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I’ve decided the best way to except that I’m about to become 51 is to have a good cry and get over it.  I don’t know what the big deal is, I mean 51 is only one from fifty and when I turned fifty last June I was ecstatic, so what’s the big deal?  

Coincidence, that must be the reason.  I’m still morning the loss of a dear friend who was 51 and I was told just a few short weeks ago he died of natural causes.  Who dies of natural causes at age 51?

Then at Access PEI yesterday I was attempting to get my sticker and pay them $170 dollars.  When I walked in the regular old cranky machine that ejected numbers wasn’t working however they had purchased numbers like what you would get at say a line up in a busy meat market.  I walked up to the spot and the number was 51, coincidence?  When my number was called I went to the counter and waited.  The nice lady on the other side of the counter started small talk, then after awhile I happen to mention that I’ll need my picture taken this year as my license expires.  That was when she let me know that the system had crashed and it might be a few minutes and did I have anything else I needed to do.  Where I asked, she said in town here.  I’d been standing at the counter for what seemed like a long time so I’d only imagine it wouldn’t be long now until the computer was up and running again.  Almost 30 minutes later the system came back.  And this is what I got for $170


I asked the lady for my old license back and she said sure, but would need to punch a whole in it.  She did that and then put the two pieces of plastic together the old and the new one to hand them to me.  That is when she noticed my glasses were the same ones but I had a neck.  I was almost starting to get embarrassed as she was passing my license to the worker beside her letting her know how much weight I must have lost.  Then they had there little, “oh wow” conversation and she handed me the two license.  I smiled and said thank you and tucked them into my wallet like it was no big deal and I didn’t even look at them.  However when I got into the car I whipped out my picture to have a look, I mean lately I’ve had these 51 year old bags under my eyes, and a per-ma frown as the weight of the skin on my face has taken on gravity and created the downward effect.  I was shocked, I still am.  I mean if I hadn’t asked for my old license back I’d of just not given it another thought.  Really, “Wow”  what a difference a couple of years makes. I’m still not crazy about turning 51 though and my birthday is June 30 so I’d better get that sticker on the back of the car or the French Gardener could get pulled over and have a problem if he is out picking something up for me this week.  

Seeing this is True To Thursday and It’s Friday already, boy time is flying by, I wanted to make this post yesterday.  I’d better hurry up and do it or it will be tomorrow and I’ll be 51 already.  So I’ve been asked by many what I’ve done.  First, I need to add that on September 25, 2010 I weighted 230.8 and I blogged about it to start my kick off to weight loss.  

  • Make small changes, one a week
  • Get a water bottle from Wal-mart and be sure to use it
  • Go through the house and pitch out junk, food, clothes, shoes, clutter
  • learn about protein and the amount you need each day
  • find an activity like volleyball and play it often
  • Stop eating sugar all together, it only makes you crave more
  • Stop eating anything white, that is easier to remember
  • Eat 7 small meals a day instead of 3 large ones
  • Get a half a cup container and if the food fits, eat it

Good luck, I have to get to the breakfast area we have guests in this am in the Bed and Breakfast.

Enjoy your weekend, be sure to stick to a plan, love yourself first and then find some love to share with another and start a good book.  Cindy


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Procrastination! I’ve learned to enjoy the full meaning of procrastination, it even sounds better when it is said slow; pro·cras·ti·na·tion, don’t you think?  I think I hit the nail on the head when I said slow, after all I’m not getting any faster.  I suppose you know by now from the time between my last post that I’ve been away again?  If not, and you didn’t notice, I’ll tell you anyway….I’ve been away.  Yes, I know, we just returned from being gone 4 months on our last road trip, “no, it didn’t seem long enough, I love being on the road.”   Then, we turn around and make another plan to head to  Ottawa, via after we go visit Nova Scotia. Seems every time I return home I make a plan for the next time we take another road trip, and I have been scheming together a plan in my mind just since I woke up this morning.  I think it might be menopause, “well, every trip I’ve made to the doctor in the past 2 years,  I’ve received the same answer that menopause seems to be the answer to everything.”  

Seems as I get older and I dare mention sight, hearing, forgetfulness or being cranky there is always a women close by and she reminds me, “It must be menopause.”  I am getting older! This month on the 30th I’ll be 51.  I so enjoyed turning 50 and was in my joy but if the truth be told I’m not enjoying the next 11 days creeping up to being 51. I’m not sure why, maybe it is because I’ve climbed the hill and after being half way to 100, I can only go down the other side from here on in, I promised myself I’ll walk not run because I don’t want to get there any faster.  

There I go, menopausing again and forgot why I came here in the first place.  Ok, I’ll try and stay on track but it will be hard, as I’m going down hill walking with menopause.  All joking set aside, there is one thing for sure, and that is when you have a garden and you go away for 2 weeks it turns into a jungle.  When I look around everything is so overgrown, the asparagus is all tall and  gone to seed, the small trees on the walkway have long shoots springing in every direction, the Wisteria has taken over and the vegetation around the pond is overwhelming.  

I’m standing on the back deck under the Wisteria, crazy or what?

Oh my, the pond look at how overgrown it is.backyard pond and waterfall

 Yesterday, it was all so overwhelming I couldn’t help but procrastinate because I got tired just looking at it all and decided it was easier to avoid it all and take a day off than it was to get at it and trim it up.  Besides tomorrow’s another day, right?  How do you know you have another day?  Each time I return to Ottawa it is to visit the people I love.  We have parents in Ottawa and my brother and sister-in-law. I’d planned to visit Ron, my true love who has been living in Brockville, long story.  Anyway I got up Saturday morning to the phone ringing and it was his mom calling from British Columbia telling me that Ron had passed away.  I’m more than sad from the news, I didn’t get to say good-bye, wait he was only 51 years old.  

I need to procrastinate just one more day, then I’ll get at it.  Live each day to the fullest, enjoy, and remember to let the ones you love know.    

Cindy  xoxo




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