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Thursday, December 29, 2011

I joined a new Spark team on Wednesday, the Official January Jumpstart Workout Challenge, another Spark bootcamp team. I am really hoping this will give me the motivation to get losing again. COME JOIN ME, OR CHEER ME ON OR HELP SUPPORT ME!

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SUZYMOBILE 12/29/2011 7:54PM

    I'm there, Robin!

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HJFOGARTY 12/29/2011 7:13PM

    YEAH!!! it will be great to have some familiar faces on the team! I'm so happy to be starting the new year off in the right direction! I'm thinking every good start has to have a better finish! so let's do this! yeah!

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JENEAL1 12/29/2011 2:19PM

    I joined too, I know it will help if we stick to it!!!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 12/29/2011 11:00AM

    I joined too! Let's do this! emoticon

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TEACH68 12/29/2011 7:39AM

    I am with you! emoticon

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MUPPETB 12/29/2011 7:27AM

    Thanks for your encouragement on my blog - I already joined the challenge so we can cheer each other on!

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Christmas from overseas

Sunday, December 25, 2011

NOTE: I do not live in the USA, I am in Saudi Arabia-I am American and married to an American.
It's 85F at 1:30PM December 25. It's a normal work day for my husband, the work week here is Saturday-Wednesday. Christmas is forbidden here, against the law so there are no bright, twinkling lights, no decorated trees, no christmas music in stores, nothing. We do have celebrations in the privacy of our own homes, behind closed doors and drapes, the "locals" do know what the days is but to them it's nothing. I do have a tree up and a few decorations, but not like I used to when I had my young children here and there were more "western" families. He will come home around 3PM, go for his daily 5K run then do another hour workout with weights, then we'll have dinner and open our gifts around 8PM. Not very exciting anymore.
We had our Large Christmas dinner on Thursday-our weekend . We had a friend over for our meal.
I had Roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, a squash and cranberry dish that didn't turn out good, jello cabbage salad, our riend brought sweet potatoes, pickled cabbage, home made rolls. For our desserts we had Apple cranberry tart, blueberry cheese cake, gingerbread muffins, pecan bars, cherry pie, jello salad, deviled eggs, spiced apple rings.

I put up the tree such as it is, 42 inches tall and falling apart. The branches are squashed so it's not round. I have home made ornaments and ornaments that were gifts. I have a couple other decorations out along with my cross stitch projects.

Santa came

My entry table:

For dinner today I am going to make roast chicken with stuffing, left over mashed potatoes, left over sweet potatoes, carrots, Don't need dessert.
I'll post more pictures as I take them.

Hope you all have a great day,

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KOFFEENUT 12/26/2011 4:08PM

    I know it can be hard when you aren't able to celebrate the way you'd REALLY like to. Good for you for working within the circumstances, and glad you were able to spend some special time with friends and family!

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HJFOGARTY 12/25/2011 8:50PM

    wow what a great table there and I'm so glad you all were able to spend your day with friends - I know your dh is working but I'm glad you are able to spend the evening together and that is what counts most. continue to take care of you! spring is around the corner!

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BRENDAGAIL9 12/25/2011 11:37AM

    I am alone now living in low cost senior housing. We will have a potluck at 1 today but don't know what anyone is bringing other that scalloped potatoes and there is a ham leftover from Thanksgiving. I am making a hot veggie dish and a green salad. I don't know how many will be here that don't have anywhere to do but if we get ten people I will be surprised. Some here don't celebrate because of religion. I don't normally celebrate anymore since my husband had a massive stroke and went to an assisted care home just over five years ago.

The only decorating I do is put cards I receive on my outside hall door. When I moved here I gave away all my decorations because there is no storage here.

I will be glad when this day is over. Your celebration sounds wonderful!

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Happy Birthday to my Grandson

Thursday, December 15, 2011

My grandson is 12 years old today! Hard to believe! I miss him!

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HJFOGARTY 12/15/2011 8:47PM

    wow 12 already - Happy Birthday!! and I'm certain he is missing you too! I sure am!

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PEPPYPATTI 12/15/2011 5:08PM

    Happy Birthday to you Grandson!..I have 8 grand children all under 13. I don't know if I am dreading it or celebrating it-lol

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BRENDAGAIL9 12/15/2011 4:45PM

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BIKERBABYZ 12/15/2011 4:16PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Oh, to be 12 again!!

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Another finished cross stitch project

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Fragrant Memories of Christmas by Faithwurks stitched on 24 count Zweigart stitch band with DMC floss. This took 6 hours to stitch, I still need to find a hot cocoa mug to put on it.

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MAMAHAJI 12/24/2011 7:45AM

    Always love seeing your needle work. The season has been so busy, I am a month behind on orders. I haven't time to actually stitch in so long.

I did fit in a quick crochet project, a poncho that I plan on keeping in the car.

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BIKERBABYZ 12/15/2011 4:16PM

    You are so talented! This is awesome!

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HJFOGARTY 12/13/2011 9:26PM

    hey, do you ever sign your work? or date it? just wondering because your quality of work is something that really would last a life time if taken care of and I think it would be so awesome to have someone keep something and years later find it and say how amazing it is all those years later. I just found a piece my mom made when she was a girl and it is still in great shape - quite amazing to know it was created all those years ago.

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BRENDAGAIL9 12/13/2011 7:10PM

    You really are talented. Good job!

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Pearl Harbor Day

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Remembering Pearl Harbor today.

Today is also the day 27 years ago when I arrived with 2 small children in tow in Dhahran Saudi Arabia. I never ever thought I would be in this god forsaken hell hole for so long. Our kids have long gone home to the USA.

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BRENDAGAIL9 12/8/2011 2:41PM

    Why do you still live there if you hate it so much?

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BRENDAGAIL9 12/8/2011 2:40PM

    Well, Dec 7th was also the anniversary of my nephew getting run over in Vegas while crossing the street. He lived and worked there. He was killed instantly. It was night and maybe the bright lights contributed to the accident. The driver was a young Vietnamese woman and no charges were ever filed. It was about 10 years ago that it happened.

I heard the news last night that this 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor is the last one because most of the military have died of old age now. It was/is so sad. I was 8 months old living in TN when Pearl Harbor was attacked.

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HJFOGARTY 12/7/2011 9:34PM

    UG Robin - it sure has been a long time - you are such a strong woman!!!

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SOPKAMANJU 12/7/2011 4:00PM

    My husband felt the same way about the middle east when he worked in the oilfields and oil rigs situated there.

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