Friday, January 13, 2012
OK, this is it! Obviously the setting is just after sundown, still lots of color in the sky, but the mountains show a range of colors, darker and darker as they get further from the sunset. There are 3 evergreens, very dark, almost a black-green. One is on the far left, and two are just past the center toward the right, at the bottom. Almost indiscernable in the dark.
What's your opinion? You won't hurt my feelings. I have also put it in "My Photo's" so you could click on it and make it bigger. (on my Spark Page)
Friday, January 13, 2012
I've wanted granite countertops ever since I first heard about them; but like lots of people, the house I was living in wasn't always conducive to putting them in. First there is the cost. Secondly, you don't want to over-improve for the area, blah, blah, blah! I never had it listed as a goal of mine, just something in the back of my head. I finally got them on Wednesday, the same day as my 1st wedding anniversary!
This photo shows the majority of the kitchen. About 4 feet left of the stove is one of the entries into the kitchen. And to your right (if you were walking in) is a door leading to a walk-in pantry. Next in line is a black refrigerator, and beyond that another 4 or 5 foot counter.
In this photo, the camera has turned slightlly and looking toward the sink and you see the two very large windows the kitchen features. The one over the sink is 59 inches wide and the one next to it is even wider at 84 inches. So you can see there is a LOT of granite counters. They even did the window sills.
In this shot the angle comes from within the family room, and angles so you can see the low wall that separates the kitchen from the family room. At the end of the wall, it is similar to a pillar as it is quite a lot larger, forming about a 20-inch square. I keep a large flowing plant on it. The granite people suggested covering the top of the wall with granite too, and it looks great. When it gets over to the counter, it steps up about 6 to 8 inches, and continues on the depth of the counters.
This angle shows the refrigerator area and the only counter on that wall. Then there is a doorway leading into the living room. And another doorway next to it, leading to the back patio. The refrigerator, the oven portion of the stove, and the dishwasher all are black.
This is the island, which is between the stove and the kitchen table.
Here is a close-up of the kitchen sink. Love the new faucet, and it has a matching dispenser for soap.
Last, but not least, is a shot of the sink area in the Master Bath. It's the only place we had the granite added to that room.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
GRANITE INSTALLATION DAY! This is the type of thing that really get my juices flowing! Actually any improvement to my home is exciting to me, and to get my dream of granite counters was right at the top of the list!
I was told the granite guys would arrive between 9 and 11 a.m. Great! Don't have to get up early. Unfortunately, I was so excited I couldn't sleep. Got up at 3:00 and tried to read, didn't help. Finally dozed off about 6:30 only to waken again at 7:00. I dragged myself to the bathroom, and had just climbed back into bed when . . . . was that the DOORBELL I just heard? Jumped up, put on a robe, and went to the door. Right! It was one of the granite guys!
I said, "Uhh, I thought you were coming between 9 and 11."
"Oh, yeah," he answers. "But I live close so I thought I'd come on over. Do you want me to wait in my car for awhile?"
So I tell him to come on in, he can always do the kitchen first. I go get dressed, and hear him happily yanking up the existing counters. I tell him I'm just going to make a smoothie and then I clear the VitaMix off the counter. In the meantime my DH isn't too happy either. He didn't sleep well either, so both of us were kind of walking around in a daze. But things were happening, so it's the way it goes sometimes.
Finally at 2:30 they were finished. It looked spectacular (photo tomorrow, I promise!) and DH was so impressed he said he'd like his bathroom done next, plus another area I thought would look good with granite. Well, that made my day!
To top it off, today was our 1st wedding anniversary..... but, we were both too tired to go out and celebrate. We decided we'd enjoy it much more if we did it on an evening when we didn't feel half dead. So tonight I am tired, but happy!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
I really am thrilled that I checked into another team, and now I will be able to meet others who are members of SparkPeople. It's good to have at least one "local" team, if possible, so you can meet person-to-person.
I live in the West Valley of Phoenix, AZ and finally had an "ah-ha" moment in that respect -- I knew there must be someone out there who lives close to me who had also found out about Spark. It's just too popular for me to be the only one. And one of the people I talked to just today lives maybe one mile from me. How lucky is that? WooHoo!
Sunday, January 08, 2012
That's how I felt when I first started out on SparkPeople. Sure, I wasn't actually obese but it's how I "felt." It was so unlike my normal growing-up and adult years that I just felt out of sorts and kind of tired. You know what I mean.
I discovered healthy cooking, and read lots of interesting articles when I joined this site! But although the weight was coming off, it seemed so far in the distant future that I was discouraged at times.
I guess it was time for my "ah-ha" moment, when I realized that when it too far on a long-distance goal, it's hard to stay enthused about it. And worse yet, I have the habit, like so many of us, of yo-yo-ing. Lose a pound, feel good, look at the scale the next day, and it's up .2 or .4, doesn't really matter, it's the fact that it's UP that's depressing. It may continue to go up a bit at a time, then there would be the slow .2 drop every day to get it back down. It's a tough life to yo-yo. It's different for these people who stick to the business of eating right and exercising and getting to their goal. Then they go back to their old habits and gain it back, usually plus a little extra.
These are NOT the types I call yo-yo, because to me yo-yo is more of an almost daily thing, which I suppose is natural. Too much sodium one day, not enough protein the next. Geesh! You have to be very detail oriented to keep track!
But starting out 2012 I did my usual projection, and figured I would take things easy by figuring I could lose a half pound a week. I even wrote about it. But the MAIN GOAL was 125 pounds and it still loomed way - way - WAY in the distant future. I'm a gal without a lot of patience! What to do? I decided to make myself a bunch of "short-term goals." Maybe I went overboard as I decided on writing down my WEEKLY GOALS.
Each Sunday on my calendar I penciled in the new weight I expected to be at. And when Sunday arrived I was able to write in -- with a PEN -- my actual weight which this Sunday happened to be 1.4 POUNDS below goal. Woo-Hoo!
Team-mates! Start making your own SHORT TERM goals, they work so much better that looking at something so far off you don't know if you'll ever get there.
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