Wednesday, February 26, 2020

A Simple Woman's Daybook ~ 2/26/20



Looking out my window:

I'm typing this at 10:01pm, so it is pitch dark!

I am thinking:

I am thinking that I am getting tired and should make sure Laken is in bed.  Morning comes early!

I am thankful:

That I have a wonderful husband who works very hard for his family!

One of my favorite things:

Is chocolate!

I am creating:

I am creating a Prayer Shawl for my "Angel".  I've been working on it for what feels like weeks and am on the home stretch!  I'm using Red Heart Ombre in Scuba.



I am wearing:

My warm, fuzzy PJ's.

I am reading (read) /watching (watched) / listening to:


I am reading "One Thing I Know" by Kara Isaac.  Ms. Isaac has fast become one of my favorite go-to authors to get me out of a reading slump!

I am hoping:

I am hoping to have a quiet, peaceful night's rest.

I am learning:

I am learning about the evil woman Athaliah from 2 Chronicles 22 in my "Really Bad Girls of the Bible" class.  

In my kitchen:

Sun:  Church Potluck
Mon:  Nuggets and Mac-n-Cheese
Tues:  Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes
Wed:  Pork Chops, Noodles
Thurs:Chinese, Rice
Fri:  Chicken, Mashed Potatoes
Sat:  Grilled Cheese, Soup

Shared Quote:

"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed."

Mark 1:35 NIV

A moment from my day:



Have a Blessed Day!

Colletta

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Tuesday 4 ~ 2/25/20

https://mytuesday4meme.blogspot.com/

Head over to Tuesday's Place for the questions and to visit everyone's answers!


1.  You're having a lovely dinner party for friends and family.  What will you serve for appetizers, main course and dessert?

We're a pretty informal bunch.  Appetizers would probably be cheese and crackers.  The main course would maybe be Lasagna and Garlic Bread.  The dessert is where it is at with Lemon Delight!

 2. Snow storm!    You've got house guests and you're all stuck inside for the night. What do you prepare for dinner.  Will you  watch a movie? Which?

Dinner would have to be something we had on hand so maybe spaghetti or grilled cheese and soup of some kind.  If we're stuck in the house then we probably wouldn't have cable (joys of country life) so we'd probably play a game of 500 Rummy or Monopoly.

3. We are going into New York City for the weekend. Where do you want to go?

I've been to New York City a few times but I've yet to see the Empire State Building or Ground Zero.

4. You are going to night school.  They offer courses in writing short stories, painting,   piano  or guitar lessons,simple home repairs,baking, and gardening.
Which do you pick  ( or make up one of your own)  and why?


I'd pick baking as that is something I love to do.  I'm a fairly decent baker already but I'd love to be able to decorate cupcakes and cakes.


Colletta

Journal Entry ~ 2/13/20-2/19/20


A few sentences about each day...

February 13, 2020 - February 19, 2020

13/Thurs ~ We got our taxes done this morning.  It feels good to have that done and out of the way.  Laken was supposed to have a four-day weekend but tomorrow is a snow make-up day.  It has been a very mild winter so far.

14/Fri ~ Shawn took Kaylee out for Valentine's Day.  Doug took me and Laken to Cracker Barrel and also bought us chocolate!  We got a few movies from the Redbox but didn't get a chance to watch them yet.  We'll do that tomorrow.

15/Sat ~ Laken spent the afternoon at a friend's house.  I did some housework then Doug and I watched a movie.  Kaylee spent a long time this afternoon working on a Sociology paper.

16/Sun ~ We came home early from evening Church because Kaylee wasn't feeling well.  I'm not feeling the best either.  I hope we're not getting a stomach bug!

17/Mon ~ Today was President's Day so the girls were home.  I was supposed to have a check-up but I rescheduled it for Friday.  Kaylee is buying her very first car!  We test drove it today and she loves it.  It is a 2008 Ford Edge and the color is Orange Crush.  She is really excited!

18/Tues ~ We picked up Kaylee's vehicle today and got everything transferred.  She is a happy camper :)  Laken said that her first vehicle is going to be a truck.  A Ford Super Duty to be exact!

19/Wed ~ Kaylee and I were going to go to the gym but the sun was shining and the birds were chirping so went outside for a walk.  It was still very chilly so we weren't out for long but it was nice to be out in the sun even for a short while.

Until next week,

Colletta

Monday, February 24, 2020

It's Monday~ What Are You Reading? ~ 2/24/20


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week.

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I definitely have Spring Fever!  Only 2 more weeks until we Spring Forward the clocks and I can't wait!

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What I read last week:

Nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  I want to remedy that this week.

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What I'm reading now:

Well, I'm getting ready to start reading it tonight!  I've made up my mind that instead of going directly to bed, I'm going to spend at least 30-60 minutes reading.  I miss my reading time.  I'm really looking forward to some nicer weather so that I can sit on the porch swing and read...sigh....


Blurb:

A fresh, heartfelt romance involving a case of mistaken identity when a ghostwriter masquerades as a relationship expert and the man who is determined to expose her holds not only the key to her success, but also her heart…

Rachel Somers is America’s #1 relationship coach—America just doesn’t know it. Rachel writes the books, but her Aunt Donna plays the face of the operation. Afraid of their secret being exposed, Rachel has no choice but to keep up the charade or lose the big money required to care for her father.

Lucas Grant is a star of late night radio and set on achieving his dream of syndication. When a big-time producer calls, it looks like his hard work is about to pay off. But the offer comes with a catch—the producer is convinced Dr. Donna is not what she seems and he wants Lucas to discover her secret. To do that, he needs to win over her tight-lipped assistant who holds the key to his success and—he begins to suspect—his heart. Can love find a way through the lies that force them apart?

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What I'll be reading next:


Blurb:

Telegraph operator Lucy Drake is a master of Morse code and has made herself a valuable asset to the Associated Press news agency. But the sudden arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith at rival British news agency Reuters puts her hard-earned livelihood at risk. Colin is talented, handsome, insufferably charming—and keeping a secret that jeopardizes his reputation.

Despite their rivalry, Lucy can't deny that Colin has the connections she needs to give her family an edge in the long legal battle they've been waging over their rightful inheritance. But when she negotiates an unlikely alliance with him, the web of treachery they dive into proves to be far more dangerous than they ever could have known.

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What are you reading?

Colletta



Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Weekly Weigh In ~ 2/19/20

Last week I was at the end of my rope with WW and I did end up cancelling my subscription.

I've been going between using www.sparkpeople.com and using a notebook.

Spark People is a lot like the WW website but is free.  BUT, there are advertisements that seems to bog down my loading time.  I've been playing around with it for a few days and don't miss the WW website or app at all.

Exercise has been sporadic as I went a bit rogue for a week with my diet and exercise.  Kaylee and I did go outside for a walk today as the sun was shining.  It ended up being a bit chilly with the wind factor but it felt so good to get outside in the sun!

I also got a new digital scale to weigh in on Friday mornings at home.  I'll see how it goes...

I'd like to thank those who commented last week with their encouragement and love.  It means a lot :)

Now,

On to the weigh in:

WW Starting Weight ~ 7/27/19 ~ 290.8 lbs
2020 Starting Weight ~ 12/28/19 ~ 270.2 lbs

Last Week's Weight ~ 2/8/20 ~ 271.6 lbs

This Week's Weight ~ 2/14/20 ~      272.0 lbs

This Week's Total:    +0.4 lbs

Grand Total: -18.8 lbs

I'll be weighing in on Saturdays and posting my results on Wednesday.  If you'd like to join in on the journey, I'd love to have some weight loss friends! 

Colletta

Monday, February 17, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 2/17/20



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The weather outside is::::

Spring-like!

Friday was very cold and wintry at 12F but by Sunday (yesterday) it was 52F!

We even saw our first robin of the year :)

On my breakfast plate:

Special K Cinnamon Pecan Cereal

As I look around the house::::

I got pretty much all the housework and laundry finished over the weekend.  I'm feeling pretty good about it.

On today's to do list::::

I'm supposed to have a dr's appt (regular check-up) this afternoon but I think I'm going to reschedule.  There's no school today for the girls and I just don't feel like going to my appt.  I mean, I'd have to shave my legs and everything!

Happening this week::::

Devotions:  Our Really Bad Girl of the Bible this week is the "Woman caught committing adultery".  We went over the first half of the lesson as time allowed.  Did you ever wonder what Jesus was writing in the sand that made the Pharisees think about their own sins and leave without stoning the woman?  We had a great time of discussion.

Diet:  I bit the bullet and cancelled my WW subscription.  I'm thinking of just using www.sparkpeople.com to keep track of my eating.  Sparkpeople counts calories.  I also got a new scale so that I can weigh myself.  That is the plan for now.

Exercise:  We only made it to the gym twice this week.  I'm hoping to go this week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and get back to our normal schedule.

Housework:  Saturday was a nice afternoon for housework.  I got the laundry finished, the floors swept, the bedding washed and the beds remade and the Family Room picked up all in good time.

Doug:  The hubby is working third shift again this week.  Not much new going on with him.  We did go out for Valentine's Day to Cracker Barrel.  He even bought me some Hershey's milk chocolate :)

Kaylee:  Kaylee is looking for her first car and with that will come her first job.  We worked on applications for part-time jobs on Sunday afternoon after Church.  She applied to the normal places including Chick-Fil-A.  I'd like her to get a job there as they aren't open on Sundays which would be wonderful.

Laken: Laken had a Track & Field meeting on Tuesday before school let out.  She had to fill out a form saying which events she is interested in.  She picked long jump, triple jump, pole vault and javelin.  This is a first for her so I hope she likes T&F.  Practices start on March 2nd and if she signs up, we insist that she sticks with it.


Currently reading::::

Still no reading this week but I did get a few books at Ollie's as a Valentine gift.  Which should I read first?  They are both on my list of favorite authors.



 On the TV::::

BIGGEST LOSER!!!!
FBI
FBI Most Wanted
Prodigal Son
Deputy
Lincoln Rhyme


Listening to:

The Message
The Highway
Klove

On the menu week::::

Monday -  Steak, Fried Potatoes
Tuesday -  Sausage Gravy and Biscuits
Wednesday -  Chicken and Stuffing
Thursday  - Fish, mac-n-cheese
Friday -  Beef Stew
Saturday -  Grilled Cheese, Soup
Sunday - Potluck at Church


What I am creating at the moment::::

I'm still working on a prayer shawl for my "Angel" at Church.  I'll post a picture when I'm finished :)

Picture From the Camera



Bible Verse

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and p ray to your Father, who is unseen.  Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Matthew 6:6 NIV
Colletta

Friday, February 14, 2020

Journal Entry ~ 2/6/20-2/12/20


A few sentences about each day...

February 6, 2020 - February 12, 2020

6/Thurs ~ We decided not to go to the gym tonight.  Doug is trying to get over a bad cough and my back is hurting.  I think we all needed to have a night of rest.  VOTD:  2 Timothy 3:14

7/Fri ~ It was a pretty boring day until Doug and the girls go home.  Kaylee and Shawn went on a date.  Doug, Laken and I went to the Redbox and rented and watched 2 movies:  "Rambo Last Blood" and "Playing with Fire".  VOTD:  Exodus 16:20

8/Sat ~ I gained 3.2 lbs this week :(  I'm thinking about cancelling my WW subscription and trying something else.  It doesn't make sense to pay $50/month to gain weight!  VOTD:  Genesis 32:11

9/Sun ~ We had a Sweet Heart Dinner this afternoon at Church.  Doug served me my food and we had a really good time :)  We even had pictures taken.  Doug is trying to hide in this one :)


10/Mon ~ We took the car to the Subaru garage to have a recall fixed.  It should be good to go now.  I got my hair cut while waiting.  I'm not sure how I feel about it.  Hopefully I'll get used to it in a few days!  VOTD:  Acts 8:31

11/Tues ~ Today was grocery day.  I also had to pick Laken up from Science Olympiad practice and then beat feet to Ladies Meeting.  After that, I relaxed a bit by watching "Prodigal Son" and "Biggest Loser".  VOTD:  Acts 17:11

12/Wed ~ Kaylee had to go to the College Testing Center for an Algebra Test.  (She got a 95%!)  We then went to talk to an advisor and financial aid about Kaylee getting her Certificate of Recognition in Business Accounting before switching over to majoring in Art.  Afterward, we stopped at the mall and a few other places for Kaylee to get applications for a Summer job.  VOTD:  James 4:8

Until next week,

Colletta

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Weekly Weigh In ~ 2/13/20

I'm a day late posting my Weekly Weigh In because, to be honest, I wasn't even going to write it.

I'm so discouraged :(

I gained 3.2 lbs last week according to my WW weigh in!  How can that be????  I've been staying on track with my food and I've been hitting the gym regularly with the family.  I don't know what happened but it makes me just want to quit.

Not quit eating better and exercising, but to quit WW.  Why am I paying almost $50/month to gain weight?  Why am I getting up at the crack of dawn on Saturdays to go to my Workshop while my family sleeps in just to be told that I've gained 3.2 POUNDS!

I haven't cancelled my membership as it is good through the 21st but I'm seriously considering just tracking my food and exercise in a notebook and saving the time and money that is WW.  I've been battling the same 5 lbs for 5 months and I don't understand why.

Any suggestions???  I'm at a loss....

Now,

On to the weigh in:

WW Starting Weight ~ 7/27/19 ~ 290.8 lbs
2020 Starting Weight ~ 12/28/19 ~ 270.2 lbs

Last Week's Weight ~ 2/1/20 ~ 268.4 lbs

This Week's Weight ~ 2/8/20 ~      271.6 lbs

This Week's Total:    +3.2 lbs

Grand Total: -19.2 lbs

I'll be weighing in on Saturdays and posting my results on Wednesday.  If you'd like to join in on the journey, I'd love to have some weight loss friends! 

Colletta

Monday, February 10, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 2/10/20



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I got my hair cut today with a bit of an undercut!  What????  I'm still getting used to it!!!!  LOLOLOL!!!!

The weather outside is::::

Delightful :)  Yesterday morning on the way to Church we had 2 inches of freshly fallen snow.  Today it was 50F out!  Such a difference a day makes.  However, we're supposed to be down to 9F by Friday...

On my breakfast plate:

The hubby and I went through Burger King as we were out running errands.  I had a Ham, egg and cheese Croissant and hash browns.

As I look around the house::::

I didn't get very much done today but I'm still pretty much caught up on things.  I just need to tidy up a bit.

On today's to do list::::

We had to take the Subaru to the dealer to have 2 different recalls fixed.  It is good to know that everything should be in working order now.

Happening this week::::

Devotions:  Our Really Bad Girl of the Bible this week was still Jael as we didn't get completely done with the lesson last week.  Some takeaways were:  1.  God is in charge; 2.  Check your motives; 3.  Learn from Jael but don't imitate her; 4.  Leaders do more than command--they do!

WW:  I had a huge gain this week and am just so discouraged with myself and with WW.  I've been battling the same 5 pounds for 5 months!  I'm thinking of trying something else.  Any suggestions??

Exercise:  We've been going to the gym as a family at least 3 times a week for 1 hour each workout.  It is so much more enjoyable to be exercising as a family than by myself all the time.

Housework:  Pretty much normal this week.

Doug:  The hubby has had a nasty cough for about a week.  It seems to be improving though.  He's on third shift this week (11p-7a) but has mandatory overtime.  BTW, he says he likes my hair...

Kaylee:  Kaylee has decided NOT to go for her bachelors degree in Accounting.  I do however want her to finish up a couple classes that she needs to get her Certificate in Business Accounting before possibly switching to Art.  Art is her passion but we've discussed her options and think we've come up with a Game Plan.

Laken: Laken is enjoying being a teenager!  She made the Science Olympiad team that I think I mentioned a few weeks ago.  She had to take a test and she and her partner made the team!  She is super excited :)


Currently reading::::

I'm STILL reading:


In fact, I didn't do very much reading at all this week :(

Next, I'll probably read either a historical fiction or a nonfiction.

 On the TV::::

BIGGEST LOSER!!!!
FBI
FBI Most Wanted
Prodigal Son
Deputy
Lincoln Rhyme


Listening to:

The Message
The Highway
Klove

On the menu week::::

Monday -  Chicken, Mashed potatoes
Tuesday -  Ladies Meeting Potluck
Wednesday -  Ham, Cheesy Potatoes
Thursday  - Pot Roast
Friday -  Steak, noodles
Saturday -  Grilled Cheese, Soup
Sunday - Potluck at Church


What I am creating at the moment::::

Still working on the Ombre Cozy Stripe Afghan at my leisure which hasn't been at all this week.

I've been busy working on a prayer shawl for my "Angel" at Church.  I'll post a picture when I'm finished :)

Picture From the Camera


My beautiful babies at the Valentine Dinner at Church. 

Bible Verse

Come near to God and He will come near to you.  Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

James 4:8 NIV
Colletta

Friday, February 7, 2020

Journal Entry ~ 1/30/20-2/5/20


A few sentences about each day...

January 30, 2020 - February 5, 2020

30/Thurs ~ Yesterday was my SIL, Kelly's, birthday so we celebrated tonight with pizza and gluten free cake which was surprisingly good.  I got Kaylee's FAFSA application completed this afternoon.  Now we wait.  VOTD:  Psalm 27:14

31/Fri ~ As I'm writing this we are at a Lock In for the Youth.  The kids are currently watching a movie, a few may even be asleep.  Kaylee and I were playing Skipbo and she won!  She wanted me to write that :)  VOTD:  Acts 6:3



1/Sat ~ The Lock In was a success but I've not done much else today after not sleeping very much at all last night.  We did go pick up Laken's birthday cake this afternoon.  VOTD:  Proverbs 16:9

2/Sun~ Today Laken turned 13 years old!  We're watching the Superbowl but I don't think I'm going to stay awake the whole time.  I'm still tired from the Lock In.  VOTD:  Colossians 2:19



3/Mon ~ This evening was the first time we went to the gym as an entire family!  Laken loved being able to go along now that she is 13!  VOTD:  Isaiah 30:21

4/Tues ~ Kaylee is thinking of changing her major to Art.  Art is something she is passionate about.  Lots of praying and decisions to be made.  I was excited to watch the Biggest Loser tonight!  VOTD:  Romans 1:12

5/Wed ~ Kaylee needed to go to the Math Lab today so I wen along and went to the gym while she was there.  Then we went to Wal-Mart for her to get some more gym pants (with pockets).  Doug had a dentist appointment after work then we went to Prayer Meeting/Bible Study.  Now we're watching the Masked Singer.  VOTD:  Ephesians 6:11

Until next week,

Colletta

VOTD = Verse of the Day

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Weekly Weigh In ~ 2/5/20

No Workshop or Weigh In this week.  Our Youth Group had a Lock In (all night get-together with food and fun) Friday night and I'm a Youth Helper.  The Lock In wasn't over until 11am Saturday which is well after my Workshop.

I do, however, have some exercise news.  We've been going to the gym pretty regularly for a few weeks now.  Laken turned 13 years old on Sunday and can now go with us!  Monday evening was the first evening that we were able to go to the gym as an entire family of four :)  Laken was very excited to show us her "stuff" :)  We were diligent to make sure she didn't over-do herself, though!

I do mainly cardio but Doug, Kaylee and Laken do a little bit of cardio to warm up and then move on to the weights and lifting area.  I'm just not ready for that yet!  It was actually FUN!  I remember going to the gym by myself and dreading it because everyone else was at home.  I think going as a family will definitely help me be more consistent with my gym time.  I'm definitely feeling stronger!

Now,

On to the weigh in:

WW Starting Weight ~ 7/27/19 ~ 290.8 lbs
2020 Starting Weight ~ 12/28/19 ~ 270.2 lbs

Last Week's Weight ~ 11/25/20 ~ 268.4 lbs

This Week's Weight ~ 2/1/20 ~      ? lbs

This Week's Total:    ? lbs

Grand Total: -22.4 lbs

I'll be weighing in on Saturdays and posting my results on Wednesday.  If you'd like to join in on the journey, I'd love to have some weight loss friends! 

Colletta

Monday, February 3, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 2/3/20



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My baby, Laken, turned 13 years old yesterday.  How can that be?  I now have two teenagers, at least for another year before Kaylee turns 20!  What???  I better not take my mind down that rabbit hole!

The weather outside is::::

We has snow yesterday morning but it didn't last long.  It turned out to be a beautiful day.  Today we're supposed to get close to 60F!

On my breakfast plate:

English Muffin with Peanut Butter

As I look around the house::::

I have some blankets to wash and put away.  Other than that, not too bad :)

On today's to do list::::

Today is pretty packed.  Kaylee has a drs. appointment at 1:30pm and then we need to get groceries.  I already made the menu and grocery list.  This evening we're "scheduled" to go to the gym but it is also book fair night for Laken.  I'm not sure what we're doing exactly.

Happening this week::::

Devotions:  Our Really Bad Girl of the Bible this week was Jael who killed a bad guy by hammering a tent peg in his temple!  I've never really thought of her as being a "bad girl" because she killed the evil man but I guess she did trick him...

WW:  We had a Lock In at our Church for the Youth Friday night into Saturday morning.  I didn't make it to my Workshop because I was up all night and had pizza.  I debated leaving the Lock In and going but I didn't want to leave the other leaders in the lurch.

Exercise:  I did pretty well this week with my exercise.  This week we'll be going to the gym in the evening.  Now that Laken is 13, she can go along as my guest.

Housework:  Pretty much normal this week.

Doug:  The hubby is on daylight (7am-3pm) this week but will probably be working overtime into the evening.  He signed up for his own Planet Fitness membership because he was going as my guest but we'll need Laken to be my guest now.

Kaylee:  Kaylee wasn't feeling very well Saturday evening.  I don't know if she was getting a bug of some sort or just tired from staying up most of the night at the Lock In.  She seems to be feeling better now so that is good.

Laken:  Laken was super excited about the Lock In as it was her very first one.  She was even more excited about Sunday being her birthday and turning 13!  She loves her birthday and looks forward to it all year long :)


Currently reading::::

I'm STILL reading:


In fact, I didn't do very much reading at all this week :(

Next, I'll probably read either a historical fiction or a nonfiction.

 On the TV::::

BIGGEST LOSER!!!!
FBI
FBI Most Wanted
Prodigal Son
Deputy
Lincoln Rhyme


Listening to:



On the menu week::::

Monday -  Chicken with Gravy, Homemade waffles
Tuesday -  Ham, Cheesy Potatoes
Wednesday -  Chicken Spaghetti, Garlic Bread
Thursday  - Turkey and sides
Friday -  Steak, noodles
Saturday -  Grilled Cheese, Soup
Sunday - Potluck at Church


What I am creating at the moment::::

Still working on the Ombre Cozy Stripe Afghan at my leisure which hasn't been at all this week.

I've been busy working on a prayer shawl for my "Angel" at Church.  I'll post a picture when I'm finished :)

Picture From the Camera


The Birthday Girl!
  
Bible Verse

He says, "Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

Psalm 46:10 NIV
Colletta

Friday, January 31, 2020

Journal Entry ~ 1/23/20-1/29/20


A few sentences about each day...

January 23-29, 2020

23/Thurs ~ We got a wifi extender to boost the wifi upstairs as the modem is downstairs and the connection hasn't been the best.  So far it is working well and apparently the problem wasn't my laptop!  VOTD:  Mark 2:17



24/Fri ~ Kaylee and I went to the hair salon today before the rain/ice came.  I got highlights and Kaylee got a pixie cut.  It is so cute!  VOTD:  John 11:6



25/Sat ~ We had a Family Movie Night and watched the sequel of Maleficent.  I liked it better than the first movie.  VOTD: Psalm 95:6

26/Sun ~ Today I didn't feel the best.  I made it through Church in the morning and then took a Sunday afternoon nap.  I went to bed early with the hope that I'd feel better in the morning.  VOTD:  Romans 12:12

27/Mon ~ I feel much more the thing today.  I received my Valentine Swap package from Deb @ www.readerbuzz.blogspot.com in the mail today.  The chocolate didn't last long :)  I also got a letter from my Pen Pal and Kaylee got a letter stating that she made the Dean's List!  It was a good mail day :)  VOTD:  Psalm 62:8



28/ Tues ~ I wrote a letter back to my penpal with some get-to-know-me information and got it in the mail.  I got some yarn to make my "Angel" from Church a shawl for Valentine's Day. Now I just need to get it crocheted so that I can send it to her at college.  I hope she likes the color!  VOTD:  Habakkuk 2:2


29/Wed ~ I got 8000 steps in today!  That is a new record for me!  Kaylee and I went to the gym and the store.  Then I went to the dentist with Doug.  This evening was Prayer Meeting and Bible Study.  I'm beat!  VOTD:  Proverbs 12:4




Colletta

VOTD = Verse of the Day

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Weekly Weigh In ~ 1/29/20

Hello and Happy Weekly Weigh In!

Can you tell that I had a loss this week?  I'm feeling cheerful!

My Workshop on Saturday was all about tracking.  Tracking in an honest, accurate manner is why I had a loss this week.  Most days, I actually pre-tracked.  What that means is that at the beginning of the day, I went into MyWW app and tracked the food I was planning to eat that day and then I stuck to it.  It worked!  I lost 1.4 lbs and actually had 1 smart point taken away from my daily allotment.  I now get 29 smart points daily along with my 42 weekly points.

As for exercise, I worked my butt off this past week!  We're back to going to the gym on a regular basis and I earned 33 Fit points which surpassed my 25 fitpoint goal for the week.  The app actually asked me if I want to increase my fitpoint goal to 35 and I went for it!  I'm going to really have to push myself to reach 35 fitpoints this week.  I'll let you know how I do at next week's weigh in.

Now,

On to the weigh in:

WW Starting Weight ~ 7/27/19 ~ 290.8 lbs
2020 Starting Weight ~ 12/28/19 ~ 270.2 lbs

Last Week's Weight ~ 11/17/20 ~ 269.8 lbs

This Week's Weight ~ 1/25/20 ~ 268.4 lbs

This Week's Total:  -1.4 lbs

Grand Total: -22.4 lbs

I'll be weighing in on Saturdays and posting my results on Wednesday.  If you'd like to join in on the journey, I'd love to have some weight loss friends! 

Colletta

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Heart to Heart ~ My Blogging Decision

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Yesterday, I posted "Heart to Heart ~ Should I Stop Blogging?".  This was not meant to put my decision on my readers but to get some feedback as to what you like to read.

That being said, I've given it a lot of thought throughout the evening and night and have made my "decision" about my blogging future.

I'm not going to give it up completely.  I would miss it too much.

I am, however, going to change up my schedule.  My tentative schedule will be:

Monday ~ Happy Homemaker Monday
Wednesday ~ Weekly Weigh In
Friday ~ Journal Entry

I'll also be randomly throwing in some Book Reviews, Movie Reviews, Finish Off/Work In Progress, and Heart to Heart posts.

I'm looking forward to seeing how this new schedule works out for me.

Do you have a blogging "schedule" or are you a "fly by the seat of your pants" kind of blogger?  I'm interested to hear!

Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

Colletta

Monday, January 27, 2020

Journal Entry ~ 1/16/20-1/22/20


A few sentences about each day...

January 16-22, 2020

16/Thurs ~ Today was Kaylee's first day back to College after Winter Break.  I'm glad she had a good day :)

17/Fri ~ I went to the visitation for Alan this afternoon.  The funeral is tomorrow but an ice storm is coming our way.

18/Sat ~ The ice storm lasted all day.  Since we were stuck inside, we got Kaylee's wardrobe almost completely built and organized.

19/Sun ~ It is so icy and cold outside!  We made it down the driveway to go to Church but had to walk back up the driveway because we were spinning and not getting traction.  I hate ice!

20/Mon ~ Laken was off school today for MLK Jr. Day.  Doug, Kaylee and I went to the gym this evening and I got a total of 7130 steps for the day!  Getting there!

21/Tues ~ Mom was craving Stuffed Peppers so we got the ingredients while grocery shopping and made them for supper.


22/Wed ~ I took Laken to the doctor today because she still has a sore throat after five days.  She's negative for Strep Throat so it must be viral.


Colletta

Journal Entry ~ 1/9/20-1/15/20


A few sentences about each day...

January 9-15, 2020

9/Thurs ~ My cousin, Alan, passed away today after a very long battle and complications from Multiple Sclerosis :(

10/Fri ~ My laptop won't stay connected to the internet and is getting on my nerves!  I don't know if it is the wifi or my computer...  The hubby's laptop (I'm using it now) seems to be working so I'll either confiscate his or get a new computer soon.

11/Sat ~ The Raven's lost their playoff game tonight!  Whoohooo!

12/Sun ~ Sick kids are no fun!  No Church for Laken today and now Kaylee has a sick stomach :(

13/Mon ~We went to the Campus Bookstore and picked up Kaylee's books for the Spring 2020 Semester.  Laken was home sick from school.

14/Tues ~ Today was our first day back at the gym.  We left after Laken got on the bus this morning so we'd get home in plenty of time for Doug to get ready for work as he is on second shift this wee.

15/Wed ~ Kaylee and I got our "Fitbits" today!  We got them synced to our phones and had fun trying to out-do each other.


Colletta

Journal Entry ~ 1/1/20-1/8/20


A few sentences about each day...

January 1-8, 2020

1/Wed ~ We spent a quiet day at home just hanging out and had pork and sauerkraut for New Year's Dinner.

2/Thurs ~ Doug (the hubby) went back to work today and Laken went back to school as well.  Time to get back into our routine.

3/Fri ~ We had family dinner at Dan & Kelly's with meatloaf and chocolate cake t remember Uncle John's birthday.  I finished my First Book of 2020!


4/Sat ~ My goal was to lose 1 lb. this week but at weigh in I only lost .4 lbs.  Better than a gain, I guess!

5/Sun ~ Sundays are for Church, football and naps!  I got the Church and a nap part in early and football later in the day even though my Steelers are out of the running.

6/Mon ~ I started and finished Ravelry's BAMCAL 2020 for January a Polly Plum pattern called "Cheers!".  It is listed as "Advanced" but I had no problems crocheting it.  Yay, me!



7/Tues ~ We got 4" of snow from 12pm-4pm.  Laken had an early dismissal from school so she played in the snow :)


8/Wed ~ Doug decided today that he wants to start going back to the gym so we're (Doug, Kaylee and I) are going to be going to Planet Fitness Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week.


Colletta

Heart to Heart ~ Should I Stop Blogging?

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I wanted to have a heart to heart conversation today.

I've been blogging for well over 10 years now.  I can't believe that it has been that long!  I started when my girls were both pretty young as a creative outlet and a way to document what was going on in our lives.

Lately, it has been feeling more like a chore that I need to check off my daily "to-do" list.  I still enjoy blogging, I just don't know if I've outgrown it.

Here's where you, my readers, come in to the picture.  

What do you think?  Should I stop blogging?  Should I keep blogging but modify my schedule in someway?

What features do you like?  Do you actually read my posts?

I know I have a few faithful followers but I get so few comments that sometimes it feels like I'm talking to myself.

Is blogging a thing of the past?  Should I just concentrate on Instagram or something else?

I just really don't know what I want to do.  What do YOU want me to do?  Your feedback would mean the world to me!

Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

Colletta

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 1/27/20



Come join Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday. 
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The weather outside is::::

The ice is finally melted from last weekend's ice storm.  We were supposed to get more ice this past Saturday but it was a bit warmer than expected so we got some heavy rains instead.  I would have hated to see how much snow it would have been if it had been cold enough for it.  I haven't looked at the weather for the coming week yet.

On my breakfast plate:

English Muffin with Peanut Butter

As I look around the house::::

Things are pretty much in order.  I do need to do something about the shoe storage situation.   Right now my shoes and the hubby's shoes are just in a pile.  Any ideas?

On today's to do list::::

Just the gym today.  We got groceries on Saturday afternoon so that is already marked off for the week :)

Happening this week::::

Devotions:  This week we finished up our Bad Girls of the Bible Study.  Next were jumping right into Really Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs.  What study are you doing at the moment?

WW:  We had a great Workshop on Saturday talking about tracking our food and activity.  I had a loss because I've been working my butt off exercising and tracking and being honest with my food intake.  Only 2.6 left to go before I get my 25lb charm!

Exercise:  I didn't realize how few steps I get in on a regular, non-exercise day until I got my "fitbit".  It has really helped me be more aware of my activity.  The hubby was on daylight (first shift) last week so we went to the gym three evenings.  I'm used to going in the morning and the evening is a completely different environment and vibe.  I prefer mornings!

Housework:  Pretty much normal this week.

Doug:  The hubby is on third shift (nights) this week.  We'll be going to the gym in Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings when he gets home from work before he goes to bed.  His back is much better!  Thanks for all the concern and well wishes in the comments :)

Kaylee:  Kaylee is immersed in her College work full force now especially with College Algebra and Sociology.  She's enjoying her Art Appreciation Class and hasn't really said much about Managerial Accounting yet.  Her online gym class is going well.

Laken:  This will be Laken's first full week of school in three weeks! She's going to be in shock!   :)  Science Olympiad practices are heating up with two practices and a test this week.  The test is to see who makes it into the actual Science Olympiad competition, so prayers are welcomed that she makes it!  She'll be heart broken if she doesn't.


Currently reading::::

I'm currently reading:


Next, I'll probably read either a historical fiction or a nonfiction.

 On the TV::::

FBI
FBI Most Wanted
Prodigal Son
Deputy
Lincoln Rhyme

Movie:

Maleficent #2


Listening to:




On the menu week::::

Monday -  Chicken with Gravy, Homemade waffles
Tuesday -  Cheese Ravioli
Wednesday -  Kielbasa, Cheesy Potatoes
Thursday  - Chinese (homemade)
Friday -  Chicken Spaghetti
Saturday -  Pizza
Sunday - Potluck at Church


What I am creating at the moment::::

Still working on the Ombre Cozy Stripe Afghan at my leisure.

I finished the item for the Valentine Swap and will be sending out the package this week.

I also made some boot cuffs for Laken at her request.

Picture From the Camera


  
Bible Verse

"A kindhearted woman gain honor, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

Proverbs 11:16 NIV
Colletta