Thursday, December 02, 2010
Good Morning all,
I hope this finds you all healthy and happy! I've been drinking my water and walking just about everyday but other than that, haven't been watching what I've been eating very carefully! Oops! Have to fix that before it becomes a longterm problem!
Anyway, as for my blog title. Don't read any further if you don't believe in gambling! Not that I'm into it in a big way but yesterday we had our annual Christmas raffle here at work and last night I attended a turkey bingo as a fundraiser for a local fire department.
The Christmas raffle is organized by our student council and they ask businesses for prize donations. You could win things like a t-shirt, a gift basket, etc. All monies raised then goes to local charities. Anyway, at that event I actually won a full dog grooming (Maddy is not pleased!!!) which was rather appropriate!
Then at the bingo last night I won the grand prize of a 30-35 pound turkey (!), all the vegetables, salt meat (the Newfoundlanders will get that one) plus $50 in cash.
Let me stress that I am not a bingo player. I'm the one still trying to get the cover off of my dabber and they are on the third number! It was the funniest thing ever because my cousin who had roped me into going said that in the event that I won the grand prize she would actually cook the Christmas dinner for all of our family! ! You should have seen her face when I won! That was the most precious memory of the day!
Fast forward to last night when I finally saw my husband for the first time all day and he listened intently and then said, "I wonder if it is too late for you to buy a Loto649 ticket". We didn't stop to get one as I don't generally buy tickets but maybe I should have! Ha.
Come to think of it I think I won more than my share yesterday
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Well, it was on August 30th that I first started actually following the Spark program. I had signed in earlier in August but it wasn't until the end that I actually started following it. So that makes today three months down!
In my initial goals I wanted to lose 50 pounds by August 2011. Knowing how dismal my attempts were before I decided to set the following goals:
August 30th-October 31st - 10 pounds (check)
October 31st - December 31st - 10 pounds (still in the process)
January 1st - February 28th - 10 pounds
March 1 - April 30th - 10 pounds
May 1st - June 30th - 10 pounds
July 1st - August 30 maintain
I'm not overdoing it to reach my goals and probably if I did the weight would be coming off sooner. But I'm a firm believer that it is much better for me to lose weight slowly. Sounds like an excuse but its really not.
Okay, now on to topic number 2:
Remember how much I debated what to wear to the recent Christmas social? Well, I'm glad I made the choice I did and some of you have made some really supportive comments on how I looked that night. Well, this is the funny thing about living in a small town. I was gone to bed last night when an owner of a local ladies clothing boutique called. He had been told that I worn a really nice top to the party and this lady wanted to order one in for her daughter. The mother wasn't actually at the party but somehow she found out! Ha! I just about died from laughing...imagine me....making fashion statements! And to think that I wasn't sure about wearing that top! Oh, and I didn't buy it at that store as they don't carry plus-sizes!
Okay, story number 3:
I work in the library on one of our provincial college campuses. I work all mornings which is great as I love to get up and out the door. Anyway, the past few weeks we've had an older gentleman show up who wants to use on of our computers. Sounds perfectly innocent, doesn't it?
Well, this same man is filthy, carries a four-foot stick which is wrapped in black electrical tape, carries a huge knapsack, doesn't speak but mutters everything. I've been a bit wary of him for the past week or so but today (when I had stepped out of the library) he was muttering about bombs and killing people. When I found out I immediately got my supervisor and they came down and hung around. I guess the man felt he was being watched and left after a few minutes.
Okay, be proud of me! I told the man "yes, you can use the computer as long as I put away your stick". He agreed. Apparently though he did make a few comments to anybody who cared to listen about bombing something and shooting people. Hence the police were called. In the meanwhile, the man left but the police now want to talk to me! I'm not worried so please don't worry about me. I just thought it was a weird thing!
Monday, November 29, 2010
As I sit to write this, I'm totally exhausted from foolishly doing too much housework in one afternoon. After I walked the dogs and put supper on to cook, I decided to take everything out of my china cabinet and handwashed and dried it all before putting it all back. It took me about 4 hours and my lower back is paying the price. Oh, and I only broke one thing!!!!
You are probably wondering why I've entitled my blog "family". Well, as I went through each piece in the china cabinet I sort of reflected on where the piece came from and whose table it graced before arriving in my home.
I have a tiny cup and saucer that my maternal grandmother was given on her first birthday September 25, 1902! Apparently all of the children since her used to drink warm milk out of it for Sunday dinner.
Then there are the shot glasses owned by my paternal great-grandfather. I never knew the man but apparently he liked to drink! They've been taken out every year for the past 30 years and have never been used!
Oh, and the little brown teapot treasured by my mom when she was a child. It used to make the "most delicious" tea according to mom when she was 6 years old and was visiting the aunt she was named after.
I also have a "toast holder" which held toast up instead of laying it down on a plate. I don't understand that concept really but I know it graced the table of my now 98 year old grandmother since she was a wee little one!
I also have the china that my maternal grandmother received as a wedding present. She was married in New York City which was quite the distance from the isolated coastal community here in Newfoundland where her and my grandfather were raised. Apparently they disliked the set but thought it was too good to leave behind when the sailed back to their home and it has been in our family ever since.
So, I've been reflecting today. As I carefully washed and dried each piece I tried to imagine the tables that each piece had graced over the years. How much joy and tragedy did each piece witness? If only the pieces could speak but sometimes things are better left to ones imagination!
On the top of my page, I've posted a picture of a toast rack I found on Google...it is very similiar to the one my great-grandfather used
Saturday, November 27, 2010
I've just got home from the Christmas social my workplace held at our local golf course. I posted a picture or two so you could all see what I finally decided to wear. As you can see I ventured past my comfort zone and wore the top I thought was too clingy.
Anyway, I felt quite comfortable and received a few compliments on my changing body. That got me thinking that next year I'm going to try to find a dress! Wow!
My husband and I played taxi for several of my co-workers and we all have sore facial muscles from laughing on the way home. I drank water all night and did a lot of dancing...or what I call "dancing" as I'm not the most coordinated on the dance floor. Had a lot of fun which is more than I can say for past years when I sort of hid in the background, too self-conscious to let my co-workers see the "real" me.
Please check out my new photos...I've posted one of me and John for you all to see!
Friday, November 26, 2010
T'was a quiet Friday evening
When all through the house
Daddy was napping
and Lou was asleep like a mouse
Mommy was checking out SparkPeople
Maddy curled up by her side
So much to do but tired
From their afternoon outside
The fresh air was wonderful
Just cool enough for a hat
Mommy has so much to do
She doesn't know what to be at
Had to make time for a walk
If that was all she did
The weight is not going to come off
If all in the house she hid
This is kinda getting silly
But I didn't know what to write
Had to get my blog spark points
So I wish you all a great night!
Happy Friday night friends!
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