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This is the day...

Saturday, June 21, 2014

This is the day...

this is the moment...

This song came to my mind when I thought about blogging today. This is the day... did it have meaning, did my day touch someone, was this day just like any other day? They go by so quickly.

I was thinking the other day about my life... if I had only one year, would I do anything different, would I need to?

Maybe when you turn 58, you start reflecting more on your legacy. I know I sure did when I turned 50. I was sad, because I didn't feel like I had anyone to pass on my... stuff, my learning, my thoughts, how I think... no one to pass it on to. I worked through it, but yesterday this thought came about making the moments, the days, the years count.

I took my granddaughter to the Tea Room to celebrate her 13th birthday on Thursday. The kids have been so distant lately... I guess it's their ages 8, 11, 13, 14. They don't run with excitement lighting up their faces, even when it's been months since they've seen me. I miss that. I have been trying to come to terms with it, but it's hard.

So anyway... Macy and the Tea Room. We had a marvelous time... she talked, we laughed, we talked about our love for crochet, we ate, we drank tea, we laughed... it was so much fun!

I think the key to the kids' is one-on-one time. The same thing had happened with Alison last November.

I told Macy that I'd been thinking about the Tea Room tradition... I take the girls every year for their birthday after they turn 5. It's their present and our tradition. We drink tea, eat scones and lunch and wear hats. We also take a yearly picture. I told her that I'd come to the decision that I will do it as long as they will let me take them to the Tea Room - it's our tradition.

Traditions are very important to me. I don't have a lot of traditions left. But this one hopefully will go on for years.

And you know what... it was interesting to hear Macy say some things that I have taught her over the years. I smile as I remember...

This is the day... this is the moment...

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JAIZWAYS 7/6/2014 1:20PM

    How wonderful to have the tea party tradition with your granddaughters. They will always remember those days. emoticon

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SWEETNEEY 6/23/2014 9:37PM

    I got nostalgic the other day - blogged about it on Friday I think. I also had the same thought over the weekend - if you knew how long you had to live - what would you do? I'm 52.

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MUDGE4 6/23/2014 3:58PM

    What a nice tradition! Grandparents are such a blessing! emoticon

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AMARILYNH 6/23/2014 8:09AM

    Heavy sigh - I want a granddaughter to take to tea rooms! But now I'm holding out for great granddaughters! Meanwhile I'm enjoying my grandsons grow into fine young men - but its not quite the same LOL.

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    I'm glad you have that tradition and that you had a great time with her! That is what you should think on. How they greet you has changed, but not the time spent with you one on one.
I can tell you from my childhood that it bothered me greatly that my grandmother looked at me like I was some "child" (not that I wasn't, lol), and that I was so "cute"- even as an older teen. I wanted to be treated as an equal, pretty much, someone worth listening to and talking with. I'd also put a protection around myself- not wanting to be hurt by others. School will teach you to do that nice and quick.
I say all that to say that you shouldn't let it think it is you that makes them act like that- it's likely them in their own little world and how the world has affected them.
BUT again, look how wonderful it is when they feel save one on one with you. :)

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GEMLADYONE 6/22/2014 10:20AM

    What a lovely tradition! Your granddaughters will remember those tea room times always! emoticon

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KOBER9999 6/21/2014 9:02PM

    I love hearing about your tea parties. Keep the tradition going as long as you can. Hopefully you'll have lots and lots of years to make more memories with the girls.
They are lucky to have such a loving grandma!

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DEBSZOO74 6/21/2014 8:51PM

    I love traditions, too! That sounds like a very special one that you have with taking your grandaughters to the Tea Room for their birthdays! emoticon

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Laughter is good for the soul...

Thursday, May 15, 2014

This has me hooting with laughter. The pose is just perfect

Thanks for the help!!!

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KOBER9999 6/2/2014 4:46PM

    Too Funny! I should try that sometime.

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DOITFIRST 5/16/2014 2:39AM

    Ha ha! Love it! :-)

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GENRE009 5/15/2014 10:32PM

    I think you need to get the hh's out, and start the blog like this in the linkage, otherwise it doesn't work at all. eva
When you copy, it always puts the hh's in. But put it into your blog, take the h's out, then copy & paste it into the linkage. The squirrel looked wild.

Comment edited on: 5/15/2014 10:34:42 PM

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FOREVERDACE 5/15/2014 8:23PM

    if you go and edit the link you posted and take out the s and add : then the link works! :)

any that have https you have to remove the s for the link to work for us all! It worked after I did that


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JENNIFERKCM 5/15/2014 8:06PM

    I couldn't link on here either. FYI

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FLUTTERFLI 5/15/2014 5:25PM

    Page comes up web page cannot be found everytime I click on it !!! SHOOT !!! ; }

Hey, is your last name Kent by any chance ???


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Recovery Plan

Sunday, May 11, 2014

In the BLC25 Challenge we have an opportunity to blog a recovery plan after a challenge or slip up. Since I slipped up big time this weekend, I will share what I did tonight. I made sure I got at least 40 minutes of exercise in, I did some big steps (marching) in place during some commercials for an additional 10 minutes of exercise time.

I think for me the big thing is to accept the slip up, admit that it is not what I really want for my life, and know that this yucky feeling in my stomach is the result of too much fat, too much sugar and I do not like it!

Then as the song goes, "Pick myself up, dust myself off and start all over again". The good part is I'm not starting from scratch, I'm just going back to where I stopped making the healthy decisions for me... and start making them again.

As a song we sang in our Easter program at church states in the chorus, "you don't have to be who you have always been before..." With God's help I can choose rightly, choose with health in mind, and choose for me.

Bad choices happen, good choices are decided... I am deciding on what really is best for my health and life.

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CARTOON3 5/15/2014 5:10PM

    You have a very good attitude. I like how you relate to songs, because the words are so true. I like the idea of picking up where you left off and not having to start over from scratch. emoticon

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GENRE009 5/12/2014 9:24AM

    good attitude, forgive and move on. I had to join WW for extra support, and to learn a new life style. They are teaching me that many times we do mindless things that become bad habits. Eating in front of the set when we just ate dinner, or at the movies. Just plan getting up to constantly snack. What makes us do that. many times it's that we aren't eating right, and filling up on real foods, with fiber prevents that(whole grains, fruit, and vegetables). My line of defense is to always have home made soup around, and eat a lot of vegetables at every meal. I still slip up cause I have a hard time handling stress. But at least eventually I do go down. So keep pushing or trying. It's work, and the reward is your self esteem, and a healthier body. eva

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DELIA38961 5/11/2014 10:23PM

    Oh those pesky little slip ups can take anyone down but you have a great positive attitude that won't keep you down ...cudos for getting back on track emoticon

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SANDICANE 5/11/2014 10:20PM

    Yes, my friend, there are a lot of us "dusting ourselves off" hoping never to have to do it again....


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SKIMBRO 5/11/2014 10:18PM

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BLC25 Fitness Test

Monday, May 05, 2014

I read the blog of one of my Violet teammates - she was struggling with the results of the fitness test. This sure sparked with me... I was not wanting to do it either. I have been recuperating from pneumonia and I knew the results were not going to be something I could be proud of, if I could even do all of them.

So yesterday, I started ... did the 1 mile walk - 23.5 minutes - not great. I think I can usually do this in 18-20 minutes or less. Tried to do the 3 minute step (12 inches) and could only do 1 minute before the coughing and breathlessness stopped me. I am going to do the push-ups as wallies, cuz I am unable to do with the arthritis in my big toe. We'll see how the crunches go today.

I don't like doing things I know that I won't do well. I am taking this as a NSV that I am willing to do this test anyway. Sometimes you just gotta suck it up and do it as best as you can with the way life is at the moment.

Sparkin' on...

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TOSHIKO120 5/7/2014 2:03AM

    Following the test according to the guidelines made it TOUGH on me too! Barely doable! Feel better soon and good luck on the challenge!
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Violet Virtuoso

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GENRE009 5/5/2014 6:39PM

    I give you a lot of credit. I wonder if that walking helped clear some of your mucus? I won't even get out there in this weather we are having in Michigan. I think we were affected by the tornados in another state. We are rather cold here now. usually I don't even have my furnace on at this time. But it's never gotten off yet, way too cold to walk. yet a week ago it was warm for a few days. eva

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BLC25 Goals

Friday, May 02, 2014

My goals for the BLC25 are:

- lose 10 pounds during the challenge
- fine new recipes for healthy eating
- increase exercise time to 40 min / 5 days a week
- awareness of emotional eating and look for different ways to cope

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TOSHIKO120 5/7/2014 1:59AM

    I'm with you here! emoticon

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GENRE009 5/4/2014 6:30PM

    Just keep learning about real food, and not eating processed, and you'll be alright. it's great you have a plan,, cause most don't. eva

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GENRE009 5/4/2014 6:29PM

    EAT REAL FOODS, NOT MAN made, and you'll be alright. & make sure that you eat a lot of magnesium foods, so you don't have anxiety. Eating whole grains, fruits, and vegetables will keep your energy up. and putting lots of vegetables into everything will keep you full. So far you have a great plan. Most don't even have a plan!eva

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    Those sound like very good goals. Wishing you good luck!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/2/2014 6:44PM

I know that you can do it! emoticon

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DEBSZOO74 5/2/2014 6:37PM

    Great goals! emoticon emoticon

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