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Tiny Little Daydream

Monday, September 26, 2011

I've been wanting to do this for at least ten years -

I want to have a large Post-It pad printed up with the same thing on every sticky little page:

PARKING FOR DUMMIES available at your local library!
Try to act like you aren't the ONLY person on earth, just for today, OK?

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Have you seen any windshields you'd like to stick THAT on?

LOL

Karen

  
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SILLYHP1953 10/11/2011 3:59PM

    I'll buy some!!

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MTPOETNH 10/8/2011 8:31AM

    Karen , this is very cool..you should market them !! Also loved Zeedra's . emoticon Peggy

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DGAIL51 10/8/2011 6:55AM

    Karen, that is a good one. I got a laugh out of Zeedra's too! I am afraid I would not have the nerve to use it. emoticon

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KAYYVAUGHN 10/6/2011 2:51PM

    That is so true and happens so often. We try to do the best we can, and it's easy to get frustrated at those that just don't care about others.
Kay

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ZEEDRA 9/27/2011 6:46PM

    Yes! I've many theories, one being that the more you pay for a car, the more space you can take up, including taking up two whole spaces by parking in the middle (sorry to all you polite rich people).

I've been wanting a bumper sticker that says: "Pass, you Ass, I'm Savin' Gas" for the tailgaters who try to force you to speed up. That's my creation...if you use it, send me the copyright $'s. Ha!

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FISHINGLADY66 9/27/2011 6:03PM

    Oh yes I have. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/26/2011 10:48PM

    LOL. I could tell you a story about road rage that happened to me that would leave you speechless. LOL.

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PJSTIME 9/26/2011 4:25PM

    Oh yes I have. And those that use Handicap spaces that don't need them (or someone is handicapped in their family but not with them at the time) but use them anyway.

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SUEO451 9/26/2011 3:09PM

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JKURJACK1944 9/26/2011 1:41PM

    I try to think that maybe they are blind and know not what they do.

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VINGRAM 9/26/2011 1:21PM

    Yes I have! vista

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LINOVER 9/26/2011 12:50PM

    I can definitely agree with wanting to do this also!

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TUFFYBIRD 9/26/2011 12:44PM

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Best Bet on the Numbers Game!

Thursday, September 22, 2011


If youíre not playing the numbers game, your best bet is to play it!

Iím talking about HEALTH numbers. Yours. You know, blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, heart rate, and last, but never least, the number of minutes you spend exercising every day.

You can buy what you need to measure blood sugar and blood pressure at most grocery stores and drug stores. Many of these same places will check your cholesterol once a month for less than most insurance co-pays for a doctorís visit.

Iím not suggesting that you skip regular check-ups at your doctorís office, where youíll get much more detailed reports and some good advice. Iím just saying you can keep up with your numbers much more closely by using these other methods between doctor visits.

It doesnít matter if you donít agree with the experts, who frequently donít agree with each other, about what your numbers should be. You always know which direction your numbers should be heading, donít you? Up? or down? Thatís what you can monitor.

We get on that scale constantly to monitor every little ounce fluctuation. Well, testing your own blood sugar two hours after an unusually decadent meal can be a real motivator to eat your greens and pass up the cake and ice cream!

Iíve inherited ďthe blood work of Wonder WomanĒ as my doctor calls it, but so did my mother years ago and now she has diabetes and high blood pressure, so I keep an eye on mine. Typically these both get more troublesome as we age. Itís a shocker to see usually good blood sugar elevate if I throw caution to the wind for a week. (Not to mention seeing my weight shoot up like Iím being fattened for market, lol.)

So, Iím urging everyone to keep a close watch on your numbers, especially if youíre struggling with weight, inactivity, age, stress, sleep deficit, massive multi-tasking Ė Oh you know Ė LIFE!

  
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SILLYHP1953 10/11/2011 3:58PM

    I finally went and got bloodwork done but haven't heard results yet. Thankfully I got a woman who got blood out of me on the first try, usually they have a lot of problems.

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MAMABUGAZ 9/26/2011 9:17AM

    Have also started playing the numbers game. I've been concerned with health issues like body fat percentage, height-weight ratio, etc. I'm more more concerned with those than I've been concerned with the scale lately, since my BMI has already gone from obese, down to overweight, down to healthy.

Good advice.

~ Faith

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ZEEDRA 9/26/2011 1:17AM

    Great advice, Karen.
My most recent counts have been very good except for HDL and that means I need more exercise.
I did lots of walking the past five days in Chicago with my son. So, I hope that boosted my tolerance for longer walks. Bone density is great which makes me grateful (at long last) for being bigger boned.
Sandra

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 9/24/2011 12:32AM

    Awesome blog! Another thing is that sometimes those "normal" ranges AREN'T normal for someone. When you keep a check on your numbers, you know what's normal for you and when the numbers are changing.

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MADAMES 9/22/2011 7:36PM

    Excellent advice! Thanks for the comments on your mom's numbers going from normal to abnormal. Something for us all to think about!

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PJSTIME 9/22/2011 5:41PM

    Good advice.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/22/2011 3:22PM

    For sure, GF. I hate perfect labs for years until menopause and fatness set in. Now I struggle.

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FISHINGLADY66 9/22/2011 1:47PM

    Great Advice Karen. emoticon so much for the reminder.

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Have YOU laughed today?

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

A friend sent this to me. Let's hope we all have this much fun when we end up here!

www.flixxy.com/clark-retirement-home
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JUSTJO66 9/15/2011 10:21AM

    Too cute. I sure hope if I ever end up in a retirement home it will be one like this one. :O)

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IFATFIRST77 9/10/2011 9:07AM

    Thanks for sharing that Karen, it was beautiful!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/9/2011 4:11PM

    Wow. that was some retirement home. I've been to one of the nicest one in Illinois and it doesn't hold a candle to that. These people must be rich!!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 9/8/2011 12:31PM

    That took a LOT of work. emoticon

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-AIMIE- 9/8/2011 9:35AM

    I loved this. I just posted it on my FB to share. I think maybe I need to retire in Michigan LOL!

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PJSTIME 9/8/2011 7:15AM

    That is presious there are plenty of days when I don't have that much fun. I hope we all feel that way as we get older.

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 9/7/2011 8:20PM

    The quacking cane was hilarious!! I want to go there when I get old! Oh wait--I AM old!! (Well, our one Grandson thinks we're about 100 years old!)
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--KREN 9/7/2011 7:36PM

    I'm glad you all enjoyed it. Isn't it great to still have that much fun when you're old! And what a neat thing the film students did to involve the people in a retirement home in their film!!

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VINGRAM 9/7/2011 7:29PM

    So cute. Need to send this to my water aerobics buddies! vista

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FISHINGLADY66 9/7/2011 5:18PM

    emoticon I loved this Karen. Thanks for sharing.

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3016DEBRA 9/7/2011 1:34PM

  Good one!!!! emoticon

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LIZZIEMONSTER18 9/7/2011 1:32PM

    that is so funny!

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Change of Mind

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sometimes your mental concept and perception of something is what makes it a success or failure in your life.

After experimenting with all sorts of ways of eating, I discovered that low-carb eating took away my cravings and left me feeling really good.

But once I heard "low-carb" I began to think:
It's a very restrictive diet.
I can eat ALL I WANT as long as it is no-carb.
I'll get bored eating this way.

I felt that all those things were true - for me.

Finally I had one of those light-bulb Eureka moments. The kind that make you want to slap your forehead and say DUH. Why didn't I know this before?

It suddenly became clear to me that I didn't need to track the carbs in every cucumber and head of lettuce. I needed to worry about the STARCHY foods. And the SUGARY ones. Those two things are what send me spiraling into wanting more, and more, and MORE.

I've been known to run through the house yelling "Pasta! I want MORE! Don't give me any!" A real torture, lol.

The more I eat starch and sugar, the more I want starch and sugar.

I love veggies, but eating a big meal of them does not make me crave more, as long as they don't have a lot of starch and aren't prepared with sugar.

So when I look at my meal plan, I find the pasta and potatoes and replace them with a good helping of non-starch veggies. I oven-roast most of my veggies, coated with olive oil, and keep bags of them in the fridge for easy access. I also eat more protein. Oven-roasted pork tenderloin is one of my favorites.

I put a chunk of sugar-free gum in my mouth immediately after my meal. This has become a signal to my brain meaning "That's All, Folks!" and keeps me from trying for second helpings.

Now and then, if I'm invited over for pizza for instance, I find I can indulge if I go in with a pre-conceived serving in mind (two slices) and unwrap that gum as soon as I finish.

So, I'm not on a "low-carb" diet. I'm not counting carbs, or calories, or anything. I'm just replacing my old routine choices for newer healthier ones, always searching for the non-starchy options.

Somehow, this difference in my mind is making this way of eating easier, more fun, and much, much more rewarding. It's not what I CAN'T have but WHAT CAN I SUBSTITUTE that I like and enjoy.

And it's working.

Karen

  
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MAMABUGAZ 9/26/2011 11:22PM

    Most of my meals at home consist of protein and vegetables. My husband is a fairly flexible eater, and is pretty content when that's what I make. Sometimes, I'll fix a carb dish for him, and I simply don't have any.

When I go out to eat, I'm not quite as careful all the time, but I can usually make good choices there too. In many restaurants, I can order substitutes. For example, instead of bread or rice or potatoes, I'll ask for steamed broccoli on the side, the vegetable of the day, a fruit dish, cottage cheese, etc. (I often don't care for salads, or that would be another good option.) Most restaurants are more than willing to oblige.

At fast food places, I often order a wrap, so, then, I do have a tortilla. At a local diner, where they have awesome burgers, I just order one without the bun. I get a vegetable or a side salad instead of their fries.

But, the burgers at fast food places aren't good enough to eat with no bun. If order a burger there, I'll eat it open-faced and discard half the bun. I never order fries at a restaurant, but, I "steal" 5 or 6 of my husband's -- just so I don't feel deprived. At mcDonald's, I like their Fruit and Yogurt parfait. I discard the gramola topping, though, because, somehow, McDonald's can even seem to make oatmeal unhealthy. They add about 3 different kinds of sugar to it, if you read the ingredients.

~ Faith

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JUSTJO66 7/25/2011 4:47PM

    Great way to think and eat. Keep it up...success will follow. :o)

Jo

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ZEEDRA 7/24/2011 9:56PM

    Good luck, Karen.
I agree about the gum, too. I'm going to bed to read and chew my gum so that will be all the food for today.
Sandra

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DUMBELLE 7/24/2011 11:34AM

    Sometimes it takes time to realize as you did, what you should be doing and I'm really glad that it's working for you. Keep up the good work!

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FISHINGLADY66 7/23/2011 11:05PM

    You are so right Karen. Give yourself a good talk and believe in yourself. When I eat healthy I feel satisfied and my body thanks me for it. It's the healthy way to eat. "Eat to live, don't LIVE to eat" I'm glad it's working for you. emoticon

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JEANNE229 7/22/2011 10:38AM

    Karen, your "revolations" are right on for me, too! If I eat starch/sugar, it is craving all day, but a big salad with lots of other vegetables does not affect that.

Plus I really enjoy good proteins!

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/22/2011 6:58AM

    Karen,

That does make sense. I need to follow that example.
Kay

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--KREN 7/22/2011 6:03AM

    Eating this way DOES keep me away from most processed foods, which I agree is a good thing!

Yes, EAT-ALL-YOU-WANT is an idea that needs to be blocked from my mind. It is NEVER good for me!


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KICK-SS 7/22/2011 1:51AM

    I agree with you Karen, I think you've got the right idea!

I've modified my food plan to allow "some" more carbs, but still pretty much staying away from bread and starches of all sorts. I've decided that IF I eat bread, it's going to be a treat (such as homemade in a restaurant) and not just eat bread for the sake of bread...

I also find I do have to show some restraint and still keep the calories around 1200, no matter what type of food I have - I just try to get the most bang for the food I do have!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/21/2011 5:19PM

    It's a great way to eat.

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IFATFIRST77 7/21/2011 9:15AM

    Funny how things escape us sometimes when we get stuck looking at something from only one angle. Your A-ha moment may have just saved me a lot of time, in learning the same thing on my own so thank you very much! Its easy to forget not all carbs are bad when you see the results you get from cutting out the 'bad' ones. Great Blog Karen!!
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SILLYHP1953 7/21/2011 8:18AM

    The same things happen to me, too!! I have to make it through 3-4 days before the NO CRAVINGS hits me, and that's my problem right now, making it through those first days. I need a plan and can't seem to get focused enough to make one. We have a two week vacation starting July 30th, so it's not much use to make a plan yet.

I'm glad you've made these discoveries and it's working for you!
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SUZBOISANNE 7/21/2011 7:40AM

    I agree that avoiding sugar and starchy carbs are a huge plus. The other bugaboo you might want to consider avoiding if you want your body to feel better and healthier is giving up processed foods if you haven't already. These foods like even cheerios have transfat and sugar. Many/all healthy sounding crackersand breads also are loaded. I have given up virtually everything in a box, bag, or wrapper for foods that are not. I still buy coffee, nuts, seeds, whole milk, in containers. But you get the idea. I feel so much better eating this way. Spark on... emoticon

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PJSTIME 7/21/2011 7:28AM

    Mind games and how we think does make a difference. I love the gum idea I do chew but never thought about it right after I eat all that I should have.

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Trees and Shade (Photos)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011



I've had a little conversation going on with a SP friend about trees and shade, a very important topic in a place where over a month of every summer has temps of 100+. Of course, Texas isn't the only state with this issue, especially this summer.

The trees that shade my yard are crape myrtles. I assume they were planted when the house was built in 1994. Fortunately, no one has ever committed "crepe murder" on them. (Severely pruning the tops to promote more flowering.)

These have white blossoms and variegated bark. I really love the bark, it's beautiful up close.
The main thing is they create so much shade! They shade my entire front yard and keep the sun off the front of my house and the entryway. Look closely and you can see the lizards love them too.

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Sometimes really large trees close to your home are a problem. As they age, wind and storms may topple them onto your roof, which can be pretty devastating. Crape myrtles never pose that problem because they are multi-trunk trees. Easy to trim and no fear of crashing on your roof. Yet they make beautiful shade with your choice of blossom colors.

I plant new ones each year, planning ahead for more shade. They grow several feel a year and bloom even when they are small. As soon as it's daylight, I'll take a photo of a red one I just planted and add it to this post. If you're fortunate enough to have 100 year old oak trees near your house, that's a wonderful thing. If not, this is a good tree to plant. The roots never cause any problems, either.

So, for anyone who never knew how large a crape myrtle could get if you don't "murder" it, here's the proof!

May you always find shade!

Karen

  
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JUSTJO66 8/30/2011 7:55AM

    Love the pictures of your yard. We also love the crepe myrtles. We have them in all colors in our yard (white, purple, pink, and red). We did have a hedge between our property and our neighbors but one year the "drought" killed nearly all of the hedge off...so, we replanted with the myrtles. Love them.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/18/2011 5:23PM

    My grandma's favorite tree. She talked nonstop about them. They are beautiful.

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--KREN 7/17/2011 11:56AM

    Nadine, Oh I'm so glad you didn't dig up the crape myrtles! They are very hardy and drought resistant. Also, they withstand the winters in Central Texas so Florida should be a happy place for them. And as you see, they thank you with such beautiful blossoms in the spring. Eventually, they'll give you a lot of shade as well. Another important thing is they are a real source of food for honey bees, which you may have read have been having a hard time here and there. Without honey bees we could not grow any food. So YAY for crape myrtles!

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LAVENDERLILY 7/17/2011 11:52AM

    emoticonI planted three small crepe myrtles when landscaping a new home in Florida. They were in full bloom in red, pink and white. Come winter, the trees lost all of their leaves and were just dead sticks, so I decided that it was a bad choice because they all died. Fortunately, I didn't have time to pull them out. Come Spring, almost overnight, the trees budded and burst into bloom. I am very familiar with plants going dormant, but these really seemed dead! What a lovely spring greeting! Lovely, Lovely, Lovely!

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HEALTHYARTIST1 7/16/2011 4:19AM

    We have two crepe myrtles in our front yard but they do not have a wide canopy but go straight up. It is funny the landscaper I just hired for our front yard said he could drastically cut them so they will have a larger crown, seems like you are against that. Mainly we have sequoias in our yard that outlive us and provide wonderful shade and smells!

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CEILIE2 7/14/2011 2:30PM

    Beautiful trees.I have never heard of them. Wish we could have them here.I don't think that they would like the Northern winters!

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FISHINGLADY66 7/13/2011 5:58PM

    I have never heard of the crape myrtles, but they are beautiful. We have had 100+ temps here in Missouri the last two weeks. (107 yesterday). I definitely will have to check out these trees. Thanks for the lovely blog and the information. So much appreciated.

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/13/2011 5:08PM

    The trees are beautiful. I could sit under one of those and read a book.
We have one, but it's not growing too fast. Our son has several that are so nice.
You are fortunate.
Thanks for sharing the photos.
Kay

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BELTONWALKER67 7/13/2011 12:08PM

    Beautiful pictures! You have a lovely shady lawn. Kinda reminds me of Hawaii.

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JEANNE229 7/13/2011 12:06PM

    Trees are lifeblood to this planet! Karen, you are helping us all survive.

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DGAIL51 7/13/2011 9:57AM

    I love trees of all kinds. I have never seen a crepe myrtle that large. I have some we planted a couple years ago and now I know not to ever "murder" them. (not again anyway....confession time) Thanks

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SILLYHP1953 7/13/2011 9:33AM

    I have a few crepe myrtles, but still small. Our neighbor has a really large one and you've inspired me to plant more! I planted a pin oak two years ago and worried about it last year, but it's doing fine. I love trees.

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CATHY629 7/13/2011 8:41AM

    Lovely trees,i have never seen any here,probably not warm enough for them.

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VINGRAM 7/13/2011 8:19AM

    We also have crepe myrtles........they are indestructible! vista emoticon

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PJSTIME 7/13/2011 8:19AM

    Nic pics Karen and love your wildlife too

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FERRETLOVER1 7/13/2011 7:37AM

    Nice pictures - love that lizard! Thanks for the information about trees.

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GRAMMIEOFTWO 7/13/2011 7:31AM

  What a nice blog about trees.

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MEANCARLEEN 7/13/2011 7:25AM

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