Friday, December 29, 2017

A New Year

Here's to a New Year for us all!  It was a rough one for me, dealing with the strife in the world, our country and my own personal challenge of how we got to where we are and how to get us all back on an even keel.  I hope that something changes to bring our country and our world back to a better place.  I can only speak for myself, but I will continue to RESIST the unrest and evil I encounter.  I will continue to spread love and positivity if I can.  Will you join me?  :-)

I continue on my low carb regimen.  Below is a sample of a meal that I made for myself.  I must say, it's not "staged" pretty, but it's some chicken tenderloins sauteed in butter with a shake of garlic powder, pepper and NuNus Cajun seasoning, plus a nice perfect ripe avocado with some mayo on it.  NO carbs.  I've lost approx. 10 lbs.  Not much, and I've gotten discouraged but I'm going to stick with it.  


I'm going to be doing a new blanket CAL with Lucy at Attic24 blog, I have the bag of yarn and it begins on January 5th.  That should be fun.

Of the things I am thankful for in this past year are that 2/3s of our children are right here living with us and we're enjoying the reconnection with our older son while he gets started creating a new life for himself.  He's working with our younger son at Nabisco so that's a great start for him.  I'm grateful for a great DIL, Kristi, and our two beloved grandsons that live here too.  I'm also thankful that I have a daughter who is a good mother, and my 2 granddaughters - they live in Ohio and I haven't seen them for a year and a half and I miss them but I love them dearly.

My dear husband Dayle has had a rough year too, with back pain and recently a surgery - but he is improving and getting around better and we're hopeful that the pain he lived with will be gone when he recovers.  I'm very thankful for him, we met when I was 14 and he was 16 - so we've been together for a long time!  

I'm also thankful for all of you, my dear readers, that keep up our relationship by joining me here in my little online journal as we move along through time.  A special thanks to those who take the time to leave a comment.  I know some cannot comment due to not having a blogger account, but some of you do drop me a line via email and that means a lot to me.

Have a great weekend, and especially have a....


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25 comments:

  1. Happy New Year to you, too, Teresa! I enjoy your blog very much! I so appreciate how you share your love with others. Here is to a New Year filled with happy times and people remembering to be kind to one another. You are such a great example of that!!

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  2. Wishing you and yours a wonderful New Year, wishing you everything that you wish for yourself.

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  3. Teresa , you need to be proud of your start with living healthier. Im proud of you! 10 lbs is nothing to discount. Just take it a day at a time. Your family is a joy to follow on your blog. I love your new header photo. Hope Dayle is up and about more each day. Troy did not have afusion, but a microdiscetomy and it took him several weeks to feel better. He had sciatica before and it continued for several weeks after as the inflammation went down. Ihad to keep reminding him that the surgeon said that was normal. He wanted improvement imediately. His back has been very good since.

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  4. 10 lbs.! That’s wonderful and that plate of food looks delicious to me. I enjoy reading about your life on the farm with your family. Especially Kristi and all of the things she gets up to. :-) That girl is amazing! We hope to get over there to see you all again soon. If this snow ever stops. We’ve also been keeping Dayle in our prayers and hope for a full recovery with no pain. Happy New Year my friend!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  5. I agree, comments on my blog are precious too. Here is to a healthy happy 2018 for you and your family. The avocado and chicken look delicious.

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  6. A lovely post full of thankfulness and positivity. I do hope Dayle recovers soon and that his back pain goes, it really is a horrid thing to live with. Well done on the 10lbs. I gave up sugar and snacks back in March for Lent and have kept going with it until Christmas. I never lost much weight very quickly, but very slowly it added up. I think it's probably best to go slowly. As time goes by it really does make a difference. So don't give up, you're doing brilliantly! It has occurred to me recently that lots of carbs don't really agree with me, so I'm going to cut down on them as well. I hope you and yours have a very Happy New Year Teresa. Well done on staying positive and loving and kind, you are always a shining example. Hugs, CJ xx

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  7. Have a happy and healthy new year Teresa. We all have much to be thankful for....and as you say blogging is a wonderful way to share friendships across the continents and bring some positivity into our lives. You have a wonderful family whom I know you are very proud of. Here's to sharing our 8th year of blogging friendship into 2018! Cheers and hugs xxx

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  8. Well done you on losing 10lbs. I’m wishing away those pounds for you in the New Year and a healthy happy year for you and your family too. B x

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  9. Happy New Year to you and your family Teresa. Congratulations on the 10lb - wish I had the motivation to get some weight off. Hope Dayle's recovery is speedy. I was amazed at how soon he was released from hospital. I'll be looking forward to progress pics of the CAL blanket. xox

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  10. To me avocados are delicious as they are so I just sprinkle mine with a little salt and gobble it up. My little neighbors tried it one day and weren't impressed. :) Sending healing light and energy to Dayle. You sure are lucky to have such a wonderful DIL. That Kristi is a wonder! :)

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  11. Oh Teresa.This post made me cry,as it made me think of my own struggles and challenges.It is the Anniversary of my beloved brothers passing on New Years Day.I am so thankful that I had my brother for as long as I did.I too hope and pray the World will perhaps begin to be a much better place in the future.You are a strong and lovely lady,I can tell.Congratulations on your weight loss keep going you are doing so well.here's hoping you and your wonderful family will indeed have a Happy,Healthy and Peaceful 2018.Sincere Wishes and Big Huggles to you all.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  12. Don't be discouraged at losing 10 pounds, it took me exactly one year to lose 27 pounds and I'm still struggling with both keeping it off and trying to lose more. My doctor says another 27 to go! UGH! The holiday's make it difficult to stay away from carbs and the delicious treats that seem to be everywhere. I enjoy reading your blog posts and learning about the beautiful Oregon areas you visit and also live in. Happy New Year!

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  13. A 10 lb. weight loss is great! I hope and pray that 2018 is the year we get 45 and the Republican Tea Party out of office.

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  14. Cut out the sugar.I had to when diagnosed with diabetes. That was 18 months ago and I steadily lost 1 and ahalf stone without really trying. Its about lifestyle change. Fad diets may work but not long term. Any loss of weight is good though.Just go at your own pace. Happy New Year. I love the photo's you put on of your lovely home and countryside.

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  15. Congrats on your 10 lb loss; I know you will continue to do well. I hope Dayle's recovery continues and that you and your dear family have a very Happy New Year! Pat xx

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  16. 10 pounds is a lot! Don't be discouraged all you have to do is pick up something that weighs ten pounds and it will make you realize what an accomplishment it is. I am happy to see 2017 go but like you am so discouraged on a daily basis about what our country has become. Every single day it is another horrifying thing, I am not talking about the fires, hurricanes and the horrific shootings, I am talking about what our government is doing to the middle class and poor, the elderly and those with special needs not to mention our national parks, those who moved here with their parents that may be forced to leave, those of different skin color, religious beliefs and of course gay, lesbians and transgender people. Gosh I could write a book here. You know how I feel about it all but I fear 2018 will be even worse, I pray it won't. So saying Happy New Year sounds a bit weird doesn't it?

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  17. Keep working on your diet..you"re making good strides. With any luck, the New Year will bring some better changes for our country. All we can do is keep resisting & take care of our families.

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  18. Japan is New Year 's Eve today.
    Last year was a great year for you, and I know you’ll have an even better one this year.
    Ryoma.

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  19. Hello Teresa. I am thankful for your friendship and being able to share all your lovely posts. I am with you in wanting peace in our world and evil gone.I need to try and be a lot healthier in 2018. As you know I have had a difficult year one way and another, thank you for your support. I am hoping for a happy and healthy 2018 I wish the same to you and yours. Big Hugs xxx

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  20. 10lbs is good progress, you're doing well. Your chicken and avocado meal looks delicious, who needs bread or potatoes to go with it :).
    How lucky are you to have both of your boys back at home with you, for however long it will be, I can imagine it must be challenging not to see your daughter and granddaughters much.
    Am glad to hear Dayle is making some progress, won't it be wonderful if he is free from pain and more mobile, that would be a great start to 2018.
    Sending best wishes to all of your family for the new year and especially for your son who's life has changed direction. He's fortunate to be part of such a loving family. Happy new year Teresa x

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  21. Awesome Teresa you are doing so well on the low carb and sure aint easy but well worth it.....we have both put on a bit so back to it for us lol Love to you all over there and may 2018 be a kind friendly happy year for us all xoxoxo

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  22. Wow---10 weight loss is a good start! Keep it up! Life hasn't been the most fun this year but thankful that God still loves us no matter what and He never changes! Hoping Dayle gets to feeling better soon and you all stay warm up there by the Columbia river! Hugs and blessings into the new year, with some joy mingled in there! Just look for it each day!

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  23. Love wins! I join you in aiming to live lovingly in the new year and always. Bravo on your low carb success! I need to find a scale here to see how much I have lost so far, and your success encourages me to continue on the low carb plan :) xx

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  24. Hola querida Teresa, soy una de esas asiduas lectoras de tu blog que nunca escribe, a veces por pena, desde Costa Rica, deseo que tu pareja se recupere y que tengas muchos años mas de estar juntos. Saludos a tus hijos y adelante con esa dieta. Pura Vida ¡¡¡¡

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