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Struggling and Smiling day after day

Monday, October 05, 2015

Hello friends! I am so sorry that I have been MIA for so very long & I truly miss each of you. It's hard being out of the loop and not knowing what is going on in everyone's lives... so I'm trying to get some more computer time so I can catch up with y'all (no, I'm not Southern. That was for Button!).

My family is finally moved into our new (old) house. A lot of updating needs to be done, but for now the boxes are unpacked - the pictures are hung - and it feels like home. Everyone is doing well and seems happy. We live across the street from a horse farm - is this a gorgeous view, or what?!

I love stepping out in the morning and watching the sun rise over the farm. So very pretty. One morning while out for my walk I got to enjoy the view as it was coated in morning mist...

Work is going well. I babysit for 3 families. Wednesdays are my longest and toughest days. The 2 girls are rough and tumble and I feel beat up and exhausted at the end of the day. One afternoon though they wanted to "fix" my hair. I sat on the cold hardwood floor for an hour while they combed and pulled and styled my hair... this was one of the better finished looks!

My tattoo from back in July as some had asked - the first guy that did it, did a fairly lame job. Last month I went to a tattoo guy close by and he "prettied" it up for me. Originally I wanted a small anklet with my kiddo's names... the first guy said that with my OLD skin I shouldn't get small lettering as it would start to blur with time. Hmmm. So I let him go large. I wanted it plain, and it was plain! So 2nd guy added more lines and swirls & tried to make the letters prettier too. This is the final result:

As for other news - I joined a gym this weekend. Woohoo! It's a SNAP 24/7 gym - pretty basic but it's got all I need. And I can go any time which is pretty cool. I like all the cardio equipment and the weight machines but am still a little intimated by the free weights... however, my Spark friend Araza30 told me to try something that scared me every day. Great advice (that's how I ended up with a tattoo!) and I need to heed it. I want to get so comfortable in that gym and learn how to do everything and to work every muscle. Now to work up the courage to ask for help when I'm there. Ugh. That part I dread!

Well, all my lovies, I just wanted to check in and say hi. I thank all of you who have continued to send messages and goodies and comments - even while I've been out of touch. You guys ROCK. Have a great day ... and great week. Keep pushing and treating yourself well. Power of positivity ~ it will put a smile on your face! Love you!
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  • no profile photo CD8054794
    emoticon WOW...what a view!! I would live there in a 2nd!! That's like my dream view.. You are sooooo blessed & lucky.

    How's your gym workouts going? I still have yet to work out in my home gym, since I put it in. Funny...I almost paid for over night shipping on all that equipment because I WANTED TO GET STARTED RIGHT AWAY! Glad I didn't pay for that, since I've had it put together for months now, and still have not worked out in it at all. HUM.... But I'm about to change that!

    Sorry I've been MIA since October 4th. I started a new job and it was draining me! Hopefully I'm back to get this thing going again. (I quit the job) :-( But I honestly had no choice. I was a preschool teacher for 2-3 yr olds and my Arthritis could not take it anymore. So I know exactly what you are talking about with "feeling beat up" with the 2 girls you sit for. It's hard...especially on our over weight...bodies.

    But we can do this!! We are going to lose weight...it is sinking in, and we both know what we NEED to do.

    Hope you're having a good holiday season.
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    1822 days ago
    love the opening quote and pic and SO HappY to see you blogging!!

    Yay, I'd missed you, do stay wont you! emoticon

    Wow what an incredible view you have! Plus it seems alot less scary to have horses at the end of the yard than the bears of before! So beautiful, you're so lucky to have nature so close by.

    The decorative aspects definitely make your tattoos, love tattoos, I think tey're such a great form of expression

    I also kinda like your hair LOL, cute, little girls and their makeovers huh

    Hope you're having a great weekend emoticon emoticon
    1844 days ago
  • SUMMER2203
    great to hear from you! your farm looks INCREDIBLE! i can't imagine having a bad day with that view :) props to you for the babysitting -- i nannied for several years, and it is EXHAUSTING!!!!
    1846 days ago
    Welcome back lady! :)
    1847 days ago
  • _BABE_
    Nice to see you back! Don't let your duties take you away from taking care of yourself! emoticon
    1847 days ago
    Good to see you back!
    1848 days ago
    Funny, I was just thinking about you the other day and here you are!
    Love your new neighborhood - gorgeous!
    Happy you're back!
    1848 days ago
    emoticon So good to hear from you... I've been thinking and wondering about ya'!! Oh my goodness - I am packing my suitcase and moving in with you. What a beautiful place and I could buy another horse and walk across the street to ride and ...and... everything.... !!!!!

    Good for you - joining the gym. Basics do just fine. As the weather changes and my hip is starting to protest long walks, I'm thinking of doing the same.

    1848 days ago
    So glad to hear your news.
    Love your new view. (of course, I am a horsey girl.. or was)
    I think your tat is very nice (& pretty, too !)
    Enjoy the gym...
    Love and Hugs, Audra
    1848 days ago
    yay, you're back! Don't let the gym intimidate you... I guarantee, virtually everyone there is paying no attention to you at all! they are utterly absorbed in what they are doing. I hate asking for help too, so I watch. Study people out of the corner of my eyes as they do a machine that I've not done before, then hop on and do what they did! You can do this...
    1848 days ago
    Hi Diane,
    So good to see you posting.
    You have been busy, moving is a big deal and it takes time.
    Your view across the road is gorgeous.

    Glad all is well even if busy.

    1848 days ago
  • ARAZA30
    You're always gonna be awesome Twesten! Feel free to text me on FB Messenger anytime. 👍 Awesome tattoos!
    1848 days ago
    Hello! Hello! Hello!!
    Its beautiful. I wish we could move to our 19 acres but there are no jobs not even watching children. :o( If we were younger we could farm and commute!
    You are blessed!
    In my mind you are always here chuggin along beside me! LOL! But then I'm a bit flaky! LOL!
    1848 days ago
    Love the view! Glad you're settled in.
    1848 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10895053
    Loving you too, Girlfriend, and it does my heart good to see you back and writing again and even some beautiful pictures of your new place and your beautiful face too. Always so very pretty you are!! We sure love our countryside too, where we live. Oh, so beautiful in the morning, when seeing the mist rise up from the river near us. Absolutely beautiful! Yes, we'll keep pushing and a-smiling along, with each passing day! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1848 days ago
    I'm jumping for joy over here in Japan. (Hope the neighbors don't think it's an earthquake.) I am so happy to see you back and blogging!

    Wow, wow, wow! Love your view! Looks like heaven. You are going to be so happy in that idyllic setting! So much fresh air and open space!

    Your job sounds fun but demanding. However, I would love to have my hair "styled" by a couple of little girls. That sounds like so much fun! When my daughters were little, they used to treat me (or subject me) to what they called "Marmalade Salon," where they would give me pedicures (wrapping my feel in Saran wrap, etc.) and leg massages (that hurt), but it was a lot of fun and a good memory. I like your "braids" with the turquoise barrettes!

    And your tattoo is very nice. I agree--the curlicues really prettied those up. What a way to honor your two sweeties! Further proof of how treasured they are!

    And the gym!! Way to go, Diane! You are going to feel SO good! I can't wait to hear more about your time there. Have fun and you keep treating yourself well, too! So happy to have you back!

    1848 days ago
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