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I Thought Today Would Be A Great Day -- And It Was!

Friday, January 20, 2012

When you wake up in the morning you don't know if it will be a good day or a bad day. You have no idea if you will have gained weight or lost weight. You don't know how the day will turn out. You can have plans, you can have appointments and you can have schedules; but we all know that while they may help us keep on track for the day, things have a way of going astray at times.

YOU alone can decide if it will be a good day or a bad day! Sure, someone could scratch a fender on your car while you are in the mall shopping -- but no one has control over how you react to it -- except YOU! Even gaining or losing weight is sometimes due to many variables. Perhaps your sodium was just right and you made good choices, even did your exercises. Probably you lost weight. But if the scale shows a slight gain, it doesn't have to ruin your day! You could have made good choices, but your body reacted to whatever foods you ate that caused you to have a bit of extra water weight. If your body held onto just 1 extra cup of water that would be a half pound. So is it so hard to understand why your weight may vary by 1 or 2 pounds every day?

Most of the time our "bad" days add up to how we are reacting to various things going on around us. It may not even affect us personally. Seeing an accident could trigger something in you and cause you to eat "comfort" food for lunch when you were planning on being good and sticking with a salad. Perhaps you grabbed a candy bar and ate it, without even thinking, kind of a chain reaction.

YOU are in charge! Good day or bad day -- it's all in the way you perceive it!
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VITCHY-VICKI 1/21/2012 8:38AM

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LIS193 1/20/2012 7:01PM

    Great attitude!

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I Have Ribs & Shoulder Blades!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

emoticon That sounds like kind of a weird statement, even to me; but after I gained 25 pounds about 20 years ago it took me awhile to realize I could no longer feel my ribcage. And when I would put my arm behind my back, I was so well padded there was no sharp shoulder blade sticking out. As the years went by I didn't think about it all that much, but now that I'm getting into the low 140's I run my hand over my body at night and can feel the ribcage! It's pretty thrilling!

Having discovered those, it made me wonder if my shoulder blades had made an appearance also. They are starting to emerge -- certainly not as quickly as the ribs did, but it's coming. I love the little spark you get from discovering a nice change in your body such as this!

I'll never get the waist back that I had in my teens (21 inches) but I can see it is also going down a mini-measurement at a time! Mostly I depend on my scale, but it is a different kind of thrill when you see your body changing right before you very eyes!
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ARTJAC 1/20/2012 11:21PM

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SHARJOPAUL 1/20/2012 9:19AM

    Congratulations
Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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4_MY_LIFE 1/19/2012 1:52PM

    emoticon on the ribs and shoulder blades!

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LYNETTEMOM 1/19/2012 1:30PM

    ribs? Mine are very well-padded and I would love to see them in a 6 pack!
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OLDERDANDRT 1/19/2012 12:22PM

    That's wonderful!! I am so happy for you! I know it may sound a bit weird, but I totally understand! emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 1/19/2012 11:51AM

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I read in several places lately that our pelvic bones keep growing for many years after the rest of our bones have reached full size. This causes our waist to also measure larger. So getting back to that teeny waist may not be a practical goal for many of us.

Well done, you!

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God was looking after me -- yet again!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

emoticon I'm an impatient person! I have known this from Day 1. And if I didn't know, I'd had plenty of friends who have told me in plain English.

Most of you who read my blogs know how excited I was about getting granite counters in my kitchen. In fact, the day after the salesman came from the company I went with, I knew (from the samples) what color I was going with. The sample showed tans and a deep rusty gold with flecks of gray, etc. I just KNEW how it would look in my kitchen. I'm very visual. With that in mind, I went to the computer to shop for new window covering for our two very large windows.

The ones in there now are pinky-mauve, as you can see in the photos on my blog about the "Update on Kitchen" blog. Looks OK -- old as the hills but look good. I found online some beautiful woven woods in pecanwood. I could picture how they would look with the new counters and new paint on the walls. I ORDERED THEM! Yes, I know any ordinary person would have waited until the counters were installed to get a better feel for it. PATIENCE LACKING SEVERELY!

The next day I went to the granite store to make the final selection upon seeing the full slab of granite, not a 5-inch square! I find the one I adored in the little sample had this HUGE 2-foot wide river of deep rusty-gold running through it! It literally drew your eyes to it, overpowering! I knew I couldn't have THAT in my kitchen, or it's all you'd see! Looking behind me I see this elegant, cool gray with lots of movement, white running through it, and in places a touch of tan. It was love at first sight! I switched my choice to that one!

When I got home I was contemplating how my woven woods window covering would look with elegant gray instead of tan/rusty gold. My mind was telling me I had just made a big boo-boo! I tried to console myself by saying "wood goes with anything." It worked to a point. But deep down I was still worried. After all, we weren't speaking of pocket change -- each window was over $1000!

The granite was in. It looked beautiful. I would look at my kitchen and wonder how the woven woods would look! Then the manufacturing company called me. They were out of the pecanwood and wouldn't have in another supply until Mar. or April. Did I want to WAIT or CANCEL. Thank you, God, you've saved me yet again!
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ARTJAC 1/18/2012 10:17PM

    you can look around other shops and get a good match emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 1/18/2012 5:16PM

    Well, there you go! I know when the time comes, you will make the prettiest choice! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 1/18/2012 8:17AM

    You are so lucky now you can get what you really want - I love to decorate just wish I had the money - you have fun and keep the pictures coming
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FLYCHRISTI 1/18/2012 2:16AM

    You are lucky!
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4_MY_LIFE 1/18/2012 1:39AM

    You lucked out on that. I tend to wait and think on anything after I have researched it to death.

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LYNETTEMOM 1/17/2012 3:46PM

    I have one friend who researchs and spends months, if not years, deciding what to do and another who leaps without even a day's consideration. A happy medium is what I strive for but you know, there is no perfection in this world.
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PSMITH3841 1/17/2012 12:45PM

    Whew, you dodged a bullet on that one, girl! Really lucky...maybe you should take a trip to Las Vegas! emoticon emoticon

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My First Completed Acrylic Painting

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)

  
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SGTSUNNY 1/22/2012 10:06PM

    Very nice! I love it and the colors! You should make it your background picture for your page!

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PSMITH3841 1/17/2012 12:07PM

    Pretty! Nice job....this was your first? Hmmm, keep on painting, my friend... you're good at it! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 1/15/2012 5:33PM

    I think you've done a very lovely job!!! From what I can see, it looks very professional looking! And like you thoroughly enjoyed creating it!

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PANFRIEDTROUT 1/14/2012 6:19PM

    That's a very lovely painting Eve! You should put a photo of it in your gallery ~ that way, when people click on it, it would be larger & easier to see.

Thanks for sharing it with us!

Marie

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4_MY_LIFE 1/14/2012 3:37PM

    Great Job!! It is beautiful! emoticon

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CATLADY52 1/14/2012 1:37PM

    It's very good. Something I'd be happy to hang. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 1/14/2012 7:47AM

    emoticonso pretty your a very good painter you need to enter it in a contest you would get a award keep up the good work
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ARTJAC 1/13/2012 10:18PM

    very good nice job

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STILLFLYIN 1/13/2012 6:34PM

    Nice job! You followed the basic rules and it looks like what it is supposed to be. I especially like the sky part with the lovely clouds and sky colors. With the front mountains and trees so dark, I would have made the very top of the sky a bit darker, but that is just me. It is something to be proud of as is.


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Update on the Kitchen (with pix)

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.

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PSMITH3841 1/17/2012 12:04PM

    The counter tops are absolutely beautiful!!!!! Lovely blending of colors....Enjoy!

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OLDERDANDRT 1/15/2012 5:31PM

    Granite is certainly lovely! Congrats! It looks marvelous!!

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SGTSUNNY 1/15/2012 10:55AM

    Very nice, I love the pictures. The colors are great and your kitchen/bath are lovely!

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TRISTAROSE 1/15/2012 8:04AM

    I just love your kitchen and your counters are beautiful! Enjoy!

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4_MY_LIFE 1/14/2012 3:40PM

    Beautiful kitchen! I love granite counters, I miss mine.

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CATLADY52 1/14/2012 1:45PM

    That is a KITCHEN!! You'll have everyone else wanting to have a similar kitchen before you know it. emoticon emoticon

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STARLIGHT615 1/14/2012 11:06AM

    Love them!!!

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VITCHY-VICKI 1/14/2012 7:45AM

    emoticonso pretty now enjoy cooking on them
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ARTJAC 1/13/2012 10:28PM

    beautiful you have plenty of working space enjoy your new counters jacque

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LYNETTEMOM 1/13/2012 10:03PM

    What a gorgeous kitchen! The granite totally fits in.

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UNICORN212 1/13/2012 7:34PM

    So cool to have those windows! I am jealous!

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STILLFLYIN 1/13/2012 6:28PM

    Wow! Pretty and pretty fancy looking.


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RAPUNZEL53 1/13/2012 5:19PM

  Enjoy your new counters! They are beautiful!

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