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Friday, January 01, 2016

I drove to my brother's in Virginia for Christmas. It's an 8 hour drive, and it was the first long drive I'd done since my heart surgery, so I was a little concerned with whether or not I would be okay. No worries - I was tired at the end of the day, but no more, I think, than pre- surgery. The drive itself went very well. I live in northern NJ, and common sense would dictate that I'd drive south on I-95, unless you've actually driven that route and gotten stuck in traffic around Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Petersburg. So I go west on I-78 to I-81 South through PA, MD, WV, and down the spine of VA to I-64 East. It is definitely a much easier drive!!

The week at my brother's was wonderful. It was so good to see brother, sil, and nieces. My sister and her hubby flew in on Tuesday, so there was a full house! Plus the 4 dogs and 5 cats, all of whom were very well behaved. The kittens only played with the lower branches of the tree; no attempts at tree climbing! My brother and I made homemade polish sausage one day, and it turned out awesome!! We ate that Christmas morning!! He has a heavy duty, professional meat grinder so it does all the work.

We indulged on Christmas Eve: seafood galore! Then Christmas Day it was ham, and then the next day it was beef roast.

Santa was very good to everyone! My nieces have recently moved into a house of their own, and are needing basic household things, so Auntie (me) gave them tons of stuff!! How many mixing bowls does one actually need?? lol

I am almost all moved in to my new home. Even though I got rid of a LOT of stuff, every time I turn around, there's more. In one home, I still had space. Here, sharing a space, not so much. I've donated many, many boxes to Goodwill and have also given things away through Freecycle. We have this weekend to get all the last bits out, and it WILL be done!!

Once that is done, I will be able, once again, to get back to cycling on my recumbent bike on a regular schedule. Aside from indulging over Christmas, my eating hasn't been extreme. I no longer have the appetite, not the desire, and I thank Spark People for that! My clothes are all fitting semi-loose, which is how I like them. Nothing's tight. I may have to get new shoes though, with all of the walking back and forth I've been doing...lol.

My continued quest for this New Year is better health. I want to really focus on eating real foods, minimally processed foods, foods raised ethically, and eating within reason and moderation. Continue my goal for exercise every day, and just be the best me I can possibly be, and always...Keep A Kind Heart.
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  • JANET552
    It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas!! I hope you can get back on that bike on a regular basis soon.
    1985 days ago
  • BECCABOO127
    Sounds like a wonderful Christmas. Glad the drive went ok.
    1986 days ago
  • SALAM4545
    My dear kindhearted friend, I am so glad you were able to see your family and have some fun!
    1988 days ago
  • BRIGHTSPARK7
    I do admire you for making that long drive. And sounds like it was a lot of fun. I love your goals for 2016. If we could keep a kind heart we would create heaven on earth. emoticon
    Thank you for sharing and celebrating your fabulous life.
    Hugs, Usha
    1988 days ago
  • DS9KIE
    glad you had a emoticon time
    1989 days ago
  • BROOKLYN_BORN
    So you were down my way for New Year's! We also avoid 95 when travelling north. We follow your route exactly. I once sat in traffic for 2 hours at the GW Bridge! NO MORE!

    I'm hoping to unload a lot of stuff once my grandchildren are off on their own. I've given a lot to church yard sales and Goodwill but I still have extra bowls, glasses, dishes, pots and pans, blankets etc. Between our stuff and that of my deceased parents I could set up a few apartments LOL.

    You have a great plan for the new year. Let's spark on together.
    1989 days ago
  • BONNIEMCC488
    What a wonderful Christmas! Sounds like it went really well and was a ton of fun! I'm glad the drive went well for you too!

    Moving is always a process and then when you end up living in a smaller place and/or with other people again, it's a bit tougher. You will get comfortable there and settle in soon!
    1990 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15003511
    Happy New Year! It sounds like you had a fabulous Christmas too!
    1990 days ago
  • LONBATT
    Wow! I am so impressed with you driving 8 hours to your brothers. (Not sure if I could do that alone! I've driven 2 hours to visit one of my sisters & was proud of myself, LOL!) emoticon Glad you had a safe trip & a wonderful visit with your family. I wish you a wonderful New Year with good health, happiness, peace & love. May we reach all our goals!! emoticon
    1990 days ago
  • KATIE5668
    Karen..sounds like a great visit and you had a chance to test your endurance with that drive. Yep I have been up and down 95...OMG...you found a great route!

    We will have a positively good year...it is starting great and will continue so!

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    1990 days ago
  • CARLYNSPLACE
    emoticon when we travel far i always make sure we stop at rest stops to get out and move get the blood circulating so you don't get blood clots .glad you enjoyed your holidays with your family here s to a amazing healthy 2016 emoticon emoticon
    1990 days ago
  • BEACHCOMBER16
    I am glad you had such a lovely visit. emoticon
    1990 days ago
  • ICECUB
    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU KAREN. SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD A FABULOUS TIME. I ACTUALLY HAD STOMACH PROBLEMS AND GOT BACK DOWN IN ONDERLAND. GLAD TO BE BACK BUT A BAD WAY TO GET THERE. GLAD YOU BACK HOME SAFE.
    1990 days ago
  • CHALLENGER15
    Here's to better health! emoticon
    1990 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14575754
    Your visit and holidays with family all sounded wonderful... ummmm... does that brother of yours also make kielbasa with garlic by any chance. emoticon
    Glad your drive was a safe and uneventful one. emoticon
    1990 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Glad you had a good Christmas w/your family!
    1990 days ago
  • IAMAGEMLOVER
    Happy New Year Karen. I am so glad you got to visit with your brother and his family. Christmas is all about family. I had a nice Christmas too.
    1990 days ago
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