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Old 07-10-2013, 03:46 PM   #1951
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Howdy, friends. I had to rush right out the door this morning to play bridge. I really slept like a log last night, probably because I was so tired from the night before. Hope I"m not falling into an every-other-night insomnia pattern.

I snacked on nuts and cheese while playing bridge, so am hoping those kept my fat content good and high. I had my usual sausages/cream "gravy" breakfast, and will have a super fatty supper, so hopefully it'll come out fine for today!
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Good morning! Hope you have an awesome day!
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Hiya, Jen! I did have a nice day. It was cool--in the 70s, after several days of very hot, and it even rained a few drops. So that was a nice break. It's the same today, too!

I'm not sure how my eating came out. When you do that "free form" snacking, it's hard to track how much you actually ate. But I did eat a fatty supper/snack last night, and I'm not going to worry about it.

Today, I have nothing on the books, and I've spent the morning organizing and putting things away. I swear, if I don't have at least two leisurely days a week to just stay on top of stuff, my house falls completely apart. I do not know how people with jobs and children do it--I really don't!

I'm trying to clear out the third stall in our garage, which currently contains various boxes and piles of junk, so that Dave's new Victory motorcycle can go in there and my car can come back into the middle stall. So today I plan to take several boxes of discarded items I'd been collecting for my cleaning lady's garage sale to the Salvation Army drop-off. (My cleaning lady doesn't know when/if she'll have her sale, and I need my garage stall!) I also need to figure out how to get them to come collect my old, unwanted game table and chairs.

Also on the list is to pick up a few of my FF staples--heavy cream, cream cheese and high fat hamburger meat. It will be pleasant to run errands in the cool, drizzly weather. We don't get this very often here in the land of sun!
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Hi Jessica!! I'm very blessed with a house husband. He cleans, cooks, and tutors our children. I'm very fortunate and thankful. I brought him flowers yesterday..he looked at me very sweetly and said Thank You...I love our lives
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:12 PM   #1955
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Hi Jessica!! I'm very blessed with a house husband. He cleans, cooks, and tutors our children. I'm very fortunate and thankful. I brought him flowers yesterday..he looked at me very sweetly and said Thank You...I love our lives
How absolutely delightful!!
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I have returned from my errands. It is still cloudy, cool and drizzly! FREAKY!

I got quite a lot done--I went to the college where Hallie works, and put her new registration sticker on her license plate (it had expired in June--oops!) She uses this address as her permanent mailing address, so it came to my house.

I took my old cable DVR, modem and remote control back to the cable company so they wouldn't charge me for them. I bought a can of hairspray (Elnet, best hairspray on the market, IMHO.) I bought cream, hamburger, cream cheese, bacon and Coke Zero. When I got home, I made significant headway in getting my garage stall emptied so that Dave can put his motorcycle there.

One thing I did not do was drop off all my giveway stuff, but it's all in the back of my car. And I still have to arrange a pick-up of my old game table and chairs. Still, lots of progress!

I have the bacon frying right now. It's not that I wanted to eat bacon, though! It's that I wanted a nice tub of bacon drippings to use while I'm fat-fasting. The bacon is just a side benefit!
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Sounds like you got a lot done today and enjoyed the cool, cloudy day. It is nice to have weather that is uncharacteristic sometimes. Dry and cool sounds good to me right now. Glad you got some shopping done for groceries. That always makes it nice to have everything you need to cook for a while.

That's so nice of you to be donating all that good stuff in your garage. Someone will be very blessed by it. Well, sweet dreams! I'm off to bed now for an early wake-up call for the auto mechanic. Wish me luck that it's only a small something-or-other that's about to blow.
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:30 AM   #1958
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Good morning, world! The sun has come back out and it will probably end up getting hot again, but it always lifts my heart to see that sun!

I've had my sausages with cream (270 cals, 87% fat!) and am preparing to face the day. I am having lunch with my friends Mona and Paula today. We're going to the Olive Garden. I know this is problematic for some people, but I don't like those "wonder bread" breadsticks of theirs. I like bread with CRUST, dangit. So that part is no biggie for me. I'm just trying to think of how I can get a fatty enough meal. Maybe some kind of entree salad where I mostly eat the dressing. We'll see. I know I'll figure something out.

After that, I intend to drop off all the clothing and shoes and stuff in the back of my car at the Salvation Army, and while I'm there, figure out how to get them to come pick up my furniture. Once I get that done, I should be in pretty good shape with getting my car back into my garage. With all these drizzly days, it's filthy from sitting out side. Dusty drizzle really shows on a black car!

Oh--remember how in April I downloaded new AOL software and it resent all these old emails from the last five years and caused me a lot of embarrassment? Well this morning, they sent new software for Macs. The window that popped up and offered it said it had a fix for the resending old mail problem. I promptly downloaded and installed it, logged onto it, and............yes, you knew what would happen. It immediately began madly resending old emails. So now I'm going to have to deal with more embarrassment and explanations. When will I ever learn?

That's all for now--I'll come back later and update how I did at the Olive Garden.
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Suggestion at Olive Garden. Ask for a chicken dish and smother it with alfredo sauce. That should do it! Just thinking of it makes me salivate. Or you could go for a fattier meat like ground beef. I absolutely LOVE Olive Garden. Have fun!
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Ooooh--brilliant idea! I could ask for extra sauce on the side!!
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I've never had that happen with old emails being resent that way. How strange! If I get some from you, I'll just delete them. Thanks for the warning! Good idea about the chicken with alfredo sauce. Could also get shrimp scampi and just use a spoon to suck up all the butter sauce.

Jen, I love Olive Garden, too. And I do like their breadsticks but I dip them into the salad and soup to sop up the salad dressing and soupy goodness. Can't think about that now. Will save that fantasy for the next Mother's Day celebration or for Mom's birthday in October, if that's where she wants to go. PS: I loved what you said about you and your hubby. You are blessed.

Going to walk up the hill to get my car back in about a half hour. Nothing really wrong right now so I don't think he's going to charge me much. Will be heading up to Massachusetts tomorrow to snatch that kayak after all.
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Cheryl, that is GREAT news about your car! So happy to hear it's nothing major.

Hallie's car is on its last legs. Well, that's not entirely accurate. It's a very nice 2005 Acura TL (her dad's former company car, had almost 100K miles when she got it!) in good condition, but it needs about $3000 worth of serious work, and she and I don't think it's worth pumping that kind of money into a car with 140K miles on it! So she's planning to trade it in on a new Mazda 5---her first new car. I'm excited for her. But I'm praying her car doesn't explode or something before she gets it traded in!

So at lunch, I had a chicken breast stuffed with cheese and topped with alfredo sauce. Regular fat fest, it was! Thanks for the suggestions! Then for supper, I had a cheesy bratwurst and some avocado. I haven't plugged it all into [website that counts calories and nutrients], but I will in a minute. It may not have been my best fat fast day, but it was certainly quite low carb and high fat, so I'll take it and move on.

Other news--Hallie just got Maurice (my grandcat) back from the eye specialist. The vet's opinion is that the huge black spot on his eye is NOT melanoma, and that he needs no further follow-up. Hooray!
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Hmph. My fat only came to 70%. Too much protein today. But I'm full and I don't feel like drinking cream or something to get it higher. Tomorrow, I'll shoot for 90%.
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That's great news about Hallie's cat. I hope Cisco gets a good report for her eye from the Vet on Tuesday. Will keep you posted. Sounds like you had a very yummy day! Way to diet, my friend.

Yeah, sounds like the money is better spent on a newer car. I will have to face that decision one day, too. I've come so far with my Pontiac and we've been through much together. I'm very attached to it. I want to keep her up and running for a long time to come. I will try and give her a complete tune-up before we head south in November, if that's what we end up doing (to see a cousin of mine.) Scary.
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I know how you feel. My Element is 8 years old and has about 90K miles, but I love it with all my heart. I am a person who becomes deeply emotionally attached to my car. I have cried every time I had to sell or trade in a beloved car! I should probably be thinking about replacing the Element, but they don't make them any more and there's nothing else I really want.

My day yesterday ended up being a standard induction type day, but not the Fat Fast, so I must be more focused today. So far I am only up to 80% fat. I was weary of my standard sausage and cream "gravy" breakfast, so I had bacon and avocado. It was delicious, but I'll have to really focus on fat to get my ratio's higher.

I am thinking of making some ice cream with HWC, liquid splenda and vanilla. I could use my countertop ice cream maker, or I could just use an ice cube tray and then grind the cubes up in my blender. Not sure yet what I'll do. Hmmm....I have one of those snow cone/ice shaver gadgets that I bought years ago from Pampered Chef. You freeze the liquid in little hockey-puck shaped containers, then put the frozen disks into the shaver and crank it manually. Maybe I could use that!!! Think I'll give that a try! Will report back later on how that goes.

No plans today. It's a beautiful, sunny cool Saturday morning. I need to work on various projects around the house, so that's what I'll concentrate on! I have another trip coming up--my annual July trip to Seattle to spend the boys' birthdays with them. So I should use these few days before I leave to get things in nice shape on the home front!

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Just plotted out the rest of my day's food, and can get my fat up to 86% and still stay around 1000 calories. Gonna make something along the lines of Linda Sue's southwestern taco soup, but fattier! Will have some of it for lunch, some for dinner.
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When do you leave for Seattle? We miss you whenever you go away.
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Oh--forgot to mention this. When I called the Salvation Army and arranged a large-item pick-up, they told me that whether or not they will accept my donation is up to the driver. They said the driver won't take anything that is not in perfect condition. Perfect condition??? But--if it were perfect, why would I be replacing it, ya know?

Now--I'm not sure what they mean by perfect, but my set is nearly 20 years old. It has all kinds of dings and scratches and such (all touched up and disguised, of course), and is far from perfect. That said, it's a solid hardwood table and four high-quality hardwood-framed, upholstered chairs, on casters. The fabric has various little flaws and boo-boos due to its age, but it's a nice set and I'm sure someone would buy it.

However, I'm not going to wait two weeks for the appointment they gave me drag it laboriously out to the driveway only to have their driver reject it. So I think I'll call my trash pick-up service and have them come get it. My experience has been that when I put a piece of furniture out on the driveway the night before a pickup, it's usually gone when I get up the next morning (long before the trash truck comes.) So someone will probably get my game set before the trash folks do. If not, the trash guy will probably keep it/sell it. I've often seen them retrieve large items from the cans before they dump them.

Waiting on the S.A. to decide if it's good enough for them or not would cost me a delay of several weeks. Sheesh.

Oh--and Cheryl, I am leaving for Seattle on Thursday. I should be able to continue to check in. Our townhome has wifi, not to mention desktop computers set up all over the place. My boys are computer nerds!

I just read about your adventures today. Lord have mercy!!

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That's crazy that they said the word "perfect." They probably meant no chew marks, cigarette burns, etc. But to make you wait two weeks is also nuts. I hope someone does come by and snatch it up. I've told you about Freecycle before but I guess it works fine the way you do it. The trash guys do love the freebies. I know cause one of my brother in laws is a trash/recycle guy and it's amazing what he brings home. My Father (God rest his soul) should have had a job like that, but he'd have gotten fired for copping too many things on the side. He was a "recycler" to the max. I miss him.
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Yeah, I just don't want to mess with Freecycle. I don't want to have to interact with strangers--I just want my stuff gone.

About your dad, isn't it fascinating how some people have such a gift for seeing the treasures among the trash? I've been compulsively watching Antiques Road Show this summer, and it blows my mind how many people picked up their items in junk shops. When I go in a junk shop, I'm overwhelmed by all the junk, and just want to get out. It amazes me that some people can look around and see treasures there!
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Ha! That's so funny cause when I was living back at the house (that is STILL in foreclosure) and I cut off my cable to save money, all I could watch were local channels with the digital converter box. I became a big Antiques Road Show fan, to the point of buying my sister two tickets to the Connecticut Treasure Hunt for her birthday (not the same as the Road Show, but I didn't know that until we got there. No cameras, no fanfare.) But IKWYM. It's awesome when someone makes a big score.

Actually, I bought a painting at a Salvation Army store for $5 and it turned out to be from a relatively famous artist and the painting is worth a couple hundred dollars. I'll post a picture of it. I'm not into still art but this one drew me in. And the sunflowers were painted in such a way that they jump off the canvas. The artist is Charles Redmond Benolt. (I think) I've googled the name before and come up with stuff, now I can't find anything. I'm not in the best frame of mind (no pun intended.)
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Wow, Cheryl! Talk about having a good eye....
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Morning, world. I'm getting ready for church, and have a confession: I'm visiting another church this morning. I feel vaguely guilty about it, too, haha. But summertime is the only chance I get to see what's going on in other places, so I'm going to seize the moment!

I'm planning to duplicate yesterday's menu. It was 1000 calories, 86% fat, and I wasn't hungry.

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I think it's good to see what other churches are like. That's kind of what keeps me from becoming a church-goer. Not knowing first-hand where a good church is. I don't want to "shop around." I'm okay without going to church. I can get as much spiritual and religious instruction as I want right online. Plenty of good teachers and preachers out there.

I must have a good eye cause like I said, I never buy still art. What normally catches my eye is a gorgeous scene of nature. People are never in them, btw. They spoil the view. Have a wonderful day and I hope you enjoy the new church.
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Of course, the very concept of "a good church" is SO personal. What speaks to one does not speak to another. So it's good that there are so many different kinds of churches out there!

I have absolutely ZERO eye for art, or for anything of any value. The hobby of "junque-ing" will never be for me!
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So what did you think of the other church?
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I loved it. If I have to give up on my denomination, which I may, given some of the issues that they are struggling with right now, it's good to know there's another place I could love.

I had an appointment this morning to have a more intensive kind of laser treatment on patches of broken capillaries on my face. Anxious to see if it worked. When I came out of there, my face was beet red. Now it's faded to normal. I can still see some little veins, but she told me it'll take some time for them tall disappear.

My lunch was not very fatty. Will have to try to have an ultra-fat supper.

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Ooh! Avoid mirrors for a while and let your poor face heal. In fact, if you can hide at home and stay out of the sun, it would help it heal. Have a good night, Jess.
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Good morning Jess! Have a wonderful day! How did you end up yesterday with your fat fast?
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