Monday, December 12, 2016

Monday Meanderings - December 12th

First Meandering ...

I'm continuing with edits on Swing Vote. This time of year is so busy with other things, I'm a little surprised I even have time to get anything done.

Here's an excerpt:

She turned her attention to the guys. Marc had pulled back a little and let Ike go ahead with the boys as they crossed the dirt road. Like the others, Marc had removed his shoes and shirt.

Pausing to enjoy the view, she wondered if he had developed his upper body so much for vanity or if it came as a result of his leg injury. Probably the latter. Nothing in his manners so far made him seem vain. She smiled a little to herself. He was kind of hot.

He hesitated on the edge of the irrigation ditch. The section the boys liked to play in ran pretty deep and widened to make a nice swimming hole. Ike called to Marc to jump in, but he continued to stare at the water. Was he scared of water? Or … maybe the height of the ditch created a problem for his bad leg. If he got in, he might have trouble getting out again. Marc North might not be vain, but he was proud.


Second Meandering ...

The house is moving along. It's actually starting to look like one inside now.
My exercise room in the basement.

The kitchen/dining room (part of a great room with the living room)

View of the living room whiling in the kitchen area

My office

Hubby & son putting on a door in the basement family room.

Third Meandering ...

I've been focusing on losing weight this year. This isn't the first time I've attempted it. I'm working very hard to make sure it's my last. Since April 20th I've lost 69 lbs--without surgery. I haven't weighed this little since I was in high school. It's kind of  nice. I think I'm about 7 pounds from my goal weight.

Here's a good before & after photo, though I've lost nearly six pounds since this picture was taken. I'm glaring at the sun (never good for wrinkles), did nothing with my hair (why bother in Hawaii since it frizzes anyway), and am wearing no makeup (we hurried over to a school program for a granddaughter).

I eat six times a day. I have not been starving.


What's good?
  • Shopping for clothes (haven't enjoyed that in a long time)
  • Getting a new wardrobe
  • Finding my waist again
What's not good?
  • Finding all my wrinkles (fat hides them better)
  • Paying for a new wardrobe
  • People telling me I look anorexic

Do you have your shopping done?
Are you ready for the holidays? I feel like they've sneaked up on me this year.


22 comments:

  1. Another book coming - congratulations!
    Well done on losing the weight. Bet you feel better now. Bummer about the wrinkles, but they happen.

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    1. Yeah. They need a t-shirt that says "Wrinkles happen." lol

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  2. Congrats on the new book edits getting done and losing weight too. House is sure looking like a house now.

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    1. It's fun that it's starting to feel like a house now.

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  3. People actually tell you you look anorexic? How rude! Congratulations all around!

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  4. Oh wow! Hardly knew the skinny is you. I eat clean. That's the only way to keep from gaining weight. No sugary or processed foods. No GMO's either.

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    1. Yeah. Some foods just go straight to the belly.

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  5. Great news about the book!!!! The wrinkles are inevitable, so no reason to worry about them. And worry only causes more of them. Have a great Christmas. See you in 2017!

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    1. Yeah. I shouldn't worry about the wrinkles. I am old, after all. :D

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  6. What wrinkles? We all have a few life lines, that's just normal. I think you look beautiful in both pictures, but love that you feel so much healthier in the after photo :)

    Congrats on your new book!!

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    1. Smile lines. Yeah. I like that. I'll try to remember that.

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  7. Congrats on losing so many pounds. It is true that losing a lot of weight changes people's faces since faces look better with a bit fat on them :( The saddest part is that once you lose the fat on your cheeks it never returns even if you gain pounds again.

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    1. Funny that I never felt like I had a fat face, but everyone keeps commenting on how thin my face looks now. lol

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  8. Congrats on staying motivated in all parts of life, Donna. You have so much to celebrate. Yeah, still have to continue doing the hard work but it's paying off. Keep going. You're an inspiration. Have a fabulous Christmas.

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  9. Congrats! That's a fantastic achievement. Looks like things are coming together in many departments, with the house and the book. Just about ready for the holidays. I do feel like it's snuck up!

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    1. The snuck up stuff this year was aggravated by being gone for so long. Not that I would change any of it!

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  10. wow! if you feel as great as you look, you're in heaven! And congrats on moving right along with your house and writing!
    and thanks for visiting my Cradle Rock release tour!

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  11. Glad that the construction it coming along...and that you're eating;) Happy holidays! :)

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    1. Yes. Eating is important, and I admit to being rather fond of doing it. :D

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