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With holidays ended, it's time to get back on track

By CAROL KALLBERG Columnist Published: January 14, 2017 5:00 AM

It feels good to see the holidays come to an end. I just finished packing up all the Christmas decorations and our tiny fake tree, and stuck them back in the closet. It took all of an hour from start to finish and that included looking at all the Christmas cards again. Back in Ohio, when we had a big, old house, it took hours and many trips up to the attic to stow things away. Living on one floor is much easier on the knees.

We started the New Year with church and after that a brunch at the neighbors' house, four doors away. There were several kinds of quiche for the main thing. I liked an interesting noodle dish with a sweet topping I was told was something called kugel and is a favorite Jewish dish. I even braved a little toast square covered with very tasty cream cheese, topped with smoked salmon. (It would have been better to leave off the salmon, but some people were raving about it.)

Now, 2017 is a clean slate. I know better than to make a lot of resolutions. Maybe I will just call them "plans." I already avoided going back to water aerobics this morning with the excuse of needing to get the decorations put away. Actually, I don't like the idea of getting into a cold indoor pool -- even though they say the water is heated to 84 degrees. The surrounding air is not that hot.

I will have to go back to the pool sooner or later. The sad truth is, I have not been there since August when I purchased my own swim bells to use for the exercises. (I had been borrowing bells that were stowed in a basket at the pool. These belonged to other people who may or may not still be coming to water aerobics.)

It would not be a big issue except for the fact I have not let The Man of the House forget that he stopped going to play pickle ball the minute he bought his own pickle ball paddles. So why did we spend all that money? Oops.

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One of my intentions this year is to lose some weight. Isn't that always the case? It's already too late to lose 30 pounds before my next doctor appointment the end of February. It is apparent there will need to be the motivation of paying Weight Watchers again. Otherwise the diet always starts "tomorrow," if you know what I mean.

I remember one of the things dear Erma Bombeck said was that if she had kept off all the weight she had lost in her life she could fit on a charm bracelet. I can identify with that.

With that in mind, I got on the computer and signed up for three months of Weight Watchers. There is a group that meets right here at Del Webb so it should be easy. The hard part will be committing to every Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. for 12 weeks.

We will see how well it works out when The Man of the House wants to do something spontaneous on a Wednesday morning and I will be torn.

Speaking of being torn, we are still in shock over the Ohio State vs. Clemson football game on New Year's Eve. We went into Howard's Restaurant for breakfast that morning before the game showing off our OSU apparel -- knowing full well the place was packed with Clemson fans and we would take some ribbing.

Now we are shopping around for some Clemson sports clothing so we can be seen at our favorite restaurant again. But, we still love our Bucks. We just wish they would have showed up for that game.


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