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Busy Week!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What a busy time - and it is not really summer yet!!

Yesterday my daughter came by the church office where I work and we went to Starbucks - right next door - just too close!! She got her usual (she has lost about 30 pounds in the last 6 months so she can) and I got the house blend. I really do not like all those "gooey sweet drinks"!

After work, ran a couple of errands and then came home. After dinner, I spent about an hour planting more plants. Replace a couple of geraniums in front that I got too early. And planted petunias in back - purple, pink, red and white. Also potted a couple of others that I do not know what they are - but will look nice on the patio.

Monday, our next door neighbor left about 8 a.m. to go to the club - she returned about 11 a.m. to find her apartment flooded with about 2 inches of water - her hot water had busted out on the bottom. In order to reach the pipes under the building to make repairs, they had to go down thru the floor in our coat closet. That meant that I had to take everything out - really not a problem.
However, they have now put in an emergency cutoff valve just under the floor in there - so cannot put back the metal cabinet I had in there. Our apartment is very small - very little storage. And, I had my cookware that I do not use often in there. No room in the kitchen so am now trying to figure out where to put them. They had eliminated some of the kitchen cabinet space when they put in the dishwasher. Am thinking I would rather have the space!!

Right now everything is in the living room - some on the card table that I put up.

But, I did get some exercise moving it all out - and now will get more when I figure out where to put it all. Some may just go in a garage sale!!

It is cool again this morning and we may have more rain today. We have been getting more than usual this spring.


A Full Weekend.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Saturday was going to do some quilting - want to finish a quilted flag wall hanging I am making for my sister's husband. But, instead, went flower shopping with my daughter. We bought lots. Then we spent the afternoon at her home planting and planting. Such fun!! Now have mine to put out.

Sunday afternoon we had our banquet at church honoring the 4 students we have garduating from high school this year. It was such fun - hearing stories from the parents and then watching a video (prepared by our former Youth Pastor) of pictures of the lives of our students. Dinner was baked pork chops - so yummy!

Now back to work. Our Pastor is in Portland today to see a specialist about the psoriasis. He also has a lung infection that is slowly clearing up. I just pray they will be able to help him - a couple of weeks ago he spent another 6 days in the hospital. He just seems to be getting worse.

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MARTHA-ANN 5/21/2011 1:48AM

    Glad you enjoyed your day with your daughter, I expect to see flower piccies soon! lol..

Your Church banquet sounds lovely, it was a shame your Pastor couldn't attend. I hope he's doing well now, I have psoriasis so can sympathise with him.

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Goals Update!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

I have gotten so far off track!!! So, am going to take a good look at my goals for the year and see where I am.

My Seven for 2011:
1. Lose 25 pounds.
2. Plan weekly menus.
3. Reestablish lost relationships.
4. Study life of Jesus with Granddaughter, Jill.
5. Plan knitting and quilting projects.
6. Downsize "stuff" to half - again.
7. Drink up to 8 glasses of water daily and take my "pills".

#!. Well, had lost about 10 pounds and now have gained back 4 - so am going in the wrong direction. But, summer is finally here and will be outside more - so WILL lose 10 by the end of July (I know I can if I just make up my mind to).

#2. Plan those weekly menus. Have a calendar on the fridge where i put daily activities and have started adding meal plans when I know ahead what I will be fixing. So, at least have started planning some meals.

#3. Still meeting every Monday with my son - and our time together is so precious. His beliefs are so different from mine, but we have been able to share and respect each other. I am sure that deep in his heart he is a believer as I am, but he has been so deeply hurt by family members that he has just pulled away.
The other relationship is my older daughter - still have not written to her. I did send her a Mother's day card with a brief note, but have not written yet. Will do this month.

#4. Am not spending any time with Jill - I have a very hard time being with her. She is only 10, but very rebellious! The time I am with her really helps her but I just find I don't want to be around her. Very selfish on my part. And, I know that this is something that God has placed in my heart to do.

#5. Knitting and quilting projects. Am not doing any knitting now, except I do need another pair of socks so will get yarn for those. Have 4 quilting projects planned - one for my sister's husband. He is a vet and very patriotic. It is a wall hanging of the flag - found it at connectingthreads. com. Have the top finished - now to finish the back, get it quilted and sent to him. The others are Christmas presents for my daughter and one for my sister.

#6. Downsize my "stull". Have taken a couple of boxes to Salvation Army and have discarded a couple bags of books. These were not worth taking to the used book store. When I study a book, I write in, highlight, underline and by the time I am finished with it, sometimes I need a rubber band to hold it together. So these were the ones to go.

#7. Drink more water. With summer here will be drinking more tea. I have a couple of glass containers that I fill with water and tea bags and sit out on the patio in the mornings. And this is my "drink" for the day.

Am glad I took a look at my goals this morning. So, I am not too far off - except that the year is passing quickly!! Gotta get MOVING!!

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MARTHA-ANN 5/13/2011 3:39AM

    It's good to re-evaluate now and again, they all sound attainable emoticon

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I'm Here for Another Day

Sunday, May 08, 2011

My daughter and granddaughter will be singing at church this morning. What a special treat. And, will be going to their house for lunch - I think we will be having tacos - our favorite! Then not sure what we will do - we had wanted to play in the dirt, but it rained yesterday - a real downpour - so will be too wet. And it is in the 40s this morning. So, we will do something inside.

Friday and Saturday we had our Spring Salad Luncheon and Craft Bazaar at church. The funds raised provide for our Vacation Bible School. It was smaller this year since we lost one of our vendors - a gentleman who made items from old barn wood - very popular. He just is not able to do it any more.


This is a picture of the hutch I bought last year - just love it!!

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MARTHA-ANN 5/9/2011 11:19AM

    Glad you had a good Mother's Day Barb, ours was back on 3rd April, it's always the fourth Sunday after lent. emoticon

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A Bright Sunny Day!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

FINALLY!! Bright and sunny out this morning - a little cooler, but it will warm up.

Yesterday i got over 3000 steps - not sure how, was working at church and stopped at Safeway to pick up a few groceries. But, I will take every one. Have some errands today, so will get a few more again. Nothing planned this evening so will get out for a walk with my camera.

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MARTHA-ANN 5/5/2011 4:02AM

    Good for you Barb, that's great.
I haven't done a lot of walking as I've had very severe sciatica for three weeks, which is now a lot better, and I've been having tests on my liver again...which makes me tired. Easter, the Royal Wedding and May Day holidays were all combined together and made for an eleven day break over here so we visited a bit and went for a couple of rides. I finally got back to walking on Monday, didn't do much but felt better for it.

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