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The Friday Family Funnies - #1

Friday, November 13, 2009

Somewhere, somewhen, back in time. . . Meant to be read with a smile on your face and a grain of salt in your hand:

I was coming home from a hurried, harried, busy day in court, and stopped for burgers, fries and malts from the local Sonic. It was a 15 mile drive home to our little 10 acre “estate” and my hubby was waiting for me. For the food, really, lol.

He was standing with the door open for me as I walked up the sidewalk. Suddenly one of the many bags in my hand slipped. Plop! There went a chocolate malt.

I looked up at hubby. He stared at me. I stared back and said, “I’m almost sure that one was yours.” We both burst out laughing and shared the malt that was left.

A little laughter is better than a fussy fight, any day.


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JUDY1676 11/13/2009 10:51PM

    Laughter is good for the soul!
And we might as well make the best out of an unfortunate event!

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LADYNLI 11/13/2009 1:50PM

    Laughter makes life so much better, especially when we have someone to share it with.

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ROSAMARGO 11/13/2009 11:37AM

  The Bible says.......'Laughter maketh the bones grow FAT'.....loved the thought..... .good to be here.....will drop in again some time

Comment edited on: 11/13/2009 11:38:39 AM

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GRANNY1972 11/13/2009 11:00AM

    Our family laughs at all types of situations like that. You might as well have a good laugh rather than get mad or cry about something.

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PJSTIME 11/13/2009 9:51AM

    Oh what a good funny memory. I loved it. PJ emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 11/13/2009 9:04AM

    That is a funny memory, though it probable wasn't funny back them.
Keep Smiling.

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MOTOMOMOF2 11/13/2009 9:04AM

    what a great comment to make, its great to laugh at things

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What's your Happy Weight?

Friday, November 13, 2009

This link was mentioned on Spark People's Leader Team and I thought I'd share it with you.

We are all given our ideal weight by various charts, calculators and insurance companies. Happy Weight is a little different. Try it.

Answer a few simple questions and find your Happy Weight. IMHO, it works. The weight it gave me is exactly the weight I've known for a while is best for me to look good, feel good, feel happy about myself and maintain while living a life not obsessed with food.



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SERENITYSEL 11/14/2009 8:58PM

    I loved this! My happy weight was right on, where I feel good, not a skinny minnie weight.

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LADYNLI 11/13/2009 1:59PM

    I just tried it, apparently my happy weight is 143 and I had set my goal weight as 145.
I have a long way to go, but I already knew that.

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PJSTIME 11/13/2009 9:55AM

    My happy weight was actually a little higher than I had set my goal. But I would sure be happy with my happy weight. PJ emoticon

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--KREN 11/13/2009 7:38AM

    OK, how about "We don't need no stinkin' calculators to tell us when we look good!" LOL Karen

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STARTSOMETHING 11/13/2009 7:37AM

    It says my happy weight is 156.6lbs! If I was that weight ever again I think I'd cry! I was unhappy at 145lbs never mind 156!

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CATLOVER7731 11/13/2009 7:36AM

    Hi, I took the quiz, and my happy weight is 158.5.. I was this weight when I was in H..S./college and I was happy with it. My ultimate goal is 173.. I think I would be very happy at this weight. I remember when I was 16 and I got down to 140 I hated it, I was lethargic , pail and unhappy. Now I will go for comfort with my body and self.

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--KREN 11/13/2009 7:23AM

    Maybe it only works for old people, like me. lol. Karen

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JULJOH701 11/13/2009 7:14AM

    mine was 118.5... I have a long way to go!! :)

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TEDDYTEDDY 11/13/2009 7:13AM

    How interesting...I will have to check this out later as I am running late....

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KIRSTY1306 11/13/2009 7:01AM

    I just tried it, apparently my happy weight is 127 pounds ! Oh my goodness, Ive never been that weight , even my before pictures were nearly a stone heavier than that and I was perfectly in proportion, lean and toned. Hmmmm I guess maybe im happy at a different weight to what I should be.

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Sharing the wealth on Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

What better time to feed the hungry?

Before you begin to prepare your Thanksgiving dinner, while you're still shopping for everything you'll need to do that. . .

Take a little time. . .
Spend a little money. . .
Give some food to your local shelter, soup kitchen, Women In Crisis center, church that delivers meals to the sick, Salvation Army, etc. etc.

Do a little research now, this week, so you'll know where to give next week, before Thanksgiving arrives.

My local grocery store has a food drive every year. So do fire departments, police deparments... Almost anywhere you ask you'll find a program where just a few cans of food will make a difference.

Your own Thanksgiving dinner will taste so much better!


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SERENITYSEL 11/11/2009 9:22PM

    Thank you for this blog. This is truly an important message. I can tell you first hand, that anyone giving ANYTHING to the Salvation Army can rest assured it will go to where it should. I worked for 4 years with The Salvation Army and being the accountant, I can assure you if you donate food, it will go in their food bank. If you donate money, EVERY single penny will go to buying food for their food bank. NOT one cent is used for administrative costs.

I didn't know any of this until I worked for them. They also have 4 audits a year to insure their donations go where they are designated. The Salvation Army I worked for was in Florida, Tampa Bay area and we had a shelter for the homeless, a kitchen where 3 meals a day were provided for anyone who needed a good meal. We also housed ex-cons (which I thought was scary at times) but they were in transition. We had so many charitable programs, from the elderly food banks, and Christmas gifts to all the children and families.

If you are considering donating anything at any time, think of the Salvation Army. You will receive a letter of thanks which includes a receipt for your taxes.

Thank you Karen for this blog. It is one of the most important blogs I've read. God bless you all. Sharon emoticon emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 11/11/2009 5:29PM

    There are food drives in every store we go to. I always put a can or two in. It makes me feel better.

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BIRDLEGS29 11/11/2009 1:08PM

    Our groceries have bins for non-perishable food for the local food bank. It doesn't hurt much to pick up a litle extra on each shopping trip for the bin. They will keep them out till after the holidays.


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LADYIRISH317 11/11/2009 9:15AM

    Most houses of worship collect food for the hungry. And my grocery store has collection bins for the local food bank. The need is greater than ever -- our response should be, too.

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IDMARYMARY 11/11/2009 7:12AM

  It's also easy to participate with the Boy Scouts' food drive and the local mail carrier food drives. They pick up!

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Thankful Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

When I was growing up, Thanksgiving was a HUGE event.

My mother was one of ten children and many of them lived nearby and all of them had kids. I had a lot of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Thanksgiving meant everyone gathered at my grandparent's house (so called, even long after they died) and brought their favorite hot dish and dessert.

FOOD! My goodness, there was food. PEOPLE! Always LOTS of them.

Once I married and had my own kids, we lived far away and made our own Thanksgiving celebration. Since there weren't many relatives nearby, I always extended our "family" by inviting someone (usually more than one) who for whatever reason was alone on Thanksgiving.

We were part of a large law enforcement community and there was always someone who was working the holidays and couldn't travel home for Thanksgiving. They came to our house.

I continue that to this day, usually some of my sons' friends who can't get to their family for some reason.

Thanksgiving is the most sharing holiday to me. Thankful for friends, family, loved ones, and fellowship with a few more who are just passing through.

The gathering of people is what makes Thanksgiving for me. And for this I'm extremely thankful!


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FISHINGLADY66 11/10/2009 6:00PM

    Wonderful memories of Thanksgiving. We always had a lot of people and FOOD at Thanksgiving when I was growing up too. After my daughter got married she invited us to her house. This year she is going to her hubbies family for Thanksgiving. It will just be me and my hubby. I don't know what we will be doing yet. But I will be Thankful for my life and my family.
I once heard someone say: "The best thing in the house is the people."
Enjoy your Thanksgiving.

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EMMABE1 11/10/2009 5:38PM

    We don't celebrate Thanksgiving but it sounds great fun.

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PJSTIME 11/10/2009 1:56PM

    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. No one is pressured to buy anything and it is just a day to be thankful with family and friends.PJ

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SERENITYSEL 11/10/2009 1:10PM

    Well, give me directions, and I'll be there too!!! Have a great time. I do not plan on counting calories that day (shame on me). I don't eat that much anyway. Everyone's plates are full and overflowing, and mine is barely full, with lots of room to see the plate. I cannot eat a lot at one sitting, that is my PROBLEM. If I could eat more, I think it would be better for me.

Happy ALMOST Thanksgiving. Sharon

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TRABOLD8567 11/10/2009 7:24AM

  Your tradition brings as much warmth to you as to the people you share it with. Bravo!!

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Thanksgiving FOOD for Thought!

Monday, November 09, 2009

A few years ago I put together my family's traditional Thanksgiving menu and calculated the calories in each serving!!

3 ounces of Turkey (white meat): 144 calories
Green Bean Casserole (1/2 cup): 116 calories
Mashed Potatoes (1/2 cup): 120 calories
1/4 cup Ocean Spray Cranberry sauce (jellied): 110 calories
Brown & Serve Roll: 87 calories
1 pat Butter : 36 calories
1 cup cornbread stuffing: 250 calories
1/2 cup Gravy: 56 calories
1/6 Chocolate Pie: 300 calories
1/8 of a Pumpkin Pie: 316 calories (not incl. Cool Whip)
1/2 cup Sweet Potato Casserole: 160 calories

Total: 1701 calories


And that's if you ONLY eat 3 oz of turkey and 1/2 cup of potatoes, 1 roll, etc..

Most people eat Thanksgiving dinner all day long.

I think we need to plan ahead for before and after T-day.

So save a few calories earlier in the week to spend on Thanksgiving Day.

And send as many leftovers as possible home with your guests!


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SHASTA11 11/9/2009 6:06PM

    Well, I was going to order dinner from Marie Callender's, maybe not. Thanks for the info.

Watched any good movies lately? I watched Hitman with Timothy Olhpant. Maybe I told you. Bloody, but good.

Hugs, Joan

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PJSTIME 11/9/2009 12:20PM

    WOW I think I will leave some of that food alone.

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FISHINGLADY66 11/9/2009 10:41AM

    Great Advice. I found out several years ago to use the strategies of banking calories and having the healthy food first to fill you up. Great Blog.

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JULJOH701 11/9/2009 6:33AM

    I combat this by staying to the meat and salad...I fill up on that and keep my calories low and my carbs low! It worked for me. (Canadian thanksgiving passed already!!)

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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/9/2009 6:30AM

    kren! that is about how mine adds up too! good thing it is once a year!!!!! I eat it!

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