ELIZ181's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ELIZ181 ELIZ181's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ BLC22 - goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381152 Dear Future Me, <BR> <BR> OK, you have totally lost all of your focused and slipped back into laziness and bad eating. You know where this landed you the last time you did this. So before you gain back all those pounds and inches that you worked so hard to get rid of, let’s shape up. BLC22 is starting, lets get our eating and exercise back on track. Let’s plan to lose a minimum of 5 pounds, but we know we can lose more. While we are at it let’s start losing those inches that have crept ... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 08:05:06 EST 2013 Already? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182911 So here it is another year, not sure where 2012 went but it is gone. So part of our weekend challenge is to set my resolutions, my goals, my plan for the coming year. What do I want to accomplish in 2013? <BR> <BR> Well I would like to reach my goal which is so doable. But I need to improve on some things. I could sit here and beat my self up with all the things I have done wrong. Or I could state what I have been doing right, but I know what I am doing right - so that is not where I nee... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 22:26:50 EST Holiday Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147607 So we have been asked what our plan is to stay on track during the holidays....hummmmm so this is what I plan on doing to keep me on track: <BR> <BR> &#10132; I will journal every day <BR> <BR> &#10132; I will watch what I eat and remember that I work too hard to do mindless eating <BR> <BR> &#10132; I will be sure to get in my exercise everyday and not have excuses as to why I can’t <BR> <BR> &#10132; I will remember to eat while I am doing my cooking for the holidays as well as when... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 20:40:28 EST Well Falcons we made it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144008 We have finally found our way to the North Pole - the northernmost point in the world. <BR> <BR> To get around well Crosscountry skis and dogsleds are about the only viable transportation option near the North Pole; staying with your tour group is advisable. <BR> <BR> OK Ladies I am getting the heck out of here, its cold. So here is some of the things we might see if we hang around long enough <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1701875476.jpg"> <img src="http://photo... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 08:09:21 EST We have arrived at Svalbard, Norway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136009 Svalbard constitutes the northernmost part of Norway. It is located about 400 miles north of mainland Europe, midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. Many attempts to reach the North Pole began on an icy shore of a Svalbard Island <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l805965630.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you are one of those rare travelers who are willing to go to the edges of the earth just to discover places that few tourists have dared to trek, consider traveling no... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 07:18:01 EST Falcon's Journey Continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128906 Well Falcons our journey continues on we are leaving Sweden and off we go to the North Pole. <BR> <BR> We are now in the extreme north of Sweden, between Abisko in the north and Hemavan in the south. This is Lapland, and through it runs Kungsleden, the "King of Trails," a 275-mile route. It passes through one of Europe's largest remaining wilderness areas, a hundred miles inside the Arctic Circle. <BR> <BR> During our week hike this is what we might expect to see: <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 21:28:06 EST The Next 12 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060829 SO what am I going to do for BLC20 to be successful ? <BR> <BR> I am going to get back on track for the last month I have been hunting down that wagon I fell off of and watched as it just kept on going. Well I found it and have hopped back on board. I know what works and what I need to do so I need to do what I need to do. <BR> <BR> DD told me stop sabotaging myself so I am. She has given me my marching orders -to get to where I was and smaller by the time she returns back home from sch... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 20:30:33 EST plan to stay on track for BLC Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4969596 Can’t believe that BLC19 is almost over, where did the time go. <BR> <BR> So what is my plan for the BLC break - here is what I am going to do <BR> <BR> - Continue kickboxing classes (2x week) <BR> - ST three times a week <BR> - if I bite it I write it <BR> - drink my h20 <BR> - journal <BR> - move my body everyday doing something physical <BR> - keep losing Sat, 14 Jul 2012 05:50:50 EST So glad I accepted the gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4942357 A year ago I needed to make a change - and it needed to be on the major side. Nothing was working to get me to where I wanted to be. I could not lose the weight or the inches. I was frustrated and decided I would give it one more shot. If it didn’t work I would just need to accept this is where I am, period. <BR> <BR> That is when the chance for a change was given to me. The company I worked for could no longer keep it’s doors open. My boss wanted to give me the gift of personal traini... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 22:00:39 EST Veggie Recipe 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4891785 Asparagus Topped with Creamy Tarragon Sauce <BR> <BR> 2 bunches asparagus, tough ends trimmed <BR> 1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt <BR> 6 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise <BR> 4 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon, or 1 teaspoon dried <BR> 1 tablespoon lemon juice, juice <BR> 1 tablespoon water <BR> 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard <BR> Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste <BR> <BR> Preparation <BR> Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Put asparagus in a steamer basket, cover ... Mon, 21 May 2012 18:19:07 EST veggie recipe 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4889347 Butternut-Squash-and-Sage Wontons <BR> <BR> The wontons here, filled with mashed butternut squash and roasted garlic, get nicely crispy when sautéed in a touch of oil, but they're also delicious simply steamed. <BR> <BR> 4 large garlic cloves, unpeeled <BR> 2 sage leaves, 1 whole, 1 minced <BR> 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil <BR> 1/4 cup walnuts <BR> 3/4 pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes <BR> 1 medium shallot, minced <BR> salt and freshly... Sun, 20 May 2012 06:31:46 EST Veggie Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4888160 I get many requests for this recipe: <BR> <BR> Vegetable Tian <BR> <BR> good olive oil <BR> 2 large yellow onions, cut in half and sliced <BR> 2 garlic cloves, minced <BR> 1 pound medium round potato, unpeeled <BR> 3/4 pound zucchini <BR> 1-1/4 pounds medium tomatoes <BR> 1 teaspoon kosher (coarse) salt <BR> 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper <BR> 1 tablespoon fresh thyme LEAVES, PLUS EXTRA SPRINGS <BR> 2 ounces gruyére cheese, GRATED <BR> <BR> Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. <BR>... Sat, 19 May 2012 05:48:00 EST My Transformation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4711046 Over the last 6 months I have been in a transformation mode. I have learned not to stress about the scale nearly as much so I am less frustrated and ready to give up when it doesn’t say what I think it should say. <BR> <BR> My exercise is on target and staying strong. I have relearned how much I actually loved ST as well as the cardio part. I actually feel fairly crummy on the days I don’t exercise, well except for my rest day. That has encouraged me to go to the gym even when I really... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 21:02:37 EST Things I have learned this past year: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4661908 The most important thing I learned is how important my journal is to me. My journal is my best friend - although what I write in it changes over time either day-to-day or monthly it has helped me discover what is working and what isn’t by being able to go back and look at what I have done. I write different things in it all the time <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> it is my food journal - sometimes just what I have eaten other times calories, protein, carbs. Also when I have put something in my mo... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 12:16:47 EST Reflecting on the year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4646041 I found about mid way through the year I was frustrated. It didn't seem to matter what I did this is where I was going to stay. Nothing worked or worked for very long so I was ready to just quit. <BR> <BR> Then in June, I was given a gift to a gym. It is not the normal gym that most go to. This is a performance center. There are classes but it is more training than anything else, no cardio machines. So I started with classes and moved my way along through what they had to offer. <BR> ... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 08:20:49 EST December Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4613630 Well Barb gave us a cleanse challenge since the team was all talking about trying one. So for me how did it go. <BR> <BR> Don’t use any added sweeteners - this wasn’t too bad because I don’t regularly use sweeteners. But it did make me more aware of what does have sweeteners added to it. Although nothing I use is really sweetened that much for this part of the challenge it wasn’t too difficult to give up for the four days - more than four might give me quite the challenge. Although I did ... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 16:53:13 EST Reflecting on BLC 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4603164 Although I did not lose the weight I had planned I did lose inches. I have learned that the scale is not the best way to determine how I am doing on this journey. <BR> <BR> With the encouragement of my teammates I started personal training and although I think most days he is really trying to kill me I feel great afterwards. I am strong now than I was 12 weeks ago, and has it really been 12 weeks. <BR> <BR> I will continue to figure out what works, what doesn’t and keep moving toward th... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 18:14:38 EST Revisit to the goals I made http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4560192 Need to still work on some of the goals I made for October - so how did I do <BR> <BR> Fitness <BR> <BR> &#9758; work on triceps - need to get those muscles to match biceps WELL DID NOT DO THIS AT ALL YIKES I HAVE NO TRICEPS AND REALLY NEED TO WORK ON THIS <BR> <BR> &#9758; stretch 10 mins everyday I HAVE RE-DISCOVERED HOW MUCH I LOVE STRETCHING I ACCOMPLISHED THIS 90% OF THE TIME <BR> <BR> &#9758; by end of month be using 15 pound weights in ST class - WHAT WAS I THINKING 15 POUNDS I W... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 17:54:53 EST October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4516375 The goals I have chosen to work on for October are the following <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~Fitness <BR> <BR> &#10149; work on triceps - need to get those muscles to match biceps <BR> <BR> &#10149; stretch 10 mins everyday <BR> <BR> &#10149; by end of month be using 15 pound weights in ST class <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~Nutrition: <BR> <BR> &#10149; focus on water - as the cold weather comes I drink less so need to keep it to a minium of 8 <BR> <BR> &#10149; Breakfast every day <BR> <BR> &#10149; Make sur... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 08:00:45 EST Happy with me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4484629 Three months ago I decided it was time to try something new. Nothing had really been working for me so I needed to find something to motivate me. So just before the small company I worked for shut its door my boss gave me a gift. One of his clients decided to pay his bill by bartering, what was the trade? Six months of a gym membership. I wasn’t going to accept it but he insisted so I did. <BR> <BR> This is not a normal gym, but it is a performance center. There are no cardio machines.... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 12:35:59 EST Disappointed in Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4336966 So BLC this round was not a good one for me. As I looked back I can see this rounds journey was filled with stress and twists and turns, most I had no control over. Although I tried to not let those thing knock me off the wagon they did but I obviously did not get back on like I thought. <BR> <BR> So between rounds I am going to determine what works for me and what has not worked for me. Changes need to be made. I need to figure out what to do differently when the stress level gets high.... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 10:25:39 EST Dad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3264349 For the past few days I have been what my daughters have called “distracted.” This is a word that is not normally associated with me, I tend to be a very focused person. But today I realized what it was, the anniversary of my Dad’s death. It has been eight years since he passed. It explained why I kept being pulled in another direction even though I would say not now and would walk away. I would find myself back with a sketch pad and sketching out a section of the garden I have not yet c... Mon, 24 May 2010 21:26:59 EST Attitude makes all the difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3186728 So Spring is here and that means getting into the woodland garden. For the past several years (like at least 7) I have just wanted to turn it into grass. I won’t have to stress over the maintenance it takes in the spring, 40-60 hours, to get it ready for the new year, deciding what to plant. More important I won’t have to wonder how bad my back will be when I am done. This year though I went out with a just suck it up attitude. I just told myself that I decided to create this garden and ... Sun, 2 May 2010 20:57:35 EST I knew today was going to be bad but .. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3008692 So I found out that I needed a new desk yesterday, mine did not handle the last moving very well. The good news - since i work at home it was going to be bought for me. I did find one that will work (I need one that can hold two monitors - don't ask). So I passed on the information with just let me now when it is expected to be delivered so I can plan accordingly. <BR> <BR> Well today they called and said it can be there tomorrow, but since we know you like to celebrate St Paddy's day we ... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 21:37:53 EST What a good laugh I had http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2998155 Well I decided I would turn on FitTv and do whatever was happening at that time. Well it was an hour long cardio dance - hip hop to be exact. Well my body just doesn’t want to do what that instructor wanted it to do. While I am there attempting to follow along my daughter was doing her homework and watching the video. Well 5 minutes into it I comment if I cant get it slow how and I suppose to get it fast. Well that is when the laughing started. The 16 year old gets up and say you mean y... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 14:04:45 EST Weight loss journey = Lilac http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2933355 When I moved into my house 19 years ago, the yard was a mess. As a person who not only had an education in horticulture, it was my job for many years, this yard would not do. My Dad and I walked around the yard in March discussing what would have to go and the possibilities of what could be done. It was as we were walking to the backyard that we stopped and looked at what looked like a small tree that had been topped. We could not figure out why someone would do what they did to this tree... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 00:14:29 EST January 11 - so how is 2010 going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2727240 Well the first 11 days of January have gone well, I am no longer at a plateau and have seen a tiny bit of weight come off. <BR> <BR> I have gotten back into a regular cardio routine with my goal being a minimum of 20 minutes a day, max can be anything and have succeeded 9 out of 11 days. My strength has been hit or miss since my back has been bothering me so I tend be very careful of what I do. I have gotten some strength in but not as much as I would like. I have started doing yoga and... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 07:18:11 EST 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2670956 As 2009 ends this evening we will be toasting to a better year. This past year was definitely a stressful one. With me having to deal major issues across the board with my family. My friends say they are amazed at how calmly I deal with things but I still get stressed just differently. <BR> <BR> So with 2010 I have some goals I want to work on: <BR> – I am going to lose 20 pounds <BR> – Get back to my healthier ways of eating and not let my family drag me down <BR> – I am going to sche... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 07:41:04 EST My dog what to do with her http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2648366 So today when I got home I came straight to my computer to sit down and do some work. When my daughter came home she came in looked down and said I don't think this belongs on the floor. It was a gift, but a gift from a stocking. I turned and looked and my dog had been in the stockings. There were stocking for everyone including the dog and the two cats. Now if she had taken something from her stocking that would be one thing, but she took the hot sauce out of my hubby's stocking. Hot s... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 15:18:52 EST The singing silent monks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2640605 Thought I would share this <BR> <BR> Silent Monks SIng Hallelujah Chorus <BR> <BR> <link>gkupsidedown.blogspot.com/2009/11/si<BR>lent-monks-sing-hallelujah-chorus.html </link> Thu, 17 Dec 2009 14:13:11 EST Plan for the next week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2637247 So it is party time for me and everyone seems to be doing it at the same time so I have pretty much back to back functions with no control over any of it except Christmas. <BR> <BR> Tonight I have a ladies night - 5 course meal <BR> <BR> Friday - party at a 5 star italian restaurant (not sure what is in store except lots of good food) <BR> <BR> Sunday - Brunch at another restaurant <BR> <BR> Tuesday I bake with my grand daughter for her holiday party at school, and a party at another 5 s... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 06:40:42 EST Don't know how to help my daughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2618959 At this time in my 16 year old life I just don't know how to help her. She has to deal with death in a way that even I until this time have not had to do. <BR> <BR> She was fine up until Sunday when she went to the shiva. When she came home she just very sadly told me that it was the most disturbing thing she has ever done. She has not spoke of it since but has disappeared to her friend's house up the road. <BR> <BR> This is only going to get worse as more information becomes available... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 09:47:04 EST A Duh.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2609204 So we decided that we would decorate the outside of the house this Sunday after church. My oldest and her boyfriend come and do it because my husband and I have decided that we really don't like going up on that roof any more (must be an age thing). <BR> <BR> So I was telling my daughter that after last year and her struggling to put lights on the shrubbery along the walk I bought the lights that just drape over the bushes so it would be easier on her. Well as we continued to talk and I ... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 07:37:28 EST Sometimes I can't believe what people do.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2600354 Yesterday morning started off early and great. But in only a few short hours it turned sad. I was to receive an e-mail from my daughter's coach that our score/clock keeper for several years had pass away over the weekend. She asked that we speak to our daughters in the best way we felt to deal with it. <BR> <BR> Jami was only 32 years old, a person who always had a smile on her face. If you were down at all she would lift you up. She was also a gym teacher in one of our schools, to say ... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 06:25:53 EST The best part of baking a cake... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2590798 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/8/b481487565.jpg"> Thu, 26 Nov 2009 20:47:27 EST De-Stress Kit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2556711 Boy am I going to need this - life here is getting ugly and not sure who is going to get caught in the fall out. When I can I will blog about it but for now I can say nothing except to say I scream into my pillow alot. <BR> <BR> For my de-stress kit I am putting in the following things. <BR> <BR> Candles - to me a room lite with just candles is very soothing and relaxing <BR> <BR> Bubble Bath and oils - ahhh to just relax in the tub (add to that the candles I will skip the glass of wine,... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 17:15:42 EST I need a plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2511380 So I have a ton of computer work that is going to keep me at a desk for a good 8-12 hours a day. I can't complain I let this stuff go for sooooo long that this is where it lead me. <BR> <BR> My daughter's fiedl hockey team has finished their regular season they are first (and undefeated) in the county, and took first in thier section & class(again regular season). We are now on a win-to-win basis. So I have no way to plan into my week time to exercise because I have no idea until the en... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 07:21:14 EST Today I hope.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2480500 ..That it doesn't rain and warms up, but mostly that it does not snow (don't feel like freezing while watching the game) <BR> <BR> ...My granddaughter doesn't act out like yesterday (though I did get an edible arrangement) <BR> <BR> ...That I can start the painted design work on the stairs (dependent on the little munchin) <BR> <BR> ... That I can get in at least 45 minutes of exercise in <BR> <BR> ...That my Mom's regular doctor will suggest someone else to do her surgery other than who ... Thu, 15 Oct 2009 07:00:18 EST determining if meet todays goal. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2458148 I have been feeling like I have been very lazy lately or I am just spinning my wheel. I have not been feeling like I have accomplished what I should during the day. So today I am posting this to see what it is that I have done. <BR> So Today I: <BR> <BR> &#9999;I removed everything from all kitchen cabinets and cleaned them inside and out. <BR> &#9999;Moved the grill stuff that I know I won’t use over winter and ice cream maker to higher cabinets <BR> &#9999;cleaned, stripped and reseal... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 19:28:55 EST this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2447915 I got back into my exercise routine which I had fallen away from this past month. I think it was the kids going back to school that threw me off. I am also planning my meals for the week again so I will be sure to eat healthy and not just what is handy. Hopefully I will see either the scale or the measurements go down. Fri, 2 Oct 2009 21:30:43 EST I don't think I'll tell the hubby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2442319 I had something on my leg, it wasn’t going away, just getting worse so I went to the dermatologist. Needless to say I wasn’t crazy about him the last time I went to him and this time wasn’t any better. They removed what was on leg and sent it out for a biopsy. Turns of it is pre cancerous, they made an appointment for me to come in and have it treated. Since the appointment isn’t for two weeks it can’t be that bad. <BR> <BR> My husband is so stressed from everything that is going on with... Wed, 30 Sep 2009 19:52:52 EST I'm stressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2419144 OK so I have come to recognized that I'm stressed - alot. It is this lovely family of mine, and I have made the decision: <BR> <BR> I'm not going to let it get to me. <BR> <BR> I am going to take their lead for a little while and follow their example. I am going to worry about me first and not think about how it affects them. I am going to exercise when I want and they are going to now have to work their schedules around me. I will make what I want to eat and when I want to eat. If th... Tue, 22 Sep 2009 07:42:11 EST I was very impressed today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2394692 Today there was the annual firemen’s parade. This year it was held in our town, with one of the staging area being our street. There were more than 30 companies present for today’s parade. For the most part people were very pleasant about the inconvenience of not being able to get out of our street, and several other roads that had been closed. It was our fire departments 100 year celebration. Yes there were the select few that would not allow them to park the chief cars in their drivewa... Sat, 12 Sep 2009 22:02:12 EST BOILING WATER...COFFEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2381898 A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as soon as one problem was solved, a new one arose.. <BR> <BR> Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 08:07:54 EST The mural is unveiled http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2360406 So I haven¡¯t painted (and I mean really painted) in about 12 years. My husband collects ducks and I have always said I was going to paint a pond scene with his ducks floating in it. Hence the reason for the mural, and besides I have always had at least one room with some kind of art work painted on the wall. <BR> <BR> The wall is 7¨ö¡¯ by 5¨ö¡¯ and I ended up having to paint about ¨÷ of it with my left hand, on a ladder with the top of the painting being 16 feet off the floor. I started... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 08:16:55 EST So how did my challenge go..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2360254 So the challenge was on while I was out for the floors being done. And yes they are gorgeous. <BR> <BR> I hit the farmer’s market every day for fruit and salad for me, and fruit for my daughter for field hockey. Dinner was out every night and morning coffee was from Dunkin Donuts with me getting a donut only once. The restaurant owners were great about not making the servings super sized and one even laughed and said you are like my wife with the salads. I logged my food and managed to s... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 07:03:17 EST The Challenge is on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2340843 So everything is finally packed up moved into the various rooms which are not having the floors redone at this time. I know when I see them I will not regret having them redone. This is what happens when you choose hardwood floors, they need to be refinished and it has been 14 years after all. <BR> <BR> But the real challenge is going to be eating. Since i am hoteling it for the next week, I will have to rely on restaurant food for every meal. We all know how healthy that is going to be.... Mon, 24 Aug 2009 07:25:43 EST That was the hardest wake I think I ever attended http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2329831 Wakes are never really fun. Even when you are celebrating someone’s life as they wished. Even if they don't want you to be sad, you still are. There is that loss, an empty hole that sometimes just can't be filled. <BR> <BR> But have you ever had it where the people are greeting you, maintaining their composure until you walk up and then it is broken. I have now had this happen for the third time, and I have decided I don’t like it. <BR> <BR> The first time was my grandmother’s wake. ... Wed, 19 Aug 2009 20:08:01 EST I had a great weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2321756 This weekend although is what we classify a "work Weekend" was a great one. I was so relaxed and enjoyed everything. I did get alot of the things needed for the floors on Monday, played with the kids, and visited with friends, made blueberry muffins and chocolate zucchini muffins to freeze. But what I think made it so much fun was the mural I am planning. I had said years ago that I wanted to do this but never did and changed it to easier thing to paint. But what made it so great was thi... Mon, 17 Aug 2009 07:37:29 EST Why is it .... answered by the friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2308601 Thanks to everyone who offered their support yesterday to my ranting. I woke up to a house that a bomb went off in and since it was spotless just 15 hours earlier I lost it. <BR> <BR> I decided to drive my annoyance home in a different way to each family member. <BR> <BR> My husband when he called knew something was up and asked. I asked why he had to be such a pig at this time he knows our floors are about to be done and rattled the list of things that need to be done. Like fixing what ... Wed, 12 Aug 2009 08:09:57 EST