Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Top Ten

I've been doing this the past few years:

2013 Top Ten

2012 Top Ten

2011 Top Ten

And decided to do it again - not in any particular order and includes the good with the bad.....


Sookie....that little feral cat that stole my heart.  
We adopted her in February and lost her to a blood clot in August.  She is forever in our hearts.

Mickey....we've had him since he was born but he just never liked it once we moved so he stayed at the old house with the new owners.  We had Mickey put down this year at the ripe old age of 16.  He had a very long life.

Rooker.....adopted from the Humane Society almost died a week later due to an undisclosed upper respiratory infection; but he survived and is our most entertaining cat.  Love him to death!


CC and I have discovered that we really enjoy going to wineries and the wine!!  Always the adventure.


Watching our grandsons grown!


The furnace went kaput and was red flagged and well, here's the new one!!

Hubby got a new job....still in the car business but at Affordable Auto Sales in Waynesboro, PA!

Every once in a while, I take a good picture.  This fella was on the outside of my window at work and I snapped a photo with my phone!

The Weight Watcher we go again!!

CC's son Josh graduated from Penn State.  Congratulations Josh!

Weekly Weigh-In

I was up .2 (that's POINT 2) this week at weigh-in.  I can handle the "point" gains.  I'm sure the pretzel pizza at lunch was the cause of that.

And considering how bad I ate this past week; .2 isn't all that bad!

But now that the holidays are is time to really get on track.  You know the saying:

"If you kind of do it, it kind of works.  If you really do it, it really works."

Well, I've been kind of doing it, now it is time to do it!

I almost didn't make the meeting this week.  I had scheduled a hair appointment and had figured that I'd never make the meeting; but I got to the salon 15 minutes early and she took me right away and had me done in no time at all.  So I ran home and got my WW stuff and went to the meeting.  I hate to miss them because that sets me up to miss more or not worry about my eating habits until next time and well, I am paying to go - so I can't miss them.

Last night was about preparing meals.  Starting over you "kind of" already know this stuff; but it is nice to hear it again to get the "doing it" working.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Good Weight Week

I had a much better weigh-in this week with a 3 lb. loss.  I don't really believe that I lost 3 lbs. this week; just like I don't really believe I gain 4 lbs. the week before.

Weight is weird.  I believe the 4 lb. gain last week was a fluke that resulted from our work Christmas Party earlier in the day.  Heavy eating the day of weigh-in is never good and can throw off the success from the rest of the week.  I then think once that meal was through my system, it evened its way out and I saw a big loss this week.  An adjustment was made and now I'm back on track.

I got my snowflake charm tonight for on my key ring.  That was for attending at least 6 meetings between November and December.

My next goal needs to be to reach my first 5 lb. loss; than 9 lbs. which will be my 5%; then the 10% etc....  It's a long journey and can only be done a step at a time; no skipping steps - each step in order.

Saturday, December 20, 2014


This week's weigh-in was a total bust!!

I apparently have been bad and it also didn't help that the work Christmas Party was the same day as weigh-in.

I almost didn't go to Weight Watchers, I knew it would be bad.  I decided not to go.  Then as I sat in front of the TV, I realized that if I didn't go, I wouldn't be eligible for my snowflake charm.  I then realized that I could go and not weigh-in.  So I decided to do that.

But walking from the car to the meeting I just decided to own it and weigh-in.  I told them it would be bad; it was; I was advised to shake it off and move forwarded.

I hate being a slave to that scale.  I know it doesn't mean EVERYTHING....but at Weight Watchers, IT DOES.

Moving on.......

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Quick Update!

We finally have a working furnace.  We were without one for 22 days!

It wasn't without a hitch though, once they started they realized our Central AC was shot as well and decided they couldn't attach that back to a brand new furnace.  This really wasn't a surprise to us, we've band-aided that AC for the past 2 summers.

So that's something we need to prepare for in the Spring.

I haven't been too on track this week in the eating department; but I'm tracking and owning it, so that's always good.

Getting ready to finish up Christmas shopping today.....I am not a Holiday person for this time of year.  Way too much worry over gifts and such; and too less on just family/friend time and such.  It's a shame that people put gifts (both giving and receiving) over together time.  Sigh......

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


I'm still without a furnace.  I've been without a furnace for 21 days.

In case you missed the mention of this a few posts back:  You could smell oil burning every time the furnace kicked on.  Hubby finally called the Oil Company and they came out to check.  The furnace was "red flagged" which meant it was considered dangerous and completed turned off and unhooked to prevent anyone from ever turning it back on.  We were told we were slowly inhaling carbon monoxide thus poisoning ourselves.

I can totally believe the poisoning thing, within a few days I felt so much better and was no longer tired.

But we needed a furnace; hubby chose to use our Oil Company for this task.  No getting several estimates or anything, so the procedure went like this:

Furnace red-flagged on a Thursday; guy shows up to check furnace specs on Monday; we get the estimates on Wednesday; on Friday we go in to look at financing; financing is pushed to Monday due to the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend; we get our own financing and pay on Tuesday; furnace arrives at oil company on Thursday; install begins on Tuesday and doesn't complete; I'm sitting at home again today on Wednesday waiting for them to come and finish.  (mind you in each step here we've had to initiate everything: had to call and set up for estimate; had to call to get final estimate; had to call about financing; had to call to see when furnace would be in; had to call to see when they were installing, etc...).

Now let me tell you about my step-son and his wife:  Furnace goes out on Saturday; red-flagged on Monday; 4 estimates by Friday; new one installed in 1/2 a day on Monday.  Ten Days!  And would of been faster had they not gotten all those estimates.

See the difference?  I'm not happy with this service AT ALL.  And of course, the install hasn't been without mishap......Our central air unit (which sits on top of the furnace) is shot and they said they wouldn't put that on top of a new furnace.  So central air will be something we need to look at in the spring.  Mind you, we knew there were issues with the AC and knew it was probably what caused part of the furnace problem (next to age) but it would be nice to just have GOOD news every once in a while.  Anyway I was given the name of someone I work with for the AC (had I had his name first, he could of done both the furnace and AC for probably what the furnace is costing us).

So.......Furnace now; AC in the spring and oil tank before next winter.  See what I have to look forward to???

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Tonight I earned my Weight Watchers Key Ring.  You don't really have to do much, just show up for 4 meeting, but I've always liked these little trinkets.

My original looked like this:

 A little different design and you had to make a 10% weight loss goal to get it.  On it are the charms I earned at that journey (I'll earn on the new one as well).  There's the hands with 16 that I earned at my 16th week (they think you've formed a good habit at that week number); one for walking 5K; a star for reaching goal, a Lifetime key and a washer that you get for every 25 lbs. you lose.

CC and I had re-started Weight Watchers last year and I ended up with this:
The same key ring I got tonight and a charm of a runner, which I'm pretty sure you just got for attending a certain amount of meetings in a certain time period (trust me, it wasn't for running).

I put my old two in a drawer today.  I don't want to look back at the successful and failed attempt.  I just want to move forward with this one.

My first charm will be a snowflake - that's just a special attendance one (like the runner one above) for attending 6 meetings between mid-November and the end of the year.  I do know you get a charm at both the 5% and 10% weight losses (though I've no idea what they look like).  I've always said Weight Watchers needed to come up with more charms; and I'm glad to see that they've did and that they've added for small successes as well as the big ones.

Oh and I was down .8 (that's point 8) which was a surprise because I ate very badly on Sunday.  That made me think of this:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

This & That

Despite Thanksgiving and all the food, I managed a 1.2 lb loss - YIPPEE!!!  Now if I can just get through this next month all should be good.

We are still without a furnace but it should be installed one day next week.  Over the weekend my stepson and his wife had the same tragedy occur - furnace went kaput.  It must be an epidemic.

I am so not in the Christmas spirit and haven't been for several years.......will be glad when it's over.