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Sunday, December 02, 2012

Before I start with all of my blog, I want to let you know I'm taking another blogging challenge. This time it is for Advent. Since I found it this morning, I am already one day behind! However, I know some of my followers did the Nov Thanksgiving one at the same time as I did, so I thought I'd link you to the site for the Advent prompts in case others would like to do the same challenge. Here you go: adventcalendar.geneablog


Wellness Goals:

I was able to follow all the goals I set except for one. I wasn't able to add any new foods. I did try, oh how I tried!! Everything that I tried either burned or was too difficult to chew and swallow. I am very happy that I have stayed on track another month and logged my exercise and foods for each day!

1. Continue with my program to maintain
2. Keep on with my exercises as much as possible
3. If I can't keep up with exercise, reduce food intake
4. Keep doctor appointments better, even if I'm not feeling well!
5. It will never be a problem, but keep on drinking water 8-12 glasses a day.
6. Continue weighing in on Friday mornings to keep everything under control
7. Keep nutrition and exercise logs each day.
8. Do everything possible to live as well as I can.
9. Be sure to get enough fruits and veggies as possible.
10. Keep trying to add better foods to my daily intake. Nutritious and fun!!


Personal Goal:

I'm content with how my personal goals went, too. I didn't follow the exact word count, but I did complete my word count and verified as a winner! I took good care with Bob and I stayed in touch with my regional group. In the end, it WASN"T my turn for Program for sorority, so I didn't have that concern. I checked in with Spark all but one day, I believe it was. I made it after midnight, so it went to the next day. All in all, I am very happy.

1. Set daily writing goals at 1700 words/per day
2. Just do it!
3. Write in gratitude journal each day - 3 things a day
4. Make sure Bob is eating as he should and taking care of himself. He's too precious to lose.
5. Check into Spark people each day AFTER getting writing quota finished.
6. Keep from playing too many games while working on this 50K+ challenge.
7. Stay in contact with regional members and with ML liaison.
8. Get a fantastic program for sorority this month since it's my turn!
9. When NaNo is over, continue to write as often as possible. Ask Spark Buds for prompts if necessary,
10. Be gentle on myself if I miss a day writing. Do some more each day until I catch up.
11. Continue to compliment and always SMILE!!!


For December I have one goal - to make it through the month the best I can, including the Advent blogging.


ACCM: December 1, The Christmas Tree

Our Christmas tree while I was growing up was always real until I was about 10. That was when my mama and I both discovered we had allergies to Pine! As a teen, we attempted to return to the tradition several times wearing gloves. After toomany broken beloved ornaments, we gave up. My mama went to an aluminum tree with a colored spotlight shinning on it and I went the way of an artificial with decorating as usual. I still have several ornaments that were family ones that I remember always being with us. I also have several plastic Santa and Santa boots that held suckers given to me by my dad's last partner at the Sheriff's Office. They remained good friends the rest of their lives, but these are from sometime up to me being 6 when we moved to a different house. My mama used to put "Angelhair" on the tree when it was the popular thing to do. We were both happy when the fashion went away, as it was too easy to get cut using it which meant I couldn't get too far under the tree to check out anything that was there. You know - stuff
Santa didn't bring but family friends and some relatives, too. While we still believed (and in a some way I still do - at least the magic of the days and celebrating Christ's Birthday) my brother and I would be awakened in the middle of the night to go to the tree because "Santa has come!" Mama also had us string popcorn to circle the trees. That was always a fun project because she would make hot chocolate and give us a bowl o popcorn and the needle already to go with the string. i think we would eat as much of the popcorn as we strung! Of course I'm sure that was her plan all along! She also had us string the tinsel over the branches one at a time to look like real icecicles. I still hang them that way. I would rather leave them off than to see them bunched all together looking like a big ol' lump!! We also had a red star that was sparkly and shone with a light in the middle as a tree topper. Today, we use one that had been used by Bob's parents when he was a child. With that and the ornaments from each family, we have a lovely mix of family on our tree. My maternal grandparents had stopped celebrating Christmas by the time I came along, thus no memories to have there. My paternal grandmother died the year before I was born and my aunts took turns doing my Zeddo's (grandfather in Slovak) tree, so they were different each year and difficult to remember other than they were always real until I was older. Zeddo passed away in September of my freshman year in college. I was 17 and I can't recall him having a tree up for several years before that. Since he was in his 80's, I have to believe it was because of his age.


Since the prompt for today is Food, I'm going to wait until tomorrow to blog that entry! There is just too much to write about it. My paternal grandparents brought a lot of tradition with them when the came to the states from Slovakia. We used some of them and others not. My brother and I still follow some of those same traditions in our own families today. We have made others, but there are some that remain precious to us from our childhood that came from their 'old' country. I'm not sure about my niece and nephew as they spend Christmas with my brother each year.

No matter your beliefs or even non-beliefs, I am wishing all my Spark People family a wonderful holiday season. For me and my fellow Christians, Jesus' birth is the reason we celebrate. Even if this isn't what you follow, I have respect for your personal reason, too. We are all brothers and sisters occupying our earth together. This internet thing has made us even a smaller world and I believe in order to exist we must be respectful to all. I have love in my heart for all of my Spark friends whether they believe as I do or not. I hope that by my example those who do not, can see there are good people who are not hateful nor judgemental of others , and Christian.

Peace Love and Joy always.

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    What a fabulous blog ,your memories blogs are among my favourites Ev.I just love the things you share with us I think you should be declared a national treasure.You make meories come alive and spread peace and goodwill always !
    2026 days ago
    You are so disciplined and faithful with your blogging projects and seem to get so much out of them. Hope you enjoy this one very much. It seems designed to elicit a lot of warm and happy memories.
    2027 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/3/2012 1:49:10 PM
    Love this!!!! I'm going to check out the link you shared!!!
    2027 days ago
    Such a nice blog.
    10. Be gentle on myself if I miss a day writing. Do some more each day until I catch up. emoticon
    2027 days ago
    What a\ wonderful idea Ev, a great challenge and I love the detail you put to it.

    I wish you a fantastic holiday too for you and Bob, all your family! emoticon
    2027 days ago
  • JAMER123
    Great blog, EV!! I totally love the last paragraph as I feel the same a you. As a Christian, I will say to you God bless and have a beloved Christmas.
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    2027 days ago
    I love the joy this season brings and I love seeing people share the true meaning of Christmas while still sharing that joy with nonChristians! Lovely blog post!
    2027 days ago
    emoticon Thanks for the advent link - it sounds like a great way to blog.
    And thanks for sharing about your Christmas memories.
    2027 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Great Goals. You are doing Great. Keep Writing. God Bless You and Bob. Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Today. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2028 days ago
    Great goals! And you know why? There very specific and the chances of you doing well, is very high. I wish the best! emoticon
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    2028 days ago
    OH my goodness. I was allergic to the pine sap too, so we had to change to an artificial tree. It was exactly as you described -- aluminum with a disc that rotated on different colors on the wheel! Oh my. Honestly, I don't remember what became of that tree, but your story made me wish I had it!!

    What a wonderful story.
    HUGS to you.
    2028 days ago
    Great blog Ev. Sounds like this challenge is "write" up your alley.

    2028 days ago
    Your challenge for the Advent blog embodies the true meaning of Christmas . . . to share Christ through wonderful memories with family and friends. I look forward to hearing more of the story.
    2028 days ago
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