Archive for April, 2009

The results so far!

Happy Spring, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Well last night after my extensive workout. I met with my personal trainer for an evaluation and my measurements. The results another 8.5 inches off my body, bringing the total to 73.5 inches off since July, and -125 pounds so far! I can’t believe that I have lost over 6 feet of FAT off my body over the last 42 weeks post op. I am absolutely amazed! I know i am changing, but to hear this and see the results on tape measure is astounding to me. 42 weeks ago I would have never thought this to be possible. Yes, I still struggle…in a fact some nights are often puke fests. My stomach just resists food sometimes. I am seeing my dietitian tomorrow and hopefully she will be able to shed some more light on to why this is still happening. For now I am happy. I still face daily challenges and the last 19 pounds to lose. I wonder if I will reach this goal by June? Things are definitely better than the first 6 months post op. I feel so different, but I’m still waiting to fail somehow. I have always been afraid to failure and for me this is still a challenge, but with new confidence I am ready to take on the challenge!  🙂


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39 days and counting!

caprese, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Yum, when I think about Italy I think about food. 39 days before our departure to bella Italy. Food will be different this year. Food in Italy varies by region. Some of our favorites come from Tuscany, The Veneto, Emilia-Romangna, and Umbria. This year will be a challenge for regardless of the region. However I feel so much healthier now.


Emilia-Romagna is known for its egg pasta made with soft wheat flour, indeed it is the Pasta capital of the North. Bologna is famous for many pasta dishes like tortellini, lasagne verdi, gramigna and tagliatelle which are found also in other towns of the region. In addition Romagna has Cappelletti, Garganelli, Strozzapreti, Spoglia Lorda and Tortelli alla Lastra. In Emilia, from Parma to Piacenza, rice is also eaten though to a lesser extent, as it is cultivated in the Po Valley. Polenta was historically the staple in all the Appenine mountain areas of both Emilia and Romagna. Centuries old products like authentic Aceto balsamico tradizionale or balsamic vinegar are made only in the Emilia towns of Modena and Reggio Emilia and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale must be made following legally binding traditional procedures.[24]Another centuries old product, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is produced in Reggio Emilia, Parma, Modena and Bologna and is much used in the cuisine. Though a lot of fish is eaten on the Adriatic coast, this is mainly a meat eating region and many different meats are eaten here including Romagna Lamb and Mora Romagnola Pork as well as game. The region is also famous for its many excellent cured pork products: Bologna, Parma and Modena hams, including Parma culatello and Salame Felino and Piacenza pancetta and coppa. It is also famous for cooked pork products like Bologna’s mortadella and salame rosa, Modena’s zampone, capello di prete and cotechino and Ferrara’s salama da sugo.


Simplicity is central to the cuisine in Tuscany. Legumes, bread, cheese, crisp vegetables, mushrooms and fresh seasonal fruit are used. Olive oil is made from the Moraiolo, Leccino, Frantoio, and Pendolino olives. White truffles from San Miniato are a specialty that appear in October and November. Beef of the highest quality come from the Chiana Valley, specifically a breed known as Maremma used for the famed t-bone steaks known as Florentine steak. Pork-based products, such as Prosciutto Toscano are also common.

Veneto is known for risotto. It is a dish whose ingredients vary by location, with fish and seafood being added closer to the coast and pumpkin, asparagus, radicchio and frogs’ legs appearing further away from the Adriatic. Beans and other legumes are seen in these areas with the dish pasta e fagioli being a combination of beans and pasta. Veneto features heavier dishes using exotic spices and sauces. Ingredients like stockfish or simple marinated anchovies are found here as well. Less fish is eaten in Veneto and more meat and sausages are preferred such as the famous sopressata and garlic salami. High quality vegetables are prized here with red radicchio from Treviso being prized as well as asparagus from Bassano del Grappa.


Most of the dishes of Umbria are prepared with the simple techniques of boiling and roasting with the addition of local olive oil and herbs for flavor. Vegetable dishes are more popular in the spring and summer while they are in season, while the fall and winter introduces meats from the hunting season and black truffles from Norcia. Sausage making is very popular in this region produced by the Norcini (Umbrian Butchers, native of Norcia). Lenticchie di Castelluccio are prized lentils found in Castelluccio. The regions of Spoleto and Monteleone are known for their production of spelt. Freshwater fish are also found in the cuisine including lasca, trout, freshwater perch, grayling, eel, barbel, whitefish, and tench.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_cuisine

Now if I can only stay focused until next month…….YUM…

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i miss her, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Well the week with Miss Emma, was splendid. Time flew by so fast I can’t believe it is over once again. How do you measure time with a four year old? Time is too precious. Sleep overs, girls day out for haircuts, picnics, time spent at the play ground….all can never be replaced. Priceless to say the least.

If you are alone or lonely…take the time to spend time with a child. If you are sad, or depressed spend it with a child. The time spent with them, will return to you ten fold. This child, my great niece #1 along with great niece #2 and grandson bring so much joy to my life. They bring color to my life. They add flavor to a bland day. And more importantly they bring sunshine into my heart. I love you Miss Emma, and I’m waiting for your return!

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Happy Earth Day 2009

earthday, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Happy Earth Day to all. Remember to love Mother Earth. Plant a tree, shrubs or flowers and nourish them. Teach a child how to love the world they live in!. Make the world a better place. Pick up trash along the roadside. Save gas by walking to work. Turn off the electricity tonight and have dinner by candle light. Read a book instead of watching television. Practice making our World better place to live. Recycle and reduce your life.

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Beware readers….Normally I would not spew negative comments about things on the net. However, that was the old me…the new me will!  I am writing to inform my readers about scams with Barclays Banks of Delaware. I have (had) an account with them and took them up on an offer of a “balance transfer transaction” with a low fee of 2.99% for the life of the transfer. DON’T make the same mistake and fall for this crap. I completed the transfer and made 2 payments on my account and when I received my statement in March and found $381.01 in finance charges on my account I looked into it further and found my account to be charged a whopping 25.24% interest. I call to inquire about this and was told I had to file an investigation into it and would be notified within 10 days as to what happened.  I called today and was told that my claim was  closed, very poor customer relations. I told them to close my account. Below is a link I stumbled upon this morning with other complaints about this Company. Please read these for yourself. They are LIARS….don’t fall for this. I won’t go into details on the web, but if you questions please send me a comment.


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deb_dad_picnic, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Happy Birthday Dad. Even though it has been almost 31 years you have been gone, I want you to know I think about you every day. I know that when God took you he needed another angel. You were ripped away from us at such a young age. I have never forgotten you, especially on you birthday. Today you would have been 75 years old. I would still have my Dad around and life would be easier at times. WE missed so much together. I know in my heart you have always been “around” me, but at times I feel so cheated for losing you. I wonder what life would be like today if you were still here. Wherever you are, I hope you are celebrating your birthday. I look forward to seeing you once again someday.

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She’s coming to visit for a week! Yippeee…she makes me smile and brightens my day. We will be visiting the local playground, exploring nature and I’d imagine a 4 year old who loves Mickey D’s will require a trip there at least once this week.

Stay tuned for more photos! Have a great weekend!

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