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1/15/09 10:17 P

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I'm proud of you, Margo! You've got a lot of grit (as my Dad used to say).

Stick to it. I have a feeling you're one of the people who will make it.

Hugs, Eve

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1/15/09 10:48 A

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I'm beginning to get into a rhythm of change for the new year, it just took me a couple extra weeks to get started? But I like what I'm attempting and I'm feeling pretty good about myself.


There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. ~John Mortimer


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12/3/08 4:16 P

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I have a friend who is coming to visit me this week-end who has two dogs; so I figure the best thing we can do is take them for two long walks - one morning and one late evening, then maybe they will be tired during the day and cause us too much hassle, and at night if they are tired they will sleep. I just hope they don't all want to sleep on the bed -- it could get crowded, even with a king-sized bed, right?

Had appointments today and didn't really have time yet to get my walks in. Another one tomorrow, and then on Friday there is 6 people for dinner at my house. That's always fun, but stressful too. It didn't use to bother me to have company over, and now I worry myself sick over it, cleaning and wondering if everything will be OK. Another of those cycles I'm trying to change.

But first my nap. Priorities, you know!

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12/3/08 1:55 P

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Yes, I wish I had a dog to walk but DH doesn't like keeping dogs in "small" spaces (he had a small dog on a farm as a boy and thought that was cruel!) and I don't think our two cats would like it either :-) I think when my cats are gone and assuming DH dies before I do, I might get a dog then. The cats "worry" me because of when we want to travel, getting someone to come in and feed them and clean the litter, etc.


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12/2/08 8:07 P

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Ah, yes, how right you are! I so seldom use tape players any longer, now everything is CD's. So what will you do? Walk the hour?

Procrastinator that I am, I have a new goal of walking at least one long walk each day and wish I had the initiative to do two, but fear that would be hoping for too, too much! So far since I made this new goal I have walked one long walk each day, that being 1-1/2 miles to 2 miles. To me, anything over a mile is a LONG walk. Perhaps it will slim down my fur ball a little too. First thing she does when we get back is head for her water dish, and that girl drinks A LOT OF WATER EACH DAY! I wonder if she's been peeking at my Spark People!??

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12/2/08 6:50 P

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I have a feeling the tape players these days don't require turning the tape, they just automatically play the "reverse" side?


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12/1/08 9:53 P

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You can get them free at the public library also. And as we all "know" we will over eat at times between now and Christmas why not just walk for 30 minutes until you finish one whole side of the tape, and then if you're not too far from your house, just walk in silence long enough to get back home ---- or if you're feeling really disaplined how about walking until it clicks off in one direction, flip it and when the story finished that side you will be back home. True it will be 60 minutes instead of 30 but we all need an extra push with the holidays coming up just around the corner.

Just trying to help you get to (or beyond) the lower scale number you were trying for. lol

Trying to find the silver lining in all the clouds!

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12/1/08 9:23 P

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I just got a brilliant idea today (if I say so myself :-) I noticed the cassette player I'd bought at Target a couple months ago for $10 or less, with headphones and I went to look and see if there were still books on tape. I use to love listening to a "series" of books while I drove the half hour to/from my job, I'd listen to one side of a tape going and the back side coming home.

Well, I found a set of 4 cassettes with Charles Dickens Christmas stories on them (one is Scrooge but there are 3 others, including "Cricket on the Hearth") and I remember reading the book of his Christmas stories and loving it, maybe 25-30 years ago.

So, I bought this 4 cassette set and have decided I'm going to "walk to and from work" this month :-) I'll walk for half an hour and listen to one side of the tape first thing in the morning and walk for half an hour and listen to the other side, in the afternoon, as if I'm coming home from work. That will give me 8 half hour walks before Christmas. I'm quite excited, guess I'll have to wear a watch or figure out how to get my pedometer to tell me the time (there's a clock on it) or figure out how many steps I want to walk in 15 minutes and push the button on the pedometer that tells me how many steps and the distance that is, etc. But I know I'll like the stories and hopefully can zone out and get in some good walks while listening. If it's successful I'll look for other books.


There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. ~John Mortimer


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11/17/08 2:31 P

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I think my girlfriend took the bagged iron and put in in the bottom of the cart which we then pushed to the car in the parking lot. I had a huge card table on top of the cart and had to hold that and steer at the same time, etc. but under that was the table-top ironing board and in that "big" bag was the little scissors, pins, etc. but the iron had its own bag. We put the bagged ironing board in the cart and then the table on top and then saw the extra bag so only had underneath to put it and I remember making a note in my mind and even saying out loud to remember to get it but I didn't. It was my fault and a huge Target not very close to where I live, over a week ago, etc. so not worth going back for at this point. I stopped at the drugstore on the way home from the quilting lesson (I did get homework :-) and they had a really cheap iron, $15 but it's cheap because it has no bells and whistles, including no auto shut-off so I told my husband to make sure I turn off and unplug the iron if I've been working and don't burn the house down!

I just need it for pressing the seams. My teacher is great and Catholic and maybe a couple years older than I am and we were talking first lesson last week about what sewing I'd done, etc. and we did some pressing of seams after I'd sewn a few together and I explained I knew how to iron, and forgot our ages and tried to impress her with the fact that I had had to learn to iron pleated skirts :-) She trumped me though because she'd had to iron her daughters Catholic school uniforms throughout the years, always pleated skirts :-)

I have a lot of trouble with household chores though because my stepmother was so perfectionist, angry, and controlling so I'd do the passive resistance thing and that got to be a bad habit. So I dislike doing a lot of things because she was in charge and wanted me to do them and do them her way, etc. so I often had a hard time of it. I was telling Pat, the teacher that when my stepmother was teaching me to sew she'd make me work for too long a period of time and tear out a lot of stuff because it wasn't perfect. Too, she'd forget she was an expert and I a beginner so I never worked fast enough or well enough, would make mistakes (and get yelled at when I merely didn't understand because it was new to me) etc. But otherwise my mother taught me well and I'm not stupid (now I know :-) and have plenty of aptitude/talent so I was surprised when I was in my 20's and took a sewing course on my own and actually did it all myself, well, and without as much difficulty as I was anticipating. But I can see now things I have a bit of difficulty with and I'll be criticizing myself (talking to myself out loud) for things that don't make any difference. So I told Pat I'd feel better if she yelled at me every now and then :-) But we do well, she's relaxed and comfortable to work with, teaches well and she and I are able to keep me going and happy about it :-)

The pictures are from a clipart site I subscribe to, some minor price for any of the pictures I like:

www.iclipart.com

So if I get bored or have a team doing something different I go get a new one or a background for my Page, etc. My humor team has a "big dogs"/"fat cat" competition going on for November and I didn't sign up in time so I decided I'd make my own team of the "distracting doodlebugs". That was my last couple pictures, trying to figure out what a doodlebug looked like.


There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. ~John Mortimer


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11/17/08 11:34 A

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But Margo, logically if you were charged for the iron then you DID remember to take it out from the bottom of the cart.....perhaps the store would make good on it if you went back and showed them the bill but explained that your iron was not there. It could have been left on the counter someway and not gotten into your shopping bags. Some stores will do things like this just out of good will. So sorry it happened though, it's always such a downer when you were having a good time.

Well, so you are really getting into this quilting thing, and who knows -- maybe you will keep your iron out to touch up certain little items even after your quilting project. As for me, I couldn't live without my iron and ironing board. I even iron my pillow cases. But that's just me!

You do have the most interesting assortment of various pictures that you put on your picture that shows when you answer your posts! Quite a collection of them! I'm always wondering what it will be next.

Hugs, Eve

Trying to find the silver lining in all the clouds!

Eve - Pacific time (AZ)


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11/17/08 10:02 A

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Last week after my quilting/sewing class I went and bought things to set up a sewing center in my second bedroom but didn't even get around to taking them out of the bags/boxes, etc. and just now I had gotten the scissors and pins, etc. out of a smaller bag, the bigger bag held the small, tabletop ironing board, and I realized I hadn't seen the iron! I looked and no iron anywhere around so I looked on the bill and I got charged for it but I must have left it in the cart somehow, I went out and looked in the back of the car, etc. but no iron. That's what procrastination gets you.

I have got to learn to follow through! Not all, but a lot of it is in the details! I just remembered, my girlfriend put it in the very bottom of the cart/below the cart; I sort of noted she'd done that (with alarm because I never put things there) but then we must have both forgotten.

Edited by: MARGOMCP at: 11/17/2008 (10:06)

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11/1/08 6:06 P

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I'm more accomplished at planning than doing. I organize well but am less experienced at following through. It's easier for me to imagine doing something then to get down to the nitty gritty and actually do it. I'm a whiz at writing on message boards and having words of wisdom :-) but not long on references. I'd rather read, write, study, or otherwise work on the computer than exert myself and engage in doing.


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10/15/08 10:12 P

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Yes, I hate to admit it, being your Team Leader; but I am a Procrastinater. I sometimes procrastinate about getting out of bed in the mornings. I just recently procrastinated about shampooing my carpets. And always -- I mean ALWAYS, I procrastinate about walking. Why can't I just get out there and tell myself "I have to do it." I rather enjoy it once I get going.

So what habits do you have that slows you down? Do you sneak food late in the evening? Figure it does not count because you don't write it down? Or cause no one saw you eat it?

We all have our little bad habits, and most of those bad habits are the very reason that we are on Spark People trying to get fit and lose some of our excess weight. We know it's not the healthy thing to put on those extra pounds, but we can't stay away from the BBQ Baby Backs, or the potato chips, or the ice cream. Whatever it is -- we want it!

So write to me -- tell me what makes you all tick!

Trying to find the silver lining in all the clouds!

Eve - Pacific time (AZ)


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