Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Bible Study, Square Dancing, and Water Aerobics

I started Bible study today at Faith Evangelical Church. We are doing the Beth Moore study, "Believing God." I love Beth Moore. She is such a dynamic teacher and I know I'm going to be a changed Christian when I finish this study. The ladies I met today were all warm and welcoming and I'm sure I'm going to have fun getting to know all of them.

Mike and I had our Square Dancing class tonight. It's a really big class. We have around 20 to 30 students every lesson plus angels (seasoned dancers that come to help teach the new students). We are having so much fun in this class and our daughter and two grand kids are dancing with us. We are going to join the club at the end of the class and can't wait to go to all the dances around here. Square Dancing is big in Colorado and you can find a dance almost every week if you are willing to travel.

I've been having trouble with back spasms again, so tomorrow I'm going to the Senior Center here in Fort Collins to sign up for water aerobics. My schedule is getting full. Water aerobics is Mon, Wed, Fri. Bible Study on Tues., Square Dancing on Sunday and Tuesday nights. Quilting on the first Thursday    of the month and in February I'm taking a quilting class on Monday afternoons. Now this is what I call retirement!

We also have to fit in time with the grand kids. I love it!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Square Dancing with the Square Dusters

We are having a blast learning to Square Dance. It is such great exercise, too. We're having fun meeting other people and since we got our daughter, son-in-law and two grand kids to join, we get to spend more time with them. Here's a picture:

Looks like we were really concentrating here. We have to remember to smile!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Square Dancing =Fun, Fun, Fun

Before Mike and I retired from our jobs, we started taking square dance lessons with the Vaca Valley Ramblers in Vacaville, California. We really enjoyed it but because of our work schedules we had to quit. Since moving to Colorado, we've been thinking of starting lessons again. We found the Square Dusters group here in Fort Collins and we started lessons this evening. We will have lessons every Sunday and Tuesday through the end of March.

We had so much fun tonight! We had at least 5 squares dancing at one time and some extra people not dancing. Our daughter and two of our grand kids came tonight and also signed up to take the lessons. Our son-in-law may come too, when he's not working. I was so surprised how well my 12 and 9 year old grand kids picked up the steps. Our grandson was so cute when he asked one of the dads if he could dance with his daughter that's about the same age as him. Our granddaughter was a little embarrassed at the beginning, dancing with a stranger, but by the end of the night she was laughing and dancing with anyone. She did a great job with her grandpa, too. We can't wait until Tuesday night!

Weight Watchers Update #2

I had a really good week. Down another 1.2 lbs, so I met my goal of 1 lb a  week. I've discovered that if I want to continue to lose weight, I shouldn't use my extra 49 points per week. I only used 4 of them this past week, so I'm going to try not to use any this coming week. As I get more active, I may have to use  them, but not right now.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Weight Watchers Update # 1

This has been a really good week for me on Weight Watchers. I lost 5 lbs, but more than the weight, I've gained a sense of confidence that I can really do this. The secret to my success this week was tracking every bite I ate, no matter how pretty or ugly it was. I have to confess that I celebrated my 16th week on Weight Watchers today, but I feel it's taken me 16 weeks to finally commit to this program. When I joined the end of September 2012, I did it because I knew the holidays were coming up and I didn't want to weigh even more at the end of December. I have to admit that for 16 weeks I played around with the program and really didn't commit. I lost weight, but not more than 7 lbs and it was a lose one week, gain the next kind of yo yo.

This week is a fresh start for me. With the Weight Watchers 360 program, I'm learning to develop new routines and habits. Two of the new routines that  I've been working on for the past several weeks are, wearing my ActiveLink every day and eating breakfast every day. This week I'm trying to get more active, so I'm adding the routine of getting up and walking for 5 minutes every hour. I'm trying to focus on a 1 lb weight loss per week. It's not how fast I do this that is important. The important thing is to do it!

Anais Nin said, "It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before...to test your limits...to break through barriers. And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."

Here's to blossoming!

Friday, January 04, 2013

Bullet Post

  • Stayed up last night until 1:00 a.m. watching "Sister Wives" why I don't know.
  • Woke up at 7:00 a.m this morning.
  • Cleaned the bedroom.
  • Laundry day
  • Showered and changed.
  • Cleaned the bathrooms.
  • Cleaned the kitchen.
  • Finished two more quilt blocks for my quilt.
  • Started a third quilt block.
  • Fixed Chicken Caesar Salad for dinner.
  • Watching TV with the hubby.
  • It's exhausting being retired ; )

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Quilting Again!

Since I moved to Colorado six months ago, I've been working on a quilt called Women of Courage. Every month my daughter Kim and I go to the Sweetheart Quilt Shoppe in Loveland and get another piece of the quilt to work on. It's going to be a very large quilt: 98x98. I love the stories each month of the women that inspired each quilt block. Here are some of the pieces I've been working on.

Here's a picture of what the quilt will look like when I get done.

I have a lot of unfinished projects and I am going to get this done!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013


I was reading my Bible this morning and the word devotion came to my mind. I started to think about what does that word really mean to me. The dictionary says: devotion-1. profound dedication; consecration. 2. earnest attachment to a cause, person, etc. 3. an assignment or appropriation to any purpose, cause, etc: the devotion of one's wealth and time to scientific advancement. 4. Often, devotions, Eccles. religious observance or worship; a form of prayer or worship for special use.

Lately, I haven't been devoted to God. He is the one I need to have "an earnest attachment to" and I'm afraid He has been a low priority on my list. This is upside down thinking. He needs to be at the top. He needs to be my everything. When He is my everything, everything else falls into place. My relationship with my husband, children and grandchildren is always better when He is at the top. No matter how many times I've walked away from Him, He's always there for me, calling me home. I just need to stop and listen....

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy New Year 2013

First, I apologise Karen, for being so unimaginative that I used your title for my blog post. Happy New Year everybody! My darling daughter, Karen, inspired hubby and me when her family gave up McDonald's for an entire year. Since both hubby and I are trying to lose weight we have decided to give up all fast food but Subway. We figure we better leave ourselves at least one place to get a quick meal and Subway will always work out with our Weight Watcher regime. I feel like this will not only save calories but money, too.

Instead of resolutions, I'm trying to think in terms of goals for 2013. In addition to weight loss, I have a goal of finishing a lot of quilt projects that have been languishing on my cutting table and work area for the last six months. It's also our priority to meet new people and develop some lasting friendships. We will accomplish this by getting back into church and taking square dancing lessons again. We want to spend more time with all of our grandchildren and that will involve some traveling, but we will make it happen.

Also, it's my personal goal to listen carefully, think before speaking and be slow to anger. That is going to take effort and concentration on my part, but it's very important to me that I hone these character traits. I think it's going to be a great year. I hope you all have a great year.