Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. It's National Waffle Day (August 24th)...what decision are you currently 'waffling over'? (or share one you've recently 'waffled over')
Buying a new home. I own a condo but when my family comes to visit there is just not a lot of room. I would love to have a large house with room for everyone!! Gotta keep saving!
2. It's the middle of August, but I'm already seeing lots of autumn-related posts. Do you think we rush the seasons? If so, does that bother you? I saw (here) an end of summer bucket list that included-

make s'mores, read a new (or favorite) book in the park, eat something delicious and bad for you at a state fair, be a tourist for the day, have a pot luck picnic, book a last minute summer getaway, relax by or in the pool, take a hike to watch the sunset, have a day on the lake, try a new summer recipe

Which activities on the list might you squeeze in before summer officially comes to a close? 
We definitely rush the seasons way to much and I hate it. I wish we could all just enjoy today more!!!  I went in to Hobby Lobby and they have Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas up already! Seriously!?!? Yuck! It is still summer to me!I may try all the above you have listed...
3. Your favorite summertime 'art' found in nature?
Flowers! I absolutely love flowers!!! God's hand at art work!

4. Stephen R. Covey is quoted as saying 'We judge ourselves by our intentions, and others by their actions.' Agree or no? Do you define yourself based on your intentions, your actions, or something else? 
I am in recovery so I have learned to take a hard look at myself and ALWAYS judge myself on my actions and take a long hard look at my motivations for any situation. As far as others, judge not less we be judged, right? I try really hard not to judge others at all....Live and Let Live!
5. Are you useful in a crisis? Elaborate. 
Today yes....in my younger years absolutely NOT!
6. What's been your go-to dish this summer? Is it something you'll continue making as the seasons change?
Capresi salads are my favorite for summer! Basil, tomato, mozzarella cheese and balsamic reduction is amazing!!!!!!
7. Adult coloring books are a thing now. Have you jumped on the bandwagon? If not is this something you think you might enjoy?
I have, and I like to color but just never find the time. I also enjoy reading way more so that seems to always win when I have down time. I think I have colored 1/2 of one of the pages in my book - LOL!

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 
If you are struggling with staying on track with weight loss, I am hosting Weigh in Wednesdays to keep each other accountable...I would love it if you would join in !  Annster's Domain




Week 4 - Weight in Wednesday


Hi! I hope you all have had the most amazing week so far!!

It's that time again! What has now become my favorite day of the week! I wish I could quit weighing myself everyday and just look on Wednesday but I cannot. I am so afraid it will start heading in the WRONG direction one day and get out of hand. Anyone else do this?  I will keep working on that!

Time for Weigh in Wednesday!

No cheats again this week! When I hit 20 pounds lost I am going to give myself some little reward...not sure what yet. Do you reward yourself at all??? So, here we go!

I started on July 24, 2016 and have lost 17.9 pounds since then.

From last Wednesday to this Wednesday I have lost 2.9 pounds. I wish it were more than that but I will take it!

I have been watching. measuring and recording everything I eat and making sure to get at least 10,000 steps a day and drink my water!

Please, won't you join me and this check in to stay accountable!? Let's build this up and keep each other accountable! I need your help!!!

Here's to health!!! Happy rest of your week!

Won't you please come and join in with me? Simply grab the button below and link up in the linky below!! Lets keep each other on track!!!

What do you to reward yourselves?!?! Ideas are so very welcome!!!








Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge - Link On Up

Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.
 1. I read here four creative activities to try this month. They were-calligraphy, make your own cookbook, dance or learn a new type of dance, and letter writing. Which activity on the list appeals to you most? Will you add it to your August? 
I LOVE dancing! Zumba is my favorite however, I make a point of dancing to music in my home alone whenever possible!!
 2. Bertrand Russell is quoted as saying, 'To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.' Agree or disagree? Explain.
I LOVE this quote! If I am interpreting correctly that is. To me this means that if you never have to WANT and WAIT to get something, you can never truly appreciate it when you get it. Kids today have this problem a lot! So many kids I know get and have everything they want...it is hard to appreciate anything now days. Kinda sad really....      I can remember waiting MONTHS to get a certain new toy at Christmas.
3. August 17th is National Thriftshop Day...are you a 'thrifter'? If so, tell us about one of your best or favorite finds. 
 
I do enjoy thrifting! Goodwill is my favorite stop and I also really enjoy flea markets! Your junk is my treasure! HA HA
 
 4.  On a scale of 1-10 (with 1= almost none and 10=loads) how would you rate your sense of wanderlust? What kicks your wanderlust into high gear? 
 
I am a 10! I love to get away! Had about four weeks of vacation this summer - made such a difference in my outlook! The beach is my serenity!
 
 5. Has life felt more like a marathon or sprint so far this month? How so?
 
Sprint...days go by faster and faster!!! I am getting way too old way too quick!
 
 6. What do you need to get a jump on before fall officially arrives? 

Nothing at all!!! Yeah me!

7. What's the last thing you did with friends or family where you lost track of time?

Family vacation to the beach! I did not even know what day of the week it was on most days! LOVE that!

8. Insert your own random thought here.
 
Loving that my weight loss is back on track thanks to Weigh in Wednesday and staying accountable on social media!! Lost 3.2 this week!!!  Won't you please join me?!?!!? Stop by and link up there too! I would love to have you!!! Happy Hump Day!
 
 
 
 

Week 3 - Weigh in Wednesday


Hi! I hope you all have had the most amazing week so far!!

Any new exciting news anyone?

Please share in the comments field below as I need excitement through others right now! LOL!


Okay - onto why I am here today! Time for the second installment of Weigh in Wednesday! I missed the second week (which should have been last week because I was on vacation)....not to worry though! I am back with week 2 this week and ready to make this consistent!! Yeah! Also, I mentioned that I was on vacation...I DID NOT CHEAT AT ALL!!!! Yes, you read that right!

I went to the beach for the first time in July and ate everything you are supposed to while you are on vacation (ice cream, fattening dinners, seafood with butter and breading, fudge and sticky rolls for breakfast) so this time I decided I did not get to indulge. I did so awesome and came home feeling awesome! I did not cheat ONCE! Whoop! I think this is finally the time I keep it up and hit goal weight! Yippee!

So, here we go!

I started on July 24, 2016 and have lost 15 pounds since then.

From last Wednesday to this Wednesday I have lost 3.2 pounds

I have been watching. measuring and recording everything I eat and making sure to get at least 10,000 steps a day and drink my water!

Please, wont you join me and this check in to stay accountable!? I need your help!!!

Thanks - here's to health!!! Happy rest of your week!

Won't you please come and join in with me? Simply grab the button below and link up in the linky below!! Lets keep each other on track!!!



Happy Birthday Baby Sis!

Happy birthday to one of my favorite people on the planet!
My little sister!
I love you always and forever! 
You are my heart and I am so blessed to have you for a sister!
Happy birthday sis!!
 
 
 Please know that you mean the world to me and I could not have chosen a better baby sister!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUSIE! I LOVE YOU!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

SH Vacation 1

Hi everyone!!! I hope everyone is having an amazing summer!!!! I have been and now it is time to get caught up! But, first, thank you all for your blog posts while I vacationed - LOL! I was too lazy to blog on vacation so I read everyone else's while I hung out in the sand and surf. It seems like you all had a wonderful summer too - and are just simply not as lazy as me! HA

Well, here goes catch up from Beach vacation #1. As we do every year I went down to Stone Harbor, NJ with my family! I love it there - it is definitely our GO TO vacation spot!!!.

Here is the view from the condo!!! Nothing short of glorious!

 
Little beach view...does not hurt having a lifeguard doing his push ups in the picture either!


Here is just some our our crew...My Mom and Dad, sister and nephew!




Santa was in town!!! Christmas in July! It definitely helps keep the kids in line - LOL!  





The puzzlers...Mom and two sisters...
 


Saw a beautiful rainbow while we were in town...my iPhone did not do it justice!



Just a couple of my adorable nieces!!!! Love these girls to death!


Sunset at the beach...


Some more nieces...


And more...


Mom and sisters! This is a selfie of our morning walking/jogging crew! We got up at 6AM and walked every morning! Notice all the boys slept in everyday - HA!


We let the kids spend the day at the Wetlands. It is a wildlife conservation group to conserves the turtles and other sea creatures in the wetlands of Stone Harbor.


Little time at the beach! Just kidding! When I go to the beach with these people we spend ALL DAY EVERYDAY on the beach!


My sister and my niece...



Time to go home already! We re-connected with a family that we grew up around. The is my parents and myself and Mrs. Smith and her daughter and son-in-law. I grew up hanging out everyday with this girl!  Such fun to re-connect!

Ininin Jbjbkb