Not just a one day event, I'm blogging every day about what I'm thankful for


It wasn’t long ago that we would eat out four or five nights a week. Now, eating out is truly a treat because it only happens (at the most) once a week. Lunches don’t count because I still eat lunch out many days. Anyway, tonight was a treat night. 

We had to go into town for some errands. Warren had replaced the wheel bearing on my car for me so I took him out for dinner. My only request was that it was a decent restaurant. He chose Smoky Bones. I thought I could surely find something tasty and within my points for dinner. I finally settled on the smoked turkey with a baked potato. 

I looked up the points online. They have a sandwich that is 80 points!!!!! Eighty!!! That is insane. I only get 20 points for an entire day. Can you imagine. Cut a sandwich into fourths. Then in thirds. Now you get one tiny bite of a sandwich for each meal for four days. Not very realistic. 

But I stayed within my points for the day with the turkey. I’m thankful today for my determination. But I have to say I would rather just eat at home than deal with trying to eat out. It just isn’t as much fun when I can’t eat a burger and fries without guilt. 

Small Town Living

I went to Indianapolis today and had quite the adventure. I was headed to the Statehouse to meet with some of the legislators. That part went very well and I felt like it was a good day. But let me tell you about the rest of the day.

I arranged my day to leave early enough to be there in plenty of time and to even have time to stop at Trader Joe’s. So far, so good. Then, I got into downtown and started to look for a parking garage. After driving around the block a couple of times, I decided I would pay whatever I had to pay just for the convenience. But, every lot had a sign saying they were full. Every lot. So I drove further away from downtown.

Finally, a parking garage that had a space. Now, keep in mind that I really don’t know Indianapolis – and I actually hate going there. But I found a parking place – and it was only going to cost me $17 for the afternoon so I got a bargain too. In order to walk out of the parking garage I had to walk down an alley – an alley full of dumpsters (just like in the movies where dead bodies are found). I was sure glad it was noon. I exited the alley onto a “street’ that looked like another alley to me. I made note of the street names so I could find it again.

I walked toward my destination which was actually an office building and not the Statehouse. Except I walked the wrong direction. I was standing on the corner staring at my phone and looking around when a very nice man stopped and asked if he could help me. When I told him what street I was looking for, he told me I needed to turn around, which meant I turned the wrong way when I left the parking garage. No problem. I found my street and realized that I was on the wrong side of Monument Circle so I hiked to my location. By the time I arrived, I was frozen. Did I mention it was cold and windy?

Anyway, all went well at the Statehouse.

Then, I had to find my way back to the parking garage. This obscure street/alley was one nobody had ever heard of. At least after I walked forever and didn’t see it and stopped in an office building to find out where I was – they had never heard of it. I turned around, walked another block, then found a security officer in another building who helped me. He had never heard of it either, but he found it on a map (which I had been unable to do). I walked back in the other direction for blocks and finally found the parking garage.

But the door I exited out of was an exit only and locked. Aarrrrgghh! I walked around the block TWICE looking for another entrance. Finally on the second trip, I stopped a kid who looked like he might work in the area and asked him if he knew where to get in. Luckily he actually did. It was another block up and through a building, By now, I was frozen yet again and just about near tears from frustration. But I found my car and headed out of the city, swearing to never go back again.

But I shouldn’t complain. I saw a lot of people that smiled at me when I smiled and spoke to them. I had a pleasant conversation with one woman at one corner. I got help from several people. AND I logged over 4 miles according to my iPhone. And it makes me appreciate living in my small town, where I know where everything is and know how to get around.

A very good week

After my tiny gain last week, I worked so very hard this week to stay on track. And it paid off. I lost 2.8 pounds this week!!!!! I have an accountability partner, Mary, who keeps me going. 

And many times I would celebrate with a mini “cheat” day after weigh in. Not this time. Buoyed by a good loss, I’m onward and downward. I’ve lost a total of 12 pounds since I started on January 5. Nothing spectacular. But slow and steady. 32.6 pounds to go. I got this. 

Author feature

So, have you heard the news??? 

Over on PoetryByPamela I am turning every other Thursday into a Featured Author/Blogger post. I will be doing something different with each one. I debuted it today with my favorite author, Sarah M. Cradit. Sarah writes the House of Crimson and Clover Series. You can check out the post here

But what am I thankful for today. Everything!!!!!

Today was just one of those days. But I left work early to go to the Home and Garden Show. Just seeing colorful flowers and landscaping that was alive (instead of the dead stuff we have right now) really lifted my spirits. So, while I bask in the glow of seeing flowers, you should dash over to my other blog and read about Sarah Cradit

Clean car

My poor van. It’s supposed to be a deep red color. But with all the salt on the roads, it has been looking rather white lately. It finally warmed up into the 20’s today so I figured it would be a good time to get it washed. 

Evidently I wasn’t the only one with that idea. Five lines of cars were at the car wash. As I was waiting for my turn to merge into the single line, the car next to me was making me nervous. First the lady guns it with her foot on the brake. Then she cut me off. I was still shaking my head about her when she can’t seem to get her car on the track to go through. The attendant was leaning in her car, presumably to be sure she had it in neutral. But still no luck. 

You should have seen them trying to get cars backed up so she could get out of line. Since she was right in front of me, I was sure she was going to back straight into me. Luckily that didn’t happen. 

I’m just thankful I was able to get my car washed. 

Pamela Beckford:

As Sarah said, if you haven’t read all of this series yet, get started

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After months and months of working to smooth and color the text for this fifth volume in the series, Empire of Shadows is off to my editor at the end of the week. Guess what that means? If you guessed coed naked pillow fight, you would be wrong. But if you guessed cover reveal, you are the winner!

Speaking of winners… I’m holding a contest over on my Facebook page. $10 Gift Card is the prize. If you like free stuff, I recommend checking that out. The pinned post has the deets.


Still working on an appropriate synopsis and blurb, and hope to have that soon. Pre-order will be live in the next few weeks.

What else can I say? This is my most ambitious work yet. So if you’re not caught up on the series yet… I recommend carving out some time! Below you’ll find a ton of…

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I know today isn’t Monday (my day to post about weight loss), but this is truly something to be thankful for.

I wear a mascot costume and even though it was custom made for me, I felt like it was tight through the arms. Tonight I put it on for an event (sidebar…it was a book swap at the local elementary school and loads of fun). Lo, and behold, it fit so much better. I was very excited to think that even though I’ve only lost 10 pounds and haven’t felt like you could tell, it made a difference. Plus I even sat on the floor criss cross applesauce and didn’t need a crane to get me up!

It is a little thing…but the little things add up to big things

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