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Saturday, April 19, 2014

I was getting dizzy!

When I started SP last May I had a "plan" The American Diabetes Diet- I figured it must be a good "low carb" diet. After all I had Type 2 now. But it wasn't for me.

I soon realized I'd have to do Atkins if I really wanted something low carb to help my blood sugars. But I did not want the sugar alcohols this time around. Previously on Atkins in the 90s I depended on Atkins products to help. This time I wanted fresh clean food. Organic, farm raised, fresh. I wanted to support a farmer.

On the Low Carb Living Team (best Team in the world- shameless plug!) I learned about good fats (coconut oil was new to me) and moderate protein and all of the other veggies, besides my old stand by cauliflower, that are delicious as well as low carb.

And the best thing I learned on the Team- it's not a diet. It's a life style!

Quickly I was introduced to Wheat Belly and Grain Brain, and Dr Terry Wahls MS diet for mitochondria. New Science for why those carbs really don't nourish or help us.

There was so much to learn and try. And so many good books to read-and read and read!
The trouble was I was reading- no dairy-yes! dairy. Carb cycling or calorie cycling. Re-starts. Elimination starts. No decaf coffee, yes decaf coffee. So much contradiction! And the info on supplements was also overwhelming! I started losing my way. I felt lost and confused.

I knew the basics, I changed from LC to LCHF moderate protein. I added a little from primal, paleo. But I couldn't find my "groove". I questioned all of the contradictions and then developed a what the heck attitude. Carbs creeped up to 150. I didn't lose for months.

Going through my piles of new books I decided to donate most of them. Less is more! I kept the bare basics. Atkins, Science of LC, Jonny Bowden, wheat belly, grain brain, Dr Wahls. The rest, even the brand spankin new stuff just published- OUT!! and donated. Lesson learned.

Something kept drawing me back to Jonny Bowden. He keeps it simple. And I'm a simple kinda gal. In my 9/6/13 blog entry here, I wrote that my new plan was to list his 150 best foods (from the book-same title) and eat from that list daily. But I had wandered miles away from that. Why?

Because I kept thinking there was always something better, easier, smarter. Just like in my younger days when I bought any magazine or book that said "weight loss" on it. As if I'd lose weight just buying it! And I didn't.

So I re- typed my 150 most nutritious foods list. And I am back where I started. I get it now. There is no magic book/diet/article/Dr. There is just me and clean LCHF eating.

I can do this.
Next time one of the Drs I enjoyed reading writes a "new" book. I will plug my ears and sing "la-la-la-la-la-la!!" Because this IS simple! We can do this without hundreds of dollars spent on cutting edge information.

Whew! Feels great to be off the merry go round and back on terra firma. emoticon

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SUEPERWOMAN 4/20/2014 9:13AM

   
I looked this up (thank you) and thought I would share the list here, for your friends.
Study Guide to The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S.

The Healthiest Foods List:

Vegetables
Artichok
es
Arugula
Asparagus
B
eets
Bok Choy
Broccoli
Broccoli Rabe
Brussles Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Ca
uliflower
Celery
Collard Greens
Dandelion
Eggplant

Endive
Fennel
Green Beans
Horseradish
Jerusalem Artichoke
Jicama
Kale
Kohl
rabi
Leeks
Mushrooms
O
kra
Onions
Peppers – hot
Peppers – sweet
Pumpkin
Purslane
Spi
nach
Squash
Sweet potato
Swiss Chard
Tomatoes
Turnips
Wat
ercress
Parsnips
Rutabaga
s
Snow PeasGrains
Oatmeal
Quinoa

Brown Rice
Beans & Legumes
Beans
Garbanzo Beans
Green Peas
Lentils
Fruits
Apples

Apricots
Avocados
Ban
anas
Blueberries
Cantalou
pe
Cherries
Coconut
Cr
anberries
Dates
Figs
Goji Berries
Grapefruits
Grapes>Guava
Honeydew
Kiwi
L
emons/Limes
Mangoes
Orang
es
Papya
Peaches
Pinea
pple
Prunes
Raisins
Ra
spberries
Strawberries
Watermelon
Bitter Melon
Pears
Persimmons
Qui
nce
Star Fruit
Nuts, Seeds, & Nut Butters
Almonds/Almond Butter
Brazil Nuts
Cashews
Hazelnuts
Mac
adamia Nuts
Peanuts/Peanut Butter
Pecans
Pistachio Nuts
Pumpkin Seeds
Sesame Seeds/ Sesame Butter/Tahini
Sunflower Seeds
Walnuts

Soy Foods
Edamame
Tempeh
Miso<
BR>Natto
Dairy
Butter/Ghe
e
Cheese
Raw/Organic Milk
Yogurt


Meat/Poul
try & Eggs
Free Range Poultry
Grass Fed Beef
Lamb
Liver (Calf’s Liver)
Wild GameFish/Seafood
Crustacea (crayfish, prawns, shrimp, lobster)
Mackerel
Mollusks (clams, mussles, scallops, oysters)
Sardines
Tuna
Whi
te Fleshed Fish (cod, flounder, halibut, orange roughly, Pollack, rockfish)
Wild Alaskan Salmon
Specialty Foods
Bee Pollen, Propolis and Royal Jelly
Dark Chocolate
Licorice
Sauerkraut

Olives
Sea Vegetables
Green Foods and Drinks (cereal grasses, barley grass and wheat grass; and microalgae, spirulina, chlorella, and wild blue green algae)

Kimchi
Sprouts

Umeboshi Plums
Wheat Germ
Whey Protein Powder
Brewer’s YeastBeverages
Acai Berry Juice
Coffee
Cranberry Juice
Fresh Vegetable/Fruit Juice
Noni
Pomegranate Juice
Red Wine
Tea (green, black and white)
Water
Aloe Vera JuiceOils
Almond
Coconut
E
xtra Virgin Olive
Flaxseed Oil
Hempseed Oil
Macadamia Nut Oil
Red Palm Oil
Sesame OilHerbs, Spices & Condiments
Cardamom
Cinnamon<
BR>Cloves
Cumin
Garlic>Ginger
Mustard Seeds
Oregano
Parsley
Rose
mary
Sage
Thyme
Turmer
ic
Vinegar
Sweeteners
Black Strap Mollasses (from Unfiltered Honey (the harder the better)
Unsulfured, organic cane sugar

9 RULES for Lifelong Healthy Eating
Eat 3 servings of fruits and 6 servings of vegetables from the rainbow of colors per day. 3 snacks of fruit and 2 servings of vegetables per meal is an easy way to remember.
Eat Organic fruits, vegetables, and dairy. Eat organic, free range or wild meat/fish only.
Drink filtered or spring water only.
Absolutely no Hydrogenated Oils or Transfats in the diet.
Avoid refined sugar and grains (except oatmeal, quinoa and rice) as much as possible!
Use only Stevia or Xylitol as natural sugar substitutes (no Splenda, Equal or Nutrasweet).
Eat while sitting in a relaxed environment. Never eat when upset.
Base diet around the foods on the 150 Healthiest Foods list.
A whole foods diet high in organic fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, spices, balanced fats and good quality protein provides the most nutrient dense meals.



Fruits and Vegetables You should NEVER buy unless they are organically grown!
Strawberries
Bell Peppers
Spinach
Cherries (grown in the U.S.)
Peaches
Cantaloupe (grown in Mexico)
Celery
Apples
Apri
cots
Green Beans
Grapes (grown in Chile)
Cucumbers
Pears
Win
ter Squash

~ Foods found to have the lowest levels were apple juice, bananas, broccoli, canned peaches, orange juice, and canned or frozen peas and corn.

When Buying:

Bread: should contain 3 grams fiber per slice, sprouted grains and no hydrogenated oils. Refrigerate bread to maintain freshness
Oil – Use only expeller-expressed, unrefined coconut oil or sesame oil for high temperature cooking. Extra virgin Olive and Flax seed oil in opaque containers are a healthy choice for salad dressings. Keep all oils refrigerated to prevent rancidity.
Eggs: buy cage free, organic eggs (preferably high in omega-3 fatty acids)
Butter: buy only organic butter.
Milk: always buy organic, choose almond or hemp milk as a healthy alternative to cow’s milk
Buy Sardines packed in their own oil or second choice is olive oil
Olives: buy “oil cured”, “brine cured”, “water cured” or “dry salted”

Easy Ways to make a quick healthy meal:
Smoothies:
Always a great snack or meal. A great way to get your servings of fruit and/or vegetables each day.
Liquid base: water, milk, nut milks, yogurt, diluted 100% fruit juice
Fruits: any
Vegetables: 1 leaf of kale or a few leaves of spinach or romaine, carrot, celery, or parsley
Nuts & seeds: any (almonds and sunflower seeds always work well)
Miscilaneous: 100% pure vanilla or almond extract, nutritional yeast (full of B vitamins), blackstrap mollases (high in calcium and iron), raw egg (wash shell before breaking, great source of protein), ice
Supplements: dehydrated greens powder, probiotics, flax oil

Salads:
Great meals for lunch and/or dinner.
Vegetables: combine all different greens, carrots, celery
Fruits: grapes, apple, pear, peach, avocado, tomato, dried fruits (e.g. cranberries or raisins)
Nuts & Seeds: any and all
Cheese: favorite kind (good ones are feta, blue cheese, gorgonzola, and chevre)
Meat: cut up leftovers from previous meals (organic chicken, turkey, ham etc.)
Misc.: hard boiled egg, corn
Salad Dressings: best to make fresh with olive oil, flax oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper. Store bought should be without hydrogenated oils, preferably only olive oil.
Soups:
Great meals for any time of the day. Warm soups excellent on colder days and cool soups work great in the warmer times.
Base: water, organic chicken or vegetable broth, organic milk or cream, tomato juice/sauce
Vegetables: and all
Grains: rice, barley, amaranth and quinoa (have more calcium and protein than milk)
Slow cooking ingredients is a great way to “pre-digest” the food so it will be easier to digest. Food combining rules do not apply to meals that are slow cooked.

What counts as a serving?
Bread, Cereal, Rice, and Pasta Group (including whole and refined grains)
1 slice of bread
About 1 cup of ready-to-eat cereal
1/2 cup of cooked cereal, rice, or pasta

Vegetable Group
1 cup of raw leafy vegetables
1/2 cup of other vegetables, cooked or raw
3/4 cup of vegetable juice

Fruit Group
1 medium apple, banana, orange, or pear
1/2 cup of chopped, cooked, or canned fruit
3/4 cup of fruit juice

Milk, Yogurt, and Cheese Group
1 cup of milk or yogurt
1 1/2 ounces of natural cheese (such as cheddar)
2 ounces of processed cheese (such as American)

Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs, and Nuts Group
2 to 3 ounces of cooked lean meat, poultry, or fish
1/2 cup of cooked dry beans or 1/2 cup of tofu counts as 1 ounce of lean meat
1 egg counts as 1 ounce of lean meat
1/3 cup of nuts counts as 1 ounce of meat


Helpful Websites:
www.EatWild.com – information on grass fed beef
http://www.westonaprice.org
/ - food, farming and the healing arts
www.oceansalive.org – find seafood/fish that are and aren’t low in contaminants







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KICK-SS 4/19/2014 1:43PM

    I have donated most all of my "diet books" to the thrift store. Like most of you, I've kept a few of the basics that I go back to from time to time. "TheArt & Science of Low Carb Living", "Protein Power LifePlan",and other books by the Dr.'s Eades couple.

One can have too many - and I tend to bounce around from plan to plan, so eliminated all of those that were too - whatever... ones that didn't interest me, etc. I probably had about 10 that went that I'd had for years and years (yeah, it's been an almost lifelong thing with me)...

Just trying to keep things K.I.S.S. - works best for me.

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WOUBBIE 4/19/2014 1:01PM

    Good for you! It's easy to get information overload, especially when the subject is, like low carb, still being researched and discovered.

My "go back to" author is Gary Taubes: the science without the "diet plan". Sure he finally bowed to pressure and put Dr. Westman's diet in the back of newer editions of "Why We Get Fat...", but his books are really still science books, not diet books.

I think the most interesting discussion out there right now is "what constitutes an "ancestral diet"? And the answer is, "a lot of things do'; but what they all have in common is that they're all whole, real foods.

You're on the right track, Eliz!



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MJEFFERSON23 4/19/2014 11:38AM

  emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing, you are so inspirational!

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 4/19/2014 9:39AM

    I blogged on this same subject a long time ago.... LOL, I can see myself with my fingers in my ears, my eyes squeezed shut, humming to myself, and rocking back and forth!

I just got through boxing a huge amount of my books for the garage sale and you are 100% correct that it starts and stays with the basics!
YOU GO GIRL!

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VIADOLOROSA 4/19/2014 8:31AM

    Would you check the name of your team again? I searched for "Low Carb Living" and nothing came up.

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VIADOLOROSA 4/19/2014 8:13AM

    Thank you for posting this. I'm fairly new to this and you've helped me eliminate some of the same mistakes! I'm going to check out more of your writings, and join the team you're on.

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TWESTEN1 4/19/2014 6:43AM

    That is awesome and I agree with everything you wrote! A lot of people think the low carb lifestyle is too hard but once you start it really is easy. Im glad its working for you too... I will have to look up his list of foods!

Great job!

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IMLOCOLINDA 4/19/2014 3:44AM

    Sounds good to me!

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"Team"ed out! ;o)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

This week I had to whittle down my Teams to something more manageable. I think I was on 10 teams. Two I co-lead. I didn't think that was too many until all the Spark mails started coming. Lots and lots of SP e-mails. And I didn't have time for them. :o( Each day I dreaded seeing them in my in-box.

So I had to quit Teams and quit co-leading one. I'm down to 4 Teams now and I think I can handle this. Already the SP e-mails are a lot fewer.

I was worried I'd burn out and leave SP if I didn't figure out what worked for me. I'm glad I did. I love spending time on SP, but it was becoming too much. I'm hoping that I will have more time for friends and blogs now. :o)

Sometimes there's just too much good stuff here!!
(((HUGS)))

  
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JAZZID 4/7/2014 7:25AM

    emoticon ... whatever works for you. I will have to do the same because I really don't follow most of the teams I am on.

Please don't stop coming to SP we would miss you! emoticon

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ERIN1957 3/23/2014 7:35AM

    I know I know. I love the personal closeness and blogs as well.
A Jack of all trades or a master of one. I too have backed away a bit, priorities. A friends said to me this when I recently decide to spend less time here and with more quality. Knowledge accomplishes nothing. Wisdom is gained in the DOING!

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A_NEW_JAN 3/21/2014 8:12AM

    Leading & co-leading a Spark team is very time consuming. I completely understand your need to cut back.
I don't think we share any teams anymore, but I'll try to keep in touch with you through your blog.

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MJEFFERSON23 3/21/2014 12:18AM

  I know what you mean. I feel like I'm juggling all the time! emoticon

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SHAKESALOT 3/20/2014 11:33PM

    I get it!! You are to take care of yourself before over extending yourself. Best of luck!! emoticon

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WOUBBIE 3/20/2014 6:32PM

    I join teams when they start up sometimes just to give them members, and then when they're either off and running or going down the tubes I drop back down to 4 or less. I'm technically on the FlyLady team but I almost never post there. I'm on SP for low carb support, not cleaning support (though heaven knows I quote her often enough, lol!!!)

You have to go for quality over quantity.

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GLC2009 3/20/2014 1:46AM

    as if you don't have enough to do in your personal life. you are one busy lady.
emoticon as long as you are a regular on the living low carb team you are good.....


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SKATER787 3/20/2014 1:27AM

    Excellent. There's nothing wrong with scaling back at times. emoticon

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IMLOCOLINDA 3/20/2014 12:53AM

    emoticon It does get so overwhelming so whittling back is the best way for me, too!! I want to be a good team member to the teams I AM on so that means being on fewer teams. It's also the same with cutting back on the spark friends to the ones that you genuinely appreciate and who appreciate you instead of just racking up the numbers. Quality over quantity wins out for me!!
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If you quit..................

Saturday, January 11, 2014

If you quit you'll never know what you could have done!

I have read so many things about how to develop a good habit in 30 days, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, even up to 12 weeks.

Are they kidding?

Would you like to know how long it took me?

SEVEN MONTHS

Yup, altho I doubt that is a record for those of us who tend to be rebellious! LOL!
It took 7 months to "get it".
It took 7 months to "use it".
It took 7 months to realize- I like this better.
It took 7 whole months.

Do I like that it took so long? Heck NO!
In fact I've often quit dieting/exercising so early; that I had no idea how long or even "if" I could really do it.

So my point is, PLEASE!!! Do not quit. You will "get it". Will it take you 7 months? Or 2 years? It doesn't really matter does it. It matters only that you/we don't quit! If we quit we'll never know what could have been.

I'm the kind of person who hates to wait for anything. When my oldest daughter was a teen, I'd drop her at the door of the grocery store to run in for milk. I'd park and wait. Problem was she liked to look around. I can't sit parked long- I get stir crazy! So I'd circle the parking lot. This made her mad! LOL! (Bless her heart, she's in Heaven now.) She couldn't find me.

This time I appreciated the wait I had, to learn what I needed. And I have a new appreciation for waiting.

The secret to how I lasted 7 months this time when I'd always quit early?

Spark People!

This is the best kept secret on the planet, for us all.
Believe me I thought of quiting after 12 weeks. But that's not a good habit, that's a bad habit!

My Spark Friends have pulled me through, held me up, and cheered me on.

Thank You! Your friendship is priceless. And I value each of you. I can never repay you.
I hope I can return the favor. That keeps me here too. I want you to succeed too!

All my love with emoticon and prayers for you!

  
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SHAKESALOT 4/15/2014 10:56AM

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CIROHIO 2/3/2014 11:48PM

    Hi Eliz! How are you doing? I am a tad behind on catching up with my sparks friends. emoticon my sparks friend , for your support and comments you always leave me. This is a great blog. emoticon and emoticon . Many many times I have wanted to give me but it was always my sparks friends like you that kept me encouraged and I kept on trucking. Glad that you are still here and doing well. I am always here for you. Have a good night sleep. Hugs Cathe

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TATTER3 2/1/2014 2:32PM

    Love this blog...just enjoy your writing! Keep Sparkin'!!!

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LIVINGFREE19 1/17/2014 12:48AM

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MAYA_ANGEL 1/12/2014 8:20PM

    Good blog! You write well!
I agree. I am also a bit rebellious and changes have taken me long too. But lately it's been like a snowball at the bottom of the hillÖ..all the changes are coming together into one nice big snowball that's getting bigger and bigger. Perhaps the earliest changes are the hardest.

And yes, SP is the true secret!

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HANNAHSGRAMMIE 1/12/2014 9:32AM

    Good blog and so true!

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-WISPY- 1/11/2014 4:49PM

    Hi Eliz, I am so happy for you. Not quitting no matter what is the answer for me as well. Spark People is part of my life now thank goodness and I love being here. So many helpful, loving, encouraging and positive people.

Let's keep on Sparking.

Love you Wispy

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ERIN1957 1/11/2014 4:08PM

    Excellent!
Love it!


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VLINDER2014 1/11/2014 1:02PM

    SO VERY TRUE.. for each of us it is different and your right by sticking with it.. posting , coming back .. at some point we get it.. SO Happy to call you spark friend and to trade support with you !!

KEEP SPARKIN Darlin !! your on the road to something great !!

hugs ,
Dawn

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TWESTEN1 1/11/2014 9:46AM

    Good for you - a very inspiring blog! I laugh too, some habits DO take much longer to make :)

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-ICANDOIT- 1/11/2014 9:30AM

    What a great blog! Thank you for sharing...and bless your little girl emoticon

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WEARINGTHIN 1/11/2014 5:30AM

    I think I've finally found a way of eating that I can be comfortable with for a very long time. Glad you found what works for you. (Sorry to hear about your daughter.) Glenn

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IMLOCOLINDA 1/11/2014 2:15AM

    I'm so blessed to be on this journey with you, Eliz. We're the little engines that could...I KNOW I CAN!!

We can go one step forward and two steps back and call it the cha-cha!! That's why we have the dance thread!!
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LORI4CHRIST 1/11/2014 12:19AM

    Yes, Yes, Yes! I was a member of Spark for one year before I decided to really surrender to being healthy. Then, it took a year to lose 65 lbs. In the past three years, I have gained 25 of that back, but well on my way again. I have lost 6# in 6 days and I am back in that mindset to do this!! Thank you for the inspiration!

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MADEIT3 1/11/2014 12:15AM

    Yes it takes a long time and yes it's worth it. I'm not sure I get it yet... and I've been doing this for 25 years!!

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For Linda ;o)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

two of my black nativity's I was telling you about- that I collect- my daughter Grace just took these two to live with her and her husband. :o) So she took pictures for me!

this one was made in Africa

this one was Hallmark 1990s.

  
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SUNFLOWERGAMMY 1/8/2014 12:49PM

    Beautiful

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CAROLJ35 1/5/2014 8:46PM

    By-the-way, it was probably 1946 when I made that set in VBS!!! An antique??? So am I.

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CAROLJ35 1/5/2014 8:43PM

    I also have a great collection of Nativity sets, but do not have a black one. That is neat. I do have little Mexican figures I got when visiting Mexico.
Unfortunately we now winter in FL and cannot display all my sets like I used to. I have one pretty white set with many figurines that a lady made and her husband sold it to me after she passed away and I have room for it each year.
My collection started when I was about 11 and we made the figures in Vacation Bible School. I prize that set.

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IMLOCOLINDA 12/14/2013 2:50AM

    I have a friend who was a missionary in Ethiopia. I'll have to check with her and find out if she brought any back with her. Yours are lovely. It's amazing how many different versions there are. The Native American one with the teepee instead of a stable is one we see a lot around here. I just saw one today that was snowmen. I resisted...but it was sure cute. And my mom has the Cherished Teddies one. I don't even remember...was that 20 years ago they were all the rage??

And yet I still have not run across any kind in the major discount stores. Saw some gorgeous ones of just the holy family in Ross today. And the snowman one was at Goodwill. I'll have to look at WalMart and K-Mart tomorrow.

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-WISPY- 12/13/2013 6:18PM

    Hey sweetie. Just loving this idea. You are a blessing.

Hugs Wispy. emoticon

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ERIN1957 12/13/2013 11:22AM

    Awesome

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SHAKESALOT 12/13/2013 9:02AM

    Love nativities!

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can you spell m-i-s-e-r-a-b-l-e? ;o)

Saturday, December 07, 2013

We had the most wonderful Thanksgiving. So much happiness, so much to be thankful for. Even our defiant judgmental adult kids could not steal my joy. I was sad that my newly married daughter had to work- but that's how it is in 2013. I missed her/them.

We had lots of carby left overs. Yup- I ate 'em the whole week after. (wild rice, cheese/tomato grits, pumpkin pie) Next year I'm making less! LOL! Our 18 yr old had moved out and I'm still cooking like he's here.

So the little ones ages 6-10 (there are 6 of them) started in with runny noses, then our group home gal Mary started coughing- and soon enough I got it too. :o( I have been sick almost 2 weeks now and I'm miserable.

It's only December 7th but I can tell I'm going to be fighting this longer than I would like. Just from the way it's progressing and my poor immune system. So I have accepted it and it will be whatever happens. Yet I feel blessed beyond measure.

I need to re-do and adjust my goals. So I'll use this "down" time to reconfigure!

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This is our son Samson- he turned 18 in August, he has Down Syndrome. He's our oldest at home now.

  
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ERIN1957 12/12/2013 9:36AM

    Hope you feel better real soon.
What a very lovely young man you have.
God Bless you all this most precious blessed season.
{{Hugs}}
Erin

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SUNFLOWERGAMMY 12/8/2013 12:16PM

    A big emoticon to you and your family!

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MADEIT3 12/7/2013 5:26PM

    What a great smile Samson has!! Rest, drink lots of liquids, and get over the misery soon. This is a difficult time of year to be sick!!

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-WISPY- 12/7/2013 4:16PM

    Hi honey, wow Samson is looking sleek and happy as a well fed kitty. Love the outfit. This is meant to be a big complitment. :)

I am so sorry you are feeling sick, just before all the holiday stuff makes it hard as well. With so many at home this must be busy time. I am thinking that taking advantage of the rest will be good for you my love. Overdoing stuff and stress just causes so much havoc with the MS.

Love you my friend.

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WOUBBIE 12/7/2013 4:09PM

    (((hugs)))

It's never fun being the mom when you're sick too. Bleh. Hang in there!

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BARCLE 12/7/2013 3:09PM

    Oh dear, I hope you're all fine and well again soon emoticon

Your Samson is a handsome fellow with a lovely smile emoticon

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