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Bad Weather Makes Me Cook = Gaining Pounds!

With the weather coming in the form of ice, sleet and snow k11253065 Sunday night … through Monday… and still on the ground Tuesday… I didn’t have to work…

Our Seniors stay home on such bad weather days… No one wants them to fall…k12864083

I was getting ready when I got the call…k7108300

I’ve been in the house like so many others… that I was really looking forward to seeing my Senior Friends at the YMCA

When I’m in a lot… I tend to look for something to cookk14082118 NOT a good idea… I know I’ve gained pounds ouch! this winter!… but, hopefully summer and warmer weather will help me…

A simple snack for our TV watching night is Velveeta Cheese/ Rotel (Famous Queso Dip) with Tostitos Scoops… I like the way they are made into a little cup…

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I used Wal-Mart‘s Brand of Rotel…works fine!

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and also Wal-Mart’s version of Velveeta… “Melt and Dip“…works fine…tastes great!

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Just added to my small crock pot and heated until melted…stirring occasionally…

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Yummy with Tostitos Scoops! tostitos-scoops

The simplest recipes are sometimes the best!

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They Missed Me!…

Finally feeling better u44896001 … 3rd day working at new job with the YMCA Senior Day Program…

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I couldn’t be happier

I walk in and they all say, “You’re back!”  k14686746 like I had been gone forever!…

Does that not put a smile on my face! k5749882 

Getting into the routine pretty fast…

and the girls and guys I work with are so nice…

The time flies by k0831221

Breakfast… Cereal

Games… k8504272

Crafts… k8307294

Lunch… k0274789

then I’m on my way home…

and then they say, “You’re not leaving!”…

Feeling blessed! k13471352

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This entry was posted on January 23, 2014 and tagged . 6 Comments

First Day… New Job

I awoke to the alarm clock… Something I hadn’t done since I retired 3 years ago…k7492445

I did away with it… and never had a watch on my wrist… either…

Three years to just wake up when I wantedgo to bed when I chosedrink my coffee or hot teak6131408… do my blogging… play with my cat… and be home with my husband…

I loved every minute! …

But, I have lately thought I would like to have a part-time job

but, it had to fit my desire…

When the first of the year came… I applied for a job… and was hired…

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So last night… I sat the alarm for 6:30am… because I had to be on time for my first day of work…

This first day of me going back to work happened to be my Birthday!…

Another milestone in itself! …k16746900

I arrived a little before 8:00am…

and was greeted warmly by the other staff members…

I was shown what a normal day would be like as I was introduced to the Senior/Adults arriving by bus and car for the Day Program…

Approximately 30+ people are enrolled…

Some come by the YMCA bus transportation and others come with a spouse, grandson , daughter or son…k5266113k4878812

They all seemed so happy to be there…

proving to me this was a good… caring… place…k9696519

Breakfast was fixed by us… simple cereals… oatmeal with toppings… coffee, hot chocolate…

Some had already eaten…

As we waited for all to arrive… I mingled and talked… I met a most versatile group…

Alzheimersk5780440mental disabilities… handicapsk4878805… old age…

They talked… seeing them reacting to people that have become their friends… Some quiet… some busy… some talkativek12374389

A rich variety of personalities…

They looked at magazines… read the newspaperk12588960… watched TV

Some had special things to show me… a book… a bracelet k7149844… handmade crafts… a sport’s shirt…

We exchanged names …

Me, promising to try to remember their name k15902086… but, that it might take me awhile

I was showed around the area… a quick tour of signing in… fixing foods… bathrooms… clothes closet… supply room… etc. …

We then played BINGOk8504272 thoroughly enjoyed by many… winning small prizes…

College students came in bmc-logo… to mingle with the participants of the program… adding to their class assignments…

They loved the attention of the students…

My part of the day ended as lunch was beginning… and many asked if they would see me tomorrow… I reassured them I would be back and looked forward to seeing them too… Wasn’t that sweet! k7149993

It was a great day… and I enjoyed my Birthday very much… k9791907

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New Job Planned Just For Me!

I’ve been thinking of going back to work part-time…k15791475

I thought I had a painting job which I would have loved… but, the small business moved to another town… too far to drive…k3555539

Disappointed?… Yes, but… I have had a few of those things… disappointments k16024578… in my life and have learned to go with the flow… believing it wasn’t God’s will at that time… that He would have something even better for me… if I just had patience and belief in Him…

I request His guidance in my life every dayx27278458 … and have seen Him work in such mysterious ways…

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My resolution word is “Courage”… if you’ve been following me…

and I’m resolute in keeping that word uppermost in my mind in my endeavors…k11029325

I’ve never been the one to rock the boat… k5300551

stir the waters… pix1235

cause upheaval…

I am probably the peace maker… k10823752do not like chaos…

the glue that holds things together… k4511827

the one who finds “the way”…k11164484

I’m certainly not bragging…

but, the Lord has given me the wisdom to know things and have insight…k16290739

and to have respect for myself as well as others…

I was determined as I said to move forward… k6563032

I have things I want to do…

things I want to see…

things I want to change…

I posted my resume…yes, a resume k3991567… which I had not had for quite a while…

It was to the YMCA … a place I felt was a good place to work…

friendly people…

caring people…

respectful people…

and the job opening fit me like a glove… a perfectly fitting glove… k8089127

Assistant Activities Director…

Planning and implementing things for seniorsk15456115 in the Adult Day Care Program…

Some wheel chair bound… Most ambulatory…

Playing games… doing crafts… reading… field trips… helping when and where I am needed… serving them breakfast and lunch…

I wanted part-time as I said… This is 3 days a week…

5-6 hours a day…

Only Monday – Friday … mornings… No weekends…

Is that not a job made in Heaven!… k8724896

It is for me…

After being called for an interview yesterday… k11784999

which I hadn’t done in a long time…

We were told that we… who had been interviewed… would be called this afternoon with their decision…

I felt I fit this position as I said… but, you never know what someone else may have for the criteria…

I was being patient… as I have learned to do…

talking to my sister on the telephone this morning when someone beeped in… and before I could check to see who it was… my cell phone was ringing…k14838638

Holding my sister on… answered… to find that I had been chosen for the position!…

I was elated.. actually more than I realized…

After “drug testing” and paperwork x18537461 tomorrow… will begin soon after…

No one could have planned this but, God… It was structured just for me!…

and I feel blessed…k1589151

Beginning My New Year

My head is spinning with new thoughts on what the New Year may hold… and things I want to accomplish!k5436749

Some things I have done already!…

Made a new resumek6543634

Emailed it to the YMCA for a job openingYMCA-SVG-Common_International_svg

I’ve started my Good Things in 2014 List… (will be daily)

Todays good thing was our invitation to my nephew’s home for a wonderful New Year’s Day meal… all foods included for health… wealth… and good luck…

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Roast Porkk9507312

Corn Beef

Mashed Potatoes

Fried Corn with Bacon

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Greens

Cheesy Cabbage k13643706

Corn Bread

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Pecan Pie

Cake

Wasn’t that deserving of my “Good Things List” item!

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I want to save some money this year… k14001119

I will follow this chart…

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Something I feel I can manage…

I will have to do it monthly instead of weekly… because of how our money comes in…

I will also put aside in a container of some sort… 10% for God… each month… to be used for whoever or whatever I see fit at the end of the year…

( actually where God sees fit).k5280428..

HE doesn’t ask for very much!

I always keep a calendar… to keep track of appointments and fun stuff!… already bought and hanging… One in my kitchen 140101_006 … one from my cousin on my computer desk 140101_007

I will share more later… my list is a long one… some leftovers from 2013… hanging around… to complete… k9486576

But, I feel good about my start…

Just Because the Oven Is Hot!

I’ve got to quit cooking and baking!…

or do I…

I got up early as I usually do…

Waffles kept calling my name… and I hoped everyone else was in the same mode… because that is what I made…

Blueberry Waffle Mix with extra blueberries and my homemade blueberry jam…

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Love lots of Blueberries

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I checked in the mirror to see if I had turned blue… but, no I was just fine… but, I did have a smile on my face!…

I then decided to make a Coconut Cake for my husband… No… he doesn’t need it… but, I treat him sometimes… Oh… get real… all of the time!…

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Coconut Creme makes the cake so moist!

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Then… that little pumpkin that I had bought was staring me in the face…

“What are you going to do with me?”, it seemed to ask…

I just decided to take all of the seeds out of it… and toast them in the oven… a little Cooking Spray… a little sprinkle of salt… and let bake until turn a light golden brown and crunchy…

I just love munching on them!…

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Pulled out all of the seeds…

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Rinsed seeds really well…

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Laid seeds on a sprayed baking sheet to dry…

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Baked in hot oven until golden brown and crispy!

My next thought went to dinner… and I love having things done a little ahead of schedule… so, while the oven is hot in go the three stuffed peppers I have…”the last of the last” as my Mom used to say… that my daughter-in-law’s Mother had made for me this summer… She made me 24 of them to put in the freezer… “I love you Pam!”… They were so delicious and we will enjoy the last of them later today!…

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I just put a can of RO*TEL on them512-ccBBSuL__SY300_

but…

I’m not finished!…

I was on a roll…

The oven was hot and I wasn’t going to waste the heat…

and actually felt good with temperatures being low and flurries in the air…

While the peppers were baking I put together a cabbage casserole recipe a lady at the YMCA told me about…

Remember… I’m a simple person… and this was a simple recipe…

Head of cabbage cut up… I like it in long pieces… and placed in a greased (Spray Pam) baking dish (8″ X 8″) … Pour a can of Cream of Chicken Soup mixed with 1/2 c. of water over the cabbage… top with bread crumbs and pats of butter…

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We will see how it tastes later along with the Peppers… but, how could it be bad!…

I think my stomach is growling… from all of the wonderful smells wafting around in my kitchen… Husband says, “It smells like a delicatessen”, as he peeks into the oven… k8579335

Daily Prompt: On the Edge

We all have things we need to do to keep an even keelblogging, exercising, reading, cooking. What’s yours?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us ACTIVITY

Things that keep me having an even keel“keeps me balanced”…

You mean, “Things that keep me from going crazy!”…

Blogging SSH0003

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Best stress release I have found since I started in 2011…

Blogging friends to talk to… Just a few words to perk a person up… How neat is that!

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My swimming aerobic class at the YMCA

Have met such nice people… even made a new friend… Will be doing for two years as of Jan. 2014… just keeps me moving… a good thing…

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I read more on the internet than books lately… but, a book once started… is wonderful…

Cookingk13711813

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More like baking… I’m better at that… but, I love trying new recipes… and YES… keeps me busy and even…

Crafts k8463493

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and redoing older items… a favorite thing of mine… When busy with a project I’m a happy camper…

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Hearing different conversation… Gives your mind some new things to ponder on…

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with sister… friends… cousins… Leaving my worries behind… Concentrating on them for a while…

Grandkids k5872361

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Listening to them talk… playing with them… shopping with them… No better way to keep me happy!

Clubs    TopsLogo-Color

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BUNCO (2)… TOPS Group…

Talking… learning… preparation for programs… Definitely… a mind stimulator…

Thrift Store  Antiqu_C

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Actually looking and looking… for that special “treasure”… like a hunt… that makes you smile when you find it!…

I guess I have lots of things that keep me on keel…

so, maybe I won’t go too crazy!… k10631664or get too off-balance!