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Happy Anniversary & Al’s First Novel Published

Happy Anniversary & Al’s First Novel Published

Hi everyone.  On June 10, 1976 Al and I were married in Vancouver, WA.  We celebrated 41 years on June 10, 2017.  It’s been a wonderful 41 years and we look forward to many more. We met it September 1974, the year I graduated.

I am doing okay on getting back on track with my Program.  I was doing really good staying off the Diet Dr. Pepper but have slipped the past couple of days.  I will get back on track with that.  I still haven’t started walking yet but the grandkids and grocery shopping helps me get some exercise.  Hopefully our pool will be getting used when the hot weather comes to stay.  I’m not journaling yet but I am trying to eat smaller portions.  My sleep is still wacko; up long stretches, sometimes 24 hours or more.  I know that is not helping me stay on Program.  

Last Friday we had a wonderful BBQ at LeRoy’s house.  We were sorry that Rachel had to work and couldn’t be there.  LeRoy has the backyard beautifully landscaped with so many flowers.  He put up a new swingset for the kids, along with a sandbox – their favorite!  We had loaded hamburgers, potato salad, cheddar sausage, and for dessert, cherry cheesecake.  Great food, great company, and awesome grandkids!

I wish I had half of their energy. I don’t think Emily ever stopped moving.  In the third photo Jake is eating a tomato slice he stole off the plate.  He does love his tomatoes.

to my hubby Al, son LeRoy and son Glenn.  They are all great fathers.  My father has been gone since I was seven but I just know he would of been an awesome father also.  I miss him every day.

Al has finished his first novel and it’s wonderful.  It’s a love story with so much more.  I know I’m a bit prejudiced but, Al writes beautifully.  You will feel like you are right there with the characters.  If you are interested in purchasing it please click on the book graphic to the right.  You won’t be disappointed.

Tonight we are having Emily over for a sleepover and she is so excited to use her new “Frozen” suitcase we bought her for sleepovers. I have errands to run and some grocery shopping to do before we pick her up.

Have an awesome day everyone and enjoy the Summer days ahead. Take care.


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Hello June

Hello June

Time is flying by!  Summer will officially be here in no time.  Our weather here has been crazy, as it has been in other parts of the country.  One day it’s in the 60’s, the next the 80’s.

 My doctor gave me a higher dose of one of my medications, changed it to extended release and after a week in a half, I feel it’s too much.  I’ve put a request in to lower the amount but haven’t heard back from him yet.  Hopefully, lowering it back down will help.  I’ve been very blah with no motivation to do anything.  I swear, it’s always something.

LeRoy is the Garden Center Manager at his Fred Meyer store.  He loves it.  He loves doing up his yard in the many flowers he sells.  The kids love helping him as you can see in the collage.  Did I ever tell you how much I love these kids? images/smilies/11Love-My-Grandkids.jpg

Speaking of the grandkids, Al and I will be seeing them today.  It’s been about a week.  We got Emily a little Frozen suitcase with wheels and a handle, for when she spends the night.  This will let Emily be able to bring some of her dollies over.  She loves playing dollies.  I think she is going to like it.

My poor Al has been fighting teeth issues on the bottom.  He has all implants on the top.  After another appointment today at 3 pm he should be done with the tooth that was hurting the most.  The dentist filled the others as that is all we could afford at this time.  Some of them need root canals and/or crowns but we have to save to get them done.

I’ve been working hard on trying to get back on track, one thing at a time.  First, I need to get off the Diet Dr. Pepper.  A few once in awhile is okay but I will drink 4-6 cans a day.  I have found if I don’t have any in the house, I will  as long as it’s iced.  I also put Crystal Light in the water sometimes.  My plan is to buy Al his Shasta Diet Cream Soda (he only drinks one with his dinner and popcorn) and not buy any Diet Dr. Pepper, which I love.  I’m hoping this plan will work.  I feel so much better when I drink water.  I didn’t drink any yesterday (ran out of them) and I did have a bad headache when I went to bed so I will have to deal with a caffeine withdrawal to some extent.  I don’t drink coffee but do have an occasional latte (Keurig).

The next think I want to work on is moving more.    Al and I are going to start walking 30 minutes, 3 days a week to start.  If we walk longer that will be good but we want to make sure we do the 30 minutes, 3 days a week to start.  We are planning to have Emily over a lot during the summer as she is a swimmer and loves the pool.  We  have one on the property.  Al is planning on teaching her to swim.  This will give us some more exercise .  When I’m ready I hope to get to the property gym which has a couple ellipticals and treadmills.  They also have a couple handball/racquetball courts that Al would love to use.  We got him some handball stuff and new tennis shoes for that.

This Journey of ours is not an easy one.  There are so many ups and downs and then life throws you a curve ball.  I believe that as long as you never give up wanting that healthy weight and lifestyle you will succeed.  The success may not be when you want it but it will come if you persevere.


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September Already? I Love the Fall Season.

September Already? I Love the Fall Season.

Hope this post finds all of you having a great Labor Day weekend.  Al and I are staying in, not doing anything special.  Vancouver is having some great cool weather this week, which I love.  Fall is my favorite time of the year.

LeRoy, Rachel and the kids made a surprise visit at the end of August.  It was a quick but fun visit.  This is the first time we’ve met our grandson, Jake.  Emily is now almost 5 years old and getting so “grown up”.  What a joy it was having special time with her.  She takes after me, very talkative and loves people.  Jake, who is 11 months now, reminds me so much of my LeRoy when he was little.  He’s very easy-going, loves to eat, and is so cuddly.  He loves to give a lot of kisses.  They both have birthdays in October, Jakes is October 2nd, and Emilys is October 7th (same as my brother Bob.  Mine is October 5th (going to be the big 60 this year).  It looks like we are racking up October birthdays!

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I’ve been keeping busy for the last month updating our restaurants to Smart Points.  I have 153 restaurants completed.  You can find all my DWLZ updates at:  http://www.dwlz.com/DWLZupdates.html

Getting back on track on my Journey to a healthy weight has not been easy, to say the least.  But… who said it was going to be easy.  I’m not giving up; it is never an option.  I need to take little steps back to my healthy lifestyle, one step at a time.  It’s so easy to get discouraged on this Journey.

My leg injury is healing slowly.  It still hurts a bit to step completely on my foot and my ankle aches at night but it’s all part of the healing process, I’m told.  I’m off Workmans Comp and not working at Fred Meyer anymore.  I’m moving on with my life.  It’s hard to believe I worked for Fred Meyer from October 14, 2014 to July 2016 and for the last year I cut my finger in the deli, broke my left leg in the deli, and finally broke my right leg in the cooler in the seafood department.  The latest was a horrible accident, leaving my right ankle broke, ripping all my tissue up my leg to another break on my upper fibia.  I guess going to work was a bad idea.  🙁

Al has been busy writing a book, his passion for a very long time.  He has written a book of Five Short Stories, which is now on Amazon.  If you are interested, you can find it on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/Mind-Magic-Five-Stories-You-ebook/dp/B01N7V1SP5?_encoding=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0  Feedback is always welcome.

Fall is upon us, along with pumpkin lattes & pies, and all the wonderful aromas of the Fall season.  I’m loving the cooler temps and not running my A/C.  Al and I hope to get to the zoo sometime soon.  It’s been way too long.

Hopefully, it won’t be so long between my posts.  The months seem to be passing by way too quickly.  Have an awesome day!

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