ALIALI2013's SparkPeople Blog ALIALI2013's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Nora's Ultrasound Well, today's been pretty busy, but I'm getting some things done. Finished my exercises, more of the bobbers (nearly half done), been searching for a dress for the wedding and have found one I really like but don't like buying one online. I'd rather buy one I can try one, but I really really love this dress. It's the style I love, too. Just not sure how it'd look on me. The color they have on the photo isn't the color I'd be getting, the color I'd be getting is a dark blue-green color but ... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:02:05 EST Back to Fun Got my exercising in, meds taken, ready to go in the kitchen and start stringing some "bobbers" for the decorations and then get my lunch ready before watching my soap. Don't have to leave the house today, YAY. <BR> <BR> There's no ice or rain so I'm glad for that, in fact there's just lots of wind, which surprised me. From what the radio said when I woke up there was supposed to be freezing rain and sleet; then snow. But no sign of that yet. I hope it skips the rain and ice and just snows... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:30:51 EST YAY The turkey turned out delicious, couldn't believe it didn't taste gamey or anything. I'm going to cook it that way next time instead of wrapping it with turkey bacon. We took the skin off and it was so moist..and I didn't use anything on it at butter, nothing. <BR> <BR> Everything turned out so good. <BR> <BR> This morning I had to give a speech to the Golden K's in town, and when I finished they donated $1,000. to the rebuild of the playground. What a great bunch of guys, they'r... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:40:44 EST Beautiful snow; Bengal home, and Turkey Have a slight stomachache today, not sure why, thinking it may be my back? I really need a new chair for this computer. <BR> <BR> Fixed a turkey dinner, or should say I got it ready, just have to cook it all. My husband told me to leave the skin on (it's a wild turkey); but I wanted to take it off, because I know it's going to taste wild, and not fit for eating, but hey. It's how he wants it, so we'll see. <BR> <BR> I'm keeping my fingers crossed it comes out alright; if not there's stil... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:11:32 EST Lots done today. Been busy today; washed the floors in all the rooms and by the doors; vacuumed, washed dishes, cleaned out the coffee pot (it's a double one and overflowed this morning, making a mess); helped put outdoor Christmas stuff away. Then went to church and worked on the boats again. I do have pictures!! <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead, and Sunday brings a smile to you. <BR> <BR> I'm going to a movie with my Mom and sister tomorrow; we're going to go see American Sniper. Ou... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:56:47 EST Boats and poles Got my exercises done, been doing some research on unusual games, etc for a bachelorette party (daughters maid of honor was asking and the woman who owns the bar was, too). <BR> <BR> I don't know if I mentioned it, but I found something that will ensure the poles won't fall out of the boats; floral clay. It sticks to the boats/moss and the poles can slide in there and be held by them. I'm so excited and it looks great!! I'd thought about naming the boats, but I'm not sure. If they were m... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:26:39 EST Accomplishments are great. Well, got clothes washed, got the flower balls finished, and started working on the boats without the moss, and the burlap doesn't stick like I'd hoped. I'll have to find another type of glue, this one just isn't working. Going to try tacky glue and keep my fingers crossed, otherwise I resort to hot glue gun, but on styrofoam..well it's not the best. <BR> <BR> Have a beautiful day everyone and remember that smile, it'll take you on many fun adventures! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>30</... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:33:33 EST Weather, Flowers, and Birthday Pic I cannot believe the snow has been melting, we didn't even have our winter yet...but then it'll probably come in the spring. <BR> <BR> I finished the throw bouquet last night, which I'd waited to check with our daughter and her fiance to see if they liked it..they did. <BR> <BR> So that's all put together, I have to finish the balls tonight or tomorrow because I forgot to put the teal feathers in 2 of them YIKES! It wouldn't be so bad, but the floral tape I had isn't the best and I need ... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:37:44 EST A New Day Today is a beautiful day, I love summer, but I also love all the seasons, guess that's why I live in Wisconsin. Winters have changed so much, though, we don't get near the amount of snow that I used to love getting; and the summers aren't as hot as they used to be. I miss that. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what I'll do today, I showed our daughter and her fiancee the cake top and they loved it (in person). They'd only seen the pictures I'd sent them, but yesterday, they were really impressed, an... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:25:45 EST Yikes, stencil meltdown....kind of.. well no doing more mugs, the stencils are going to heck. *L* <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about getting one of those sandblaster type etchers, not sure, though. <BR> <BR> I hope you have a wonderful day and things go every way you want. <BR> <BR> Take a smile along to make others feel better, and it will help you, too. <BR> <BR> I'm about to head out for a while, I have a LOT of things to pick up tonight at different stores. Glad the weathers good, but it's still cold, but I'll survive... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:24:01 EST Maybe solution? Well I tried something else, BUT it means I'll have to scratch off the paint from the jars, and I'm still not sure they're showing up good enough. It seems in some light it shows up pretty good, but in others, not so much. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:37:12 EST A bit of frustration. Having a LOT of trouble with the mason mugs we ordered for their groomsmen. I personalized the ladies glasses, but because of the paint coating on the mugs, I can't do that, it's driving me insane! <BR> <BR> I've tried etching cream; frost spray, and nothing sticks!! I may just end up paying someone to sand etch them, this is frustrating! <BR> <BR> I only was able to get enough flowers for 2 more flower balls, now I have to wait again, ARRGGGHHHH, nothing went well today, wish I'd picked u... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:16:13 EST Day plans Been searching for trim for the dress, but unable to find it, so I called the store it was purchased from and they tell me it's an applique, but have no idea what it's called, or where to buy more. ARGGGGGHHH. <BR> <BR> Ok, that's out of my system, I'm freezing, and need to get doing my exercises to warm up, so I hope you have a wonderful day. <BR> <BR> I'm planning on calling the one who's doing the dress, so she can look at some of the trim, etc. <BR> <BR> This is the trim on the top... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:50:56 EST Beads and more beads.. Yesterday was great, nice weather, had the entire family here (son, daughter, and her fiance, and our grandpup). Went to the local bar and watched the game, which was awesome, btw. <BR> <BR> I've been working on the beads for our daughter's wedding dress, and still have around 100 to put on (I started with a total of 600 Swarovski beads/crystals). I have to hand string these as needles are too big to put through the holes!! These are the beads I have done so far (included the second becaus... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:58:15 EST Electricity...what electricity? Our electricity went out around 10 last night and came back on at 3am...the house was COLD, thank goodness for a waterbed. Still never found out why it went out, but this has happened twice in the last month. They seemed to insinuate it was a problem at the maid office. I stayed up quite a while hoping it'd come back on so I could shut off the tv, lights, etc, but no such luck, so the hubby had to. <BR> <BR> That's why I love my's warm, even in the coldest winter; and cool ... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 14:40:16 EST Undecorating and decorating. wow, driving in that weather was nasty, the roads were starting to drift and once in a while I'd hit a spot that it was pure white out conditions. However, I did it to take our daughter her Birthday flowers and Hostess Cupcake with candles. When I got to her job, we all sang happy birthday to her. It was great, and worth the drive. <BR> <BR> Then our son and I took down the majority of the Christmas decorations. I think you've seen my pictures, there is a lot of them, but they're all dow... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 20:59:31 EST More wedding things and weather. Ok, now I got the chair covers, and bands to put on them (with a little round crystal buckle), I'm going to be looking for some shimmery green-teal material to finish off the "bow" on the back, now. I also need to pick up some blue cellophane for the boats to sit on, this is so exciting. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a wonderful day, keep warm (7 here, with -8 wind chill); and try to take time for yourself! <BR> <BR> Oh, I tried a walking intervals video today, and I love it, so I think I'... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 15:26:02 EST Wind Chills Feeling much better today, thank goodness. Still have a few aches but they'll go away, I'm sure. <BR> <BR> Going to rest somewhat today, did my exercises, but those were needed. But I won't be leaving the house and running around; and the only call I've had is from the woman making our daughter's cake top. <BR> <BR> I could sit and work on the boats for her wedding favors, but nawwww...I'll just relax. <BR> <BR> I hope you all get things accomplished, remember, if you're like us and havi... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 13:28:30 EST Flu yucks. Well, been going around today with a touch of the flu I think, not tossing cookies, but what I've got isn't fun. I have a headache right now, and I've been sneezing like crazy. <BR> <BR> That's the way our daughter's flu started, a cold, and now our son has it, too. What a great way to start the new year, but it'll get better, of that I'm sure. <BR> <BR> I hope your New Year is the best yet, and well, that you have a lot of fun planning what you'll be doing in the coming year. I hope i... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 00:59:12 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Wow, busy New Year already. We were gone until yesterday, and been up and running ever since, but in a good way. <BR> <BR> Did the Shop N Grab today, it went so well. We raised (once we paid the $300 for groceries and $50 for second place), $1100, which is wonderful!! The lady who won got a lot of meat, and is giving a bunch to her son, who has 3 kids and needs it. <BR> <BR> We had a wonderful New Years with friends up to the trailer, it was a bit chilly staying in the trailer (we just h... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 17:07:24 EST Giving We picked up about 6 poinsettias to deliver to homebound from our church Saturday, and I delivered 5 today (we had delivered one on Saturday on the way home from Church, it wasn't that far from where we lived). I loved seeing how happy the people were, what a wonderful feeling. <BR> <BR> Went with our daughter to pick up her wedding dress, and we had a fabulous time. Stopped at Arbys for lunch, and while there, I paid for the lunch of a couple next to us. I went and sat down and they hadn'... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 16:52:14 EST Winners! Well we did great with the Shop N Grab Fundraiser, we cleared $1100. Which was wonderful. The first place winner actually got $400 worth of groceries, because the manager of the store talked to us and they donated an extra $100 so instead of $300 worth of groceries, the first place winner got $400 YAY! <BR> <BR> The one who won first place decided to give her prize to someone else, she's going to call me and tell me who. I believe she'll choose a needy family because it turned out to be t... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 00:24:26 EST Falling Asleep Wow, that holiday went by so fast, and it's still barreling down towards the New Year. <BR> <BR> I'll be gone Tuesday through Friday (out of the city about 3 or so hours away); tomorrow we have that drawing for the Shop N Grab, and Sunday is a Birthday party. I would love one weekend with nothing going on, I'm sitting here falling asleep, go I'm heading out to take a nap, sorry for the short message, but I've got such a packed weekend and week ahead after, so keep it safe, ahve a Happy New ... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 18:34:30 EST Silent Night... I didn't get to do much today, well I did, but not like yesterday. I kind of just worked on our daughter's wedding things, made a few calls (going up with our daughter on Saturday to pick up her wedding dress, how exciting), but that's about it. I should have vacuumed, but got consumed with working on the tiny boats, and making calls and sending emails to try to finish selling the last 30 books of tickets. <BR> <BR> I hope you all are getting things done and doing the finishing touches fo... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:57:33 EST Joy to the World! Well, I (those of us who sold tickets at the two places) made the amount that we needed to break even, and that doesn't include all the others who were selling tickets, so that's pretty good. Plus we had about $100 more, including donations. <BR> <BR> One of the ladies who owns a bar not far from where we live took a bunch of books and was selling them for us, too. As I was leaving the bar, I had 3 tickets left, and you know how there's always someone who just won't budge? Well there was ... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:05:18 EST Christmas soon, and a Birthday coming up. Well not sure how much I'll be around this weekend, I have to be at Sentry to sell tickets for the Shop N Grab from 8 am until 10 pm both Saturday and Sunday because only one other board member volunteered to do it, which sucks. So it's up to me to be there, too. <BR> <BR> I hate it because I wanted to watch the Packer game on Sunday, and I'll miss that, too. No radio to listen to, either, ARRRRGGGHHHHHH. I just hope we sell a lot of them, right now we've gone over what we needed to brea... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:45:23 EST The Perfect Present Wrapping. I want to start by thanking you all; you know, I read all of what you had to say and thought, "wow...that's usually what I tell other people, I never imagined I'd be told the same thing". <BR> <BR> But I needed to hear it. The other day was bad for me, and when I went to the Doctor and saw I was back up to 272 pounds (my highest was 286), and my hemoglobin A1C was clear up to 7.5 (I have never been above 6.6 since being on the insulin pump) I KNEW I had to change things. <BR> <BR> I looke... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:33:01 EST Bad Days Come To All Ever have one of those days when you just want to sit and cry because things look hopeless? <BR> <BR> When I first started SP almost 2 years ago I imagined myself being this 180 pound beauty; but instead I'm still at the weight I was, having lost some and gained some, and unable to figure out why. Though I'd exercised and followed my diet very carefully, nothing was helping, and now I feel like crying because no matter what I do, I just can't get to a lower weight. <BR> <BR> Before my Da... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:52:06 EST Busy still. Wow, don't think this will slow down until this playground is built, I swear I've either been emailing, talking on the phone, or driving somewhere every second of the day. Alright, that's a little exaggeration, but sure seems like it. I'm exhausted by the end of the day because I'm doing so much and exercise, are you kidding? I don't even have time to do that with all the running around, so I just try to walk a little extra, take stairs, etc. I don't know if it's doing any good, but hey, i... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:27:35 EST A Busy Weekend. Wow, I can't believe my last post was Thursday, I guess I have been busy. <BR> <BR> Well, the Ticket sales on Friday and Saturday went really well, we sold $195. worth of tickets (at 6 for $5 and 4 for $1/each because the 2 who were selling before I got there didn't know and sold 4 of the tickets for $1/each. (Grrr. but oh well. We'd all voted that it would be easier to just do the 6 for $5 instead of individual tickets, but I guess they weren't paying attention.) <BR> <BR> I went to the... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:57:57 EST Finished I finally finished putting up everything, all we had to do was the outside bulbs on the tree, and my son helped me out, oh and the ribbons, so we got all those done today and yesterday. Thank you, Scott! I have such a great son. <BR> <BR> My fingers were so cold, it's really chilly outside today, yesterday was nicer, that's for sure. <BR> <BR> Still didn't get as many as I'd liked to help with the selling of tickets at the two places, and one of the women who was going to do it, had to ... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:31:41 EST Lit up I figured I showed what the inside looks like, so tonight I'd share the outside, and more of the inside, but what the lights look like. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have had an incredible day. I'm a little late, but it's because so much is going on with the playground, wrapping gifts, and just trying to do so much to prepare for Christmas. <BR> <BR> Kmart is closed now, and I already miss it, I was thinking of things I needed to go and pick up, then realized the store wasn't there anymore to g... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:37:25 EST Decorations done Thank you, everyone, you really made my day, today. <BR> <BR> I do the poinsettia because my father in law had a massive heart attack on Christmas eve, I went over and did CPR and kept him alive until the paramedics came, but they had me continue compressions. He lived until Christmas Day when they disconnected him (family wanted it), but at least we all got to say our goodbyes. <BR> <BR> I also do it in memory of my own Dad who passed away 2/10/12 because he was such a giving, loving pers... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 14:45:51 EST Things done today. Seemed like today was just going so wrong, but I got to the interview, it went great. Steve Benton is such a great guy, makes you feel so comfortable. <BR> <BR> I also stopped at the Credit Union, and the Sentry Store to ask if we could sit with a table to sell tickets, and they both said yes. We do it this Friday and Saturday, at the Credit Union, and then the 20th and 21st at the store itself. how wonderful!! <BR> <BR> I stopped in and got my annual poinsettia which I have sent to a... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 17:53:06 EST Sad and Good Had such a great fundraiser; sold a LOT of baked goods and Wrapped quite a bit of gifts, and sold a bunch of tickets, both for the dog and the Shop N Grab. <BR> <BR> At church I got to speak at both services and then afterwards, people donated money for the rebuild. The bake sale/etc brought us about $450. and the money donated at church was $585., so we made over $1000 from the two events, what a weekend. <BR> <BR> I have a radio interview tomorrow, so I got lots to tell them, what a wond... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:21:42 EST A Wow Day! feet actually hurt, it's been such a long time since my feet have hurt. <BR> <BR> I left the house at 1 pm, and didn't sit down until about an hour ago. Ended up going to the first bank, then the post office, then the cemetery (to read to my Dad), then I headed out to Hobby Lobby to get some craft things, then to Farm & Fleet, then the second bank, and back to Kutters before going to meet hubby and our son at Burger King. Then we went grocery shopping, and I came home. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 23:19:07 EST Pretties Wow, today was another busy day, haven't gotten my blood sugar taken yet, have to do a fasting and we live a ways out of town so I only go into town once a week, normally. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have something wonderful planned for this weekend. I spent all day and part of the night yesterday baking things for the bake sale. I hope it brings in a lot of money, because we could use it. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend, and always smile, you'll make someones day, even if it's your own. <BR>... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 22:41:13 EST Needles Back from town, again, got the donation and our raffle licenses delivered, got a package mailed, got home and found out the one person had paid for their package, and now I have to run back into town tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Maybe I'll get my blood taken, the doc needs it before my appointment. Wish they could just do it through the skin without the needle. Sounds weird having someone who took 9 shots a day before my insulin pump to say they wish blood could be taken without needles, but it's ... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 14:31:34 EST Surprise. A very cold day today, couldn't believe the drop in temperature, but that's how it goes in the winter time, right? <BR> <BR> I've been working all day on things for the playground. We got our raffle license, but not in time to have the event before Christmas. So, the new date is January 2nd. Kind of a letdown, but we move forward. <BR> <BR> OH, the good news, I opened my mail today and the grant request I'd sent in worked..I have a check for $8,000, which brings us up to $130,000 raised... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 21:54:27 EST Blessed Sunday Brrrr cold outside today. It wasn't bad when I went out without my coat to get the paper earlier, but I went out about an hour ago and nearly froze my fingers off. I couldn't believe it'd dropped that much, and this morning my hair was wet from just getting out of the shower. <BR> <BR> Been working on more fishing poles for our daughter's wedding, have about 91 done so far, well, not completely, but the painting, reels on, and rubber handles on. Those things are hard to put on, I use one ... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:36:08 EST Happy Thanksgiving, again! Been busy cleaning up the house; working on the fishing poles for our daughter's wedding; etc, etc, you name it, I've been doing it. I have to leave for church in an hour, this day has really gone by quickly. <BR> <BR> I hope you're all keeping warm and enjoying the evening, and never forget to bless someone with your'll be glad you did..and so will they. <BR> <BR> *hugs* to all. <BR> <BR> My Aunt, my Mom and all her Granddaughters: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 16:09:07 EST Christmas Shopping Time Well, I didn't actually go out shopping, but I got our daughter's Christmas list and at least have a chance to search to see where I can get it cheapest. It's too cold to go outside, ok, not as bad as yesterday, but still cold. <BR> <BR> My Husband dropped me off at the cemetery so I could "visit" my Dad. I sang Happy Birthday to him, because it would have been his 86th Birthday yesterday on Thanksgiving. I then read from his book to him, and nearly froze, but I'd do this for my Dad and m... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:18:13 EST Holiday planning Been so busy again, is that unusual..nope. <BR> <BR> Our daughter got a new car, her very first NEW one (2014 Cruze) which she's named "Blues Cruze", so funny. I'm so happy for her/them, I hope she's able to keep this one as long as she had the Cavalier (11 years). <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, not sure I'll make it back on tomorrow and Saturday we're going to my Mom's to make lefse for Christmas supper. A "tradition" started last year, because our daughter and... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:23:40 EST City Council Meeting The meeting went GREAT, of course I was stuttering around a little, but once I got into the groove, it was wonderful. <BR> <BR> My Mom watched it on tv and said I did a good job, I was so happy!! I'd never done a powerpoint program before, so I was more nervous about all that. <BR> <BR> Driving in was icy, and saw one car in the ditch (too far that I couldn't have done anything had I been able to stop. Besides, they were across from a farm and the owner had just pulled in the driveway and... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:26:42 EST Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow. It's another cool day in WI with snow expected (already had ice this morning); and windy. But I am in the state where this happens, and I wouldn't change a thing. <BR> <BR> I love the 4 seasons, every bit of them, the beauty in each is incredible and I think God every day for what he's allowed us...Snow, rain, sunshine, hail, it doesn't matter, each has a beauty of it's own, even tornadoes and such. I'm blessed to be allowed to witness all of it. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day, everyone,... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:41:20 EST Lots done. Let's see, I worked on more poles today, and made the second flower ball, so those are done. <BR> <BR> Working on making plans for a few little fishing boats; something easy, nothing hard; and quick. That way I'll just put the poles in the boat (4 of them in each boat) to set at each table. <BR> <BR> I'm having so much fun, can you tell? *L* <BR> <BR> My Grandpuppy didn't even wake up until my alarm went off this morning, was so nice to sleep til 8:30. He's been so good. It's cute, ... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:43:40 EST Grandpuppy Well, today is the start of a busy day, so I'm stopping by early, though I feel like I could fall asleep at any minute. <BR> <BR> Have my Grand-puppy here with me, already had to go outside once, will have to take him out before I leave later, too. Least it's not super cold. Tomorrow's the day I'm not looking forward to, it's supposed to be freezing rain in the morning, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. <BR> <BR> That means I have to dry him off everytime I bring him in, besides freezing my backside ... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:46:02 EST Mess ups, build ups, and weekend plans. Wow, I can tell I've not done my walking exercises in a week and half or so, because did my body show it! It's a little sore, but in a good way. But the good thing is my knee didn't hurt YAY!! now I can get back in the groove!! <BR> <BR> So today I increased my exercises and did 30 minutes, 15 of my arm (fight the arm flab) exercises, which is with 2-3 pound weights and working the upper body; and my "walk away the pounds" exercise video. I can really feel it, too. <BR> <BR> I need to ca... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:40:40 EST Flower Balls and fishing poles The interview at the radio station went GREAT; we even got a photo of the check presentation which the Janesville Messenger is going to put in the paper. <BR> <BR> Friday we have the "Wrap-up" fundraiser on Friday, grocery shopping tomorrow night, and tonight we have a special CAMDEN Meeting. Plus I want to stop at Hobby Lobby before the meeting to pick up a few things which are on sale there for our daughter's wedding. <BR> <BR> I started working on the wedding favors; they want little... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:55:17 EST Lefse Making Wow, I'm actually here earlier than normal..but then again, I have a lot of things to do this week, so I figured I'm going to do this and get is done before doing everything else..hope no one passed out hearing that. :D <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a great day, nothing exciting happened here with me yesterday or today, so this is going to be a boring thread. <BR> <BR> Our daughter and I may be going to my Mom's again this year to make Lefse with her and my aunt on Saturday. It was so mu... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:57:54 EST