Saturday, April 11, 2009

He Is Risen

Easter is a promise,
God renews to us each spring,
A promise that we'll always have Him there, And like the flowers that bloom so bright,
And birds that sweetly sing,
We always will receive His tender care,
A promise that He'll hold us up,
Each time we start to fall,
And see us through each hour of care and strife.
Easter is God's promise,
That His love rules over all,
And through Him,
We will have eternal life.--Amanda Bradley

May you all have a Blessed and Happy Easter spent the way you want, be it will family,
friends or in solitude. Enjoy this special day. My hubby and I will be spending it with friends after attending our church service. God Bless........

Today I have lots to do. I need to make my sign for the Cardboard Testimonies tomorrow at church. I still haven't decided on what I will write on it. I also need to get the things I still need for dinner tomorrow. I am making a ham and haven't decided what I will use as a glaze. I think Pam at Sidewalk Shoes is preparing a Cranberry Bourbon Glazed Ham. Doesn't that sound mouthwatering? I need to find a great recipe for a glaze. Then I will make Deluxe Potatoes using frozen hashed browns and cream of chicken soup and sour cream and cheese. It is far from a diet dish but, Hey it's a holiday right? I will make some rolls and a salad and then dessert. Maybe I will let my friend bring dessert if she wants. She said she wants to bring something so that is a good idea. Besides she makes pies to die for. She uses butter in her crust and it turns out golden brown and so buttery tasting and flaky.

I went to my doctor's appointment on Thursday and he filled my band again. I only wanted a tiny bit, but he put the same amount he took out 6 weeks ago. I wasn't sure I was going to be happy with that since it caused me problems before. But, since I had the fill for 6 months before the problems arose I guess he figured that is the best amount to add. My first night was a little difficult because I ate dinner late and had a cup of tea before bedtime. I felt like my food was gurgling up all night. I finally got up and came out and sat in my recliner. Last night I made sure to eat by 6pm and didn't eat or drink anything after that. I slept like a baby. Until 4:30am when I woke and couldn't get back to sleep so I figured I must have had enough sleep. That was a new experience. Anyway, I was able to lose much better with the fill when I had it before so now I should begin losing at a steady rate again. Unfortunately, I won't be able to eat much of my Easter dinner tomorrow but I will eat a little of it.

I have a new blog I just started to read, actually it's only just been started. It is a long time friend's daughter and her husband's blog about their baby daughter that was born March 19th and wasn't due until June 30th. She is in the Neonatal department at the hospital and she is so tiny. She needs prayers from my friends. She is expected to remain in the hospital until at least after her due date. I am praying daily that she doesn't develop any problems and grows strong and healthy. The blog is Maybe you can stop by and check out the pictures of her. She is just a little over a pound now. Isn't that incredible? Well, I am off to the gym and then the market. Have a wonderful Saturday all.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Are you cooking this year??

Are you planning an Easter dinner? If so, what will you have. Will you have guests for dinner? Family or friends? We are having ham. I bought one several months ago on sale. It's one of those spiral sliced hams. We have invited some friends of ours to dine with us. I am debating on what to serve with our ham. Should I make scalloped potatoes, or macaroni and cheese? Or Deluxe potato casserole? Then what veggie should I serve and how about salad. I think a nice spring salad would be nice. I won't be dying any eggs this year since I don't have any little munchkins around to enjoy them. Maybe a light dessert so calories aren't an issue.

Our church has a wonderful Easter program planned. It's called Friends Day. We are all encouraged to invite a friend who isn't already attending a church to our church for the service. During the service we all have been encouraged to participate in a program that will be video taped (by my Hubby) called Cardboard Testimonies. The idea is to show the visiting guests and others your life before Christ and after Christ. Here is an example of it: I am struggling to find the perfect wording for my cardboard. Lord knows I am not perfect and there is probably plenty for me to write but so far I haven't come up with any. It promises to be a very motivating service. We tried it at Christmas and it was a huge success.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The weather here has been just beautiful the last couple of days. Of course the forecast is for rain towards the end of the week. This is typical for the month of April. Winter's last hold on the day. But it was warm and sunny and the grass and flowers are growing with abundance. I haven't been posing much lately since I make the mistake of reading the posts of the blogs I follow first. Then I feel so inferior by comparison that I think, "Oh, I guess I won't write anything today" I need to stop doing that but it's been a lifelong fault of mine to compare myself to everyone else.
I have an appointment this week (Thursday) for my one year checkup. It's been a year since my LapBand surgery. I am eager to get another band adjustment since I know I am eating way faster, and way more than I was before the doctor removed some of the fill last time I saw him. I have been able to lose a couple of pounds but if I wasn't exercising daily the way I am I know it would be a gain instead. I beat myself up for this every day and I need to remember that this is the reason I had LapBand surgery in the first place. Because I am not perfect and I succumb to temptation at times.
Can't you just imagine the embarrassment this poor woman is facing? Toilet paper on her shoe and her dress tucked into her pantyhose. I saw this picture and had to capture it. Today is my yoga class at the gym and I get so much from it. I feel so refreshed and relaxed after the class. It's a "Senior" Yoga class. When I first heard about the class I thought. NO way!! I will go for the regular yoga. I had never taken yoga before and always wanted to. My friend and neighbor, Bonnie suggested we try it and if it wasn't challenging enough then we could take the regular yoga class. Well, we both loved it. In fact the class keeps growing every week and not all the people taking it are seniors. In fact there are a few people in the class with physical limitations. One lady has a prosthetic leg and she does what she can and when we stand up or use the chair she stays on the floor. Our instructor is terrific and stresses that we are where we are supposed to be as far as our fitness and it's okay. To only do what we can, and if it hurts back off until it doesn't. Have a good day all!