Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New Year - New Hope: Fasting Journal {February 2016}

Thought I would do a more indepth post about the Three days of my fast.

February 1 - Today is day one of my fast. I wanted to do a beginning weigh in/measurements and I am pleased to say that those 2lbs that I reported as lost on the 29th are still missing!  I will not be putting their picture on a milk carton though!  Ha ha!  I also had an inch down in 2 places.  Not that this fast is necessarily about weight loss, as I mentioned before it's about my overall health, physically, Spiritually, emotionally.

I am asking God to "take back your temple".

Bridge & I are going on our walk early so that she can go do interny things at the theatre this afternoon.  I'm actually looking forward to being alone for a little while so that I have a quiet "quiet time"!

It's been a good first day so far.  My blood sugar has been good, so no concerns there at this point. I've been reading & journaling (in my actual journal, not here on the computer).  And while it's been informative and encouraging, I don't think I'm getting down to the nitty gritty of things yet. 

One thing that I came across in my reading was a comparison between conviction and condemnation that I thought was eye-opening…

Conviction says: Hey, you're going in the wrong direction, here's a better way.  Conviction carries HOPE.

Condemnation says: You're bad and you will always be this way.  Condemnation carries HOPELESSNESS.

But Romans 8:1-4  says: Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering .  And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.

So it's now 8:30pm  I've successfully managed to get through today's meals...without eating, only drinking water and 2 cups of V8 Fusion juice.  I've been checking my blood sugar, and it's been really good all day.  Although I have been secretly hoping that it would go low enough to give me an excuse to eat something, but that hasn't happened.  I guess that's a good thing :)  I do have a slight headache though.


February 2  - Here I am, Day 2. I have feeling this may be a harder day to get through.  I still have my little headache (may need to take something for that).  Bridgette should be home all day, but will probably be doing stuff in her room.  I really need to do some serious praying today.

It's noon time now...and I just had a time of prayer & worship with God...one thing that was worked out, something I wasn't expecting, was my feelings about choosing not to be with my mom during her last hours, four years ago.  How I felt guilty in a way for selfishly not being there, because I didn't want to watch her die...and felt that I had somehow let her down by not being there.  I don't know and don't really believe that she was even aware of things because of the morphine, but my fear was that if she was aware, that she was sad or afraid or just wondered why I wasn't there.  I am grateful that Rebecca (our pastor's daughter) did stay with her, but I have felt guilty that it was someone outside our family who stayed with her.  During my prayer today, I asked for forgiveness, whether it was needed or not, and asked that God would take the burden of these thoughts from me.  I can't go back and change things, they are what they are...and I'm not sure that I would do anything differently if I could.  I will just hang on to the knowledge that she is at peace now, and cling to the hope that I will see her (and my dad) again someday.  I am feeling at peace about it...I think I have released the burden to God.  I pray that should those thoughts ever resurface, that I will remember that it's been taken care of, and it's not my burden any longer.  I have cast this care on the Lord and he will sustain me.

I also wanted to share the email blessing from Susie Larson I received today...so fitting for this time:

May new and fresh hope suddenly arise within you! May the enemy's plan against you backfire as you grow stronger in your trials, not weaker. May your sturdy grasp of God's promises intimidate the enemy and make him lose heart! May you find JOY in the heat of the battle, POWER in the promises of God, and PROVISION where you've known lack. May the things you once knew of God pale in comparison to what you know of Him now. He makes all things new. He breaks through. And He will come through for you. Soldier on, mighty one! God is with you!

As well as the verse of the day…1 Corinthians 2:9  However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him

I am so thankful that God makes all things new...I need to be made new, continually! I love the end of the blessing…"Soldier on, mighty one!  God is with you!"  that's a pep talk right there!  I am looking forward to all the wonderful,  inconceivable things that God has prepared for me!

I came across this and thought it was interesting...and something to remember when I get stressed about my health or anything really...


It's now close to supper time...or what would be supper time if I were eating.  Anyway, I was re-calculating the 48 hours this afternoon, cause I was originally thinking the time would be up tomorrow night at midnight, but I was wrong and it's actually up tonight at midnight. (eh...me & math :P )  SO...I will be done sooner than expected.  I'm not sure that I accomplished all that I wanted to accomplish during this time, but that's okay.  It was a boost, at any rate and I will hopefully continue to make good progress.  I don't know if I necessarily received the answers I was looking for, but I certainly learned some things and was reminded of others, so I will say that it was successful.

I am hungry though, that's for sure, and I am looking forward to breaking my fast!  But, my goodness supper sure smells good :(  And, ugh the sounds of people eating is making me want to run away...Lord, help me make it through the next few minutes until they are done. 

What I haven't done so great with is staying off facebook.  Monday was better than today,  I really think if I ever want to do a successful facebook fast I would need to deactivate my account for a while.  Unfortunately, because I am responsible for posting church things on their facebook page, this isn't something that I could really do.  So I will need to think about this more and really rely on God's strength if I were to fast facebook.

February 3 -  As I was going to do my quiet time (scripture writing/prayer) I revisited yesterday's verse for prayer.  February's prayer topic is regarding husbands...and this particular verse was in reference to harmony (or unity as it is in the NIV).  Here is the verse from Roman's 15:5-6…

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement  give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

And clearly the point of this passage is indeed unity (harmony).  But the thing that stood out to me...really jumped off the page for me was "the God who give endurance and encouragement…"  Those two words for me go together right now, it's what I am desiring - that I would be able to endure (keep going even though it's hard work) and that it wouldn't be without encouragement.  There is nothing worse (relatively speaking) than feeling like you are putting a bunch of effort into being healthy & losing weight and getting nowhere.

Today I am encouraged because I endured the 48 hour fast and lost 3lbs!  I am so thankful to God for the boost!  I pray that God will continue to give me endurance for this long road ahead, and that he would bless me with some encouraging milestones.  I am asking for his blessing and favor to not only get back to where I was last June, but to continue beyond that!  I want to finish this race and win the prize!

Finally, I will close out this special fasting portion of my New Year - New Hope journal with today's email blessing from Susie Larson:


When you come to the edges of yourself and you feel the limits of your love and your generosity...instead of despair, just whisper a prayer to the God who loves you. He'll do through you, what you cannot do for yourself. He never rolls His eyes or breathes a heavy sigh when He looks at you. May you--right in the midst of your limits--look to Jesus who intends to finish what He started in you. Walk freely today, knowing you (like the rest of us) are a work in progress. And you get to be; without the condemnation. Blessings on your day this day

Monday, February 1, 2016

Honey Bee's New Year - New Hope: January {Part Two}


And...here is Part 2!

January 19 - today is my doctors appointment.  Despite efforts to keep myself calm, I am still very nervous.  I've always hated going to the doctors.  Don't know what happened to those almost 2lbs that I supposedly lost the other day, but they found me again.  UGH...it's so depressing.  Plexus is expensive, I want to see some progress, even just  little consistent drops would be good, but instead I've got nothing.  I don't want to keep spending money and get nowhere.

January 20 - okay so yesterday was my doctor's appointment.  I was so super stressed about it...but it went okay. I am so happy I made the choice to switch doctors, she is so nice, even in the light of negative changes, she told me not to fret, that we'd work on getting things better.  Now that's encouraging!   She thinks that perhaps my weight gain since June's appointment may be because my thyroid has gone wacky (it hadn't been checked since March) and partly due to me going into menopause (33 days and I can official claim it!)...so they did blood work for that before I left, don’t know the results  yet.  She also took me off of my diabetes medication. I'm not sure how I feel about that.  I mean I'm glad she felt my a1c has been good enough to warrant taking me off of it, but the thought of maintaining such good numbers without medication has me stressed.   I'm already stressed about my eating because of the weight gain...this is just going to compound that.  Oh Lord, help me to achieve this without having to get all extreme.  I just want to be able to enjoy eating, not turn it into a dreaded chore...or say I can never have something again because it's not necessarily good for me.  Not to make this entry longer than it needs to be...but with the exception of the weekends, I have been keeping up with my bible time too, which has been nice. No, jump off the page type things to share today, just a nice quiet time.

January 21 - well, I heard from the doctor this morning.  My thyroid is normal.  So other than menopause, there is nothing to blame but myself.  Apparently I just suck at getting & staying healthy.  I am trying...but what if the weight just keeps coming anyway?  Feeling  defeated today, which doesn't help me want to continue to do the yucky stuff.  I mean if it's not helping anyway, why not just do what I want.  I don't like today.  It's very depressing when you are trying and no progress is being made. 

UPDATE:  God is good!  I was encouraged by the time in God's word after I wrote the above...it actually brought me to tears.  I was reminded of 3 things; 1) DELIGHT in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart!  2) Commit your way to the Lord and he will do this!  And 3) NO barrier of sin or weakness on our part can stifle his forgiveness!  I definitely needed to hear ALL of those things from God today.  PS: also just wanted to note that supposedly I am supposed to be drinking half my body weight in ounces (of water) while doing Plexus.  DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW HARD THAT IS TO DO?  It's a LOT of water.  I finally did it yesterday for the first time since starting Plexus...and had to go pee every time I turned around.  I'm going to try to do that again today...but my goodness it's not easy.  

SECOND UPDATE:  Okay, so after all that, some tiny things happened today and I let my emotions drag me back down in the dumps.  I was hot mess for most of the afternoon. Then as I was scrolling through facebook (yep, I still haven't given that up...but at this moment I'm glad) I came across this from Susie Larson, an author that I follow, who happens to post blessings everyday:

Evening Blessing: May you refuse to let your emotions dictate your perspective. You have Jesus. You have His presence. And you have His promises! When what your eyes see is different than what your heart deeply desires, look up and pray. He invites you to walk with Him, talk with Him, and involve Him in every detail of your life. If you're in the 'not-yet' season, take time to worship God because He's God; take time to thank Him too, because He's been good. And dare to ask for the impossible, because He's a wonder-working God. Your story is not over yet. Have a heart-at-rest kind of night. God bless you!  

Can I just say that I totally bawled.  You know that God is speaking to you when you get a neon sign like that dropped in front of your face!  Alright God, I'm paying attention.  I may just need to put this on a giant poster and read it every single day, but I WILL take it to heart!

January 22 - Today Bridgette and I did our own version of a Bollywood work out (one of the stations I found on Pandora)!  I'm sure we would have been quite a sight if anyone had seen us! I have no idea what they are singing, but the music sure does make you want to move :)  Great for working those core muscles!

January 23 - I haven't been all that happy with my blood sugar numbers since stopping the metformin.  Not that they have been horrible, but certainly not as good as when I was taking it...and it's been giving me some stress, worrying that every little thing I put into my mouth, will spike my blood sugar.  So, I decided for the sake of having less stress (and since I still had plenty left, and 2 more refills), and in the hopes of not causing my body damage from higher blood sugar readings, that I would try cutting the dose in half, and see how I do with that.  I'm not sure why she didn't suggest that in the first place, to see how I do, instead of having me go "cold turkey".   At any rate, if my numbers are still up higher than I'm comfortable with, I will call my doctor to let her know and see what she'd like me to do.

January 24 - Been thinking about the phrase "take back your temple" (reading a Christian weight loss [program] website/blog recently by the same name) and when I first thought about it, I was thinking of it in the sense of getting back control of your health...but that's not what it is at all.  It's meant to be a phrase  prayer to God...asking him to take back HIS temple, putting the control back in his hands (where it should be anyway).  When thought of in that way, it puts a whole NEW perspective on things!  Today's sermon was about the story of Gideon...some things I knew, other things were new. I like when I hear something profound about a bible story that I either hadn't heard before or something new is revealed in what was previously known.  Gideon basically starts out as a scaredy cat, hiding in a winepress threshing wheat, moves to a confident leader of the Israelite army whom God uses to bring about the defeat of the Midianites by impossible odds, and ends up letting the victories go to his head, thinking he was "all that" and taking it upon himself to enact revenge on those who refused to help them.  How does this apply to me in my weight loss goals?  First, I need to stop being scared and "get out of the winepress".  Second, I need to trust what God says, and let him bring about the victories. And Third, when the victories do come...don't let them go to my head, because they won't (and shouldn't) be my doing...they are HIS.  Which is a difficult thing for me.  I keep thinking that I HAVE TO DO THIS, I have to FIGURE things out...and basically afraid that if I don't eat perfectly healthy, in the perfect portion sizes, and workout most days, that I am doomed to fail.  There are SO MANY health options/tips/methods out there.  Even if I were to pick the correct one...doing it perfectly is a tall order...and perhaps next to impossible!  But, what I can do is pray each day for God to take back his temple...let him guide me each day in my choices...and then let him have the glory when victory comes.

January 25 - It's a Monday.  Bridgette went to help out in the box office at the theatre this afternoon.  So I exercised by my lonesome.  I danced (if you can call it that) around the living room to swing music for about 40 min. 

January 27 - The floor went in today...plus it's rainy so, didn't do any exercise. :( I'm missing going for walks with Bridgette.  I also decided that I would continue with the Plexus Slim for February...but unless I see some drastic changes, I will discontinue after that.  I can't justify the price for just a general feeling of well-being.  Granted, I can't really know what good it is doing, and am slightly afraid that it has helped with my blood sugar, and that stopping will adversely affect those numbers.  But that is a risk I'll have to take...as our bank account is also being adversely affected!   

January 28 - Still rainy.  Did about 15 - 20 min walking type stuff with the weights again. I'm considering doing a partial fast next week (food, tv & internet)  I feel like I need to take some time getting closer to God...give him my present & future health, both spiritual and physical...as well as other fears that are hanging around.  Don't worry, I will be careful and monitor my blood sugar and adjust things should my numbers decide to get wacky.

January 29 - Bridgette & I walked around our little neighborhood loop twice today.  It's been a little while since we've been able to go outside and walk, so feeling a little out of practice.  Hopefully next week, we can get back to our normal walking route.  I've been working on getting prepared for my fast...gathering reading/study  materials and sending them to my kindle (less temptation for getting on the internet to read!) and compiling some of my praise & worship music into a playlist of sorts on my mp3 player so that I can be encouraged that way as well.  Ps: I have been relatively happy with my blood sugar readings at the half dose...so will continue that and let her know that when I go back in April.  Will continue to monitor to make sure, things stay in a good range.  Also, down 2lbs this morning...although don't know how legit that is, as the inches are all still the same...Boo!

And since it is Friday, and I haven't really been journaling on the weekends, this will conclude the January portion of Honey Bee's New Year - New Hope!  Hopefully I will have some fabulous things to share for February...especially in regards to my fast!  

So, until then...may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. [2 Thess. 3:16]

Monday, January 25, 2016

Honey Bee's New Year - New Hope: January {Part One}

So, I decided to split up my resolution journal into two posts.  One now, with entries through January 15th and the second on February 1st with the rest. 

I didn't end up journaling every day...but that's okay, cause who wants to read all that anyway. Quite frankly, you probably don't want to read any of what I did write, but nobody is making you, so feel free to go do something else instead, I won't be offended :)


December 30 - day 1 of Plexus Slim...the pink drink...It was surprisingly yummy!  I don't think I will have a problem at all drinking one of those babies every day.  It seems entirely too simple.  I know that, obviously, I still need to make dietary changes and exercise...and I plan to do that (with God & Bridgie's help)...perhaps this will give me the boost I need to get the job done.  I recorded my beginning weight and measurements...eesh, lets not talk about those numbers, too depressing!

December 31 - day 2 of Plexus Slim.  I woke up actually feeling a little slimmer...I know it's crazy, but I swear I felt a tiny bit smaller, so I measured again, only in my mid section...upper abs (aka the belly roll), waist & hips...to see if I was just imagining things and sure enough all 3 measurements were down an inch each!  Granted, I know I probably fluctuate on any given day, but it was still encouraging! 

January 1 - day 3 of Plexus Slim.  Today is also the day I need to get serious about my God time. 

January 2 - day 4 of Plexus Slim. A Saturday and I couldn't sleep...ended up getting up around 5:30 because my mind kept thinking about my to-do list for the day.  Came out to the living room made my list and had a really sweet quiet time...The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness!

January 3 -day 5 of Plexus Slim.  Time got away from me today, and I didn't end up doing my own personal quiet time :(  but it was Sunday, and I did go to church, so there is that.  Tomorrow begins the post-holiday lets get down to business time. I think the plan is for Bridgette and I to walk.  Outside.  Part of me just wants to dance around to this fun Bollywood workout station on Pandora, but not if anyone shows up to work on the porch...plus the weather is supposed to be cool, so perfect for being outside (as long as it doesn’t make my nose run!)

January 4 - day 6 of Plexus Slim.  Bridgette and I went for our walk, it was gorgeous outside. We made a loop around our neighborhood and the neighborhood across the street...the route is a little over 2 miles! We are going to try and do it most days, schedule & weather permitting.

January 5 - day 7 of Plexus Slim.  Drank my last pink drink today...well at least until my new supply gets here.  Hopefully by Saturday at the latest.  Yes I've lost 1 inch on my waist, 2 inches upper ab, 2 inches hip! The scale did not budge though.  I'm going to give it a  month and see if there is any progress.  Because it's way too expensive for mediocre results...no matter what the claims may be.  Bridge & I walked again today, tomorrow maybe difficult to get things in, as we are going off for most of the day.  But part of our day is shopping, so we'll be walking around some, probably not 2 miles worth though.  And I'll also have to find time later in the evening to do my bible time.

January 7  - Bridge & I did our walk with Hannah today...it was a fun having her along!

January 9 - I didn't really journal the last few days...a couple of the days we were busy with things, and then I forgot...plus I was waiting for more Plexus to come.  It arrived yesterday and so now I'm back in business!  I did miss one day of bible time on Wednesday the 6th because we were out most of the day, and find that if I don't do it in the morning, chances are I won't do it later.  The scripture writing is going pretty well.  I haven't been all that happy with the scripture praying though, but it might be the topic for January...I'm finding it hard to know how to pray regarding these scriptures.

January 11 - I have a feeling that weekends are going to be difficult to keep up with bible time. During the week, it's a little easier, I know I'm not going to be perfect with this...and that's okay.  I need to know that if I miss some days, I am not a failure.  I don't want to give up...even though sometimes that is how I feel.  I want to be perfect, and I can overwhelm myself with the feeling that if I can't do it just right, than I shouldn't do it at all.  Where does that come from?  Is it a lie from the devil?  Some sort of ploy to keep me from doing it.  I'm sure that it is...and I need to remind myself of that.  I am continuing to drink my Plexus, and feel like it's helping a little.  I've been sleeping better the last few nights and my shoulders don't seem to be bothering when I wake up the last couple of days.  Bridgette and I walked again today.

January 12 - Today was blood work for my doctors appointment next week.  Hopefully everything will look decent.  I am still frustrated though (I missed a couple of days  while waiting for my Plexus order, but it was only 2 days) as I gained a pound and all my measurements were the same as last Tuesday.  I don't know what's up with that.  I swear, the amount and what I am eating shouldn't  be causing this, in fact I've actually given up some stuff.  I FEEL good, I would just like to see some progress as far as the scale and measurements go.

January 13 - 3rd day to walk this week, and I am continuing to have a bible time!

January 14 - stepped on the scale this morning (yeah, I know, I know) but I was down almost 2lbs...thankful for the tiniest bit of progress! Had my bible time, but didn't walk today.  However cleaned up the kitchen and did 4 loads of laundry!


January 15 -Brian was off today for his doctor appointment...which wasn't horrible, but he has improvements to make.  Just like me. "It's a lifestyle change"...ugh I hate that phrase.  It makes it seem like we're awful people because we haven't done things perfectly.  This is one of the things I don't like about some doctors...they harp on the negative, and don't offer any recognition for the things that have improved. I don't know about you, but I respond better to encouragement. However, we will work on this together.  PS: The room is done (minus the floor and some finishing painting/staining to do) & paid for!  Mom said she has 39 working days left!

So if by some odd chance that this actually interested you, stay tuned next Monday for Part Two!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Looking for the Gateway to Joy

Well today was supposed to be my Sweeter Than Honey post.  Only I didn't working on anything for any of my topics this month.  But that's okay, I guess.  I kind of had a tiny idea for what would have been today's post, but it was just an idea and my brain wasn't ready to develop it into anything resembling an actual post...although, it appears that it is turning into a post anyway.  It was going to be about Joy. Which is my "word for the year".  I'm not sure exactly what that is supposed to mean "word for the year".  I had Abide, last year...but I didn't go very far with it.  I don't really know what I should do with this word...JOY.  I just know that I want to try and have a better attitude towards life.  To look at life more positively.

You know like in this old song...

You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between

You've got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium's
Liable to walk upon the scene



Basically be more content.  Worry less (am I even capable of that?). Laugh more.  Be grateful for all that I have been blessed with.  Have more faith in the HOPE of the promise of eternal life, because I have believed in Jesus as my savior...have peace in the reality of that promise.  Give whatever I've got (the good, the bad, the ugly) over to God...let him sort it all out and lead me through the gate to Joy.  I like this quote by Elisabeth Elliot...at least it is attributed to her in this image...I was not able to verify that it is actually by her.




Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year - New Hope: Resolving to Change in 2016!

It has never been my policy to seriously make New Year's Resolutions in the past.  But this year I have decided to change my policy.  My reason for doing so now can be boiled down to this saying...



 ~ My  Resolution Intentions ~

This can apply to so many areas of my life.  Granted last year, I did indeed make some health changes after my diabetes diagnosis.  But, then I got my blood sugar well controlled, and so allowed myself some indulgences.  While my blood sugar is still doing well, my indulgences (and most certainly my lack of exercise) has pushed my weight back up some (by about 10lbs from where I was at the beginning of the summer).  I am very discouraged by this and so I KNOW I need to make some changes.  This is not where I want to be.  

So, I made a decision to give Plexus Slim a try.  It's a "weight loss" and health benefit drink, kind of like those on the go drink mix pouches that you can add to a water bottle...you drink one a day.  A couple of my friends have been doing it for a while now (In my opinion neither one of them, by all appearances, really needed to lose weight) and they say they have seen definite changes and benefits from it.  The only thing is, it's kind of pricey.  I am just doing a 7 day trial right now, and will make a decision then to keep going or not.  Plus, Bridgette plans to help motivate me, and is willing to eat better & exercise with me...it's always good to have a partner.  Now I just pray that we can keep each other accountable!  We are very much alike, and both of us can be easily presuaded into laziness etc. 

On December 30, at 9am I drank my first pink drink.  It was surprisingly yummy!  I don't think I will have a problem at all drinking one of those babies every day.  It seems entirely too simple.  I know that, obviously, I still need to make dietary changes and exercise...and I plan to do that...perhaps this will give me the boost I need to get the job done. 

There are  changes happening at our church, thus I borrowed the title of this post, from the tagline for all the new stuff that is ahead for our church (the name of our church is New Hope Community Church), because I also want to make changes in my time spent with God.  I am planning to put forth more effort in spending time with God and in his word.  I didn't do so great being consistent with the scripture writing, but I want to...so I will start again.  I also found a "praying the scriptures", all scheduled out for each month that I'd like to do...each month has a different focus, which is nice. (when you go to the link, you need to scroll down a bit to find each month's printable)

There is also the ever dreaded chore of keeping up with things around the house, that I would really like to improve on.  

As well as spending less time on Facebook (which would probably help me in all of the above areas).  I mean seriously, before 2008, I got along just fine without it.  Regardless of my reasons for staying on, (and I have toyed with the idea of just chucking it all) I know I will be much better off not wasting so much time scrolling through pages and pages of stuff, most of which I couldn't care less about.

There you have it...I don't know how well I will do.  I've never been much good at following through or sticking with things.  My plan is to keep a journal of my journey and post how I am doing on the first of each month.  So come February 1st, I will post my first installment of Honey Bee's New Year - New Hope.

I haven't decided if I will continue all of the regular posts I've been doing these last several months, next week is my "prep" week for that, we'll see how that goes.  I may just do some of them regularly (or more often?) and others sporadically (or less often?).  It's a new year, with lots of possibilities!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Beeing Frugal: Merry Christmas!



Merry Christmas!





Hope you all didn't spend too much this Christmas!  I think we did okay.  Probably didn't need to spend as much as we did, but I enjoy buying gifts for my family, and usually end up making some impulse purchases!  Thankfully we have been able to pay for everything upfront...it's been several years since we've done any Christmas shopping with a credit card, so I feel really good about that!


May you remember the reason for the season...
The birth of Jesus!  


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Queen Bee: A Few of My Favorite Ornaments




I thought today I would share a few of my favorite ornaments with you!

1) Holly Hobbie: This is probably one of the oldest ornaments on our tree. When I was a kid in the 70's I was very into Holly Hobbie, I had the dolls, it was the decor in my bedroom. I even dressed up as her for Halloween in 2nd grade!


2) The Christmas Spider: My 1st full-time job after high school was as a file clerk for a bank. One of the ladies I worked with made these to sell, each came with a little story "The Legend of the Christmas Spider" (click link to read)


3) Pooh Bear: I painted this Pooh Bear for Bridgette when she was 2 yrs old! Pooh Bear was one of her favorites...still is...I love that she got to be Pooh on stage in 2013, kind of makes this even more special! This was my first attempt at anything artistic/crafty.  He's not the greatest looking Pooh, and I know Bridgette at almost 20 could do a MUCH better job now, but for me back then, it wasn't half bad!


4) The Nutty Snowman: This was made by my dear friend Karen.  She is the younger sister of my best friend in high school, Marcia, who was killed in a car accident just a few days before her high school graduation.  Every year, for the past 19 years she has made an ornament for us, this year will be #20, I can't wait to see what she's created this year! I think this one will always be my favorite Karen ornament!

5) Santa Over Alcatraz: We got this in 2012 when Brian's brother, Eric got married.  Eric lives about an hour north of San Francisco, so one of the days was a day trip to the city, which also included a tour of Alcatraz.  We saw this & thought it was hilarious!  I just noticed that the border is chains & hand-cuffs...ha ha, love it!
 (I had to take it off the tree for the details to show up!)