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Goodbye 2012 -- Hello 2013!

Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 has some fond memories, and a few things I'd like to forget (the election being one of those) -- but blocking out the bad isn't always a good thing. For if you face what you consider bad, perhaps there are ways of overcoming it. For example, when you finally admitted to your self that you were overweight -- you had to face it and take action before you could begin to combat it.

I have had lots of fun lunches with girlfriends during 2012. It's so much fun to get together with 1 or 2 friends, or sometimes a group, and catch up on what's going on in everyone's life!

Mid-July I finally made it into the 130's and except for a small slip during vacation have even managed to stay in that range.

November we went on our yearly vacation with 2 weeks in Mexico, this time a tour of some specific archaeological sites. It was fun and the group we shared our experiences with was so warm and friendly!

One peek at Mexico City when we first arrived.
After vacation we spent Thanksgiving with my daughter & family (no photo) and on the Monday after Thanksgiving we adopted our little Luci, 3 year old female cat.

And just before Christmas my daughter announced her engagement to Dino

She now shakes hands using her "left" hand. lol

And during 2012 I've made many new friends, and strengthened those friendships I already had, and with friends you are never truly alone!
Have a terrific 2013! And if you're not happy with your scale, consider this:

  
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JACK714 1/11/2013 8:06AM

    Have a great new adventurous happy healthy new year.

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LYNETTEMOM 1/7/2013 2:06PM

    each year brings changes and every year brings challenges. I hope to catch you in our weight-loss journey!
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ONUTHIN125 1/2/2013 2:28PM

    Hope you have a wonderful New Year! emoticon

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HEYITSJUDED 1/1/2013 6:45PM

    Congratulations to you and your daughter on her engagement! We all have had good and bad in 2012. Out with the old and in with the new! may 2013 be way better, brighter and skinnier than 2012 !

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LIS193 1/1/2013 11:44AM

    We fondly remember the good thing of the past year and hopefully learned from the bad.
You had lots of nice highlights last year - lets make 2013 a great year!
Happy New Year!
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ARTJAC 12/31/2012 11:51PM

    emoticon happy new year eve

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4_MY_LIFE 12/31/2012 3:26PM

    Have a Happy New Year! May 2013 be a wonderful year! emoticon

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CATLADY52 12/31/2012 2:54PM

    Have a Happy New Year to you. May 2013 be great. emoticon

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DALID414 12/31/2012 2:51PM

    I'd shake hands with my left hand too, lol

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/31/2012 12:49PM

    Happy New Year my friend
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God's Blessings
Vicki

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GRACEISENUF 12/31/2012 12:31PM

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Happy New Year!


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-VIXEN- 12/31/2012 12:30PM

    What a year, eh?! Sounds like you were blessed in many ways. Here's hoping 2013 brings much joy and success your way. Happy New Year to you! :)

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MEEZERMOM2 12/31/2012 12:24PM

    Love your blogs! You are so talented...wish we lived closer, I know that you would be a great "in person" friend too! From one Eve to another wishing you all things good in 2013!

Hugs,
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FISHINGLADY66 12/31/2012 11:43AM

    I am so happy to be one of your friend. Yes 2012 is almost over and 2013 will be here in a few hours. I truly hope you have a happy and memorable year.

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Being a Senior Feels Mighty Good!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

There are lots of jokes about seniors and how they look and act. I've seen a few of the funny ones myself, so I know many of them are a source of entertainment.

There comes a time when certain items of clothing are better left to the younger women, we had our day, now it's time to take the background and be a "bit" more conservative.

A few of us don't get enough exercise and tend to be "just 10 pounds or so overweight."

You start out slim and trim, you have the world in the palm of your hand. You can eat all you want -- it really is a "see-food diet" (you see food, you eat it)! Never put on an ounce! (My GD)

Before you know it you've hit 50! But even at that you're not considered a "senior."

You're a SENIOR now, Babe! At 74 there is no doubt at all; but you've begun to realize the importance of eating right and exercising every day -- life as a senior isn't so bad after all.

Now that you've got all the time in the world -- take advantage of it. Get out there and hike, the journey isn't over until the fat lady sings -- and if you keep hiking, you'll never be the fat lady.

  
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WARRIORGIRL121 1/20/2013 12:18AM

    No way that you are a "senior!" You're way too young for that! emoticon

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ANDY_54 12/29/2012 7:08AM

    This is a wonderful reminder! I'm in my fifties, my mom just turned 90 and my grandmother lived to 102. I have maternal genes that *could* see me to a ripe old age. So I'd better take care of what I got, lol. Keep on hiking, my husband and I love to do that, too! Have a great new year!

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DIANER2014 12/28/2012 8:10PM

    Great blog and pictures! You look fabulous! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/28/2012 7:15AM

    I never started out thin was always heavy from birth till now
You look great at any age
Keep up the good work
V

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JENAE954 12/27/2012 10:06PM

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Wonderful blog and pictures.

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FISHINGLADY66 12/27/2012 5:22PM

    The best part is when we can see those pictures of funny looking seniors and laugh at them, cause we don't look like that. LOL As STEELKICKIN said, "your as young as the light in your eyes", and as you feel. If we keep our bodies healthy, and keep moving, and eat healthy, we will always be young at heart till the Fat Lady sings. You look Great. Thanks for the inspirational blog. emoticon

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CATLADY52 12/27/2012 4:55PM

    I'm not ready to hear the Lady clear her throat. emoticon

If we keep our optimism, we can do just about anything we set our minds to. Within reason. emoticon emoticon

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DALID414 12/27/2012 3:50PM

    emoticon Cheers to never being the fat lady!!

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YOYONOMORE1 12/27/2012 2:24PM

    Great blog, especially like the last paragraph. I am right behind you at 69 and want to be able to enjoy the years ahead of me. Have a great day.

Hugs,
Shirl

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STEELKICKIN 12/27/2012 2:17PM

    A very eye-opening blog with some wonderful pictures...

I see that you are still as gorgeous as always.
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You are as young as the light in your eyes. And, you, my friend, are in your early 20s.
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PARKERB2 12/27/2012 2:04PM

    I agreed. We hike a lot and it sure helps all aspects of your life.

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CHRISTMAS!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

While the word Christmas evokes different memories in everyone, I'd like to share a few of the memories that come into 'my' mind when I hear the word.

Christmas Trees all decorated with love and care -- looking at them with their lights on in the evening gives me a feeling of contentment and joy.

Thinking of C H R I S T M A S, the second letter is an H reminding me of the Heavens, in all their glory, created by our Savior. There is nothing so beautiful. Blue with puffy clouds by day, and a glorious sunset in the evening. Then night comes with the shimmering of stars, the moon, and the fun of picking out the constellations. God was an artist as he created all of those.

Still having sunsets on my mind, now I've come to the "R" such as this winding river with the magic of the sunset overhead.

I am a child of God. He loves me. He loves you too; something for you to keep in mind. It's not about the presents you give and get, it's about our Savior:

And as you attend church on Christmas morn, whether it be in a quaint, old-time church this as this one that we found in Tao, New Mexico -- let the Spirit fill you mind and your heart. Today is the birthday of Jesus Christ, our Savior!
emoticon Time is of an essence -- use it wisely! There are times of the year when there doesn't seem to be enough hours in each day; while other times it stretches before us endlessly.

Make the most of the happy times spent with friends. Make time for yourself, you are most important to your loved ones, stay healthy and be there for them.
emoticon As (sneaky, huh? I combined the last two letters!) And as the New Year is just around the corner, look back on the year that is rapidly coming to an end. Were the decisions you made good or bad, wise or unwise? You have a new chance to make choices as we begin our new year. Make each day count in your memory album -- and whatever memories come to mind for YOU as you read this, I hope they are happy, and may your 2013 be wonderful!

  
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WARRIORGIRL121 1/20/2013 12:15AM

    Eve, somehow I missed this blog! This was wonderful and I love your photos! Beautiful, honey! Hugs, Karen

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ILOVETOCRUISE 12/25/2012 8:32AM

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Merry Christmas. A great blog.

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TRISTAROSE 12/25/2012 6:41AM

    emoticon Happy Holidays emoticon

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CATLADY52 12/24/2012 6:50PM

    May you and your family have a grand and glorius Christmas.

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HEYITSJUDED 12/24/2012 2:52PM

    Memories are a wonderful thing! I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family! Always remember there is no CHRISTmas without CHRIST!

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Merry Christmas & Jesus it the Reason for the Season
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ASILLA 12/24/2012 5:03AM

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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4_MY_LIFE 12/23/2012 9:19PM

    Wonderful blog!

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FISHINGLADY66 12/23/2012 9:15PM

    Beautiful blog Eve. God is my leader and HE always takes care of us. I love the festivities of Christmas, but in my heart I know "Jesus is the Reason for the Season" Let us always Praise Him for saving our soul. I love the way you used CHRISTMAS in your blog. God Bless you. Have a Merry Christmas.
Irene

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LYNETTEMOM 12/23/2012 8:12PM

    memories of years past and anticipation for the future......

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-VIXEN- 12/23/2012 7:52PM

    Lovely blog! It made me think about my own feelings and memories in regards to Christmas. Today I went to church and sang holiday songs. I felt the love in the room and the love of the Lord. A perfect way to usher in the holiday. Merry Christmas to you. :)

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PDSLIM 12/23/2012 5:08PM

    nice thoughts

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DALID414 12/23/2012 5:03PM

    I love lighted Christmas trees emoticon . I enjoy seeing homes decorated with Christmas lights, too. It's hard not to smile at Christmas lights emoticon

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Housework is Easy When DH Helps Me!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

This is usually what you see when it comes to housework. It's always a woman! Where are the photo's of a man down on his hands and knees scrubbing a floor?

Well, as a newly-wed (under 2 years) I can tell you that it came as somewhat of a shock, but the other day I entered the kitchen after being out shopping and there was my DH -- down on all fours -- actually more like a hip slouch, scrubbing the kitchen floor. "What are you doing?" says I.

"Doing some "serious" cleaning." he replies. Like it's a once in a lifetime miracle!

I just smile to myself, he doesn't know it, but about once a month, or sometimes 2 months I get down on my hands and knees and do the same thing. You can really spot every little speck up close like that, as you wipe down the baseboards and clean each tile. Yes, MOVE the furniture, get into the corners, and throw away or put away the clutter. Yum! I use a lemon smelling Pine Sol and the wholehouse smells clean.

Of course DH got tired by the time he started down the hall -- he's not used to work like this. He announces he "has to go and rest for a bit." And while he's napping I finish up the hall, his bath room and now we're at the Laundry Room. He was surprised and pleased.

It's all finished now, and DH has breathed a big sigh of relief -- he figures it is over till summer or maybe even a year! Ha! Little does he know. But it's my little secret.

  
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VITCHY-VICKI 12/23/2012 6:24AM

    Just be glad he helped - my hubby will if I ask but I like doing it myself then I know it is clean and I too love the smell of Pine-sol
Enjoy your clean house
V

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-VIXEN- 12/22/2012 8:41PM

    Isn't it lovely when they pitch in? I'd rather my husband do the dishes than bring me flowers, though both wouldn't be bad either. ;)

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FISHINGLADY66 12/22/2012 8:37PM

    That's funny to me because that is the way it is at our house. While DH goes to work on our rental property, I'm scrubbing everything. Yes I move furniture also. emoticon for us. Merry Christmas.

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CATLADY52 12/22/2012 5:47PM

    So nice of him. He obviously hasn't seen you do it. emoticon

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DALID414 12/22/2012 1:50PM

    They are so clueless! Which is why you should omit the word just before a housewife!!

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LIS193 12/22/2012 11:26AM

    What a great DH! Mine gets in cleaning mode but most of his efforts are on his boat :) The house is all mine.. and I don't mind. Now we don't have pets anymore it is a lot easier to clean.
Merry Christmas!

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A Poem for the People in Connecticut

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I just received this poem in an email -- no credit was given to the originator of this lovely poem but as it is on the Internet, I doubt there will be any objections! It's a beautiful tribute!

Twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38;
When 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate.
Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air;
They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.

They were filled with such joy, they didn't know what to say.
They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
"Where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
This is heaven." declared a small boy. "We're spending Christmas at
God's house."

When what to their wondering eyes did appear,
But Jesus, their Savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
Then He opened His arms and He called them by name.

And in that moment was joy that only heaven can bring
Those children all flew into the arms of their King.
And as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
One small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face.

And as if He could read all the questions she had
He gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of mom and dad."
Then He looked down on earth, the world far below
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe
Then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
"Let My power and presence re-enter this land!"

  
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FISHINGLADY66 12/21/2012 5:25PM

    What a lovely tribute!. My heart is broken from this terrible tragedy. Thank you so much for sharing.


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TRISTAROSE 12/20/2012 3:22PM

    Yes this is a great poem ... this was read by Dr. Phil and his wife at the end of his show yesterday and certainly brought tears to my eyes. Such a beautiful tribute and thanks
for posting!

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-VIXEN- 12/20/2012 1:05PM

    I love that, very much. Thank you. :)

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KIMPY225 12/20/2012 9:34AM

    Thank you for sharing this

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LADYBUG546 12/20/2012 8:45AM

    emoticon God will walk beside the parents during this holiday season and many other days over the years. My thoughts and prayers go to the entire community, and families emoticon

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MICHELELYNN777 12/20/2012 7:59AM

    What a beautiful poem! Thank you for sharing hope in the midst of the tragedy.
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VITCHY-VICKI 12/20/2012 5:27AM

    Got a lot of emails with this poem
it is so cool
thanks for sharing
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AMALIA8 12/19/2012 11:42PM

    Wow! That's really well done. I'm sorry that we don't know who the author is. It's so.....warming....that's the best word I can come up with. Keep up the awesome work and thanks for sharing!

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MEEZERMOM2 12/19/2012 11:14PM

    Very special & indeed a beautiufl trubute. Thanks for sharing...

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