Sunday, December 28, 2014


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For several years I haven't put up an ornament on the tree that I have treasured for years.  I cannot remember if it was last put up in 2010 or 2011, maybe 2012 but I knew it was in my jewelry box in my bedroom along with a box containing a little bar of Avon soap in a mint holiday green.  Time just flies away so quickly and there are several decorations throughout the house that have a permanent home and often I forget to pull them out but in my mind I know where each are placed.  

It was 1986, the last season I played my French Horn, that I received these treasured gifts.  I've been searching for some things tonight and decided to look in on my horn since it missed the tree once again only to find the bar of soap safely tucked in its box but not my ornament.  I loved playing the French Horn and these items remind of that time and my Aunt Ginny (she gave me that bar of soap that had an etching of a French Horn on it and either she or Mom gave me the irreplaceable Hallmark ornament).  Somewhere, I hope since I last saw it last summer, lays my mouthpiece for the next French Horn I will play.  I have hope that the ornament is just missing and I come across it as I clean and purge my house.  I won't lie, I had a moment of sadness sweep over me when I realized it was missing.

I'll tell you what isn't missing though are my treasures in Heaven.  As much as that horn meant to me, I was reminded that greater things are yet to be.  The holiday season reminds me that my Saviour came so that I could always be His treasure.  Isn't that marvelous?  I am God's treasure and that is incomparable to a missing ornament.  

Jesus loves you too!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November 2014: Attitude of Gratitude #1

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Day 1

Thankful for my Scrapping Buddies, Beth and Gabrielle.

We have such a good time visiting and creating memories while preserving precious memories.

I am thankful that on 11-1-14 I was able to spend time together with them! 

 Friendships are a gift from God.  

Cherish them!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Keeping It Real: 9/16/14 - 9/18/14

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Wow, what a week.  This merry-go-round is on full speed and where has this week gone?  

Lower carbs, exercise, counting, thinking, re-thinking and many choices - that's been my week.

I'd like to say I gave up fast food or that I managed to get my carbs down to an average of 20 per day but that is not the case.

I have managed to make choices that have allowed me to lose 9 pounds and 3/4-in. in my waist since last week.

I have enjoyed water workouts and the treadmill at the gym for most of the last week except Friday and Sunday.

I have eaten what I've wanted but in that respect have read labels all week.  I am not hungry or find myself looking for food out of boredom or downtime.  I haven't learned to not drive-thru or choose the lowest healthy carb assortment for any given day but this is a journey that is my new life.

I will learn one day at a time what will work and what isn't working.  
My lifestyle is changing.   
I am a work in progress.

Tracking It:
Food Diary for 9/16/14

Food Diary for 9/17/14

Food Diary for 9/18/14

It appears from my daily food diaries that I need to cut my ties with Burger King.  It will be better if I start taking time to cook.

Friday, 9/19/14, begins a new week for me with another weigh-in next Thursday night.  What will be my results?  Time will tell.  

GOALS FOR 9/19/14 - 9/25/14

NUTRITION:  I've got to work on getting this low carb lifestyle in sync with 1450 calories a day consisting of 50% Protein (181g); 45% Fat (72g); 5% Carb (18g - with 12-15 carbs being from veggies).  For now I am working on Atkins to some degree but with foods I've come to love and support based on AbsDiet; South Beach and my new found friend Atkins.  

EXERCISE:  Fri=Treadmill; Sat=Water Classes (Aerobics and Core Training); Sun=Treadmill; Mon=OFF; Tues=Water Class (Aerobics); Wed=Water Class (Water Zumba - gonna try something new); Thurs=Water Class (Aerobics)

WATER:  Continue to hydrate daily one half my body weight in ounces of water plus an extra bottle or two for the work out.  Average:  138 oz a day minimum this week.

SLEEP:  I have been seeing way to much of midnight (here I am posting after midnight) and need to rework my day so that once I come home from work and working out I eat a light meal and hit the sheets by 9:30 p.m.  I want to be up by 6:00 a.m. but need to get my downtime started by 9:30 p.m. so I am asleep by 10:00 p.m.

I'm going to paraphrase a quote I've heard often that is beginning to feel real again:

Skinny feels better than the feeling that the food I am eating is giving me.

My life seems to be about the food, more specifically the carbs, because it's a new lifestyle in the making but the new lifestyle will be so much more.  It's also full of energy and fitness.  It's been exciting returning to the gym.  Now they get me - not just my money!  
There is a person inside of me ready to be vanquished so the healthy fit, spiritually fit, emotionally fit person can excel in life!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Keeping It Real: Monday, 9/15/14

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Keeping It Real: Monday, 9/15/14

Today was just silly.  I commit to a low carb lifestyle and cannot give up fast food.  Carbs and Sodium way over the top and every meal was eaten out (Breakfast at Burger King, Lunch at Del Taco with Ice Tea from Starbucks and Dinner at the Gym after my work out).  

If this is going to work I'm going to make changes.  Calories and other totals were within or near my range without going over but I am going to need to bring fast food to my kitchen in a healthy, low-carb and tasty variety.  
I need to drive through my kitchen and not the fast food drive-thru!
Time to either start creating or imitating someones tried and true low-carb homemade fast food.  If you have a link or suggestion to help my fast food addiction by changing to homemade fast food please leave me a comment below.

On a positive note I had a most excellent work out!  35 glorious minutes of treadmill time!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Living Low Carb

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Living Low Carb

I read recently that in the 20's (1920's) doctors put their patients on 20 carb per day diets to lower blood glucose levels.  I am not diabetic but this belly I carry and my family history will lead to diabetes if I don't curb the carb and reduce the obesity to a healthy weight.  I also read that during the famines and wars that the diet was modified and did not consist of the primarily carb laden foods we eat today.  Carbohydrates always make me more hungry, sluggish and down-right sickly with pressure to my belly.  I do now believe that belly fat is because of the carbs.  I'm going to pursue this low-carb lifestyle.

I have, the past few days, started the journey to lowering my carbs with intention of hitting 20 on days I don't work-out and 30 on days I do work out.  Depending on my bodies response to weight loss and living a low carb life I will eventully move up to 30 to 40 carbs per day.  Thursday this week (9/11/14) found me eating 91 carbs and on Friday (9/12/14) I managed 87 carbs so I am working my way down to 20.

Once I choose to cook rather than fast food I will be much better at this new lifestyle.  

My post on for food on 9/12/14 was this:
Fridge full of healthy low carb and I still eat fast food.   
This madness must end.

I learned something new this week by pulling out myfitnesspal and using it again:  MY AWESOME iPhone is able to track my steps!  It has something called iStep.  I don't quite understand it but I love it.  

I also realized the following on 9/12/14 and noted about my walking efforts for the day under exercise:  
Need to get a (arm) band to carry my phone all the time. 
This i-Step thing is cool.
So now it is time to head to bed for the S of N.E.W.S. so I can rest, rejuvenate and wake in time to hit the gym for the pool class!

Sweet dreams my friends...

Monday, September 1, 2014

I'm A Lucky Momma

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My generous son has just brought home for me a brand new Xbox One.  I am such a lucky Momma!  :)  

He insisted it belonged in the living room so we can all enjoy it (i.e. he has access to the 50' TV and he doesn't have an HDMI cable spot on his OLD ANCIENT TV).  His additional reasoning is so I can Skype with the Georgia family.  Quite the negotiator.

I agreed on the condition that when I come home from work at night the living room TV and room is mine and that he is free to enjoy any Netflix show or movie with me or TV show or a game, but at night it's my domain.  I will need to learn to play a game or two but at least I'll still have access to Netflix!  

Thanks son, I'm a lucky Momma!  :)  LOL!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Be Still...

Ref. Psalm 46:10; Philippians 4:6; Jeremiah 29:11
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This has been the weekend that the Lord has impressed upon me that no matter the who, what, when, why or how of our lives that he is the designer and he has the master plan.  Whatever you are experiencing, God is there.  Whatever is bothering you, God is there.  Whatever you are feeling, God is there.  Whoever is there, God is there too.  God is there.  God is always there and he has every detail already designed. 

Take a quiet moment because the small voice speaks volumes and sometimes it says:

Be still...

   Do not be anxious...

        I know the plans I have for you...

Be blessed.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Fourteen in 14

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I just read a snippet (page 34, January 2014, Info Source: Journal of Clinical Psychology) in the magazine Fitness that stated that one is 10 times likelier to attain goals when one makes the resolution.  So here I am shouting it from my blog!  My 14 Resolves for 2014...

ONE/14 - Spiritually Me
GOAL:  Seek God - Embrace that Jesus Is My Best Friend - Let the Holy Spirit Lead
Time to dig in and stop spinning my wheels hemming and hawing about where I belong and time to grow strong in the Word, Being Taught The Word and Fellow-shipping with Others.
  • Be a Godly Wife, Mother, Mammaw, Daughter, Sibling
  • Dig into the Word and Study
  • Take the Word into my Music and Create Worship and Praise
  • Show up - Be at church (Once upon a time, remember when the doors were open we were there? Time to be there!)
  • Read / Study every day!
  • Prayer Closet Daily!

TWO/14 - Healthy Me
GOAL:  Lose 165 Pounds over 49 weeks (3.367 lbs per week)
Putting the RA into hibernation and hopefully eliminating pills for pain, blood pressure, thyroid, low vitamin D Levels and sleep issues.
  • Eat 1300 - 1600 calories per day, healthy-clean eating/non-inflaming foods
  • Write it down...if it goes in my mouth it goes in my journal!
  • Hit the gym 5 days a week for 30 - 60 minutes (biking, swimming, water aerobics, walking, strength/stretch)
  • Sleep 7 - 8 hours per night
  • Hydrate equal to 1/2 my body weight in ounces of water daily
  • Regularly Prescribed Meds, Daily Vitamin, Joint Supplement, Vitamin D3, Fish Oil Supplement
  • Rewards - Every 50 lbs gets a message, every 25 lbs gets a pedicure, every 10 pounds is a manicure

THREE/14 - Musically Me
GOAL:  Learn to play the acoustic guitar
Starting with basic skills, growing to develop Worship Leading Style Skills and for fun Classical Guitar
  • Clean guitar
  • Repair the broken string, get a stringing tool with the wire cutter, extra strings just in case of the POP!  :)
  • Get a storage bag
  • Get a guitar strap
  • Picks, Picks and guitar picks!
  • Tune Guitar
  • Begin Utilizing web based teaching such as the Beginning Guitar for Worship by Joe Cash
  • Practice 20 - 30 minutes daily
  • Praise and Worship Sessions as I hone my new skill - this is all about giving God the Glory
  • Join a community choir and/or church choir

FOUR/14 - Prettia Me
(as my dear daughter calls it)
GOAL:  Hair, Make-up, Nails, and Shave
More than a shower and a hair wash - time to find the beauty again!
  • Daily face cleaning routine A/M and P/M
  • Make-up Sunday through Friday (give Saturday off to breath naturally)
  • Make an effort to bring some style to my hair - starting with a cut scheduled on 1/25 with my awesome hairdresser!
  • Daily curl or style my hair - NOT always throwing it up into a clip to save time.  My hair is growing out long so time to rock that!
  • I dislike shaving as much as the rest of you do - its time consuming, but I'm gonna do it!  Aiming initially for weekly as well as the eyebrows and mustache, etcs.

FIVE/14 - Me hablan espaƱol
GOAL:  Embrace the Spanish Language, Culture and People
Learning to speak, read and eventually write in Spanish.  
  • Daily work on steps in the Barron's Mastering Spanish: Hear It, Speak It, Write It, Read It (Foreign Service Institute Version)
  • Watch Spanish News and Shows
  • Speak Spanish with my daughter, friends, family and co-workers who are Spanish speaking so I can learn

SIX/14 - Knowledgeable Me
GOAL:  Read
Read about History, Biblical History, Leadership, Goal Setting, Dreaming, Christ-like Living, plus my Mystery Who Dun Its Too
  • Read 20 minutes a day

SEVEN/14 - Creatively Cizon
GOAL:  Arts, Crafts, Card Making, Scrapbooking
Finish Tree Mural, Complete Painting the Baseboards, Clock Wall, Family Pictures UP, Paint Entry Dresser, Easter Cards, Christmas Cards, Birthday Cards, Cards, Scrapbook Pages
  • Craft Weekend Once Per Month either at the Scrapbook Store or at Home

EIGHT/14 - Organizing Me
GOAL:  Finish Unpacking with family assistance
Three years later we still a a bajillion boxes unpacked in the garage and around the house needs organizing.  Time to make this house a home at last.
  • Unpack 3 - 5 boxes per week - put away, throw away or give away.
  • Decorate home in process
  • Prepare home so we can entertain guests, family - have cookouts and host Bible studies

NINE/14 - Entertaining and Meditating Me
GOAL:  Clean Up Back Yard
And again three years later, it's time to utilize the yard.  More Family Time to Clean, Clear, DeClutter, Landscape, Make Patio a place to BBQ and enjoy Sitting Out
  • Clear the land and ship out the clutter
  • Trim and Care for Trees
  • Landscape and Grass for yard
  • Prepare Grill for Fun Times
  • Clean up Patio / Patio Furniture

TEN/14 - Career Path for Me
GOAL:  What is God's Plan for Me
Thankful for the job God has given to me these past two plus years I wonder if there is not a clearer purpose and passion for me to pursue.  Growing pains make me believe it is time to move on so that I have a job that pays well and provides insurance, benefits, paid time off and paid holidays; but is this God's plan or my idea?
  • Prayerfully consider what is my purpose, ambition and God-given talent and skill
  • Move forward with consistent healthy habits and decisions that make this job go well and provides a launch for whatever future career the Lord prepares for me.

ELEVEN/14 - Mi Familia: PMV
At least once this year if not twice I want to go see my family - especially when Phillip graduates.
  • Find out when Phillip has graduation for his associates degree.
  • Make plans for traveling
  • Begin to financially be prepared to make the trip by setting aside money every week for trip/visit.
  • Pray for each of them

TWELVE/14 - Mi Familia: DGS
GOAL:  To Be There For What She Needs / Her Friend / Her Mother
As she works on her Master's In Special Ed while teaching Full-time as a SPED Resource Teacher be the one she can visit with at the end of her day, craft with her, share her journey and help her with Luka Puppy as needed.
  • Walk Luka Puppy once a week for her - Mammaw thinks Sunday would be a good time to walk :)
  • Listen to how her day went or how her studies are going
  • Take time to craft with her (she likes scrapbooking too)
  • Pray for her

THIRTEEN/14 - Mi Familia: AJS
It's time for my baby to be a man, to step up and find employment and learn to drive.  Little things so that he is prepared for the next phase in life and living so he is able to take care of himself on his own if it ever was needed.
  • Continue to encourage cooking skills and variations of healthy eating
  • Encourage physical exercise to become fit
  • Continue to encourage and assist in skills for household maintenance and cleaning, etc.
  • Take him to get his learner's permit and teach him to drive
  • Encourage and support him as he looks for work or for education to learn a trade
  • Pray for him

FOURTEEN/14 - Mi Familia: CJS
As he travels the 48 states continue to discover God's purpose for my role in our marriage and be the loving, supportive and praying wife.
  • Pray for him and with him
  • Pray for our marriage
  • Fear God, Seek God, so I see clearly his will for me in our marriage
  • Be his help meet
  • Share scripture with him and read scripture with him
  • Make a point to visit with him by phone when he is on the road daily

Do you have a resolution or goal for 2014?
Share your 2014 Resolves with me!  I'd love to pray you through the year as you work on them!!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ambition Amidst Newly Found Apps and a Busted String

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Ambition Amidst Newly Found Apps
and a Busted String...

Last weekend I asked my son for his guitar and he replies with "why?" so I told him I intended to learn to play.  It's been in the plans mentally for a few months now but just not yet realized.  

His guitar is the only instrument in the house that I could tune.  I need to have the piano tuned so I have two instruments and someday pray to have a double French Horn with trigger valve too!  Oh the joyful thoughts of playing on a tuned piano and relearning to play the horn I put down 27 years ago!  On another note my vocal instrument needs exercise as well.  I just read recently that you can age gracefully and with health while singing in a group!  Click to see this Chorus America story.  Time to find my beginning choir to get in the grove ~ the way time is flying it will not be long before I hit 55!


This is a Johnson beginners guitar that my son used for high school guitar class his freshman year.  It is an acoustic JG-100-R that I look forward to learning to play.  Without much prodding, thankfully, he gave me the guitar.  It's out of tune...severely out of tune!  I strummed it a bit and then sat in the corner until I can figure out where/how to successfully tune it.   I have no clue where our tuner is (most likely in an unpacked box in our garage).

Early in the day, this past Monday, my boss told me he bought a guitar and was going to use YouTube to learn to play.  I told him how funny because I was going to learn too I just had to locate a tuner to tune my guitar first. He said why haven't you downloaded an app for that!  Smacking Myself On The Head I say, "oh yeah there has to be an app for that!"  Of course there was...what JOY!

Guitar Tuna is going
to be the life saver.
Bound and determined at midnight on Tuesday, 12:00 a.m. I begin to work on tuning this instrument!  The tuner is looking pretty amazing.

All over the dial but it just can't set itself to tune that E string.  I try and I try but to much frustration that string is just terribly out of tune.  I am doing my best to tune E and it just isn't going there!  I knew enough that I wasn't going to get whipped by a string and sure enough it pops, but not on me!  :)

My son walks in and jokingly said, "you broke it" and I said, "No it's just a string"!  I went on to tell him that it is a new learning curve and now I get to learn how to string and tune before the learning to play begins!

I'm looking forward to learning to play.  A friend of my husband's from way back in the day is our friend on Facebook and he has a site that teaches Beginning Guitar for Worship.  This will be such a blessing when I can start learning and playing and praising my saviour with my mad new guitar skills and my voice!

Whatever did we do before You Tube, Dummy Manuals and Online Video Instruction...awsome!  Absolutely awesome is the privilege we enjoy and take for granted in our freedom to learn and gain knowledge!

Until We Meet Again!