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Stop by my home - a photo journey

Friday, February 18, 2011

I've been chattering to you all for months now, first how I was moving into George's home, then how first one room and then another was being repainted, or furniture moved around, and all the time promising that "someday" there would be photo's. Well, SOMEDAY has finally arrived, and while this is not ALL of the house, it is a good portion of it. Gotta save something for another blog -- you know how it is!

So we'll start out as you come in the front door, here is one shot of my living room -- took one of the other end of the room too, but it was a little fuzzy -- so here goes (this is how it looks now that I've had a sofa, coffee table and end table moved out:

Then, turning to the left you will immediately see before you the dining room that I told you how I painted it, used the faux wallpaper treatment on the window and put up a swag across the top of the window:

close-up of the swag and wallpaper:

and looking toward the china hutch:

and the last one is looking toward the Grandfather clock:

Leaving the dining room, we go further down the hall as the very next room we come to is the newly remodeled guest bedroom:

there are a lot of mirrors and lights, so I hope you can get a bit of a feeling what it's like.

Turning around and going past the dining room and into the kitchen, you'll see where I fix myself all these "healthy meals" I've been eating. lol

That's the refrigerator side (my new one!) and I saw in the photo some things in the hall I should have moved before taking the photo. Just to prove to you I'm far from perfect.
Here is the other side of the kitchen:

Now as you look over the half wall dividing the kitchen from the family room you'll see:

And there is another identical sofa on the other wall:

emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks for stopping by! Eve

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/19/2011 8:11AM

    emoticonpictures and the guest room is just my size I will be over one day

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STILLFLYIN 2/18/2011 4:42PM

    So homey! Thank you for sharing.

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THPEAKY 2/18/2011 7:20AM

    I love those curved sofas in the family room! My house has been so hard to decorate. Come and visit! hahaha

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Make Time for Your Friends!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

emoticon Sometimes people let themselves get so caught up in the everyday routine of life, chores, work and all the other things we feel we "have" to do, that we leave no time to socialize with our friends.

Tonight I invited friends over for dinner. I wrote it into my schedule, I planned for it, I cleaned for it, I cooked for it -- and when the time arrived I was ready for it and I enjoyed it! The whole evening went smoothly, we had a lovely time visiting with our friends, caught up with all the stuff going on in their lives and they heard what was new with us. There was both good news and bad, but the important thing was sharing!

Don't let life pass you by - reach out and grab all the fun you can get! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/19/2011 8:38AM

    Glad you had a good time - we try to do that each weekend

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CATLADY52 2/17/2011 7:08PM

    Good for everyone involved I'm sure. emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 2/17/2011 8:08AM

    Sounds like a wonderful evening. Good for you!

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DAV128 2/17/2011 2:12AM

    Thanks for the reminder. We all need to make time for our friends and family, no matter how busy we feel we are.


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Never Take Your Life For Granted

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I decided to start this blog with a photo that I took while on vacation in Montana. To me it always makes me feel calm and that everything is right in the world. How could anyone be uptight when looking at a scene like this?

But earlier this evening a blog caught my attention and as I read about this woman and the struggle she is going through every hour of the day, my heart went out to her. It made me look at my own life in perspective and leaves me absolutely NOTHING to complain about. I know there are so many people on SP who have serious illnesses that hinder their weight loss, others have personal problems, mental and physical -- and some of those same people do not whine and complain.

I doubt if reading the blog will suddenly turn me into a saint who never complains, but it does make me realize how darn lucky I am in so many, many ways. There is very little you can say to the person who is really sad, really sick, and really something not easily fixed -- all you can do if offer a hug and your love. The good thing about SparkPeople is that lots of people do that very thing -- over and over and over!

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SUGARSMOM2 2/19/2011 2:28PM

  well said. thank you for reminding me others are much worse off then me.

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IMEOWASWELL 2/16/2011 10:44PM

  Well written! I went through a point just recently remembering how fortunate I was to be where I am today even if I have a bit of a problem.

Recently I was spending the winter in Mexico, I tripped on a pipe sticking out the sidewalk and shattered the bones in my wrist. I am now with a crooked wrist and maybe 65% mobility in it. (so far). While feeling sorry for myself I saw a young man standing on the street with a little boy about 4 yrs old. The dad had a short sleeved shirt on. Under one sleeve there was a flipper and on the other there was another flipper but a little longer. He was helping his son with his ice cream cone. Here I was feeling sorry for myself when I had one good arm and the other was about 65% good,and there was this man doing what he was doing with flippers. I realized I am fortunate and have nothing to complain about.
We are really fortunate and we have to be thankful for what we do have.

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CATLADY52 2/16/2011 6:46PM

    How right you are. emoticon emoticon and even a emoticon.

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PSMITH3841 2/16/2011 11:54AM

    You are right on the mark! You DO have a way with words, my friend! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/16/2011 8:16AM


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THEWINNER33 2/15/2011 11:48PM

    So true. You have said it better than I could. Thank you for sharing this. Hugs, Marcia

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BLUESKY104 2/15/2011 11:14PM

    Nice thoughts Eve emoticon

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LAFFLOTS57 2/15/2011 11:08PM

    Bingo....well said! Appreciate & share that's all we can do

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Can You Splurge and Still Lose?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

There are various degrees of splurging. I'm not talking about the Whopper with fries and a milkshake kind of a splurge. I'm talking more about the kind, with Valentine's Day coming up, of having a very nice dinner with your favorite guy and still not blowing it.

I'm thinking along the lines of a thin cut steak (so it looks like more than it is) complete with baked potato (fat-free sour cream) and a tossed salad with some of my "no calorie" dressing on it. I seldom eat dessert -- or even WANT it, but if I did I could probably share one with my Sweetheart and not ruin the day!

I'm just pointing out that it is possible to have your nice dinner (there are lots of choices) and still not forsake the "healthy lifestyle." So get out there and enjoy yourself.

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PSMITH3841 2/14/2011 9:36PM

    I agree! Hope you're having an amazing Valentine's Day! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 2/14/2011 3:08PM

    You said it! My DH cooked last night for our Valentine's dinner and he had lobster tail (a small one for each of us) some sea scallops 9we had 4 each) and a 3 oz serving each of cod and steamed carrots. Had a glass of Mascado di Asti. Nummy, nummy. Now this was not a cheap meal, but much cheaper than we could have gotten out anywhere and we didn't have to deal with all that mess of crowds and such. It was sweet and intimate. This morning we exchanged Valentine cards. Anyway, went to bed last night not feeling overstuffed or bloated and slept well. So, it was a splurge, but I believe a healthy one.

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CATLADY52 2/14/2011 2:55PM

    Keeping elegant but simple is the key. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/14/2011 8:31AM

    Yes you can go out with your loved one and not spoil your food plan
Sharing is the best way to stay on track
emoticonEveryone have a great Valentine's Day with your loved one

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GUNNERBEE 2/13/2011 7:58PM

    Thats a good point- I went out to lunch today with several other families- but I ordered a grilled chicken pita, skipped the fries and had a great lunch. I like your meal idea!

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PARODY15 2/13/2011 7:56PM

    I agree with the last post! Sounds like you have a plan and it sounds pretty good to me!

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CDNCASS 2/13/2011 7:54PM

    If this is your idea of a "splurge" then you're doing great! Happy Valentine's Day!

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What Are Some of YOUR Changes?

Friday, February 11, 2011

I was thinking this morning about the changes in my life over the past 3 years since being a devoted fan of SparkPeople. The following are just a few I came up with, you might think of some of "your" changes.

My favorite drink in the past: emoticon
Now I prefer water with lemon or perhaps a glass of non-fat milk

My favorite snack in the past: emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Now I most often turn to: emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

And the whole world made their way thru the beloved "drive thru's" emoticon emoticon
It's been years since I indulged in that kind of food, now I favor salad, chicken, etc.

Let's not forget our leisure time:

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Breakfast from days gone by: ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Breakfast now is usually a smoothie!

Yes, folks, our lives change, but it's all for the best. Back in the "good old days" I wore a much bigger size clothing, I got tired easily, and climbing stairs left me gasping for air! So I'm HAPPY emoticon to see these changes taking place. A year from now I'll look and see what else has changed

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PSMITH3841 2/14/2011 9:35PM

    You know, you're right. I have made so many changes to my lifestyle..Admittedly, I take an occasional tumble off the wagon (we discussed this), but the better habits still rise up!

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CATLADY52 2/12/2011 6:44PM

    I've quit eating double portions
Quit soft drinks very seldom
I eat breakfast and lunch every day
Eat more fruit with meals

Those are just starters on my road to a better life. emoticon

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THPEAKY 2/12/2011 8:23AM

    Like you say little changes: less diet soda, less sugarfree lemonade, more water, less fast food...even the SALADS are a lot higher in fat and calories than I thought. I DO eat at Chipotle now...for "fast food" but I can pick and choose lower fat options and still have a treat. I look at treats as treats to be had OCCASIONALLY not daily.
My husband does a lot of the day to day cooking as I work long hours. I am trying to teach him to help me with portion control "don't feed me like another GUY".

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/12/2011 7:02AM

    No Soda here now for 3 years
and cut back on fast foods
when going out to eat get take home box to put half in already then have a meal for lunch the next day
drink a lot of flavored water and hot tea
and a lot more exercise
Some big changes and some small but well worth it all
Thanks for Blog Eve

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NORAHNICK 2/11/2011 6:20PM

    I only recently started but here are my changes:

No more Coke, aka Elixir of the Gods. LOL

No more fast food.

No more candy, cakes, cookies & pie.

Plain yogurt instead of Daisy full-fat sour cream.

In return I am happier and healthier and enjoying life more.

I think that's a great trade-off!

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LIS193 2/11/2011 4:16PM

    Great observations!
My changes are similar. I started my journey nearly 6 years ago, 35 (45 lost, 10 back on) pounds and 3 moves later I'm still going strong.
- no more diet soda but lots of water
- no more bagels, toast or muffins for breakfast but smoothie or boiled egg and fruit
- no more processed food but everything fresh cooked from scratch
Lots of other changes and however subtle, they all add up.

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