Monday, July 6, 2009

Bring it on

I finally feel a little refreshed and revived after a 3 day weekend and tons of fun with my family and friends.

This is the garden we built in honor of my mom's 60th birthday. My sister and I bought the pig and the sunflower from a local couple who do gorgeous scrap metal art. My mom is a big folk art fan and we thought it would be fun for her to have some for her yard to remind her of all of us :). All 7 of us kids made stepping stones with messages on them to lead up the hill to the garden. It turned out SO nice and she was so happy with it. It was a lot of work but I think seeing us all working together on it was the best part of it for my mom. That is my sister in law and my little nephew in the picture.

I was depressed when I woke up yesterday and realized it was already Sunday but then told myself that It's up to me to face the week ahead with a good attitude. It's a challenging time right now but I can't let that continue to control my life. I started out by preparing a ton of good food for the week so at least I know what's for dinner every night. I have a ton of vegetables that I bought on the way home from the mountains. For $3.59 I got a huge cabbage, 2 sweet potatoes, and 2 meals worth of zucchini and yellow squash. Everything is washed and ready to go. The cooking instructions are on the fridge and HIGHLIGHTED so my husband can put things in the oven. No excuses to skip the gym which hasn't seen my fat ass in 2 weeks!

As I was finishing the above paragraph, I just got word that my friends dog died this morning of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. Apparently it's going around so for all dog owners out there, please be extra vigilant. They think she may have eaten some discarded food on a walk. Bless her little heart. Positive attitude just took a little blow.

I did bring my copy of The Secret with me to work to read on my lunch break. I half-heartedly read it once but I think I really need to look at it more because I really believe in the laws of attraction. I guess it can't hurt and maybe it will help me get a fabulous job.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and that your weeks are off to a good start!


  1. What a great idea for a birthday gift! I'm sure she must love it for all the love you and your sibs poured into it.

    You're doing great with getting all your veggies and good food lined up. And I'm sure you'll make it back to the gym before they post your picture on a milk carton.

    So sorry to hear about your friend's dog. We watched "Marley & Me" last night and had ourselves a good cry. They are such loving animals.

    Hope you have a good week - sounds like you're off to a good start.

  2. I'm with you; how'd Sunday get there so quickly. It always amazes me how three-day weekends feel so... regular. I think that's the way God meant weekends to be.

    Good luck keeping that good attitude.

  3. OK, that garden (and the personalized stepping stones leading up to it) is such a wonderful gift - I'll bet your mom was touched beyond words! And the garden art is great - I love metal art like that!

    Great job with preparing your foods - it makes a world of difference for me when I have my ducks in a row (or lettuce in the spinner). Good luck at the gym tonight!

  4. Love that garden idea!! However, I'm a little bummed that when I turned 60, all I got was a snow storm. :( Of course it was back in Jan. so I guess I should have expected that. I have a stepping stone from one of the grandkids and I'll get on from the Pistol as soon as he can stand still. It was a wonderful idea, and I can tell you from experience that seeing all of your children enjoying themselves and one another is the best present anyone could ask for. Nice work!!!

  5. Very nice garden! I have seven kids, and I think the stones are a great idea!

    I just found you blog. I know where you are coming from, at my highest weight I was 305 pounds. I lost 150 pounds, and that was 12 years ago. You can do it again!!

    Have a great week!

  6. Your mom had to love that gift. I'm impressed and inspired!

    Sad about your friend's dog. Even though you've had a bittersweet beginning to your work week, your fantastic, positivity-attracting attitude will get you through.

    Stay positive & have a great week!

  7. Sounds like you have a great attitude for the week. You're so good about prepping all your food for the week. If only I were that organized.

  8. Wonderful Birthday Gift idea ;)
    Wishing you a great week!

    I see you are in Atlanta, too?
    Love your blog,

  9. I'm so impressed with the garden, and I love the sun! Avery loving and thoughtful gift.

    It is amazing how fast time passes, especially the days off. But it sounds like you used your days wisely. Wish I could do that more myself!!

  10. Sounds like your week is off to a promising start! You go girl! They say it's all about preparation. Hope the week continues to go well!

  11. The garden for your mom is such a great idea. I really like the picture of what you've done. So sad about your friend's dog. Try to keep the good week going...

  12. Great thought...refreshing to spend time with the loved ones.

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