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8/29/14 11:53 P

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I've read a book called "How to Change Your Drinking - a Harm Reduction Guide to Alcohol" and then I went on the free chat room to talk about it. I wrote that I had been following the ideas of the book for the past 2 years without even realizing it or knowing what it was called. Then I wrote that I had been thinking the same things as was written in the book and that I wished I had written the book. THEN - I realized I was chatting with the AUTHOR of the book ! LOL ! I wrote, "OH, WOW ! AWESOME ! Can I have your autograph ? LOL ! He responded SURE and wrote his name "Kenneth Anderson" and gave me a "funny face " ! LOL That was the first time I had ever been in a chat room and it was quite exciting !
I recommend the book.

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8/29/14 11:36 P

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Oh, my goodness - You have 8 kids between the two of you - and 7 grandchildren. That's a lot of "offspring" LOL. You're right - not EVERYONE can move back home ! But the house really does sound fabulous ! I'm assuming you have a cleaning lady, right ? We have just a one bedroom apartment with one bathroom but it is just PERFECT for the two of us. It's enough for me to take care of ! I can't believe we used to let homeless men sleep in our living room on our couch. We had NO PRIVACY then ! But for just us two - it's all we need. And I LOVE my kitchen. For me the kitchen is the most important cuz I love to cook. Mine has lots of storage. It has a big counter top for cooking on. It is just the right size - big enough for everything but small enough that you don't have to run around between the stove and the sink and the counter and the fridge, etc. (A handy work triangle) I can't imagine 2 kitchens !! Is it like a separate mother-in-law apartment with it's own kitchen ? Maybe your 21 year old daughter could use that ? Would love to see pictures of your home. God has truly blessed you ! Wonderful !

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8/29/14 8:15 A

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My husband and I moved into our home exactly two years ago. Our house is big, about 3500 square feet with 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms (even 2 kitchens..seriously). When we bought this house only my daughter (11 at that time) lived with us. Last March my then 17 year old step son moved in with us. My 21 year old daughter has been on the brink of breaking up with her live in boyfriend for a few months. She sent me a text last night saying she was breaking up with him and crashed here around 1:00 am. At this point, I'm not sure if she will be moving in or what. I've always told her our door is open and she has a place to live!

Anyway, I am learning that there is a reason why God blessed us with this big, beautiful house. A big house needs to be filled. However, I have 3 children, my husband has 5 children and 7 grandchildren....not EVERYONE can come back! LOL !!!

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8/28/14 10:39 P

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Thanks, Christine ! You are so right. I have YOU and Alison and Elle! Maybe it's not the same as have a girlfriend IRL but in some ways, maybe it's BETTER ! We can write ANYTHING we want online, pretty much. And we can wear whatever we want - you can't see me ! lol And if you're drinking alcohol - well, it's not going to tempt ME ! I DO cherish having you to write to. Just wish we could go out for a bite to eat.

That would be awesome if David would visit and bring his new girlfriend. I'll have to message him on facebook and see if he can make it. I have burgers, hotdogs, Italian sausage in the freezer. Just need to get some buns.

Good luck to your hubby in constructing a rabbit cage. My first hubby did that for me oh so long ago. . . .Ah, memories. !

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend ! I'll be here if anybody wants to "talk",
God Bless,
Valerie



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8/26/14 7:34 A

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Although you might feel lonely and friendless now at least you and Johnnie have each other and your life seems less "complicated" now that you no longer welcome guests into your home. I often feel that technology and social media is the demise of our country, however; there is good that can come of it. 25 years ago you would not have been able to meet people from around the country online and have supportive and positive interaction. Hey, I know its not the same as "real life" interaction but sometimes we have to take what we can get, right? Hopefully you will be able to get together with your sons over the weekend. Maybe you will get to met David's new girlfriend.

With that said, I'm not sure what we are going to do this holiday weekend. My husband always has projects going. He is super ambitious (which I love). He cannot sit still and is always working on something. This weekend one of the things is building the rabbit cage for my daughter and finishing mortaring the stone on the outside of the pole barn. As for me...hmm, I'm sure I'll find something to do...lol

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8/25/14 8:40 P

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Do you have plans for Labor Day next weekend? We don't. Actually we don't have any friends. We used to help a bunch of homeless guys, that we called "friends", but we realized that we needed a "better class of losers" to hang out with ! LOL We had someone here everyday, getting something to eat, taking a shower, or hanging out drinking beer. Six nights a week for four years we had someone sleeping on our couch. I used to cut their hair. I used to wash their clothes. It kept me busy and I felt like I was "helping" BUT Johnny and I didn't have any privacy. We could never talk to each other without interruption. Once a week, we'd have a "date night" when we'd tell everyone to stay away and Johnny and I could make love. Now we're all alone - which is wonderful - but a little boring and lonesome. Joe died of liver failure. Danny is in prison for 18 months for battery on his girlfriend. Richard moved away I guess. Bill died. We told Wes not to come around here anymore. We won't let Greg and Melissa set food in our apartment anymore. There were others. They're all gone now. It IS better for Johnny and My relationship. I just wish we could find some decent friends to have over for a barbecue. We should really go to a church to meet people. "No car" is a problem on Sunday mornings. We never want to walk to church - although there are several churches within walking distance that we could go to. That's really no excuse. Who wants to wear sneakers to church and be all sweaty when you get there ? I guess Jesus wouldn't care. HE walked everywhere he went ! LOL

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8/23/14 11:20 P

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Good Evening !

Made two trips to the Dollar General today (very close by) and used 2 - $5 coupons off $25 each. Got a bunch of things we needed like cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, air freshener, vitamins. I love D G. They have almost everything I need handy and at a great price when you use the $5 coupons. Do you shop there ?

I was really tired after shopping (and after drinking beer last night) so I napped a long time this afternoon. Then we sat down together to a nice chicken dinner. We often don't sit down to eat together as Johnny and I don't usually eat the same things. I'm a grazer - munching on fruits and veggies all day. He likes really "fattening" things like mozzarella cheese sticks and pizza rolls and steak um sandwiches. I can't eat that stuff or I'd weigh 300 pounds. Johnny is SO SKINNY and he lives on that kind of frozen snacks (but he doesn't eat a large quantity - just a little bit once a day.)

My sister is on a photo safari in South Africa. She and her "honey" were in London for a day on the way there. She sent me 50 pictures of London via email. That was cool. Modern technology ! Photos of her vacation the very same day she's there ! I hope she has a good time in Africa. I'm concerned about Ebola and Malaria, and parasites, etc. Personally I wouldn't go to Africa where I'd be exposed to all those diseases. But that's me. Never been a risk-taker. She DID have to get a bunch of vaccinations before going over there. That's good.

Tomorrow is Sunday - our day to weigh. Hoping for a good number ! But I shouldn't let myself be defined by the number on the scale, right?

Talk to you tomorrow.
Valerie

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8/22/14 12:14 P

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Valerie, that's great news about David having someone special in his life. It is definitely common for couples to find each other online these days! Congratulations on staying AF. I'm sure you will reach your goal!

I've had a good week. Eating clean, working out, avoiding alcohol. I'm taking my daughter and her friend to 8th grade orientation this afternoon. This weekend will be fairly low key, which is fine with me! Looking forward to weighing in on Sunday in hopes that my hard work will pay off!

Have you seen that ASL ice bucket challenge on fb? I certainly hope nobody nominates me...lol. My 13 year old daughter did it. I hope that all the celebrities that have been doing it also donate!

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8/22/14 2:06 A

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Finished up Day #9 alcohol-free even though we had a "date night". Happy about that. Bought a 2 liter of ginger ale which was good. Made a really nice chicken dinner too. Johnny gave me a wonderful back rub - loved it ! I'm really happy that I can have a good time without alcohol.

How is everybody else doing ?

Valerie

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8/21/14 1:39 A

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Chatted with my son, David, on facebook this evening. His new girlfriend, Pimjai, lived in Thailand until she was 6 and has now lived here for 18 years. She is 24. David is 26. She is going to college now. Not working. But he said she was in the military. He was very vague about that. I apologized for asking so many questions, but he said that was okay, I had a right to ask. That made me feel good. I told him I was just "happy that he seemed happy !" And he replied that Yes, he was very happy ! I'm so glad he seems to have found someone special. He hasn't had a steady girlfriend for several years since he broke up with a girl named Sarah that he was with for 3 years I believe. I'm really looking forward to meeting Pimjai. David is blonde but I have no problem with him dating a Thai girl. I think it bothered my mother. But she is 83 and old fashioned. David said he met Pinjai online. That's the modern way, isn't it !?

I'm finishing up day #8 alcohol-free. I want to lose 7 more pounds in the next 21 days - before Sept 10th which is my 2nd Sparkiversary. That would bring my weight down to 159. I'd break into 150ville ! I would be thrilled. It's going to be difficult. I'm going to drink lots and lots of water. emoticon

Have a great day tomorrow,
God Bless,
Valerie

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8/20/14 1:13 A

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Woke up this morning with a sore throat and earache, so I postponed the lunch with David. Talked to him on the phone briefly and found out his new girlfriend, Pimjai, is from Thailand. He seems really happy. I'm happy for him ! I wonder where they met. I need DETAILS, ladies ! LOL !

Had a new microwave oven delivered today. It is really nice. Since we don't have a car, it is so much easier for us to buy things online and have them delivered. Purchases over $50 at Walmart are free delivery and the microwave was on sale for $55 so Perfect ! I love it !

Still not feeling very good tonight so I should probably get some sleep. How are you feeling, Alison ?

Take care ladies,
God Bless,
Valerie




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8/18/14 11:34 P

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So sorry you're not feeling well, Alison ! emoticon

I had problems with my computer also. Now using an old monitor that I had saved as a "back-up"

Tomorrow my son, David, and I are going to lunch at a seafood restaurant called "Get Hooked". I plan on having a grilled grouper sandwich but want to substitute a salad or cole slaw for the fries. David (26) has a new girlfriend that I want to find out about. I saw her name and picture on facebook. Her name is Pimjai and she might be Indonesian or Indian/Oriental -- I'm not sure. I'll find out all the details tomorrow. All I care about is that my son is HAPPY !

I'm finishing Day #6 alcohol-free. I walked to the doctor's office this morning to have blood work done. I'll find out the results next week. My weight is coming down. I was 166.5 today. My short term goal is 165. So close !

Going to read devotions with my sweetie now.
Take care everybody,
God Bless,
Valerie

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8/18/14 9:42 A

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I have the flu, girls :(. Been sick since just after our company left on Friday night. Also....something is wrong with my laptop and it won't turn on. I will check back in when at least one of those problems resolves!

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8/17/14 7:51 A

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Val, awesome on getting AF again. I'm still working on that one. It's become such a habit!
Alison, glad to hear you are enjoying getting back into the routine. Structure can be a great thing for us. I know I benefit from it.
I'm in my workout gear, waiting for a few more minutes before I leave for the gym. I skipped out yesterday. I find I need to go to the gym 4-5 times a week to meet my strength training goals. That is a lot!
I still need to cut back on my calorie consumption. I was actually thinking of going to an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. Still thinking...
I was on facebook and I saw a link to my estranged sisters website for money mentoring. Geesh, I would rather not see any sight of her. I'm upset about how nasty she has shown herself to be. She mentions how money can ruin relationships but fails to mention how she has chosen to terminate her relationship with her own siblings, especially when one of them was facing a critical illness. Oh well, I can't change the world.

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8/16/14 11:03 P

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Completing Day #4 AF.

Johnny confided in me today that he SO FEARFUL of having another seizure and has great trepidation of leaving the apartment. He wanted his script filled for his seizure medicine. He had previously said that he could live without it. The script for a month was only $50 - - but the problem is that you can't STOP taking the medicine abruptly. It can trigger seizures that won't stop. Therefore we'd have to go see a neurologist to get refills on the script which would be hundreds of dollars for an office visit. Johnny is no longer covered on my insurance. I'm thinking of putting him back on it during open season this fall. I don't know how we are going to afford going to see the doctor to get refills. Johnny said, "Let's just take it one step at a time". I really love Johnny, . . . but I have to admit that I really don't like that he has health problems. I don't say anything . . . but I don't like being a "nurse". I want him to be "strong" and full of "vitality". Getting him to eat a little something once a day is like "pulling teeth" ! LOL He is SO SKINNY ! I have to admit - - I'm always worried he'll have another seizure also.

Well tomorrow is Sunday - our day to report on our Challenge. I had one night of drinking - and I think I'm going to be upset with my weight in the morning. We'll see.

Talk to you tomorrow,
God Bless,
Valerie

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8/16/14 1:00 A

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Hope the dinner went well, Alison. What did you serve?

I finished Day #3 alcohol-free today - which is great - BUT I ate a lot of mixed nuts AND popcorn, too, so I'm worried about my weight in the morning. Doesn't do a lot of good to cut back on the alcohol calories if I just replace them with food calories ! LOL ! Oh, Well. Nuts have the good-for-you fat and I make the popcorn on the stove with canola oil which is good too, so I guess that is some saving grace.

Monday I get blood work done. Last year it was perfect. Hope that is still the case.

I bought a blood pressure monitor and my blood pressure was slightly high after my Tuesday night drinking. I'm sure it will return to normal if I remain AF.

Johnny and I played RUMMY together this evening. We hadn't played that in at least a year - maybe two. It was fun. I won. But Johnny was a good sport about it. I was surprised that he played quite well after 3 seizures last month. I've noticed some memory loss now and then. He's a singer/songwriter with his guitar, and he forgot the lyrics to some of his songs. I think he sings "off key" now as well, although I'm no expert, and I haven't told him that I think he is singing "flat" now. He doesn't perform so I don't want to hurt his feelings by telling him that the seizures seem to have given him "amusia" which is the loss of musical ability caused by brain damage or genetics. Hopefully his "pitch" will return. idk
I'm happy that he goes to the store every day now. For the first week or so out of the hospital, he was "afraid" to leave the house for fear of having another seizure. I talked to him about that - that I felt he was becoming agoraphobic - and he has pushed himself to go out. That is good. He quit his job of taking care of the lawn here at the apartment building, however. That was a big job with little pay anyway. I can see that it would probably be too much for him in this Florida heat. With all the rain we've been having, the grass is really tall and thick. I doubt that the junky push mower the landlord provided will even be able to cut it ! oh, well. Like an old friend of ours used to say, "Not my problem".

Hope to hear from Christine and Elle. (may have had flooding) and Brenda - How are you doing ? How are your girls ?

Take care,
God Bless,
Valerie

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8/15/14 10:21 A

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Just a quick check in this morning from me. We are having company for dinner tonight and I have to go into town to buy some groceries and then, clean my house. It has been a good week for me getting back into my normal routine. I will try to remember to post on the challenge thread on Sunday....looking forward to hearing from others who have made progress.

Hope everyone has a great weekend....what is everyone up to?

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8/15/14 12:28 A

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Had a busy day today. I returned bra to the store that I decided was too small. Then I walked to the post office to buy stamps and mail a picture of myself to my 83 year old mother. She had requested one. She doesn't have a computer and hadn't seen me in several years. I've lost weight (40 pounds) and got new glasses so I'm sure I looked quite different than she remembers me. Then I walked over to the grocery store and bought a special deal. If you bought 4 boxes of cereal or cookies for $2.50 each, you got a gallon of milk to go with it. I used to be "lactose intolerant" but I've got over that by slowly re-introducing dairy into my diet, and now use real milk instead of soy milk. I like that it is "real" and "natural" without additives, and preservatives, etc. I had a veggie pita sandwich for lunch and a banana and an apple for snacks. I cleaned my fish bowl today too. Looks so much better. I took a nap this afternoon. I had baked Tilapia for dinner. This evening we watched "Seal Team Six" about the raid to kill Osama Bin Laden. It was an exciting movie - like a documentary. We really liked seeing actual "history". Tomorrow morning is my exercise class - but I doubt that I will make it there. We're staying up late these days and sleeping later and later in the morning. Oh, well.

Hope to hear from Christine and Elle. Worried about flooding in their respective areas (Detroit and Cape Cod).

Have a good day tomorrow.
God Bless,
Valerie

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8/14/14 12:46 A

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Alison - Happy your husband made it home safely and you two are reunited ! That was a LONG walk you took together ! Have you posted pictures of your quilts on your Spark Page ? I'll have to take a look.

Brenda - So sorry about the "hit and run" to your tent trailer. Darn it !

Elle and Christine - Have you had problems with flooding? Hope you both are okay.

Let's really finish out the week STRONG !

Valerie

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8/13/14 11:54 P

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Thank you Alison ! That made me SO HAPPY ! I feel a "renewed vigor" to keep our little team afloat.

I am starting over with another alcohol-free streak. I made it 35 days - and then used the suicide of Robin Williams as an excuse to buy a bottle of wine. I drank WAY too much. 3-4 large glasses I think. We played special music as a tribute to Robin Williams.
"Tears of a Clown" by Smokey Robinson
"Send in the Clowns" by Judy Collins
"The Rose" by Bette Midler
"Rockin' Robin" done by The Jackson Five
"Long Black Train" by Josh Turner

Very sad he was in so much pain. He was a beautiful person. I especially loved the movie "What Dreams May Come". Anybody else ever see that movie ? It is about Heaven and the after-life. Very poignant considering the circumstances.

Take care. Keep Sparking !
And God Bless,
Valerie

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8/13/14 12:09 P

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Hello All!
Sorry that I have been MIA for over a week...I went down to Houston to visit with my daughter, Sarah and her husband Joel (and of course my precious little Bumblebee, Ada) and I just got home on Monday. DH, Tom, had been gone since before I left on his trip to Seattle but he arrived home too so I have spent the first part of this week trying to get back into my "normal" routine. Val...I hope that you don't disband this little group. I can imagine how frustrating it must be to be the only one posting and feeling like no one cares. I have been a part of a number of Spark teams and I would say that it is normal for it to only be a few people posting. It seems like people like to join teams but they don't really keep up with them. This is the only team that I check in with every day and I try to post most times. I like it because it is so small. It would be nice if our members checked in a little more but I appreciate those of you who do and especially our valiant leader, Val, who spends so much time and energy trying to motivate and educate us. So....Val....I understand if you want to quit but I, for one, hope that you don't!
I will post in the challenge thread about my successes and failures but I am within a couple of days of ending my "Dog Days of Summer Personal Challenge" and I can tell you right now that I am not going to meet my goal of losing the weight that I've gained over the past 6 months. :( I guess that I will just have to make myself another challenge and keep at it!
We are enjoying some lovely cool days around here and I love it. On Monday, Tom and I walked around Lake Fayetteville (5.3 miles) and then went out for lunch. He didn't have any work lined up since he just got home so it was nice to spend a day together.
I finished the quilt that I made for Rose and took it down to Morrilton before I left for Houston. Her Mom loved it! I sold another quilt on Etsy last week...yay! Now, I have to get busy and make some more to add to my store.
Looking forward to getting caught up with everyone!


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8/11/14 6:50 A

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Hi Val,
Glad to hear you had a great day! It really sounds like a good time. Very pleasant surprise.
Honestly, I'm in a bit of bummer right now. We've been trying to sell our tent trailer, even though it's kind of late in the season for that. We decided to go camping this weekend. Now that the kids are much older, they really lack enthusiasm, so Bill and I have less "reward" (and, I more tolerate camping rather than enjoy it). Anyhow, on the way home yesterday, the tent trailer gets hit by another vehicle which keeps on moving. So we file a police report -- which means waiting 1.5 hours in the hot sun. When I call the insurance, I find out we are not covered for collision. Bummer!
Just another pain in the butt thing to deal with emoticon
Oh well, things could be much worse.
On the upside, we can take military daughter home for two nights starting the first Saturday in September. She's having a hard time with the physical requirements: running, pushups, etc but she says there are many other officer cadets that are totally out of shape too!
Here's to a better day!

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8/10/14 8:33 P

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Good Evening Lovely Ladies,
Well Christine and Elle both posted today on the Challenge Thread and Alison probably will soon also, so I'm feeling encouraged to keep our little team "alive".

Johnny and I had a really good day. We were invited to lunch with an elderly couple that recently moved into a retirement home. I expected a cafeteria and we got a "five star restaurant" complete with chandeliers, cloth napkins, fresh flowers on the table, menus, waiters and a chef in a big hat. It was awesome. I ordered fried fish and fresh fruit with cottage cheese. The fruit was excellent with even black berries ! What a treat ! For dessert there was a big "sundae bar" with lots of goodies to choose from. Afterwards, we hung many pictures in their apartment. She had one large beautiful painting of a "shell" in green and blue which she didn't have room for - - so she gave it to US ! We hung it over our bed and it looks WONDERFUL ! She also paid us generously for the work we did ! I hope we get to go to lunch with them again. We had so much fun.

We celebrated 8 years together this weekend also which was GREAT ! We listened to Josh Turner who we were listening to when we first "hooked up" and hadn't heard since then. He has many romantic love songs and a deep voice. He's also very cute ! We loved watching his videos on the computer. (We also have new speakers for the computer which sound awesome).

BUT - I didn't have a drink ! I don't know how I resisted ! 34 Days Today ! emoticon

Johnny and I love each other more and more every day. We are so happy together.

Hope you all have a good week. Christine's is going to be super busy with a big graduation party and house guests. Elle probably has to work - but I believe she likes her new job. Alison - How was Houston? Did you give Rosie her quilt ? Is your husband still out of town?
Brenda - How is your daughter doing at military school ?
Anybody else ? Please post. We want to know you're out there !

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Well, I have to admit I'm getting kinda lonely on this little team. I'm the only one posting. I've joined a Christian team called "Dancing to the Beat of God" and it seems like a great team of wonderful women. It is very active. So, Christine and Alison, since you are the only two who ever post on the "Lovely Ladies" Team, would you like to join me on the Christian Team and we'll just let this team go to "Team Heaven" ? I'll send you both emails. I don't want to be a quitter and give up - but no sense beating a dead horse either, right? LOL Let me know what you think.
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I had a super busy weekend and remained alcohol-free. Friday I did a bunch of shopping at Dollar General for things we needed and saved 3 - ($5 coupons off $25 each) plus $6 in other coupons for a total of $21 off $75. Woo-Hoo ! I love it when I save money! Then I took the bus 2 miles to pay a bill and walked home, stopping at the grocery store to buy a peach to eat on the way, and then at the Thrift Store where I found some plastic divided plates which should come in handy for eating on the patio. Then I did 3 big loads of laundry. After that, I dyed my hair and it turned out great. Friday night Johnny wasn't feeling very well so we postponed "date night".

Saturday Johnny and I walked 3 miles to do some banking and took the bus home. That night we had a lovely "date night" but I still didn't drink !

Sunday, after watching Joel Osteen, I walked to the blood mobile at the WalMart which is 1-1/2 miles away and donated blood. I was happy my hemoglobin was high enough now after taking iron pills for a month. My blood pressure was perfect also (112/74) which surprised the tech after I told her I had walked there in the Florida Heat. They gave me a $10 gift card for WalMart which I used to buy 2 pair of sterling silver CZ earrings. Then I walked home so I got 3 miles of walking Sunday also. We watched a Tom Petty Concert that we had recorded and were really surprised when Stevie Nicks was the guest star and sang several songs. I love her. The concert was awesome.

Today I really took it easy other than buying a pair of sunglasses at the convenience store on the corner.

Alison - how was your trip to Houston ?
Brenda - how are your twins doing ?
Christine - how was your weekend?

Have a great day tomorrow,
God Bless,
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Just_Brenda - Hoping your twins are both okay. I'll keep them in my prayers.

Thanks for asking where I get the "strength" to stay AF alcohol-free. I bought myself a bracelet from Christianbook.com that has the inscription "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" This is a quote from the apostle Paul in Phillipians 4:13
Seriously - I really don't have the willpower on my own to avoid alcohol. I admit I love it. And once I start drinking, I don't want to stop. It is only with prayer to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ that I can resist that first drink. And if I avoid the "first" drink, I won't be tempted to have another and another. After a while, the cravings really starts to diminish. You realize that you're not thinking about having a drink all the time and the days start to add up. I'd really like to celebrate Friday night cuz it's my "payday" but I just don't want to get started down that path of drinking every evening again. I would just gain the weight back that I've lost. I guess, basically, I want to be THIN MORE than I WANT to DRINK !
Also check out what Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:18 "Don't be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, let the Holy Spirit fill and control you." (New Living Translation). I agree with AA about that - You need to draw on the strength of a Higher Power. But I refuse to say "Hi, I'm Valerie and I'm an alcoholic" The medical community doesn't even call it alcoholism anymore. I prefer to say, "Hi, I'm Valerie and I have an alcohol use disorder"

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Hi all! It is raining here! Wow...that is SO unusual for this time of July. I love hearing it on the roof and thinking about my vegetable garden soaking up the moisture.
The quilt is almost finished. With Tom away, I could work on it as much as I wanted so I have been focusing on it for the past three days. The only thing left is the hand sewing which will take a couple of hours. I am taking a break tonight but I can do the rest tomorrow night while I watch TV. I am pretty happy with the result...it was difficult in places but I don't think anyone who doesn't quilt will notice the imperfections. Maybe I will try to post a picture of it when it's done (if I can figure out how ;).
Good to hear from everyone. My heart goes out to Brenda...it's tough when our kids make choices that limit our contact with them. I love my kids but they are scattered all over the place and sometimes it feels like most of my energy, money and time goes into trying to stay connected with them.
Val...you are doing so awesome! You must be over the moon about losing those 8 pounds...that is a LOT!!!!
Christine....I like your bunny names ;).


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Val, no call last night but I checked my other daughters phone. Both (the one at RMC and the one still at home) had rough days. emoticon I'll see if I can find out details later.
You're doing wonderful at being AF!!!! What do you use to tell yourself you have the strength? I think I don't believe in my own ability to be AF so am not... the same for losing weight...

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Christine - I SO WISH we could be friends IRL ! You are a wonderful, beautiful woman !
Alison, too - you are an awesome lady !
And Just_Brenda - terrific mom !

This team may be small - but THIS TEAM ROCKS !

Christine - love the names for your bunnies - Faith and Hope ! Perfect !

Alison - How is the quilt coming along ?

Just_Brenda - How is your daughter doing away at military school ? Has she called again?

Anybody out there lurking? Please post !

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Brenda, I completely understand the loss you feel about your daughter leaving. At least she is taking a positive direction in her life. I think we can all agree that being a parent is full of joy and heart ache.

Valerie, if we lived closer, I would be your friend IRL !!

Alison, I would love to see some of your quilts. I bet they are beautiful. About 15 years ago, all the women in my family (my Dad's side) use to get together every couple months to quilt for an entire weekend. We made several quilts for different family members. My aunt passed away and the tradition did also. I miss the memories! I have the quilt we made for me and a couple other quilts my Grandma quilted decades ago!

I want to name the rabbits (when ever we get them) Faith and Hope! I think Michaela might be agreeable!

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Hi Just_Brenda ! So good to hear from you ! It must be VERY ROUGH for you to have your daughter leave for military school ! Like you said - it's a "grieving" process. I'm sure you are very worried about her. But you raised her right - and I'm sure she will be okay ! I will certainly pray for her safety and happiness and for you to have faith and strength to get through this time of missing her. God Bless !

Johnny is doing so much better this morning. I never said anything about his appearance - but he decided to shave and put in his dentures anyway all on his own. He's looking great. He's using his electronic cigarette and I made ice tea for him to drink. He's not complaining (Thank God). We've got to make it till Friday. (3 more long days !) We have the Christian Radio station on and I just noticed he's reading a paperback novel. This is really GOOD. Now I guess I'll go shave my legs and wash my hair and clean MYSELF up a little bit since Johnny made the effort.

I have been AF for 3 whole weeks. My weight has dropped from 177 to 168 ! Woo-Hoo ! I'm thrilled ! Friday will be the TEST to remain AF ! I'm going to pray constantly for strength. I've got my bracelet on "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" I never take it off. It reminds me to stick with my plan.


Alison - keep quilting. You WILL get it done !
Christine - did you buy your daughter any bunny rabbits yet? Decided on names ? Your husband probably needs to make the cages first. Exhausted from your trip to Nashville ?

Have a Wonderful Day and God Bless,
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Good morning ladies!
Val, sorry to hear that Johnny isn't feeling well. Hopefully that'll pass soon.
Alison, I guess you won't be doing too much Sparking with all that quilting ahead of you emoticon
Christine, great to have to travel for a happy occasion.
I had a rough day yesterday --- and Sunday night. We dropped off our oldest daughter to College on Sunday afternoon. I feel like I've transferred "ownership" of her. She now belongs to the military and they dictate her schedule. Luckily, they are being easy on her for the first week, and she was allowed to call for about 15min the last two nights. Plus, she's sneaking some text messages in. She sounds like she's doing well so far. I'm just going through a grieving process because I do like her and enjoy her company- we get along pretty well. It hasn't hit her twin sister yet, but I'm there to support her when it does.


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Wow, Alison ! Big job to sew a quilt and less than a week ! ? You Go Girl !

I feel bad complaining about Johnny this morning. Actually I'm VERY HAPPY that he is smoking the electronic cigarette instead of real ones. I bought the starter kit months ago, hoping he'd switch, and he was very reluctant to do so. So FINALLY, he is using it. I'm not saying it is "safe" but I believe it is "better". He still gets nicotine. But no tar and smoke. When he was in the hospital 3 weeks ago, they did a chest X-ray and his lungs were perfect. He wants to keep them that way. Everyone was amazed since he has smoked for over 30 years. I'm sure this is a big adjustment for him. AND he's not drinking beer (because we are broke) I made lemonade and ice tea. He also ran out of his seizure medicine. I'm going to buy the script on Friday the 1st when I get some money. So without beer and cigarettes and no meds - all in all - it's understandable that he doesn't want to "clean up" I guess. At least he's not complaining. He's just been quiet and watching TV. He has been known to have "temper tantrums" in the past, which I REALLY hate, so I should be thankful he's remaining calm. Can't wait till Friday !

I'm finishing up 3 whole weeks alcohol-free ! I'm proud of myself for that. Lost over 8 pounds so far ! Woo-Hoo ! The not-so-good part of being alcohol-free is that memories of embarrassing moments, traumatic events, people, etc. are coming flooding back. I would rather not remember most of what is popping into my head. When I drink, I feel warm and relaxed and happy. I miss that. Lately I've been rather bored. And, amazingly, even though I'm not drinking, I get very tired. I take one or two naps every day. I wish I had more energy. But it's so hot outside, I don't even want to go for a walk. And I have very little to do. We don't have a single friend left. Everyone we knew was an alcoholic, drug addict, loser. Some have died. One is in prison. Others we have told to "not come around here anymore". Some moved away. We wanted to get rid of the "bad" people we knew, but now we have no one to talk to other than each other. We need to join a church and make some new friends. Johnny and I run out of things to talk about. We're together just about 24/7 ! Well he has gone to bed. I should join him there shortly.

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Just a quick "hi" from me this morning....I need to get sewing. I am going to try to finish Rose's quilt by Saturday so that I can take it with me when I go down to Morrilton for her sister, Lily"s, 4th birthday. I am also leaving for Houston on Sunday. I had to rent a car because Tom took our reliable car to Seattle and my Pathfinder is not safe for long drives. Yikes...expensive but not as expensive as flying ;).

Hope everyone has a great Monday. Christine....glad to hear that you are back safe from Nashville. Val...sorry to hear about Johnny...do you think that he is a little depressed?

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Glad you had a great time in Nashville. Was the wedding wonderful as well ?

We have one of Kid Rock's CD's with the song "All Summer Long". An X- friend of mine, Jenny, loved that song and every time she visited we would play it - and all sing along of course. She doesn't go anywhere without a beer in hand. In Florida we have "summer" all YEAR long ! LOL That's one of only a few good memories of Jenny. A few weeks ago I texted her "Don't ever contact me again" and she listened to me and I haven't seen or heard from her since. After several years of not talking to Jenny, she had come back into my life for about a month, and I had gotten all "stressed out" and "upset" about her. She really drives me CRAZY ! Now that I haven't talked to her again, I've calmed down and feel a lot better. She really is TOXIC to me. I don't want her in my life. Ah ! I'm getting all worked up just thinking about her ! LOL

Well, I don't have much to do today. The new sheets I ordered should arrive by UPS today so I can make up a fresh bed. Johnny isn't feeling very well, so he probably won't be up to "trying them out " LOL Darn it ! We're broke and he doesn't have any beer or cigarettes. That makes Johnny into a very "unhappy camper". He's drinking lemonade and coffee and smoking an electronic cigarette and watching TV. He hasn't shaved in probably a week. He also hasn't put his dentures in his mouth for days. He really looks like sh-t ! LOL I love him so much - but I have to admit I'm disappointed that he has let himself "GO". It would make me so happy if he would take a shower and shave and put in his teeth and get dressed. Johnny doesn't have a job. He has no income. I certainly don't ask for much ! LOL Just fix yourself up a little !

Oh, well. I think I'll go clean the bathroom. That sounds like FUN ! LOL

I'm on Day #21 alcohol-free and have lost 8 pounds in that 3 weeks ! WOW ! I'm THRILLED about that ! I'm ON A ROLL, Ladies ! emoticon

God Bless and emoticon
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Hi Ladies!
Nashville was great. No celebrity sightings though! Val, I loved the story about Wes meeting Alan Jackson and not knowing who he was! I have never met a celebrity. Probably because I usually don't leave my small town in Michigan! lol. Although, Kid Rock is from Romeo, Michigan, about 30 minutes from where I live and people have spotted him around here before!

Alison, when we get our rabbits, they will live in a cage in our garage. One of my 3 dogs already sheds bad so I don't need any more fur! My daughter has tried numerous times to talk us into getting a mini pig! lol. I think they are cute but I'm not completely sold on the idea. My husband insists that we are not having "swine" living in our home! ha ha

Once again, I have to get back on track with diet and exercise! I've lapsed a little. Val, you asked about tracking calories. I do it on my spark page. I like it and its easy. It tracks my calories, carbs, fats and protein. For me, I'm not able to successfully lose weight if I don't watch my calories.

Ladies, have a happy and successful week!

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Yes, Christine, Nashville sounds exciting. You never know who you will see ! I love country music ! Tuesday August 5th, there will me a Country Music Award Show on TV. Johnny and I always watch those. They are so entertaining ! A X-friend of ours,Wes, talked to Alan Jackson at a truck stop and didn't know who he was. Wes thought he was the truck driver of the big rig that said "Alan Jackson" on it and asked how he could get a job like that ! Wes had never heard of Alan Jackson ! Wes is an idiot. He must live under a rock ! Mr. Jackson asked him if he had ever heard his hit song "Southern Man". Wes thought he might know it. but not sure . . . .anyway - I Love Alan Jackson ! Love all the Country Music Stars.

Oh, and have a great time at the wedding, too ! LOL

Alison - Hope the visit with your mother-in-law goes well. Praying she recovers quickly.

The landlords are supposed to show up today to check on our HOT apartment. Hope that goes well, also. I know they won't want to buy us insulation for our ceiling - but that's what we really need.

Funny that Alison and her husband used to raise pigs and Christine has a picture of 3 piglets as her profile picture . . . . just a coincidence I guess . . . LOL. . . never been fond of them myself . . . . but my son, David, LOVES bacon ! LOL

Have a Lovely Weekend both of you - and anybody else lurking ? ! (if you are - please post and let us know you're out there. )
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Have a great time in Nashville, Christine! We have a young, musician friend who lives there part of the time and he says that he sees country music stars ALL of the time...so I don't know why you couldn't see some too ;).

I understand that rabbits are good pets for kids but I clean a house where one lives and the fur is EVERYWHERE! I think that they belong outside...just my opinion :) . My husband and I used to raise pigs for a living so if you ever decide to go really big....pigs are the best!!!

I am continuing to enjoy my time alone. I have lost the two pounds that I gained while we are at the Lake House so I am feeling really good about my plan. Tom's mom broke her hip last Sunday and was finally moved to a rehab hospital yesterday so I am planning to go into town this evening to visit her. She is a difficult person but with Tom away...I need to represent our family.

I hope everyone has an awesome weekend!

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Val, that's funny that you said that about Paula Dean being accused of being a racist because my daughter said the exact same thing! Thanks for the cute rabbit stories. I will keep you posted on the whole rabbit situation.

We are leaving at 4:30 in the morning to go to Nashville, Tennessee for the weekend. Although my husband is not from Tennessee he has siblings who live there and we are going to a wedding Saturday night. Tomorrow night we are going with some family to the bar scene in down town. Who knows maybe I will run into Tim McGraw and Faith Hill?!? lol..ok, probably not.

Good night ladies. Be blessed and be a blessing!

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Christine - raising rabbits sounds like a great hobby for your daughter. I like the names you are thinking of except I think Paula Dean has a bad reputation after the racist scandal last year. idk. We always name our pets after bands or musicians because Johnny is so into music. We have a blue parakeet names Metallica, a blue beta (Siamese Fighting Fish) named MUSE, and a tiger-striped cat named Zeppelin. lol

I have a funny story about rabbits. I had a female rabbit that had babies and then died. I called a friend and left a message on her answering machine that "my rabbit had died". She called back thinking I meant I was PREGNANT ! lol

I had another rabbit that I let out of her cage to run around the living room - and she nibbled through my husband's computer wires. He wasn't too happy about that. I gave the rabbit away.

Once I offered to take care of a friend's rabbit while she was on vacation. She didn't know if she had a male or female. We put her rabbit in the cage with my female - and MY female rabbit jumped on top of HER rabbit immediately ! That was confusing ! ? I guess she was just showing him how to do it. lol Anyway her rabbit was a male, got the hang of it, and my female got pregnant and had two babies (but they died unfortunately.) My rabbit was too old, I'm sure.

Long story short - your daughter will have a great time with her rabbits, whatever their names! God Bless !

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Alison...I can understand your thought process in eating right when Tom is away. I buy some "crap" food for the rest of the family, that is in the house. When I have a weak moment, I KNOW where the crap is! lol. My thoughts and prayers are with you in making positive changes in your life.

As far as the weather in Michigan...yesterday we had a high of 95 and today is a high of 72. Seriously. I was sweating to death yesterday at the fair and today I am wearing a hoodie and long yoga pants. That is Michigan .Valerie: You live in the paradise state six months out of the year, so hang in there!!

My daughter loves 4H and wants to do more. She gets a real joy and happiness out of this and I support her. She wants to show rabbits (actually she wants to show larger animals but we live in the country but NOT on a farm..lol) . My husband is totally on board and has offered to build a cage/pen by September 1. So now we are thinking of two female rabbit names. My top two choices are Oprah Winfrey and Paula Dean..ha ha. Any thoughts??

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Alison - I'm praying your husband, Tom, has a safe trip. You have a good attitude - he's in God's hands and you can take this time for yourself. I'm looking forward to your blogs about changes you want to make in your life. And you can eat whatever and whenever you want.

I hear you about the heat ! It is 90-95 degrees here every day. Since we no longer have any insulation in our new ceiling, our little AC can't get our apartment below 85 degrees all afternoon and evening. Right now it is 87 degrees INSIDE ! This is terrible. If the landlords won't put insulation in the ceiling - I'm going to pay for it myself. I get cranky when I'm hot ! LOL If that doesn't help, we're going to have to think about moving somewhere with better AC. Hopefully we would have a pool as well. That would really be nice. Problem is - moving is very expensive and our budget is VERY tight. I can't wait for December ! It hardly cools off down here before then. It can be 80 degrees in January !

I'm not getting any exercise because of the heat. I don't even want to lift weights in the bedroom. One good thing - I don't have much of an appetite either when I'm HOT.

Well, enough complaining. Johnny and I are going to sit outside on our patio for awhile. Hopefully the sun will go down soon and maybe there's a little breeze.

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Tom left this morning super early for his trip out west. I have been up since 4:30am since I couldn't go back to sleep after he left. I hope and pray that he has a safe trip. I don't like the fact that he will be driving so far alone...he is not as attentive as he used to be so I worry that he will have an accident. I'll just have to trust God to keep him safe.

I am taking advantage of Tom being gone to "press the reset" button on my eating. I initially lost my weight on the Curves plan so I went back on that this morning. It is easier when I don't have to cook for Tom. If I stick to it...I know that I can lose the weight that I have regained over the past few months. I am also going through the house and throwing away anything that would tempt me to overeat.

I am excited to have the next month to do some soul searching in every area of my life. A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about needing to make some changes in my life. I am going to use the next month to figure out how to move forward in some of these areas.

It's TOO hot here today so I am thankful for AC. Hope everyone has a great day!

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Good Evening !
I changed my ticker to reflect my days alcohol-free rather than my weight. It just seemed more significant. Besides my weight had gone up ten pounds from my low of 163. I also used a different quote from the Bible - one that I read years ago and is very applicable to my ticker. Check it out !

I made a really nice Sunday dinner today - lemon/pepper chicken, stuffing, chicken gravy and French style green beans. Johnny has been eating a little better since he got out of the hospital. Unfortunately he is also drinking beer and smoking cigarettes. I thought the seizures would be a wake-up call to quit. In fact, he did try quitting smoking - made it 5 days - but took it up again. He'll never change. Well I shouldn't say "never". You "never" know. LOL.

Years ago, when I would listen to Joel Osteen - he would give me hope that I could lose weight. It seemed impossible. I had tried so many times unsuccessfully. Then I found SP and lost over 40 pounds (I know I've put over 10 pounds back on - but STILL, I'm thinner than I used to be !) He was right. "With God, All things are Possible" Matthew 19:26

It's not too late to join our "Kick Your Own Butt Challenge". You design it specifically for YOU so you can start whenever you want ! Check out the challenge thread.

Johnny claims that he really appreciates life after have 3 seizures. He says he "thinks differently" now. He's also scared to do things like take a shower, cut the grass, ride his bike for fear he'll have another seizure. He's taking anti-seizure medicine. I don't know how we're going to afford to buy more. He wants to keep taking it. He even said he'll give up beer to buy his meds. That's a good thing.

Well, I'm going to visit with Johnny for a little while. Hope you all had a "lovely" weekend.
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True Fact: The battery in a smoke detector will never die during the day, only at night when you are sleeping! LOL. At least at my house anyway!

Val, at least your smoke detector dilemma helped you to get some exercise in!

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Good Evening LL !
Our smoke detector went off at 7am this morning waking us both up. Luckily it was a false alarm. So I went to Dollar General to buy another 9V battery but the detector was "dead". So I walked to WalMart to buy a new smoke detector. I got in a long walk in this Florida 95 degree heat. I walked 1 1/2 miles to WalMart and back - a 3 mile walk. Believe me I was dripping with sweat by the time I got home. But I was proud of myself for doing it.

I'm also proud of myself that I'm finishing up Day #12 alcohol-free. Tomorrow morning I'll weigh and report on the Challenge thread. I think I've lost 3-4 pounds, maybe 5 pounds, in 2 weeks of not drinking. We'll see.

Talk to you tomorrow
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Alison -
The dusty rose quilt for Rosie sounds absolutely lovely ! Really precious !
Tom gone for a whole month! Wow - that seems like a long time, but it's great that you're going to take advantage of that time to eat healthy and walk. Just think how great you'll look when he sees you again after a month ! Now that's motivation !
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Hi all!
Tom and I are headed to Morrilton this afternoon to spend the night at his daughter's place and to visit with our granddaughters. It is about a 3 hour drive but it will be nice to see them. On the way, I am planning to stop at a little quilting fabric store to look for some fabric for my newest grand baby's quilt. Her name is Rosie so I am looking for fabric that has dusty roses in it. I found some online but I always like to support a local business if I can so hopefully there will be something there that works.

I am doing good with my personal challenge. I have followed my walking plan every day. Unfortunately, the scale is saying that I have gained weight :(! I guess I am going to have to cut back more on my food and alcohol. Next week, Tom will be leaving for a month to visit some friends and family in Seattle and BC. I am planning to take advantage of him being gone to eat simply.

I hope everyone has an awesome weekend! Christine...have fun at your 4H, doggie show. Val...your patio sounds nice...hope it cools down in your apartment. I will be back on Sunday to check in on the Kick Your Own Butt Challenge thread :).

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Good Evening !
Sounds like both of you, Alison and Christine, are having busy summers ! Alison with friends and Christine with her daughter's 4H Group and niece's wedding in TN ! That's wonderful !

Today Johnny and I didn't have anything planned and we ended up re-arranging and cleaning our patio and taking care of all my plants. We really work well together and actually have lots of fun making our living environment better. The patio looks so much bigger now and really terrific.

While we were working outside, we heard a "crash" next door and then had to lift the disabled neighbor lady off the floor and get her back into bed. I also put a bandaid on her leg. Johnny swept up the broken coffee mug. I swear this place is becoming an assisted living facility ! We're not getting paid to be caregivers. But I suppose it is the neighborly thing to do to. But when "Margie" started making racist comments about our president - - I had to just walk out. She had mentioned having me clean her apartment, but after the things she said, I don't want that job. She sends me to the store occasionally to buy her cigarettes. I don't want to do that anymore either. Johnny can do that for her. He has lots more patience with her than I do. He made her laugh today. When she was sitting on the floor, unable to get up, she said, "I know I'm just dead weight". Johnny said, " Not DEAD weight ! You're still alive aren't you ! ?" LOL That was pretty funny.

Tomorrow I've got to walk over to the pharmacy to pick up my medication. That's about all I have planned. But stuff always comes up. You never know what project Johnny and I will get into.

It has been SO HOT in our apartment - 86 degrees INSIDE every afternoon. Terrible ! It makes me "cranky". Outside it's been 95 so I guess that's the best our little AC can do !

I'm doing really good on not drinking, however. Today is Day #10 in a row alcohol-free ! I'm proud of myself for that.

My younger son, David, (26) is in Orlando for 3 days/3 nights to party. He said they have a big video arcade for adults when you can drink. He is always traveling and partying. He doesn't have a steady girlfriend, but a large cirlce of friends that he hangs out with. I'm glad he has a fun life - but I do wish he could find someone special to settle down with. Isn't that just like a mother to say ? !

Well, It's after 10 pm and the thermomether reads 84 degrees in here. Unbelievable ! But outside it still reads 87 so . . . . Still - I would love to be in the 70's again ! Hopefully before Christmas ! LOL

Enjoy all your summer fun and I hope you're having good weather !
Alison - are you walking every day ?
Christine - are you tracking your calories?

Have a Wonderful Weekend !
Valerie

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Hi Everyone! Alison, it sounds like you have been having a nice time visiting with friends! Good for you. Valerie, I hope you are back online and things have been alright with Johnny's health. As for me, I am having a busy week. We had a community potluck dinner/discussion at church last night. Saturday is my daughter's big 4H dog show. We have to go to the fair grounds tonight to help set up the agility course. Tomorrow night we will go back for practice. After the dog show Saturday evening, I am going to a Memorial service with my mom. Tuesday night we are back at the fair grounds to work the concession stand for our 4H group. A week from tomorrow, my husband and I are going to Nashville, TN for the weekend for his niece's wedding. I usually don't have this much going on....lol. The 4H fair and all the happenings are one of my daughter's favorite times of the year. I get my joy out of her happiness (as mother's, don't we all). Anyway, I have been staying on track with my goals. So far, so good. Take care~

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Hi Everyone! I am have a fairly quiet week. Last night I got together with some girlfriends for mimosas and finger food. I did okay with my intake of food and alcohol. This was a birthday celebration for one of the gals who lost her husband a year ago at only 53 years of age. We didn't celebrate her birthday last year since it was so close to her husband's death but we wanted to do it this year. This is a small group of 4 ladies (including me) and we have been friends for about 10 years and have been through a lot together. We only get together every 6 weeks or so but it is precious time.
Today, I am having lunch with a young friend who just had a baby. She is Turkish and I really enjoy hanging out with her...she is so sweet. She and her husband used to be part of our house church and she and I have been meeting weekly for a couple of years. Even though the house church is no more...we still get together to discuss books, raising children and just life.
It has been unseasonably cool here in NWArkansas and today, we are expecting rain. That is good because my garden needs it desperately!
I hope everyone has a great day!

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Sorry I haven't been around. The plumber was here yesterday and he accidentally cut the Verizon internet cable when he was digging in the courtyard - so no internet for 24 hours until Verizon came today and laid new cable. Ah ! Great to be back ! It drives me CRAZY when I can't get online.

Glad you survived camping Christine ! Johnny and I lived in a tent in the woods for almost 4 months together with no running water or bathroom - talk about roughing it ! We DID, however, have a generator than powered my CPAP machine at night for sleep apnea and we even had a little black & white TV with rabbit ears (back in 2007-08 you could do that still). Needless to say, I've had enough of camping and have NO DESIRE to sleep in a tent in the woods again! LOL

Hope you had a good time in Maryland, Alison. And you sold THREE quilts ! WOW ! Wonderful !

My son and daughter-in-law came over for lunch today and I made Chinese. Chicken and Chinese Vegetable Stir Fry, Pork fried rice, egg rolls with duck sauce, egg-drop soup with chow mein noodles, and ice cream and fortune cookies for dessert. My fortune: Smile and Rejoice, fortune is smiling on you. I like that ! Everything was great. We had a good time.

My apartment is SO Incredibly HOT this summer. I think the AC needs to be cleaned. It is 86 degrees INSIDE in the afternoon. This is just NOT ACCEPTABLE ! Granted it is 95 degrees outside but STILL ! This is a new AC. It should cool it off at least down to 80 degrees indoors - which I know, still sounds HOT to you all up north, but I could be comfortable at 80 when it's 95 outside. The landlord is on vacation right now. I'll talk to him when he gets back.

One good thing about the internet being "down" yesterday - Johnny and I decided to have afternoon delight - which really was DELIGHTFUL ! I'm feeling so much better about Johnny now, LOL ! He's drinking beer and smoking cigarettes but at least he hasn't touched hard liquor since the middle of March and he's eating better now. Johnny was really malnourished (super skinny) and dehydrated. I picked up anti-seizure medication at the pharmacy today and I'm sure that will help as well. I have been alcohol-free for 8 days now and doing great. Just-Brenda is right that we can only really change ourselves - not other people. I'm not drinking - and the weight is coming off.

So happy Christine and Alison have joined our "Kick Your Own Butt Challenge!" Alison has her own personal name for her challenge - but that's fine ! This is a personal challenge designed by YOU specifically for YOU ! How about you, Just Brenda ? Check out the thread at the bottom for Challenges. You pick ONE or maybe TWO specific things to work on and set your own GOAL. We post every Sunday (if you can) with a report of how you're doing. It's Never too late to START ! I'm alcohol-free - 5 days last week and going for all 7 this week. Christine is working on her calorie range for the day and Alison is going to do the Leslie Sansone Walking Program. Please Join Us. And anybody else lurking out there ! What do YOU need to work on ? Design your OWN challenge !

We CAN DO IT, Ladies !
Valerie

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Just wanted to say "hi". Tom and I got home from Maryland last night so I have been spending today getting back in the groove of being home. I sold three quilts on my Etsy shop while I was gone so I had to get them ready to ship and in the mail. That always takes a long time! I stepped on the scale this morning even though I knew it would be a downer. After a week of unmonitored eating and drinking, I expected to gain weight. It wasn't too bad. I gained 2 pounds which won't be difficult to lose if I get back to tracking and moving.

I hope everyone is doing okay. Sorry to hear about your troubles with Johnny, Val, and I hope and pray that things get better soon!

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Blah, blah, it's Monday again. Although I start out complaining I admit that I do like the structure of the work day. As long as there aren't too many of them!
Christine, I'm glad you had a good time camping. We've camped many times! However, I find it's much less fun now that the kids have grown up. The older two are too busy to come and the younger one is much less interested. Oh, the other thing is that, as I'm approaching the big M, my inner body temperature can become insane very unexpectedly. So I wonder why I should leave the air conditioning!
Valerie, sorry to hear about your anxiety levels. It does sound like Johnny's untimely death is inevitable due to his lifestyle choices. You are smart to recognize your own pattern, but the question is what can you do about it now. I would suggest checking out a local 12 step group --- Al-Anon or Codependents Anonymous. We can't change other people, only ourselves.

And, speaking of changing oneself... I'm getting back on the SP bandwagon: tracking food intake (as best I can) and exercise. I'm also going to work on cutting down the drinking. Way too many calories especially since I'm over indulging in coolers these days.

It's never too late to start, right?

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Valerie, you certainly have a lot on your plate!

I'm back from camping. Had many laughs, good conversation and made some great family memories. Camping is WORK! lol. I have been doing laundry all afternoon and my laundry room floor is still not visible....clothes, towels, blankets, pillows....you name it.

I am on board with the "Kick your own butt" challenge! Love the name. I definitely need the motivation and support.

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My computer/internet connection is working GREAT today !
I lost 3 pounds in a week by being alcohol-free ! (I know it's probably water - but STILL !)
Two reasons to be really happy this morning -
But -
After seeing Johnny have 2 tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures last week (and a 3rd at the hospital) , I am living in constant trepidation (fear). When I wake up in the morning, if he is still asleep in bed next to me, I have a moment of PANIC that he might be DEAD ! I check to see if he has a pulse and is breathing. During the day - I'm constantly staring at him to see if he's okay. If I'm in the other room and I hear a loud noise, I come running to see if he had a seizure and fell down. I hate feeling like this - always nervous.

I'm also ANNOYED. My previous husband also had seizures related to alcohol and nicotine. I'm upset that I am going through this AGAIN ! I picked another alcoholic. Isn't that typical ?! You end up with the same kind of guy you were with before. My father was an alcoholic so, of course, I would pick an alcoholic to be my partner. Not once. This is my 3rd one ! CLASSIC !

So now what do I do ? You made your bed - you lie in it, right ? I'm upset. More with MYSELF than I am with Johnny. I should have know better. I knew Johnny was an alcoholic. What did I expect ? I've been with 2 alcoholics before. They both died. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out !

Johnny is going to die young. He's 10 years younger than me - but he will undoubtedly die before me and I will be a widow again for the 3rd time. He said the seizures were a "wake up call" and that he would change - but he is drinking and smoking just like he did before. The only person I can change is MYSELF. "I" need to make some changes. Johnny needs to go to REHAB. I will get him back on my health insurance and then INSIST that he goes to rehab. (before it's too late).

Going to watch Joel Osteen on TV now. He always gives me HOPE !
Valerie

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Good Evening Lovely Ladies,

We're having lots of problems with our free Verizon WiFi in our apartment building so I haven't been able to get on line much yesterday or today. I'm finally able to post something this evening. If you don't hear from me for a while, know that it is just technical problems with the internet connection. I'm NOT ignoring you ! LOL It drives me crazy when I can't get online or my connection freezes up. It's so frustrating. I'm going to post this before my computer has another STROKE ! LOL
Miss you,
Valerie

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