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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Great garage sale finds today!

I hit the Pond Creek city wide garage sales today and did pretty well.

I got an umbrella for my new-to-me patio table, it was $1

A collapsible clothes drying rack for 25 cents

A collapsible rolling cart for $5

One of my daycare families gave me a pack 'n play and a pad for my changing table

A yoga mat for $1

2 vinyl flannel back tablecloths for 50 cents each (those are great for when the kids play with the water table inside).

3 bags of books for 50 cents each at the library sale and a couple of other books at sales for $1 each

I got a sweeper/steamer. Similar to my Shark, but it actually picks stuff up and has scrubby brushes. It was $15. Oh my goodness! I loved it! Already used it once.

Friday, May 11, 2012


Knowing that I need to get more calcium and milk into my diet, I've been making smoothies the last few days, using yogurt, milk, ice, and sweetener. Some of the days I added fruits, but Thursday night, I added cocoa powder and made chocolate ones. Yum. I don't really follow a recipe. I've been putting in about 1/2 cup yogurt, some milk, ice cubes and about 6 packets of sweetener. They are very filling and the yogurt is a good source of protein, too. Going to try to get some Greek yogurt when I shop this weekend since it's supposed to have even more protein in it. Figure that will make a good breakfast or mid-morning snack for me. Don't like the Greek yogurt by itself but mixed into a smoothie, it should be good!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Not letting my emotions rule me

As a follow-up to my post on Doing the next right thing, I have been thinking about how important it is not to let my emotions rule me. As I was reading the First Place book, it talked about this. And I thought about how easy it is to...

Not cook supper and eat out because I don't "feel" like cooking.

To skip exercising in the morning because I don't "feel" like it (I've done well with this one, since January 30th, I've exercised 6 days a week, whether I felt like it or not!)

Not take the dog for a walk because I don't "feel" like it. 

Staying home from church on Sunday evening because I don't "feel" like going. 

The list goes on and on. None of these things are really bad things to do or not do. But if I concentrate on doing "the next right thing", there are better choices I could be and should be making. The book talks about not letting our emotions control us, do what is right and what we should do, no matter how we "feel". I know that's not always an easy choice to make. But I figure if I can do the next right thing more often than not, I'll have made alot of progress! 

City wide garage sale this weekend

The Pond Creek city wide garage sale is this Saturday, May 12th. Come on out and look for great deals!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Thoughts for today

This morning, I was reading in James 1 and came across this passage. Really struck me between the eyes:

13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

Kind of drives home the point that I am responsible for myself. I can't blame God (or anyone else) for my problems. Kind of a different attitude than from today's world of constant blaming, don't you think?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Do the next right thing

The church got in the group starter kit for the First Place 4 Health program. I've been reading through one of the books and this phrase really struck me: Do the next right thing. I don't have to do everything perfect, I just have to do the next right thing. That being said, I know I've really been neglecting my writing lately. So my goal for this blog is to post at least once per day. Even if that post just says "Hi, I've got nothing to say today". LOL.

Some prayer requests:
Please pray for me as I work to get this First Place program started in our church. Specifically that there are members who are interested in and committed to doing the program. I think group support will really be beneficial for me.

Pray for me to have writing ideas and the ability to share them. I like writing but I seem to be really blocked lately. :(

Pray for Tom and I as we continue to work on our finances. It is hard to be gazelle intense all the time and we have faltered lately.