Archive for December, 2008

frozen, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

New Years History
The celebration of the new year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon (actually the first visible cresent) after the Vernal Equinox (first day of spring).

The beginning of spring is a logical time to start a new year. After all, it is the season of rebirth, of planting new crops, and of blossoming. January 1, on the other hand, has no astronomical nor agricultural significance. It is purely arbitrary.

The Babylonian new year celebration lasted for eleven days. Each day had its own particular mode of celebration, but it is safe to say that modern New Year’s Eve festivities pale in comparison.

The Romans continued to observe the new year in late March, but their calendar was continually tampered with by various emperors so that the calendar soon became out of synchronization with the sun.

In order to set the calendar right, the Roman senate, in 153 BC, declared January 1 to be the beginning of the new year. But tampering continued until Julius Caesar, in 46 BC, established what has come to be known as the Julian Calendar. It again established January 1 as the new year. But in order to synchronize the calendar with the sun, Caesar had to let the previous year drag on for 445 days.

Although in the first centuries AD the Romans continued celebrating the new year, the early Catholic Church condemned the festivities as paganism. But as Christianity became more widespread, the early church began having its own religious observances concurrently with many of the pagan celebrations, and New Year’s Day was no different. New Years is still observed as the Feast of Christ’s Circumcision by some denominations.

During the Middle Ages, the Church remained opposed to celebrating New Years. January 1 has been celebrated as a holiday by Western nations for only about the past 400 years.

Where ever you choose to spend your New Year, please be safe!

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Six months ago today….

My creation, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Well six months has passed in my “new life”. I’m still not certain I would ever put myself through this surgery again, but I can say that I am on the road to recover and 100.2 pounds lighter than when this photo was taken right after surgery. I was miserable and very sick with a reaction to the anesthesia to say the least. What will the next six months bring? I am not certain, but hopefully my recovery and weight loss will continue until I am at my goal. Thanks to all of you for your support and kindness throughout this ordeal.

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I survived the holidays!

happy holidays, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Well it is official, I hit the -100.2 pound mark this week. I survived Christmas with family and friends sans, lots of indulgence. But I survived in great shape. We celebrated the holidays with two days of visits, laughter, photos, friends and love. Food too, but that was not on my list this year. I did, however indulge in one cookie that I had made. Everyone else else enjoyed the fruits or our labor. Here’s looking forward to the New Year in less than a week!

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Laugh of the Day!

gingerbread!, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

I received this from a friend recently and just had share the laughter!
Enjoy ! Be sure to grab a tissue; I think you’ ll be laughing so hard
you’ ll cry!

One day I met a sweet gentleman and fell in love. When it became
apparent that we would marry, I made the supreme sacrifice and gave up beans.

Some months later, on my birthday, my car broke down on the way home from work. Since I lived in the countryside I called my husband and told him that I would be late because I had to walk home. On my way, I passed by a small diner and the odor of baked beans was more than I could stand. With miles to walk, I figured that I would walk off any ill effects by the time I reach ed home, so I stopped at the diner and before I knew it, I had consumed three large orders of baked beans.

All the way home, I made sure that I released all the gas.

Upon my arrival, my husband seemed excited to see! me and exclaimed delightedly: ‘ Darling I have a surprise for dinner tonight.’

He then blind folded me and led me to my chair at the dinner table .
I took a seat and just as he was about to remove my blind fold, the telephone rang. He made me promise not to touch the blind fold until he returned and went to answer the call.

The baked beans I had consumed were still affecting me and the pressure was becoming most unbearable , so while my husband was out of the room I seize d the opportunity, shifted my weight to one leg and let one go. It was not only loud, but it smelled like a fertilizer truck running over a skunk in front of a pulpwood mill. I took my napkin from my lap and fanned the air around me vigorously.

Then,  shifting to the other cheek, I ripped off three more. The stink
was worse than cooked cabbage.

Keeping my ears carefully tuned to the conversation in the other
room, I went on like this for another few minutes.

The pleasure was indescribable. When eventually the telephone farewells signaled the end of my freed om, I quickly fanned the air a few more times with my napkin, place d it on my lap and folded my hands back on it feeling very relieved and pleased with myself.

My face must have been the picture of innocence when my husband returned, apologizing for taking so long. He asked me if I had peeked
through the blind fold, and I assured him I had not.

At this point , he removed the blind fold, and twelve dinner guests
seated around the table chorused: ‘ Happy Birthday!’

I fainted!!!!!  hehehehehe

Sorry, if this seems inappropriate readers, but post ops will understand completely…sorry to my husband for having to read this!

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purple, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Ok, so we only have 10 days left before Christmas. This weekend was the beginning to the slight holiday craze in our household. we hosted a Holiday Ornament Swapping Gathering at my mom’s home on Saturday morning. It was s huge success! There was plenty of delicious holiday food for everyone…..well none for me. I did manage to tackle a couple of mini wieners in tomato sauce. Fabulous! No sweets that included homemade cookies, red velvet cake, ambrosia,and cupcakes for me! I was able to adapt to the situation in a timely manner. However, I have come to an understanding with myself, hence I will continue my tradition of holiday baking for others. After all it would be difficult to let my family down this year, with no holiday treats. So baking will begin later this week.

As far as my weight loss goes, I have hit the -98 pound mark…. Needless to say, I am excited. I still continue to have eating problems several times during the week, not limited to nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain as well as food getting stuck. Oh well…it was my decision now, wasn’t it? Peace….

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rene_tootsie, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Yesterday was a deeply sad day for me. It marked the fourth anniversary of the death of my very close Uncle Rene. He was a humble Frenchman who at 81 years old took his own life by suicide. He had been suffering from cardiac condition, that he had been being treated for, but was waiting for a cardioversion to be done. Instead the pain and suffering had been enough. He had had enough. No one saw this coming. On a cold December day he took his own life and we all have asked why. The pain that he inflicted on his family is tremendous. Each day my Aunt and the rest of us ask why, even though we know we will never be answered. Suicide leaves a hole in the hearts and minds of those that are left behind. A hole that never heals. My elderly Aunt has done well and has managed to survive on her own. Each day I pray for her to have peace. She was at home in the next room when this happened and I know that she suffers most of all. I pray for peace for her. She is a tough woman who has survived more than most of us will ever see. She has taught me a lot in my life.

So please watch out for elderly family, friends and neighbors in your life. Keep an extra eye out for them over the holidays. Invite them to spend time with you instead of just sending a gift. Time and your company is the best gift you can give to anyone. And most of all tell them you love them!

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What is Santa bringing this year?

My dear friends,

Somewhat embarrassing to admit, I’m not getting an annual bonus and Christmas is tight this year. I will be making bedroom slippers for you all as gifts. Please let me know your sizes. You’ll most likely agree that it’s a splendid idea, and should you wish to do the same, I’ve included the instructions below.

How to make bedroom slippers out of maxi pads:

You need four maxi pads to make a pair.
Two of them get laid out flat, for the foot part.
The other two wrap around the toe area to form the top.
Tape or glue each side of the top pieces to the bottom of the foot part.
Decorate the tops with whatever you desire, silk flowers (this is most aesthetically appealing), etc.

These slippers are:
* Soft and Hygienic
* Non-slip grip strips on the soles

* Built in deodorant feature keeps feet smelling fresh
* No more bending over to mop up spills
* Disposable and biodegradable
* Environmentally safe
* Three convenient sizes: (1.) Regular, (2.) Light and (3.) Get out the Sand Bags.

I’ve attached a photo of the first pair I made so that you can see the nifty slippers for yourself….

Awaiting your response. It’s crucial that I get the right size for each one of you.   🙂

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Post op 22 weeks

22 weeks, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Well, I survived the Thanksgiving Holiday and the Black Friday madness that followed. This week marks my 22nd week post op and a total of 93 pounds lost. I still can’t believe it! I still can’t say that I’d run back out there and have this done again any time soon, but the benefits are amazing. So far I have not had any majors issues , EXCEPT for the incessant puking, while eating some items. Yuck! But most days are getting better. C’est La vie!  Bye the way…that is a smile on my face.

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