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Party's Over, but.....it took me a day to recover!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

emoticon OK, I was a little stressed getting ready for our "Open House" party -- I love having parties, but not knowing how many people to expect can be stressful, because who wants to eat party food for a week afterward? But the day and hour finally arrived, I was tired but happy that people DID SHOW UP! I think as I went around the neighborhood passing out invitations that most of the people I spoke with personally (those who were home) did come over. . . . maybe 30 to 35 people. And that's a pretty good turn-out with no more notice than most of the people had. SO I THINK I'LL DO IT AGAIN NEXT YEAR!

Unfortunately, because I was over-tired or because the food was higher fat than my body is used to I was sick, sick, SICK ALL OF THE NEXT DAY. I fell into bed exhausted about 9:00 and slept until about 11:00. Then I started with the all too familiar bathroom trot, or whatever you might wish to call it. I didn't keep track of the trips, because when I'm creating memories I like them to be happy ones! But my guess is close to 30 -- I should have had my pedometer on, right? Probably lost out on 1000 steps right there! GROAN!

S0 after sleeping something like 14 hours all day Saturday, did I sleep Saturday night? You betcha! My BF says he's never seen anyone do that before. He checked on me about every hour or so to make sure I was still alive. lol And he laughed when I got up Sunday morning and he said I seemed very quiet and calm -- but by afternoon I was back to my usual -- and we won't go there!

  
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PSMITH3841 12/13/2010 9:23PM

    I just knew the Party was going to go well...but I wasn't anticipating your malady..ewww! Sorry you had to go through that...But, chalk it up to lesson learned, and you won' make that mistake next year, smart lady that you are! Glad you had a good time, until...well, you know..... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 12/13/2010 5:07PM

    Glad the party was successful, not glad you had the aftermath (for lack of a nice way to put it). Hope all else is going well today. emoticon

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THPEAKY 12/13/2010 8:40AM

    Ahh.. the end of the party is rather like having jet lag...glad the trip was good!!

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/13/2010 8:00AM

    Glad you had a good party but sorry you got sick over it all
Glad your feeling better
Vicki

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Today was an IMPORTANT Day!

Friday, December 10, 2010

emoticon emoticon Today was an important milestone in my life. George and I went over to the courthouse and got our Marriage license! He pretended to be a nervous wreck, but I know he was happy as a lark about it.

Then, as our Open House Party is tomorrow, we came home and George made the two Pineapple Upside Down Cakes, and while he lorded it over the kitchen, I got out of his way and did the "Party" shopping. Several bags and about 1-1/2 hours later I came dragging in, tired out. But before leaving the house around noon I had boiled potatoes and eggs, and left them to cool; so I made a spot for me at the table and proceeded to peel and chop up the eggs and potatoes, minced some onion and mixed up the dressing to pour over it. I don't know if it is the exact flavor that George is used to -- but it's how "I" make it. Next I finished off a 3-layer jello salad in a mold. Sugar free, of course! But not everything will be on the low calorie menu -- after all, it's a party, so people can make their own choices. My next task was to make the Salmon Mousse and put it in the pretty fish mold that I have. It looks so pretty at a party, on a platter with fresh parsley around it. Tomorrow will be hectic, but I know I will enjoy myself regardless. Many things have to be done the day of the party, and when my back hurts I wonder momentarily "why do I do this?" but deep down I know why, and I'm glad I still have the energy to do it.

Wish all my Spark friends could come -- I'd really have a house full of people! emoticon

  
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PSMITH3841 12/10/2010 5:47PM

    Ok, now you have the license..did I miss reading about the date set? Congrats! I just know your party is going to be a huge success..geez, you're going to serve Jello Salad...Yum! I'm 64 years old and my eyes still glaze over when you mention JELLO!!!!! emoticon Have a great time tomorrow! emoticon emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 12/10/2010 1:33PM

    Anticipation and counting the steps up to a big event are what make it so wonderful! Congratulations on getting your license!

Enjoy your party!

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OLDERDANDRT 12/10/2010 11:48AM

    Oh, wow!!!! A trip to the courthouse!! So happy for you and your lucky bf!!! Sounds like a great open house, too!! Don't work yourself too much as you'll really want to have a nice time at your own party!!!hehe Wish we could come, too, but you know we will be celebrating with you in spirit!!!

SPark on, my friend!!!
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THPEAKY 12/10/2010 8:49AM

    Oh...everything sounds wonderful! Felicitations on your upcoming wedding!

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/10/2010 7:22AM

    emoticonon getting the Marriage License - Now have fun at the Party
and my back is killing me for getting ready for my Open House also Sat but it will be worth it also for loving having friends over to party.
Have fun at your party wish you could come to mine also.
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CBEVNOW 12/10/2010 1:27AM

    Congratulations, to you and George, on your up coming marriage. Hope your party is a good one. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Caroline

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Contrary to Your Goals -- Enjoy Your Holidays!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I get as wrapped up with the "Holiday Spirit" as the next person, and I also think of myself as a fairly organized, efficient person; so it was still the latter part of November when I pulled out my Christmas cards and the ever diminishing "Christmas Card List." It's very sad to acknowledge, but at my age instead of "growing" my card list is "getting shorter." So many of my friends have included a little note with their annual cards informing that their spouse has passed on. It is sometimes the wife -- sometimes the husband. So sad, but so true.

With that in mind, it gave me a new perspective on Christmas, or any other holiday that I particularly enjoy. Don't deprive yourself of something you really enjoy for that short little time -- make new memories, or add to the old ones. If one of your fondest memories of Christmas is the fact that you can enjoy eggnog -- then enjoy it! Maybe you will come out of the season a couple of pounds heavier! You'll just have to be a little more conscious of what you eat and get in your exercise at a later date.

Next Christmas -- or on that next birthday, or whatever holiday, what if your friend has passed on? So go ahead and have that eggnog, the birthday cake or whatever it is! When we talk about a "healthy lifestyle" we don't mean it to be a "deprived lifestyle" but merely one where we are responsible, realizing if we splurge now, we'll have to be extra good sometime in the very near future!

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CATLADY52 12/9/2010 6:03PM

    I have to agree with you. Live your life to the fullest every day and let your enjoyment show. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/9/2010 7:12AM

    I agree too lets enjoy the Holidays but be some what good don't go over board but enjoy being with family and friends
We can do it in Jan to be really really good
emoticonHappy Holidays All
Vicki

PS emoticonHappy Birthday PSMITH3841

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PSMITH3841 12/8/2010 9:22PM

    Thank goodness I'm not the only one that feels that way...Tomorrow's my Birthday, my 64th to be exact...I think I should be able to enjoy a Birthday treat or 2... Especially since I'll be going out dancing on Friday night, and will probably burn off any damage I might have done!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 12/8/2010 7:26PM

    I am so with you on this. With the exception of watching my blood sugar levels, my goal is to maintain and so far doing well on that goal. Otherwise I will enjoy my friends and family.

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OLDERDANDRT 12/8/2010 5:52PM

    Oh yeah! I totally agree! Life is too short to life in total self-omposed deprivation! Your first commenter said it. "life style" implying you have a life!! Oh yeah! Totally!

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STILLFLYIN 12/8/2010 12:19PM

    A "healthy lifestyle" implies that you have a life, not just a number on a scale. Live that life!

Yup, I agree with you for so many reasons.

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Missing my Dog - she's "vacationing"

Monday, December 06, 2010

My BF had to go up to our summer home this afternoon and won't be back home until tomorrow, and he decided Amber (my dog - pictured) might like to go along. The yard up there is huge and it's all fenced in, plus she loves to "go for rides." She was all excited.

But --- don't tell George this, I miss her a lot more tonight than I do HIM! I mean the house seems absolutely EMPTY! It's different when I am the one on vacation, I don't notice the emptiness by not having her around -- but here in the house it's like something just isn't right when she's not here!

I'm sure she's having fun, and if I had the choice to make all over again, I'd let her go, but I didn't count on the emptiness -- guess that just shows me how important she is to me!
I know all you dog lovers out there understand!!!

  
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CBEVNOW 12/8/2010 4:26PM

    Yes i do understand. emoticon emoticon emoticon
Caroline

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JANET552 12/8/2010 8:41AM

    Totally understand. Sometimes when mine are gone, I still hear the tinkle of their tags on their collar.

I'm sure Amber will enjoy the extra attention you'll give her when she's back.

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THPEAKY 12/8/2010 7:46AM

    Dogs Rule! I always have a "spare". At one time we had 4 mini dachshunds...which qualifies me for the funny farm. Now we have 3 and one is quite elderly. Jerry has made me promise when the time comes to keep it at 2. We have a baby crib in our room and that's where they all sleep.

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LMB-ESQ 12/7/2010 12:08PM

    Boy, do we ever understand! Even having them be out of the room feels strange!

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GOOZLEBEAR 12/7/2010 11:58AM

    We do understand!!!! I know she will be glad to see you too when she gets home! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 12/7/2010 11:50AM

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I totally understand!

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STILLFLYIN 12/7/2010 10:00AM

    I understand. It is cool that your BF thought enough of your sweet dog to want to give her a good time, too. :-)

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/7/2010 7:36AM

    I always miss my Grand dog and wish she was here but then after having her for a week it is time to go home to her mom just like kids I guess - Have fun with Amber when she comes home
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PSMITH3841 12/6/2010 9:27PM

    You bet we do! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Week-end is Gone -- And I'm Tired Out

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Whew! I don't know where the week-end went, but I'm tired out..... but I think we got lots of stuff done.

The house is decorated for Christmas and ready for our party on Friday!
My menu for the party is all set!
The shopping list for making the stuff is done!
Cooking (most of it) can't be done until Thursday..... so can I relax?
House is clean!
Invitations have all gone out, and as it is an "Open House" no one had to RSVP -- so now it's just wait to fix the food and then see who all shows up. I estimate between 20 to 45. If we don't get that many, we'll probably be eating party food for a long time!

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PSMITH3841 12/6/2010 7:41PM

    I bet this party will be a really good time! Believe me, if I lived within a 50 Mile radius, I'd be there with bells on!! Relax and have a great time! Enjoy your friends and new neighbors emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 12/6/2010 6:13PM

    Good time to just relax. emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 12/6/2010 4:58PM

    No worries if you are planning healthy party foods!!! Sounds like you are right on top of it all!!! Way to go!!!

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STILLFLYIN 12/6/2010 10:04AM

    Anticipation is a big part of the fun -- enjoy!

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THPEAKY 12/6/2010 9:53AM

    You are so organized! I can take a lesson!
Smiles to you!
Libby

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IMEOWASWELL 12/6/2010 9:50AM

  To bad your Sparks Friends can't come! You would have house over flowing with guests. Sounds you have done a lot of work to make this successful. I think you should just sit back and enjoy the evening.

You have a great Xmas season.

Hugs

June

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/6/2010 7:50AM

    I have a Open House here on Sat too and I am almost ready hope to finish all but the food today also - So we both will be tired but glad it will be over soon
Have fun at your party wish I could be there
Vicki

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THEWINNER33 12/6/2010 12:10AM

    No wonder you are tired I hope many guests show up or it will be difficult to stay on program. Make a plan H? Have a great time at the open house. Hugs, Marcia

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