Monthly Archives: March 2009

A New Interest Emerges

Anna has opened an etsy account this week to raise money for the Caring for China Center. So far she has posted two items and will soon post a third. On each item she has to write a description. I have been very impressed with her written description. Why don’t you take a peek at her page? Click on the item to see her description.

Her best writing, though, has not yet been posted. The only help she had on this was to read a few descriptions written by others. These words describe two stars she made.

Just as it gets dark the stars come out. They stand out beside the moon, twinkling in the sky. They shine all night, then when morning comes they hide in the light of the bright bright sun.

Who knows! Maybe we have a writer in the making! Of course, we love her regardless of what she chooses to do!

Halfway to Adulthood

Anna turned nine last month! I can’t believe she is already half-way to adulthood!! In some ways it is cool, but I am not ready for her to be grown yet! I mean, I could be a grandmother in another 10 years or so!! Huh?!? Me?!?

Anyway, here are some pictures of my half grown daughter.

In the Meantime

When my brother was in kindergarten, he went through a phase of being mean right after school. When I asked him why he was being so mean, he said, “because it is in the mean time.”

I am not sure where he got the idea that after school was the meantime, but I am guessing someone happened to use that phrase at that time of day. Since becoming a mother, I have realized that he wasn’t far off the mark.

For some reason, everything seems to go chaotic at my house around 5 pm each day. It is that time of day when I am trying to get supper on the table while trying to manage 5 children who seem to have an abundance of energy all of the sudden. You never know what will get added on top of that. Here is what happened “in the meantime” today.

Just before supper three kids decided to get themselves water. After two of them dropped their whole cup on the floor and another left a little yellow puddle at her feet, I decided to mop the floor. About the time I got the mop out, another cup of water hid the floor. Needless to say our floor was pretty wet.

When I was about half done mopping, I went to ask a question of my mom and sister, who were on the porch. When I was done, the dog decided to come in with me. Right after coming in I did a double take at the dog and found myself saying, “no, not on the floor!” It was at this time that I yelled across the house, “If anyone else wants to pee or spill water on the floor, now is the time!”

Of course, no one was in the room with me and could not see my face, so I stuck my head out the door so they could see my smile. At least I was still smiling, right?

I am curious. Do any of you experience that time each day when you find it very difficult to keep your cool? If so, how do you handle it? Take a minute to share.

Group Writing Project: Goodbye Winter – Results

Winter is officially over. Spring Equinox has past and the weather was beautiful today. It is time to say goodbye to winter, but it is a fond farewell.

Two weeks ago, I announced a group writing project on the topic of the best things about winter. I have listed all the participants so far below. If you have not submitted your post yet, right now is a great time to do it. If you wait too long, you will forget about it.

Savoring the Now – Karen Swim

Group Writing Project: Goodbye Winter – Luke Gedeon

Winter’s End – Tabetha Gedeon (me)

Winter’s End

Even though winter is technically over, it still feels like winter here in New England. Now is my last opportunity to think of those things I want to make the best of before winter’s long nap. Here is my list. I am sure there are more things, but I can always add those later, right? What would you add to the list?

  • the refreshing warmth of hot drinks
  • snow
  • pumpkin pie
  • the serene silence of the outdoors
  • the ability to keep cold food on the porch
  • the lack of aroma when passing the trash bin outside
  • Christmas
  • the blazing sunset behind bare trees
  • indoor family time (like boardgames)
  • my winter wardrobe
  • the smell of wood smoke

Routine Diet

Well, it is that time again. I need to work on losing weight….again! I have been working on it off and on this year, but now is the time to get serious! Wanna know my diet plan? It is very much linked to routine.

When I lost 30 pounds a few years ago, I lost it by having a routine. We had 3 small meals and 2 large snacks each day. It was basically 5 meals per day. Sound easy and too good to be true? Well, that isn’t all there is to it.

Here’s the catch. In order for it to work, you should cut your normal 3 meals in half. Only serve yourself half of what you normally would. This is usually pretty easy when you realize that you can eat again in about 2 hours. Your 2 snacks should be fruit and veggies only (no exceptions). After you have cut your meal in half, you may find as  your stomach shrinks back to its normal size, that you can cut your portions even smaller!

On this diet, I usually lose more than 2 pounds the first week, but after the first week or two, it dwindles back to 1-2 pounds a week, which is healthy.

Here are a few other tips that might help:

  • chew your food thoroughly
  • drink (4-6 oz.) juice twice a day (especially if you have a sweet tooth)
  • drink plenty of water
  • don’t berate yourself if you feel overweight or mess up
  • keep an overall positive attitude about life in general

Tabetha’s Tweets 2009-03-22

  • B/t 2 adults and 7 children, we just polished off 5-6 apples, 3 bananas, and 3 oranges! #
  • There is nothing quite like sitting down after a long day on your feet! #
  • Ever see a dog chase his tail? It is hilarious! #
  • @lgedeon Aren’t they always blushing? But since I have never seen a flamingo, I can’t say that I’ve seen one blushing! #
  • @D_huck Cool! I get to be your first follower!! #

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