Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Halloween would just not be complete without a re-sharing of some Halloween decorations at CC's house 3 years ago.  She had these blow up ghosts in the front yard:

It was rather windy out and the ghost in the middle (that you can't see in the above photo) was rather busy with the ghost in the back:

It was definately a Kodak (or in my case an Olympus) moment!  So glad I always carry my camera.

And she's never put those ghost up again!!!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Let It Snow, Let It Snow...Wait A Minute, It's Only October!!

Today we got snow. Oh not a little flurrying - an actual snowstorm!  Snow Emergency Plan is in effect, there are areas without power (fortunately not us) and well it's just a mess.

 It's cold and snowy, so hubby and I just had a lazy day.  What could be better than the original "Halloween" being on AMC??  Yep, not one of the sequels or the crappy remake..but the actual original one.  We also watched "Nowhere Boy" which was a movie about John Lennon's relationship with his aunt and mother - another good movie.

Today I pulled out the slow cooker and made this:

Roni's Sante Fe Chicken In A Slow Cooker

It was very good!  I ate mine in a tortilla wrap, while hubby ate his like chili.  It was a winner!

I ended my meal with my new guilty pleasure:

Yoplait Light Yogurt with Granola - comes into only 5 points plus (and worth every point)!  I love the cherry ones, but they also have blueberry, strawberry and peach.

I did weigh in too high at Weight Watchers and that cost me $13.00.  But since I was expecting it and prepared it wasn't too bad!  Course, I have discovered that the WW staff never seem to be encouraging during bad weigh-ins - I mean, I told her before I ever got on the scale and she was so "Oh no, <sigh>, etc."  I told her I know what to do to get back on track - and that's what I'm doing.

Still reading on the boards of enhancements coming up to the plan.  I'm guessing either fruit will be limited or will have points again.  Some people just can't control themselves with "free" foods and then want to blame the plan.  But I have read that if the plan is working for you "as is" - you won't need to make the changes.  They have lots of things on sale too - new books will be coming out I'm sure.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Back On Track

Right before CC and I went to Ocean City, I did my WW weigh-in.  I was just at where I needed to be to continue without paying.  That weekend resulted in a 2 lb. gain that won't go away....this past very stressful week has added more to that and I'm pretty sure I'll be paying at my weigh-in this week.

I can live with that as I know the best thing to do is just get back on the wagon and move on; which I know is a good attitude because otherwise I'd continue on a destructive path and I don't want to do that.

What has me upset is exactly how long is it going to take to get rid of these extra pounds?  It's pretty much a given that PointsPlus is a much slower weight loss than the old points system.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

How Do You Spend Your Dash?

The week is finally over. It's been one of the most emotionally draining weeks of my life. It was long, it was hard....and I hope it's a very long time before anything like this happens again.

I wanted to share a poem that Rodney's daughter read at his service; she had a reason for picking this particular poem, which I'm not sharing here because it's a personal matter. I posted this on the blog a long time ago, but it's always worth a repeat:

The Dash by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
from the the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that she spent alive on earth...
and now only those who loved her
know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not, how much we own;
the cars....the house...the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard...
are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what's true and real,
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
and more often wear a smile...
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy's being read
with your life's actions to rehash...
would you be proud of the things they
say about how you spend your dash?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Draining Week

This week seems's been a rough week at work, I feel like I've got nothing done.  I was with Rodney's family Tuesday night and then this afternoon.  Services are on Saturday and I see that as a very long emotional day.

I drove his company car home from his house today back to work.  At first I didn't want to, but then I wanted to.  It gave me time to give him hell for leaving us and it made me sad and I got another good cry in.

I still can't believe he's gone and I will never understand how a doctor could misdiagnosis a heart problem as back pain.  I can't understand why rescue workers were so unconcerned with trying to save his life and didn't even perform CPR correctly nor do what was needed to get him to the hospital in a fair amount of time.  I can't comprehend why the hospital totally ignored the request that the body be sent to Baltimore for an autopsy and instead just called the funeral home to come get him.

The loss is great enough, knowing that he should still be here is even worse.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Today I Lost My Best Friend

The morning started like any other work morning; then the Warden walked into the office area and wanted us to drop everything and meet to the point he told the one girl to tell the person on the phone she'd call then back (and it was a business call).  We were all thinking the same thing; what did we do now?  Have we been that bad?  Then the words came out of his mouth..."There's no easy way to say this so I'll just say it.  Rodney just passed away."  Everything became a blur after that.

Rodney is our Assistant Warden.  Rodney interviewed me, did my background....Rodney was my favorite person at work.  When hubby was in the hospital the first time and had to be rushed back into surgery..I called Rodney.  He talked to me on the phone until my sister got to the hospital.  I complained to Rodney, he told me whether my complaint was justified or not, we chatted, we joked....Rodney was one of my best friends.

Rodney had been off since last week due to back pain. This morning he collapsed and coded blue.  And at that moment a part of my life changed forever.  Our last conversation involved a chat about his daughter and than he said he was leaving work early to go to the doctor.

I'll never see him again.  They'll be no more talks or joking around.  He'll never do another one of my evaluations; I'll never solve another computer problem for him. 

I never got to say good-bye.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Household Projects Continue...

So we weren't as lucky in the living room as we were in the bedroom.  The hardwood under the living room carpet isn't in the best of shape.  While we decide whether to have it refinished or just laminate over it, I'll have to get rugs.  The dining room (which was the original kitchen) had white vinyl flooring under it - that's the easy fix with the sticky squares, I'm hoping to have that complete next week.

Much thanks go out to my step son and his girlfriend for helping pull up the carpets and all those dreaded tack boards.  I'll be pulling up staples for what will seem like FOREVER.  For some reason the bedroom had no tack boards or staples, the carpet had a tacky type back that held it to the floor - it pulled right up!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Start of Household Projects!

I pulled up the carpet in the bedroom on Friday.  To give you some idea of how dated the decor in the bedroom is:

Understand?  My original goal was to paint the walls and woodwork first...but the flea problem needed under control so the carpet became first.  I'm happy to say that underneath the carpet was this:

Excuse the mess (still needs swept and cleaned) but the hardwood is in pretty good shape!  Now a perfectionist would resurface and restain...but I like it the way it is, it gives it so much more character.  I do need to get a rug to put at the end of the bed as Toby is freaking every time he has to step on it (as expected).

But I'm very very happy to have the real hardwood and not having to invest any money!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

If I Ran Weight Watchers

I was at Weight Watchers this evening and was talking to the lady that sits behind me.   She's like our class superstar - she's lost about 135 lbs. in the past 18 months.  She's been stuck 8 lbs. from goal for quite a while and she's getting frustrated.  I asked the obvious - "What's your doctor think of your weight loss?"  Her reply?  "He thinks I'm fine where I'm at and doesn't want me to lose much more; but Weight Watchers says I need an 8 lb. loss to get to my weight range."  I advised her that if her doctor put it on a note, Weight Watchers has to accept it.  I don't know if she will or not; but at least it's given her an option.

For my height, Weight Watchers says I should weigh anywhere between 113 - 141 lbs.  That's quite a range.  If I were even able to make it to 113 lbs. I would look like death's door.  A young woman my height would look great at 113; but I wouldn't now at my age.  If I ran Weight Watchers the weight ranges would by separated by height then by age group.  And from the get go, everyone would know that if your doctor says different - that's the weight to go with.

People are struggling, many have gone back to the old Weight Watchers plan - what do you do?

If I ran Weight Watchers the plan would be as follows:

One -  the point calculation would be like the old plan:  calories, fat and fiber.  It was simple, it was easy and it worked.

Two - fruit would be 0 pts. and you would be limited to 2 fruit servings a day.  Any over 2 and you would have to count the pts.

Three - all veggies would be 0 pts.  Even the starchy ones, however you would be limited to one 0 pt. starchy one a day - you would need to count pts. on any other starchy you may have.

Daily Points - minimum on old system was 18 which is way to little; minimum on new system is 29 which is way too high.  Probably would set it somewhere in between like 25.  This is for lose mode.  Maintaining would stay between 29-35 depending on which works best for you.

Weekly Points - Again old 35 vs. new 49.  It's always nice to have those extras but are they hurting you?  Let's go in between and take 40.

The only reason I'm thinking of changes is that "the word out there" says "enhancements" are coming to the Points Plus Program in November.  No one knows for sure what they are; but it's seems to be needed.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Household Projects

So we're home projecting thinking......mostly due to the dogs.

We've been dealing with a flea problem that won't go away.  Every time we think we have it comes back.  The poor dogs never stop scratching/'s annoying to us, so we know it's driving them crazy.  We've tried it all...from top of the line products to the cheapest from home remedies to all natural.  Nothing works.

We decided today that the best way to combat it is to tear up all the carpet.  Not a bad idea because the carpet is old and crappy anyway; but what to do after that?

We've started to pull back at corners to see what we are dealing with.  Both the bedrooms and living room have some type of hardwood flooring under them.  That's great if it's in good shape, but we also think once the flea problem is gone...we could just get room size rugs to cover them if needed.  The dining room is an entirely different situation.  It was the original kitchen, so under the carpet is a vinyl ugly, disgusting vinyl flooring.  I immediately told hubby there was NO WAY I could live with that.  No absolutely that floor will have to take priority over all the others.  Course that vinyl flooring was coming off in my hands as the glue holding it down apparently no longer adheres...under that is thick wood planks.  We're not sure if we're looking at unfinished hardwood or a sub-floor.

So we may be looking at a laminate floor for all of it.  If that's not doable, the dining room will have to have the sticky squares to get us through.  Either way it will be nice to have the fleas gone, the dogs not suffering and another step in making the house our own!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

This & That

Hubby sold his business two weeks ago.  It couldn't have happened at a better time as it was time to sell and move on.  Currently he's working for the people that bought it; but it's also time to look into future endeavors.  It was an emotional roller coaster for him, but in the end everything worked out and without the daily stresses that come with owning the's a little more stress free.

Someone had emailed about my weight progress since it was no longer on the side bar.  I just didn't want to take the time to type all that back in again...I'm still going to Weight Watchers.  I made lifetime status right before my Myrtle Beach vacation and was good at my September weigh-in.  I was at the doctor's for a check up on Friday  and weighed in at 151.4.  I've been weighing at home and it's about the same.  Though I certainly can live at 151 without a does cause a WW problem because my goal is set at 146 and I can't be more than 148 or I have to pay.  I don't have an issue with that either, except...I'm stuck at 151.  I've done old menus, did some switch arounds, etc..  but the weight won't budge and that stresses me.  Grrrrrr.....  CC on the other hand is still doing fabulous maintaining and I can't help but think how lucky she is not to have to fight a sluggish thyroid with her weight loss journey.  But I'm still hanging in there and hopefully before the end of the month, I can knock those 3 lbs. off!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Dog Ate My Carpet

We have to pen Lucy when we’re not at home due to the sofa thing.  We use a pen rather than a crate, it gives her more room and isn’t as confining.  I had originally bought it for Keyser and it’s been a good investment.  However….that means the living room carpet is the flooring of the pen.

Yesterday when I arrived, I noticed a hole in the carpet where the pen is.  Hmmmmmmmm……..oh yeah, a throw rug will cover it, but seriously how much larger is it going to grow?

I know there is hardwood flooring under the carpet, IMO we should tear up the carpet.  Hubby pointed out that Toby would be an issue.  Toby hates flooring, he’ll avoid walking on it at all costs.  There’s also the fact that the hardwood could get marked up from the animals.  I suggested we tear up the carpet and just get a large room sized carpet to lay over it (not wall to wall) that would give Toby the needed "security" he seems to need.

Not something happening immediately, but hopefully a winter project!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Dog Ate My Sofa

Yep, it happened again...Lucy tore apart another cushion on the we flipped it over.

Today it's raining. A real bummer since it's WaynesboroFest here in town.  It was beautiful last year!  But I'll walk down anyway to get some food and see what's for sale.

Here's CC and my's Old Time Photo from our beach trip: