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Old 09-04-2009, 03:13 PM   #16  
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Gary ~ Awesome!

Praying for all of you. Hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend.
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Gary-the painting is incredible! Thank you for sharing it with us.

Hi to everyone! Hope you all have a great holiday weekend! We're off to football soon-first home game tonight, so it's parent's night. Have to brag a little bit-DS2 submitted a design for the school's homecoming buttons and his design won first place! So cool! He won money for it and also a free button-the best part of it is that he's so accepted even though we still do most of his schooling at home. We're very proud of him-he worked really hard on his design.

Yard sale went well today and will be doing it tomorrow too, so hoping for getting rid of a lot more stuff! Well, prayers for blessings for you all!
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Karen, prayers ascending for your family!

Ronni - to your son! That is AWESOME! He must be quite talented as those types of contests usually get a lot of entries!

Whew - glad the week is over. Time to switch gears and work on church stuff for the weekend. I better get to it so that I can have SOME time for fun this weekend! DH is working Monday, so it is a typical weekend for us.

Hope you all have a fun and safe and blessed weekend!
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HI GALS ~

Just taking it easy, watching some football and baseball. I was able to get home from the job I was doing at church today to see all of my USC TROJAN game A nice win for us.

Angie and I went for a 3 mile walk in the neighborhood this morning, then I went to church to work on some walls that we built years ago. The concrete is settling and the walls needed repair work at the ceiling. I intended to do it a few months ago but then they ended up tearing up all the concrete next to the classrooms for some lines to the new gym, had to wait until all the "shaking" stopped. Part of me was bummed because I had to go on a holiday week-end and the other part of me was so happy to be able to be there doing "talent" stuff I also did some reflecting on the time when we built those walls, over 10 years ago, some of those men....including my little brother....have passed on.

Angie and I went for Italian tonight, we each brought home 1/2 of our meals. I had penne with vodka sauce and Angie had spaghetti with zucchini in a cream sauce. We went to our Mexican place last night and I brought home 1/2 my plate too....1 cheese enchilada and 1/2 the rice and beans...I did have an add on taco with my enchilada last night I am down a couple of pounds from being sick....no tummy sickness just not eating as much or drinking beer with the fever.

Well I hope you are all having a good holiday week-end. I will join up with you all later...hugs and prayers!
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Gary - good choices - bringing home food Glad you are feeling better! And, as usual - I'm proud of you for seeing the good in having to give up your Saturday to do volunteer work.

I hope all of our CEs are having a blessed weekend!
Today was good - got lots done around the house. DH got more work done on the garage roof

Prayers ascending!

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HI FOLKS ~ We have been having lovely weather here lately; and warm with a nice breeze. Seems like summer just arrived for almost the whole week. So DH wanted to go out to our lot to take some measurements of the window that needs replacing. While I did a few things inside the camper, DH cut a bit of grass, but by that time it was getting fairly hot, and he just ended up tiring himself out, which wasn't a very good idea.

After that, we came on home for dinner: I had just plain meat patties (no bun) with some beans, sliced tomato, and salad. I made DH a cheeseburger; plus he had some real fries with gravy that we picked up for him on the way home. He likes the fries, but I just have something a little healthier for me. It's funny, I used to really like fries & gravy, but lately I have noticed that I have lost my taste for them; but hey, I'm not complaining ... I'm thrilled about it. I would much rather have a nice, small baked or boiled new potato with skins on, or homemade homefries instead.

Yesterday, I made a crockpot of homemade pasta sauce with tomatoes and veggies like mushrooms, carrots, onions, celery, and zucchini for a nice variety; then added in some mini-meatballs and we had this on some special high-fiber & protein spagetti. I had enuff leftover to make three lunches too.

So the last few days, I have been able to keep on plan very well; and with the added stressors we have had, I think that is superb ... credit moi! I also got a bit of walking in yesterday and today, and washed the floor in the camper which is good exercise too, so kudos 2 me for that too. I have a new appreciation for housechores these days ...

Lots of folks were out at their cottages and camps enjoying the great weather for this last long weekend of the summer/fall. Some kids started back to school last week (the French school, I think). We have one Public English Pre-K to grade 12 and one French Pre-K to grace 12, plus one other English Catholic School here. I know the French kiddies in our neighbourhood did start early for sure this year.

I hope to make some more curtains for our camper this week and for the doorway of our washroom as well -- thought I could do it today, but had to bring it back home for some alterations. I find the little camper quite comfy and handy; I really prefer having my own place finally. In time, we'll get all the cushions and mattresses that we need, do a few small repairs, and spiffy the place up a wee bit to our tastes. I managed to get some nicer pictures in the full sun today, so when I get them downloaded, I'll post one in here for you all to see.

Well, that's all the news for now; hope you all have a lovely long weekend; and a BLESSED SUNDAY tomorrow too! Take good care ... ROSEBUD

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Here are some pics I took yesterday of the outside of the building we are doing. The first pic is the far left, then middle, then far right...couldn't get it all in one picture!

The biggest of the 3 box looking designs in the first picture is a TV screen....huge...the freeway is right next to it. On top of advertising cars of course, the owner plans to share messages of outreach programs for youth she is involved with....what else I don't know

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Old 09-06-2009, 08:03 PM   #23  
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HI GALS ~

Angie is off getting her hair done...something about frizzes and the humidity..

Getting ready to watch some NASCAR and some baseball tonight. I am sure Angie will find a movie upstairs to watch She is getting much better at knitting! Yesterday she watched the USC game with me....her goal was to make a scarf that said could be done in 3 hours...just about the same time of the game....well, she was 11 inches short but she is not as much when she drops a stitch

We are having tri-tip and leftover pasta dishes from last night's dinner. I had leftover pizza...just 2 pieces....so that was good.

Angie and I went out for 3 miles before church this morning. Took off a little after 6:30 and got back in time for a quick shower before 8 o'clock service....it is nice that church is only about a 6 minute from my house

Church was exciting today Even though the gym and new meeting rooms are not completely finished it is safe to walk through. People were really excited. Our principal let me in yesterday and he and I walked it...way cool....I am so happy to see it finally come....I have been "chipping" in to the fund for around 25 years. If anyone wants to see what it looks like and you have facebook you can PM me and I will tell you how find them.

ROSEBUD ~I am glad the weather is nice for you. Angie has been making burgers w/o buns with a little feta cheese melted on top and stir frying some veggies to go along side of it....very tasty. Glad dh is doing better and the camper is becoming home

SCOOTER ~ Did you get that cougar back in it's cage? Yep...but I have dropped the ball on volunteer work at church in the last few years. With all the out of town work it has been difficult to get there on Saturdays when that is the day I need to take care of "stuff"....Angie and I were so involved for so long a little burn-out set in. We were real busy with the fundraising and awareness of the new building but our work is done on that now. Balance...I have been thinking of getting back into the "boards" but with, again, all the out of town and not even coming home for weeks at a time, well....it can be difficult. Enjoying your rest this week-end? Me too!

RONNI ~ Awesome on the button design! You should be very proud Glad the sales were good. How was football? Continued prayers for your dad

TRISH ~ How is your week-end going?

KAREN ~ That can be very hard on the kids. Life is tough for a lot of folks these days as you know. The kids that moved back here from where you were are still struggling. Both boys have jobs but it just isn't enough....especially for the one with 3 kids! Prayers and hugs

SUGA ~ KATHY ~ BARGOO ~ COURTNEY ~ KELLI ~ WILMA ~ BOOTSIE ~ AND ALL...have a great Labor Day
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Rosebud - sounds like you are doing well. I hope you got the curtains made.

Gary - thanks for the pics - WOW looks like an incredible project. I can't believe that anyone is building a structure that big in this economy right now. CA is a lot like MI, and you guys are facing a lot of challenges. Sounds like the owner is following the Spirit - so hopefully everything will work out for her!

Hi all - hope you had a blessed Sunday! A glorious day here - good balance too

Church went well, and my media presentations fit perfectly

I got enough food made for the week (another crazy work week ahead) so that we won't be tempted to go "off plan".

We had a lovely fire outside tonight - we need to savor these warm evenings - there probably aren't a lot of them left

Prayers continuing for all!

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SCOOTER ~

It is quite a project in this economy since it is a car dealership and cars aren't selling. It has been in the works for some time though. We started it almost 2 years ago when things were still going good here. We have been stopped on 4 other dealerships.

There will be more here than cars, there is a restaurant, florist and shops, video game area and video golf for the kids...and dads! There will be an awesome patio on top where she hopes to have concerts...Christian I'll bet.

Need to send the dogs in on Angie for our trip to the beach...

Prayers ~ Gary
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Counting Down recommended I check out this forum. To make it easy, I just copied and pasted my intro.

My name is Karyn, and my life has been one long diet with no results. In 2005 I reached my peak at 316. I then lost some and managed to stabilize at 290. Well, last September, I learned my husband was having an affair. Amazing weight loss device! After a year of trials and tribulations and a current two month separation, I am down to 239. (Had actually gotten to 230 but been having some issues ) Anyway, after losing some of the weight, I realized how GREAT I felt. Then I got to buy new clothes out of the regular size sections!!! That was more fun than seeing the pounds lost.

Well, now I am ready to lose even more. I've been off the diet for a month and a half now but want to hit it and hit it hard. I've got two wonderful daughters (ages 18 and 10) that are very supportive but I want to hear from some grownups. Additionally, although I have attended church off and on throughout my life, I have only recently come to have a relationship with the Lord. I would appreciate any support in any area you guys can provide.

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Karyn ~ This is a great group. I am sure you will enjoy being here. Sorry about the problems you've had. DH DD went through that a few years ago with her ex. God has blessed her with a precious man who loves her and her children. It is great you have a relationship with the Lord as that is what gets us through the tough times. Looking forward to getting to know you.

Gary ~ Thanks for sharing the pics. What an awesome Christian project. So glad you are feeling so much better. It is great Angie is learning to knit. I tried to learn to knit years ago, but my stitch was always too tight. I finally had to give it up.

Rosebud ~ Sounds like you are having a busy weekend. Just think of all that exercise you got cleaning.

Laurie ~ Smart getting the foods prepared ahead of time so you can stay OP. Hope your week goes well.

Ronnie ~ Congrats on the button design. I know you're proud.

Bootsie, Kellie and Everyone else ~

We went to a neighborhood get together Saturday night for a little while and really enjoyed it. It was nice meeting the couple up the street we hadn't met and also DH met the ladies and the hubby of one he had not met. We have another new couple that moved in Thursday, but they didn't get to come so hopefully they will be able to meet with us at our next gatheing. I've never lived in a neighborhood where everyone gets to know each other so it is really nice. Didn't make it to church. DH is having some problems and didn't feel like going. He's been having tests run and has an ultrasound Thursday to check gall bladder. I decided to go off regular coffee and try cutting carbs back to almost none and boy did I have headache. If that is anything like a migrane, I sure don't want one. Today was better for me, but DH is still not feeling really well.

Hope everyone has a good Labor Day weekend.

Blessings and prayers coming your way.
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Hi GALS ~

Angie and I had a nice easy day. We were going to go to the beach for our 3 mile walk and have breakfast at a cafe we go to....but....we decided to take another route. It is one we usually can't do, and have breakfast, because the deli doesn't open until 8am on the week-ends. Angie usually has bell choir practice at church so we can't eat and get back in time without a rush. Since it was Monday and nothing going on because of the holiday here (in the USA) Labor Day, we decided to do it. We had a nice walk and had great breakfast sandwiches. Of course we weren't thinking and the deli opened up at 7am because it wasn't the week-end...ha....oh well, it gave us time to relax and read the paper and do the computer stuff.

I have spent most of the day reading a book by Lee Strobel, A Case For Christ, and loading music into the computer and onto my i-pod shuffle...thank you Angie for teaching me!!

Angie made a "yarn" run....she was on the computer this morning and I saw some pictures of yarn...asked her..."Babe, are you on yarn porn?"....she said she is getting addicted! She took off for Michaels after we got back from our walk.

Having salmon on the BBQ tonight.

TRISH ~ I strongly suggest weaning yourself off the caffeine. Maybe 1/2 to 1/2 regular and decaf then 1/4 and 3/4 for awhile. Just a thought, it worked for me when I went 1/2 to 1/2.

KARYN ~Welcome, and we are here to support.

Well GALS I will check in later...anyone seen AGS around? I hope she is OK.
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Karyn - glad you came over here - these folk are just awesome!

Trish - sometimes it helps to wean off that caffeine. Try mixing regular and decaf, and continually decreasing the regular coffee. It really does help. Caffeine withdrawal is serious stuff and you need to make the transition safely.

Gary - your post made me laugh. I bought a TON of yarn on ebay a few years ago, when I was felting like a crazy woman. Of course, my passion for felting ended before I could use all the yarn I bought.

I actually dragged it all out this weekend and printed out a few sweater patterns. I was appalled by the prices of some relatively simple sweaters when I went shopping this weekend. So, I'm back at it - knitting needles in hand. I'm about 1/4 of the way through my first sweater.

I forgot how much knitting relaxes me - it has been good to have needles in my hands again

Have a great week all!

And - yeah - we are missing a bunch of folk around here - hope it is just the holiday and nothing serious???
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Hi all!!!

Wow there are so many things I wanted to say! This thread really gets away from me there are so many friends here.

So I will try to think back on the things I really wanted to say when I saw the posts.

Laurie, your hair is really lovely and very sophisticated. Just right for a teacher of teachers!

Karen, Your son is moving to Colorado? What area? I live in northern Colorado, between Longmont and Loveland.

Gary, beautiful painting and the building is gorgeous, wow praise God He is blessing that Christian business. I bet that feels nice using your craft for family!

Rosebud, can't wait to see more pics of your new home away from home! It sounds so nice and peaceful.

Karyn! So glad you found us, and I know it wasn't by accident. This thread has been going for years! It is such a nice place to meet nice people who care and pray for you! They are a neat bunch. I am sorry you have had such a hard time with your STUPID X... Sorry that's not real Christian. any way

Trish! AAAAA (that was me screaming for your screaming headache!!) How did you do that! When I stopped drinking coffee, (Started back again tho) I cut down to half and half decaf and regular. Seriously girl you are Tuff!

That's so nice to meet friends in your neighborhood, I was planning on planning a block party this summer as we just moved in last September, but I never got around to it.

Ronnie, Wow that is so cool about your son winning that contest! tell him for me!

Hey everybody Bootsie got rain! :c arrot:

Well, I hope I got everyone... If not, I'm sorry and I love ya!

I have been doing well, but I have been having some food issues as of late, but God is sooo Good! You know for a long time It was so easy to resist the temptation to overeat, but then the last few days I have been having a bit of a struggle. I overate a few times and started getting scared I had "lost it".

I was eating an ice cream and started to get satisfied, but I just DID NOT WANT TO STOP! I wanted my ice cream. It's like I "forgot" to use the principles God had taught me. I stopped asking God for help, and to tell you the truth I didn't want help.

So while I was eating, I just started to pray that God would help me ask for help... I told Him, I don't want help! Lord, did you see that the Ice cream? It has chocolate and little bits of heath bar!!! As I continued to pray, I suddenly realized I didn't want to eat one more bite... I started praising and thanking him because I didn't even want the rest of the ice cream, not even one bit!!! I threw it away!!! It was the easiest thing in the world to do. No will power, no nothing, I just had to break that emotional barrier of "I WANT"

HE IS SO WONDERFUL!

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