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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mr. Harry Kitty, aka Jungle Kitty, who has passed on and can be seen on my photo page, was a very handsome fellow, always ready for a special occasion in his black and white tux. A police officer friend rescued him from a very busy highway! I guess the first 4 weeks of his life were very traumatic. Who knows what happened to his mommie?

This explains, maybe, his habit of sucking his tail, lol. He'd get on my lap, start that circling pattern, going round and round until it felt just right and his long tail was trailing behind him enough so he could get it in his mouth! Down he'd plop and suck happily, like a contented baby with his pacifier! He'd also get under the covers with me and do the same thing.

If you petted Mr. Harry, you had to watch out for his soppy wet tail!

Rosie, my current kitty, gets on my lap, stretches out on her belly, and scoots up towards my face a closely as she can. Then she settles down and looks me right in the eye with a look of utmost adoration, lol. Makes me feel like I'm the most important person in the world.

She's also a licker! Licks my hands, my arms, my feet, my face... Will NOT lick anyone else, thank you very much, so there!

Care to share any cat cuties of your own?


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SERENITYSEL 9/16/2009 11:14AM

    That was so funny. Yes she does suck on my earlobe. Onry did too, but I got her to stop by "growling" at her and she would stop.

The one good thing about Lucky, once she falls asleep, she is good. But we play a regular game when I get into bed. She will jump on my arm until I put it under the covers then she will lay on my hip and swat at my hand. Or she climbs on my headboard and dive bombs my head!!!! But I honestly do love her and wouldn't get rid of her. I get her spayed the 29th of Oct so I am praying she will calm down then.

As soon as I get in from work, she is waiting and mewing, so I have to put my stuff down and pet her, then feed her. We do play some, but the minute I stop, she wants more attention. I think deep down she has some separation problems from being left in the dumpster. (Is that a good excuse) Thanks, I love your kitty stories.

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--KREN 9/16/2009 11:00AM

    Sharon, I LOVE the part about her sucking on your ear!!! LOL.

We had a cat like that once. A stray. Don't remember how he got to us. Solid black long hair. Lots of good names for him, but he quickly became.............KITTY MONSTER!!!! He deserved every letter in that name, lol. He'd sit by the bed, like an angel, and wait for us to sleep. Then SUDDENLY, he'd jump on any part of us that twitched even a little and you'd have to fight him off, lol. Many more stories, but he disappeared one day when he was only about 6 months old. We lived in a very rural area... have no idea what happened to him.

I'll think back to some of my ex-friends I don't like so much, and see if they want a KIND, LOVING kitty, lol. - Karen

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SERENITYSEL 9/16/2009 10:50AM

    Rosie sounds like the cat I would LOVE to have. I had a cat, named Onry, for 14+ years. She was a calico and I loved her dearly. She was my friend, my companion and my baby. She got an aggressive form of bone cancer, which spread rapidly, even after having some of her toes removed.

I had to put her down November 2006. I swore I would NEVER EVER have another cat. Well, I was lonely and got a black mixed kitty that was found in a dumpster with her brothers and sisters.

Her name is Lucky. I named her that because she was lucky to be alive. Now I am going to have her name "legally" changed to either Diablo or Spiteful.

She IS the cat from hell. If you could see my arms and legs you would think I had some kind of skin disease, because of her. When she is loving, she is very loving, HOWEVER, that is far and few between. She will sit on my shoulder (after climbing up my back as I am sitting, with her claws OUT), and will sit there like a bird and sucks on my ear lobe.

She has more toys then the kids down the street. LOL What does she play with? My arm and fingers. She is so spiteful, if I am on the phone or computer, she can't stand it and will jump up and bite me or knock everything off the desk. Sometimes I will be loving her and petting her, and all of a sudden she will turn on me and spit at me as she bites me. It is a very quick motion.

She is constantly walking on my table, and I detest this. Onry NEVER did any of these things. If I told Onry no, she went about her business and just figured "oh well, mommy said no". Not Lucky, she actually lies in wait for me. My biggest fear is I have severe varicoise veins on my left leg and I am scared she will rip them to shreds.

I've tried everything I can think of. I even bought Good Cat from PetSmart, which is supposed to calm them down. Oh NO way, it made her worse. Last night I was eating a piece of turkey and I swear, she flew up at me and grabbed it just as I was putting it to my mouth. Well, the spray bottle was out and the newspaper and she got BOTH.

I am seriously ready to throw in the towel. I have always loved cats and I miss Onry so much. She was a 28 lbs big old calico with so much love and life.

I love Lucky, I just don't know what to do anymore. The vet said to spray her with vinegar water, but she doesn't care. Like I said, when she wants to be loving, she is and purrs so loud.

Sorry Karen, I think I just overcame your blog. Thanks for asking and if you know of anyone who wants a very LOVING KIND kitty (5 months old) let me know!!!!! LOL
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HOPE2BE 9/16/2009 8:49AM

    I was never one to keep cats long because they all got killed but one day I went to the Humane Society and bought a blue Russian kitten. He was strange to begin with. When he got older he always climbed up to the window of the room I was in and wanted in. At night I had a coverlet that had little knots on them and he'd suck on those knots before going to sleep. One day I came home with a new boyfriend and he was 2 blocks away and when we passed he headed running for home and when we got there he jumped in the car. I called him pyschic. I had him for 7 years until a tornado killed him.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009




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SHASTA11 9/15/2009 10:42PM

    A very Happy Birthday to you Linda. May your life always be filled with good things or things that are easily fixed.

Hope you had a great day!

Hugs, Joan

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KOOCH4 9/15/2009 3:22PM

    Karen, thanks for sending the birthday reminders.
Hope you enjoy your massage, I had one last week, and am ready for another.
Have a wonderful day!

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BELTONWALKER67 9/15/2009 2:28PM

    Thank You Karen and all you lovely "Over 60's" members for a very lovely birthday. I just finished a lunch catered from Applebees here at the office. Had Brocolli Cream Soup which is a NO NO..but very delicious and an Oriental Chicken Salad. For dessert we had a Chocolate Ice Cream Cake to die for! My waistline on my pants is tight! Now, to get through Jose Peppers tonight with miminal damage. Tomorrow is back on track!
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FISHINGLADY66 9/15/2009 12:24PM

    emoticon Happy Birthday Linda!! Your the Best!!
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MRI - More than Really Intended

Monday, September 14, 2009

My orthopedic appointment is Thursday afternoon. Joe is taking me in case the parking lot and hospital hallways are too much for me. I have a list of questions, including some about physical therapy, so I can learn when the pain should stop me and when I should work through it. He's going to look at my MRI also, concerning my hip and leg pain.

Hoever, I received a letter from my personal Dr. on Saturday, regarding my MRI. It shows I have a "small cyst on my right kidney" and should call for an appointment for a renal ultrasound. I'm going to do that ASAP. I have no symptoms that could be related to that at all. I'll call today and make that appointment. Don't you just love surprises? The MRI was for my back and hip. I guess my kidney felt slighted, lol.

I've been on an aggressive stretching and strength training program - aggressive for ME, wimpy for normal folks. But it does feel good even though it hurts, too.

I've decided that no matter what, I'm going to move. The workout I've selected from Sparks is 55 min. long, but it takes me most of the day to get it in. No matter, at least I'm moving.

I went to Joe's house yesterday and got on his treadmill. Solid even ground, and I don't have to worry about getting home once I wear out or the pain becomes too bad. I also have a lot of muscle fatigue in my right leg and hip, which is a very uncomfortable feeling.

So, I walked, slowly, for 4.5 minutes. Got off and stretched my leg and hip as best I could and got back on. Then I walked another 2 minutes and knew that was enough.

You can see how bad off I am, even though I look fine and healthy! To think I used to do an hour long step aerobics class twice a week and walk 4 miles a day up and down some pretty steep hills.

And yet, I'm feeling better. More hopeful and optimistic. Life is good and I'm always thankful for that.

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SERENITYSEL 9/14/2009 6:38PM

    Karen, you are one heck of a trooper!!!! Kudos to you. You never give up! You are definitely a delight to "know"......

I am praying for you and the pain. Please let us know what all your results are. I go for a follow up on Wednesday for my breathing problems. Huggs to you!!!!!!!!!!


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VANDALEE13 9/14/2009 5:03PM

    Karen, you are in my prayers. I find that keeping a positive attitude is what can help us through difficult times. I have been through many MIR's myself. Be thankful that they spoted the problem before it became a real problem. That'a good news. Take care. emoticon emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 9/14/2009 8:52AM

    HI Karen, Keep that positive attitude and continue to see the humor in life situations! Both will go a long ways in helping you cope with the day to day pain you are experiencing. I hope that you soon will get some relief through your doctor's treatments. Know that you are thought of daily and prayers are going out to wish you less painful days.

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NANCY- 9/14/2009 7:40AM

    Karen you are in my thoughts and prayers. It is great that you are remaining hopeful and optimistic. Positive thoughts yield positive results.

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GRAMSIECAKES2 9/14/2009 7:10AM

    I am having my third MRI on my right knee tomorrow. It has been operated on twice now and each time it just tears again. I walk with a cool walker with a seat on it and can actually go two miles on my good days with my leg brace on. I guess we just can't give in can we. I have this arthritis ( one of four) called Sjorgrens and that is the one that is giving me the most trouble right now. Even my Lupus isn't as bad...Merri

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PASTORJEFF2 9/14/2009 7:09AM

    Keep up the positive attitude it will pay off. Yes we do get surprises sometimes. But I just try to remember that God is never surprised and is always in control. Keep ut the great job.

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ROSILEIGH 9/14/2009 7:00AM

    Hi Karen it's good that you keep so cheerful,i think we all take our health for granted till something goes wrong,i hope all goes well for you.
my son who is 40 suffers with rheumatoid arthritis,to look at him you think there is nothing wrong with him, he even ran the London marathon 2 years ago but he does have quite bad flare ups sometimes,he is like you he tries to keep as fit as he can he cycles a lot and swims regularly.

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Size of Type/Print here on Sparks

Sunday, September 13, 2009


The link is to my post on the tech boards addressing the size of the type/print here on Sparks.

I printed my exercise plan and had to read it with a magnifying glass, lol. Really.
It would be great if I could control the size of the printed type. I also have trouble reading the forums and articles and can't adjust the size there either.

I wonder if anyone else has this problem? With so many thousands of members from all age groups, you would think an option for personalizing the size of type and print would be a needed option, hmmm? We are all so different and unique!


WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT VIEWING PAGES: Look at the bottom of any page, on the task bar at the bottom of your browser, in the right hand corner. You may see a small number with a plus + sign in front of it and a percent % sign after it, like this: +100%

You can put your mouse on that and change it to +150% or anything else and view your page with larger print! Doesn't work for printing exercise plans, though.

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ADIEOFTEXAS 9/14/2009 6:10PM

    I'm using Windows XP with Firefox. I believe this also works to enlarge the screen on Internet Explorer. Just try holding down your Control button while pressing the Plus (+) key. Each strike of the key enlarges the screen and you can adjust it as much as you want. To make it smaller again when leaving SparkPeople, just hold down Control and strike the minus,(-) key. Works great for reading, but doesn't transfer over to the print process, dang it.

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    I use FireFox so that trick didn't work for me. But I am really glad it works for you!!

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DTRMNEDME 9/13/2009 1:22PM

    I totally agree as I can't read it either and I don't see the place they are talking about with an arrow to make it larger.

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--KREN 9/13/2009 12:24PM

    Linda, I never noticed that zoom feature down there! It DOES work on displaying pages, THANK YOU!

I can't get it to work in printing out my exercise plan, though. I can change it on the screen, but when it prints, it prints in tiny type. Karen

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BELTONWALKER67 9/13/2009 12:16PM

    Have you tried changing the font size with the little thingy to the right bottom of this screen? Not sure if everyone has this? Mine has a little down arrow and I click on it and it goes from 100% to 125%. I changed the size of this type on your page. Hope that helps. Yes, I have a hard time reading a lot of things lately and recently purchased a magnifying glass to aid in books and magazine. Good Luck and hope you find a solution.

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--KREN 9/13/2009 11:08AM

    KIMBERLY - THANKS! That did work. I guess I expected to be given those options when I just clicked on PRINT. But the PREVIEW pane did give me options I was looking for.

By the way - I LOVE the quote on your page! LOL. It takes a great sense of humor to survive in this world, and you've got it!


PS - While that worked on printing an article, I can't seem to get those options on printing my exercise plan. Can you make that work on printing your excercise plan?

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MYSTICRAINS 9/13/2009 10:56AM

    When you go to print something out online go to Print Preview and there should be an option labeled "Scale:" Simply choose a larger percentage and the size will be larger when you print it out.

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--KREN 9/13/2009 10:55AM

    I've tried using my IE toolbar, VIEW, LARGEST, and it doesn't seem to make a difference here. If anyone finds a way, please let me know! - Karen

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SERENITYSEL 9/13/2009 10:51AM

    I did the same thing!!!!! I know you can go to tools and change your font size there for everything. I'll have to try it!

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

A few years ago I belonged to another on-line community and now and then I would write a blog about safety for women. Just little things women should do to stay safe in the world. It was before I retired and I got most of my safety tips from inmates I interviewed in the county jail, which was part of my job at the time. I just took their tale of the crime and worked it backwards to see how the victim could have prevented it.

This comes to mind now because a friend of mine called me yesterday and told me her wallet had been stolen at the grocery store. Of course it contained her Drivers’ License, her Social Security card, credit cards, $150 in cash and her checkbook! We women keep our lives in our handbags.

You can only feel sorrow for someone in her situation, knowing the worry she’ll have while she sorts out all she must do to protect herself, now that someone has all her pertinent information.

At the same time, I also feel such frustration at her carelessness! She had decided not to carry her rather large handbag to the store, so she only took her wallet. Do women ever have a pocket in which they can place a wallet that holds all those things? Nope. So what did she do with it while she was in the store? She left it in her cart!!

A year ago we were shopping together in a nice department store and she was at the counter writing a check for her purchase, when something about four feet away on the long counter caught her eye. She left her purse, her checkbook open, and walked down the counter to look at the object. I told her then that anyone could grab her belongings in half a second and that she should never, NEVER, let go of her purse or anything else that belonged to her in a public place! You can only wonder how many times she did that with no ill results. Not yesterday. Yesterday all the ill results caught up with her.

To make matters worse, the thief had Sunday and Labor Day, when the banks were closed, to have fun with her checkbook. She’s going to the bank today to close that account. Of course, she’ll have to change the 3 monthly direct deposits that go into that account, as well as all the automatic debits coming out of that account that pay her bills each month.

How many times have you noticed women doing just what she did? I saw a woman lay a hundred dollar bill on top of her handbag when she was at the counter waiting for the clerk to ring up her bill. She left the counter to look a something else with a dozen people milling around a very busy store. Anyone of them could have pocketed her money in a flash.

And don’t you see women at the store all the time, with their handbags in the grocery cart which they leave parked in the middle of the aisle while they walk up and down picking up items?

You need a purse with a handle and that handle needs to be in your hand, over your arm or over your shoulder. Your purse always needs to be closed - not gaping open where it’s too easy for someone to remove an item without you even noticing. Wearing a fanny pack with your valuables in it is also a good idea and probably the safest.

When you are in a restaurant, don’t leave your purse sitting on the chair or bench while you go to the ladies room. Hand it to someone who is with you and ask them to HOLD it, or take it with you and keep your hands on it the entire time.

Another mistake women often make is in getting in the car, leaving their purse in their cart or sitting on top of the car while they put their purchases in the car. Also, LOCK YOUR CAR DOOR before you even get in the car! How often do you hear that someone was abducted and raped when someone got in the car with them in a parking lot. Why wasn’t their door locked as they were getting in the car? Keep your car doors locked ALL THE TIME!

The sad truth is we have to be AWARE all the time, take precautions all the time, and assume all the time that someone is lurking who can do us harm. Use your head and stay focused when you are out in public! Thieves certainly do.

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SERENITYSEL 9/8/2009 6:18PM

    Thanks for the information. As info, since living alone and mainly shopping alone, I NEVER bring my purse with me. I don't "hide" it in the trunk, I simply do not bring it.

I carry a little change purse (the kind that snaps open or shut) with cute little mushrooms on it. In this purse I keep my license, registration, insurance card (health) and my debit card. I make sure I wear something that has pockets and I put it in my pocket along with my keys.

I was mugged in WalMart in Florida once (long story) and chased the guy down (yes I did), got my purse back, but I learned from that. Be careful ladies as Kren has stated!!!!!!! emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 9/8/2009 12:20PM

    Some really great ideas here. I have also watched women leave their cart and shop up and down an isle with their purse in the cart. I have a very small billfold, like a mans, and when I run to the store for a few things, I just put it in my pocket. It would be a lot harder to get into my front pocket than in my purse. Thanks Karen for the tips and the reminders.

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--KREN 9/8/2009 9:47AM

    Jean, you ask some really good questions. Don't we seem to feel we have to put EVERYTHING in our handbags? But you're right - we don't! Thanks! - Karen

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BIRDLEGS29 9/8/2009 9:42AM

    Some great ideas here and thanks for the reminders, Karen. I only have one other suggestion: don't carry all that stuff in your purse. NEVER carry you SS card! Why do you need a checkbook and a debit card? Use one or the other and leave the other at home. I also quit carrying credit cards unless I have a specific purchase for which I intend to use one. I really love Kathy's idea and intend to put phone numbers on my cell phone today.

Stay safe, Jean

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--KREN 9/8/2009 9:22AM

    Cathy, that's another great idea - putting your credit card phone numbers into your phone! You Sparkers are all on the ball! - Karen

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ROSILEIGH 9/8/2009 9:19AM

    I always use a shoulder bag and i put the strap over my head so that it goes across my body and i hold the bag to the front of me.I once saw a lady get her wallet taken out of her bag while on holiday in Spain,the thieves were working as a pair, one walking towards her dropped something on the pavement and as she bent down to pick it up the other one was behind her taking the wallet out of her bag,luckily for her a man chased them and got her wallet back,she never even realised it had been taken.
Also i put the 24 hour phone number that is on my cards on my mobile phone so if they are stolen or lost i can cancel them quickly.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 9/8/2009 8:57AM

    On more than one occasion I have pointed out to people at the grocery store that they left their purse in the cart while walking away and looking for things on the shelves. Sometimes I get a look back as though they think I ma nuts. But mostly I do get a thank you.

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--KREN 9/8/2009 8:07AM

    Nancy, that is a GREAT IDEA! Thank you! - Karen

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BELTONWALKER67 9/8/2009 8:02AM

    Great Reminders! Thank You.

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NANCY- 9/8/2009 7:55AM

    I'm usually pretty careful with my stuff as I do not want to go through the hassle of replacing things and the credit stuff.
One thing I do is make a copy of what is in my wallet, so if it goes missing I what is missing and i have the numbers on the back of the cards.

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