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Monday, August 31, 2009

It's me again

Seems like facebook is taking up all my time and I forget to post here on my blog. I'm still fasting three days a week and losing weight. I'll get weighed in a couple of weeks. Right now, it stands at 22 pounds. I'm down to just two pairs of jeans that fit me. Also, recently, I have set up a writing studio in Camden. It's small but cozy. It's nice to have a quiet place to work. I have everything except for an area rug for the floor. I'm putting that on layaway at Reny's. It has carpeting, but it's a very bland color. Needs something to brighten it up.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Hi...Remember me?

I can't believe how fast the time passes. My last post was on July 4???!!!! I guess I'll start there. We did nothing for the fourth this year. It's a long walk from parking to where the family stands every year to watch the parade and neither Ma nor I felt up to it. Also, the rest of the family was elsewhere.I missed seeing Sean at his first parade, but I'll try to catch him another time. The only family around was Marylou, Ma, David, and me, so we didn't even do a cookout. We just passed a quiet day, though Marylou, Ma and I did go to China Coast for lunch. Since my last post, I have finished three scarfs for the craft sale whenever we have it. Now I'm working on mittens. Tonight I might do a doll set, as I have quiet a few of them to dress. David is going to cut out some headboards and footboards with his jigsaw, so that I can make cribs to go with some of them. I'm having it rough financially and it's a little hard to come up with the raw materials, but I'm getting there. I am working on a second book. This one is a compilation of my one page "snapshots" of life. I like writing them very much, but I have to be very aware in my surroundings for moments in time that would make a good story. I had a flat tire the other day and had to buy a new tire...ggrrrr! That was $113 that I didn't need to spend. I can't seem to keep tires and brakes on that car! Ma is still feeling poorly. Her blood is down about two pints. She has more testing on Friday. As far as the dizziness goes, they tell us that it just has to wear off and could that months! She was not happy to hear that. I'm still fasting and as a result, loosing weight. I fast on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday. Then on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, I just try to eat cautiously...around 1200 calories. I drink a lot of water and juice and take vitamins. I asked my doctor about the fasting and she said okay as long as I'm not just drinking water on the fasting days. I know that the Bible says that a fast should be done in secret, and the person I am praying for does know that I'm doing it, and we are seeing some very positive results. I am psyched to keep it up for as long as I can. The side effect of weight loss is wonderful. I don't know how much I've lost yet. I'm getting weighed on August 5 at the doctor's. I will be posting pounds lost, but not my weight. That will come about a year from now!

Diet update: Sunday I fasted for 24 hours. At eight o'clock, I had half of a cucumber sandwich, 1/2c cottage cheese, and a rice cake with peanut butter. Monday was a normal day. Breakfast was toast from the Brown Bag and water. For lunch I had 2 slices of pizza from the Sea Store, and for dinner I fix the rest of the dried fish, potatoes, and beets. Yesterday, I made muffins for breakfast. I had two plain ones. Then I had a Waldorf Salad for lunch and some Chinese chicken chow mein with an eggroll for dinner around 3:00 PM while we waited in Bangor for David's dental appointment. Around 7:30, I got very hungry, so I had a small bowl of clam chowder that Ma had made. Today, I'm not eating until 7:30 PM. I think I'll probably have a cucumber sandwich and some yogurt. Tomorrow is Thursday and will be a regular day. That's my excitement for today. I love you Tilly. Hi to the Reader's Club.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Time flies

Can't believe that it has been a week since I posted a note. Last Friday, Sarah and Sean came up for the weekend. I must say that I have one of the cutest, smartest, grandsons of them all. I never tire of just watching him and wondering what he's thinking. Sarah and Brian have an anniversary this month and I'm hoping that they will be coming up this way to celebrate. Maybe I'll get to see them for a little bit. I got fired from my housekeeping job. No explanation really. Just that they had discussed it and felt they needed someone with experience to work more hours. I was employed for three hours. I still haven't seen my check for that. May have to call them on Monday to see where it is. It's not that much, but every little bit helps. Ma is finally starting to feel a little better. She said this morning that she thought she was rounding the corner. She is impatient to get back to her normal level of activity. Don't think we'll be doing anything for 4th. It's too far for either of us to walk from where you have to park to where we stand to watch the parade, and just about everyone is gone, so there won't be a cookout. Last year, Ma and I went to the fireworks because Bill was playing, but this year, he's out on Tommy's Island. I don't swim well. Looks like a quiet week coming up. I have an appointment on Wednesday and have to clean at the Red Cross on Saturday, and that's it.

Diet Note: The lack of posting does not mean that I gave up on my diet. I'm still fasting two days a week and eating cautiously for the other five. Portion control, no junk, no desserts, lots of water, etc. Wednesday I fasted until 8:30 PM and then had some leftover rice and two egg rolls. On Thursday, I had cereal and OJ for breakfast, cheeses and broccoli soup with 1/2 a grilled cheese sandwich, and for dinner, about 4 oz. of steak and two ears of corn. I had a rice cake and PB before I went to bed. That's the bad thing about this diet, I tend to wake up hungry in the night if I don't have an evening snack. Today I had cereal and OJ again this morning. For lunch I had a cucumber sandwich and a small piece of watermelon. For dinner we are having dried fish and potatoes. Though I could eat three servings of that, I'll only have one and some kind of vegetable. I don't eat enough of those, or fruit either. My clothes are already looser. I'm looking forward to getting weighed on August 5 at the doctor's office. I think I must have lost some anyway. Guess this does it for today. Hi to the Reader's Club if you're still out there. I love you Tilly.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Let's try that again

Can't believe I haven't posted since Tuesday. Ma came home from the hospital on Wednesday. She is better, but still has some lingering dizziness. She is not a patient patient! I have been out straight with the housework, and caring for her. Today I shampooed all the downstairs rugs, cleaned the bathroom, washed the kitchen floor, and put a new seat on the toilet. Wednesday I fasted until 8:30 PM, then had some warmed up mac and cheese and a diet jello. Thursday for breakfast, I had two frozen pancakes and two strawberries. later in the morning I had a rice cake with peanut butter. For lunch, I again warmed up about 1 and 1/2 cups of mac and cheese. For dinner I had a pork chop, about a cup of rice, and some peas. Today, Sarah and Sean arrived to stay for about a week. I met them at Moody's for lunch and had a cheeseburger and fries. I also had a piece of coconut cream pie, my first real cheat since starting the diet, but at the outset, I said that I might have dessert once in a while. Tonight we had macaroni, tomatoes, and hamburg for supper and a sugarfree fudgicle. Tomorrow I have to eat carefully because I'll be fasting on Sunday.

Diet Note

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Ma has been in the hospital since Sunday morning, so I haven't been able to post. She's coming home tomorrow to complete her recovery from a concussion. I have tried to stick with my diet but slipped a little.

Sunday I fasted and broke the fast with a cucmber sandwich and some yogurt. I spent the night in the hospital with Ma. On Monday morning I got a guest tray that contained 1/2 cream of wheat, and a cheese omelet. For lunch, I had some cottage cheese and 2 rice cakes with peanut butter. For dinner, David and I shared a frozen pizza. This morning breakfast consisted of two frozen pancakes and two strawberries. For lunch I again ate with Ma and had a salad with ranch dressing and fish and chips, and a fresh fruit cup from the cafeteria services. Tonight I had a small cottage cheese and fruit plate (off Ma's tray) and two English muffin pizzas that David had ready for me when I got home. Tomorrow will be another fast...a late break one...wish me luck.

Saturday, June 20, 2009


Ma is feeling a little better tonight. Having black eyes and stitches didn't stop her from going to the Sea Store for lunch today, but other than that, she's pretty much laid around on the couch. Here neck and arms are sore today. Surprisingly, she hasn't had a headache. She allowed me to do the housework chores today, taking the day off. I have been busy with those and of course addicted to facebook, and waiting for a response to an email that I sent. I'm going back to Sarah's on Tuesday until Friday. Gotta change my schedule around if I can.

Diet Update: This morning I had two frozen pancakes with two strawberries (no syrup) and 4 oz. of OJ. For lunch, I weakened a little and had two small pieces of thin crust pizza, so I just had a waldorf salad and a piece of steak for dinner. I'll probably have some cottage cheese with pineapple before going to bed. Tomorrow is Sunday, so I will be fasting again. I think I'm going to break it tomorrow night with a cucumber sandwich.

Friday, June 19, 2009

A stitch in time, saves nine...

We had a little excitement today. Ma tripped over the dog gate and fell face first into the dining room table leg. She's okay, but she looks like she got hit by a bus! Three stitches in her head, 2 black eyes, a goose egg on her forehead, a scrape on her forehead, and two very black and blue elbows. Dr. says she can't be left alone for 24 hours. Talk about something scary! I thought for sure that she had broken her back or hip or neck.

diet update: For breakfast this morning I had two frozen pancakes with sliced bananas (no Syrup), and some orange juice. Lunch was left over macaroni and tomatoes. Ma wanted French toast for supper, so I had that too , 2 slices with two pieces of bacon. For my evening snack, I had three cups of popcorn (no butter). The exercise aerobics last night made my knees a little lame today, but not as bad as I feared. I only did 1 mile. Next week, I'm going to try for two.

What's going on with the MI-5?

When I answer the questions, the words just go in one long line instead of word wrapping. I runs under my archive even. How do I fix it?

BR's Vacation 5

I'm going on vacation next week. Yea! I'm really thinking I need some time
away, and I think this vacation will really do me some good. Here are 5
vacation inspired questions.

1) Tell us a memorable vacation story you have from your childhood.

We never took a vacation when I was a child because Dad seemed to always be working, and there wasn
't a lot of money. We did take a few day trips.

2) Tell us a memorable vacation tale from your adulthood.

In 2003, Sarah and I drove to Florida to do the parks. On the trip, we spent one night with her aunt Jane, a week with her grandmother and David, then drove on to Florida. I had a wonderful time.

3) Assume you and your mate/significant other/best friend are going on a
dream vacation. You don't have to pay for any of it. Where do you go? Why?

It would either be Rome, Ireland, or Texas. Rome because I love history, Ireland for the scenery, and Texas to visit family.

4) Now, come back down to Earth, and tell us about a "dream" vacation that
you think might actually happen some day. Where is that? How long until
you think it becomes reality?

I don't really see a vacation in the future. Finances would be tough.

5) There are some missionary students on "working vacation" coming to my
house for dinner tonight. If someone came to stay with you for vacation,
what would you feed them that was really considered a "local delicacy"?
What regional food would be a "must have"?