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Successful Fall Challenge (A photo Journal)

Friday, November 30, 2012

If only I could blog in smaller segments -- I'll understand if you simply scan this one quickly. Iím happy to be in three challenges: 1) wrapping up Week 8 of 8 in the 5% Fall Challenge with what may be a maintenance weight loss nearing the desired 5%, 2) two thirds through the Jingle Bell Challenge with the Christians with 100 Pounds to Lose team, and 3) greatly exceeding my fitness minute goals for the Christians Maintaining Weight Loss team.

I can confidently report that my Spark Program Goals for Faith, Family, Friends, Food, Fitness and Fun have been met. Iíve gotten a bit sloppier with staying within the recommended nutritional ranges, but Iím beginning to make great progress again. In the meantime, hereís how I met some of those goals through the lens of my camera . . . I most love how they all begin to blend together in achieving balance:

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting the effervescent, artist extraordinaire Bobbi (FloridaSun) in her consignment store in SW Florida. What an incredible ray of sunshine she brings to the people who enter her wonderfully eclectic and aesthetic world of superb furnishings Ė she has such a great eye.

At Bobbi's shoppe, I blessed my home with the works of two artisans 1) Three of Bobbiís very own (copyrighted) creations "Loop De Loo" ankle bracelets, one of which she gifted me (thank you, thank you, thank you!) 2) a limited edition, signed and numbered watercolor by Art LaMay which I call: Natural Beauties (Two Great Blue Herons) amidst White Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) flowers (reminiscent of a dogwood flower with an extra petal). SO HAPPY! Thanks, Bobbi! Ė Youíre a true gem and a most beautiful Teddy Bear!

My alma mater and the World Student Association hosted their
signature event of the year: Cultural Night. This yearís production was fabulous and ended with our Korean friends performing Gangnam Style -- Our very own Psy was in the house! -- So Cool!

Hereís my favorite photo for fall this year on a small country road opposite the rock sign to Oulu, Wisconsin.

Iíve nearly completed three prayer shawls, and expect to have two lap robes to turn in to my Florida church by Tuesday.

Having a fun with a college student at a church Harvest Home Dinner.

Enjoying a baking Night for the next dayís International Night where a group of people sponsor a free meal and Christian program and fellowship. Can you tell I love these kids?

Iíve developed some loving friendships with Salem Baptistís monthly program; Saron Lutheranís annual Birthday Party at a nearby nursing facility, and womenís weekly bible studies and birthday parties in both Wisconsin and Florida. Cousin Carol (gold sweater) accompanies my Dad (creamy white linen jacket), while Cousin Tom (suspenders) sang to help celebrate my Dadís birthday.

Since my last writing, found at many opportunities to spend time with my Dad . . . a lot of doctors, good food and a visit to the Twin Cities to visit a very dear Sri Lankan family!

I so enjoy visiting the great bodies of water: Lake Superior, Amnicon Falls, Gulf of Mexico, and the Caloosahatchee River.

ďAnd God said, Let the waters under the heavens be collected into one place [of standing], and let the dry land appear. And it was so.Ē (Genesis 1:9)

The crop of squash was plentiful and I must have baked and frozen about six cookie sheets full. We ate up the ones above with cinnamon, brown sugar, and a pat of butter. I roasted about 10 lbs of red potatoes and hard boiled over 60 eggs for the International Night curry.

Other fun photos (great places for fitness):

Ann Marie and I enjoy the photo ops at The Shell Factory at North Ft Myers.

Judy and I enjoy Ivyís first solo exhibition, Naamijig: Honoring Our Tradition enjoying the beautiful Pow Wows she has captured.

ďPraise Him with tambourine and dance; praise Him with stringed and wind instruments or flutes!Ē (Psalm 150:4)

The deer donít seem to be bothered much by my cousin in the back yard]

Cousin and I in the same coffee shoppe visited by one of our presidential candidates a week earlier, followed by a breakfast at Tak for Maten (Norwegian restaurant), and with friends at the Vietnamese Restaurant.

We drive to SW Florida three times a year and then enjoy a flight for other travel opportunities.

As the 5% Challenge teams visit the Taj Mahal in Week Six, I'm reminded of my three-week, summertime visit in India, the beautiful people, diverse modes of transportation (rickshaw, tuk-tuk, moped, and camel), and all the fabulous colors found in selecting my new salwar suits! The last photo is of Itmad-ud-Daulahís tomb, which is looked upon as an imminent precursor of the Taj Mahal as far as elaborate carvings and inlay work are concerned -- more beautiful symmetry!

ďYours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.Ē (1 Chronicles 29:11)

Looking forward to leaving 2012 in style and joining the Winter 5% challenge where I hope to be enjoying more great fitness minutes around Lake Superior, SW Florida, and the Sacramento California area. Stay the course in healthy living because your body, mind, and soul deserve it!
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    Great job to you! acheiving these goals! what an inspiration!

    Pictures? how lovely! I Love you are enjoying life I see it thru your pictures! thank you for sharing your journey and photos!
    1365 days ago
    Beautiful pictures.
    1369 days ago
    thank you for sharing! emoticon
    1371 days ago
    Just found this blog - as usual love reading about all your adventures and your journey. You continue to be an inspiration to me and to so many others. Thanks for sharing.
    1373 days ago
    Way to live life!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful journey!
    1374 days ago
    what a fun blog! AND you have meet the famous Bobbi! She is also a Spark friend of mine.... how fun!
    1374 days ago
  • NCSUE0514
    Those prayer shawls are beautiful
    1374 days ago
    Wouldn't you be fun to travel with!!! How exciting!
    1391 days ago
    emoticon My goodness, Evelyn, what a lively, fun-filled life you have. So happy you got to meet Bobbi, and am I ever jealous of you wearing that snazzy anklet! Cute pic of you both! Wish I lived in Florida, especially now that our unusually warm temps are about to take a steep dive. emoticon
    1395 days ago
    Oh apologies for arriving at this spectacular blog a little later than I intended! You are a model supreme sporting my 'Loop De Loo' anklet. It looks absolutely BEAUTEOUS on your fetching ankle. Love the pose...just LOVE it! emoticon emoticon I'm SO happy you are enjoying the beautiful egrets...they are awe inspiring are they not? I hope every time you pass by them you think of the gallery and the FUN we had that day! You were so patient and so kind when customers interrupted our visit! But weren't they GOOD sports to take our photo op pics? Some of my customers are fantastical...they make up for the poopie ones...big smile!

    I just LOVED your pictures..they are amazing and you radiate that inner love and beauty in EACH and every one!

    Your father looks like the happiest little guy on planet earth...he has an amazing daughter and I LOVE that you include him and your cousin in everything...just amazing and so kind!

    The kids are brilliant...I'm so happy that you are able to influence and guide them...they have a wonderful friend and mentor in you...they are blessed and so are you for having that beauty all around you.

    Hugs, hugs, and MORE hugs...I cherished our day together and know that we will have more opportunities to share time together after season quiets down.

    I'm rarin' to go on my NYC trip...coming up soon on the 15th. I'm really researching all that I need to know on 'The save our home' fight. I've come to the conclusion that the Independent Foreclosure Review is just another puff piece that has no teeth. It actually shoots the complaint back into the arms of the perp who has done nothing to help anyone all along. The real bait and switch is that the decision on this review is it gets the servicer off the hook and leaves the homeowner with no rights...what kind of Independent is THAT?

    Soooo I'm going the path that I originally thought I should go and that is putting my faith into our little fighter extraordinare...Ms. Elizabeth Warren the newly elected senator from MA. I'll file my claim with the Consumer Protection Bureau but cc her a copy as well. I'm planning on video taping all the EXTENSIVE files that cover our entire banquet size table top to show her the efforts we have put forth with no relief or even the inkling of fair play. It's pretty powerful when you see all those files stacked up together out of the tote bags that have housed them.

    I'm THRILLED that she will be on the powerful banking committee...let the big wigs of Wall street cower! It's all good...and it might FINALLY be a fair playing board for the beleaguered and hood winked homeowner now that Ms. Elizabeth is on the beat!

    I hope she uses us as her poster child...I'd LOVE to go to Washington and give them a piece of my mind! ROAR! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1396 days ago
    Lovely photos of a lovely lady and her adventures!
    1399 days ago
    I loved your blog! I also understand your bond with the international young people. In my daily life I have the blessing of being in contact with so many people from near and far. I dearly love and cherish the opportunities. I totally can feel the your love for them in your pictures. I'm always amazed how blessed I feel to be their friend. emoticon
    1399 days ago
    So enjoyed your blog. You're an inspiration.
    1399 days ago
    Wonderful blog!!!
    1399 days ago
  • YIWEN39
    What an excellent wrap up to the Fall challenge and all the other challenges you've been doing too. Great pics and great memories of happy times :-) Thanks for sharing!
    1400 days ago
    I guess my impression is much like Lise's. You have such a full life. You make so many interesting friends. You are blessed and a blessing. Thanks for sharing the pics.
    1400 days ago
    What beautiful pictures and what a joy to read that you met one of our wonderful sparkfriends. If you are ever near San Francisco. Give me a ring. I'd love to meet you in person too.
    1400 days ago
    Loved looking at all your photos...thanks for sharing!
    1400 days ago
    So much happiness I see in these smiling faces. You can feel the joy coming thru your blog. Thanks for sharing this emoticon photo journal. Wishing you continued success with all the challenges. emoticon
    1400 days ago
    That was great! You've done lots of fantastic things and even have the pictures to remind you. Thanks for sharing the story!
    1400 days ago
    Wow!!! love your story.

    You should be a make everything so interesting and beautiful with all your photos and all.

    You are a fortunate lady...never a boring moment.
    Your family and friends are so blessed to have you share your kindness and loving heart with them.

    Thanks so much for sharing,

    Ane Marie
    1401 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon :::....smiles can one NOT emoticon ??? I ask you? LOL!!::...

    I love it...what a lovely blog, Evelyn. The mouthwatering food, Korean friends performing Gangnam Style ( gotta Luv it! LOL... ), a multitude of friends and God Blessings everywhere.

    aise the Lord! emoticon Laura
    1401 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    What a great full life you have. You did awesome in the challenge and were such an inspiration.
    1401 days ago
    emoticon FOR SHARING

    1401 days ago
    Very diverse and interesting. Thanks for sharing.
    1401 days ago
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