Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Join in the fun!

1. Labor Day weekend (in the USA) is approaching...what's something you've labored over this year? 
Family matters and I don't mean watching the TV show in reruns........
2. What is one word to describe your 'job' or career?
My only real career has been being a mother. One word: 

3. What was your worst or least favorite job ever? Why?
I've  had 7  jobs in my life and one of them was being a mother. I can't pick one as being the worse!

4. How do you measure contentment?
When Joyce asks a question like this I usually look up the definition even though I know the meaning because I like to see what the dictionary actually says. (Google)
Contentment: a state of happiness and satisfaction.
"He found contentment in living a simple life in the country"
I found this explanation kind of funny because for many years now I have wanted to buy a farm and live the country thinking that it would bring me contentment. Would it? I think I will try harder with this advice I found.....

The Mayo Clinic has these tips for cultivating contentment: 
People who are happy seem to intuitively know that their happiness is the sum of their life choices, and their lives are built on the following pillars:
  1. Devoting time to family and friends
  2. Appreciating what they have
  3. Maintaining an optimistic outlook
  4. Feeling a sense of purpose
  5. Living in the moment 
5. Pickles-like or dislike? What is something you eat that requires a pickle? Dill, bread and butter, sweet gherkins... what's your favorite kind of pickle? them! I can't think of anything that requires them when I eat. They are all my favorite, I like all kinds of pickles. 

6. In your current house-town-state, what is it you like living close to?
The mountains and the beach. Within 40 minutes we can be in the snow if we want to or we could walk on the beach if that's our desire for the day! Of course we are only a few hours from San Diego or Las Vegas too. 

7. What is one thing on your 'want-to-do' list before summer draws to an official close?
Maybe spend some time at the beach.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I started a new diet on Monday. I have been on a plateau for a very long time. I did really good last year on my low carb diet but this year I had to add whole grains to lower a cholesterol issue I had. That started to throw me off course and as I saw my weight go up I would get frustrated and end up eating something know the drill! 

Anyway this diet includes the whole grains along with low carb except for the dairy part of a low carb diet. Can't have any dairy :( It is a matter of combinations and days you can eat certain ones. 

It has taken me weeks to get started because I was so totally confused but once I started putting a plan together it came together for me. So wish me luck and let's hope I can jump off of this plateau and land on my feet again.



LynnMarie said...

Would love to know about your new diet since I live low carb as well. Cancer has created some weight gain so I would love to know what you are doing.

April said...

Wishing you great success on your diet! Sure sounds like you live in a perfect area...I'm both a beach and mountains kind of girl! Yes...being a mom is definitely emotional, to say the least! Hope you have an awesome Wednesday, Debby!

Hilary said...

I have labored with the book... this year and last... but finally, after the holiday (the week of 9/16) dangled carat will be published!!!!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Good luck with your diet. You've got the best of both worlds ... beach and mountains nearby ... lucky you!

TexWisGirl said...

hoping you are successful with your new eating plan!

bp said...

Funny to see the Family Matters picture, we rented a season from the library and Caleb enjoyed it so we bought him one DVD for his birthday. They are always good for a laugh.

Have a good day!

Little Penpen said...

Low carb has always worked for me (when I actually do it). Love your 'contentment' portion of the post.

Chatty Crone said...

I love pickles. I understand about the mother and the labor. What is the name of the diet? I have to do something too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joyce said...

Good luck with the new eating plan! Hope it works for you. I'm trying to tag along on a business trip to CA with my hubs in November. He has a meeting in San Fran, and I'm really hoping it works for me to go. I've never been, and I know everyone loves it.

Dawn said...

Mountains and the beach...I want to live where you are (so much for my contentment! LOL) Enjoyed your post!

Sandra said...

Labor? what's that? LOL... i try to do as little of it as i can.. one word for my career is STRESS.. said good bye to that 7 years ago. whoo hooo
favorite job ever was CNA in a dialysis unit and 2nd was ER admitting clerk. worst job is harder to pick, i did not like any of them very much. i worked from the time i was 15 until i was 62 and was a mother while doing it, so i pick that as worst, working and being a mother.

i find contentment is easier to come by now that i am old and retired, it was hard to find


Wish I were 40 minutes from beach/mountains. I am 30 from Cheaha Mtn (highest place in Alabama)...but the beach is minimally....5 hours. When I was young I would drive down for the day....lay out until mid afternoon and drive home. I am too old now.

Kansas Bob said...

Close to the mountains and the beach! Gotta love that Debby! Took us 13 hours of driving to return home from Aspen on Sunday.

Love Bears All Things said...

Good luck with your is just a life time thing isn't it....this battle with weight..

We watched a documentary recently called HAPPY and it brought out just those items you mentioned...

We love the mountains and plan to spend 5 days there in October...can't wait...
Mama Bear

Theresa said...

You will do great on your new eating plan. Giving up dairy isn't too hard once you get used to it.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

No dairy is tough but no doubt you will adjust. years ago I did a 3 year stint as a vegan, and I found all sorts of alternatives to dairy.

Love Of Quilts said...

A diet is something I have never had any luck with. Wishing you luck with your.

Miss Debbie said...

Hope your new eating plan works. Not sure I could go without dairy...I like my milk and cheese!!

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The Boston Lady said...

I would love to know your new diet too! Contentment. Is it attainable? That's the first thing that slipped into my mind. Hope it will be one day. I hope things are going well with the family. That has a lot to do with contentment too. Ann

Holli Taylor said...

Let me know if your diet works...gonna need something to try as soon as this baby pops!

nancygrayce said...

Oh, motherhood is filled with emotion and sometimes too much!

Glad you found a new way to eat! I've been slacking lately and I'm seeing I around my middle! I have to get myself back under control. Not easy!!

Renegades said...

I love pickles. I also love pickled asparagus and okra. Yummy.

Anonymous said...

You are so right, the job of motherhood is "emotional"--even after our children are grown up!

I wish you much success with your new diet. I've found it harder to stick to mine this summer, but I keep trying!

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