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Monday, January 03, 2011


Looks comfy, doesn't it?!

You need to know where you're going or maybe have a GPS!



Walk along the Rems River on Christmas Day. I love how the willow trees look in the snow. This is usually where the geese hang out (Gänsewasen) but it was too cold.

It's a tradition in the town where I live and probably in many other little German towns as well. At 5 PM on the marketplace, the brass choir plays carols and the locals gather to meet and greet and listen to the music. You can see the town hall in the background.

That was my quiet Christmas 2010...I'll post a blog for the New Year tomorrow. I'm getting started slowly this year!

  
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CTEMPLE 1/6/2011 6:49PM

    OMG soo cold, I can't even think of it!
Claudia

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FRANNIEDID 1/6/2011 4:17PM

    Love the pictures! We had a white Christmas too, then it rained and warmed up for New Years, all the snow is gone!!

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VIVIANJ5 1/5/2011 8:29AM

    Hi Michelle, sorry I haven't written in a while, but was in Montreal for the holidays (visiting the two daughters studying there), and it seems like you got all the snow that should have been falling on Montreal! We got no snow in two weeks...while Europe and the Eastern seaboard of the US got hammered! C'est la vie!

I hope you finally got over your bronchitis for Christmas; I made it through the holidays healthy and happy (had a bit of trouble flying out of Amsterdam, but can't complain compared to what some other people endured!).

Take care, and I wish you much health and happiness in the new year!

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SARAHTAIT 1/4/2011 11:51AM

    Thanks for sharing these lovely photos with me! I loved looking at them and reading about your holiday!
hugs,
Sarah

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SJG1953 1/4/2011 1:54AM

    emoticonThe pictures are great!

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INTERSTATEVERSE 1/3/2011 9:24PM

    great photos! just beautiful!!

yes, florida warmed up! I still have to find the Neighborhood Cafe....

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LIGIRLATHEART 1/3/2011 9:22PM

    Just lovely :-)

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/3/2011 8:31PM

    Thank you so much for showing pictures of where you live! It is so interesting an beautiful....particularly in the snow. How much did you get?

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NEWNAC304 1/3/2011 8:21PM

    Thanks for sharing. The pictures are beautiful!

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 1/3/2011 8:15PM

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos! I have to say, I thought you were heading towards a metaphor with the snow-covered bench being something about not sitting, to keep on moving and the snow-covered sign about losing your way or being unsure where you're headed. Sometimes a picture is just a picture! emoticon

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ASMPP1 1/3/2011 8:02PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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FIT4HISGLORY 1/3/2011 7:25PM

    So beautiful! I wouldn't mind if you sent a little of this across the Atlantic to me in central PA!

Happy New Year, friend!

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LAURAKATE76 1/3/2011 7:11PM

    Beautiful!

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STARLIGHT615 1/3/2011 6:04PM

    Oh WOW those are some beautiful pictures!!! That is alot of SNOW!!!

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DDOORN 1/3/2011 5:54PM

    Nice tradition!

I remember our November bike ride when we arrived at a nearby small town when there was a brass quartet playing carols...not the best in quality, some off notes...but lovely nonetheless! :-)

Don

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Come to us...

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas, all! I'd like to share the video of a Christmas song I "found" recently. It was written just a few years ago, but has the feel of an old-time Appalachian style carol and has such a beautiful message. Take time to listen, if you can:

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Thanks for all the get well wishes. I'm doing much better with just a little bit of a cough lingering on from the bronchitis. I had a tentative plan to travel this weekend to spend the holiday with friends, but the weather forecast pretty much put a kabosh on that. A good thing, too. It's 10 PM on Christmas Eve, has been snowing since 10 AM with no end in sight. Can't wait to see how much has accumulated by Christmas morning!

So, I'm spending the weekend at home and don't really plan to venture out much except for church on Sunday. If it ever stops snowing, I'd like to get out and take some photos of the winter wonderland. AND starting tomorrow, I'm going to track all my food again. I've gotten way off track this past week and need to get my focus back.

Glad that Jesus came that we might live,
Michelle

  
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FRANNIEDID 1/6/2011 3:57PM

    What a lovely carol, sorry this is so late, thank you for sharing that! I hope you holidays were good and truly wish for a very happy New Year for you!

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SPUNKYSPARKER 1/3/2011 5:13PM

    are you feeling better now, michelle? i hope your christmas was peaceful; it sounds like it was going to be. :)

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SJG1953 12/26/2010 3:46AM

    I'm so glad you are feeling better Michelle. Too bad the weather foiled your plans to travel, although it's wise to stay safe!

I agree that it IS such a joy to know that Jesus came that we might live!!! Praise Him!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/25/2010 2:29AM

    emoticon Merry Christmas!

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ASMPP1 12/24/2010 11:05PM

    Merry Christmas! Glad you are finally starting to feel better! We have lots of snow here in the last 24 hours, too. I think it is about 7-9 inches. The most so far for here. Last year we had a few that were 12+ inches by this time.

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NEWNAC304 12/24/2010 10:18PM

    We're snowed in here too. I wanted a white Christmas, but it kept us from going to my DIL's mom's for Christmas Eve. I hope the roads are better tomorrow so my kids can make it over. Have a wonderful Holiday!

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DDOORN 12/24/2010 4:39PM

    Have a pleasant, quiet and healing Christmas at home...!

Don

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 12/24/2010 4:16PM

    Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!
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Feelin' Floofy

Monday, December 20, 2010

I'll be so glad when I'm over this bronchitis! The steroid taper is almost at an end and I took my last antibiotic today. Yuck. I can feel that I'm retaining water and feeling puffy; my muscle tone is bleh, too.

And I miss my cardio, and doing more vigorous ST. Yesterday, on my walk to church, I enviously watched some joggers out in the crisp, clear, cold air and I'm looking forward to joining them sooner than later.

But yes, I will take it easy. I will, really, even though I plan to go to the gym tomorrow. I'll walk on the treadmill and hit the steam room.

With Christmas approaching, I've been missing Mom a lot -- she really got into Christmas. We used to tease her about the decorations in every corner of the house. I would love to be in Florida for the holidays this year but will be going in February and that's not too far off, either. In the meantime, I'm glad to know that Dad has had several invitations and will have a nice Christmas with friends and neighbors.

Hope the holiday week gets off to a good start for everyone!

  
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SPARTAN40 12/24/2010 10:02AM

    I hope you feel better soon.

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CMPEARL 12/21/2010 1:37PM

    emoticon Get well soon!!! emoticon

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 12/21/2010 9:58AM

    emoticon I'm hoping you'll kick this sickness soon, Michelle. Lingering illnesses are so mentally exhausting as well as physically.

It's almost 4 years (in a week) since my mom died, but I never associate Christmas with her death. She'd be really upset about that, not because of Christmas but because she would want us to think of all the life she had. I'm glad, even while you're missing her, that you're talking about your mom's spirit and joy. We miss them no matter what, but we get to keep them with us when we remember and talk about all they did in life.

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FRANNIEDID 12/21/2010 9:02AM

    You have to get over that stuff girl! It has been while. Do take care and don't do too much too soon.

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SJG1953 12/21/2010 3:58AM

    Bless your heart Michelle. You are really having a hard time licking that bronchitus. Continued prayers for you and your family are going up my friend.

The special days and holidays are always hard when you lose a loved one. Seems like a part of us always goes with that loved one and a part of them always stays with us. One day there will be no more parting and we will spend eternity with no more pain, sickness, or dying. Praise be to God for evermore!!

Hugs and blessings to you. Have a very Merry and blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Comment edited on: 12/21/2010 3:59:52 AM

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DDOORN 12/20/2010 8:53PM

    Sorry to hear about your ongoing health troubles...!

Yes, holidays can be a challenge when we've lost dear ones...I'm sure you're holding a vast treasure trove of memories of your mother to help you to get through the holidays...

Take care of yourself!

Don

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ASMPP1 12/20/2010 7:37PM

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CTEMPLE 12/20/2010 6:56PM

    Hope you get better soon!
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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 12/20/2010 6:40PM

    Take care of yourself!

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CHRYS13 12/20/2010 6:36PM

    Wishing you Christmas peace and blessings- - - emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/20/2010 5:29PM

    Glad to hear you are feeling less floofy than you were before. Bet that steam room feels great when you are in there.

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/20/2010 5:00PM

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Ending well...Goals update

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My goal for the rest of this week (13-19) is to get well so I can end the year well!

*Take my meds
*Drink plenty of fluids (already a habit, so not really a goal)
*Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night
*Eat at least 6 portions of fruits and veggies
*Track food - plan snacks (tend to overdo when I'm home all day!) - stay in ranges
*3x3 Strength challenge
*30 minutes of (light) exercise a day

Fitness and Health Goals for Week of Dec. 6 (Nikolaustag) - 12:

*Track food the day before as much as possible (Made a good start but slacked off toward end of the week)
*Stay within ranges. (See above)
*Pack my lunches on work days. (Goal met!)
*3x3 ST challenge. (Goal met!)
*30 minutes a day exercise, increasing cardio as I start to feel better. (Goal met, but mostly ST and easy walking due to being sick.)
*Plan for calorie buffer on Christmas market visit days. (Didn't go - too cold for me to spend much time outdoors with this bronchitis.)
*Watch my portions at the company Christmas party on Friday. (Didn't go - wasn't feeling up to it.)
*2 trips to the gym. (Didn't go. Sick!)
*Neurologist appt. on Thursday. (Went to appt., go back in 6 months. Long story, tell ya later.)
*Remember that those cookies are for gifts, not for personal consumption. (Unfortunately, ate more than my quota, but they're out of the house now!)

  
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INTERSTATEVERSE 12/18/2010 5:04PM

    sounds like you have a plan! good luck!

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FRANNIEDID 12/16/2010 10:26AM

    Hope your feeling better, visit to a neurologist does not sound good, hope all is okay!!! You are doing good, I figure if I make most of my goals at a given time I am gold!

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ASMPP1 12/16/2010 10:16AM

    emoticonYou are doing well considering the illness. Take care!

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DDOORN 12/15/2010 11:09PM

    Sorry to hear you haven't been well! Neurologist, hmmm...at least 6 months sounds less serious...sounds like you're doing your BEST to take care of yourself...keep up the super efforts!

Don

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/15/2010 7:46PM

    You are doing great...particularly considering how you have been so under the weather. Hope you get well soon, soon, soon!

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PLAINJANELLEN 12/15/2010 7:38PM

    Get well soon! emoticon

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LAURAKATE76 12/15/2010 7:20PM

    Considering that you've been sick, it seems like you've done very well. Get better soon!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 12/15/2010 6:12PM

    I certainly hope that you get well soon!
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CMPEARL 12/15/2010 6:05PM

    Seems like you have been fighting this illness for too long now...take care and get well soon!
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eChristmas

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Who could have imagined two thousand years ago that we would be sharing the message of Jesus' coming with friends all over the via an electronic web? Whatever means we use to communicate the story, it's the JOY that's at the center! In this post, I'm sharing three viral videos of the season that have given me some JOY this past week.

The first one makes me cry (for JOY!) every time I watch it:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXh7J
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A slightly (!) different take from The Silent Monks:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCFCeJTEzNU

For the ubernerds among us. Take the time, if you can, to watch the whole 7 minutes. It gets better and better! The guy in the antlers!

vimeo.com/17570180
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SJG1953 12/13/2010 8:26PM

    These are awesome!! Merry Christmas Michelle!

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ASMPP1 12/13/2010 12:03PM

    Thanks!

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FRANNIEDID 12/13/2010 10:29AM

    Thanks for sharing, it is good to be reminded of "The reason for the season!"

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ZELLAZM 12/13/2010 7:53AM

    Thanks, Carolyn - another good one!

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 12/12/2010 6:05PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp_R
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Try this one, too, Michelle. Thanks for sharing the other ones. I had seen the first but not the next two.

Carolyn

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/11/2010 7:48PM

    Amazing! Loved it, thanks so much for sharing and isn't it a Joy to see how the future is shaping up. I love the exuberance and vitality of the young. I'm sitting here with one huge smile on my face. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/11/2010 3:54PM

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 12/11/2010 3:29PM

    I'm afraid the first one doesn't work for me. Maybe because of the "popup" instruction in the address? What is the title of the video -- I could do a uTube search.

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NEWLIBRARIAN 12/11/2010 9:47AM

    Thanks

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LAURAKATE76 12/11/2010 8:44AM

    Thanks for sharing! We're having quite a snow storm here and my work called to tell me to stay home, so I've got lots of watching time! emoticon

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DDOORN 12/11/2010 8:25AM

    Wonderful share!

Thx for spreading the JOY and the SPARK of Christmas!

Don

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