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Sad Week at Work-prayers needed

Sunday, October 14, 2012

This past week was so sad for several of my students and their friends. A young lady's mother died suddenly. My student did not hear the news from a trusted adult or counselor-no with modern technolgy-she was alerted of her mother's passing by text-during class.
Another student in one of my classes lost a baby sister. suddenly. without warning. He showed me her obituary page on the funeral home's website.
A former student-who bagged my groceries on Saturday-told me his premature nephew died. The baby was 4 months premature. My heart aches for these young people-just teenagers -with hardly a speck of life experience-now foced to deal with difficult losses. Keep them in your prayers -they will surely need it.

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DEBBIEMATHEWS 10/16/2012 11:20AM

  I will pray for you & these you have mentioned in your blog. I know God will hold them & you in his hands. You are a blessing to them & may you be blessed also. Sending lots of love & prayers.

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LJOYCE55 10/16/2012 10:00AM

  How kind you must be that the students come to you with their sorrow.

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MEME102 10/14/2012 4:42PM

    Oh my - all that is so sad -- and I agree - the poor girl hearing about her mom from a text??!!! Yikes - who did that I wonder!!?? Life is just such a puzzlement sometimes - I know we here on earth don't see the whys and wherefores but someday we will!!! Prayers are being said....

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SANDYBREIT 10/14/2012 12:41PM

    That is truly heartbreaking, especially the girl learning of her mother's death from a text. That should just not happen - but it did. I truly hope they all find good support to deal with their losses, they will certainly need it.

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Taste"Buds"...or are they?????

Saturday, October 06, 2012

I love the commercial for FiberOne cereal with the TasteBuds wearing red knitwear-talking about bacon, cookies, ice cream.....The woman sitting on the couch talking to her husband says-This FiberOne will tame her TasteBuds.....He disagrees-but she's right-the Buds start singing a new song about crunchy deliciousness, after one taste.

It seems that's exactly what I've had to do to my "Buds"-trick them a wee bit-with tasty alternatives to my usual higher calorie cravings. Pita for white bread. Hummus, Smart Balance or one pat for one tablespoon of butter. Mozzarella for cheddar. Small bite of brownie for 2 large squares.

My taste "Buds" weren't being true friends to me! They led me to all sorts of carbohydrate cravings. They would even say "More" when clearly I'd had enough. I see now that I have to tell my "Buds" a few little lies, until they get into some better habits. Telling the "Buds" ---"This is GOOD for YOU." isn't good enough-they just don't care...but saying:
"This FOOD is GOOD"-works!

Here's to all of our "Buds" singing a new, healthy, positive song!

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MEME102 10/7/2012 8:53AM

    Oh Cheryl -- I love this!!! I need to train my 'buds' to be better helpers with my body and my needs!!! I hve not seen that commercial but I'll be looking for it now! (and my dh eats Fiber One all the time) I think straw might have a better flavor !!!! The cheese thing I'm getting down - I love mozzarella cheese sticks now (50 calories) It is my go to snack many times. I've even learned to do it WITHOUT Triscuits (even tho they'd be ok) from time to time. -- less carbing!! Now to work on pasta......hmmmm....

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It's raining...It's pouring....this old gal is coring...

Monday, October 01, 2012

Apples that is! One of my goals is to eat two fruits/vegetable a day. It's getting easier to eat this with the help of SP. I made a yummy apple, blueberry, cherry oatmeal crumble. Made with a little sugar, a lot of oatmeal, a little butter topped on all those fruits. They baked up very nicely. The cherries and blueberries provided a nice juiciness and natural sweetness-why it is was practically dessert!

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KINEPS 10/2/2012 9:27AM

    Very clever title - lol!! Did you just make it from scratch -- or did you follow a recipe? I'm like Lynn - I need a recipe to follow . . . not good at just 'creating'! Could you post it on the recipe thread?

Thanks -


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MEME102 10/1/2012 10:30PM

    LOL, now that is funny -- yep that title brought me over here -- or was it the smell of the fruits cooking in the oven?? Yummm....Could you put the recipe in our recipe section the knee/hip replacement team?? I bet others would love to try that...did you mix all the fruits together or separately?? See, I need a recipe - I'm not a 'good cook'...I always need a blueprint in front of me -- experimenting isn't for me!!! (b/c we'd probably all get food poisoning if I did!!!)

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Dag! 11 days for 1 pound

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Well-It's better than going the other direction-although the truth is I did win and lose that pound several times in the last 11 days-before I determined TODAY that IT was officially GONE. This is harder than I thought-Coming to terms with my snacking is harder than I thought too. ( I didn't think I ate that often or that much ) SP has helped me be more conscious of my eating activities. It's so humbling to track 3-4 cookies or 6 slices of bread .....I'm sure one day I'll have to log 5-6 fruits/vegetables! Until then- Hey Wait a.. minute! I just ate a Banana!

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MEME102 9/22/2012 6:55PM

    Oh Elaine - your blog made me smile!! And did you go track that banana???? My guiltly pleasure is miniature York mint patties 3 of them are 150 calories (or is it 140? ) well anyway, I don't mind tracking for 3 ....but when I have more...DARN - I HATE when I do that b/c then they seem to add up pretty darned quick!! Yes, the tracking is a key component I believe....it keeps us honest and is very eye opening!! But hey congratulations on the ONE pound -- you are slowing down the train!! (that's a phrase I always use about this journey -- iI'm like a run-away train - out of control but when I start paying attention (by tracking, exercising, focusing) I'm slowing that train down...so good for you!!

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Monday, September 17, 2012

I've made quilts for many years. Not showpieces -but heart pieces. I'm sitting on one now that I made when my father was dying of cancer. It's the "by the light of moon-it will be alright" quilt. Jimmy Buffet has a song with those lyrics (Frenchman for a Night)...The design includes moons-of course and night skies and tiny pieced brightly colored inner border. It has always brought comfort to me-even though I cried a river while making it.

...My daughter came by this evening to learn to make her own quilts --to honor her son-my grandson's first birthday. He was in NICU unit for the first 10 days of his life and was given a handmade quilt in the hospital. She is making several to donate to the NICU where he was born. She chose such peaceful colors. The quilts will surely be a blessing to another mother-leaving her newborn at the hospital-just as her son's quilt was a blessing to her.

Perhaps I need to start a "new knees" quilt. It would need to represent new strength and wellbeing. -maybe an "I'll be kicking some a** now" quilt. OHHHHLadies...! I think I like that attitude!

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LUVS2BIKE101 9/19/2012 9:14AM

    What a great attitude, indeed! I, too, am a quilter and love to have more time to devote to it. So, I joined Project Linus and now I have at least one Saturday morning a month helping others at the same time enjoying my love of quilting. Happy quilting!

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MEME102 9/18/2012 3:17PM

    I LIKE that attitude too!! I think that's so sweet your daughter wanted to learn how to make the quilts as well. Nice mother/daughter time. I'm sure the hospital will appreciate them as well.

I'd like the new knees quilt - make it like a lap quilt to just cover mylap, knees and toesies...Sounds like we might need them here in IN tonite -- supposed to be the coldest its been in awhile. A Sparked quilt might be nice too!!! Will have to ponder that....


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