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Irish Fun With My Seniors

I feel “my life” has definitely taken a turn… and it’s all my doing…    k15264122

My job is getting easier all of the time… getting to know all of the adults and their “ways”…

also the other workers… such sweet folk!…

“Routine” may never happen… my days change “a little” every week…

Maybe that keeps me from getting stagnant… boredk1496315 … complacent…

The weather was so much warmer today… around 75 degrees

We walked or pushed most of the seniors outside…k4670503

We have a great picnic shelter area…with about a dozen picnic tablesk8119293 … Also benches… They enjoyed it immensely!… “Us” too! k13829488

There is also an attached deck on the side with a ramp going to it!…

We will eat outsidek3934543 in warmer days… play BINGOk12834083 … and have craft time

We can’t wait… but, for today… just sitting in the warm air was enough… as we talked about whatever came to mind…

We all come up with ideas and activities to do… with our wonderful people…

Today we had Irish Cream” Coffee… and Shortbread Cookies bottlek63197050003010054094_180X180to commemorate March and St. Patrick’s Day

They truly enjoyed that!…

I have found that as you age you crave “Sweets”  k14876324

No cookies were turned down!

I had made Shamrock Trees with them last week for “Good Luck”…sshamrocktree

We will be having an Open House next week…k16188886

The first one from what I understand…

We all have a “duty” assigned for the evening…

Mine will be doing a craft with the seniors and their families…

We will also have door prize drawingsk6183884story time… food…etc. …

I’m hoping for a good turn-out

It should be fun!

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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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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

k8591270I wrote this for a program I have to give at our TOPS group tonight…

I’m the Co-leader…and this message is for me as well as them…

I have been trying to ERASE…LOSE…GET RID OF… a certain amount of pounds for two years…Sad isn’t it!…

So we try to encourage each other by having programs each week… 

TOPS : Take Off Pounds Sensibly…

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Somewhere over the Rainbow…is our dream of being slimmer…prettier…more handsome…

There lies our Pot of Goldx19863628

It’s not shiny… it’s not worth much to anyone else…

It’s a hard road

It has its ups and downs

We sometimes just step from color to color

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We know these colors well…

Red: Remembering how we used to look …Realizing things need to change…Sometimes Rewarding ourselves with false pleasures of food that is not good for us…

Orange: Openly discussing our problems with people who care… Others seem to have the control we want and need…and then we Overeat to compensate for those feelings

Yellow: You seem to be alone in your struggle…You Yell at yourself inside your head to stop this cycle…but to no avail…Yielding to temptations of sweets…salty foods…fattening foods

Green: Gorging ourselves on food…that doesn’t take care of the real problems that lay within us…Giving in to that one piece of cake…that puts us on our slippery slope of our Rainbow… Grateful for those who try to help us…knowing it’s ourselves that have to take control

Blue: Beating ourselves up time and time again…for our weakness… Breathing becomes harder and harder as our weight takes it’s toll on our bodies… We know longer see the Beauty in things…

Indigo: I…have to be the one to decide to make the change… Idle time makes us seek food usually to fill our desires…Indicators start to show up that our Rainbow ride is making us have heart trouble…diabetes… bad arthritis…aches and pains…

Violet: Vitality slips away…no energy to do the smallest things…We are Very aware of what is the problem… so we have to change…

We have to start Valuing ourselves again…

Where we will reach our Pot of Gold…

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A healthier…happier…prettier…more handsome self!

Full of energy…wanting to move…liking ourselves again!

There’s no magic Leprechaun to help us reach our goals… but, together we will!

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I was inspired by ST Patrick’s Day…Rainbows…Pots of Gold…Leprechauns… Green…

We are going to play Shamrock Bingo also… I’ve run cards… and cover pieces off of the computer…

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I have 10 GREEN prizes for the winners…

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It was fun finding 10 different GREEN items:

Plastic cups- Plastic containers- KeyLime marshmallows Bubbles-Candles-Scarf-Water Bottle-Kale Greens-Green Easter grass for basket-St.Patrick’s Day pins

but, they have to pick out a piece of Gold from the pot I made…and the number drawn coincides with a prize…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Silly…but, we have the best time…and maybe some… including me…  will reach our

POT of GOLD some day!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

I sometimes do lose myself in the details… I am artistic… so I find myself putting details in my blogs… adding little pictures… wording it just right… But, all of the time…

I’m enjoying every minute…

I’m detailed in lots of things… but, mainly in decorating… I love doing seasonal themes… so I find myself adjusting things until I feel happy with them… I might just add a little flower… a piece of ribbon… the colors…

I think the details are what make things special…

St. Patrick’s Day is my choice of decorating right now… since it’s about two weeks away… but, as soon as it’s over… Easter theme k3171209 goes up… since it comes so early… the last Sunday in March… and I’m sure I’ll get engrossed with the detailsrabbitsk6109641 , eggs k11641280 , pastel colors, ribbons, baskets k0966041

Oh No!… the details are flowing through my mind even now!

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Green shamrocks… requires a green shamrock placemat…which requires green candles and maybe a green glass… DETAILS!

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I have a flag that blows in the wind for almost every Holiday… So St. Patrick Day is no different… Green…shamrocks…pot of gold… DETAILS!

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I love looking out my kitchen window… and I have found these neat window clings are just perfect…$1.00 for a little enjoyment and DETAIL!…

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and along with my “Green” glass sun catchers… Matches just right… DETAILS!

(Sun catcher is of a pear… matches the pears I have in the border of my kitchen wallpaper)… see what I mean about my DETAIL obsession!

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and the green cross sun catcher matches the greens in my kitchen… and also the Green of St. Patrick’s Day… and as I see this cross every day looking out of my kitchen window… it reminds me of my Lord and my many blessings… Another DETAIL!

Enjoy your Deatils… Get lost in them… They make things SPECIAL!

“Squeals of Delight!”

I’ve figured out something about Holidays …Without children ...they just aren’t as much fun!… The twinkle we see in the eyes of children … How their smiles just emerge and light their faces … The excitement in their voices… That magical giggle that radiates from their throats … That unreserved motion in their bodies… as if they just can’t be still … The joy as they express without any reservations as to what they expect …be it a certain costume at Halloween… “I’m going to be a …!” , as they demonstrate the sounds or look of the creature they want to be…  be it a dessert of Thanksgiving… “I just love pumpkin pie with cool whip”!  … as they almost lick their lips telling you about it… be it a special toy they’ve been looking at in the Christmas Catalog … because if you’re a good little girl or boy… Santa   will bring you what you have wished for… Children jump and hop almost as much as the Easter Bunny in anticipation of finding an Easter Basket full of candies or maybe a stuffed fuzzy bunny to snuggle up to … There will be hearts drawn on everything… pink and red …with “I LOVE YOU!”   printed on most of them… Valentine’s made from cut out red or pink construction paper with white doilies glued behind them… The prettiest things they have ever seen as their hands clap and touch their faces… Leprechauns have nothing on kids as they dance a jig and make green shamrocks for good luck… St.Patrick’s Day is indeed magical to them!… Summer vacation brings squeals of happiness as they jump into the swimming pool for the first time  … shivering, but, never admitting they are cold… Even that first day of school… shopping for those new pencils, red, green and blue folders and colorful crayons just waiting to be opened and used for the first time… It seems if we would look at children…we would realize their joy can always remain within us … Just smile, giggle, dance , shiver, clap, hop, make something pretty and even squeal with delight 

It may be contagious!

“My Kids!”…
It started in August… first day of school… Happy faces for the most part … getting off the school buses… in our case, the little buses … for Special Ed kids … As soon as you saw them, you had to smileso sweet… so friendly… so chatty…and so enthused to be at school…Here they would busy, go places and get lots of attention!… so they were excited!… It spilled over onto us… Of course within about two months… Halloween arrived… we would dress in costumes… make Jack-o-lantern cakes in our Bake Shop and have games and activities … They loved it! … Showing it by wanting us to paint their faces, talk of costumes and pumpkin patch field trips… enjoyed by all!… Thanksgiving was a busy time in our Bake Shop…with Pumpkin and Pecan pies being baked…and the smells wafting through the halls …Talk of turkeys and eating dinner at their Grandparents…What a joy watching them describe what they did… Christmas of course was time for a break…but, not before decorating a tree , talking of all the ways different people celebrated this special time, musical concerts… and our Holiday Bazaar… The anticipation of being off from school and a visit from Santa … A winter time delight … Valentine’s Day brought out the pink, red and white construction paper with heart-shaped patterns and decorations… Small Conversation Heart shaped candies  were found everywhere…reading what each one said… The fun as they expressed their like for a certain student…very typical!… March brought out the Leprechaun’s and green shamrockspots of gold were talked bout and rainbow’s  drawn on every piece of paper they could find… We discussed how the colors of the rainbow were called, ROY G BIVred, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet and we taught it like it was new for all of us…. April brought Spring, the Easter Bunny and candy being brought to school and found in their desks… just hoping no melted Bunnies would be found… School ended with the anticipation of summer and fun-filled, sunny days… Smiles becoming more contagious as we all were ready for a break… A few squeals of delight could be heard as students and teachers left at that time I told you it could be contagious!