Friday, July 22, 2011
I'm not sure if I mentioned it before but my husband and I decided we would paint both our front bridge and back patio. Now, I realize some of you are scratching your heads because I'm sure Newfoundland is one of the rare places on earth that calls a front veranda a bridge! So, it is basically an uncovered veranda that runs two-thirds across the front of our house and our back patio is about 16 by 12. To add to our misery (ha!) we decided to remove all of our window shutters (decorative) and paint those two. Three weeks of hemming and hawing, we agreed on a colour..sort of a sage green.
So, we've been busy. It was my job to do the shutters so I gathered the supplies and set up a spot to which Lou and Maddy were drawn like magnets. Nothing says dog owner than shutters with dog fur painted in them! When it came to the small, intricate areas I couldn't get a small enough brush. I went to a paint store and bought one but it was pretty useless and then I went to a hardware store. After much grumbling I went to the bathroom and found a) and old L'Oreal Lip gloss and b) a travel eyeshadow brush. Both were did just the trick much to John's amusement.
So, then when I was sort of overtired and starving I made a bad food decision.....McDonalds! I did opt for a Happy Meal with 1% milk, fries and hamburger but I seriously think I burned off all of the calories for the meal in the drive-thru lineup. See, I had taken Maddy and Lou with me and they were so happy to be in the car. But then they saw the seagulls in the parking lot and all hell broke lose! By the time I got to order I had calmed them down until Lou starts whining like a baby and the young man said it sounded like my child was fussy! Bah-ha-ha! Thank goodness Lou was wearing her seatbelt because when they handed the food out I thought she was going to go through the window!
We ate our "supper" out on the back patio sitting on the dog beds and were getting pretty lazy until a good song came on the radio. Well, up John jumps and says "let's dance". I almost died from laughing. There we were dancing around the dog beds, the dogs, the paint cans, the wet paint, and laughing til we cried. I still think we had a touch of sunstroke to be so silly!!!!! Oh well, it felt good to be so carefree! Must have been the paint fumes!
I hope this finds you all well and that you don't think I'm too much of a nutcase!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Well, first of all I have to thank each and every one of you who took the time to send me some rays of sun last week. When I posted that as my status I never even thought of SparkGoodies so I was sure surprised when I started receiving them from you all! Once again, you've all astounded me with your friendship and generosity! Oh, yeah, and the best part....the sun has been out now for the past three days!!!! Yipee!!!
Which reminds me. Every night when I watch the national news there is usually much made about the heat waves that are plaguing much of North America. My first gut reaction was, well I wish we could have some. But then I realized that you have to make the best of what you are given and where you are living. Yes, I know many of you are under duress due to the extreme heat but even in those conditions take the time to be thankful for where you are. You could be an elderly person with no air conditioning, a homeless person, or an abandoned pet with no access to any relief.
To continue on with my gratitude, I am blessed to live where I do! I know it is not an ideal climate and many leave here do the relentless weather but we have so much to be thankful for. Last night as I walked deep in the woods with John and the dogs dusk approached far too quickly but what is the worse that could happen here? A few extra fly bites if we had to spend the night outdoors. There are no worries of being attacked despite what watching many episodes of Criminal Minds would have one believe. I am thankful for that!
Okay, enough preaching! I've finished up the "Climb Gros Morne" virtual challenge. Here is what it involved:
"You must also climb 2644 steps (on a stairway or uphill) to represent the 806 meters elevation (806x3.28 feet per meter). This distance can count towards your 16 KM."
The hardest part for me was the uphill steps but I finished those last night and so have that challenge under my belt. Another challenge I am in as part of my Newfoundland team is to virtually walk the Newfoundland T'Railway system. As of yesterday I have walked 30 km of the almost 900.
As part of another challenge I'm in, the 60 day summer challenge, I'm plodding along. I'm managing to make good nutritional choices, am walking and I'm getting my water in each day. Not doing the greatest with tracking my meals but I'm working on it.
Anyway, I must go and spend some time with John as today is our 11th wedding anniversary!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
As most of you know, my husband's brother, wife and children were here visiting so needless to say we were kept busy. We hadn't met the children before and they are 13 and 10 so we weren't sure what to expect. I'm glad to report they are two well-balanced kids who are mannerly and are extremely witty and talkative. They love Maddy and Lou and took them for many walks which is good for all of them. Sam and Grace (the nephew and niece) wanted a dog but now they realize that pets are a lot of work. I think children should be exposed to what pet ownership is really like when they reach that age where they go "puppy" crazy.
The sun was out for two days while they were here which is kind of a drag but which we kinda get used to living on an island where we can have three seasons in one day. Sunday we gathered at a relatives cabin and it was nice enough for the kids to swim and fish. It was really a nice day to get together and to chat....and eat!!!! ha!
I've learned some things about myself the past couple of days. I was told I'm high strung by my psychiatrist and I'm still not sure what she meant by that. We were just talking about different things and she was telling me how far she has seen me come in the past five years. Apparently the first day I met her I wouldn't make eye contact and I cried constantly. Now five years later, I'm talkative, funny, and introspective (her words - not mine)
Then Grace and Sam told me that I am such a cool aunt. Me? Really? And then Grace piped up and said she liked how confident I am...that one made me almost cry. Apparently they both were worried about meeting us and I put them at ease....wow.....that really touched me. I told them I had been worried about meeting them too and we all laughed.
Another big victory for me was to actually hang out with John's family. Traditionally, we haven't done much at all with them despite his parents living within 10 minutes from us. We were all so very different but this week taught me that we can get together for special occasions and get along quite nicely. For the record, John doesn't get along with his parents either but we've vowed to start taking them out and making and effort.
Another non-scale victory was we all went out to supper. I deliberately would not order a diet Pepsi and instead drank 3 large glasses of water with my veggie/chicken stirfry. I felt so much better afterwards.
I know now that I have to tackle my journey one day at a time and one decision at a time. As long as most of the decisions I make during the day are Spark-oriented, I will be fine. It can't be an all or nothing battle for me and I have to stop referring to weight loss as a fight of any sort. I am not fighting my body; I am embracing it and trying to nurture it to where I want it to be!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Before I forget, the above is a link to my friend Brian's online gallery page. He is the one who painted the background picture I use and several of you asked about his work. Let me know if the link works!
Also, several of you have expressed confusion over the Newfoundland T'Railway walk I am doing. YES, it is a virtual walk as I'm in no shape, yet, to tackle the almost 900 km the route involves! Ha!
Speaking of which, I was contacted by a reporter with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to do a phone interview about this adventure. I'm thinking she actually thinks I walking the trail itself so I have to contact her to clear that up.
I've been absent a bit due to continued computer problems. I didn't walk at all yesteday but I did do several hours of housework so I feel good about that. John's brother and family arrived home from New Brunswick last night so it is also a time to catch up with them. We haven't seen them in over 13 years, nor had we ever met their children. Busy, busy, busy!
I'm still eating better than usual and getting my water in each day which is a good place to start. I'm also getting the minimum of 10 minutes of exercise in a day and am sleeping good. Have to try harder at tracking the food though all the same!
Thanks to all who take the time to read this! I hope all is going well with everybody!
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