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Sparking my Boojay

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Haven't blogged in awhile. Been busy elsewhere! :)

This is my first month really working the budget (Germans pronounce it "boojay") plan at Dave Ramsey's site and it's a daily challenge, very much like tracking calories and exercise. I've tried to budget in detail in the past and always gave up after awhile. I'm confident I'll be able to stick to it now, helped by what I've learned about discipline and consistency by being involved here at SP. On the site, they give you great tools and the people on the forums are super supportive and helpful. They're also not afraid to play hardball when it comes to finding weaknesses in your spending plans. I like that.

On the homefront: Mom came home from rehab on Tuesday and is settling in well with primary caregiver Dad and new part-time caregiver Cathy. She also qualified for hospice under Medicare at the last possible minute and is under their care. That's a big relief! I've been very concerned about Mom's safety and Dad's ability to care for her at home without much assistance. Finances are apparently not there for nursing home costs, so this is the best alternative at present.

I was also very happy to speak to Cathy and find out she's a Christian. Two big answers to prayer in one week!

Back to tweaking the boojay...

Have a great weekend!

  
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RURAL3 11/16/2009 8:21AM

    God answers prayer. Aren't we thankful. Love the boojay.

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NEWLIBRARIAN 11/16/2009 8:12AM

    I lkie that Boojay, will check out the site you mentioned. Hope you have a good week.


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SJG1953 11/16/2009 12:01AM

    That's great news about your mom and dad getting the extra help they needed. God always makes a way!! He is so good.

It's nice that you are managing your budget. That is not an easy job!

God bless you friend, Shirley

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DDOORN 11/14/2009 10:34PM

    Super to hear of some R-E-L-I-E-F coming your way!

I'm sure your parents must enjoy the extra support as well!

Good going on the budget...bet some folks could think of even MORE creative words to describe THEIR boojay...lol!

Don

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CTEMPLE 11/14/2009 5:31PM

    Hi Michelle glad that there were options!
Claudia

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/14/2009 3:07PM

    that's great news on all fronts Michelle.

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SKISINCO 11/14/2009 11:14AM

    Good news about your mom Michelle. I too am trying to work our boojay. Love that word! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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ANGELLACOLE 11/14/2009 10:41AM

    Great news about your mom! I know what a relief it is to know that things are taken care of when you are so far away.

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REYNJANET 11/14/2009 9:03AM

    You certainly sparked my interest in your title! I need to spark my boojay today too!

Very good news about your mother! I'm glad that she was able to get the help and that your dad doesn't have all the responsibility himself. I know you can rest a lot easier now too! It's so hard isn't it watching our parents age!

Prays and hugs!

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Just a rainbow...

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

...photo. The view from my balcony today...
That's all :)

  
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CTEMPLE 11/5/2009 5:02PM

    what else!

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CGDINASIA 11/4/2009 11:40PM

    What a gorgeous photo Michelle. I always love rainbows as they remind me of one of God's promises to us.
Carol

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SJG1953 11/4/2009 10:33PM

    So beautiful. I love rainbows.

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SKISINCO 11/4/2009 9:21PM

    Very pretty!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/4/2009 8:28PM

    Thank you for sharing that! You got a great picture of it.

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COOKIEBAKERCAT 11/4/2009 5:26PM

    What a beautiful sight!!

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ANGELLACOLE 11/4/2009 4:12PM

    Love it!

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/4/2009 3:13PM

    Just a delight - great photograph.

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LEEDZ09 11/4/2009 1:27PM

    So pretty emoticon

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DDOORN 11/4/2009 12:55PM

    A DOUBLE one, at that! Always feels like my lucky day when I see those... :-)

Don

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JANETELIZABETH1 11/4/2009 12:17PM

    Michelle...I'm always blessed to see a rainbow. Now you know why I chose one for our team!! Thanks for sharing yours!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/4/2009 12:08PM

    FANTASTIC. What a great view to see today. I love rainbows...another message of God's love and promise of more for us. Thank you for sharing.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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SONRIDGE 11/4/2009 11:23AM

    What a neat reminder of God's promises! emoticon

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BLUEGOOSE2 11/4/2009 10:47AM

  Wow, spectacular !! now where is the emoticon. LOL

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REYNJANET 11/4/2009 10:35AM

    There is just something about rainbows! Makes the heart smile!
Thanks!!

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November Goals

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Having just gone over my October list, I'm seeing a need to scale down this month! Although I felt like a accomplished a lot in October, there were a lot of things on the list that didn't get any attention. I think I spread myself too thin and will try to focus on fewer goals in November. Especially with Christmas approaching, I want to be focussed on the "reason for the season"!

Progress, not perfection!

Personal:

Daily MORNING prayer - continue to work on making this a habit so it will no longer be a goal!

Home and Org:

TMMO baby step #2 - in progress. Snowflake goal: $250
Stick to November budget!
Bring US and German taxes up-to-date - ongoing
Put in order for junk pick-up

Study:

Plot out next year's course plan
Contact adviser - get info on OT course credit
Contact German adviser
Practice project present ideas to my adviser and appropriate persons
Make appt. with German admin

Ministry:

International Worship Service
Senior visitation/Caroling - organize, recruit
TYs to TOR donors
Draft newsletter
Continue info search for worship team retreat

Health and Fitness Goals:

1200 Cardio minutes
3 x 20 minutes ST per week
Make OB/GYN appointment
Strovak vaccination series
Track food 5x week, Fitness daily

Other:

Book flight for January/February 2010

  
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SKISINCO 11/4/2009 9:20PM

    Great goals Michelle, it can be so easy to spread ourselves too thin. I too am ready to focus on the reason for the season!

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SJG1953 11/3/2009 8:48PM

    Sounds like a plan to me! I need to be more like you on my goal setting. Great job! Hugs, Shirley

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LADY_DONKEY 11/3/2009 4:43PM

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(A picture is worth a thousand words.)
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October Goals Update

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Progress not perfection!

Personal:

Daily MORNING prayer - continuing to work on making this a habit
Daily journaling - at least food, for Spark Mindful Eating Team challenge - started the month off well, but have slacked off
Support parents during Momís rehab stay (ends first week in Nov) and concerning future care decisions - ongoing
Daily visit to sparkpeople.com - except during my 5-day vacation, goal met

Home and Org:

TMMO baby step #2 - in progress
Bring US and German taxes up-to-date - in progress, but have made big strides here!
Repaper and paint entry hall - not done
Put in order for junk pick-up - not done
Post some stuff on Ebay - not done
Finish changing out summer - winter clothes - pretty much done

Study: no progress in this area at all

Plot out next year's course plan
Contact adviser - get info on OT course credit
Contact German adviser
Practice project present ideas to my adviser and appropriate persons
Make appt. with German admin

Ministry:

Rehearsals for Flea Market project (Takes place Oct. 13) - done
Orientation workshop for new worship team members (Takes place Oct. 7) - done
Christmas Choir project? - likely won't be happening
Senior visitation - have ordered gift calendars, need to talk to volunteers
New home group/Bible study - talk to Silvan - not done

Language school:

Apply for LIS position? - prayed about it, not going to do this

Health and Fitness Goals:

Walk every day on trip to Switzerland and practice portion control! - done, except for the desserts and chocolate!
Possible run dates (pick 1!)
Oct 17: Musberger Dorflauf 8.7 K - nope
Oct 24: Nellinger Kirbe-Lauf 7.6 K - nope
Oct. 31: Geislinger Volkslauf 10.5 K - nope
1200 Cardio minutes - met and passed
More consistency in ST at least twice a week Ė go for 90 minutes - probably got in 60 per week
Continue daily 30 minutes exercise - goal met
Make OB/GYN appointment - not done
Lose 3 pounds - 1.5 total loss

Other:
Book train ticket for retreat - done
Book flight for January/February 2010 - not done

  
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DDOORN 11/3/2009 3:38PM

    Whew! As organized, focused and SPARKIN' as ever! :-)

Don

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/3/2009 3:37PM

    I am in awe at your organization. You have a very busy life but can still get your exercise in. Well done.

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Is there a life after vacation?

Thursday, October 22, 2009


I've been back from Switzerland for a few days. The trip was a feast in more ways than one: feasting on good food, of course was high on the list. It was also a feast for the eyes - the scenery in the Swiss Alps is everything the postcards promise. It was also a feast for soul and spirit: the fellowship with friends old and new, wonderful times of worshipping the King. I went on a couple of solo hikes that were super - on one I even burned something like 800 calories!

I also had some good times of prayer and insight while I was gone. Nothing surprising, really, just more clarity and focus on things that have been occupying my mind for a long time. For one thing, I realized while I was at this "Time of Refreshing" how important it is to build these times into my day-to-day life and not just let myself get burned out while I look forward to next October! Practically, this means getting to bed earlier which means turning off the puter earlier.

I also felt confirmed that my place is still in Germany right now. It's hard watching my parents go through their struggles from a distance but I can only be involved to the extent that they allow me to be.

I'm blessed to live in a place that has a beauty of it's own, the Rems River valley. The sunset shot was taken on a recent Nordic walking tour. So I'm back "down in the valley", have been catching up on blogs and am now back to tracking food and fitness on SP again today. I got to sleep in this morning, so I've already enjoyed a mini time of refreshing!

  
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GINILEE4 10/27/2009 3:38PM

    Your trip to Switzerland has done you a world of good on so many levels. I am glad you are feeling settled.

Gini

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STAMPINWOMN 10/26/2009 2:52PM

  welcome back! your photos are beautiful

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TRYINGHARD1948 10/24/2009 1:30AM

    Thank you for the beautiful photos. So glad that you found some answers to questions you have been thinking about. Lovely to have you back safe and sound.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/23/2009 4:21PM

    Praise God for such a wonderful opportunity, great vacation and beautiful pictures. I am sure you were at one with our Lord in such great surroundings!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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JANETELIZABETH1 10/23/2009 3:47PM

    I was in Switzerland for the first time last July...I agree the scenery is beautiful. We even took the train from Geneva to Zurich so I could meet a cyber friend!
Michelle, I'm happy that you were so blessed and I know you were a blessing too to the people you were with.
I know it's hard to be apart from your parents but in this life it has to be GOD 1st!!
Blessings
Janet

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REYNJANET 10/23/2009 10:29AM

    I enjoyed looking at the pics too and it is easy to tell why you feel so refreshed! It is important for us to take time for ourselves and not get too bogged down with our daily life!

You are doing all you can for your parents and I'm sure they appreciate it. From what I've read of your comments they sound a little independent and I'm sure they want you to live your own life too!

Every once in a while it is important for us to feel we are in the Lord's will and doing what He wants us to do! What a beautiful place to get your confirmation!

Hugs

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SJG1953 10/23/2009 2:09AM

    Michelle, the pictures are so beautiful. I'm glad you had such success on your retreat. Sounds so inviting.

It must be very hard to be away from your parents right now, but the Lord knows best. If you stay in the center of His will everything will work out. He is faithful and will not let you down. God bless you. I am still praying for you and your parents. Many blessings, Shirley

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CGDINASIA 10/22/2009 11:26PM

    Michelle, The pictures are breathtaking! Glad for the insight the Lord gave you while you were there. I know being in a place like that can only lead to worship....you have to worship the Creator. I was in the Himalayas once and had that same kind of feeling/sense. Trust you are able to get back into the "swing of things". Praying for you as you are so far away from your parents at this time. I understand the feeling.
Carol

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CTEMPLE 10/22/2009 6:33PM

    breathtaking, so different to OZ!
Claudia emoticon

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DDOORN 10/22/2009 4:05PM

    Every place has a beauty of its own but WOW it must have been so enthralling to hike around such majesty!

I can certainly relate, re: sleep and turning the pc off earlier...what a struggle...! :-)

Don

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/22/2009 9:21AM

    Thanks for sharing about your experience and the pictures!

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SKISINCO 10/22/2009 8:07AM

    So pretty Michelle, sounds like you had a great time.

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CMORISAK 10/22/2009 8:01AM

    Sounds like a wonderful vacation. The pictures are beautiful.

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