What’s Been Happening with the Wandering Workentins?

Hi there…guess I have been AWOL for a little while.

One day we had to go to Walmart and this guy was parked next to us 🙂

Guess we must be in the country!!!

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Our cousin Monica & her family are in the process of adopting a new little one into their family and so I told her I wanted to make blankets for any new little ones added to their family since her momma is no longer here on earth and able to do that.  This one is for Hiro (pronounced Hero)…can’t wait to meet the little guy and see him with his new blanket.  It is going to be sent out on Tuesday next week 🙂

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One morning shortly after Ron left for work and I was sitting on the couch having my quiet time, the sun started to peak up above Amazon so I snapped a picture through the window/screen.  The picture doesn’t do it justice and next time I will venture out of the rig to take the picture 🙂

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And our dinner one evening: soft tacos w/Tilapia and cheese and orzo with red, green, yellow bell peppers.  These are Ron’s 🙂

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And these are mine.  I use the small tortillas, Ron likes the burrito size ones.

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And this is Malachi modeling one of the headbands I have recently made.  Hard to tell but the color is purple not the blue it looks like in the picture.

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And looking at the camera.

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Thanks Malachi for being such a good sport 🙂

And we spent a few hours in the tornado shelter on Sunday night and on Monday too.  Ron was under lock down at Amazon during Monday’s storms.   He said the hardest thing was knowing I was away from him…I said God was good as I chatted with friends on Facebook, many people were praying for me and others in the middle of the storms.

Monday evening we spent

and all those affected by the tornadoes that touched down.

So many lives were lost and family’s homes destroyed…makes me realize that my problems are not as bad as I thought.

Please keep praying for all the family’s, first responder’s and all those who are in Oklahoma helping those who are in need.

Monday Mumblings

Good morning, wait it is after 2 p.m. so I should say
 
 Can’t believe it is Monday already, really our Thursday as tomorrow is  Ron’s Friday.  The week goes fast when you work different shifts from others and only work four days instead of five in a row.
Only a tad bit confusing I know.  
This morning kind of got off to a rough start as I woke pretty shaken from a horrible nightmare, did call it a dream but in reality it was a nightmare.  I shared it with my bestie and this is what she wrote back –
Sounds to me like you are feeling something in your live is out of control and you have no power to stop it and you feel like you are not getting support from the people around you.  I will pray for clarity in figuring out what triggered this.  Know that God has you in the palm of His hand!  Whatever it is, He’s got it. “
   and I think there is lots of truth in what insight she had.  Not the time to share the nightmare but would ask that you do keep us in your prayers as God is cracking open some doors that could be life changing for us.  Enough said.
So I went for my walk ~ one mile in 15 minutes; Saturday will increase to 1 1/2 miles, ate some cottage cheese and fruit for breakfast and then opened my devotional and Bible ~ never a bad thing to do when feeling a bit shaken.  God is so good and meets me right where I am; He never fails me.
Psalm 1:2-3
 
My strength comes from God’s Word ~ like water to a tree;
My stability comes from God’s Word ~ like good soil to a tree.
When I put my roots (my mind, heart, body and soul) into God’s Word ~
I am able to be the strong and stable person God wants me to be and know I can be.
Luke 5:17-26
 
Jesus Forgives and Heals
Sometimes I find myself doing the same thing over and over and not getting the results I want or need.  Sometimes I need to step back and think about is there another way to get the results I want/need?  
For example knowing what I eat and when I eat.  I know I can say “I had “such and such” leaving out the “bad things” who will really know.  BUT if I write down/log on myfitnesspal.com I cannot hide from all the things I have eaten in a given period of time and see what needs to be changed.
As Tom used to say “Awareness + Contact = Change”
and you know what, it is working.  One of my goals this past week was to quit eating when I go to bed at night, Ron hates crumbs in the bed anyway :).  Last night I went to bed and read for awhile and I really wanted a fig newton, but hey I was in bed already.  I could have asked Ron to bring me one, I know he would because he loves me like that.  Wait, told myself and my accountability group “NO MORE EATING IN BED!”  So I got up, walked out to the kitchen, got two of the fig newtons (105 calories) and sat down and watched a comedy show that Ron was watching for about 15 minutes while I enjoyed my two cookies.  Did it put me over my calorie limit ~ yep but as I am learning, one step at a time – this time was not eating in bed!!!  And I only ate two cookies where in the past I would have had four or even six!!  One step at a time.  Acknowledge the good choices – two was much better than six!!
Proverbs 13:16
Learning, knowing, following, making healthy choices will lead to a healthy mind, heart and soul.
If I ignore what I know about making healthy choices I will continue to get FAT! is that what I want? NO!!!!  Again, Tom’s formula comes to mind: “Awareness + Contact = Change”
Proverbs 13:20
As one of my health coaches, Monica has told me “post good things, healthy things on Facebook and make healthy things to eat will make my mind desire those healthy foods!  Posting cookies and pretty sweet desserts just leads me to wanting those sweet sugary desserts which will not help me get to my desire of a healthy heart, body, mind and soul.
 I found this picture ~ it is a tool to help me remember I don’t want to choose that today!!
Proverbs 13:25  
“The righteous eat to their hearts’ content,
    but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry.”
Feed my body healthy foods, drinking lots of water, making healthy choices,
THEN the cravings for those high calorie sweets will disappear :)!!!
WOW is all I can say.  God is so GOOD to meet me right where I am!!
Reinforcing the things I am learning from others, finding new ways to get eat healthier and making good positive choices for a healthier me ~ from the tips of my toes to the top of my head, indwelling in my heart and giving me new excitement for life!!!
How about you ~ what or who encourages you?
Is there something I can encourage you in today?  Leave me a comment if there is.  I would love to lift you up in prayer, that’s the least a friend can do!!
One more thing, 
if you would say a prayer for this family as they struggle with some major health issues of their precious baby who is due to be born in three short months.
Thanks.

Getting Healthy One Meal at a Time

Many of you know that I have been a diabetic for almost 20 years and for the past few years have dinked around with trying to lose weight.  I say “dinked” because I would start a diet, start to exercise, start to drink more water, lose a few pounds, was at my highest weight in Summer of 2011 and so started to take things a little more serious.

Yes, I know I am a slower learner 🙂

I lost 26 lbs 🙂 but slowly began gaining the weight back, gained 10 of those pounds back.

Earlier this year as I started having problems with my blood sugars, stressing over how I as going to get my medications.  Two of my medications cost over $1200 every three months and the rest of them are about $75 a month.

If I can get my eating under control, exercise every day like I know I should, I know I can cut down if not eliminate some of the diabetes medications I take thus saving us money.

So once again I decided to get back on the bandwagon of getting healthy.

First I got myself an accountability friend.  Many of you know her as my bestie.  I started out writing down everything I eat.  I use My Fitness Pal to record everything I eat.  I mean everything, even all the candy I ate last week when I was having a very hard day.  By putting in my height, current weight and my goal the program helps me figure out how many calories a day I can have each day.  I log all the food I eat, the water I drink and any exercise I do.  I have a little ticker that lets me know how much weight I have lost and my overall goal.

And another great friend got me this great workbook:

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I am now on Day 15…because of the rough couple of days I had last week I repeated a couple of days.

It is not a magic book but a tool, one of many that I am using.

Another tool I am using is a Facebook group I started called “Getting Healthy One Day at a Time.”  And believe me, it is one day at a time, some days it’s half a day at a time and sometimes for me it is get through this hour at a time.  We are a group of ladies who are trying to get healthy, being accountable to each other, encouraging each other when we slip that we can do this and cheering each other when we reach a new goal!!  We are a closed group and after a couple of glitches we are going strong.

Another tool that a friend is helping me with is using protein shakes as a meal replacement.  It is full of nutrients and tastes yummy.  Actually I have used Beachbody Shakeology and Body By Vi protein shakes before and if you want more info on either of them I would be happy to connect you to two great health coaches.  Or you can buy this

Wheyor something similar.  Use it as a meal replacement for one or two meals a day.  I am doing one shake a day.  I do it for my breakfast and it keeps me full for a good three to four hours.  I have been encouraged to eat three to six small meals a day and so far it is working for me.

And I have set small goals for myself.

Yesterday my goal was to walk for 5 minutes around the park.  Ron and I measured the distance of the roads inside the park and the perimeter distance.  One lane is 1/4 a mile so the shortest distance I would walk is half a mile because if I go down one lane I have to come back to the rig up the other lane 🙂  Yesterday I felt so good I decided to do the perimeter and walked a mile in 13 minutes ~ yeah me 🙂  Got back to the rig and realized I had forgotten to take a letter to the mail box, umm Ron had the Jeep at work, guess what?  I walked another mile.  Our rig is parked as far from the mailbox as possible here in our campground.  So back out I went and did a second mile.  I felt good.  I slept well last night.

One thing about my walking…I would say I was going to walk but then would get busy doing other stuff and never get out for my walk, well night before last as I had trouble going to sleep I was talking to God about my NOT walking.  He said, umm, do it as soon as you get up…don’t get “BUSY” doing other stuff, just do it!!! Right away in the morning and that is how I did my first walk yesterday.  This morning I had Malachi come over for about 6 hours and so I told him after breakfast and the sun came out we were going for a walk.  He asked me where?  I said, you will see.  So about 10 a.m. we got our shoes and socks on and went for our walk.  He would run ahead of me, walk with me, lag behind me but he talked to me the whole time and we had a great walk.  Came back and sprayed the weeds around the patio area of our campsite…yes, I even did a little yard work…..what is getting into me?

Another thing I am doing is cooking at home.  In fact, we have not gone out to eat except twice since we have been here in Liberty/Coffeyville, KS – once when we were on a six hour drive that we took to Oklahoma to see some sights and one day when we had gone into town and it took longer than expected and my blood sugar started dropping so we pulled into Sonics.  Even that day I made a pretty good choice compared to what I used to eat: a grilled chicken wrap, half an order of tots and NO soda pop.  And if you have known me for any length of time you know how I love my soda pop.  I could check my food journal but I think I have had 5 soda’s in the last 20 days ~ yeah for me 🙂

For dinner last night I made mini pizzas w/pepper jack cheese for Ron and mozzarella cheese for me, pepperoni, red/white onions, red, green, yellow & orange peppers, mushrooms and FAKE shredded cheese for the topping – not because I intended to use FAKE cheese but because I saw it was $4.99 for 2 lbs and I thought what a great deal 🙂 🙂 🙂 next time I will read the label that is for sure.  You know that stuff does not melt.  Ron and I usually split a medium pizza – last night I ate one mini pizza!!  yeah me 🙂

And a fresh fruit salad with apples, bananas, peaches, strawberries and oranges and I did not put any Cool Whip on it!!!

And I added a green salad with mushrooms, onions, carrots, peppers and lite Italian dressing.  Yeah for me 🙂 I did not eat the fattening blue cheese dressing that is my Favorite!!!

Here is a peak at our dinner last night.  Hope you enjoy looking at it as much as we enjoyed eating it.

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Ingredients for the pizza.

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All put together  except for the shredded cheese.

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And before it went into the oven.

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Looking good in there baking.  This is when I noticed the cheese wasn’t melting so pulled it back out of the fridge to see what it was ~ it was FAKE!!!!

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The fruit salad!

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And Ron patiently waiting for me to present him with his dinner.

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And voila ~ dinner: healthy, colorful and tasty.

I forgot to get a picture of my green salad.  Ron had two mini pizza’s and fruit salad.  I had one mini pizza, fruit salad and a green salad.    And it was ALL good.

So be prepared to see what’s cooking in the Wander Lodge in the days to come!!!

Eating Good for Us Food!

Many of you know that I have been a diabetic for almost 20 years and for the past few years have dinked around with trying to lose weight.  I say “dinked” because I would start a diet, start to exercise, start to drink more water, lose a few pounds, was at my highest weight in Summer of 2011 and so started to take things a little more serious.
Yes, I know I am a slower learner 🙂
I lost 26 lbs 🙂 but slowly began gaining the weight back, gained 10 of those pounds back.
Earlier this year as I started having problems with my blood sugars, stressing over how I am going to get my medications.  Two of my medications costs over $1200 every three months and the rest of them are about $75 a month.
If I can get my eating under control, exercise every day like I know I should I know I can cut down if not eliminate some of the diabetes medications I take thus saving us money.
So once again I decided to get back on the bandwagon of getting healthy.
First I got myself an accountability friend.  Many of you know her as my bestie.  I started out writing down everything I eat.  I use My Fitness Pal to record everything I eat.  I mean everything, even all the candy I ate last week when I was having a very hard day.  By putting in my height, current weight and my goal the program helps me figure out how many calories a day I can have each day.  I log all the food I eat, the water I drink and any exercise I do.  I have a little ticker that lets me know how much weight I have lost and my overall goal.
And another great friend got me this great workbook:
Becks
I am now on Day 15…because of the rough couple of days I had last week I repeated a couple of days.
It is not a magic book but a tool, one of many that I am using.
Another tool I am using is a Facebook group I started called “Getting Healthy One Day at a Time.”  And believe me, it is one day at a time, some days it’s half a day at a time and sometimes for me it is get through this hour at a time.  We are a group of ladies who are trying to get healthy, being accountable to each other, encouraging each other when we slip that we can do this and cheering each other when we reach a new goal!!  We are a closed group and after a couple of glitches we are going strong.
Another tool that a friend is helping me with is using protein shakes as a meal replacement.  It is full of nutrients and tastes yummy.  Actually I have used Beachbody Shakeology and Body By Vi protein shakes before and if you are interested in either of them I would be happy to connect you to two great health coaches.  Or you can buy this
Whey or something similar.  Use it as a meal replacement for one or two meals a day.  I am doing one shake a day.  I do it for my breakfast and it keeps me full for a good three to four hours.  I have been encouraged to eat three to six small meals a day and so far it is working for me.
And I have set small goals for myself.
Yesterday my goal was to walk for 5 minutes around the park.  Ron and I measured the distance of the roads inside the park and the perimeter distance.  One lane is 1/4 a mile so the shortest distance I would walk is half a mile because if I go down one lane I have to come back to the rig up the other lane 🙂  Yesterday I felt so good I decided to do the perimeter and walked a mile in 13 minutes ~ yeah me 🙂  Got back to the rig and realized I had forgotten to take a letter to the mail box, umm Ron had the Jeep at work, guess what I walked another mile.  Our rig is parked as far from the mailbox as possible here in our campground.  So back out I went and did a second mile.  I felt good.  I slept well last night.
One thing about my walking…I would say I was going to walk but then would get busy doing other stuff and never get out for my walk, well night before last as I had trouble going to sleep I was talking to God about my NOT walking.  He said, umm, do it as soon as you get up…don’t get “BUSY” doing other stuff, just do it!!! Right away in the morning and that is how I did my first walk yesterday.  
This morning I had Malachi come over for about 6 hours and so I told him after breakfast and the sun came out we were going for a walk.  He asked me where?  I said, you will see.  So about 10 a.m. we got our shoes and socks on and went for our walk.  He would run ahead of me, walk with me, lag behind me but he talked to me the whole time and we had a great walk.  Came back and sprayed the weeds around the patio area of our campsite…yes, I even did a little yard work…..what is getting into me?
Another thing I am doing is cooking at home.  In fact, we have not gone out to eat except twice since we have been here in Liberty/Coffeyville, KS – once when we were on a six hour drive that we took to Oklahoma to see some sights and one day when we had gone into town and it took longer than expected and my blood sugar started dropping so we pulled into Sonics.  Even that day I made a pretty good choice compared to what I used to eat: a grilled chicken wrap, half an order of tots and NO soda pop.  And if you have known me for any length of time you know how I love my soda pop.  I could check my food journal but I think I have had 5 soda’s in the last 20 days ~ yeah for me 🙂
For dinner last night I made mini pizzas w/pepper jack cheese for Ron and mozzarella cheese for me, pepperoni, red/white onions, red, green, yellow & orange peppers, mushrooms and FAKE shredded cheese for the topping – not because I intended to use FAKE cheese but because I saw it was $4.99 for 2 lbs and I thought what a great deal 🙂 🙂 🙂 next time I will read the label that is for sure.  You know that stuff does not melt.  Ron and I usually split a medium pizza – last night I ate one mini pizza!!  yeah me 🙂
And a fresh fruit salad with apples, bananas, peaches, strawberries and oranges and I did not put any Cool Whip on it!!!
And I added a green salad with mushrooms, onions, carrots, peppers and lite Italian dressing.  Yeah for me 🙂 I did not eat the fattening blue cheese dressing that is my Favorite!!!
Here is a peak at our dinner last night.  Hope you enjoy looking at it as much as we enjoyed eating it.
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Ingredients for the pizza.
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All put together  except for the shredded cheese.
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And before it went into the oven.
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Looking good in there baking.  This is when I noticed the cheese wasn’t melting so pulled it back out of the fridge to see what it was ~ it was FAKE!!!!
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The fruit salad!
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And Ron patiently waiting for me to present him with his dinner.

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And voila ~ dinner: healthy, colorful and tasty.
I forgot to get a picture of my green salad.  Ron had two mini pizza’s and fruit salad.  I had one mini pizza, fruit salad and a green salad.    And it was ALL good.
So be prepared to see what’s cooking in the Wander Lodge in the days to come!!!
Oh and I am down 4 lbs in 20 days!!!

Cleaning up the Mess

Do you remember this

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from our drive from Joplin, MO to Coffeyville, KS?

(if not you can read about it here)

Well one day last week we decided it was time to check those totes that had taken their own little adventure

and this is what we found:

This is Tote #1.  The lid came off and is now cracked and broken.

Also the lower right corner has a big chunk missing from the tote 😦

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A close up of the corner 😦

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Take the lid off, another tote inside

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It has a big piece missing from its right corner 😦

It was full of Fall decorations but nothing was found broken or missing 🙂

We transferred the contents to another tote 🙂

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And labeled it correctly 🙂

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Then on to Tote #2

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Tote #2 still had the zip ties on 2 of the 4 corners.

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And this is what we found minus the stuffed bear and musical dog that we picked up off the road and had been drying up by the dog house for the past week.  You will be  happy to know the musical dog still works 🙂

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This is the angel that broke.  It was special to us as Judy, Ron’s sister, had given it to us our very first Christmas in the motor home, 2006.  In the front it had the nativity scene with an ever-changing LED light behind it.  It was pretty and we enjoyed watching it change colors and brought peacefulness to the rig in the early evening hours after a busy day at work.

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One of the wings that broke off.  We were missing a few pieces so we could not glue it back together so we said good-bye.  We will keep our eyes open to see if we can find something similar down the road.

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If you know us at all, you know Christmas is one of our favorite holidays and we love to decorate.  When we first moved into our motor home we put 19 totes of Christmas decorations in our storage unit.  Over the past six years we have taken a couple of totes out to change-up the decorations of the motor home and now carry two totes of Christmas decorations along with a tote full, really full of Christmas lights that we decorate with wherever we are at Christmas.  We have also passed a few things onto our boys and their families and we plan on doing that some more when we are back in Whatcom County next January to March (2014) and yes, we are already planning our vacation for next year.

Do you like to decorate for Christmas?

How about for other holidays?

How many boxes or totes do you have stashed away that you bring out each holiday season.

And in case you are wondering we do have an Americana tote that comes out this next week where we will decorate with Red, White & Blue for the season of Memorial Day thru Labor Day!!

And the tote full of Fall decorations and a tote with Valentines Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter decorations!!

Friday Fumblings

 
Today is probably your Friday
but for us it is our 
 
as Ron goes back to work tomorrow – confusing for sure 🙂
Thursday was a difficult day for me in the area of eating – I did well in the morning but the afternoon and evening were a downhill slide but as my friend reminds me often
Tomorrow is a new day!!
Today is that new day!!
It has been a good day.  
Had a great time with the Lord.
Proverbs 12:11
 
And I took that to mean IF I plan and stay focused on making healthy choices the outcome will be good.  BUT if I do whatever, I will stay the same and in this case that would be overweight and unhealthy.
Commitment is required to Accomplish my goal!!
And then I read in my devotion:
God’s economy is germination, then cultivation, then the harvest.
Translated:  Plan healthy eating and activities then eat those healthy meals and get moving ~ physically  THEN I will see the outcome of a healthy mind, body and spirit.
And then Matthew 21:20-22

The Lesson of the Withered Fig Tree

And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?”
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
Wow!!  I have forgotten the most important person in this journey to get healthy: JESUS!  
To actively seek and include Jesus in this daily walk.
Just as they say in AA/OA:  I am an over eater and I can’t do this journey alone.  
I need to and must include Him!!!!
Proverbs 10:4 

 
IF I don’t stay focused I will fail.  By staying focused I will see results.
Proverbs 10:17 

 
Keep learning & working towards the goal and the rewards will come.
IF I ignore what is right I will make wrong choices.
Proverbs 10:25
 
When things (life) gets crazy and I lose sight of the prize I lose.  
BUT if in the chaos of life I use the tools and knowledge that I have,
everything in the long run will have a positive outcome. 

Proverbs 10:29
 
Following Jesus is what gives me strength.
When I take my eyes and focus off of Him everything falls apart.
WOW, Wow is all I can say.
Thank you Lord for just saying it like it is and in a way I understand.
I need to stop running and searching for quick answers and others to do the work for me.
I need to slow down, do what I know, one step at a time.
Do you always hear when God talks to you?
How does He speak to you?
And more importantly do you listen?
Thank you Lord for never giving up on me and making every day a new day!!!


















 

It’s Wednesday

 
Thought I should pop in and say hi!
HI!!
Today has probably been one of the most laziest days I have had in who knows how long.
Slept in till 9 a.m.  
Hubby got up at 10 a.m.
Hubby made lunch at 12:30 p.m
It is now 5:30 p.m. and I should think about something for dinner.
I would love to go out to eat but that would necessitate taking a shower, 
getting dressed and driving somewhere.
And here I sit in the corner of my couch,
playing on the computer,
reading Facebook,
talking my sweet hubby,
watching the verdict come down in the Jodi Arias trial,
thinking back to when I was on a jury in 1992
and how stressed and exhausting the day was after our verdict was read in court,
checking emails,
talking to a friend in Branson,
asking God for guidance about a possible decision regarding work for us,
enjoying the quiet of the day except for when we heard a truck tire blow on the freeway behind us,
talking to my sweet hubby,
writing a few emails,
reading Facebook
etc., etc., etc.
How has your day been?

Oh the Little Things that Bring Us Joy

First off, I have to start with a special blessing we had today.

I got to Skype with this sweet momma and babyImage

And these two pumpkins

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And then once Grandpa got home he got to Skype with them too!!!

We heard about Christopher saving up his money to buy a special sprinkler ~ it has like 10 points that shoot water all over and because it is so warm there in Clackamas today (85′) and now that all the boys are awake from their naps they get to go play in the sprinkler…guess Grammy & Grandpa will have to wait for another day to see those sweet boys again.  We are always thankful for our blessings.

Last week on Ron’s three days off we ~ can you guess ??? that’s right

Went for a Drive.  This time to Oklahoma.

It was a 6 hour drive but we were probably at most 75 miles from our home on wheels.

I took over 70 pictures, but fortunately for y’all I put them into collages 🙂

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We started out going to Oklahoma to get gas.  It is 20 cents a gallon cheaper 🙂  This is a little town we came upon.  The sign in the second picture down on the left side represents their school mascot and then we saw this cool grocery store. And a sweet little home.  As you can see the sky was filled with lots of blue and white puffy clouds.

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We like to go to old cemeteries and we saw this sign for “Relocated Cemeteries” so we wandered through.  One of the oldest markers was from the mid 1800’s.  Lots of babies 😦 and one of a mom and her four little ones lost over a period of 5 years.  The one in the 2nd picture down on the right side was in a family plot and this was for a newborn, I think he lived 3 days.  The 3rd one down on the right was quite interesting.  It had the marker then next to it was the round stone that had etchings of farm life, trees, a spring and field of grain.

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As we continued we came into the town where Will Rogers was born.  The 2nd picture down on the right is there town square and this is in the center where all four roads meet.  Loved the simplicity of the Methodist church and the street sign.

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On the main thorough fare is a replica of Will Roger’s home, a sign welcoming people to the town and the story of Will’s life and career.  The red barn and white face cow are behind the replica of the home. And see we were really there!

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As we continued on our drive we saw this roadside sign of one of the many battles in the area.  Ron had to show me the Jeep in the center picture – he wants to do that to our Jeep ~ ummm…don’t think so I already have a hard enough time getting into the Jeep 🙂  Along with more pictures of the surrounding area.

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I love hominy and there was a sign to Hominy, OK so I said “Let’s Go”  We found this little meat market and so went inside.  Ron has been looking for Head Cheese since we left Branson, but alas we still have not found any.  We did pick up some nice looking bacon (and we had some the other day and it was quite tasty) along with a nice rump roast.

Which is what I made for dinner tonight (Monday, 5/6).  It was very tasty and we have plenty left for two or three more meals.

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Another road sign of another battle.  And do you see the clouds forming there.  We decided we had better head for home.

After being home about 45 minutes the skies got dark, the thunder started rolling and the next day we had SNOW, yes snow in May in Kansas!!!  We couldn’t believe it.  I tried to take pictures through the window of the rig but as you can see they aren’t very clear through the screens.  I opened the door at one point to take a picture but the snow is not really showing up.

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I had a friend who posted this picture on my Facebook page and said if I saw her I had better run for cover…let’s hope I never see her 🙂  Because we all now about that nasty tornado that came through Kansas after she was seen.

witch riding her bike

Hope you enjoyed our little trip.

Monday’s Meanderings

 
A New Day!  Where will it lead me?
Had a rough start to my morning as it actually began right at midnight when I woke very confused and unable to see clearly.  Stumbled my way to the bathroom, yelled out for hubby that I needed help.  Tested my Blood Sugar (BS), yes I am a diabetic and have been since 1995, and usually don’t have the problems I have been since arriving here in Liberty, KS.  BS was 44  !! Way, way too low.  Should be in the 75-90 range.  Hubby got me a can of pineapple juice (we keep them on hand just for these occasions) and 3 miniature peanut butter cups (pbcups) (doctor told us to always keep some on hand for such an emergency as the peanut butter is protein and chocolate is sugar and they melt under your tongue when you are in no shape to eat them).  Hubby helped me to get the can to my lips and broke up the pbcups and put them under my tongue.  15 minutes later checked my BS again, only up to 50…3 more pbcups and another 15 minutes and it was up to 88…whew…what a way to start a day.
I called the doctor this morning, spoke with the nurse.  She is going to talk to the doctor and one of them will call me back with what I need to do.  We know what the problem is — with hubby’s new schedule (Sat. to Tues.) we are up at 5, eat about 5:30, hubby goes to work around 6:10, I eat a morning snack, lunch (today was my Beachbody Strawberry Protein Shake = Yummy!) maybe have something in the afternoon and then have dinner with hubby between 5:30 and 6, go to bed between 8:30 & 9, which is when I take my nighttime meds…all this being between my dinner time medication and night time meds I am getting too much of something and then go quite a bit of time (8 to 10 hours) without eating makes my BS whacky.  Will be glad to talk with them later today.
Started our day by weighing…Ron is down 1.6 lbs in one week and I was down 3.6 lbs for an overall total loss of 19.4 lbs since August 1, 2011.  I am once again really focusing on what we are eating and eating healthier.  I am using many tools: Dr. Becks Solution to Weight Loss Workbook, myfitnesspal.com (you can find me there under ali1357), support from family and friends and participating in closed group on Facebook called Getting Healthy One Day at a Time.
My quiet time was quite interesting this morning and began with John 8:11.
 
 Had a rough weekend with emotions, things being said, hurting someone dear to me, seeking and receiving forgiveness, swallowed my foot up to my knee cap and then read about the adulterous woman and how some wanted to stone her to death.  And Jesus telling those around her go ahead and you that are without sin may cast the first stone.  And no one did, in fact they all slunk away leaving the woman alone with Jesus and he saying to her “Go and sin no more.”   Wow, just what I needed this morning a reminder that yep, I screwed up, learn from this mistake and don’t do it again.
And then I started thinking about my dieting/losing weight/getting healthy ~ have to come up with a good word instead of dieting – that just sounds so defeating, missing out of good things…getting healthy sounds so formal…any ideas or suggestions?
And then I read from my Women of Faith study.  The month of May is on Faith! And this is the scripture being discussed today:
 
And then 
Wow!!!
One of my biggest battles is with Food!!!  I love to eat.  I like a good candy bar: 3 Muskateers or a Butterfinger any day ~ Yummy!!!  Cake, not just any piece of cake but a corner piece with lots of frosting and oh, if there is a rose on top ~ that’s even better.  And its not just sweets, cheesy potato casserole, pasta with alfredo sauce, warm bread with lots of butter right out of the oven ~ yummy, Yummy, YUMMY!!!
BUT I am reminded this is not just my battle.  God is with me and will help me with this battle.  I need to do what I know and need to do: portion control, get some exercise every day, eat healthy: low carbs, cut out all the refined sugar, keep track of what I eat ~ definitely makes it more real to actually see what I have eaten, how many calories, how many grams of sugar ~ way too many, not enough protein, not enough green vegetables…yes those are things I know and things I need and CAN do to get healthy!!!
AND Jesus says for us to share our struggles/battles with those who will pray for and encourage us.  That is what my Getting Healthy group does.  And my bestie and other friends who know I struggle with this issue and that I really need to get this eating thing under control.  AND I am to go to HIM ~ just lay it on the line with Him.  He has broad shoulders and can handle any issue I have.  He always has and will never fail me…he never has yet so why would He start now – he wouldn’t.
And then the devotion ended with a quote from Barbara Johnson  “God has to be the One who brings changes in any of our lives.  Condemnation won’t work, it has to be convicted by God.”   This was part of my struggle this weekend, feeling like me and a friend were being chastised, ridiculed and told we weren’t worth any thing because we “didn’t just pick a plan and stick with it” ~ wait what about Grace?  And then I was reminded by God this morning this is not Ali’s battle this is God’s battle and He can help me get through the rough days when all I want to do is stuff my face and lay in bed and read.  I have to be willing and listen to Him and those who I have asked to be on my accountability team.  I have to do what is right, eat what is healthy, make healthy choices and remember to take one step at a time, one foot in front of the other, remembering I didn’t become 100 lbs overweight overnight and I won’t lose the weight overnight but one day at a time!
And in closing my devotional time I have started a new Bible study called Hello Mornings – you can learn all about the study by clicking the badge on the side of my blog.  It is a study of Meet Jesus, studying the Book of John.  And right there at the beginning it says
 
And ends with 
 
In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God 
and ends with
the Father Full of GRACE and TRUTH.
Thank you Lord for all your reminders this morning.  I am hearing You loud and clear, we all make mistakes and it is what we do with those mistakes, hopefully learning from them and not repeating them.  And that You are all I need in this world, You will help me walk this walk and talk this talk of living for You and when I do mess up, Your GRACE is sufficient for me and the TRUTH will always come out.  Thank you for loving me Lord.  I am glad to be one of your daughters, a daughter of the King.  Amen!!

Stumbling through Saturday

 
 
Saturday Morning and I am barely moving.  I have been pretty quiet the last day and a half or so as I have not been feeling well.  And this morning I feel like I am just stumbling to make my way.  Was up at 5:00, made hubby breakfast of a bagel and banana and then got his lunch together.  Today is his first full day of work, a 10 hour shift at Amazon.  I pray for strength for him as he begins his first long day at Amazon.
As I stumbled through my time with the Lord this morning I am reminded He only asks us for obedience to him, to walk one foot in front of the other, keeping our focus on Him and Him alone.
 
In Joshua 6:16 we are told by Joshua, commanded by God to SHOUT for the Lord as he has given you the city…I find myself asking “Do I SHOUT out my blessings from the Lord?  Do I SHOUT out His wonderful mercies?  Or do I sit and keep them quietly inside only shouting about the hard stuff, the negative stuff or some stupid irritation I feel for someone else?
Lord help me to SHOUT out my blessings ~
   ~ Thank You Lord I was able to get about six hours of sleep last night without the ickyness of acid reflux!
   ~ Thank you Lord for Ron’s job!!!
   ~ Thank you Lord for the days off we had together!!!  For the beautiful scenery of Oklahoma and Kansas that we have seen over the past three days!!!
   ~  Thank you Lord for the nudging on how we can serve others.  I ask Lord that you help us as we get the ball rolling on a specific plan to serve others.
   ~ Lord Thank You for the blessing of getting to know Jesse, Ryan & Malachi and for the opportunity to share You with Malachi and take him to church to learn more about You!!!
Lord I ask that you be with Tina and her parents as her dad was taken to the hospital last night.  Give the doctor’s wisdom in treating his breathlessness.  giver her and her parents peace in this time of uncertainty.
Lord thank you for this new day.  A day to step out and start a fresh with you.  Help me to make healthy choices pertaining to the foods I eat.  Help me to do the things I do today with a cheerful heart.
Thank you for loving me, my family and friends.  Be with family as they are spread far and wide.  Thank you for the fun long conversation with Aunt Erma yesterday morning.  Help me to remember to contact them and not her always having to call me.
Love you Lord!!  So glad I am a part of your family!!!  Amen
Do you SHOUT out about your blessings or do you keep them quiet, hesitant to share?