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Saturday Thoughts…

OK… I definitely see a difference in my lifestyle since going back to work…

I believe the good outways the bad

“I” have gained…

Income… a little spending money…u24686663

Socialization… meeting new people… having conversations…LVI0005

Using my talents and skills…k8413105

Having something to talk about…

I do hate leaving things undone… that my Bobby has to pick up…

but, he doesn’t mind…

He has always been my anchork15246274, helper and strength…

and stands behind me on my decisions…

Meals are a little iffy… but, my crockpot k7872553gets used more… and the guys are able to fend for themselves better than I thought!

Saturdays are catch up day as it was when I worked full time…

Tonight… having my youngest Grandkids… who I have missed …

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They are sooo busy and live a distance away…

and growing up… means more times with their friends… Understandable!

I have put out a few St. Patrick decorations… just a few…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

My Green Bowl and Candleholders… and Cloth Tablecloth with Leprechauns I found at my thrift store!…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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My Sparkly Shamrock hung on my door…

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My St. Patrick’s Day Flag…

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My March Calendar… with a pretty green decorated cupcake…

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My Leprechaun Window Clings…

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I also received a surprise in the mail yesterday from a friend I worked with…

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A sweet note and a bracelet…

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She knows I have my TOPS group“Take Off Pounds Sensibly”… and she found this neat TOPS bracelet someone had when they were in a group… She found it at an Antique Mall in Indiana… and it reminded her of me…

That’s the best part… I was thought ofIsn’t that nice!…

She said, “You’re TOPS with me!”…

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A few of the charms I’ve received…

Incentives for loseing weight…

Kit Kit… our new little one has a new trick… We wake to find toilet paper unrolled from the roll all over the floor… If it’s on the roll “forward”… she neatly unrolls it in a folded pile…

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Looking up at my husband… “Ms. Innocent!”

My husband reversed the roll… thinking it would discourage her

Only made a bigger mess as she used her claws to get it off…

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So… these are my Saturdays…

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Christmas Party Fun!

Last night there was a Christmas Party  u11216554 with my TOPS friends(Take Off Pounds Sensibly)…

We went out one year to eat and then the last three years we have opted to have our get-together at the meeting room where we meet each week…

It is so much more fun!…

Due mainly to our club leader

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Our Leader, Sharon… in red…

She makes the room into a wonderful Christmas Party atmosphere!k7497879

with decorations… pretty tablecloths… colorful festive tablewarecenterpieces u11289609… and little gifts running up the middle of the length of tables…

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Table decorations and lots of friendly conversation!

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There is meat and bread provided… along with drinks/ice…

( this time we had lean pulled pork and chicken ) with BBQ saucefrom Mark’s Feed Store…

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since turkey and ham is usually the meat served everywhere else…

We all sign up to bring lower calorie dishes

We are all pretty good cooksu11777124 … or we wouldn’t need the club to help us stay on track of our weight or encouragement to lose those extra pounds...

Menu last night included…

green beans, glazed carrots, salad, jello salads, carrot salad, fruit, couple of different potato dishes, turkey/ dressing (after all), frito corn salad, veggie pizza appetizer, deviled eggs, broccoli casserole and a few desserts…

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My contribution…Veggie Pizza Appetizer

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Enjoying all of the good food!

I wouldn’t have liked to weigh after dinner  k12581406 … but, we did before and I am pleased to say I had lostYES!kch0052

As a group we gave our leader a gift card k4432558… and expressed how grateful we are for her hard work……

and then the fun began!

Sharon had 5 games…

Left-Right Game

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Seek/Find

Question/Answer

and 25 Christmas Items…

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Our leader read off a list of 25 items … Any items we had in our bag that matched her list counted as 1 point each…

Whoever had the most matches won a prize… gwil60212

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The kid in all of us comes out at these times!

Everyone left with a prizek15728629

We all help clean up… so it doesn’t take long to get everything packed away… divvied out… and cleaned up…

We are a good teamencouraging each other in every way!k11738059k9865422

My Sunday Grateful: November 17, 2013- Friends and Shopping

Friday I was asked to a sale at my neighbor’s place of work… Sale on NFL Jerseysfootball… basketball and hockey…

Why not!

might as well check it out…

and I did find Steelers128670 and Viking thumbFootball Jerseys for my grandson and a hat…

Wasn’t it nice of her to save me a coupon k5595157to go and look with her!… I thought so!

The next day…

I met up with two friends I worked with for lunch…

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One is retired like me and one is younger and still working…

We sat and enjoyed a drink k7218898for about an hour before ordering our lunch…

We had all agreed on the place to meet…

and anticipated hearing all of our tales of woes and good times

The waitress was very understandingjea0002… and told us to take as much time as we wanted…

So we did!… and had a very leisure lunch…

I talked and listened so much… I had to take half of my food home… but, that was OK… I enjoyed it later…

We left there and went shopping for about an hour or more…

Both of my friends have little granddaughters… two and under…k4413427

So, I knew I could find them in the little girl’s department looking for Christmas presents…

I was on my ownk15902140 looking for presents for my 3 grandkids… who are getting older…

I browsed just in case I saw something I thought they would like…

I came home with some great little brown leather low-cut boots k11134952for my oldest granddaughter… and a great price on them too!… Now… if she likes them as much as Grandma does… You never know!…

We met back up and checked out each other’s purchases… and said good-bye with a group hug… promising to get together after Christmas…

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This week I’m going with a sister, sister-in-law and a friend to shop again… and I get to choose the place to shop and eat…

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“I-Hop Restaurant”… loyalty-card

How does chicken and waffles sound? … Chicken_Waffles

Sometimes I purchase an item or two and sometimes just look and look… getting ideas…

The best thing about all of these little trips… is being with such great friends…

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I’m so grateful for the people who are in my life and sharing good times together!

Leaves to Christmas Tree…

We were going to rake leaves… k9765394

So many still falling… Neighbor’s trees still harboring many yet to fall…

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So we debated…

Who… really wants to rake leaves?…

We actually blow them a lot… with the leaf blower… so much easier!…

Bobby had already gotten out the Christmas boxes… and I have many!…

There they were staring at me

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I started looking… Oh, no!… that was downfall… k14677210

and the next thing I know… Bobby is in on it… and we are putting up the Christmas Tree

Leaves were forgotten!…

We decided where… to put it…

Got the lights just right… I use just white… seems to show off the ornaments better…

I found some new ones I had bought… and mixed with the older ones… it seemed to work… k7346587

It’s not a fancy tree… k11127296

It’s not a fashion tree…k4611704

It’s not a perfect tree… k4755247

It kinda reminds me of the
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Jill, the cat… has already found her place under it…k11365675 and watched the whole time from her perch on the couch as we put on each ornament…

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Last year…

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This year!  We aren’t even finished yet!

I have boxes and boxes of ornaments to go through… k7346587

My little neighbor neighb_c who is always in need… will get a lot of them

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The rest will be offered to my daughter-in-law… I’ll pick out a special bag for her…

I didn’t want to have Christmas intrude on Thanksgiving… k0769591but, it seems to have a way of doing it…

and the “leaf story” will be continued later…

Sunday Grateful- November 3, 2013 : My Husband’s Family

I see people on FACEBOOK k11381665 writing a “Grateful” k7231294 every day for November…

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Since I’ve been writing my “Sunday Gratefuls” for awhile… I will continue with that…

I went to the grocery today sfo0444… Besides everyday food and supplies… I bought a few extras for making my Christmas Cookies…  Christmas-Cookies-Cutters

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That’s my gift to my husband’s family in Georgia3cae153d-f926-4da4-9cfd-e99305cdf697

Whether they like them or not… ( They say they love them! ) … k14825741

I totally enjoy making them…

As I bakeI think of all of them…  k14529108

Only three sisters, their children and a few cousins of my husband are left from what once was a huge family when we married k8660880… which will be 45 years in February …

To have been introduced to this lovely family that came as a bonus with my husband… has been a blessingk0982803

I am so grateful for the lovek12161300 they have shown me…

and in my humble way k11789234… that I’m able to show them I love them back at this time of year!

My Senses Are Being Tantalized!

My senses are aware of the coming change of seasons..

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I feel the cooler airtouch of a warm sweater

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I smell the smoke from burning wood in our fire pitCinnamon wafting in air from hot cider…

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I see the leaves slowly starting to let loose of the branches of the trees… colors changing to yellow… orange and red…k7508174

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Children heard outdoors… trying to get in those last moments of playing outdoors… cooler wind picking up and blowing the leaves across the lawn…

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Tasting that first piece of pumpkin piek2751744

The flowers are dieing… Their last blooms looking spindly…

The fields are turning brown and golden

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Apples, Pumpkins and Dried Indian Corn tied together…

Gourds to decorate with…

Beautiful Mums in shades of orange, yellow, sienna, some almost a burgundy color…k15555818

My anticipation of Autumn is…

Going to Fall Festivals…

Cooking more soups / chilis…

Baking more…

Sipping hot chocolate and apple ciderCider-Mulled

Pumpkin… cinnamon… apple smells…

Leaves rustling underfoot…ap01h024

Crisp cool air

Baking Pumpkin Seeds

Stores full of Holiday decorations and ideas…

Sun setting earlier… and rising later…

Yes!… my senses are aware of the changes being made… and I intend to enjoy …

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My Sunday Gratefuls: July14, 21, 28 – 2013

My grateful for the 14th of July has to be for being able to take a vacationk14025282

To get out and enjoy different scenery… see relatives… and view places I’ve never seen before…

I see every detail to it’s fullest… and enjoy the beauty… the history… the different foodk4736129 … and the wonderful people…

The 21st of July is my grateful for a safe trip homek14550074

No problems… and the great memories I’ll have for years to come…

I look at the photos I took and I seem to be back in that very place for an instant… how neat is that!… x16213619

Today… the 28th of July has to be the overnight trip with my sister

Her… being a caretender for her very sick husbandnri0124 … needed some time to relax… talk …and reflect…

We got in the pool… sat outside in the sunshineread a little u12139351  (more talk, than read)… had a good dinner… and then played some penny slots at the casino

Your mind just relaxes… with all of the noise… music… people… drowning out your thoughts for a short while…k10089302

We had a nice roomtalking some more k8266615laughing/crying…

With the TV droning on… the sleepies hit us hard sfo0174We slept like babies

We even enjoyed the ride home

Having to tip the valet with a “bag of change” u17710655laughing as we did…

(This picture I found actually looks like the baggie of change we had!)

We were broke!

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We would have loved to be able to drive home in this!