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The Perils of Pay Back!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

emoticon A few weeks ago I was craving home style "Fried Chicken." We tried to think which restaurant to go to, and finally DH suggested Cracker Barrel. I couldn't recall if they had Fried Chicken on the menu but it seemed like they would. So we go there. . . . .

We were greeted with the usual . . . . "how many?" Duh! do you see more than 2 of us? So we were seated, no booths, but they just don't have any. Scan the menu -- no fried chicken! So rather than switch restaurants I decide to go for their chicken strips; but when they came they were less than tasty, and the veggie sides were tasteless. DH was not happy with his items either. I decided to take mine home, my dog would love them if nothing else. We did request a take-home box, and waited..... and waited..... and waited..... and waited. Finally I just wrapped the chicken up in my paper napkin and we left, very disappointed in the service and in the fare.

We paid in the gift shop and I had the napkin with the chicken rolled up in it plainly in sight as I had not brought my purse along. We were several feet out the door when a lady from the restaurant came to the door and yelled at me "Do you have our silverware in that napkin?"

Of course I was furious at being accused of stealing! I shouted back -- "NO! I have my damn leftover chicken because the waitress would never bring me a box!"

Evidently my DH was upset (more than me) as he wrote a scathing letter to headquarters of Cracker Barrel upon our return home. Quite some time later we received a letter of apology that would have been appropriate for bad service, bad food or whatever -- along with a "coupon" for a free Dinner for Two. We went to a different location quite obviously, and decided we would order the most expensive thing on the menu -- so my hubby enjoyed Rib Eye Steak! I had to keep an eye on him or he would have eaten all the fat too. I enjoyed a very tender pot roast covered with a rich sauce and mushrooms. We even ordered dessert.

The scale this morning informed me I was up 1.2 pounds! I wonder just who it was that got even here? Payback just doesn't pay, does it? Do you think it's kind of like holding a grudge? It only ends up hurting YOU, not the person you are angry with?

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/24/2011 8:08AM

    Glad you got a free meal but sorry for the gain but these places need to know how things are or they will keep doing them - my hubby once he gets a bad meal he won't go back but if it is free he may - you will get back on track and the free meal will be worth it all in the end

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THPEAKY 2/24/2011 6:33AM

    I think that much weight UP is probably WATER weight from the salt CB has in their food. When we travel we find it a good place to stop for breakfast but I increase my water intake to dilute the salt. We have usually had excellent service and George was absolutely correct to write the letter! So many people just don't tip vs letting management know about their franchise's bad behavior.

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CATLADY52 2/23/2011 5:00PM

    How right you are. At least you got a meal for free.

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STILLFLYIN 2/23/2011 4:16PM

    As long as you get back into your routine, the scale will get back to where it was. Since you enjoyed your pot roast and all, it wasn't so bad.

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RONAGAL 2/23/2011 1:56PM

    You made me chuckle with this story, although I am truly sorry for your gain. However, take it in stride and work out a little extra to work it off. Honestly, I would have done the same thing...and my DH wouldn't have let me NOT let him eat the fat.

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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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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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