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Flag for the front door!

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A Celtic Cross for the front door…

bought on clearance last year!…

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Kit Kit with Bobby… Yes!… laying on my St. Patrick’s Day table-cloth…

I will wash it!… but, who could resist!

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Bobby’s Favorites… “Little Debbie’s” … cute, aren’t they…

I know they are good… but, didn’t get one… They were devoured!

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Just a shiny Shamrock… 

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A few window clings… from last year…

I didn’t find any this year!…

I love them on my kitchen windows… Make me smile!

Check out “You Lift Me Up” by Celtic Women… just beautiful!

http://youtu.be/Yfwlj0gba_k

 

Something that has impressed me this week…

The weather gets my vote here!…

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It has given us a jolt of what winter is really like…

Maybe we needed a reminder…

The snow and bitter cold came in all at once… and this time our weatherman got it right…

Schools closed… people off from work… things seem to grind to a halt!…

We were put in the predicament of being in our homes more… entertaining ourselves

and probably have done more eating than in previous months!…

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Yes, Mr. Weather… you have brought our thermometers down into the below zero range…

Left us snow on the ground for two weeks

and made us dream of warmer days…

Now, I’m wondering if you are going to surprise us this summer with overly hot temps!… near the 100’s…

I wonder…

Someone who has impressed me this week…

This will have to be my son… the one who suffers with Bi-polar Disorder…

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He has yet to get his meds due to the overload of state agencies in our area…

but, he has such a strong will to be and do better despite this…

He has put his energy into cleaning the whole basement…

This is his area… and it is neat as a pindecorated with his collectibles

You would be impressed!…

From arrangement of furniture… to wall hangings... to his display areas

He has also put some time into helping me…

Rearranging some cabinetscleaning areas that have been in need… and on top of this…

keeping his sense of humor, quick wit and goal to be better and in control of his emotions…

I am indeed very impressed!

 

 

 

I’m hoping this will help!…

I HAVE to lose weight…

I am admitting it HERE!…

I weigh more than I ever have in my life!…

I will begin with WHY…

My emotions dictate to me a lot!…sca0494

I probably (if I admit it) suffer with up and down emotions like my son who is bi-polar…

Not to his extent…

but, I can have my ups and downs too…

Family troubles due to health issues, deaths in our family, money issues… to name a few!…

Lack of exercise!…

Since it has been cold… I have not been to the YMCA for my water aerobics classes…

and hating GYM EQUIPMENT!… I have not accepted my husband’s invitation to join him in “machine” exercise…

I WILL GIVE IT A CHANCE!…

Eating the wrong foods!… QQ_whatsinside_f

I KNOW!… what is good and NOT good for me…

and will be eating more fruits, vegetables     Washing-Fruit  and lean meats…

less sugar, breads, and starchy foods…

Keeping Track of What I Eat!…

Sitting in front of the TV is my worst habit… munching on anything … as long as I’m munching!…

I will munch on healthy snacks if I HAVE to have something!…

and I WILL try NOT to eat while watching TV!…

I will be keeping a food chart daily… writing my consumption down FIRST before I put it in my mouth!…

I am not liking who I see in the mirror… cfr0017

I’ll just say it!…

“I am fat!”…

“I have NO energy!”…

“I am tired all of the time!”… cfr0251

“I don’t feel like doing the things I used to like to do!”…

“I’m more grouchy!”…

“My clothes don’t fit”…

“I get comments to my weight gain!”…

SO!… Today is the day!… Wacko

I already belong to a weight loss group… but, have definitely NOT been a good example!…

and what a waste of their time and mine!…

I will be “Persistent” in my hope for weight loss...75px-Smiley_Face

You might be my sounding board sometimes… I will try not to bore you with my “desire”…

but, I hope I will be able to give You… an update every now and then…

Thanks for reading my goals…

and I do accept any good comments that might help me in my quest!

 

 

 

 

 

Finish This #59

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I am thankful for…

A God that has blessed me with simple talents that I am able to share…

A mind… that can continue to absorb new thoughts… new expectations… new learnings…

A body... that has remained pretty healthy… No medications needed… and few aches and pains…

A spirit... that aches for the knowledge that only God can provide… the Love that passes all understanding…

A mate (husband) who is my soul mate… through the bad and good… through pain and happiness…

Children… who have made me proud… Each meeting their own struggles… and being good, strong men!…

Grandchildren that put the “icing on the cake”… making me smile and laugh… making my heart ache like I never knew it could… with pure bliss!

Family and Friends that pours out love, affection, strength and caring…

A Blogging Family that has become a part of my life… Lifting me up… putting a smile on my face… making me see myself more clearly…

My writing and art abilities… Filling my life with joy…

My simple life… not wealthy… struggling more than having… but, with a contentment I would not trade for all riches…

Comfort… warm home, plenty to eat, clothes to cover me, entertainment… all my “needs” met…

My jobs that I have had… Teaching “me” and letting me expand myself… Letting me give back… and knowing I “do” make a difference in other’s lives…

My pets… A dog (Sugar) that seemed to be sent just for me and our family… and now two girl kitties (Jill and Kit Kit)… demanding our attention and keeping us on our toes… with their wants… keeping us smiling and entertained…

Nature… from the trees… streams… the sky… the flowers… the sun… the rain… Amazing gifts from God that helps sustain us while we are here on Earth…

I am always “thankful”…

Tiny blessings make our lives full…

be sure and look for them! 

 

 

 

Raisin Bread Bread Pudding

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I buy this brand of Raisin Bread (Rothbury Farms) all of the time at Wal-mart…

Just for toast at breakfast…

or to make French Toast…

so… I thought this would probably make great Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding…

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After finding a simple recipe… Allrecipes.com

and having all of the ingredients on hand…

I began to tear bread… about 6 slices... into small pieces...

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Melted 2-1/2 tablespoons of margarine in microwave

and drizzled over the bread…

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In a mixing bowl combined…

4 eggs

2 cups milk OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

3/4 cup white sugar

1 – teaspoon cinnamon

1 – teaspoon vanilla extract

beating until well mixed

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Poured over bread…

and lightly pushed down bread with a fork…

until bread was covered and soaking up egg mixture...

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Baked in hot oven of 350 degrees F…

for 45 minutes…

Top will spring back when lightly tapped and will be a golden brown…

You can top with a simple butter sauce… or like me…

I just poured a little half and half over it…

As I was talking to my Seniors of this recipe… they all wanted it…

so…

I guess I will be making one… (doubling the recipe)… for them next week…

 

SNOW DAY = Grandma Time!

I have a day with my Grandchildrenall 3!...

This has not been for quite awhile… but, I do believe the Lord knew I needed them…

They bring so much love, fun and joy into our home… and to see them all together interacting is a treat!…

SNOW… is the main reason… around 10 inches where they live… South of Louisville…

We had around 8″…

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Snow on back deck…

 

Mom being a head nurse k0808036 at a hospital downtown… had to work… sleep there and then work again…

Dad had a day off then back to work today…

Oldest Granddaughter off from work and college…

back at work tonight for her…ups_logo

The younger ones are off again tomorrow from school…

Already announced…

They might have to spend the night…

They have done crafts… Carson building a “suspension” bridge OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA …

Watching their favorite cartoons… paw-patrol-about-the-show-mainImage

The living room is designated for them when here!…

Popcorn Chicken… Seasoned Fries and Pizza Rolls 200px-Pepperoni_Pizza_Rolls for lunch…

Leftover Birthday Cake and Ice Cream for dessert…

When big sister woke up… they talked and laid around in the living room with their IPads, IPODS and LAPTOPS…

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You can tell… they are pretty laid back!…

Here I am on my old PC which I wouldn’t trade for anything…

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We later gathered around the kitchen table to play cardsUNO and “PASS THE TRASH”… I had to learn that one… but, found it fun!…

The girls went their way for girl talk and nails… and the boy went with his Poppy to shovel snow...

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which he can do as good as anyone…

He loves to help around the house and especially outside activities…

Now, Poppy owes him $10.00 k20438408… That was their deal from what I hear…

None of them are afraid to work for some extra change ($dollars$)…

I finished the bibs I was making for my Seniors… 

transplanted my Sweet Potato Plant OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA …

 Transplanted to a bigger bowl…

 

which the kids and I measured at 7 feet-one inch long…

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The kids are holding the vine stretched out to it’s 7 feet!

 

wrote and read my blog sites…

talked on the phone…

and nibbled…903013

Which is a bad habit of mine when I have too much time on my hands…

Maybe a nap is in order  k18327651… we’ll see!

 

 

Our Seniors at the YMCA where I work part-time… have breakfast, lunch and a snack daily…

As we get older we are little messier with our eating… due to the strength in our hands...and eyesight not being so good!...

We had some white “bibs” that …well… they were just wore out!…

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I’m not the best seamstress… but, knew I could make some new ones without too much trouble…

So… when I approached Jenifer with my idea of making some new ones out of towels…(absorbent)…

that it would be easy to cut a pattern from the old ones…

she agreed!…

She bought 10 big towels… colorful blue ones this time…

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My favorite color!…

I could get two from each towel… by folding them in half…

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I laid one of the old bibs folded in half on the fold of the new towel material and cut a pattern…

allowing a little more room … They will be a little bit wider…

My new scissors I had bought after Christmas came in handy… sharpness was needed!…

After cutting out the 20 bibs…

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I then zig-zagged stitched k20056910 around all of the rough edges... to keep them from having ravelins...

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A little time-consuming… but, I would take a break every now and then…

Have you found an easy project in your head is more when you are actually doing it!…

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Not hard… just took longer than expected…

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Today I will use “Liquid Stitch” to adhere the velcro tabs at the neck…

The BIG SNAPS I wanted to try to use were too costly for our budget…

and since Velcro had been used before with success... that’s what I chose to do!

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and when I return to work… my “senior friends” will get to try on their new coverings…

I wouldn’t doubt that a few who have never worn one will want to try them out!…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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