Just Me On Monday…

The weekend has come and gone, and once again, it’s just me on Monday.  Once again, it was a nice weekend in our neck of the woods.

Since I gave Ed his Valentine’s Day gift (the metal detector) a few days early, he returned the kindness and did the same for me.  He spent most of Saturday getting my gift set up.  In case you may be wondering what my gift was, it was a green house!

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I’ve been wanting a green house for a while, so I’m thrilled.  I can’t wait to fill it with lots of sprouting seeds and plants.  I asked Ed to figure out some way to “pet proof” the bottom of the green house, and I think he did a pretty good job, by putting lattice trim around the bottom.  The front piece is removable, for easy access to the inside of the house.  (On a side note here, Ed and I don’t usually exchange gifts for Valentine’s Day, but this year we both wanted/needed something special, so we did.  We also exchanged gifts early, for the same reason.)

Of course, Sunday was “Superbowl Sunday”, and our daughter and her husband hosted a “Superbowl Party” for the family.  Some came for the football game, others came for the food.  Nobody left disappointed.  Go Ravens!

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Brad and Jennifer came in Sunday, from out-of-town, and it was so good to have the entire family together, once again.  I miss having our weekend get-togethers!

Everyone made their favorite finger foods for the party, and of course,  I cheated on my diet.  I hadn’t had a hot dog in over two months–and see those chocolate cupcakes in the photo, they were my weakness!  I couldn’t pass up chocolate with whipped topping.

I felt a bit guilty, but at least I didn’t cheat alone.  Almost everyone in the family has been eating healthier since the new year began, and all have lost weight.  I guess you could say “the family that diets together, also cheats together!”  Today it’s back to business for all of us!  It will take several days to undo last night’s damage.

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Before moving on, I’d like to remember several individuals in prayer today.  The six-year-old son of one of Ed’s co-workers, has just been diagnosed with a very aggressive form of lymphoma.  This family has traveled to Atlanta (four hours from home) for treatment, beginning this week.  Yet another co-worker has a premature infant daughter, who was recently flown to Ohio, for surgery to repair two holes in her heart.  Also, Walter, hubby to a long-time blog friend of mine,Linda @ Retirement Daze, is having surgery today.  Walter has taken excellent care of Linda since her stroke, nearly two years ago.  Now it’s Walter’s turn to be cared for–hopefully for just a short while.  In addition, I recently found out that the husband of a friend and former co-worker is now battling cancer–on the heels of by-pass surgery.  All will have my continued prayers…

Last, but not least, it’s time to get down to the Monday business of joining Heather and Wayne for their fun Monday meme.  If you’d like to play along, simply click the button below.

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Here are the Questions:

1. Are you good about going to the doctor?

For years, I wasn’t very good about going to the doctor, I once went for 14 years without having a pap smear or breast exam.  However, after two cancer scares, and being diagnosed with  two chronic conditions–this is no longer the case.    These days, I always have a standing appointment with my primary care physician, and I see my gynechologist regularly.
2. What do you think about the practice of restaurants adding automatic tips for large groups or specific events?

Personally, I don’t like it.  A “tip” should be optional, not required–for any reason.  When a tip is required, it’s takes the pleasure out of giving it.
3. When was the last time you went out for dinner?

It’s been a while since I went out for dinner, but I went out to lunch with a friend on Thursday.  We ate at Cracker Barrel, and it was delicious!
4. What is your best budget saving tip for recovering from an unexpected expense or planning for one?

It’s fairly easy to save some money in the food department, if you take your lunch to work, don’t go out for dinner, plan only inexpensive meals, clip and use coupons, and eat lots of left-overs!  Use the money you save on food for that unexpected expense!

My question:

5.  Did you watch the Superbowl Game?  If so, what was your favorite commercial? 

(Being the animal lover that I am, I liked the Budweiser commercial featuring the baby Clydesdale.  The sight of that horse running down the street, after his former owner, tugged at my heart strings!)

If you missed it, here it is:

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  1. So many people are hurting (physically and emotionally) these days. I will certainly add your list to mine.

    I watched the Super Bowl – for the commercials. Seems like this year I either hated the commercials or loved them. A few of my favorites were the Jeep commercial, the AB commercial and the Taco Bell commercial (where the old folks broke out of the retirement home to party).

  2. Love that ad as well! Bud makes good adds any how.. I’m so sorry that you have so many to pray for. I’m so glad that you have a God in your life to listen to you.

  3. The greenhouse it totally cool! Sounds like it was a cool Super Bowl Sunday in your neck of the woods. (I was happy with the outcome too!)

    I posted my top five commercials on my blog! Number one for me was the Tide commercial that had an almost eerie prediction and ability to change the game in the second half!

    The Budweiser commercial was good, but as an ad fan, I find it’s a lot harder to make funny commercials than “sweet” ones.

  4. The Budweiser commercial with the Clydesdales. Always a tear jerking every single year. They have an awesome advertising company in my opinion.

  5. Ah yes, Cracker Barrel. Those biscuits are slap-your-mama good!

    I didn’t watch any part of the Super Bowl. I’m just not interested.

  6. Yes the
    clydesdale commerical iis my favorite too! They sre such beautiful horses.

  7. I watched though not for the teams this time. I love football but don’t care for either team.

    I too loved the Bud commercial. The Audi, Jeep and Paul Harvey were also good.

  8. My prayers to the little boy with lymphoma and his parents. Hopefully it has been caught early. I lost my brother to lymphoma. Unfortunately he was not diagnosed early and lost the battle. That was 20 years ago and treatments have been improved upon.

  9. same question as me!! i liked the clydesdales commercial but my favorite was the old people partying for taco bell. that farmer commercial was my least favorite.

  10. We went to the beach to take care of some business, took 3 granddaughters with us, went to lunch, took them home and made it home in time for the game! It was nice not to be emotionally invested in a game for a change but I am happy the Ravens won.
    I am an old advertising exec and am pretty critical. None of the ads really moved me although the Clydesdale one was cute:)
    I hated half time.
    I just got back from North Carolina were I had a book signing and also dropped off my BFF to our other BFF’s house in Durham because her cancer has returned and her husband is in Afghanistan. I will add your list to mine…I am praying for miracles for all!!
    Oh how I love Cracker Barrel…so glad they are building FINALLY, closer to us.
    Have a great week!!

  11. A greenhouse-how fun! I had one in my garden in Englad and loved it. Enjoy!

  12. I watched until halftime. I guess I liked the M&M one. Thanks for participating in the MQAM. Look forward to seeing you again next week!

  13. Wow – that Superbowl spread was quite impressive! My favorite was the God Made a Farmer commercial, but the second fave was definitely the Clydesdale one. I feel like I grew up with those commercials! And that one was particularly touching!

  14. Thanks for including my hubby in your prayers. He is doing well. And thanks for posting the others in need of prayer. It takes only a minute to lift each one up. I am thankful it is something I can do. It doesn’t require two hands!


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