. emoticon

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PANSYLADY2 11/9/2011 1:36PM

    Congratulations on losing three pounds!! And breakfast sounds yummy!! Wish I were there. Snowed here this morning 2+ inches, but the ground is warm still so it's turning into slush and melting. Kinda sloppy driving. We've now had our "Squaw Winter" so we can get our "Indian Summer" anytime. Love you, gal!

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ABETTERSOUL 11/9/2011 11:49AM

    emoticon on the 3 pound loss! The thrift store volunteering sounds fun...I bet you will enjoy that! Enjoy your walks! emoticon

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JESS0107 11/9/2011 11:47AM

    emoticon on the weight loss!! That just means that the scale can hang around the house for that much longer!! I hope you have a good day today getting your hair cut and going shopping!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 11/9/2011 11:45AM

    I do the Vitatop with sweetened greek yogurt for dessert! Like the idea of adding slivered almonds. We feel like we're indulging in a warm brownie dessert!! Costco didn't have them on Monday -- I might have to order online. Costco was cheaper last time I looked, though.
Have a great day -- I know you'll be a blessing to the Homeschooling group! But be careful about adding another commitment to your schedule (even if you'd get a discount!). You are One Busy Lady!!

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MINDY502 11/9/2011 11:19AM

    Way to go on the weight loss!! Sounds like you had a great day of shopping. You will do awesome on speaking, I can only imagine. I love your writing and I think you have a gift for sharing. Breakfast sounded yummy does sound like a desert ha ha. Have a great week!


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    Susan, your blogs just give me a great big emoticon and I love reading them! You will do emoticonspeaking on what you do so well, and that is emoticonabout the thrift store! emoticon

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Nuggets I GLEANED from my Sparkies [Part 2]

Monday, November 07, 2011

Here is part 1:

GOURMETLOSER--"He sees us as beautiful. He sees the rounded tummy and says that's a trophy for carrying those 8 children you've given me" Oh, WOW, MARGARET! I cannot tell you how that sentence touched me! I even shared this with my husband this morning! I was SOOOOO blessed! This also is going on my page!!!! Thank you for making me feel special because I have a TROPHY TUMMY--that is way more important to me than a flat stomach!!!! {{{{huge hugs}}}}

LNSYLVSDOGS "A certain amount of always striving for improvement is a good thing. Too much is just beating oneself up, and also not necessary." VERY true!

LILY8486--"I think when our hearts are set to Him and we are trying to do the very best it all falls together…" I couldn't agree with you more!!! Hearts towards him must be the fuel that motivates me for all of life!

KKZMOM11 "I want to be happy and content that I am making these moves…" The resounding theme--MOVE FORWARD towards you goals--just be happy and content because you're moving forward! Amen!!!

CHATELAINE19-- "I've been reminding myself to not only enjoy the process, but treasure it." Oh, this is SO, SO good! TREASURE the process! WOW! I love this, and I'm borrowing this one too for my page! emoticon You also said, "...take a minute and "wallow" in all that you have accomplished. I like to think of my accomplishments as a trophy- a trophy that God could set on his mantle and say "Look what I made"." OH, WOW, again!!! I absolutely LOVE this!!! Thank you for those tremendous words of encouragement!!!!

MIMOTOGO--"Here is how I see it: Love yourself, and be willing to make changes and adjustments as you progress in your journey of life. It's a never ending one." EXCELLENT advice!!!!

TERRIJ7-- "Just like in the Garden, when the first couple were surrounded by pristine perfection, he said, "It's not enough--you should have the fruit off of THAT tree too!" If we listen to that voice, we will never be content--no matter how much we've been blessed!" WOW, this is such a good point! JESUS is enough!!! And my progress is ENOUGH even if I never, ever have that dream body! ha! emoticon

SAL1512--"Content? YES, but this world wants to change me back to what I was so I have to fight back." This is so good, Sally! I will NEVER weigh 95#'s again [which is what I weighed when I graduated from high school] nor should I even strive for that at 50 years old and after giving birth 8 times. I think I would look SICK! Anyway, you're right, our culture wants us to strive for things that are out of reach, and thereby breeding a discontented heart.

KADULAC--"We should strive to be healthy, and being obese is not healthy." VERY, VERY good!!!!

HISFREESPIRIT--"Contentment is more than satisfaction just as joy is more than happy." LOVE! And I absolutely love the scripture from Habakkuk "Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior."
Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NIV)

BETTA13--"Standing still is almost like giving up. We should always have DRIVE and GOALS." Again--keep moving FORWARD!

PAMAPPLE--"God is pleased when we are working on and growing inside." Amen, Pam! And when we are growing from the INSIDE, out--then all the other things take care of themselves!

ACTIVEGRANDMAP--"I'm learning to be happy in my skin and accept the less than perfect. That doesn't mean I'm going to let all my goals slide, but will be forgiving and try to be content seeing myself the way God does." Pam, this is ABSOLUTELY wonderful!!!!! It truly is a process of growth, isn't it!! Thank you for your encouraging words, and for walking with me through this journey!!!

NEWKAREN43--"God wants us to be healthy and fit and glorify Him in the temple he gives us, our bodies. He's got your back - He blesses your effort." Thank you, Karen! Your words were SO touching to me!!!

WILDFLOWERR_--"That's what the "LIVE IT" theory is all about. we are not striving to fit into some one else's mold of what we should be, but living each day in the Joy and Glory of the Lord, showing Honor to Him and the Temple that He has loaned us here on the Earth for a short time." Oh, I LOVE this! I refuse to fit someone else's mold! I want to live in the joy of the LORD!

AMAZINGMOMMY4--"The desire for self-improvement is glorifying to God…" AMEN!

GETTINGFIT4HIM--"I believe that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made by our loving Father and HE is the one we are accountable to, not society and it's very warped sense of what is acceptable and beautiful." NOT SOCIETY!!! Amen! And the very warped sense of beautiful! So, so true!!!!

Thank you to EVERYone for your insights and nuggets of wisdom and truth! I've gleaned so much! To sum up "whether I eat or drink, or whatever I do, DO ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD."

And I SO appreciated these 2 blogs for some more insight! Thank you Susie and Laura!!!!

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JUNEAU2010 11/8/2011 9:32PM

    Thanks for sharing all these great words!

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KMICHA 11/8/2011 7:40PM

    Wonderful nuggets!! thanks for putting them together and sharing them!

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SAFETYSUE 11/8/2011 7:07PM

    Amazing blog, so thank you for sharing all these great clips of the lives of these women. Well done and thank you for writing this.
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KADULAC 11/8/2011 6:46PM

    I love the "trophy tummy." What a beautiful thing for a mother.

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PANSYLADY2 11/8/2011 9:50AM

    Wouldn't it be fun to assemble all of the women from whose comments you gleaned these wonderful nuggers in the same room for a PARTY!! There would be lots of smiles and "high fives" I think. I am honored to be part of this group.

You are such an ENCOURAGER, Susan. Did you know that "encourager" is part of the definition of a modern-day prophet??

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SWIMLOVER 11/8/2011 5:14AM

  Susan, Thank You for this wonderful blog!

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GETTINGFIT4HIM 11/8/2011 1:21AM

  This is terrific! Hopefully it will cause more of us to listen to HIS voice of truth instead of the lies. emoticon

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FIVELILACS 11/7/2011 9:18PM

    Love, love, love what you shared with us via all your SP friends. I am benefiting (already) from the nuggets gleaned out there!!! Have a wonderful rest of the week!!!!!! :-)

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SUNNY332 11/7/2011 5:50PM

    At The Women of Faith conference this past weekend, one of the speakers talked about being our own "cheerleaders" in life. She said we walk around with mean messages in our heads and usually they are directed towards us and sometimes spill out on others. She said "The enemy has come to destroy us from within when we continue to carry these bad messages around. She said that we needed to do 3 things to change this around.

1.) Refuse the bad thoughts!!

2.) Replace the mean messages with postive ones.

3.) Repeat Often.

Living with the mean messages will eat up our joy and desroy our grace.

No one is perfect and if you think someone is perfect then ? where is the real?

I loved this blog and hope you take in all of the Nuggets of Wisom and move forward.

Hugs, Sunny

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GOURMETLOSER 11/7/2011 3:12PM

    What a wonderful blog you did to excite all these amazing answers. You are the BEST. I'm honoured and humbled to be "on your page"
Love you

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SAL1512 11/7/2011 2:21PM

    There were enough "nuggets" there to do several devotions with in the next few months. Our sisters really are important to our lives. I need their different view points. Sometimes it is like finding a missing piece to a puzzle!

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    You are the emoticon!!!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 11/7/2011 1:41PM

    Another awesome blog of shared wisdom. emoticon

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Projects and Fall Decorating and Clean up

Sunday, November 06, 2011

I don't have time for Part 2 today of "Nuggets from my Sparkies" so i thought I would share the projects we've been working on...

New extension to our front walk; Sammy was SOOOOO sweet getting in there and working his little heart out!!!

Picking apples:

Fall decorating and a pic of Gracie.

Blessings to you all!

Also, I read this quote today: "Turn every meal [and snack] into a photo shoot!"

Oh, I LOVE this one! Presentation often makes you slow down so you can appreciate what you're eating. Instead of just stuffing food in my mouth as quickly as I can, if it's on a nice plate, and arranged artistically, I tend to eat more mindfully. Mary Jane [PANSYLADY2] gave me some BEAUTIFUL little bowls from her mother [from the 40's I think] and I absolutely LOVE them! So so quaint and small so your portion actually seems big! I put my bowl which weighs 122 grams on my scale and then fill my fruit to 222 grams and I have my 100 gram serving. I LOVE putting grapes into it. Fills the bowl for only 35 calories! emoticon

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KADULAC 11/8/2011 7:11PM

    Beautiful fall decorations. I love the colors of fall.

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PANSYLADY2 11/7/2011 10:06AM

    Looks like a lot of work was finished. Hope you can complete it before the snow flies and begins piling up!! Yes, the bowls from to '40s. My dad was a customs inspector in the Canal Zone and made friends with many ships' officers. He acquired many beautiful dishes, English and French china, from the ship that went through the canal. Most were sold at auction after his death. Thanks for loving them as much as I do and using them the way they were created to be used.
And, thanks for the comment on my blog and the prayers. Love and HUGS to you and your family.

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FIVELILACS 11/7/2011 9:06AM

    Sweet! Love the photos of your outdoor decorating. So festive.

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    emoticonI love your photos so much, and I look forward to your blogs, Susan! emoticon

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BLACK-PRINCESS 11/7/2011 6:50AM

    emoticon pics

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SWIMLOVER 11/6/2011 11:39PM

  Susan,Great Pictues! I will say it again--You Are Truly Blessed With Such A Wonderful Family!

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ROOBEARZ 11/6/2011 10:49PM

    Great pics!!!

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GOURMETLOSER 11/6/2011 7:35PM

    Just love that family of yours. I want to be your child.

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SUNNY332 11/6/2011 7:35PM

    Gratitude does unlock the fullness of life.

I am home from Kansas City and The Conference. What a great weekend. I am so refreshed and renewed in both body and spirit. I played Amy Grant's new CD and sang all the way home.

God is so Good and I am so blessed.


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SLIMPAM23 11/6/2011 6:02PM

    LOVE the's so great when you can get the family to work together on a project. I was a little jealous of the apple picking though!! I miss apple season in WV!! The decorations look awesome too.
Glad things seem to be going well for you and the whole family. Things are getting back to normal in my world and I feel so very blessed these days!! But I need to get my spark back and get some of this weight back off. - all in good time though I hope!!!
Big Hugs My Friend!!

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JUNEAU2010 11/6/2011 4:45PM

    Sammy sure is cute! So, of course, is the rest of your family! Makes me homesick for my siblings and cousins!

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MINDY502 11/6/2011 4:44PM

    Love your yard and the view is wonderful. thanks for sharing!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 11/6/2011 1:24PM

    When are you inviting us over for the bonfire and hayride? DH will bring his guitar. (Wishful thinking) emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 11/6/2011 1:04PM

    I just love the pictures from your home. It looks so warm and inviting. emoticon

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Nuggets I GLEANED from my Sparkies [Part 1]

Saturday, November 05, 2011

NOTFATCAT Self-acceptance is different than self-resignation

BENTONHEALTHY--There is a price to pay for years of not taking care of myself

AWESOMECAROL55--PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION! THANK YOU, Carol, for this nugget of truth! I LOVE it and I'm going to add it to my wall!!!!

PANSYLADY2--"I found that I had to accept who I was and that Jesus loved me just the way I was/am before I could move forward and change without "shootin myself in the foot" with destructive behaviors." Oh, Mary Jane, I LOVE this so much!!! This truth is going to set me free!!!!!

SNOWGLOBEMAMA--Liz, YOU BLESS ME SO MUCH! You said, "However, you striving to do YOU keep me striving to be ME. We're not all roses in the garden of life. Perfect and flawless. I am glad you take the time to maintain your garden and show 'how-to'." I feel ABSOLUTELY humbled by your words of praise! Thank you for your encouragement and being such a faithful friend!!!!

KATI5668--Think on the things that really matter. AMEN!!!!!

J0ETTE--"If we do constantly pursue to make ourselves better....more in HIS image, then we get the balance between content and desire for more." Joette, I LOVE this!

YICHE12--Leis, I LOVE this and TOTALLY agree! " If all people could accept who they are and have become over the years, it would make this world a happier place for all."

CRYSTLE4HIMTX10--Oh, my SWEET, BEAUTIFUL friend, THANK YOU for your response! You said, "count your blessings…focus on positives." Such awesome advice and when I put those two thing in practice, it's amazing how quickly my attitudes change! {{{{love you, sweetheart}}}}

ANYVAR54--"Contentment comes FROM my relationship with God!" I absolutely love this and agree so heartily! See FIRST His face, and all these other things fall into place!

ZERNIKE [You're SOOOO sweet!] You said, "Isn't is REALLY EXCITING to see what you have been able to accomplish??" I really need to 'think on these things' instead of bemoaning my pudgy tummy! ha!

ONEKIDSMOM--Life is good! AMEN!!!!!

ANDYLIN90--" long as I can see I'm moving in the right direction, I feel content and satisfied." LOVE IT!!!!

ERIECANALGAL--Dottee, I think I'm much like you, I'm MUCH more content when sticking to the program! The dilemma of a flat tummy [ha!] hasn't changed, but the fact that I'm pursuing goals is encouraging!

MOMMA_LITTLE--I lovelovelove you!!!!!! "We can't eat corn dogs and ice cream 24/7 and say we want to be happy just the way we are, but we also shouldn't work ourselves into a frenzy trying to be the perfect 10, either!" PERFECT!!! And I'm right there with you, sweetheart, I want to grow into a woman of beauty BY following hard after Jesus! I'm SOOOO blessed by you!!!

SILVERBIRCH65-- "But--we all age, and there's no shame, or "perfectability," in that." AMEN!!!! Aging GRACEFULLY!!!! I just turned 50, I've given birth 8 times [and have had 10 pregnancies]…SO instead of bemoaning what CAN'T be, celebrate what IS!!! Thank you!!!!!

JIBBIE49--"Even people like Brad Pitt admit that they want to do better in LOVING others and in GIVING more of themselves to do good…" That is VERY good! We should NEVER trying to give MORE of ourselves until we take our last breath!!!!!

MEDDYPEDDY--"It is helpful to write a grateful list three times a week. Every night when I put out the light I say a short "thank you for this day"…" VERY good, again gratefulness is a resounding theme!!!!

This is all I have time for today--I'll tell more nuggets tomorrow. emoticon

Love you all!

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KMICHA 11/8/2011 7:44PM

    Awesome list of nuggets! So encouraging for all of us!!! Thank you so much for sharing them Susan. You are a pricless pearl yourself . . .so glad to call you friend!

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KADULAC 11/8/2011 6:43PM

    Those are some great nuggets of inspiration.

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SWIMLOVER 11/8/2011 5:17AM

  Thank You!

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ROOBEARZ 11/6/2011 10:51PM

    Great nuggets of knowledge!!! Thank you for sharing!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 11/6/2011 1:16PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing all these words of wisdom with us!

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/6/2011 8:58AM

    great nuggets!

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SAL1512 11/6/2011 1:13AM

    I really enjoyed all those nuggets!

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MJ7DM33 11/5/2011 10:31PM

  Great blog! Thanks for sharing! I really like your background pic!!! emoticon

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GOURMETLOSER 11/5/2011 6:07PM

    You've done it again. The perfect way to present ALL those responses you got. You rock - trophy tummy and all.

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AWESOMECAROL55 11/5/2011 5:54PM

    Susan..some great positive affirmations here! Thanks for sharing! I need to remember many of these wonderful nuggets of wisdom!!

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    You reap lots of love, Susan, because you are a fertile ground for love, and it just grows abundantly wherever you are! emoticonAnd that is as good as my poetic talent gets! emoticon

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PANSYLADY2 11/5/2011 4:48PM

    Old proverb: All who joy would win must share it; happiness was born a twin.

The way you epxress yourself bring out the best in all of us. We are blessed to have YOU for a friend.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 11/5/2011 4:32PM

    Loved this blog. Clicked the like button. So many wonderful words of wisdom. What a blessing. emoticon

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IAMWINNING 11/5/2011 3:40PM

    Wonderful words of wisdom!

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MINDY502 11/5/2011 3:36PM

    All great advice to live by!! Thanks for sharing.

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JOABEHR 11/5/2011 3:34PM

    Great words of wisdom!

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This and That--11-4-11

Friday, November 04, 2011

We had a GREAT time away to see our son at college. We went to a Mexican food restaurant called Manny's in Eau Claire, WI.

I had the Enchiladas Vegetarian: Corn tortillas filled with fresh broccoli, yellow squash, zucchini, cauliflower, green beans, sliced carrots then topped with authentic Mexican Chile Rojo Sauce with melted cheddar and jack cheese, shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes. I ate 2 of them w/some chips and a few bites of rice and beans. I was full--not STUFFED but wished I'd only eaten 3 chips instead of 7! My son finished off mine, and my husbands, PLUS his fajitas! Poor starving college student! ha! Afterwards we went to Sam's and got him some groceries--he was SO grateful for a block of cheese and lots of other staples! ha! So sweet!!!!!!!

YES, this is a staple for him! ha!

Yesterday I had THE nicest walk. My dh went back to the office, and asked me to stay there for the afternoon since he didn't want to drive me 20 miles home, and then go 20 miles back to the office. He told me about a trail close to his office! OMW, I LOVED it!!!! I was surrounded by woods & lakes, and it was such a beautiful and manicured trail! And SO quiet! I stopped several times and just LISTENED and worshipped the LORD for His absolute genius in creating the earth and all that is in it! I went 3 miles in [I guess it goes for at least 15 miles] and then turned around! It was SO awesome to walk 6 miles and really motivated me to start those distances again!

Have you all tried VitaTops??

They are DELICIOUS! And I got quite a deal on them through Amazon.

Deep Chocolate VitaTops (12 Muffin Tops)
You no longer need to settle for smaller portions. Our 2 oz. Deep Chocolate VitaTops are more filling, nutritious & deliciously satisfying. Get the most out of every calorie. This pack contains 12 - All Natural 2 oz. Deep Chocolate Kosher VitaTops with real cocoa, chocolate chips, whole wheat & organic sugar. Each muffin top contains 100 calories, 1.5g fat, 9g fiber & 4g protein.

Here is a video clip:

Lessons are done emoticon

Wonderful SALAD for lunch with avocado, pecans, raisins, carrot, cauliflower, 2% cojack cheese and roasted chickpeas! YUM!!!! emoticon

Heading for a 5 mile walk! YES! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Cleaning this afternoon! Well, it doesn't give me warm fuzzy's BUT I love the feeling AFTERWARDS!

Pizza for supper and we're having dinner guests so should be a fun evening.

Have an AWESOME Friday! Love you all! Susan

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BESTSUSIEYET 11/6/2011 9:14PM

    Love it! I get Vitatops at Costco and enjoy them slightly warmed with a dab of greek yogurt mixed with a touch of vanilla and splenda. Yum!!!
Loved your walk/worship time! Hooray for a new find!

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MIMOTOGO 11/5/2011 12:20PM

    What a wonderful day! Love the trail that you walked on. Looks beautiful. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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LILY8486 11/5/2011 6:42AM

    Susan, This was refreshing just reading your blog! I am positive you feel refreshed having experienced the day! :-) I love being able to be there for my kids!! I remember my folks always( and still are) being there for me when i was in college, then off on my own( they have always been ) :-) Now we get to do these things for our own!! Halleluah!!

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JUDITH316 11/5/2011 1:39AM

    Susan, I loved this blog, your walk sounds awesome, the beauty of God's Creation, your trip away sounded like a great time to be with your son, I love Mexican food, sounds like a fantastic restaurant, the Muffin tops you describe here sound and look scrumptious, I will have to check and see if they are here, I am from Vancouver, BC Canada, not sure if this product is on our grocers shelves, I am on the hunt now as I like anything with chocolate, I have to admit I've never seen Vita Tops, but my mouth is watering just thinking about them...Will let you know if I find them..Have a blessed weekend, enjoy your Sunday services my friend... Leaving you with emoticon emoticon

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    Susan, your blogs are the best! We spent the evening with our daughter, Kali and the kids, and loved it. Don't you just love getting to see them!? Have a great weekend! emoticon

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ERIECANALGAL 11/4/2011 11:05PM

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JUNEAU2010 11/4/2011 10:43PM

    I remember when my parents moved into the town where I was living. I was teaching school and was dirt poor. My stepmother looked at my empty cupboards, empty fridge and hightailed us to the store. She and my dad filled TWO grocery carts with food for me! I made it last for months! When she asked me if I liked crunchy or creamy peanut butter, I said, "Crunchy, but I can spread creamy further." She bought crunchy!

That was decades ago and I have never forgotten it. I was overwhelmed to the point of tears! Reading about your college son brought back that wonderful memory. THANKS!

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GOURMETLOSER 11/4/2011 9:34PM

    Your salad sounds delicious.
That walk sounds divine. I'm jealous! I love all the beaches here but a nice bush walk would be wonderful. The Australian bush is also nothing like my wonderful NZ bush which I miss. Ho Hum. I don't know how you fit all that walking into your hectic schedule. Go Susan!

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ANYVAR54 11/4/2011 9:07PM

    My son used to live on Ramen Noodles when he was in college too. I told him he should be able to write a cookbook with all the different recipes he did. Then we found a recipe book that was for college students using Ramen noodles. I used to really like them, but they are so high in Sodium, but at one of our groceries we can get low sodium.
Lord's blessings to you.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 11/4/2011 6:56PM

    Sounds like your spark is really lit up. emoticon emoticon

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KADULAC 11/4/2011 6:43PM

    That is a staple for my daughter too. Now that we are gluten free, I don't know if she will survive. That is a beautiful path. I love walking new trails. Sarah and I walked one last month and are looking forward to walking it again in the summer.

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SAISHA100CJ 11/4/2011 6:22PM

    I know your son really enjoyed seeing you all. How wonderful!
Thanks for the tip on the Vitatops - this is the first I have heard of them. Have a great weekend, Susan! Hugs!

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J0ETTE 11/4/2011 3:53PM

    What a wonderful time you had. :)

I have bought the vista tops. They are good. I don't get them often because they are expensive. In my opinion.

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FIVELILACS 11/4/2011 3:09PM


So glad you have been able to get some wonderful walks in!!!!!! Wonderful time of year to behold the beauty of His creation.

Manny's! That place is a treat for us here in LAX area (Onalaska/LaCrosse) once, maybe twice a year. We used to go to the original restaurant - a hole in the wall - before we had a family.

Have a great weekend...

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KMICHA 11/4/2011 2:57PM

    Sounds like you had a nice visit with your son. Yummy food! I can almost taste it! Never heard of the muffins. I will have to check them out. I'm going to head out for a walk her in a few minutes . . . Have a great weekend!

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BLACK-PRINCESS 11/4/2011 2:42PM

    keep it up

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