Tuesday, August 4, 2015

National Girlfriends Day

August first is National Girlfriends Day. It's a day of challenge to all of the ladies out there. So what's the deal with this National Girlfriend's Day? It's a day when women are encouraged to help their friends create and maintain a healthy lifestyle. So it's more than just a day, it's a lifestyle. So here's my story for the day.

I have a friend who will remain nameless. She has struggled with weight loss as long as I have known her. That's probably 20 years. I have seen her try different diets and exercise routines. She is able to stick with them for a period of time, and then after a few months she it gets difficult.

She finally came to the decision that it was time for something different. She decided surgery was needed. It seemed like it was all set to go, but at the last minute her insurance didn't pay for it. A huge setback. But my friend didn't give up her dream to a healthier lifestyle. She began to save money for the surgery. It took a couple of years, but she did it!

Now that she had enough money for the surgery, the next step was to go back to the doctor and start getting to the point where she could have the surgery. She had to go on a liquid diet. And she had to loose more weight. She is still in the process of loosing the weight so that she can have the surgery.

This has been a long journey and the one thing I have learned is there is a fine line between being supportive and being a weight Nazi. The first step to encouraging my friend is not to ask if she should be eating that. You are judging your friend at this time. And if the person has been on many diets they are very aware of what is going to cause them to loose weight. Second eating healthy can be a challenge. Second, if your friend is serious about their diet, try to find activities that don't revolve around food. While you may have once enjoyed going to the local Chinese buffet with your friend, you might want to just go for a walk around the mall instead. And if food is involved cooking together is maybe a little better than eating out. You have more control over the ingredients. Lastly, remind your friend that whatever choice they make you're still going to be friends. It's all up to them. And the best form of encouragement is just being around whether they need someone to talk to or they need someone to remind them that they will get to the place they want to get to.




Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Yawn

This is Captain blogging today. And I admit that I am a little disappointed my pet human today. I am sure there are those of you who are saying to yourselves how can this be? Our pet humans are wonderful. But it is true I am disappointed in her.
 
I'll tell you how this has occurred. We spent some quality time napping the other day. After our nap we got up. I was just really waking up, and I let out a large yawn. Then I yawned again. And how did my pet human reply? She stated why are you yawning? You spend most of your time sleeping. I was astonished. She really has no idea how challenging my life can be. It is extremely difficult to spend your day lying at home waiting for her to come home from "work" in order to bed fed. She has no idea how difficult it is to come up with new and crafty plans to obtain catnip. She does not understand the level of creativity that is required to develop strategies on gaining meaningful quality time with her.
 
I feel not only disappointed in my pet human, but I also feel unappreciated. All of my love and adoration for this pet is taken for granted. The comfort and love I provide has boiled down to I do nothing all day. I do not know how to deal with these feelings of under appreciation. Do any of you fellow felines have this issue?
 
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How Giants Fall

I read the news today. Everyone is concerned about the Chinese Stock Market. And they probably should be. Am I an expert on finances, but this is just another classic story of how giants fall. As I understand what has happened. The past few months market analysts have expressed concerns about China's stock market.

They have stated for months that the Chinese economy is not growing, but that the price of their stocks keep rising. They were overvalued. And a correction was due. So what always happens happened. The correction began. And money was lost. And not just a little money a lot of money.

So will the average person feel this shockwaves of this financial problem in China? Yes, in some way shape or form we will feel it to some extent. Many of us have money invested in 401k's that use the markets. One of the world's largest economies will loose some of its buying power. So yeah, we'll probably feel it in some way.

But what does this have to do with how giants fall? You see as has happened so many times before. Individuals have believed that things can never happen to them. And I believe there is a cautionary lesson in this for all of us. The lesson I see is this, don't ever become overconfident. Being confident is good. We all need to believe that we are capable. But if you fail to see that you can never fail you will end up in serious trouble. Like all things in life we need balance.

Another link you should read
Stand Your Ground


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party 79

Another Wednesday has arrived. It's hard to believe that the month of July will be over soon. Where has the month gone? It feels like summer has just arrived. Maybe because all it did was rain during the month of June and the first half of July. I don't know, but I'm so glad it was rain instead of snow. Life doesn't seem to be slowing down at all. But I am trying to focus on the free time I have instead of thinking about all of the time I spend at work. How has the week gone for the rest of my faithful followers and linky party friends?
 



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Funshine Dr Pepper® Cherry Brownie Sundaes
Life With The Crust Cut Off

Last week when I was stocking up on ice cream at Walmart I noticed new Dr. Pepper® Cherry and I was sold!  I love anything cherry flavored and even have two big ol’ cherry trees out front!



Thrift Store - Thrift Score Thursday
Re-do It Yourself Inspirations

So I'm at it again.

Thrift shopping. I was supposed to get mulch. But on the way, I remembered a buffalo I saw last week and again earlier this week.



The Pioneer In All Of Us
A Mother's Shadow

I believe we still have the courage and stead­fast atti­tude to make a dif­fer­ence for GOOD in our soci­ety today. So many peo­ple do the hard things, make dif­fi­cult choices and  stand up for what they trust to be the cor­rect course in life, despite the con­se­quences.



MY FLAGSTAFF HOME
TESTING YOUR GARDEN SOIL

There's no better way to assess your gardening needs than to test your garden soil.  Let me show you how!



Asparagus Wrapped in Puff Pastry
Kiku Corner

made this asparagus wrapped in puff pastry for Tomiko’s 30th birthday party. They are simple but a little time consuming to assemble, but everyone loved them and we only had a few left over!


How to Paint Your Purse
Love, Laughter, Forever After

I love fashion. I hate to spend a lot of money but I will on things that I love and on things that I think will last me a lifetime. I spend money on purses. I actually get a lot of great deals on Shopbop.




DIY SPARKLING INFINITY SCARF REFASHION 
The Crafting Nook

Does it happen to you that you get bored of things in your closet? It does, right? When we have things for too long it’s just like… you again??? It happes to me quite often hahaha. That’s why I love refashioning! I also do it often LOL. Making things look like new is a great and cheap way to say bye to this boredom. My sparkling infinity scarf refashion made me fall in love with this old scarf all over again!


Pretty Metal Fall 2015: YSL Metal Clash Eyeshadow Palette - Beauty Isles





Lemon Limoncello Cake Loaf
CHOCOLA TESS

When life gives you lemons or in this case, Lemons and Limoncello, you have to partake in this zesty Lemon Limoncello Cake Loaf. It’s killer!


Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Oreo Tart
The Baking ChocolaTess

This Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Oreo Tart is so decadent!  It’s magnificently rich, bursting with peanut butter and chocolate explosions all snuggled in a delectable Oreo biscuit crust.  *Big Drools!*







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