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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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Spring is Here ~ May 20, 2017

Spring is Here ~ May 20, 2017

How are all of you today?  Hope this post finds you in the best of health and having a happy Spring.  I don’t know about your weather but our weather has been rather cool for this time of year.  It actually hit 78 today and will be there for the next couple of days before going back down to 64.  Crazy weather!

I had a nice Mother’s Day with my son, LeRoy, stopping by with some beautiful flowers and heartfelt card.  Of course, a big hug went along with it.   Our Mom’s have both passed away but were in our thoughts on this day.

I’ve been busy converting more of our restaurants on DWLZ to Smart Points while keeping the Points and Points+ values.  We have 249 restaurants updated to Smart Points. 713 restaurants on site.  I have added a red heart red heart next to the restaurants that have been updated to Smart Points on the Restaurant TOC page. 

My doctor will no longer be taking my medical insurance so I’ve had to change doctors.  I hate hunting down a doctor and hoping he’s a good one.  I did pick one and had my first appointment on Friday, May 19th.  Al and I both really liked him.  He was thorough and had a great sense of humor.  I’ve been dizzy with the room spinning a lot and he said it is most likely vertigo; not fun.  My blood pressure was unusually high both times it was taken but I’m sure it’s from being nervous going to a new doctor.  The doctor wasn’t concerned.  Just in case, I didn’t eat or drink anything if blood work needed to be done.  I did end up getting my blood work done.  The doctor also said that I have sleep apnea and I agree.  He said he couldn’t see the back of my throat.  I am always tired still when I wake up in the morning.  My orthopedic surgeon who put the screws in my right ankle also stated I had sleep apnea.  The sleep test is expensive so will have to save up for it.  I’m sure I need a c-pap.  We pay cash for everything, so we wait on that test.  I have a mammogram scheduled for May 25th.  I think I’ll be happy with this doctor and he’s at a large clinic which has a lab, xray, and Urgent Care.  On top of that, it’s very close to my apartment.  Win-Win.

Between Emily and I being sick and us not having to watch the kids for a couple hours a day anymore, we haven’t had the kids here for awhile.  We are going to watch the kids on Tuesday while LeRoy and Rachel go on a date.  With them both working at Fred Meyers, they seldom get the same day off.  Emily will spend the night and LeRoy will pick up Jake after their movie and dinner.

To the left:  Jake and Odie waiting for Daddy to come home.

I was busy today doing some things that needed doing for awhile.  I have put blackout drapes in my living room and dining room to keep it cooler in here.  The sun hits those windows (big picture windows) all afternoon.  There is no A/C in those rooms but we do have A/C in Al’s study and our bedroom.  We run a fan down the hallway and get some cool air that way.

I’m so sick and tired of being overweight that I must do something about it, and soon.  I want to enjoy my grandkids.  I need to lose weight to protect my hips that were replaced in 2011.  I’m going to be more diligent about drinking all my water and making better food choices.  I also need to start tracking again to keep track of my eating.


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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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