Good morning Shar & Patty & everyone else to follow,
Shar, it's good to hear from you when you are able to pop in. I miss those "old HE board" people, too. Hmmm, can't think of a way to say old board and not make it sound like old people. I hope you know what I meant. In yesterdays news a local wood mill and a local hotel closed down and many people are without jobs. The hotel had structural damage and will reopen- but those are minimum wage jobs. The mill was one of the few "family wage jobs" in our area and I think about 96 lost jobs. Someone bought it and will reopen in 9 months but everyone needs to apply for jobs all over again and be accepted. So, Shar, like you say - people have to cut back on what they spent on like day care, haircuts, and on and on.
Patty, the chili sounds good and I'm sure your hubby will appreciate it after he does all those chores.
The TOPS Christmas party went well last night. I made a new incentive last week that will run through the first week in January to motivate members to eat healthy and take care of themselves. Each got a quarter of a scrapbook page with a Christmas theme. Each week that their weight stays the same, they lose or for those at goal to be in their TOPS weight range they get to attach a little gift to their page. It's called "A Gift To Yourself" and the prize is better health and getting through the Christmas/New Years season doing their best. The "gifts" are just little squares of cardboard wrapped in tin foil with a little ribbon tied around it. Anyway, it was so nice because everyone brought healthy and delicious food to the potluck and then we had a gift exchange where we drew numbers and got to pick a gift. I got a beautiful wood 5 x 7 picture frame that will go wonderfully with some family pictures I keep on the desk. Our weight recorder and assistant brought in cedar boughs to decorate and also extra for us to take home.
I missed the Christmas memories yesterday but I'll add mine here. I remember when I was probably 8 on up to teens I liked to go out to the living room in the evening or early morning when everything was quiet and dark with the tree lit. I especially loved those old Christmas lights and the blue ones were my favorite. It was just such a quiet, hopeful moment.
Another memory was when I was 5 and in the Sunday School Christmas program. My lines were "peace on earth, good will to men". We all practiced and knew our lines but we didn't practice going up to the church with a big Christmas tree right by where we sat. Another little girl and I got excited because there were gifts under the tree so we got off the pews to look at them. The next thing we knew our class was up on the platform saying their lines! We just sat there, not knowing what to do and our teacher didn't know where we were.
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