Monday, December 29, 2014

Monday Morning This and That

It depends on us. . . Another year lies before us like an unwritten page,
an unspent coin, an unwalked road. How the pages will read,
what treasures will be gained in exchange for time,
or what we find along the way, will largely depend on us.

Esther Baldwin York

Good morning on the last Monday of 2014.  Hard to believe that as this week ends, we'll find ourselves in 2015.  Even harder to believe that in 3 months I will be 68.  Seems like only yesterday I was turning 50. The older you get, the faster time passes by.  Wish there was a simple way of slowing it down.  Some say that the key to slowing time is living in the 'now', stopping thinking and starting to be aware of  life that is always happening around us.  Note to self.  Practice living in the now.

Church on Christmas Eve

Friday I went to for a meeting and my weigh-in.  I'd done pretty good on Christmas Eve and most of Christmas day, but late afternoon the Whitman's chocolates and Christmas cookies started calling out to me.  I didn't overdue, though.  I had two candies and three cookies.  Felt a wee bit nauseous afterwards.  Amazing how your system changes when you start eating healthier.   Fortunately, I didn't blow it all.  I lost .08 pounds and hit my ten percent mark.  From 223 I am down to 201.  It will be a real celebration when I break the 200 mark. 

This is a picture of the Mexican salad I made for Christmas Eve.  Very simple and delicious.  It is best made ahead of time as flavor builds as it sits.

On the bottom is a layer of shredded lettuce.
Next a layer of canned black beans, drained
Next a layer of chopped tomatoes
Mix 1 cup low fat sour cream with 1 cup chunky salsa
Spread over salad and sprinkle with shredded low fat Mexican cheese and chopped scallions.  Refrigerate.  

On Saturday I finally got tired of the Christmas movies.  I've seen them all, most of them two or three times.  Yes, I am a fanatic for Christmas flicks, even the silly ones.  This year Hallmark started early, before Thanksgiving, and on by Saturday afternoon, I'd had enough and turned on a 'Monk' marathon.  Really enjoyed the rest of the day.  What a character he was!  I didn't even turn it off to watch the news.  Too much hate and racism in this world.  I needed to take a step back from it.

Sunday was a quiet day.  Went to church, stopped at Met Food for a few items, and headed home to prepare for the upcoming week.   Watched "The Golden Girls", and when they went off, turned back to 'Monk'.  All in all, it was a fun, relaxing weekend.

Hoping your Monday goes well.   Talk to you all tomorrow.


  1. What is a "Monk" marathon?

  2. Congratulations on your weight loss, Mary! That is wonderful! Salad sounds absolutely delicious. And I agree. Too much news produces anxiety. I've cut WAY back. Glad you have too!

  3. Monk is an American comedy show about an obsessive compulsive detective. It was so funny. I loved the characters in the show. It's one of the few shows that make me laugh out loud. Unfortunately the show is no longer filmed, but every once in awhile some channels run a marathon of his shows, one right after the other. This marathon is five days long.

    1. Ahhh! Thank you. Had allsorts going around my head with that one.

  4. Thx for the recipe. Love how easy it is to highlight it and print it.
    I'm so happy for you that you are doing so good with W.W.
    Need to apply myself again.