Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 TOP TEN

As I've done the past few years.....here's the past year in review (the good, the bad and not in any particular order):



10.
BABY MILES!  In March we were blessed with another grandson and we love him to the moon and back!


9.
We lost our baby Keyser to cancer this year.........   :(


8.
We added Morgan to our herd; I don't want to get back into all those pigs again; but I do love the hairless and they are hard to find!



7.
With no artistic ability what-so-ever - I discovered Paint Nite!  And discovered, though not perfect, I can be a Picasso (wink, wink):










6.  

We added Dexter to our herd: 



5.
One of the worst thing that can happen, happened......we lost my nephew Chris on November 14th.  Much much too young to go, it is the most heartbreaking thing I've ever been through:

Chris was an artist and we planned to do a Paint Nite together in January.  :(


4.
Weight loss is a constant thing I struggle with; but it was back to Weight Watchers and their new program - Smart Points.



3.
Movies, movies, movies.... I saw so many movies this year - I lost count!  Thanks to CC for being my partner in crime, not only with movies but weight loss as well.



2.
A successful Pet Drive and a successful Canned Food Drive.  I love doing these - thanks to all my co-workers and friends for making it happen!



1.
Learning how to do day by day without a loved family member; that's the ongoing challenge.



For past Years in Review:







Thursday, December 10, 2015

Sigh......

Today was my nephew's birthday, he would of been 33.

I took flowers to his grave.......




Friday, December 4, 2015

And Now It's December......

Yep, missed the whole month of November.......

November was terrible.

November 14th my 32 year old nephew died from an overdose.  He was found sitting next to his bed. It was determined he had been dead for 12 hours.

Everything gets hazy after that.

I loved that boy (yes, I realize he was a man, but always a boy to me); I loved everything about him and it hurts so much to lose him and I guess it'll hurt forever.....






Sunday, October 18, 2015

And It's October......

Wow - it has been like FOREVER since I've written a post!!

Lots has happened though.....

We adopted a new dog from the Antietam Humane Society.  This shelter has a wonderful adoption program and the staff is so knowledgeable with the animals.  Very pleasant experience.

An owner surrender due to "no longer being able to care for him", he's been a wonderful addition:





We call him Dexter.  He's a 2-1/2 year old beagle and yes he does have the hound bark!!



Another Paint Nite (my new obssession) and hubby joined me this time (as well as Suzy, CC, Polt and Mama Polt)!




CC and I are back at Weight Watchers!!! (though I've been sick for over a week, so haven't had a first weigh-in yet and due to illness haven't eaten right yet).


And of course, hubby and I went to the beach:




Wish I could wake up at the beach everyday!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

And Whew....Some More!!

I can't believe how this month got away from me....not to mention the summer!  Where did it go???

Anyway....I'm off in the morning to Myrtle Beach!  Yep, another
V A C A T I O N.......lol!

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Whew......

My vacation is over!  That's always sad but it also is always good to get back home.

I was in Ocean City, MD with my one sister, her two daughters and her two grandsons.  We went last year and had a great time, so we went back this year.  Needless to say, my eating habits weren't good; oh the intention was there but they didn't play out.  So I'm back to square one; still doing simply filling.  I had a doctor's appointment prior to leaving for the beach and he suggested I enjoy myself and get back on track when I return.  So that's the plan!  He also upped my thyroid meds a teeny bit to move my metabolism along.


But anyway, I'm back and back on track and though it looks like I'm starting over - I'm not defeated yet!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Sorry.....

So I see another month has gotten away from me!  I really don't want to give up blogging; but life often takes over!!

I did ANOTHER Paint Nite and had tons of fun; I'm also signed up for another in August and have lots of friends coming along for that one.  This is the painting I did this time:


My dogs were a little bottom heavy; but I thought it turned out great!  This painting was very close to me...I see Toby & Lucy looking up in the sky at Keyser (represented by that bone shaped cloud).  I had signed up for this painting before losing Keyser (or even aware that I was) and now it seems like it was a glance into the future.

I do LOVE the Paint Nites though - there's one going on this afternoon with some spots left; I'd love to go but I'm getting ready for:

V A C A T I O N!!!!!

This is the second (hopefully annual) trip to Ocean City, MD with my sister, nieces and great-nephews!  Sure to be fun and entertaining; oh and I can taste those hard shell crabs already!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

An Update!

This past week a co-worker and I went to Paint Nite.  If you've never heard of this or have been afraid to attend one - you really need to check them out!  They are a lot of fun and you need positively no artistic ability!  Trust me art is not my talent but even my painting came out good:
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Mine doesn't look like the artist's nor anyone else's in the room - but it looks like something!  I'm doing another in July and am really looking forward to it.
CC and I went yard selling and wine testing yesterday.  The one winery was having a festival in honor of their dog Rusty's birthday!  There was an artist there doing caricature drawings.  I showed him this photo on my phone:
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And asked him to do just Keyser.   I LOVE IT:
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Yes, I'm Still Alive!

I'm really really trying to maintain this blog, but blogger just isn't always cooperative and it does it on both my home and work computers.  I can only assume my account is corrupt or something......I really don't want to lose everything.

I like blogger better than wordpress, it is just so much more simplier to use!

So bare with me as I work out the glitches....

Monday, June 1, 2015

Bittersweet....

Friday the call came and well.....Keyser came home:



My dear sweet baby boy......

Friday, May 22, 2015

Heartbroken.....

Last night our Keyser went to the Rainbow Bridge - we miss him so very much!





Sunday, May 17, 2015

My Keyser Dog

I received some bad news Friday – the unexpected, not ready for kind.

Our Keyser dog won’t be with us much longer…..   :(    I’m heartbroken.

He seemed fine yesterday morning; but when I got home from work he didn’t greet me with the normal beagle/hound bark that he normally does.  When I walked him he was very stiff and slow and really didn’t want to walk.  When I took him back in, he just flopped on the floor and wouldn’t take his treat, even though I topped it with peanut butter.  Definitely not good signs, but since he suffers from back and hip issues, I thought he just injured something again while jumping.

I called the vet and they told me to bring him in.  It became clear by both the vet and I that we weren’t dealing with his normal issues; that seemed fine; but his gums were pale which indicates anemia which indicates he’s bleeding somewhere.  He would tense up when she touched around his stomach.  She told me she suspected that he had a tumor that was bleeding into his stomach and wanted to do x-rays; if everything looked alright they’d proceed with blood work.  I went to sit in the lobby.
I knew when she came out and asked me to come review the x-rays that it wasn’t good news; had things looked right she just would of said that and said they’d continue with blood work.  I knew when I saw the x-rays it wasn’t good.

Keyser either has a tumor in the liver or spleen which is bleeding.  He’d need an ultrasound to determine which it is.  If the tumor is in the liver – nothing can be done for him.  If the tumor is in the spleen, it can be removed and with chemo he would live at the most another year.  ONE YEAR – that’s the best we can hope for.

Hubby and I have decided against an ultrasound – it doesn’t seem worth it.  It would just be prolonging his life to satisfy us!  I have a friend who’s dog had the same thing and she did the surgery and chemo – she said she’d never do that again, it was just too hard on the dog.
Right now, my Keyser is on pain meds until……well, you know – we have a decision to make.










Saturday, May 16, 2015

FINALLY!!!

I've been having a HORRIBLE time trying to get into blogger to post.  It either won't connect or it freezes when it does.  It's making blogging almost impossible!!

Because of this, I'm moving over to WordPress - only one blog, I'm going back to do everything under The Dog Ate My Sofa name.

You can find us here:

THE DOG ATE MY SOFA ON WORDPRESS

I will not be importing the old posts here to over there; but I also won't be deleting this blog...everything hopefully will stay here, but all new stuff will be at wordpress.

Please come on over and join me there!!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

It's Not A Diet....

"It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle change"

That blip has been on my sidebar for ions......I just removed it.

Guess what?  It is a diet.  The diet shouldn't be your lifestyle change.  The things you learn from the diet is the lifestyle change.

With Weight Watchers the diet is points plus.  The lifestyle change is all the other things you learn with it.

PointsPlus is just a tool used to help you lose the weight.  All the other things are the tools to help you maintain for a lifetime.

You know the:  portion control, tracking what you are eating, being more active, making the healthy choices.  That's what you need to continue for a lifetime.  I wish I'd of learned that sooner.


Today went rather well.  It was beautiful out here so CC and I did some yard sales, thrift stores and consignment shops.  I really racked up the steps on my fitbit, which helped with the food choices.

When I'm out and about, I never know where we will end up eating and that makes planning meals ahead hard.  We ate at a local diner for breakfast where I had an omelet and toast.  Lunch was at another locally owned restaurant where I dined on a belgium waffle topped with bananas and maple syrup.  Hubby and I did a local diner for dinner, which was 1/2 a club sandwich and 1/2 an order of french fries.  Not great choices, but with all the steps I did I still have tons of calories left over.  They won't get used though, I'm full and almost ready for bed!

If I can control eating at my parent's house tomorrow - I know I'll be headed in the right direction!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Moving Forward

I never thought anyone read this blog...and then since my revelation that it was time to cut ties with Weight Watchers for the time being brought me encouraging comments (they are over on the weight loss blog, link on sidebar).

I like that.  I've always used my blogs as a way of sorting through all the things that go through my head and it is very nice that my weight thoughts are shared by others.

So why the cut from Weight Watchers?

When I started WW back in 2010, I was ready for it.  I lost 20 lbs. on the old point system and another 20 on points plus.  I made Lifetime and then.....well then, nothing more happened.  I know, I know...I was to continue doing what I was doing, but I didn't and the weight came back.

I've joined and rejoined WW at least 3 times since 2011; CC and I have tried to do it on our own.  But I could just never get back into that enthusiasm I felt the first time around.

This isn't Weight Watchers fault; it's mine.  I know better than to blame the diet.

Since November (when I started back) I've been fighting the same 5 lbs.  Totally in that time I've lost 6.4.  Not very good for 5 months of dieting.

I think, like some of the other bloggers, it just makes you tired.  You want the "skinny" you back - I want to be "that" girl; but the journey to get there is over whelming.

Like I said in a previous post - I'm tired of looking at food and seeing a point value; I'm tired of adjusting points around to make something fit.  I'm tired of points.

Weight Watchers just isn't the right fit for me this time around.

I've opted to give SparkPeople a try and so far everything is good.  I'm not switching out points for calories; but I do look at the bottom totals to see if I'm within my ranges.  Today, for example, I knew it would be a heavy eating day (with probably some not so good choices).  So I logged those not so good choices in and worked the rest of my day around them.  I was still coming up over though so I walked on my breaks, walked the dogs when I got home and earned enough to put me back in the ranges with some left over!  How great is that?  And I really didn't do anymore walking than normal.  Before it would take quite a lot to earn one measly point!  Now it didn't seem like a lot of effort.

Because I'm doing something new - I'm thinking more clearly.  Today a co-worker told me he was bringing donuts in the morning and asked me what kind I would like.  I almost blurted out powdered white cream but then I backed up and said "Thanks, but I don't want a donut."  If I were still doing WW, I'd of ate the donut and taken it off my weekly pts. whether I had them or not.

See it's a new diet, not the same old one; so it's a new prospective.  Rather than just count the points and go over; I now ask myself "Do I really want that?" and if I do I then ask "What do I need to do to be able to have it?"  

Hubby and I ate out last night.  I had it in my head a healthy option, but when we got there they had a favorite as a special.  So I opted for the favorite and only ate 1/2 of it (which was more than plenty); boxed up the other 1/2 and had it for lunch today.

So, so far I'm thinking my choices; actually going the distance to make it work and feeling better about this whole weight loss thing!  FINALLY!!

I know I need to work on getting my water intake back up (I use to be so good at that) and becoming more active (which with the nice weather shouldn't be hard); and just making better choices.  SparkPeople has a lot of information on their site I've been reading through and some of it is very very helpful.

Again, I'm not encouraging anyone to leave WW - everyone needs to find their own "nitch" - but don't be afraid to start new if that's what you need!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It's Been NINE Years!!

Today marks nine years since we got Toby!  Time sure does fly!




The above photos were from the rescue website!