The View From My Window

The world as seen from my window and through my eyes

Can’t wait for February to end February 27, 2008

Filed under: My View on Events,My View on People,My View on Weather — auntlelo @ 8:27 am

I don’t know about you, but, somehow this has been the longest February I can remember. Sure, it’s a leap year and February lasts one extra day. It’s not just that. It’s been cold, snowy, icy and generally miserable outside. But, it’s not just that.

This year, there’ve been a lot of concerning things that happened in February. There’s been unrest at church and the need to deal with difficult situations. There’s been death of people close to me in my church family. There’s been a cycle of hectic projects and upcoming personnel changes at work. We’ve had the flu and colds and…you get the picture. It’s just been a lot happening in what is usually the shortest month of the year.

I consider myself to be pretty strong and able to juggle a large number of things at the same time. I still believe that. But, when there’s something going on in every single facet of my life at once (home, work and church), it leaves me without a single place to feel a sense of peace. That’s a bit challenging. So, I think the flu and sickness seem to be about over at home. It seems like the most likely peaceful haven for awhile. I’m ready to dive back into my exercise with gusto after having sickness in our family the past couple of weeks. We’re going to get away for a few hours with Kevin and Jayne and head down to the Lake on Saturday. They seem to be suffering through the same February blahs that we are. It’ll get me back on track.

Last night my husband was telling me that sometimes I’m too much of a big picture person and when I look at the entire picture at once it’s overwhelming. He’s right. I’m one person and I can only really deal with one issue at a time. I’ll set my priorities, make a list, and start to tackle things on each front as they need to be handled.

Taking a deep, calming breath. Getting ready to head into March…in like a lion, out like a lamb—I hope.

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My new grandkitties! February 26, 2008

Filed under: My View on Events — auntlelo @ 8:59 am

I wish I had pictures to share, but, Annie and Josh haven’t taken any yet. Over the last weekend, Josh finally relented and they brought home not just one kitty, but TWO! A brother and a sister, around nine months old. The new additions are called Pickles and Oliver. They are, respectively, a calico and an orange tabby. Very cute, very playful and if I’m not mistaken, VERY SPOILED.

Considering that Annie was the one who begged for a cat, it seems funny that Josh is the one that seems to be very taken with the new feline friends. He and Oliver are now fast friends and, as guys usually do, have opted to band together in defense against female domination in the house. Good luck with that boys. I figure once Pickles gets settled in, she and Annie will retake the playing field. 🙂

I’ll post some pictures as soon as I get some. My goodness, it seems like all the kids are getting new pets!

 

Happy news on the weight loss front February 22, 2008

Filed under: My View on Events — auntlelo @ 3:09 pm

As of this morning, I’ve lost 17 pounds. My son has lost 20 and my husband is now at 25 pounds lost. Even more interesting, I’ve lost a total of 7.5 inches throughout my body.

This really doesn’t feel like dieting. That’s why it’s working for us. It’s just eating the right foods at the right times of day and in the right amounts. It isn’t rocket science, it’s just getting back to basics. More fresh fruits and vegetables, taking care not to eat too much refined sugar, bad fats and treats in moderation. We don’t tell ourselves we can’t have something—from personal experience, that’s the kiss of death. We just plan for it and when we’ve had treats we try to exercise a little more to compensate.

This week has been hard. With so much illness, working out hasn’t been a realistic option. However, we’re still trying to eat as well as we can. If we have chicken noodle soup, at least we’re opting for homemade or the lower sodium varieties. We miss going to the gym, believe it or not, but, it’s not a good place to go when you’re sick.

3 more pounds and I’ll make my first major milestone. Hope it’s next week!!!!!

 

A bad year for the flu February 20, 2008

Filed under: My View on People — auntlelo @ 8:52 am

I don’t know about the rest of you, but, it’s been a bad year for the flu at our house. You know, that awful upper respiratory kind that just hangs on and hangs on and doesn’t want to go away.  This year, I think each of us has had it at least once and now it’s making another round of the house. My husband got it and just went back to work today (he NEVER misses work). Now, my teenager has it. So far, I’m still standing. But, I’m feeling doomed.

Saturday, my husband thought he was coming down with something and he stopped at Wal-Mart to pick up some Zicam. Other people he knew had taken it and said it was wonderful, it really did ward off their illness. I don’t know what they were coming down with, but, it did absolutely nothing to stop the train wreck that hit my husband. By that evening he was starting to feel worse. He got gradually worse all through the day on Sunday and by Sunday night he was in bad shape. Sorry Zicam, I don’t think you’ll be getting a testimonial from our house.

I’ve been trapped in the house with sick people all week. It will be a miracle if I manage to make it through unscathed. But, I have to. There is way too much to do at work for me to get sick right now. We had a couple of deaths in our work and church families over the weekend and I already had to miss on Monday for a funeral. I guess I’ll just tell myself I’m not sick and keep on going. One thing’s for sure, I’m not planning to spend another hard earned $10 on Zicam!

 

My new grandpuppy February 16, 2008

Filed under: My View on Events — auntlelo @ 5:49 pm

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Meet Truman, my new grandpuppy. I guess this is as close to a grandchild I’m going to get from Bobby and Rhi for awhile. Rhi is planning on med school, so, I’ll have to content myself with the furry variety until later on.

Truman is a Sheltie and very cute and playful. He’s a sweetie, but, I think our Jack Russell, Lucy, isn’t sure she likes this new kid on her turf this weekend. She’s sort of a crotchety old lady these days and puppies are definitely not her idea of a good time. She’s also terribly jealous.

So far, Truman’s been very well behaved. My carpet and I both appreciate it!

 

Reverting back to childhood February 3, 2008

Filed under: My View on Events — auntlelo @ 9:58 pm

My husband made a very interesting observation this weekend. He said that when you’re trying to lose weight, you start sounding like a little kid again.  I wasn’t getting the connection so he had to explain.

“You know when you’re a little kid and someone asks you how old you are? You always think it’s really important to report the halves. Like, I’m four…AND A HALF! Now that we’re trying to lose weight I feel like that same little kid. How much weight have you lost? Twenty…AND A HALF pounds!”

I know just what he means. We bought a really cool new scale this weekend. It’s digital and it allows you to enter and save individual user information like starting weight, goal weight, age, height, etc. When you stand on it in bare feet, it not only provides your weight more precisely, but, it also measures your BMI and hydration level. This whole weight loss thing has become very high tech!

This weekend I also bought a pilates ball, resistance tubes, a Biggest Loser cardio workout video, a fitness book, two new cookbooks and a calorie counter to carry with me. After all that shopping, I was too tired to exercise!! 🙂

Current weight loss to date:

Me: 13 1/2 pounds

Spouse: 20 1/2 pounds

By next week I hope to report another landmark!