Monday, April 28, 2008

Doris' Dribble











Natalie Celebrates her First Communion


Our niece, Natalie, received her First Communion this past Sunday. Always the little lady that she is, Natalie was escorted by her mom, Maria Elena and her dad, Danny. Her sisters Adriana and Stephanie were also there as well as many other family members. A brunch was held at their home.

I'm sure you will agree that she is adorable!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Announcing...
New Blog to Follow my Weight Loss Challenge
To follow my weight loss journey, please go to the separate blog by clicking on the list to the left. It is called Jolylady's Journal.
I will still maintain this blog for regular stories, etc but felt it was good to have a separate weight loss journal.
Thanks for your support and I hope you will place both blogs in your favorites and check them often.

Thursday, April 24, 2008



Can I Commit?

How Strong am I?

Today I made a decision that was extremely hard for me. I am going public with my weight issue. It may end up to be the most embarassing thing in my life or my most inspirational. My hopes and prayers are that it will help me to be commited to taking time for myself. A woman is made by God and fine tuned to be caring and nuturing creatures. It is one of our biggest faults. I don't think God meant for us to put everyone before ourselves, but we have. I can remember thinking in August of 1992 as Hurricane Andrew raged around my family as we sat huddled in the hallway that I just couldn't protect my children or promise that they would be safe from the storm. I remember crying hysterically and praying for my daughter, Jessie who was in the Bahamas. I thought if we were getting this bad of a storm here, she surely could not survive the storm on a small island. I really didn't think about myself...my thoughts were for my children.

My husband has often said to me that I need to take time for myself. I can wait no longer. I want to be able to get on the floor and play with my Grandson, Alex. I want to see my daughter Jessie and son Danny marry and have children. I want to grow old with my husband.

Growing up in a small town in Pa., some of my earliest memories are of being teased by my older brothers. They called me "Fat Sissy." Sissy is the name that those near and dear to me have called me since I was born and I prefer it over Doris. Just not the "fat" part. During my youth, I was always the chubby kid. I love to sing as a teenager and I'll never forget a teacher who told me that "fat people can't sing." I was crushed as I loved music. Oh...I had many friends and dates due to the fact that I had, what I considered, a great personality in face of adversity.

Throughout my adult life, I have gone up and down with my weight. The only time I was near successful was when I was on different drugs from a doctor. The minute I went off of them, I gained back the weight and more. My weight has always been a source of failure for me and it truly does affect my feeling of self worth. I guess society has not helped with that feeling. People feel that fat people are lazy, sloppy and unworthy of love. Many people act like fat people don't have feelings. Well...I am here to tell you that we do. I cry often and my feelings do get hurt a lot!

During this past weekend I faced the scale and was not happy. This 53 year old woman is too close to somewhere I swore I would never be. Yes...I'm too embarassed to mention the number. Maybe someday. (Note...the picture above is from a fashion show at church this past Saturday where I was the emcee.)

Now...you have to understand that my husband is very fit and even plays raquetball three times a week. I, on the other hand, find it difficult to make time for exercising or taking time for myself. I do believe that I am a little afraid of exercise because I have suffered a broken leg that required surgery as well as a ruptured ACL ligament that I had to have a cadaver ligament implanted in my knee. I will say that even though I am fat...o.k...the word is obese and I admit I am...., the only medication I take is synthroid for an underactive thyroid....but I cannot blame my weight on that!

On Monday morning I went into the office and told my boss, who is also heavy and a good friend, that this was it. We both had to buckle down and it is easier when you have a friend to do it with. We committed to start walking and eating better.

My week so far has been pretty good. I attended a farewell party and also had an office luncheon and feel that I did well. I am more or less following the Weight Watchers plan. I have surprised myself by walking on Monday, Tuesday and today for a total of 2 to 2.5 miles a day. I feel good and yes...I have had some hunger. I still have not been able to drink a lot of water but I am working on it.

I am hoping to post here at least once a week to update you as to my progress. I will be truthful and honest about my feelings and my failures and successes. I hope you will support me with your prayers and emotional support because Lord knows...I need it. Feel free to post a comment below.
Until we meet again...............................






May God be with You Til We Meet Again!

At Sacred Heart Church, the attendees of the 8 a.m. mass are very fortunate to have many snowbirds in their mist. Two of the most wonderful people we have met are Larry and Jean McDonald from Whitney Park, New York. They have become close friends of our 8 a.m. group that gathers for breakfast each week. Larry has made it especially easy for me when he comes to visit as he joins me in leading the music at 8 a.m.


A farewell dinner was hosted this week by Rick and Barbara Rickmond. Larry and Jean leave on Sunday after mass and we will miss them so much. Our love, thoughts and prayers travel with them on their journey home. We will be waiting for their return in the fall.



Biker Baby!

Last weekend I went with my Grandson and his Mommy and Daddy to the bicycle store. We also had dinner with his Uncle Danny and Aunt Amanda. Here is a picture of what our Alex got and also a picture with his Uncle Danny.

Monday, April 14, 2008





No Whining at the Winery!


This past Sunday, our daughter Debi, her husband Eddy, our grandson Alex, my husband and I went to Schnebly's Winery. I have wanted to go for a while now as several years ago, a client from the office where I work, opened a winery in Homestead, just a mile or so up the road from our home!

Yes....a winery in South Florida. Not just any winery but a winery that produces tropical fruit wines.

We arrived at the winery and entered through the main building. What a beautiful site with the center wine glass tree over the tasting bar. The wood, stained concrete, waterfalls, tropical plantings and tiki huts fill the eyes and ears with wonderful sites and sounds.

Owner Peter Schnebly (shown in picture above) and his wife, Denisse Serge met us in the tasting room. Peter took us on a personalized tour of the winery and it was great. After the tour, we tasted wine...and tasted wine...and tasted wine! I still don't know which one I enjoyed most. Lychee...mango....carambola...passion fruit, sparkling wines, Category 3 Hurricane wine and many more...oh my!

Now here's a good thing for people who live in the area.....with your tasting fee, you receive your own wine glass. If you come back again, you are entitled to a free glass of wine every day! Maybe I should do that on my way to work every day....not a bad idea some days. They will also do special labels for the bottles of wine for special occasions...i.e....anniversary, birthday, etc. Peter's nephew designs most of the labels.

I picked up pamphlets to put in my guest room as I know many of my guests will want to visit and musicians play at the winery on the weekends. You can sit under the thatched roofs, sip some good wine and listen to various musicians. Even baby Alex had a good time looking at the waterfalls and all the plants and people.

Peter and Denisse are really nice....down to earth..people. Peter said that he built the place as someplace he would like to hang out and I do believe he succeeded! I see a new hang out in my future! :)

Hope you take time to visit too...

Here is a link to some of my pictures and a link to the winery website:


http://s99.photobucket.com/albums/l300/jolylady/Winery/?albumview=slideshow

http://www.schneblywinery.com/

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Alex Swims In Grammy and Papi's Pool for the First Time
Here is the video I took of Alex today and there is another one below. He really really enjoyed being in the pool for the first time...better than the old tub! You can see him kicking and putting his face in the water. No crying in the pool...even when he was dunked totally under by his Mami! A fish in training.

Doris' Dribble











Living in the Boonies


Living in the Boonies has its advantages. We are often visited by strange animals. The latest visitors are a very friendly peacock who runs wild in the neighborhood and then a few goats that don't understand that they are supposed to stay in their owner's property. It seems the goats like the weeds in the field next to us and the petey the peacock likes our birdfood we put out for the birds.