Friday, July 15, 2011

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol 4)

1.   Going to a funeral today.  We are laying to rest my good friend Patty B.  I went to the vigil/rosary last night and it was a true celebration of her life!  What an incredible woman!  I thank God that He allowed our paths to cross.  I am blessed to have known her.  Rest in peace, Patty!

2.  The kids have been attending Day Camp at our parish school for the last 3 weeks.  They've really enjoyed it!  Although I know they are safe and well taken care of there, it seems more like day care.  I guess I was expecting something more like Vacation Bible School.  Anyway, although it's costing us a fortune, Dan has pleaded with me to allow them to go for one more week.  He really needs to work the extra hours as he has much to do at the schools to get them ready for the new school year to start.  This goes against everything I feel in my heart, but I need to do this for my husband.  Lord, help me to be supportive WITH a good attitude!

3.  Gas prices are going up again!  They had gotten down to $3.37 around here just two weeks ago and the price is now somewhere around $3.59 today.  I wish I understood more about economics.  The way the prices fluctuate makes it seem so arbitrary.

4.  I can't believe the final installment of Harry Potter is finally here!  I suppose it had to come to an end at some point.  We have really enjoyed this series.   For me, this was a true picture of good versus evil.  Without giving anything away, let's just say that I'm glad it ended the way it did.  I have found myself very attached to these characters.  I will miss them.

5.  I have gained so much weight over the last few months!  I weigh more now than I EVER have!  My doctor and I have discussed that it's really important that I lose some major lbs over the next few months.  I wish I could afford Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem to jump start some weight loss for a few months.  If I could lose about 40-50 lbs on one of those programs, I could then move to something less "extreme" (like Weight Watchers) to maintain.  Anybody out there feel like sponsoring a "hefty" woman  for a couple of months?

6.  ALLERGIES!!  Enough said!

7.  I received the MARCH/APRIL issue of Homeschooling Today magazine (nothing like receiving it late!) yesterday!  I wanted to share with you a poem that appeared in this touched my heart:

The Shepherd
by William Blake (1757-1827)

How sweet is the shepherd's sweet lot!
From the morn to the evening he strays;
He shall follow his sheep all the day,
And his tongue shall be filled with praise.

For he hears the lamb's innocent call,
And he hears the ewe's tender reply;
He is watchful while they are in peace,
For they know when their shepherd is nigh.


Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

Prayers for the repose of your dear friend's soul:)

If you want to understand economics, read "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy"? GREAT book. I use it in my 12th grade Amer. Gov/Economics classes.

Praying for your strength and courage and willpower to lose those pounds. Try these little perks to help:

1) Smaller plate...brain is tricked because it sees a full plate so belly feels full after eating everything on plate. It works!

2) No seconds, except on Sundays.

3) No sweets, unless the day starts with "S".

4) Eat less, move more. Every day.

5) Cut sodium. This is better than eating low/no fat...because low/no fat products are LOADED with sodium which retains fluid and adds weight.

LOVE YOU and am praying for you.

Beth said...

I know what you mean re: gas prices. I am thankful that they aren't $5/gallon but I'd rather not see them going up either. (especially since we have a 2000 mile road trip coming up!) Fortunately, when I made our vacation budget, I planned for $5/gallon gas, so I have a nice cushion.

I also like what the previous commenter said! I think I am going to print it out and hang it on the fridge. :)

I have been aiming to drop a few pounds and did a decent job, too, until we moved and my routine was disrupted. I had started recording my food intake into an app on my phone, to keep track of what I was eating. That was an eye opener. I also found two Z umba videos on you tube that I liked. I bookmarked them and will probably will start that again, soon. (Like before the vacation because I want to tone up a bit)

noreen said...

Nancy, I've been praying for you and your dear friend Patty who passed away leaving her husband and children. How tough that must be for all of them!

You're right to honor your husband in his wish to keep the kids in day camp for another week. You're a wonderful wife! God will continue to bless you for being a supportive and loving wife!

Gas prices by me are up to around $4 again. It's unbelievable.

Never been too much of a Harry Potter fan. I've seen one or two of the movies and haven't read the books. My impression was like yours that its a blatant good and evil concept. I think the evil part of this whole body of work is what gets me unnerved.

I am with you and could lose some pounds!

God bless!

Bia said...

we just returned from a two week road trip ... yes, a road trip with these gas prices. yikes.

i, too, am sad that there will be no more harry potter books ... what a great series.

pam ferrari said...

Fell upon your blog today. i am breast cancer survivor too. just walked the Relay for life last week-end. I am a bead maker and jewelry designer. I also need to loss 50 lbs. I signed up for Weight Watchers on line. Maybe we can motivate each other. Pam
wait just one more bead