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Friday, February 26, 2010


My DIL sent me this link. Said it reminded her of my sense of humor. Good clean hillarious youtube video. I think it's especially funny if you're over 50. Over 60? Even better, lol.

The very last minutes - the punch line - is just hillarious.


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FISHINGLADY66 2/27/2010 9:46PM

    OMG My water just broke. Ha Ha LOL... emoticon emoticon Thank you for sharing.

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JEANNE229 2/27/2010 12:57PM

    Karen, I LOVED this one. Thanks for sharing.


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DUMBELLE 2/27/2010 9:39AM

    Oh my gosh; she's hillarious. Thanks for sharing that with us!

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 2/26/2010 10:14PM

    I think MY water just broke too! emoticon

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LADYNLI 2/26/2010 3:44PM

    That was so funny. I loved it!!!

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SHASTA11 2/26/2010 2:02PM

    Oh, that was wonderful. Thank you. I'll have to try to send that to my daughter and 60+ friends.

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HEALTHYARTIST1 2/26/2010 12:39PM

    I've heard her before, she is hilarious. Thanks for giving us all a good laugh today!

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DAISES2 2/26/2010 11:59AM

    hilarious,just going to change my knickers? emoticon emoticon

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SUPREME5 2/26/2010 11:50AM

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/26/2010 11:24AM

    Very funny!!!! Thanks!

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READINGDOC 2/26/2010 11:22AM

    Thanks for the laugh!

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KRITTERKEEPERS 2/26/2010 10:38AM

    emoticon She is hilarious! She reminds me quite a bit of watching Florence Littauer give a talk. Thanks for sharing!

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KRITTERKEEPERS 2/26/2010 10:38AM

    emoticon She is hilarious! She reminds me quite a bit of watching Florence Littauer give a talk. Thanks for sharing!

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AMBUDMAN 2/26/2010 10:00AM

    emoticon How funny.

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GRANNYOF05 2/26/2010 9:57AM

    Thanks for the good laugh today.

That was emoticon

Hugs, Gayle

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--KREN 2/26/2010 9:46AM

    And did you notice her legs? She has beautiful legs!!

Her accent? Does she have an accent?


Karen from TEXAS, lol

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BELTONWALKER67 2/26/2010 9:45AM

    That was fantastic! Loved that southern accent too! Thanks for sharing!

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JERSEYGIRL1950 2/26/2010 9:44AM

    OMG!!! That was awesome thanks for sharing...Hugs

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/26/2010 9:42AM

    Funny....and Iike her suit jacket too !

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MOTOMOMOF2 2/26/2010 8:41AM

    Thanks for sharing it, very funny. Not 50 yet but close

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Not your usual day in Texas!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

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DUMBELLE 2/24/2010 9:52AM

    Wow, this looks like Manitoba! So glad I'm in Arizona now. I really don't miss that white stuff.

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WYWIWOMAN 2/23/2010 9:56PM

    It is lovely, and very familiar for me living in Wisconsin. However, after a number of months of it (4 now, I think) I am willing to have the snow melt to expose anything growing beneath!

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FISHINGLADY66 2/23/2010 9:51PM

    WoW!! Isn't it Beautiful. The snow on the tree branches are so much prettier than the ice on our trees. I'm glad you got to experience the "wonders of God's creation". I hope it doesn't last too long for you. Be safe and stay warm. Oh! and Eat Healthy and stay Happy. emoticon emoticon

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READINGDOC 2/23/2010 5:01PM

    Enjoy the wonders of God's creation.

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    Wow!! All of us in the U.S have had way too much of this!! LOL.

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JUSTJO66 2/23/2010 2:26PM

    We where also supposed to get snow beginning this morning. But so far only flakes. Oh Yes!!! I am so glad and hoping we don't get anymore of the white stuff this year. It was just the other day we got over a foot. The ground is gurgling.

It is rare for you all to get snow that far south. Enjoy. :o)
Pretty pictures.

I'm ready for SPRING..................

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SUPREME5 2/23/2010 1:51PM

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BELTONWALKER67 2/23/2010 1:48PM

    That is unusual & yes, it's really pretty. Did Rosie want to go out in it? I get tickled at the Boss's cat, Sampson. He wants to go out but when I open the door he kinda sniffs and then runs back into the house. We had an ice storm over the weekend and the trees were sparkling and so pretty but the roads were very slick. Where or Where is Spring??

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--KREN 2/23/2010 1:20PM

    I don't own a snow shovel or snow blower, or even footwear the walk in the snow, lol. Karen

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BIRDLEGS29 2/23/2010 1:18PM

    It is pretty though, Karen. I bet you don't even own a snow shovel! Enjoy the rare experience.


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NANCY- 2/23/2010 12:08PM

    Want to use my snowblower?

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/23/2010 12:03PM

    My kids left Chicago and Erie to get away from such stuff, and moved to Fort Worth area. I think the area has had more snow than ever since my kids moved there.

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--KREN 2/23/2010 11:34AM

    I guess you brought it with you! lol. Rosie is sitting in the front window looking out, trying to figure out what's going on, lol. Karen

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PJSTIME 2/23/2010 11:28AM

    We left MO to get out of the snow. They are forcasting rain/snow for us here too:(

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Stress Relief?

Monday, February 15, 2010

My mother had a surprise visit to the hospital a few days ago, perhaps a mild heart attack, and a medical procedure (angioplasty) while she was there. Scary enough.

But when she awoke from the procedure she was literally out of her mind, fighting, kicking, hitting. So disturbing and frightening. She stayed that way for over 24 hours, with us not knowing why, really, or when or IF she'd return to normal.

Thoughts of assisted living and nursing homes plagued my dreams. Not many dreams, because I didn't sleep much.

Finally, today, this afternoon, just a short while ago, my Aunt called me and said, "She's BACK". I called her room and talked to her and she sounded good, like herself, like my mother. I was so relieved I just burst into tears.

I have lived a stressful life and handled stress well all those years, raising my family, holding down my job, no matter what the stress.

So why, now, can I no longer seem to handle any real stress? Stress seems to manifest physcially in my body almost instantly. My body just shuts down; collapses. I can't sleep. This makes it much, much worse. I stay in the bed and do breathing exercises, thinking I'm going to have a heart attack of my own, I just feel so bad.

I don't know what happened to my stress-defense. It's gone. I have to find a way to get it back. Or at least stay aware of what's happening so I don't make it worse. Or find some good way to relieve it.

Anyway, it's over now. This time. I feel better again. Tonight I'll sleep and tomorrow I'll start the day fresh.

Thank you all who expressed such sweet sentiments and helped me through this difficult time.


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  Aww so sorry Karen, I am glad to hear she is back to her old self and glad you are keeping us posted so we can send you hugs and support.

You're doing a great job Karen I'm really proud of you.
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FISHINGLADY66 2/17/2010 8:56PM

    Karen I am so emoticon to hear about your mom. I am glad she is better. I can understand how you must feel. Mom's are our life line, and we need them, even if we are taking care of them instead of them taking care of us.
I haven't had my computer for a while and I'm late in reading blogs. But my thoughts and prayers are with you both.
God Bless

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JANDREWS031 2/16/2010 7:54PM


I'm so sorry to hear you mom has been so sick, I am glad to hear she is doing better. I know this has been so stressful for you, Please try to take some time for you. My mom is 84 she just had a bout with shingles! So take care and I hope your mom continues to get better,


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CATHY629 2/16/2010 10:49AM

    Karen i am glad your mom is better, i hope she continues to improve,i find exercise does help with stress especially swimming, it also helps to have someone to talk to, a problem shared and all that.
I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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JUSTJO66 2/16/2010 7:52AM

    Kren, I'm so sorry to hear that you have been dealing with so much stress lately. I'm glad that your mother is doing better. It is very hard most the time for the elderly to be in the hospital. The combination of the drugs, the condition that put her there, and the disorientation of the procedure and hospital...I'm sure all contributed to her lapse in mental status. All extremely stressful for everyone. I think it's usually the uncertainty of EVERYTHING that causes the most stress. Sometimes it just comes to a point where the OVERLOAD is just too much for us to handle. That is personally when I have to surrender and ask my Lord to take it...that "I can't do it anymore". I will pray for you to find peace and for the stress to be more manageable. You will find the answers...I am sure. You are obviously a very resourceful, resilient person. Sleep and rest always helps. My thoughts go out to you.

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--KREN 2/16/2010 6:11AM

    Thank you all. I do remember now, that I used to go out and walk several miles when I was stressed! I loved it, did some good thinking and it left me feeling great. I can no longer walk to that extent, so I need to find some exercise I CAN do and focus on that when I'm stressed! The water work sounds good. Karen

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NANCY- 2/16/2010 5:26AM

When it comes to loved ones... the stress is different. be kind to yourself, you will find something that helps.

take a walk
phone a friend

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/15/2010 10:06PM


I can completely understand your stress. i have gone through similar problems when my family has been very ill. I hope you can get some much needed rest now.

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GABY1948 2/15/2010 5:57PM

    Karen, I was there with both my parents. My dad was like your mother...in and out for so long but his was a result of hospitalization for colon cancer and the doctors just told me it happens often in elderly when out of their element. VERY scary. My mother, like her mother, had Alzheimer's (REAL Alzheimer's...there IS a difference from dementia) but whatever it is it is just disheartening. Your parent is there one day and not the next. I am so glad it turned out well this time...Just keep her out of the hospital! LOL Like you have a choice! So glad it turned out well!

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PJSTIME 2/15/2010 4:29PM

    Kren I am so glad your mom is better. You take care of yourself and get a good nights sleep. I'll say a little prayer for you both. Stress can really cause us problems so I hope you can get a handle on it and figure out how to relax.
Onward and Downward in 2010. PJ

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DESERTFLOWERG 2/15/2010 4:07PM

    I've experienced this type of reaction in the hospital with my dad. His "dementia" continued for months. This was an incredibly stressful time in my life. So glad to hear your mother is back.

Nowadays, I handle stress through exercise. I just feel so much calmer and function better after a workout. So get into that water whenever you can!

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Dastardly Dan

Sunday, February 14, 2010

(I was 24 when I wrote this. Please make allowances, lol.)

Dastardly Dan was a handsome man,
Dashing and debonnaire.
Sweet Sara McGuire
Was a young lassie with fire,
Who spread her fair charms here and there.

Dastardly Dan was an honest young man,
And one night to Sara he said,
Your body so supple
Will get me in trouble!
It makes my heart pound in my head.

Dastardly Dan was a wise young man
And he knew Sara had many beaus.
But he clung to her side
To which she replied,
“You must know where I go, trouble goes.”

Now Dastardly Dan was a patient man,
And he said, “I’m sure you’ll soon see,
That once I declare
You are mine, then beware!
For no man can take you from me.

Dastardly Dan was a brave young man
And he got in a barroom brawl.
When one night he sat
Where sweet Sara was at,
And took them on, one and all.

Now Dastardly Dan was a famous young man,
A legend in his own time.
But she had beaus a plenty,
(Quite a few more than twenty)
Who to fight for her would stand in line.

Young Dastardly Dan was no foolish young man
And he saw his own future quite clearly.
“Sweet Sara” he said,
“I’ll not fight ‘til I’m dead,
Though you must know that I do love you dearly.”

Now Dastardly Dan is an old, old man
And he looks back on days of his youth.
“I shall never regret
She was so hard to get.
I’ve forgotten her name. That’s the truth!”

Kren - 1972

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JUSTJO66 2/15/2010 7:39AM

    I think Garth Brooks had a song something along this line. LOL Something about thank God for unanswered prayers. :o). Isn't it amazing what we fight so hard for in our youth....Doesn't always seem to stand up to the test of time. Your poem is very amusing and true. :o). What wisdom you showed at 24..... Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed your poem.

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SERENITYSEL 2/14/2010 4:01PM

    I really enjoyed reading this. Happy Valentines Day. Sharon emoticon

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    ROFLMBO!! Love it!!!

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PJSTIME 2/14/2010 12:39PM

    Thank you for that Valentine Message. PJ

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NJDIETZ 2/14/2010 12:10PM

    Thank You!! emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 2/14/2010 12:08PM

    That was good & very appropriate for Valentine's Day! Just goes to show you never know what tomorrow might bring! Happy Valentines Day, Karen! You are a very talented lady! emoticon

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--KREN 2/14/2010 12:06PM

    LOL. Something I wrote long ago as a joke for my husband! Karen

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FISHINGLADY66 2/14/2010 11:28AM

    Very nice. You have a wonderful way with words. Thanks for sharing your talent. emoticon emoticon

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What's your name?

Monday, February 08, 2010

This is a re-post of an old blog. I think names are so important. How would you feel if no one knew your name?

What's in a name?

Most people will agree that the best thing about Spark People is all the Spark Friends we find here! The experience would be very different if we had no friends. We get our ideas, support and encouragement, and the chance to give our support to others from our friends.

I could go on and on with a list of all the benefits of having Spark Friends. But you already know all of it.

Think of the friends you have in real life. You know the first name of every one of them, don't you? How could you be friends, have conversations, address email notes, etc. etc. if you didn't know their name.

Here, where we often don't even have a photo of our Spark Friend, it's more difficult to "see" friends in our minds.

NAMES help put some sort of identity to a friend we can't see.

We won't even go into USER names, handles, nicknames, etc. that we create when we sign up on any site. Many times we use very cryptic names because we don't feel safe putting our name out there in the ether of the internet, or because all the Marys and Anns, etc. are already taken.

However, once we've joined a team and begin to make friends, especially when that friend list gets really long and many user names are very similar except for added numbers to make them unique, it becomes really difficult to KNOW THE NAME of the friend you want to message, or write to, or call attention to in a post on the forums, or send a message that begins, "Hi _______".

I keep a list in my ADDRESS BOOK, where I add the address of everyone I know and put the name they want to be called right by it. But when you are posting many replies a day, it's hard to open another window (so you won't lose your place) and go to your address book to find the name of the person you have in mind.

It would be so good if everyone signed their name after each post, but often we are pressed for time and just don't do it. So, PLEASE, for the sake of all your Spark Friends, new and old and not yet found, try this little helpful trick so we will all know who you are and be more able to "see" you as an individual friend, just like a real person! LOL.

Go to your Spark Page and click on EDIT MY SPARK PAGE.

Scroll down, look on the right side, and stop where it says PERSONAL SIGNATURE:

No matter what you have there already, just leave it there, but add a line to the very top that says "My Name Is _ _ _ _ _ _"

THEN, you have to go to the very bottom of the page and click on SAVE YOUR CHANGES.

NOW, everyone will know what name YOU prefer to be called. I promise you will see you name in more posts and emails. People won't be just sending words out there to some unknown entity.

We'll all feel more noticed and appreciated for the unique person we are!

And I, personally, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!


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RAJASHREE108 2/9/2010 8:42PM

    Thanks Karen, sometimes I am lazy to sign my name but it is in my id so I let it pass.

Very good point.


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  Good Idea Karen, thanks for reposting it! emoticon

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SHASTA11 2/8/2010 9:20PM

    OK. Good idea. emoticon

Hugs, Joan

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READINGDOC 2/8/2010 2:05PM

    Great idea! Thanks. Lynda

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FISHINGLADY66 2/8/2010 10:43AM

    Me too. I agree. Great idea.

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GLO-RI-A 2/8/2010 10:39AM

    I agree, that's a great idea! emoticon

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DUMBELLE 2/8/2010 10:29AM

    That's a very good idea. Susan

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ANNANN63 2/8/2010 10:24AM

    Lovely post. Great ideas.

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MOOKBALL 2/8/2010 9:43AM

    I guess more people think of me as
Mookball than Ruth.

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PJSTIME 2/8/2010 9:06AM

    I took your advice the first time and put names next to their names in my address book. Thanks again for the idea. Onward and Downward in 2010. PJ

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NANCYRUBIO 2/8/2010 8:50AM

    I don't know if I could ever be as organized as you. I might start it and then forget to enter names after a month or so.

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GABY1948 2/8/2010 8:50AM

    I agree so heartily, Karen. I do the same as you and put given names by their spark name in my address book...and I have my name (Gaye) in my signature yet some people don't look that far...so I also still try to sign everything I post.
Good reminder to all!

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